Petition Tag - palestinian

1. Jews For Palestinian Right of Return

As Jews of conscience, we call on all supporters of social justice to stand up for Palestinian Right of Return and a democratic state throughout historic Palestine -- "From the River to the Sea" -- with equal rights for all.

2. Remove Ahlam Tamimi from the list of terrorists to be freed

The government of Israel has agreed (October 2011) to a transaction with the Hamas terrorist regime for the release of an Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit, held hostage for more than five years.

In exchange, Israel is asked to release more than one thousand prisoners, all of them terrorists, many of them convicted murderers who have been sentenced to multi terms of life imprisonment. The list is long, but one terrorist in particular - a woman of 31 - stands out. Her name is Ahlam Tamimi and she is serving 16 life terms for a massacre which she engineered and helped to carry out.

We are asking that her name be removed from the long list of terrorists to be freed. She represents less than one tenth of one percent of the Hamas demands. Tamimi should remain in prison for the remainder of her days.

3. Let Aaron Stay in Norway

Aaron Ara was denied refuge for the second time in June 2o11. He is one of nearly 75o Palestinian refugees whose asylum applications have been rejected by Norwegian authorities during the last two years. Previously, nearly all Palestinian refugees were granted residence in Norway, but in 2009 this changed dramatically.

For the first time in history, Norwegian authorities changed the terms of immigration targeting a specific group of refugees whose homeland situation had not changed. In addition, the current policy clearly opposes the recommendations of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

Norwegian authorities presently consider Palestinian territories to be safe enough for refugees to return. Simultaneously a number of factors indicate the opposite. First, Palestinian refugees have their own memories and experiences that can easily be backed up by witness descriptions, mainstream news media and general knowledge about the area.

Second, Norwegian authorities discourage Norwegians to travel to these areas (http://www.norway.org.ps/Norsk/Reiserad/). Third, international human rights organizations criticize Palestinian authorities for disregarding human rights.

4. Free the Children of Palestine!

According to Israeli police, 1200 Palestinian children have been arrested, interrogated and imprisoned in the occupied city of Jerusalem alone this year. The youngest of these children was seven-years old.

Children and teen-agers were often dragged out of their beds in the middle of the night, taken in handcuffs for questioning, threatened, humiliated and many were subjected to physical violence while under arrest as part of an ongoing campaign against the children of Palestine. Since the year 2000, more than 8000 have been arrested by Israel, and reports of mistreatment are commonplace.

Further, based on sworn affidavits collected in 2009 from 100 of these children, lawyers working in the occupied West Bank with Defense Children International, a Geneva-based non governmental organization, found that 69% were beaten and kicked, 49% were threatened, 14% were held in solitary confinement, 12% were threatened with sexual assault, including rape, and 32% were forced to sign confessions written in Hebrew, a language they do not understand.

Minors were often asked to give names and incriminate friends and relatives as a condition of their release. Such institutionalized and systematic mistreatment of Palestinian children by the state of Israel is a violation international law and specifically contravenes the Convention on the Rights of the Child to which Israel is supposedly a signatory.

5. Stop the Machinery of Occupation: Boycott Israel

Vermonters for a Just Peace in Palestine/Israel

“There is a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can’t take part; you can’t even tacitly take part, and you’ve got to put your bodies upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you’ve got to make it stop.” - Mario Savio, Student Leader of the Berkeley Free Speech Movement, 1964

More than four decades of Israeli military occupation have passed, eviscerating the dream of building a viable, sovereign Palestinian state. 500,000 Jewish settlers now live in segregated, heavily fortified colonies in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, in violation of international law. They control most of the territory’s best land and water resources—land and water stolen from Palestinians. In Gaza, 1.5 million Palestinians, most of them refugees and terribly poor, are trapped in the world’s largest “open-air prison.”

Closures, checkpoints and roadblocks, targeted assassinations and settler terrorism, home demolitions, military incursions and arbitrary detentions, an economic blockade and massive “Separation Wall,” razed farm land, olive groves and fruit orchards, poisoned wells and livestock, interminable delays in movement—these measures of collective punishment, colonization and ethnic-racial separation make normal life impossible for Palestinians in the occupied territories.

For all who cherish justice and liberty it is time to unite in the cause of freedom for the Palestinian people and send an unequivocal message of nonviolent resistance to the state of Israel, just as we did to South Africa’s Apartheid regime in the 1980s.

It is time to BOYCOTT Israel and all businesses, academic centers and cultural institutions that support, maintain or benefit from the occupation of the Palestinian territories.

In 2005, over 170 civic organizations representing the breadth of Palestinian society issued a historic joint call to the world:

"We, representatives of Palestinian civil society, call upon international civil society organizations and people of conscience all over the world to impose broad boycotts and implement divestment initiatives against Israel similar to those applied to South Africa in the apartheid era. We appeal to you to pressure your respective states to impose embargoes and sanctions against Israel. We also invite conscientious Israelis to support this Call, for the sake of justice and genuine peace...."

6. Vermonters - Stop the Machinery of Occupation: Boycott Israel

Vermonters for a Just Peace in Palestine/Israel

“There is a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can’t take part; you can’t even tacitly take part, and you’ve got to put your bodies upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you’ve got to make it stop.” - Mario Savio, Student Leader of the Berkeley Free Speech Movement, 1964

More than four decades of Israeli military occupation have passed, eviscerating the dream of building a viable, sovereign Palestinian state. 500,000 Jewish settlers now live in segregated, heavily fortified colonies in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, in violation of international law. They control most of the territory’s best land and water resources—land and water stolen from Palestinians. In Gaza, 1.5 million Palestinians, most of them refugees and terribly poor, are trapped in the world’s largest “open-air prison.”

Closures, checkpoints and roadblocks, targeted assassinations and settler terrorism, home demolitions, military incursions and arbitrary detentions, an economic blockade and massive “Separation Wall,” razed farm land, olive groves and fruit orchards, poisoned wells and livestock, interminable delays in movement—these measures of collective punishment, colonization and ethnic-racial separation make normal life impossible for Palestinians in the occupied territories.

To Vermonters who cherish justice and liberty, who are inspired by the state motto—“Freedom and Unity”—it is time to unite in the cause of freedom for the Palestinian people and send an unequivocal message of nonviolent resistance to the state of Israel, just as we did to South Africa’s Apartheid regime in the 1980s.

It is time to BOYCOTT Israel and all businesses, academic centers and cultural institutions that support, maintain or benefit from the occupation of the Palestinian territories.

In 2005, over 170 civic organizations representing the breadth of Palestinian society issued a historic joint call to the world:

"We, representatives of Palestinian civil society, call upon international civil society organizations and people of conscience all over the world to impose broad boycotts and implement divestment initiatives against Israel similar to those applied to South Africa in the apartheid era. We appeal to you to pressure your respective states to impose embargoes and sanctions against Israel. We also invite conscientious Israelis to support this Call, for the sake of justice and genuine peace...."

7. United Jewish Declaration: Jews are Indigenous to the Land of Israel

The United Nations currently recognizes as indigenous any nation that declares itself as such, and according to section 10 of the UN General Assembly’s 2007 Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People, “indigenous peoples shall not be forcibly removed from their lands or territories. No relocation shall take place without the free, prior and informed consent of the indigenous peoples concerned and after agreement on just and fair compensation and, where possible, with the option of return.”

Israel fits all the criteria to be recognized internationally as indigenous natives to the Land of Israel, and the only current requirement is a public declaration from a representative body of the Jewish people, whether it be from Israel’s Knesset, the WZO or even the Council of Jewish Communities in Judea and Samaria.

8. Nominate Palestinian Poet & Novelist MUNIR MEZYED for Nobel Prize in Literature
ترشيح منير مزيد لجائزة نوبل للآداب

For his sparkling & endless creativity, for his significant achievements in literature,culture & intercultural dialogue, for the undeniable role played in promoting the culture of love, peace, understanding & mutual respect between people of all nations & beliefs, for offering a wonderful example of what it means to be a genuine, pure Palestinian who loves life, peace, justice, humanity, his country, his people and all humankind, for all the above & many other, we believe that the poet, novelist & translator Munir Mezyed deserves to be among the Nobel Prize Laureates and call upon the Intl. media, cultural institutions, university & academy members to support him & nominate him for the Nobel Prize in Literature...

ArtGate Cultural Association
Romania


نحن - عشاق و محبو منير مزيد - لا نتوانى ابدا و لا نتردد قيد انملة في دعم ترشيح الشاعر المبدع منير مزيد لنيل جائزة نوبل للادب لعام 2011 و هل يستحقها الاّ هو دون منازع و قد اثبت كفاءة و جدارة وجرأة منقطعة النظير في كافة المجالات الابداعية في الطرح و التناول و في المبنى و المعنى و في المباح وفي المسكوت عنه و في الاسلوب و اللغة و الفكرة والتقنيات المستخدمة و هو صاحب المواهب المتعددة ... فقد خبرناه شاعرا و قاصا و روائيا و كاتبا و ناقدا و صحفيا و ناشرا ثـر عطاؤه و غزير انتاجه في مختلف المنتديات و المدونات و الصحف و المجلات و الدوريات و مترجما من الطراز الاول , و هنا علينا ان نتذكر اهتمامه الحثيث في خدمة القضية الشعرية – اقصد تقديم صوت الشعر من اي لون للاخر ... نحن عن طريق منير مزيد تعلمنا و عرفنا شعراء الباكستان المعاصرين و هو الذي قدم شعراء الهايكو اليابانيين لقراء العربية و لديه مشاريع لتقديم الصوت الشعري الكوري و الصيني لنا نحن العرب مثلما سعى سعيه و انتصر لشعراء العرب قاطبة من الشرق العربي و المغرب العربي و هو لا يفرق بين هذا و ذاك او ينحاز لهذا او ذاك و لا يحابي او يجامل بل ينشد الابداع حيث يكون و انى وجده وهو بانجازاته المطبوعة او التي تنتظر طباعتها فاق ما تقوم به كافة المؤسسات الثقافية العربية الرسمية و هو الانسان الفرد و قد فاق ما تقوم به مجتمعة وزارات الثقافة و الاعلام .... وتراه قدم للقارئ الاوربي على اقل تقدير ما لم تستطع تلك الوزارات من تقديمه ... و لهذا فنحن نكبر في الشاعر منير همته العالية و تضحيته الكبيرة و كرمه بجهده و ماله و وقته لخدمة قضايانا نحن العرب و هو وحده يعتبر اكثر من مؤسسة ناطقة و اكثر من سفارة عربية نابضة يافعة متحركة مخلصة لنا و لقضيتنا بل فوق كل ذلك هو الاديب االعالمي و العربي الذي يمتلك رسالة رائعة لكل العالم : رسالة الحب و الصفاء و التآخي بين الشعوب ، رسالة الشعر صوت الانسانية ، صوت المرأة و صوت الرجل و صوت المقهور و المسحوق و المظلوم .. الصوت الذي لا يعرف للاحقاد منفذا و لا لعقد التاريخ طريقا .. اني اراه شاعرا شفافا ذو رؤى و مشاريع مستقبلية يمكن ان تخدم كل الانسانية ، من هنا فان نيل جائزة نوبل للادب يقدم العون لشاعرنا في التسريع في انجاز تلك المشاريع و هو حتى من دون هذه الجائزه ماض في ما يصبو اليه لانه رجل لا يسعى وراء الماديات و لا وراء البهرجة و الشهرة و المناصب علما انه ان اراد ذلك فما ايسره عليه و لكنه هو اكبر من هذا كله _ انه الشاعر المبدع و الانسان النبيل منير مزيد ونحن معه بقلوبنا و ارواحنا و عقولنا و مستعدون لدعمه و الوقوف معه لاي مدى و حري بكل الاخوة و الاخوات من الشعراء و الاعلاميين والادباء و الكتاب الشرفاء من ابناء جلدتنا كما يقولون دعم منير مزيد و تبني قضية ترشيحه بل هي دعوة اقولها لكل شعراء الباكستان و اليابان و الصين و كوريا للوقوف معنا في هذه القضية و ادعوا كل الزملاء للكتابة عن هذا الموضوع بكافة اللغات الحية و اثارة الموضوع في المحافل الادبية الاجنبية و العربية و الصحف و المهرجانات و ادعوا الاخ منير ان ينتهز فرصة حضوره في اللقاءات الادبية او المؤتمرات لطرح هذا الموضوع و تبنيه و لا يعتبر هذا الامر معيبا ان يدعوا الانسان لنفسه لان – كما يقال عندنا ان من لايعرفك لا يثمنك – و اخير دعواتنا من الله سبحانه و تعالى التوفيق للجميع في كل ما هو خير و صالح و نافع للعباد .


Prof. Abdul-Settar Abdul-Latif
University of Basrah, Iraq

9. Fight Anti-Semitic Rhetoric At The Berkeley Daily Planet Newspaper

The Berkeley Daily Planet has run (and continues to run) articles deemed to be anti semitic which have solicited protests including from local community rabbis, mayors of Berkeley, Emeryville and Oakland, assembly members, state senators and 4 Berkeley city council members (see BP issue June 4 - 10)

10. Petition to have the L.A. Times Release the 2003 Rashid Khalidi/Obama Banquet Tape

By Andrew C. McCarthy

Let’s try a thought experiment. Say John McCain attended a party at which known racists and terror mongers were in attendance. Say testimonials were given, including a glowing one by McCain for the benefit of the guest of honor ... who happened to be a top apologist for terrorists. Say McCain not only gave a speech but stood by, in tacit approval and solidarity, while other racists and terror mongers gave speeches that reeked of hatred for an American ally and rationalizations of terror attacks.

Now let’s say the Los Angeles Times obtained a videotape of the party.

Question: Is there any chance — any chance — the Times would not release the tape and publish front-page story after story about the gory details, with the usual accompanying chorus of sanctimony from the oped commentariat? Is there any chance, if the Times was the least bit reluctant about publishing (remember, we’re pretending here), that the rest of the mainstream media (y’know, the guys who drove Trent Lott out of his leadership position over a birthday-party toast) would not be screaming for the release of the tape?

Do we really have to ask?

So now, let’s leave thought experiments and return to reality: Why is the Los Angeles Times sitting on a videotape of the 2003 farewell bash in Chicago at which Barack Obama lavished praise on the guest of honor, Rashid Khalidi — former mouthpiece for master terrorist Yasser Arafat?

At the time Khalidi, a PLO adviser turned University of Chicago professor, was headed east to Columbia. There he would take over the University’s Middle East-studies program (which he has since maintained as a bubbling cauldron of anti-Semitism) and assume the professorship endowed in honor of Edward Sayyid, another notorious terror apologist.

The party featured encomiums by many of Khalidi’s allies, colleagues, and friends, including Barack Obama, then an Illinois state senator, and Bill Ayers, the terrorist turned education professor. It was sponsored by the Arab American Action Network (AAAN), which had been founded by Khalidi and his wife, Mona, formerly a top English translator for Arafat’s press agency.

Is there just a teeny-weenie chance that this was an evening of Israel-bashing Obama would find very difficult to explain? Could it be that the Times, a pillar of the Obamedia, is covering for its guy?

Gateway Pundit reports that the Times has the videotape but is suppressing it.

Back in April, the Times published a gentle story about the fete. Reporter Peter Wallsten avoided, for example, any mention of the inconvenient fact that the revelers included Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn, Ayers’s wife and fellow Weatherman terrorist. These self-professed revolutionary Leftists are friendly with both Obama and Khalidi — indeed, researcher Stanley Kurtz has noted that Ayers and Khalidi were “best friends.” (And — small world! — it turns out that the Obamas are extremely close to the Khalidis, who have reportedly babysat the Obama children.)

Nor did the Times report the party was thrown by AAAN. Wallsten does tell us that the AAAN received grants from the Leftist Woods Fund when Obama was on its board — but, besides understating the amount (it was $75,000, not $40,000), the Times mentions neither that Ayers was also on the Woods board at the time nor that AAAN is rabidly anti-Israel. (Though the organization regards Israel as illegitimate and has sought to justify Palestinian terrorism, Wallsten describes the AAAN as “a social service group.”)

Perhaps even more inconveniently, the Times also let slip that it had obtained a videotape of the party.

So why is the Times sitting on the videotape of the Khalidi festivities? Given Obama's (preposterous) claims that he didn’t know Ayers that well and was unfamiliar with Ayers’s views, why didn't the Times report that Ayers and Dohrn were at the bash? Was it not worth mentioning the remarkable coincidence that both Obama and Ayers — the “education reform” allies who barely know each other … except to the extent they together doled out tens of millions of dollars to Leftist agitators, attacked the criminal justice system, and raved about each others books — just happen to be intimate friends of the same anti-American Israel-basher? (Despite having watched the videotape, Wallsten told Gateway Pundit he “did not know” whether Ayers was there.)

Why won’t the Times tell us what was said in the various Khalidi testimonials? On that score, Ayers and Dohrn have always had characteristically noxious views on the Israeli/Palestinian dispute. And, true to form, they have always been quite open about them. There is no reason to believe those views have ever changed. Here, for example, is what they had to say in Prairie Fire, the Weather Underground’s 1974 Communist manifesto (emphasis in original):

Palestinian independence is opposed with reactionary schemes by Jordan, completely opposed with military terror by Israel, and manipulated by the U.S. The U.S.-sponsored notion of stability and status-quo in the Mideast is an attempt to preserve U.S. imperialist control of oil, using zionist power as the cat's paw. The Mideast has become a world focus of struggles over oil resources and control of strategic sea and air routes. Yet the Palestinian struggle is at the heart of other conflicts in the Mideast. Only the Palestinians can determine the solution which reflects the aspirations of the Palestinian people. No "settlements" in the Mideast which exclude the Palestinians will resolve the conflict. Palestinian liberation will not be suppressed.

The U.S. people have been seriously deceived about the Palestinians and Israel. This calls for a campaign to educate and focus attention on the true situation: teach-ins, debates, and open clear support for Palestinian liberation; reading about the Palestinian movement—The Disinherited by Fawaz Turki, Enemy of the Sun; opposing U.S. aid to Israel. Our silence or acceptance of pro-zionist policy is a form of complicity with U.S.-backed aggression and terror, and a betrayal of internationalism.

SELF-DETERMINATION FOR THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE!

U.S. OUT OF THE MIDEAST!

END AID TO ISRAEL!

Barack Obama wouldn’t possibly let something like that pass without a spirited defense of the Israel he tells us he so staunchly supports … would he? I guess to answer that question, we’d have to know what was on the tape.

But who has time for such trifles? After all, isn’t Diana Vreeland about to critique Sarah Palin’s sartorial splendor?

— National Review’s Andrew C. McCarthy chairs the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies’s Center for Law & Counterterrorism and is the author of Willful Blindness: A Memoir of the Jihad (Encounter Books 2008).

11. UN Peace Keeping Troops in Israel/Palestine

Escalation of violence continues in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian territories. Arafat has asked for peace-keeping troops and UN observers to be brought to the region. Sharon has objected. The violence on both sides continues to escalate, and peace is nowhere in sight.

UN Peace Keeping Troops and Observers must be brought in to restore peace in the region before more innocent young Palestinians and Israelis die.

12. Cancel the Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement

On January 1, 1997 the Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement came into effect. The idea of this agreement, which eliminated 80% of tarrifs between the two countries, was founded during more peaceful days in the Holy Land. Now, however, Israel is committing terrible crimes against the Palestinian people. These crimes, such as torture and harbouring war criminals, plainly violate international law.

Canada cannot continue its overly friendly relations with Israel under such conditions. The agreement while granting Israel great wealth causes Palestinian businesses to lose an estimated 6 million American dollars a day. This petition is for the cancelation of the Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement.