Greek anarchist group says it shot up Israeli Embassy

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The guerrilla organization Group of Popular Fighters has claimed responsibility for a shooting attack on the Israeli Embassy in Athens in December, the police said on Wednesday after collecting a memory stick with the group’s proclamation from a trash bin in Nea Smyrni.

The police were tipped off to the location of the memory stick by staff at Efimerida ton Syntakton newspaper who received an anonymous call late on Tuesday. A newspaper employee visited the location indicated by the caller but found nothing and alerted police who discovered the device and were examining it on Wednesday.

Ballistics tests on bullet casings found outside the embassy in Psychico in December showed they were fired from two Kalashnikov assault rifles used in a similar attack on the German ambassador’s residence in Halandri in December 2013. Group of Popular Fighters claimed responsibility for that hit and for a shooting at the Athens offices of the New Democracy party in January 2013.

[Photos/Video] “The Black Community Stands With Palestine from Oakland to Ferguson”

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How does one honor the call to “black out black Friday” for Mike Brown & Ferguson, to Boycott Walmart and to connect all the dots by showing solidarity w/ Palestine and BDS? Here’s How:

In the Bay Area protestors know how to be creative. In the past week since the acquittal of Darren Wilson in the murder of Mike Brown demonstrations have moved away from symbolism to strategy through diversifying tactics: Continue reading

The “cottage-cheese warriors” [PART ONE of “Exposing the Israeli left”]

photo by AFP

photo by AFP

Originally Posted on State Of Hawiya

Written by Linah Alsaafin and Budour Hassan

When Israel launched its most recent aggression on the Gaza Strip, dubbed Operation Protective Edge, the overwhelming majority of the Israeli public supported the aggression. Support for the massacre was by no means limited to right-wingers and blatant fascists; the cheerleaders also included Israeli Labor party (the largest “opposition” party in the Knesset), liberal minister of Justice Tzipi Livni, and Meretz, the self-proclaimed social democrats and “only Zionist leftist party”. The latter would eventually backtrack just like they did in the 2008- 2009 massacre, even claiming that they never actually supported the war from the get-go.

“Peace Rally”

On 16 August, Meretz, along with Hadash, Peace Now and other “peace-loving” movements, organized a “peace rally” in Rabin Square in Tel Aviv, attended by thousands of Israelis. Organizers of the rally described the turnout as a victory for the peaceful solution. Some went as far as to declare that the rally is a testament to the strength of the left and working-class in Israel.

Israeli Jahan M. gushed about the protest on his Facebook by writing: “Probably the largest Gaza anti-war protest in the world happening inside Israel itself, signs of the potential of workers and left activists in Israel, yet so much of the left across the world still doesn’t see this. Israel, like every other country in the world has a working class and like other workers and oppressed it is their fundamental interest to overthrow the rich who exploit their labour.” Continue reading

Activists Shutdown Israeli Arms Factory in UK

Police look on as protesters occupy the roof of an Elbit owned factory in Birmingham. (Photo: London Palestine Action)

From Mondoweiss

For nearly a month, Israel has bombarded Gaza from land, sea and air. More than 1800 Palestinians have lost their lives and war crimes have been committed. To our collective shame, the UK government has not only failed to take action to pressure Israel to stop its massacre, but has refused to take steps to end the material support it provides to Israel’s brutal regime of apartheid and colonialism. When governments support crimes against humanity, grassroots movements must take direct action.

A group of activists from the London Palestine Action network have today (5/8/14) chained the doors shut of an Israeli weapons factory based near Birmingham in the UK and are now occupying the roof. As part of the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement (BDS) and in response to calls for action from Palestinian movements, we are demanding the permanent closure of the factory and an end to all forms of military trade and cooperation with Israel.

Protester hangs "Elbit Arms, Israel Kills" at shutdown Elbit factory in Birmingham. The factory produces drone engines which are exported to Israel and used over Gaza. (Photo: London Palestine Action)

The factory that we are occupying produces engines for drones and is owned by Elbit Systems, Israel’s largest military company and the world’s largest drones producer. Drone engines manufactured at this factory have been exported to Israel in 2010, 2011 and 2012 and Elbit Systems drones are being used in Israel’s ongoing massacre. Any claims that components manufactured at this factory are not being used in Israel’s current attack on Gaza are not credible. Continue reading

Israeli Brutality Intensifies Palestinian Solidarity

 

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By Existence is Resistance

Palestinian City of Haifa
July 18, 2014

I have been to many protests in my life, gassed, shot at with rubber bullets, sprayed with skunk water, attacked by counter protesters but never in my 33 years have I ever witnessed firsthand the violent rampage that Israeli police unleashed on demonstrators in Haifa yesterday.

 

During the ongoing slaughter in Gaza, inflicted upon the Palestinian people by the terrorist state of Israel, Palestinians (not “Arab Israelis” – I will explain this later) living in occupied ’48 territories have been protesting non-stop to show their solidarity for their fellow Palestinians being brutally massacred in large numbers just a few hours away. The despair, pain and helplessness felt by all is extremely visible.

Yesterday I joined a demo in my hometown city of Haifa. Family members were with me among a long stream of familiar faces. People brought their children, young sisters and brothers and even elderly to join in voicing our disgust at the ongoing brutal attacks on our people in the worlds largest open air prison, Gaza.

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As we drove to the gathering point I could see hundreds of Israeli police positioned in different areas and side roads. There were two massive sanitation looking trucks which spray “Skunk” water (It is a mix of chemicals that has the most awful odor that can last weeks on ones body and almost impossible to remove from clothes).

As we began marching down the mountain on the main street we could see up ahead a barrier of police, fingers on their triggers. We continued down past them and made our way to a T junction at the top of a street they call “Ben Gurion Street” which, I would like to add, has been there from before “Ben Gurion” was even born and the true name of it is “German Avenue” built by the Germans in 1868. Continue reading

[Photos] The West Bank Uprisings

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Bethlehem, Palestine

July 22 2014

All Photos From Anna Ferensowicz

Originally Posted in Light Rocket / Pacific Press Agency

Palestinians defiantly came out into the streets of Bethlehem, in the West Bank to continue to show their rage and resentment against Israel’s assault on Gaza. Since Israel’s military incursion began, all most every night for the last 16 days, Palestinians in Bethlehem have gathered in both spontaneous and planned demonstrations and marched towards checkpoint 300, the military checkpoint in Bethlehem.

Each night they are met by Israeli soldiers who use tear gas, rubber bullets, sound bombs, and at times live ammunition. As of Tuesday afternoon, on the 16th day of Israel’s military incursion into Gaza, dubbed “Operation Protective Edge” the Palestinian death toll rose to over 650 Palestinians, the vast majority of whom were civilian, including 160 children. The Israeli death toll reached 29, 27 of whom were soldiers.

Israeli soldiers survey the street in Bethlehem, getting ready to use tear gas and charge into protesters.

Israeli soldiers survey the street in Bethlehem, getting ready to use tear gas and charge into protesters.

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A car that has been set on fire and is used as a barricade against Israeli soldiers, burns in the streets of Bethlehem.

A parked Israeli military jeep in front of the famous "Dove of Peace" by artist Banksy.

A parked Israeli military jeep in front of the famous “Dove of Peace” by artist Banksy.

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[Video] Paris Defies Ban On Pro Palestine Demonstrations, Clashes Break Out

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Video From Revolution Et Libertes

Paris, France

The following video helps breakdown the sequences of events in Paris during todays (July 19th) demonstration in support of Palestine and in defiance of the French governments ban on Pro Palestinian / Anti Zionist protests.

The video breakdown is clear: 1: Peaceful Protestors Defying The Government Ban 2: Police React With Tear Gas Attacks 3: The People Resist

The French police can be seen HERE attacking a disabled pro Palestinian demonstrator who is bound to a wheelchair. As people rush to defend the man from the police and cameras appear, the police back off. Continue reading

[Photos] Afghans Protest Israeli Aggressions Against Palestine

Jalalabad, Afghanistan

Source: Reuters

Afghan protesters shout slogans and torch an effigy of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Israeli flag during a demonstration against Israeli attacks on the Palestinian territories in Jalalabad on July 13, 2014. Hundreds of residents of the eastern Nangarhar province gathered to condemn Israeli airstrikes over the Gaza Strip. AFP PHOTO/Noorullah Shirzada (Photo credit should read Noorullah Shirzada/AFP/Getty Images)

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