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Posts Tagged ‘West Bank

Vittorio Arrigoni And The Need For The Geneva Accords.

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No one should sneer or joke about the death of Vittorio Arrigoni, rather our humanity should make us think of why it happened and what the alternatives are.

The continued violence in the Middle East only brutalises people, it desensitises them and makes any settlement harder to achieve.

The on-going conflict in the Middle East is a political problem and requires political solutions, not military gung-honess, attacks on buses or the murder of Vittorio Arrigoni.

Such a political solution is the Geneva Accords.

These accords try to balance the wants and desires of all parties, and endeavour to find reasonable compromises to these seemingly intractable problems.

For peace in the Middle East a degree of realism is needed on all sides, no one is going to vanish or go away, so a modus vivendi must be found.

The Geneva Accords offer an outline of a settlement and should be given greater prominence in light of Vittorio Arrigoni’s death, lest nihilism and the status quo linger on, leading to further killings and the brutalisation of so many more.

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16/04/2011 at 01:30

Jail For Blasphemy, Walid Husayin.

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Thanks to Bob for pointing me towards the case of Walid Husayin, a young man apparently jailed for blasphemy, without trial in the West Bank.

The Washington Post reports:

“JERUSALEM — A Palestinian atheist jailed for more than a month for sharing his anti-Islam views on the Internet has apologized for offending Muslims, and a Palestinian military spokesman said he expected “positive” developments in the case.

Rights groups have criticized his arrest as a demonstration of the limits on free speech under the Western-backed Palestinian Authority, which has trawled Internet sites like Facebook as part of a crackdown on dissent and unpopular views. “

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19/12/2010 at 16:43

Union Solidarity.

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There is an old notion that the working class have no country and that solidarity between unions should be international, irrespective of any linguistic or cultural differences.

That used to be true, years ago but now in the age of discriminatory boycotts that international solidarity seem to break down when faced with the prejudice of anti Israeli types.

As Eric Lee comments:

“West Bank universities are on strike. But academics unions that have called for a boycott of Israel are strangely silent. Maybe it’s because they’re only interested in solidarity when it has to do with boycotting the Jewish state?”

TULIP has more:

“According to this report, thousands of university employees in the West Bank, as well as students, have launched a three day strike. The strike has nothing to do with the Israeli occupation — it is entirely focussed on bread-and-butter, economic issues.

“The union head said the protests are a response to the Ramallah-based Palestinian government’s continuous ‘haggling’ over employee demands,” according to a report from the Ma’an news agency. Those demands include “a salary increase in relation to the cost of living, and inclusion on the government’s retirement scheme as civil service employees.”

Academics unions which have called for a boycott of Israeli universities — in solidarity, they say, with Palestinian academics — have not mentioned the West Bank strike on their websites.”

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09/03/2010 at 21:40