SJPUPDATES#13 STOP THE US NZ PARTNERSHIP FORUM

Kia ora all,

In this update>>>>

(A) Stop the US NZ Partnership Forum –  Protest Monday September 10
(B) Paul Buchanan and Omar Hamed to speak at meeting on relations with the US
(C) JOHN PILGER; “The Greatest Moral Issue of our Age”
(D) ISM: Pulling Up Illegal Settlement From the Root

(A) >>>>>Stop the US NZ Partnership Forum –  Protest Monday September 10>>>>>
 
This September in Auckland a high-profile meeting, the US-NZ Partnership Forum, will further talks on creating a free trade deal between the US and NZ. President George W Bush is said to be making an appearance.

A free trade agreement would allow US corporations to sue our government for threatening their profits. It puts all of Aotearoa up for sale to US corporations. Their free trade agreement will “remove barriers” to US corporate control. Changes could include;

  • Privatisation of our water, schools and hospitals.
  • Removal of our environmental and public health protections.
  • End of local content funding for TV and Music.
  • Banning labelling of genetically engineered food.
  • End to government subsidies of medicines

This is your chance to tell our government to put people and planet before profits.

Tomorrow might be too late.

Rally & March to the US NZ Partnership Forum

MEET: Aotea Square, 12NOON, Monday September 10

MORE INFO: www.notforsale.org.nz

(B) >>>>>Paul Buchanan and Omar Hamed to speak at meeting on relations with the US>>>>>

GPJA FORUM MONDAY – US/NZ RELATIONSHIP,
Monday, September 3, 7.30pm, Trades Hall, 147 Great North Rd, Grey Lynn
Speakers: Paul Buchanan, Auckland academic, until recently teaching at Auckland University
Omar Hamed will also be speaking about the relationship and the plans of a coalition of groups to organise a protest in Auckland September 10 at the US-NZ Partnership Forum against Corporate control of Aotearoa and the Pacific.

(C) >>>>>Report: 30th Week of Protests Against Separation Fence>>>>>
This Friday we had the 127th demonstration in Bil’in. It was also the 30th week of persistent demonstrations and other actions in the south of Bethlehem (There are few villages that are involved in the struggle there and there are usually some actions and demonstrations each week.) As usual the activists of the anarchists against the wall participated this week in both Bil’in, south Bethlehem, Hebron, and within Israel (the single parents camp in Jerusalem, the resistance to expulsion of tenants in Tel Aviv, and the Darfur refugees.

The demonstration in Bil’in was much more interesting than the usual ones of the last two months or so. Before the demonstration was a short meeting as we had bigger than the usual contingent of international activist and a bigger contingent of Palestinians from Ramalla.
http://www.infoshop.org/inews/article.php?story=20070714091714977

(C) >>>>>JOHN PILGER; “The Greatest Moral Issue of our Age”>>>>>:

In a column for the New Statesman, John Pilger describes his first encounter with a Palestinian refugee camp and what Neldon Mandela has called “the greatest moral issue of our age” – justice for the Palestinians. ‘Something has changed’, he writes, referring to the world view of sanctions and a boycott against Israel.
http://www.johnpilger.com/page.asp?partid=451

(D) >>>>>ISM: Pulling Up Illegal Settlement From the Root>>>>>

August 22nd 2007

Approximately 60 Palestinian, Israeli and international activists joined together to protest and take non-violent direct action against
the illegal confiscation of Palestinian land from the village of Al Mazra al Qiblya. Israel has declared the land state land, despite
villagers’ claims to the contrary. Although Israel claims that the land was declared state land in the nineties, local Palestinians were
never informed of this.

Israeli law requires that a formal declaration be made, which would have given Palestinians the opportunity to contest the confiscation.
Although Palestinians are contesting this in court and plan to challenge this decision legally, settlers have nonetheless begun
planting grape seedlings there for cultivation. Cultivating land is often the first step in absorbing Palestinian land into a settlement.
After the land has been worked on, settlers can claim more easily that it was previously Israeli owned and even if it was not, that
Palestinians chose not to work it and that the land would have been left fallow had they not cultivated it.

At approximately 11am, the demonstrators walked across a rocky hillside to gather on the confiscated land. Upon seeing the way the
settlers illegally cultivated the land, planting young grape vines,they began to pull up the plants. Palestinian, Israeli and international activists pulled up hundreds of plants in order to demonstrate that this land is not for settlers to use and that arbitrary confiscation will not go unchallenged. After approximately twenty minutes, a small group of soldiers arrived. One of the soldiers approached some of the Palestinians to talk. Media gathered to witness the discussion. Witnesses say that the discussion related to the legitimacy of the land’s ownership and the destruction of the crops on the land. Although the discussion lasted maybe twenty minutes, there was no aggression and no one was arrested.

As the demonstrators began to leave, an armed settler suddenly appeared brandishing a camera and carrying what appeared to be an
automatic rifle. The armed settler began shouting at the Palestinians in Hebrew and filming the people present. He threatened the community and shouted curse words in Arabic. A few Palestinians tried to engage him in discussion, however he was mostly ignored as demonstrators refused to allow him to disturb them. As activists left the land they chanted in protest against the occupation and the land theft and made their way back to their cars.

www.palsolidarity.org 


“Remember the solidarity shown to Palestine here and everywhere… and remember also that there is a cause to which many people have committed themselves, difficulties and terrible obstacles notwithstanding. Why? Because it is a just cause, a noble ideal, a moral quest for equality and human rights.” – Edward Said, Palestinian/American historian/political commentator
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