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No One is Illegal Vancouver on Palestine


No One is Illegal-Vancouver is a grassroots immigrant and refugee rights
collective with leadership from members of migrant and/or racialized
backgrounds. We struggle for a world in which no one is forced to migrate
against their will, and where people can move freely in order to live and
flourish in justice and dignity.

As an anti-colonial collective, we recognize the Palestinian struggle for
justice and the liberation of historic Palestine as being central to our
work and principles. We oppose the settler policies of Israel, which have
and continue to be supported by the Canadian state, and stand against the
continued displacement of Palestinians and the confiscation of their land
and homes since 1948. We call for an immediate end to the Israeli
occupation of all Palestinian territories and the system of apartheid that
characterizes life in Palestine; the recognition of the right of return
for all Palestinian refugees; and full political, social and economic
equality for all people in historic Palestine.

Specifically, we uphold the following:

As individuals and communities on occupied indigenous territory, we affirm
our solidarity with the struggles of indigenous people for
self-determination and sovereignty across Turtle Island. In opposing the
racist and colonial ideology of the State of Israel, we similarly oppose
the violent colonization upon which Canada was founded and the continued
dispossession of the indigenous peoples of Turtle Island. We recognize
that a diversity of people, including racialized migrants and other
oppressed people, reside on occupied lands. As such, we acknowledge the
different ways in which we benefit from- while many of us are being
marginalized by- the processes of racist colonization.

We affirm the fundamental and inalienable right of all Palestinian
refugees to return to the original towns, villages, and lands of 1948 and
1967 occupied Palestine from which they were expelled. We believe that the
right of return of Palestinian refugees is central to the global movement
against dispossession and displacement, of which No One is Illegal is a
part. We further affirm the right of Palestinian refugees to migrate
beyond the Occupied Territories/ surrounding refugee camps in order to
live with dignity and respect. The right to remain, the right to migrate,
and the right to return are all essential elements to the human assertion
of self-determination.

We oppose the Zionist-Eurocentric foundation of the State of Israel that
claims a racist, exclusionary, and privileged Jewish identity and
discriminates citizenship and land title rights on the basis of race.
Instead, we support the creation of a free, independent, anti-oppressive,
and democratic society within historic Palestine. This includes the right
to return of Palestinian refugees and global freedom of movement into
Palestine for those who desire it. We believe that the right to mobility,
which is primarily the reality for millions of poor and racialized
migrants who are indigenous to the global South, is distinct from
capitalist settler-colonialism that destroys or assimilates existing
societies and justifies theft of land and resources for the benefit of a
privileged group.

Given the Israeli government and its imperialist allies‘ monopoly over
state violence, we believe it is necessary to support the right to
Palestinian armed resistance, which has even been affirmed by the
imperialist international legal regime. We reject the false dichotomy of
violent and non-violent resistance, a Eurocentric construct that serves to
divide, simplify, and decontextualize diverse movements. While we believe
that all social movements have the right to debate tactics, we take
leadership from those engaged in their own struggle.

Within Vancouver, we will continue to actively work in solidarity with
others to oppose and expose all forms of political and diplomatic support
provided by the Canadian government to the State of Israel; continue to
fight the deportation of Palestinian refugees by the Canadian government
despite its direct complicity in the continued displacement of the
Palestinian people; and support local initiatives for a Boycott,
Divestment and Sanctions campaign in response to an appeal issued by over
170 grassroots organizations in Palestine calling for international


Comment by an African Palestinian


Bil‘in – Palestine

On Tuesday (1.1.08) evening we got a call from Bil‘in, alerting us that settlers were putting up caravans on the village’s lands. By the time we (two cars from Tel Aviv) got there – Muhamad and Abdallah have been beaten and taken by hospital, while Imaad got most of this on tape until some settlers broke his camera (however – he managed to get the tape, which we later made a copy of. It’s amazing).
We met Muhamad and Abdallah at Ni‘alin checkpoint, where they were waiting in the Israeli ambulance for a Palestinian one to take them to Ramallah. Abdallah seemed OK, and later at night returned to Bil‘in, but Muhamad’s face was covered with blood, and he wasn‘t able to talk. He’s still in the hospital in Ramalla, and it is said he‘ll be OK soon.

We went to the settelment. Two caravans have been placed just outside the settlement fence, and are supposed to become a new synagouge. We found out the people who put them there were not (as he had thought in advance) the more facist settlers, but rather local Haredim. Local police interviewed some of them, but didn‘t arrest anyone, saying that if the people from Bil‘in would want to press charges – they‘ll look into it. The police also promised the caravans will be gone tomorrow.
We had a bit of a shout-out with some of the settlers, and a car belonging to Hagit from Yesh-Din (who also came) had two of its tires cut. While waiting for the Grar we talk to many settlers, and saw some who were facist racist pigs, and some who told us they had no idea about what this place was when they came, and asked us to help them fight to get their money back so they could leave.
What is underreported about the incident that took place in Bil‘in Wensday evening is the nonviolent tactics used by Abdullah Abu Rahme and Mohammed Khatib from the popular committee.

First they got under the carvan that was being lowered by the crane and told the settlers that they would have to lower it over their bodies. Some settlers were telling the driver to do so. The settlers attacked them that and then went for imad when they realised they were being filmed after beating imad and breaking his camera and threatening to shoot him, he escaped and managed to save the tape that you can see below. The settlers then proceeded to beat Abdullah and Mohammad from under the caravan, a process that took a long time as whenever they focused on one the other would stay under the caravan.

All the time villagers were attempting to come in their support but were forbidden to do so by the soldiers at the gate in the wall.

After they were beaten from underneath it and the driver put it down (committing an offense under Israeli law) Abdullah and Mohammed who were laying bleeding on the ground crawled under the wheels of the crane to stop it from leaving the area!* The settlers then stoned them and threw dirt at them to get them out the police arrived, two hours after they were notified by the villagers of the caravan’s being placed (when the villagers placed a caravan on their own land they were there within 15 minutes.) But instead of arresting the driver they let him leave the area. They also refused to arrest the attackers or to allow the wounded Palestinians to get treatment at an Israeli hospital forcing them to wait wounded 45 minutes at the checkpoint until a Palestinian ambulance arrived.

The cravans were removed early this morning no doubt thanks to the attention generated by their nonviolent actions.

via Anarchists against the Wall

Cut the Power

Dozens of activists participated in the overnight operation which was organized by „The Front for the Liberation of Gaza“, a coalition of anarchist organizations who oppose the government’s decision to cut power supplies to Gaza.

According to the poster, the power outage is scheduled for next week. „The power outage is a step we must take since there are army headquarters in your city which are responsible for war crimes in the West Bank and Gaza,“ the poster read.

„For humanitarian reasons, the cuts will not be absolute, and we will allow you to use some power for hospitals, the water and sewage systems or residential homes,“ the poster read.

It is believed that the activists do not plan to perform any real power cut in Israel, but rather aim to raise public awareness of civilian life in Gaza.
Over 10,000 posters warning of a power outage were plastered over residential doors and public locations in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Haifa by left wing activists in protest of the government’s decision to cut-back the power supply to the Gaza Strip.


Joe Sacco


You can find a digital version of Sacco’s book „Palestine“ on Piratebay. If you have no programm for the file-format (.cbz), switch it to .rar or .zip and decompress it with a normal programm.

Writers on the Borders

A delegation of internationally-renowned writers and intellectuals travels to the Occupied Palestinian Territories — in part to participate in a cultural event in honour of Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish, but also to see first-hand life under Israeli military occupation. The delegation includes Russell Banks (U.S., author of The Sweet Hereafter and Affliction), Bei Dao (China, famous exiled poet), José Saramago (Portugal, winner of the 1998 Nobel Prize for Literature), and Wole Soyinka (Nigeria, winner of the 1986 Nobel Prize for Literature). The film is narrated by these and other writers — in a variety of languages – with eloquence and passion, as they compare and contrast their experience in Israel and Palestine to injustices in their own homelands.


On Piratebay

Unreported World: „Israel’s Wild West“ (June 2007)

Ben Heine

More to be found:
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The weblog
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Free Palestine

David Baldinger via

Palestinian Hip Hop


Marwan Barghouti