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I was in East Jerusalem, after the delegation, on my own, and staying at a Palestinian-owned hotel called the Jerusalem Hotel. And basically, in the Arab quarter near Salah ad-Din street and in this [area with] Palestinian markets. And I took a stroll up the hill, and found Jaffa road, and I couldn’t believe my eyes, it was like I was on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, or the Grove in L.A. It was just the strangest thing to see the juxtaposition, of the largely Jewish and tourist center of commerce with all the chains here, Coffee Bean, Yogurt Land, jewelery, clothing, ATMs at every little corner, granite paved roads, and then of course running through the middle of Jaffa street is the illegal Jerusalem Light Rail system. So to recognize that this space is normalized, a Western so-called bureaucratic capitalist space, a space of high consumerism is an eight-minute walk from what is essentially a ghetto in an occupied territory. That, that to me is even more shocking than seeing 20-something year-old Israelis looking through people’s passports and IDs and deciding whether or not you’re a threat. To me, that emphasis on normalization is one of the more dangerous things, because if they succeed in convincing the world that this is not a state of war or occupation but rather this is really the heart of the kind of Western democracy that’s like the rest of the world, the Western world at least–then in some ways that’s how they try and win. And part of what the boycott does is it delegitimizes the claim that this is a normal situation. It’s not a normal situation, it’s a settler-colonial situation, a situation of oppression.

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racebending:

An actress on Twitter writes:  ”I didn’t make ‪#PowerRangers‬ said I was great but they already casted a black guy so they can’t cast a black girl too WHY is race an issue”
Power Rangers has had a lot of diverse casting, but since it was bought by Nickelodeon it seems to have regressed to “old school” diversity.  For example, in 2010 they only allowed white actors to audition for the lead role and Racebending.com had to write a letter requesting they open up the casting call.

boycott powerrangers!

racebending:

An actress on Twitter writes:  ”I didn’t make  said I was great but they already casted a black guy so they can’t cast a black girl too WHY is race an issue”

Power Rangers has had a lot of diverse casting, but since it was bought by Nickelodeon it seems to have regressed to “old school” diversity.  For example, in 2010 they only allowed white actors to audition for the lead role and Racebending.com had to write a letter requesting they open up the casting call.

boycott powerrangers!

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Reblogged from Racebending.com

iggymogo:

56th Samsung factory worker dies of blood-related illness

Yoon, 31, a former worker at LCD panel factory of Samsung Electronics, who suffered from a severe aplastic anemia, passed away, at 9:56 pm, June 2.
“Yoon is the 56th victim to die from blood related disease after working at the manufacture line of Samsung Electronics,” said a statement from Banolim, the organization for the semiconductor workers’ health and human rights.
[..]
“It’s unfortunate that Yoon passed away young but we cannot determine if the death is directly related to the work yet. We will react with sincerity when the family claims compensation,” said a person from Samsung.

read more at http://english.hani.co.kr/arti/english_edition/e_business/536185.html
BOYCOTT SAMSUNG!

more: "In November 1999, the 18-year-old Yun (Yoon) collapsed on the cleanroom floor, where for the previous five months she had been cutting chemically glazed liquid crystal display (LCD) panels.  In December of that year, diagnosed with aplastic anemia, she was asked to leave the job.
In the cleanroom of Samsung Electronics’ plant in the city of Chonan, the only protective gear that stood between her and hazardous chemicals were thin cotton gloves.  With bare eyes, she inspected the panels for cracks and cut them into size.  She said the room was always full of glass dust and chemical odors.”http://stopsamsung.wordpress.com/
Now, can  you buy your LCD monitors, phones, tv´s with god conscience? Printing info about this out and leaving around the local transport system. Boycott! Solidarity!

iggymogo:

56th Samsung factory worker dies of blood-related illness

Yoon, 31, a former worker at LCD panel factory of Samsung Electronics, who suffered from a severe aplastic anemia, passed away, at 9:56 pm, June 2.

“Yoon is the 56th victim to die from blood related disease after working at the manufacture line of Samsung Electronics,” said a statement from Banolim, the organization for the semiconductor workers’ health and human rights.

[..]

“It’s unfortunate that Yoon passed away young but we cannot determine if the death is directly related to the work yet. We will react with sincerity when the family claims compensation,” said a person from Samsung.

read more at http://english.hani.co.kr/arti/english_edition/e_business/536185.html

BOYCOTT SAMSUNG!

more:
"In November 1999, the 18-year-old Yun (Yoon) collapsed on the cleanroom floor, where for the previous five months she had been cutting chemically glazed liquid crystal display (LCD) panels.  In December of that year, diagnosed with aplastic anemia, she was asked to leave the job.

In the cleanroom of Samsung Electronics’ plant in the city of Chonan, the only protective gear that stood between her and hazardous chemicals were thin cotton gloves.  With bare eyes, she inspected the panels for cracks and cut them into size.  She said the room was always full of glass dust and chemical odors.”
http://stopsamsung.wordpress.com/


Now, can  you buy your LCD monitors, phones, tv´s with god conscience?
Printing info about this out and leaving around the local transport system.
Boycott! Solidarity!

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News from Palestine

stay-human:

as of 21st May, 2012

  1. Seven Gazan farmers injured (17/05) and another farmer injured (20/05) due to Israeli shootings

    Gaza medical spokesman Adham Abu Salmiya told Ma’an that two people were seriously wounded and five moderately injured when Israeli forces opened fire on Beit Lahiya, north Gaza, and east of Gaza City.

    Most of the victims were farmers, Abu Salmiya said. An Israeli army spokeswoman said forces opened fire toward “several suspects approaching the security fence.” She said no hit was identified.

    An Israeli army spokesman later added that “tank shells were fired towards the terrorists,” near the Karni crossing east of Gaza City.

    SECOND INCIDENT

    A young Palestinian farmer was shot by Israeli soldiers while working on his land in the southern Gaza Strip on Sunday, a medical official said. Waheed, 22, is in a moderate condition in Nasser hospital after suffering a bullet wound in the thigh, emergency services spokesman Adham Abu Salmiya said.

    He was working in fields near al-Qarara, north-east of Khan Younis, when a soldier opened fire from a military watch-tower, Salmiya added. An Israeli military spokeswoman said she had no record of the incident.

    -

    Our civilians, your ‘terrorists’. Watch this video (one of many) to see what goes down when farmers try to harvest their crop in Gaza (start at 8:50): Vittorio Arrigoni reporting on situation in Gaza

  2. Two Palestinian prisoners still on Hunger Strike

    Two Palestinian prisoners held by Israel are refusing food a week after a deal to end a mass prisoner hunger strike, Israeli and Palestinian officials said on Monday.

    But officials on both sides played down the ongoing hunger strike by Mahmud Sarsak and Akram Rikhawi, saying it was not a breach of the agreement since the two were not part of the mass hunger strike that ended last Monday.

    Sarsak, who comes from Gaza and is demanding to be recognised as a prisoner of war, began refusing food on March 23, and went 53 days without eating before a short break on May 14 when the deal was signed. He restarted his strike a day later.

    Rikhawi is demanding that the prison authority hand over his medical file prior to him appearing before a prison release committee to expedite his release. He stopped eating for the first time on April 18 but also ate briefly last week before restarting his strike.

    Weizman said the two were in “good condition” and were under medical supervision in the infirmary in Ramle prison near Tel Aviv. She said both were due to be released “in the next month or two.”

  3. Report: Denmark set to label Israeli settlement produce

    Denmark is set to introduce a labeling system to denote products made in Israeli settlements, Danish media said Friday.

    “This is a move that will clearly show consumers that this produce has been produced under conditions that not only the Danish government, but also the European governments have rejected,” Danish Foreign Minister Villy Sovndal was quoted as saying by Danish online news-site Politken. “Then it is up to consumers whether they are prepared to buy the produce,” he added.

    The Danish FM said that stricter controls and labeling of settlement produce should be seen as part of the European Union’s support for a two state solution. Enforcing controls on settlement produce also shows the Palestinians that the world is against illegal settlement building.

    The move targets illegal settlements and not Israel, the Danish FM added.

  4. Financial Times: Israel attacks South African move to label settlement goods

    Israel has attacked a legal move by South Africa that would force merchants to provide a special label for goods made in Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank, slamming what it said was a decision with “racist characteristics”.

    The harsh condemnation, issued by the Israeli foreign ministry, came in response to a “notice” from South Africa’s Department of Trade this month, saying it intends to require traders not to “incorrectly label products that originate from the Occupied Palestinian Territory”. The proposal gives consumers 60 days to comment on the issue. Should it be confirmed, the Israelis say it would be the first regulation imposing a separate label of origin for settlement goods made in the occupied Palestinian territories.

    “Singling out one country and stigmatising its products is a move with racist characteristics. We regret that it is South Africa of all countries that is the first to go down this slippery slope,” a spokesman for Israel’s foreign ministry said on Sunday. He argued the proposal – with its reference to “1948 borders” – left unclear what areas precisely would be affected by the new labelling rule, claiming that it would “stain all Israeli products”.

    “This will stamp, name and shame Israeli products on an uncertain basis,” the spokesman said.

    Macdonald Netshitenzhe, a senior official at South Africa’s trade and industry department, said the decision was not political, but was in line with South Africa’s trade and consumer laws. “Our consumer protection act, as well as our trade law, says you must not mislead the consumer. If it’s a wine of the Cape, you don’t say it’s a Bordeaux … that is the principle,” he said. “South Africa recognises Israel only to [the] extent of the 1948 borders … The occupation of 1967 and thereafter, we don’t recognise that.”

    The settlements, home to a fast-growing population of more than 500,000, are seen as a key obstacle to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, as they take up an increasing share of the land on which the Palestinians hope to establish an independent state. They are also illegal under international law, which prohibits the establishment of settlements on occupied land.

    South Africa is not among Israel’s most important trading partners, which means the economic impact of a new labelling regime is likely to be limited. A deeper concern for Israel is that the example set by Pretoria will inspire others to follow suit, especially in Europe. The latest warning on this front came from Denmark, where the foreign minister appealed for a new Israeli labelling regime in an interview on Friday.

News from Palestine

stay-human:

Yeah I think I’m just going to do this every day now. Put all the news from different sources in one spot XP

  1. Boycott Movement: Major Norwegian retail shop stops selling Ahava products

    27/03/2012

    Norwegian retail chain VITA made public on Friday their decision to stop all sales of products originating from settlements in occupied Palestine. VITA will therefore stop selling products from the cosmetics brand Ahava. VITA has been the main retailer of Ahava products in Norway, and this decision will be a serious blow to the sales of Ahava products in Norway.

    The principled decision by VITA not to buy products from Israeli settlements in the West Bank is based on a position of not wanting to contribute to violations of international law. This is also the position of Norgesgruppen, a company holding 49% of the shares in VITA. BAMA, another Norgesgruppen company has implemented the same policy regarding Israeli fruit and vegetables for several years already.

    The VITA decision comes after a period of active lobbying from Norwegian People’s Aid and the Norwegian Union of Municipal and General Employees (Fagforbundet), providing VITA and VITA’s owners with information about Ahava and their production in the Mitzpe Shalem settlement. Activists in Norway have also focused on Ahava and will now launch a new campaign to have other stores follow VITA’s example.

  2. Israeli plans to expel 30,000 Bedouin from Negev moves forward

    28/03/2012

    Ha’aretz
    has reported today that a steering committee in Israel’s Prime Minister’s Office has approved “a five-year economic development plan for Israeli Bedouin”.

    This is another step along the road to the implementation of the Prawer recommendations, which are presented as a “development plan” for the “improvement of living conditions” for all citizens of the Negev – but with the mass expulsion of the Bedouin Palestinian citizens at the heart of the proposal.

    The exact number of ‘unrecognised villages’ to be destroyed is unclear. While a commonly cited estimate for the anticipated number of displaced is 30,000, an advisor to Shimon Peres told US officials in 2005 that the “development of the Negev” would mean “relocation of some 65,000 Bedouin living in unrecognized villages” (which, taking into account natural population growth, is roughly the total number of Bedouin citizens living in all unrecognized villages).

    The person that Netanyahu’s government has appointed as “chief of staff in charge of implementing the relocation” is Doron Almog, a Major General (res.) in the Israel Defence Forces. The name may be familiar, as in 2005, Almog escaped arrest on war crimes charges by staying on his plane at Heathrow following a tip-off.

    Giving responsibility for the “relocation” to a military man is consistent with the way in which the non-Jewish population is viewed as a ‘threat’ – particularly when it comes to territorial control and contiguous settlement.

    It’s the kind of systematic racism recently denounced by the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD), who commented specifically on the Prawer plan, saying:

    the State party should withdraw the 2012 discriminatory proposed Law for the Regulation of the Bedouin Settlement in the Negev, which would legalize the ongoing policy of home demolitions and forced displacement of the indigenous Bedouin communities.

    Objections can be heard until April 1, but after that, MK Benny Begin has the task of finalising the draft law before it moves down the normal route for enactment. The clock is ticking on another wave of ethnic cleansing by the Middle East’s ‘only democracy’.

  3. Red Cross: Gaza fuel shortage putting more lives at risk

    29/03/2012

    The International Committee of the Red Cross said a shortage of fuel in the Gaza Strip is putting the lives of thousands of hospital patients in the Palestinian territory at risk.

    The Red Cross said Thursday it is preparing to deliver 150,000 liters of diesel to the Ministry of Health in Hamas-controlled Gaza so that hospital generators can keep running. But the aid group said the supply will only last for 10 days.

    This is after one baby has already died as a result of the power shortage.

HERE IS A SIMPLIFIED LIST OF MONSANTO OWNED COMPANIES TO AVOID. Only 1 page to print and carry while shopping.

humulus:

rollingwiththedevil:

The list reproduced above purportedly details a wealth of food-related companies or brands supposedly owned by Monsanto, the multinational agricultural biotechnology corporation. In fact, Monsanto doesn’t own the listed companies; this item appears to be an attempt to compile a list of companies selling food items that make use of products developed by Monsanto (such as artificial sweeteners or agricultural products derived from genetically engineered seed).

Quote from snopes.com

fightanimalcruelty:

Procter & Gamble (P&G) are the world’s largest consumer products company, with an annual turnover of over $68 billion. Traditionally known for soaps and detergents, they now produce a massive range of products in hair care, cosmetics, perfumes, personal hygiene, laundry products, snack food, paper and feminine hygiene – and even pet food.P&G admit that guinea pigs, rabbits, hamsters, ferrets, rats and mice are among the animals poisoned in their ‘product safety research’, and cats and dogs are used in experiments for their pet foods. P&G are very secretive about their toxicity tests, where chemicals are repeatedly force-fed to animals, rubbed into their raw skin, or dripped into their eyes. Other brutal tests include forcing animals to inhale chemicals or injecting substances up their noses.Of course P&G realise that the vast majority of people are against animal testing for cosmetics and household cleaning products, so they try to give the impression that they only test on animals as a last resort. This is untrue. A leaked memo revealed that P&G have been lobbying behind the scenes to stop a ban on animal testing for cosmetics within the European Union.
Pledge to boycott P&G here.

fightanimalcruelty:

Procter & Gamble (P&G) are the world’s largest consumer products company, with an annual turnover of over $68 billion. Traditionally known for soaps and detergents, they now produce a massive range of products in hair care, cosmetics, perfumes, personal hygiene, laundry products, snack food, paper and feminine hygiene – and even pet food.

P&G admit that guinea pigs, rabbits, hamsters, ferrets, rats and mice are among the animals poisoned in their ‘product safety research’, and cats and dogs are used in experiments for their pet foods. P&G are very secretive about their toxicity tests, where chemicals are repeatedly force-fed to animals, rubbed into their raw skin, or dripped into their eyes. Other brutal tests include forcing animals to inhale chemicals or injecting substances up their noses.

Of course P&G realise that the vast majority of people are against animal testing for cosmetics and household cleaning products, so they try to give the impression that they only test on animals as a last resort. This is untrue. A leaked memo revealed that P&G have been lobbying behind the scenes to stop a ban on animal testing for cosmetics within the European Union.

Pledge to boycott P&G here.

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