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Funding to AirFlotilla2 and Welcome to Palestine in 2012 through MRG

April 11, 2012

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Name of Applying Group: Activist Legal Working Group
What type of group is it?: Working Group

Contact Person: Libor: LiborVonSchonau@Gmail.com, Carrie: nyc_amethyst@hotmail.com

Contact Email: liborvonschonau@gmail.com

Street Address: XXX XXXXXX St

City, State and ZIP: Ridgewood, NY, 11385

Phone: 917476866zero

What have your group or its members worked on in the past?:

OWS Activist Legal Working Group (OWSALWG) We help to keep people out of jail, support those who do get arrested, and ensure that arrestees have the best legal support possible. We want to make sure that activists are the ones who decide and define what their legal case looks like–basing it in politics first–whenever desired. We collaborate with lawyers who are willing to respect the politics and autonomy of the activists. The National Lawyers Guild – NYC Chapter has been representing protestors arrested at OWS protests and providing legal observers and other legal support where needed (nlgnyc.org).

OWSALWG holds and coordinates “know your rights” and solidarity trainings and we are organized into subgroups:

• Jail Support

• Anti-Repression Committee

• Trainings

• Activist-Lawyer Liaison

We were arranging post eviction logistics with the city and sanitation department. Following the raid we vetted several lawyers to lead following lawsuits. We also explore surrounding issues with city codes, permits, sound & structure. For litigation cases we accomplished to have a Litigation Working Group & Mass Defense Committee We organize explore legal issues through National Lawyers Guild, Center for Constitutional Rights, New York Civil Liberties Union and others. ALWG passed statement of solidarity with OccupyAIPAC and send small delegation to Washington D.C. for several days.

Please provide references (with phone numbers) and links to online presences.:
http://www.nycga.net/groups/legal/

Lisa: 6465328zero78, Matt: 717576353nine, Libor: 917476866zero

http://www.nycga.net/2011/12/28/proposal-for-thursday-1229-general-assembly-ows-activist-legal-working-group/

http://www.nycga.net/groups/think-tank/forum/topic/ows-activist-legal-working-group-and-nlg-nyc-chapter-open-forum-on-jan-3-5-pm-56-walker/

http://nlgnyc.org/2012/01/01/ows-activist-legal-working-group-to-host-open-forum-with-nlg-nyc-on-tuesday-january-3rd/

 

Is there a specific date that this project needs to occur on?: Departing on Friday April 13, 2012

 

Executive Summary (400 characters):

“Welcome to Palestine in 2012 will again challenge the Israeli policy of isolating the West Bank, at a time when paramilitary settlers and the army commit crimes against a defenseless Palestinian civilians. We call on governments to support the Palestinians’ right to receive visitors, and the right to their respective nationals to freely visit Palestine. Participants in the mission Welcome to Palestine in 2012 asking to pass through the airport in Tel Aviv without incident in order to go directly to the West Bank where they are expected to take part in a project on the right to education for children Palestinian. “ http://airflotilla2.wordpress.com/2012/01/13/welcome-to-palestine-mission-2012/

Total amount requested: $3,000 for 2 air tickets.

 

What goal of Occupy Wall Street does this project address?:

We want to make U.S. foreign policy answer to the 99%, not the 1%. The U.S. wouldn’t be deaf to the pleas of Palestinians for freedom if not for the outsized role of the 1% in campaign finance. We want U.S. policy to respond to Palestinian cries for freedom. As a members of Occupy Wall Street we oppose wasting of taxpayers resources to fund nation that is known for suppression of human rights. We give every year over Billion to Israel who uses this funding to occupy Palestine, destabilize the Middle East. The funding is also used to endanger and kill American and international peace activists and bringing United States into the war with Iran which would put further economic burden on the US economy. We are tired of our government taking orders from the Israel Lobby. We are tired of many US foreign policies which don’t reflect the needs and values of US citizens.

 

How will this project move us toward achieving the goal stated above?:

This project will generate publicity for the fact that Palestinians are being denied the freedom to receive international visitors. In particular, this project is receiving attention in Europe but not in the U.S. where it is most needed; so far, few Americans are participating. Our participation will help draw the attention of Americans to this project.

 

What message will this tactic send to the target of the action, the public, the media, potential movement members, and existing movement members?:

This tactic will show that nonviolent protest and international solidarity can focus attention on Palestinian demands for basic human rights.

 

Which groups will be involved in this project?: Activist Legal Working Group, Minutes Working Group, Archives, Media, Press,

How many people do you estimate will work on this project and for how many hours in total?:

There has been several thousands of people working on this project for endless time.

What does success look like for this project?:

This tactic will show that nonviolent protest and international solidarity can generate and push through demands for basic human rights.

@DailyOccu @OccupiedWSJ @DemocracyNow @Guardian @TruthOut @Intifada @MondoWeiss @JustFP @CodePink and other media

What is your project’s estimated timeline?:

April 13, 2012 – April 20 and several weeks of report-backs upon arrival to the United States.

Proposal Details (4000 characters):

Activist Legal Working Group agreed to seek a funding and send at least two people to AirFlotilla2 and boost US presence. We designated four suitable people for this project with extensive background on the Middle East politics and US policies. The goal is to purchase at least two ,500 round-trip airtickets. Participate and network at Welcome to Palestine in 2012 http://airflotilla2.wordpress.com/2012/04/07/airflotilla2-mission-welcome-to-palestine-the-detailed-program/ Upon participants arrival we would like to set up a series of report backs and bring the issue of foreign policies and spending in the foreground of our discussions.

Materials: N/A

Expenses: Transportation: $3,000 for 2 air tickets.

Expenses: Signage: We will be provided T-shirts with human rights slogans from WE WILL NOT BE SILENT http://shop.wewillnotbesilent.net/

Expenses: Printing: N/A

Expenses: Props: N/A personal expanses

Equipment: personal documentary equipment.

Shipping budget: N/A

Rental budget: N/A

Other items: N/A personal property/items lasting for several days.

Please list any potential or confirmed other sources of money for this project.: Personal expanses, friends and families.

Assemblies of #OccupyWallStreet

October 28, 2011

You can find out more information about each model and leave a comment at:

MODEL: People’s Assembly Of Occupy Wall Street v/s General Assembly Of Occupy Wall Street

The Occupy Wall Street Spokes Council

Council’s functions are:

– To be a mare messengers of a message given to it by the People’s Assembly.
– Council can make recommendations to the People’s Assembly as a group.
– A council members brief and discuss on issues of their own delegated groups with the whole council and crosspolinate.
– Council members function is to be as a default point-of-contact for delegated group, but not as a spokes persons, unless they are empowered to do so by the group.
– Council is an advising body issuing recommendations when People’s Assembly is not in the session, but it is not empowered to make any decisions on behalf of the PA.
– All decisions are made by the people of People’s Assembly, unless voted otherwise.
– Council members can never act on their own behalf while empowered to deliver a message, negotiate or delegate.
– Council meetings are open to the public and any one can participate in them.

– People’s Assembly has right to alter and abolish council.

(Please discuss and modify this model)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWRXyQEc3iI

Get inspired by:

MODEL: People’s Assembly Of Occupy Wall Street v/s General Assembly Of Occupy Wall Street

October 26, 2011

Council’s functions are:

– To be a mare messengers of a message given to it by the People’s Assembly.
– Council can make recommendations to the People’s Assembly as a group.
– A council members brief and discuss on issues of their own delegated groups with the whole council and crosspolinate.
– Council members function is to be as a default point-of-contact for delegated group, but not as a spokes persons, unless they are empowered to do so by the group.
– Council is an advising body issuing recommendations when People’s Assembly is not in the session, but it is not empowered to make any decisions on behalf of the PA.
– All decisions are made by the people of People’s Assembly, unless voted otherwise.
– Council members can never act on their own behalf while empowered to deliver a message, negotiate or delegate.
– Council meetings are open to the public and any one can participate in them.

– People’s Assembly has right to alter and abolish council.

 

(Please discuss and modify this model)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWRXyQEc3iI

Open letter to the Parliament of Czech Republic.

July 18, 2011

Dear members of Parliament,

I am contacting you regarding an extremely urgent matter.

My name is Libor ████████████, I am citizen of the Czech Republic and I am a passenger of the U.S. Boat to Gaza The Audacity of Hope, part of the International Freedom Flotilla – Stay Human.
Our effort is to deliver humanitarian aid to and break the illegal blockade of Gaza.
It is imperative that you, the Czech Government stand on the right side of history and support this humanitarian aid mission by negotiating and demanding the release of all participating boats and passengers. It is essential that we are allowed to continue our peaceful and nonviolent mission under the protection of international human rights law.

Currently, many of the boats of the International Freedom Flotilla are imprisoned in Greek waters.

The passengers aboard The Audacity of Hope have been in the US Embassy/Greek Coast Guard base since June 30th 2011. The conditions of our detention have been inhumane. People have to endure temperatures of over 35˚C degrees, deprived of connection to the shore power line (electricity). For over 3 days, grain and grain dust was spewing from a Russian cargo ship all over our ship and surrounding area, making breathing very difficult in the extreme heat. These conditions are especially difficult for the elderly passengers aboard the ship. I am of the contention that, The Audacity of Hope, itself, has become a political prisoner.

The Greek authorities are under pressure from the U.S. and Israeli governments to put an end to the aid mission. The media have been prevented from covering the situation aboard the boat and must stay on the other side of the barb wire fence. The Greek government have imposed bureaucratic obstacles to prevent us from moving our boat. They say we must make some adjustments to pass inspection, but have not yet given the approval for workers to come on board to get small amounts of work done.

I call on the Czech government to urge Greece to restore electricity to the boat immediately.

I call on the Czech government to urge Greece to permit our boat sail to a commercial marina.

I call on the Czech government to urge Greece to let all boats sail to international waters.

This Flotilla is a remarkable undertaking that demonstrates civil society’s concern with the siege Israel has imposed on 1.6 million Palestinians living in Gaza. The International Freedom Flotilla with participants from over 100 countries is acting where governments have failed.

Last year, Israeli commandos killed nine innocent passengers of the Freedom Flotilla and injured dozens more.
The fact-finding mission for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights determined that the “circumstances of the killing of at least six of the passengers were in a manner consistent with an extra-legal, arbitrary and summary execution. ” None should have been killed for attempting to alleviate the conditions of Palestinians living under a political and economic siege.

The Israeli blockade of Gaza is illegal under international lawAccording to human rights experts, collective punishment aimed at a civilian population is contrary to human rights law.

We are a nonviolent human rights delegation traveling to Gaza to reconnect with Palestinian civil society. Our act is one of solidarity and friendship with Palestinians, Israelis and internationals who oppose the Israeli occupation and blockade of the Gaza Strip.

Our boat, The Audacity of Hope, is named after President Barack Obama’s novel to remind him that he is a Nobel Peace Prize laureate and should live up to the honor. Currently the U.S. embassy in Athens is refusing to help. Worse yet, when we have protested by the Embassy, they ordered the Greek police to arrest us and put us in jail. Our captain John Klusmire was put in jail for four days.

We are following the footsteps of the Freedom Riders during the United States civil rights movement in promoting freedom, equality, and justice for Palestinians in Gaza. Our boat intends to go from international waters directly to Palestinian waters. We have no intentions to enter Israeli waters. Attacking and hijacking our boat would be an act tantamount to piracy.

As an artist, I was planning to meet other artists in Gaza to stage an art show at a children’s gallery. I brought many prints, photographs, posters, poetry, and music from artists and artist collectives who wanted to share their art with Palestinian civil society.

Remarkably, several items crucial to artists were, until recently, prohibited from being imported to the Gaza Strip through Israeli borders such as: musical instruments, size A4 paper, writing implements, pencils, crayons and notebooks. Also prohibited were newspapers, toys, hair brushes, hair combs, shoes, clothes, blankets, coffee, tea, toothpaste, detergent, fabric softener, dish soap, medicine and medical equipment, diapers, feminine hygiene products, toilet paper, baby wipes, shampoo and conditioner. The only reason they are allowed today is because of the courageous effort of last year’s flotilla participants.

Israel’s siege policy was summed up several years ago by Dov Weisglass, an advisor to the Israeli Prime Minister, when he stated, “The idea is to put the Palestinians on a diet, but not to make them die of hunger.” This is an appalling and dangerous statement that has roused many to reconsider Israel’s occupation of the Palestinians and led more voices to be raised in concern.

The injustice of this blockade is worth highlighting for all the world to see. We are sailing despite repeated Israeli threats against the International Freedom Flotilla and last year’s attack on the first flotilla. The Israeli military apparatus is harming the rights and livelihoods of Palestinians in occupied Gaza and has no right to stop us in international or Palestinian waters. We sail without arms, but with conviction and love for Palestinian civilians too long denied their fundamental human rights.

I call on the Czech government to urge Greece to restore electricity to the boat immediately.

I call on the Czech government to urge Greece to permit our boat sail to a commercial marina.

I call on the Czech government to urge Greece to let all boats sail to international waters.

Sincerely,
Libor █████████████

This application has been filed with the Parliament of Czech Republic  ap.no.: 2669/2011 and was accepted for a further processing 2011-07-18 11:53:00
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Privatized Greece “under new management”/what’xxxx happened in Greece (June/July 2011)

July 9, 2011

Reliving the trauma by reading this articles makes me cry…
I thought we were going to die there that day.

I’m talking about the fact that innocent people were being brutally beaten up, chemical weapons were being used against them, and their rights and voices were being violently suppressed silenced and ignored.

That’s what hurts me. The injustice.

I smell the teargas in my nose again.
Even-though I stand with the peoples in the streets, I cannot help the feeling of guilt and responsibility for the violence by being from the U.S.

Reading Made in Pennsylvania U.S.A. (courtesy of international financiers) on exploded stun grenades and teargas reminded me the uncompromising, merciless power of the empire.
– Injustice goes unpunished.

What happened in Athens is directly linked to what happened to the Freedom Flotilla II.
What happened in Athens is directly linked to many different causes and struggles around the globe.
I was happy to find out that some of the documentary material from June 29th 2011 has been created by other internationals of the Freedom Flotilla who came out to support this popular uprising. (I was in Athens like many other as a passenger of the International Freedom Flotilla – Stay Human, during those days. http://ustogaza.org/passengers-on-the-audacity-of-hope/)

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People of Greece are very well educated and aware of their socio-economical problems (significantly more than the people in U.S.).

After all the organizing, mobilizing and demonstrating, what really brought them to the streets was this painting with a message “The Greeks are sleeping”.
The message actually triggered people to go out to the streets to tell the government that they are not asleep and they know what’s going on. They know of government elite’s dirty little secrets with IMF, European Bankers, China, Israel, Germany, Luxemburg and other financier schemes. They know of the contracts signed secretly, without referendums and against people’s will.

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It is a picture of great Greek revolutionary and national hero called “Kolokotronis”.
He and a bunch of other revolutionaries started the Greek Revolution in 1821 against the ottoman empire.
Greece was under the othoman empire from 1453 (that is the year that Istambul which was part of Greece, fell in the hands of ottomans) to 1821.
If you were an ottoman in 1821 you would characterize Kolokotronis as a terrorist. But in Greece he was a national hero.
The picture is showing a raging bull (the IMF) and Greek national revolutionary hero – stabbing has a pure symbolic meaning.

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In order to somewhat understand the mood of Athens and the rest of the Greece during the period of June/July 2011 one has to have a knowledge of the scene. These links will help you to draw the picture.

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– Greece should sell islands to keep bankruptcy at bay, say German MPs  http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2010/mar/04/greece-sell-islands-german-mps                                                                                                                                                                                          Summary: the EU just told Greece to prepare for Debtor in Possession loan issuance. Basically should Greece default, and it will, the Parthenon will go to Germany, Santorini will go to Luxembourg, Piraeos will likely end up in IMF hands, and the Chinese will own the rest.

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twitter: Greek media suck! We are under #IMF occupation, the #flotilla has been banned and our media are currently showing the royal wedding. #fail

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– 48 hours in Syntagma Square during a general strike in Greece
http://www.demotix.com/news/737738/48-hours-syntagma-square-during-general-strike-greece

– Greece: “We Gave Birth to Democracy, and We Killed It!”
http://globalvoicesonline.org/2011/07/04/greece-we-gave-birth-to-democracy-and-we-killed-it/

-Yorgos Avgeropoulos: Flirting With Death
http://www.thenewsignificance.com/2011/07/03/yorgos-avgeropoulos-flirting-with-death/

– Police purchase 900,000 euros worth of chemicals, report says
Members of Greece’s anti-riot squad allegedly used more than 2,200 tear gas canisters and stun grenades during the demonstration.
http://www.ekathimerini.com/4dcgi/_w_articles_wsite1_1_04/07/2011_396972

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here is few more pictures from that day:
http://www.greekriots.com/  and here is the original song from Keny Arkana – La Rage – French Rap (English subtitles) http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=z8txhtB2e5M

http://do-it-like-pasxos.blogspot.com/2011/07/blog-post.html#more

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twitter: DOCTORS, GAUZES, OXYGEN AND WATER NEEDED AT SYNTAGMA METRO – ΕΚΚΛΗΣΗ ΓΙΑ ΓΙΑΤΡΟΥΣ, ΓΑΖΕΣ, ΟΞΥΓΟΝΟ ΚΑΙ ΝΕΡΟ ΣΤΟ ΣΥΝΤΑΓΜΑ
twitter: Ppl reporting about spitting blood from excessive tear gassing.
twitter: 40 people wounded with rubber bullets
twitter: The tweets remind me the voices of the students in Polytechnic university on 17/11/1973

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here is some video from that day:
– the usual professional-hoodies of the secret police/instigators.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihahWeFvmfE&has_verified=1

– Videos showing police brutality, agents provocateurs and chemical war by riot police in the center of Athens, at Syntagma Square.

http://storify.com/cyberela/videos-from-29th-july

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In order to understand this problem little more follow..:

– How Greece’s Political Elite Ruined the Country
http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/0,1518,772176,00.html

– The Business podcast: Greece’s debt crisis and the euro
http://www.thepressproject.gr/external.php?id=5265

– For the first time in Greece a documentary produced by the audience.
“Debtocracy” seeks the causes of the debt crisis and proposes solutions, hidden by the government and the dominant media.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qKpxPo-lInk

– Greek Parliament Approves Austerity Plan
http://www.truth-out.org/greek-parliament-approves-austerity-plan/1309362035

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… and this is to all of you my sisters and brothers

IN SOLIDARITY
LIBOR
– Greek Revolution. Join the #GreekRevolution (ΑΓΑΝΑΚΤΙΣΜΕΝΟΙ ΕΛΛΗΝΕΣ)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Azjmvm6Hxg4&feature=player_embedded

Israel, Don’t Be Jealous Of My Date (And Stop The Aggression)

June 16, 2011

Later this month I anticipate encountering the Israeli military in the waters of the Mediterranean Sea. This year’s International Freedom Flotilla is bigger, stronger, and more popular than even last year’s version. It is a remarkable undertaking that demonstrates civil society’s concern with the siege Israel has imposed on 1.6 million Palestinians living in Gaza. We are acting where governments have failed.

This year there will be more than 10 ships carrying humanitarian aid and activists from over 100 countries . My advice to Israel: “Please, stay at home. Keep your weapons and commandos, which last year killed nine innocent passengers, among them an 18-year-old U.S. citizen, and injured dozens more, tightly controlled. Respect the human rights of all participants. Acts amounting to state-sponsored piracy will not be tolerated by the international community. The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights fact-finding mission determined that the “circumstances of the killing of at least six of the passengers were in a manner consistent with an extra-legal, arbitrary and summary execution. ” None should have been killed for attempting to help Palestinian civilians living in grim circumstances.

The Israeli blockade of Gaza is illegal under international law. According to human rights experts, collective punishment aimed at a civilian population is contrary to human rights law.

We are a nonviolent human rights delegation traveling to Gaza to reconnect with Palestinian civil society. Our act is one of solidarity and friendship with Palestinians, Israelis and internationals who oppose occupation and blockade.

I will be a passenger on the US Boat to Gaza, “The Audacity of Hope.” It is named after President Barack Obama’s novel to remind him that he is a Nobel Peace Prize laureate and should live up to the honor.

American support of the occupation and siege of the Gaza Strip harms Palestinian civilians and the chances for peace in the region. We are following the footsteps of the Freedom Riders and civil rights movement in promoting freedom, equality, and justice for Palestinians in Gaza.

Our boat is going from international waters directly to Palestinian waters. We will never enter Israeli waters. Attacking and hijacking our boat would be an act tantamount to piracy.

As an artist, I am looking forward to meeting with other artists in Gaza to stage an art show at a children’s gallery. I will be bringing prints, photographs, posters, poetry, and music from artists and collectives intent on sharing with isolated Palestinian artists.

Remarkably, several items crucial to artists were, until recently, prohibited from being imported to the Gaza Strip through Israeli borders: musical instruments, size A4 paper, writing implements, pencils, crayons, and notebooks. Also prohibited were newspapers, toys, hair brushes, hair combs, shoes, clothes, blankets, coffee, tea, toothpaste, detergent, fabric softener, dish soap, medicine and medical equipment, diapers, feminine hygiene products, toilet paper, baby wipes, shampoo and conditioner. The only reason they are allowed today is because of the courageous effort of last year’s flotilla participants.

Israel’s siege policy was summed up several years ago by Dov Weisglass, an advisor to the Israeli Prime Minister, when he stated, “The idea is to put the Palestinians on a diet, but not to make them die of hunger.” This is an appalling and dangerous statement that has roused many to reconsider Israel’s domination of the Palestinians and led more voices to be raised in concern.

The injustice of such a blockade is worth highlighting for all the world to see. We are sailing despite repeated Israeli threats against the International Freedom Flotilla and last year’s attack on the first flotilla.

The Israeli military, which is severely damaging the rights and livelihoods of Palestinians in occupied Gaza, has no right to stop us in international or Palestinian waters.

We sail without arms, but with conviction and love for Palestinian civilians too long denied their most fundamental rights.

Libor Von Schönau is a cofounder of Art And Struggle, artist & activist collective. Libor is also Vice-chair of the Middle East Crisis Committee, media and human rights organization. Further information about the US Boat can be found at http://www.UStoGaza.org.

Stars & other “stars” make history with Palestinian songs

June 1, 2011

 

I would like to start with this press release:


Stars make history with Palestine song
http://www.waronwant.org/freedomoneworld/

First popular single to support Palestinian freedom struggle
Leading international musicians today announced plans to make history with the first popular song to support Palestinians’ struggle for justice.
The song, ‘Freedom for Palestine’, is performed by musicians calling themselves OneWorld. Faithless/Slovo star Dave Randall was inspired to write and produce the single after a trip to the West Bank.
OneWorld includes Randall, Jamie Catto (1 Giant Leap), Maxi Jazz (Faithless), LSK, Harry Collier (Kubb), Andrea Britton, Sudha (Faithless), Andy Treacy (Faithless/Moby/Groove Armada), Attab Haddad and Joelle Barker.
The track brings together leading members of seminal dance act Faithless for the first time since the band officially split up in April.
Dave Randall said,
“As a child growing up in Britain, the struggle against apartheid in South Africa seemed a long way away until I heard the song ‘Free Nelson Mandela’ by The Special AKA. Now, apartheid in South Africa has fallen, but something very similar remains in Palestine – as I discovered when I visited Gaza and the West Bank recently. What I saw convinced me that it is time for a new generation of musicians from around the world to stand up for Freedom for Palestine.”
Many commentators – including Archbishop Desmond Tutu and former US President Jimmy Carter – have drawn a parallel between Israel’s occupation of Palestinian land with South African apartheid.
The song also features the Durban Gospel Choir and members of the London Community Gospel Choir.
During the last year Faithless, Massive Attack, Elvis Costello, Gil Scott-Heron, the Tindersticks, the Klaxons and the Gorillaz Sound System have all cancelled gigs in Israel over increased repression of Palestinians.
The news comes as British foreign secretary William Hague today backed US president Barack Obama’s call for an independent Palestinian state.
It also emerges only days after Israeli troops shot dead at least 13 Palestinians in protests over the occupation.
The single will be available for pre-order from 31 May, one year on since Israeli commandos killed and injured many activists in a raid on a flotilla of ships delivering aid to besieged Gaza.
The music video – which features the artists recording the single, as well as comedian Mark Thomas, rapper Lowkey and poet Michael Rosen, the former children’s laureate – will be made publicly available on YouTube on the same day.
Chart release will be on 3 July.
The track is being remixed by notable dance producers including Phil Jones from Specimen A.
It is backed by the anti-poverty charity War on Want and proceeds from sales of the song will go to support its projects in Palestine.
MORE INFORMATION:
Contact Paul Collins: 07983 550 728
Pictures of musicians recording the song are available.
Dave Randall is available for interview.
See also http://www.freedomoneworld.com

So,…….

as this just came out and I hope all of my friends DJ’s are going to play it over and over, and I hope to hear it soon on the main stream radio stations, in the night clubs, and from your I-pod on the subway. I would like to mention this song (and this song comes in four different versions, one hotter than the other!) is hardly the first song singing about Palestine and the Israeli oppression.
One thing is for famous musicians to listen to the call of Boycott, Divestment and Sanction (BDS) movement, join The Pixies, Elvis Costello, Carlos Santana, Faithless, Gill Scott-Heron, Meg Ryan, Alice Walker, the Yes Men and many more who support the he Cultural Boycott of Israel, and canceled their trip since the Israeli racial discrimination got from bad to worst. (Today anyone can draw the link between South African Apartheid and the Israeli Government.)
And another thing is to get inspired by this beautiful global cultural movement and write a song, poem, make a movie, painting, theater play, ballet or commit another act of creativity through any cultural/artistic media.
As the media, the funding behind the media, the industrial non-profit complex, producers, galleries, and most of the artistic world are not too keen on Palestinian message and in reality any artist who let the muse entertain her or his mind and produces piece of art against the advices of their friends, managers, dealers and establishments,…. those are very often committing career suicide.
Those artists and activists, especially if they did not grow up in Palestinian culture (or grew up ripped apart from that land) and don’t have to have otherwise any ties to this culture besides their sense of responsibility as a global citizens, those very noble people deserve extra recognition.
Now let’s stick to the music. I would like to bring up at least few other song which you might enjoy.
Here they are:

David Rovics – Song for the Mavi Marmara

http://www.soundclick.com/player/single_player.cfm?songid=9382537&q=hi&newref=1

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