Friday, July 25, 2014

Jews Against Genocide statement and action

Jews Against Genocide statement and action


We, Jews Against Genocide, came to Yad Vashem, Israel’s memorial of the genocide committed against Jews, to honor the Palestinian children who are dying in a genocide committed by Jews.

We brought dolls to symbolise the children of Gaza, and tried to bring a glimpse of the horror that Gazan’s face, to Israel’s doorstep. We hope to show Israel, and the world, the absurd reality of using the memory of one genocide to justify another.

We invite compassionate people from across the globe to join the outcry by staging similar protests in front of Israeli embassies and consulates around the world.

Just as we honor the people who were murdered seven decades ago in Europe because they were Jews, we are here to honor the people who are being murdered at this very moment because they are the indigenous people of this land who are not Jews.
The UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide defines Genocide as, “any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such:

(a) Killing members of the group;
(b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;
(c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part; [...]“

The children of Gaza, who are being systematically murdered as we write this article, constitute 52% percent of the population under siege in the strip. The vast majority of these children are descendants of refugees from historical Palestine.

In the current round of atrocities committed by the Israel occupation army, so far dozens of children have been murdered in their homes, with Israel’s war-making leadership vowing “much higher costs” on the Palestinian side as the bombing and shelling continues.

The war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Gaza today are the latest stage of an ongoing campaign of ethnic cleansing and genocide against the indigenous people of this land.

The Jewish State was founded on the Zionist principle of “maximum Jews on maximum land, and minimum Arabs on minimum land”, which was made reality through sixty-six years of continued assault against Palestinians, denying them the right to live freely and peacefully in their historical homeland.

The Israeli regime has turned the beautiful Gaza strip into a densely populated ghetto, with unsafe water, untreated sewage, and insufficient resources and electricity. This ghetto has become a concentration camp, through repeated Israeli massacres in what the Goldstone Report described as an effort to, “humiliate and terrorize a civilian population, radically diminish[ing] its local economic capacity.”

We express our support and solidarity for the Palestinian civil society’s call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel, until it complies with the three basic demands of:

1. Ending its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands and dismantling the Wall
2. Recognizing the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality; and
3. Respecting, protecting and promoting the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN resolution 194.

Never Again for Anyone – End Israel’s Genocide of Palestinians
Jews Against Genocide (JAG)

IJAN and Jews Against Genocide call on Jews of Conscience to “lay siege” on Israeli consulates with protests, creative actions, pickets and demonstrations and to protest events that attempt to justify Israel’s brutality against the Palestinian people.
Please email us reports of your actions @ ijan@ijsn.net and jewsagainstgenocide1948@gmail.com.

© 2014 IJAN.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Notify Your Local Police: Victims of Human Trafficking Identified Online


Causes

A message from the campaign

Heroes Rising


This is how it works.
A pimp has a phone number through which he works several girls. He is selling them for sex. The phone number he uses is the means by which he makes his livelihood. The phone is everything: his money, his connections, his power. He lists that number day and night on social networking, escort and urban listing websites in a specific geographic region.
In this case, the phone number was listed on Backpage.com in the Connecticut Escort section. More specifically, at a Motel 6 well known for human trafficking on the Silas Deane Highway in Wethersfield, CT. This was documented in the case of the United States vs. Dennis Paris in 2007, through Wethersfield Police verification in 2010, again with his Mr. Paris's brother, Jaykuan Paris in 2012, and through eyewitness accounts as recently as July 6, 2014.
The ad for a girl called "Coco." Her photo, one taken from the Backpage.com, is included in this article and obviously depicts an underage female. The phone number can be searched through a website called EscortPhoneSearch.com, which was established so that men could locate their favorite girl-for-sale via that very special phone number.
In "Coco's" case, a search for her number on EscortPhoneSearch.com reveals the profiles and photos of several women in this particular pimp's stable. You can read reviews of the girl's services on TheEroticReview.com or find all her listings on CityVibe.com or Fling.com
It's that simple. You only need the phone number. In fact, that's all law enforcement needs to rescue potential victims of this human rights violation. At this very moment, "Coco" is being worked (sold) out of the Motel 6 at the corner of the Silas Deane Highway and Town Line Road in Wethersfield, CT in the US. Her listing was posted just a few hours ago.
The men are there now, buying her, paying for her to be their slave.
Will the police be there as well?
Some time ago, I was told by a Wethersfield Detective. "We know there's human trafficking there. We just don't have the manpower right now." It was not the detective's fault. I have known him for years and he loves Wethersfield, protecting people and his job. He was more frustrated with the situation than any of us. This is why I am trying to make people aware. The police must be given the resources and training for this type of crime. The pressure to get them want the need - and want - must come from us. For now, find out the email of the detectives in your town. Then, you can go to the "Escort" section of Backpage.com in you local area, look at each listing, and select the "email this post" option. Then, email it to your police, urging them to investigate if it is a human trafficking situation. If ten people do that consistently in in every town, things will begin to change.
Of course, if the police want to know exactly where these young girls are, they just need to look at RubMap.com. That's right, it's a website that lists all the "Happy Ending" massage parlors in the United States by individual town. You can look up each parlor's listing and read reviews of their "services." If you don't understand the coded language used by the customers - who call themselves "hobbyists" - Rubmap even has a handy Glossary of Terms.
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Sunday, July 6, 2014

Clif Bar: Raise the Bar on Child Slavery!

Clif Bar: Raise the Bar on Child Slavery!



Isn't it disappointing when a "socially responsible" company refuses to be transparent?
We at Food Empowerment Project have long enjoyed the products from Clif Bar & Company, including energy bars that contain chocolate. But when we asked Clif last year, "From which countries do you get cocoa beans?" they refused to tell us.
With some 1.8 million children in Ghana and the Ivory Coast toiling in the chocolate industry--where they may be exposed to the worst forms of child labor, including hazardous work and slavery--we as consumers have the right to know.
Many chocolate companies -- including Newman's Own -- disclosed to us where their cocoa beans come from, so what does Clif Bar have to hide? We are not asking for full supply chain information or grower names -- simply the cocoa beans' country of origin.
Plantations in Ghana and the Ivory Coast together supply 70 percent of the world's cocoa. For years, these farms have used child slaves, who work 12 hours a day. They cut cocoa pods from trees with heavy machetes, slice the pods open, scoop out the beans, and put them in the sun to dry. Then they stuff the beans into bags and load them onto trucks bound for the United States and Europe. Children are not paid, they are cut off from their families, and when they don't work fast enough, they are beaten.
Clif Bar acknowledges on their website "that food matters to our families, our communities, and our planet -- as our food choices affect the physical, social, and environmental fabric of our lives." They even pledge a commitment to communities worldwide. Yet this now all seems to be empty rhetoric.
Recently, Clif Bar announced that they intend to use the Rainforest Alliance certification, a system that imposes the least amount of requirements on the companies that plan to use its seal and does not guarantee the cocoa is free of child labor or slavery. While we appreciate Clif Bar's effort, our question remains the same: Where do you source your cocoa from?
How could a company that prides itself on social responsibility choose to not be transparent about an issue as important as child slavery?
Please join us in asking them:

Monday, June 30, 2014

A Reignited War Drives Iraqis Out in Huge Numbers

A Reignited War Drives Iraqis Out in Huge Numbers



DARBANDIKHAN, Iraq — As Sunni rebels advanced across Iraq in recent weeks, hundreds of thousands of Iraqis were driven from their homes. For many, it was not the first time.
There have been very few prolonged periods of peace in Iraq over the last several decades, and for civilians seemingly perpetual flight. More than a million Iraqis have been displaced this year, half within the last couple of weeks, the United Nations says.
For Akheel Ahmed, a Sunni Arab who fled his home in the central Iraq town of Balad, fear and uncertainty were accompanied by familiarity. He arrived in this mountain village along the Iranian border a few days ago with his three sons, the second time in recent years that he has become a refugee in his own country.
Using hand gestures, he described the battlefield that his hometown had become.
“Here is ISIS,” he said, referring to the Sunni militant group the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, “and here are the Shiite militias. We are in between.”
He then checked off the names of his sons, to emphasize the urgency of his exodus.
“I have an Omar, an Othman and an Asha,” he said, all recognizable as Sunni names, making them targets for the Shiite militias now working alongside the Iraqi Army. “They will slaughter them.”
The rapid advances of ISIS and other Sunni militant groups across Iraq have increasingly merged the civil war in Syria and the violent Sunni uprising here into a single battle zone. Now, the humanitarian crises gripping both countries are converging. Millions of Syrians have already fled to Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey, and now Iraqis are on the move, too.
Iraqis endured an enormous refugee crisis after the American invasion in 2003. In those years, many fled to Syria, but that is no longer an option. Jordan, another past destination for Iraqi refugees, is facing difficulty caring for the huge numbers of displaced Syrians.
“The situation is reaching a critical point,” said a United Nations official who spoke on the condition of anonymity as a matter of official policy. “As bad as Syria is, the crisis here is growing by day and exceeding the capabilities of the government. Effectively there is no centralized government over all of Iraq now, and in past years, they were already relatively weak.”
This year, the United Nations appealed to donors for $106 million to care for nearly 500,000 civilians displaced from Anbar Province, where militants began capturing territory in late December. Only a small portion of that amount was raised, and now the United Nations is planning to ask donors for another $312 million to face the new wave of displaced people.
Here in this village in northeastern Iraq, school is out and classrooms have become homes for this country’s displaced.
A group of men standing outside the elementary school here, Mr. Ahmed among them, were asked if any of them had been forced to flee their homes multiple times over the last decade of near-nonstop violence.
“Yes, yes, all of us,” one said.
Another school in this town was also filled with refugees, many from Diyala Province, a mixed area heavily contested by Shiite militias and Sunni militants. One of the refugees was Ahmed Awad, a 9-year-old boy whose father, he said, was recently kidnapped in front of him by masked gunmen. It was the second time in recent years he had been driven from his home.
His older brother, Dia Awad, stood nearby and explained why they fled in 2007, reciting the reasons as casually as if he were reading a grocery list.
“Sectarian war,” he said. “Qaeda. Clashes. They blew up our house.”
Many of the displaced Iraqis have come to the autonomous Kurdish region here in the north. Spread across the region are tens of thousands of Syrian refugees, some of them children who beg at traffic circles in the capital, Erbil. There are also people who fled the fighting in Anbar earlier in the year.
The region, though relatively peaceful and prosperous, has been locked in a fight over oil revenue with Baghdad, which has cut its budget payments to the Kurdish government. That has produced a fiscal crisis and sharply limited the ability of the region to meet the refugee challenge. Kurdish leaders, while receiving praise for their open doors, are also wary of allowing too many Arabs into the territory, especially if they are single men of fighting age.
Iraq’s Kurds have long been in conflict with the Arab populations over territory, and amid the current fighting have tried to expand their autonomous enclave and increase their control over it.
“They won’t let me in because I am an Arab,” said one man, near a checkpoint on the road between Erbil and Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, which has been in the hands of militants for more than two weeks.
On the other side of the Kurdish region, near the Syrian border and several hours’ drive through mountains and dry scrublands, ramshackle tent camps have been established as temporary homes for the displaced, many of them from Iraq’s vulnerable minorities: Christians, Turkmen and Yazidis.
At one of the dusty, sweltering camps, where there was just enough food and water but few medical supplies, Semira Ali, a Turkmen woman, sat with her large family. They were from Tal Afar, a nearby city that was the site of fierce fighting between Sunni militants and the army, and this was not the first time they had fled. That was in 2005, when the Americans bombed the city. The second time was in 2006, at the height of Iraq’s sectarian war. The third time was this month.
Another Turkmen, Jassim Aziz Muhammed, stood nearby and said that his people were caught between the two warring sects. “We are in the middle of the Shiites and ISIS, and we don’t know what is happening,” he said.
Iraq faces a bleak future, with the apparent unfolding of a new sectarian civil war and the possibility of its fracturing into identities of faith or ethnicity, rather than nationality. The displaced, too, face the same divisions.
Here in Darbandikhan, most of the displaced are Sunni Arabs fleeing the militias or government airstrikes. They are angry for their present circumstances, but express deeper grievances, rooted in history, that leave little space for reconciliation between Iraq’s Sunni minority and its Shiite majority.
Mr. Ahmed, reflecting a widely held belief in this country’s Sunni population, said in defiance of the facts that his sect is a majority in Iraq. In many ways, Iraq’s Sunnis have never accepted the new political order that came after the American invasion, which forced out the Sunni-dominated government of Saddam Hussein and led, through democratic elections, to Shiite domination.
For a new leader of Iraq, he said, “We would accept a Kurd, a Christian or even a Jew.”
But not, he said, a Shiite.
“They consider us infidels,” he said. “And we consider them infidels.”

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Greek Jewish Lawmaker Says Golden Dawn Would Send Her to 'Concentration Camp'

Greek Jewish Lawmaker Says Golden Dawn Would Send Her to 'Concentration Camp'


Ruling Party Anna Asimakopoulou Has Jewish Mother


By JTA

Published June 09, 2014.
Greek lawmaker warned her colleagues that if the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party comes to power it would send her and her family to the crematoria because of her Jewish ancestry.
Anna Asimakopoulou, the spokesperson for the ruling New Democracy party, made the comments last week during a stormy debate in Parliament on lifting immunity from several jailed Golden Dawn leaders.
During the debate held June 4, Christos Pappas, the deputy leader of Golden Dawn, turned to Asimakopoulou and pointed out that she had an American-Jewish mother.
Pappas said he raised the issue to illustrate that the fact she had been allowed to shop in his store, which proved that Golden Dawn were not anti-Semitic, but only anti-Zionist.
Asimakopoulou reacted angrily to the comments, asking what kind of lawmaker raises the ethnic and religious backgrounds of other parliamentarians.
“If this man were in power, not only would my mother, myself and my son not be allowed to enter his shop, but they would put us on trains and send us to concentration camps before sending us to the crematoria,” she said.
The Greek government has led a crackdown on Golden Dawn, in recent months jailing several of its leaders and accusing them of running a criminal organization.
But the effort has not diminished public support for the group, which has been blamed for dozens of violent attacks on immigrants in Greece.


Sunday, June 1, 2014

Iraq: Bullet fired at Camp Liberty residents’ housing trailer

Iraq: Bullet fired at Camp Liberty residents’ housing trailer


In daily visits by UNAMI observers from various locations in the camp, residents request provision of security requirements as well as logistical needs, but no actions are taken
NCRI - At 8:45 a.m. (local time Baghdad) on Wednesday, May 28, a barrage of Kalashnikov (AK47) bullets were fired from northeast to Camp Liberty with one of the bullets hitting near a residents' housing trailer (see pictures).
Firing of bullets from outside the camp to the camp area that has happened many times seriously endangers the security of the residents.
On 14 May 2014, a Kalashnikov bullet fired from outside the camp pierced through a container wall and hit one of the residents wounding his head. Hitting of yesterday’s bullet during daytime is yet another warning about the vulnerability of Camp Liberty residents and the absence of security for them and the imperative threats that they face.
UNAMI observers took film and pictures and prepared report of the place hit yesterday. The observers had also previously visited and prepared reports of the places hit by bullets fired from outside the camp that had hit residents’ containers.
The Iranian Resistance has numerously brought the attention of the United States and the United Nations who have repeatedly and in writing committed themselves to the safety and security of the residents to provision of minimum security requirements in Camp Liberty, in particular the returning of the 17,500 T-walls and the transfer of residents’ protective helmets and vests from Ashraf to Camp Liberty.
The UNAMI monitoring teams visit different places in the camp on a daily basis freely visiting various locations and they speak with the residents privately or in groups. The residents convey their problems to the monitors, concerning the lack of security and their vulnerability against anything fired at them or regarding the anti-human siege, and request solutions from them. Regrettably, no actions are taken concerning these requests and there is no prospect for them to be resolved (see pictures).
Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
May 29, 2014