jueves, 30 de septiembre de 2010
Los ganadores se dividirán el premio de 200.000 euros (270.000 dólares) financiado por el filántropo sueco-alemán Jakob von Uexkull en 1980 para reconocer méritos que consideró eran ignorados por los premios Nobel.
La organización Médicos para los Derechos Humanos, de Israel, fue reconocida por su "espíritu indomable en defensa del derecho a la salud para todo el pueblo de Israel y Palestina".
El grupo, fundado en 1988, emplea clínicas móviles para brindar servicios a israelíes y palestinos.
Los premios serán entregados en una ceremonia en el parlamento sueco el 6 de diciembre, cuatro días antes de la entrega de los Premios Nobel.
domingo, 26 de septiembre de 2010
jueves, 23 de septiembre de 2010
martes, 14 de septiembre de 2010
TWO IMPORTANT UPCOMING EVENTS!!!
PROTEST ISLAMOPHOBIA September 16th, 5:30-7:30 PM, in front of the Simon Wiesenthal Museum of Tolerance, 226 E 42nd St, between 2nd and 3rd Aves. This event is co-sponsored by JVP, Jews Say No, JFREJ and American Jews for a Just Peace. The Museum of "Tolerance" just opened, yet they are opposed the Park 51 Mosque! Come join other local Jewish groups to say NO to Islamaphobia and Anti-Arab racism, and YES to dignity, respect, and tolerance for all religions, cultures and peoples.
SIEGEBUSTER'S BALL--Dance to SUPPORT THE US BOAT TO GAZA, SEPTEMBER 21st (International Day of Peace) from 8pm-whenever! @ Littlefield 622 Degraw (Brooklyn) - R train to Union or B,D,N,Q,2,3,4,5 to Atlantic Avenue
Purchase Tickets ($20-$40--all proceeds benefit the U.S. Boat to Gaza)
Solidaridad de poetas, artistas y activistas con aldea beduina del Negev desmantelada 4 veces en un mes
jueves, 9 de septiembre de 2010
martes, 7 de septiembre de 2010
Each of these upcoming events are extremely important ways to stand up against the growing wave of Islamophobia, especially as 9/11 approaches and the controversy over the Islamic Cultural Center being built near Ground Zero continues to build. We hope you'll be able to join us at at least one of the following events:
* please note: these first two events fall on Shabbat. Generally JVP does not endorse events on Shabbat, but given the immovable nature of the dates and the urgency of the issue, we've made an exception in this case.
Sept 10th, Candlelight Vigil, sponsored by the Coalition for American Values. JVP has endorsed this effort. Meet at the intersection of Church St. and Park Place at 7 PM. Wear white. Look for the JVP Banner to join our contingent.
September 11th, March and Rally. Assemble 1 PM at the East Side of City Hall (facing the Brooklyn Bridge) and the march will go to Church St. and Park Place. Look for the JVP Banner to join our contingent.
September 16th, 5:30-7:30 PM, in front of the Simon Wiesenthal Museum of Tolerance, 226 E 42nd St, between 2nd and 3rd Aves. This event is co-sponsored by JVP, Jews Say No, JFREJ and American Jews for a Just Peace. The Museum of "Tolerance" just opened, yet they are opposed the Park 51 Mosque! Come join other local Jewish groups to say NO to Islamaphobia and Anti-Arab racism, and YES to dignity, respect, and tolerance for all religions, cultures and peoples.
WE HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!!
P.S. Check out JVP's statement on Islamophobia here.
jueves, 2 de septiembre de 2010
When a state awards itself the right to demand from its citizens an expression of loyalty to the state and when it conditions their citizenship on this same loyalty, it no longer possesses any connection to democracy. In a democracy, the state is loyal to its citizens and obligated to protect them unconditionally. Loyalty to the state and a demand from its citizens to serve it are characteristics of fascist regimes.
In the past two years Israel has taken several steps toward becoming a fascist regime. True, Israeli democracy, defined as a “Jewish and democratic state,” is problematic in several aspects: it removes from the democratic norm approximately 3 million residents of the Occupied Palestinian Territory who are living under its rule for more than four decades, together with the 1.2 million Palestinian citizens of Israel – who do enjoy various civil rights but are not part of the governing landscape as the state of Israel defines itself as “the state of the Jewish people” and not as a state of its citizens and absentee residents.
On the table of the Knesset are various legislative proposals, proposals which are strange from the perspective of accepted democratic norms, and which question even the ethnic democracy existing in Israel to date. Only in fascist regimes, and under Stalinist authoritarianism, the citizenship of one born a citizen (and not those naturalized as a mutual decision between the person and the state) is dependent on the good will of the state: Nazi Germany, for example, annulled the citizenship of Jews, as did Vichy France. The USSR annulled the citizenship of Leon Trotsky.
The state of Israel is marching on the path to becoming a fascist regime, and on the way there are benchmarks. One of them is McCarthyism. The essence of McCarthyism is to compile lists of disloyal citizens, to delegitimize them and primarily to sow fear in the hearts of others such that they will not consider questioning the boundaries of national consensus, much less to cross them. The Institute for Zionist Strategies is the seemingly respectable side of “Im Tirzu,” while the latter is composed primarily of right wing young people who crudely attack real and imagined leftists, while the Institute for Zionist Strategies researches the level of “objectivity” of institutions of higher learning, counts what it dubs post-Zionism and demands “balance”. “The group of critical sociologists,” write researchers of the Institute, “gradually took over the departments of sociology in some of the campuses, control that continues to this day despite the weak identification with the Israeli public in all of the universities. Apart from Bar Ilan University, there exists a clear post-Zionist bias in the department of sociology, and it is particularly pronounced in the campuses of Tel Aviv and Beer Sheva…what is common to all of the “post-Zionist” researchers is an undermining of the foundations of the Zionist ethos."
"It is not serious to catalogue researchers according to whether they are Zionists or post-Zionists, as if these are the only two possibilities…a step reminiscent of the work of Senator Joseph Mcarthy,” said one lecturer, and another added ““this is a threatening message toward everyone who does not think and teach in “the correct manner”. This is part of a mechanism of intimidation.”
In a normal country the university presidents would throw these arguments out the window: academia is not a pirate institution between right and left, between Jews and Arabs, between Ashkenazis and Mizrahis, but an institution composed of the best experts in the subjects taught there, with no regard for origin or opinion (in another blog I will write of the need for affirmative action in Israel). Alas, this is not so with the president of Tel Aviv University, Professor Joseph Klafter, who demanded to receive the reading lists for several courses in the Department of Sociology. “Figures on the right are attempting to categorise and label academics in a step intended primarily to cause intimidation. The university president should not have cooperated with such a thing," said one lecturer.
If we intend to halt the continued deterioration of Israel into a fascist regime in which a lecturer or public servant will be forced to express loyalty to the regime and its leaders, the witch hunt in universities must be stopped immediately, and the sooner the better.
Translated to English by the Alternative Information Center (AIC).