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Hamas Appoints First Female Spokesperson | AJ
Meet the 23-year-old journalist, Isra al-Modallal.
Al-Modallal doesn’t consider herself to be a Hamas loyalist, ”I am not Hamas. I am a Palestinian activist who loves her country.”
The change began with Ihab Ghussein, the new head of the Hamas media department. In an effort “to be more open to the West,” Ghussein started a new website, hired younger people, and actively pursued use of social media. He said many women were among the dozens of applicants considered for the position. ”Women are partners in our society.”

Hamas Appoints First Female Spokesperson | AJ

Meet the 23-year-old journalist, Isra al-Modallal.

Al-Modallal doesn’t consider herself to be a Hamas loyalist, ”I am not Hamas. I am a Palestinian activist who loves her country.”

The change began with Ihab Ghussein, the new head of the Hamas media department. In an effort “to be more open to the West,” Ghussein started a new website, hired younger people, and actively pursued use of social media. He said many women were among the dozens of applicants considered for the position. ”Women are partners in our society.”

Global March to Jerusalem | MSNBC

Palestinian organizers are calling for massive demonstrations on Friday to mark Land Day, an annual event that commemorates the killing of six Arabs who were protesting Israeli land policies on March 30, 1976. Tens of thousands are expected to participate in what organizers have billed a "Global March to Jerusalem." The plan is to have protesters from neighboring countries march up to the Israeli border to “demonstrate solidarity with Palestinians and to protect Jerusalem,” according to organizers.
The future status of Jerusalem is at the heart of the Palestinian movement and is the theme for the global Land Day. East Jerusalem is regarded as the likely capital of a future Palestinian state. Dr. Mustafa Barghouti, a Palestinian activist, explained some of the reasoning for the march to NBC News during a recent interview in Ramallah. ”In light of the total failure of the peace talks, and given the Israeli destruction of the last potential two-state solution through settlement activities, we realize nothing will change unless we change the balance of power,” said Barghouti.  He added that organizers are trying to achieve that through this “non-violent peaceful resistance.” […] 
This year will mark 36 years since Israel’s practice of expropriating Arab land to build Jewish settlements provoked protests by Arab residents in the Galilee and Negev. In addition to the six people who were killed, over 100 wounded during the ensuing violence. Since then Palestinians have commemorated March 30 as Land Day and have turned the day into a general protest against what they see as discriminatory practices by the Israeli government. So it seemed an appropriate date for activists to hold their march.
"The Global March to Jerusalem represents three things," said Barghouti. "First of all, the unity of the Palestinian people, and their struggle to achieve freedom and end occupation, for Palestinians in and out of Palestine; second, it affirms the centrality of the issues of land and Jerusalem to achieving Palestinian freedom; and third, it provides international solidarity with the Palestinian cause."

From Common Dreams:

Despite the participation of dozens of human rights groups and rallies planned in over 60 countries, an Israeli media campaign is working hard to portray the event as a “march of folly” and “dangerous publicity stunt” by “some of the world’s most notorious terrorists, tyrants and radicals” intent on harming the “thriving democracy” of a Jerusalem that enjoys “unprecedented prosperity and equal rights for all of its inhabitants,” according to a blindingly disingenuous op-ed piece by Israel’s ambassador to the U.N. Fight the propaganda, and support the march, by attending a rally, buying or listening to their gorgeous C.D., or watching some powerful videos in its honor.

Global March to Jerusalem | MSNBC

Palestinian organizers are calling for massive demonstrations on Friday to mark Land Day, an annual event that commemorates the killing of six Arabs who were protesting Israeli land policies on March 30, 1976. Tens of thousands are expected to participate in what organizers have billed a "Global March to Jerusalem." The plan is to have protesters from neighboring countries march up to the Israeli border to “demonstrate solidarity with Palestinians and to protect Jerusalem,” according to organizers.

The future status of Jerusalem is at the heart of the Palestinian movement and is the theme for the global Land Day. East Jerusalem is regarded as the likely capital of a future Palestinian state. Dr. Mustafa Barghouti, a Palestinian activist, explained some of the reasoning for the march to NBC News during a recent interview in Ramallah. ”In light of the total failure of the peace talks, and given the Israeli destruction of the last potential two-state solution through settlement activities, we realize nothing will change unless we change the balance of power,” said Barghouti.  He added that organizers are trying to achieve that through this “non-violent peaceful resistance.” […] 

This year will mark 36 years since Israel’s practice of expropriating Arab land to build Jewish settlements provoked protests by Arab residents in the Galilee and Negev. In addition to the six people who were killed, over 100 wounded during the ensuing violence. Since then Palestinians have commemorated March 30 as Land Day and have turned the day into a general protest against what they see as discriminatory practices by the Israeli government. So it seemed an appropriate date for activists to hold their march.

"The Global March to Jerusalem represents three things," said Barghouti. "First of all, the unity of the Palestinian people, and their struggle to achieve freedom and end occupation, for Palestinians in and out of Palestine; second, it affirms the centrality of the issues of land and Jerusalem to achieving Palestinian freedom; and third, it provides international solidarity with the Palestinian cause."

From Common Dreams:

Despite the participation of dozens of human rights groups and rallies planned in over 60 countries, an Israeli media campaign is working hard to portray the event as a “march of folly” and “dangerous publicity stunt” by “some of the world’s most notorious terrorists, tyrants and radicals” intent on harming the “thriving democracy” of a Jerusalem that enjoys “unprecedented prosperity and equal rights for all of its inhabitants,” according to a blindingly disingenuous op-ed piece by Israel’s ambassador to the U.N. Fight the propaganda, and support the march, by attending a rallybuying or listening to their gorgeous C.D., or watching some powerful videos in its honor.

US to cut Unesco funding after Palestinians granted membership vote

"This vote will erase a tiny part of the injustice done to the Palestinian people," Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki told the meeting of the UN educational, scientific and cultural organization in Paris, after the result was announced.

Widespread applause greeted the result of Monday’s vote in the chamber, where a two-thirds majority is enough to pass a decision.

[I]n an emotional session, China, Russia, India, Brazil and South Africa voted in favor of Palestinian membership, while the US, Canada and Germany voted against and the UK abstained. […]

A US law passed in the 1990s allows Washington to cut funding to any UN body that admits Palestine as a full member.

The US currently funds more than 20% of Unesco’s entire budget. The proposed budget to be agreed by the conference for 2012 and 2013 is $653m, up $10m on the previous two-year figure. […]

A vote is expected in November at the UN Security Council on granting full membership of the UN to the Palestinians. The US has threatened to use its veto.

No member has a right of veto in Unesco, where each representative has one vote irrespective of a country’s size or budget contribution.

ericmortensen:think4yourself:

 Did Netanyahu Know? -  		 		The Daily Dish | By Andrew Sullivan 

Joe Biden was kicked in  the balls as he came to Israel with a simultaneous “fuck you” by the  Israeli government announcing new settlements - 1600 houses - in East  Jerusalem. The immediate spin was that Netanyahu was blindsided by the  actions of his Interior Department and was embarrassed. But Haaretz  reports today that these 1600 are just the beginning: “Some 50,000 new housing units in Jerusalem neighborhoods beyond the Green Line are in various stages of planning and approval,” planning officials told Haaretz. They said Jerusalem’s construction plans for the next few years, even decades, are expected to focus on East Jerusalem.

ericmortensen:think4yourself:

Did Netanyahu Know? - The Daily Dish | By Andrew Sullivan

Joe Biden was kicked in the balls as he came to Israel with a simultaneous “fuck you” by the Israeli government announcing new settlements - 1600 houses - in East Jerusalem. The immediate spin was that Netanyahu was blindsided by the actions of his Interior Department and was embarrassed. But Haaretz reports today that these 1600 are just the beginning: “Some 50,000 new housing units in Jerusalem neighborhoods beyond the Green Line are in various stages of planning and approval,” planning officials told Haaretz. They said Jerusalem’s construction plans for the next few years, even decades, are expected to focus on East Jerusalem.

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