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Semantics of a Massacre
mike.pngCommon knowledge has come to regard black as white in the "Israeli-Palestinian" conflict. This article is attempting to set the record straight when it comes to the fundamental truths and the political context of the controversy. Israel has invaded and is currently an occupation force in Palestine, Palestinians have a right to armed resistance and what is happening now in Gaza is not war, but pure massacre.

It seems that what is in order for a clear understanding of the struggle between Israelis and Palestinians, is a return to “first principles”, the essential historical causes of the conflict. This is necessary because our perception of the events in Palestine has been suppressed and conditioned by layer after layer of western orientalist propaganda which has brought about in our minds an effective inversion of the roles that each party plays in the conflict.

RELATED: Hundreds Demonstrate in Support of Gaza as Israeli Air Attacks Turn to Ground Invasion [includes VIDEO]
http://www.openmediaboston.org/node/486
Anti-war Protests Escalate as Israel Launches Ground War
http://indymedia.us/en/2009/01/35351.shtml
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04 Jan 2009 | Filed under: Commentary / War and Militarism
Gaza Rally Outside Israeli Consulate
crowd.pngOn the fourth day of Israel’s bombing campaign in Gaza, hundreds of Bostonians turned out to a rally to demonstrate their solidarity with the Palestinian people. The rally, which was organized by a coalition of pro-Palestinian groups, took place in front of the office building that houses the Israeli Consulate’s office in Boston’s Back Bay. The spirited rally was followed by a boisterous march from the Israeli Consulate to Copley Square, where preparations for Boston’s First Night were underway.

RELATED: AUDIO report about protest at Israeli Consulate, broadcasted on WMBR, 88.1FM:
http://radio.indymedia.org/en/node/17117

RESOURCE: web site Gaza Siege, created by a local activist, for more information about Gaza:
http://gazasiege.org/

INTERNATIONAL RESPONSE TO THE MASSACRE IN GAZA:
https://israel.indymedia.org/newswire/display/10048/index.php
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31 Dec 2008 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : International : War and Militarism
Protests in Boston Against Israel's Attacks on Gaza
IMG_0014.pngA day after Israel's air raids on Gaza, which claimed at least 290 lives and more than 900 wounded according to the Palestine News Network (http://english.pnn.ps/), a coalition of groups in Boston gathered on Park Street to protest Israel's aggression. Protests have been carried out in several cities in the United States and around the world.

Haaretz, one of Israel's main newspapers, reported that the attacks had been in the planning for months. Hundreds in Tel Aviv came out to protest the bombings saying that military action against Gaza does nothing to improve security in Israel.

RELATED: Protests in Houston and New York City. Planned protests in DC and Los Angeles. Visit: http://indymedia.us/en/index.shtml
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28 Dec 2008 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : International : War and Militarism
Veterans For Peace in Boston Defy Parade Ban On Veterans Day (Video-Photos)
Veterans for Peace-IVAW  Nov. 11-2008 007.jpgBoston, Mass.--Veterans For Peace were not permitted to march in the Boston Veterans Day parade; instead they had to march after the parade passed by, behind the ambulance and street sweeper. Nevertheless, about 100 Vets for Peace and their supporters marched in the anti-war contingent, which included Iraq Veterans Against the War, Code Pink, the Raging Grannies, the Peace Abbey, and others.
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12 Nov 2008 | Filed under: News / War and Militarism
Palestinian Rights Win on Question #4
palestine_wall.jpgIn Somerville and Cambridge, a little-talked about ballot question supporting the right of Palestinians to "live free from laws that give more rights to people of one religion than another" passed in both cities.

This was an effort launched by the Somerville Divestment Project (SDP) last year who have worked in coalition with organizations such as, Cambridge Residents for Human Rights (CRHR) and Jamaica Plain Residents for Human Rights (JPRHR), to highlight the needs of Palestinians to live free of intimidation on their lands.
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05 Nov 2008 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : War and Militarism
War Veterans PTSD Study At Mass. General Hospital-A Sign Of The Times
PTSD photo.jpgHeres is a photo I took of an ad on the Boston subway. It's a medical study to find ways of treating combat PTSD in military veterans. A sign of the times-a generation of young people are being sent off to an insane war and the trauma of war has taken soldiers' sanity-hence the diagnosis of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
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31 Oct 2008 | Filed under: Commentary / War and Militarism
Anti-War Sentiment in Boston Still Strong
New_10-11-08 Anti-War Protest Boston 025.jpgSeveral thousand peace activists took the streets of Boston October 11 to protest the 6th anniversary of Congress voting for war on Iraq. The rally started on Boston Common where are a large crowd on a sunny day heard anti-war speakers and musicians. The rally then marched south toward Copley Sq. and Newbury Street, back north through central Boston's downtown crossing shopping district, greeted by many interested onlookers. This action was one of many across the U.S. on October 11.

Video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7pPB5IR_hEg
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13 Oct 2008 | Filed under: News / War and Militarism
The Third Social Forum of the Americas Has Begun in Guatemala
fsa_opening.JPGGuatemala City -- October 7, 2008.- The Social Forum of the Americas has begun, with most of the nearly 2000 participants arriving today. The registration process begun normally while switching from an automated system to a manual one. All the packets and a beautiful bag where distributed to each registered delegate. There was not doubt here that Spanish is the official language of the forum. The other undisputed presence is that of the Mayan people. In fact, their presence has been felt not only in numbers, but also in spiritual influence. Mayan religious ceremonies have gone on at dawn and sundown.
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08 Oct 2008 | Filed under: News / International : Race : War and Militarism
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