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CONCERT 4 PALESTINE NEWSLETTER #2, SEPTEMBER 29, 2004

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THE NEWS

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First, apologies to all subscribers for taking so long to prepare this second newsletter. We've been busy...

 

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FIRST GLOBAL CONCERT 4 PALESTINE: SATURDAY 2 OCTOBER

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We're happy to announce the first "global" Concert 4 Palestine. The venue is Sheffield, UK, where the local branch of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign is hosting on Saturday 2 October a concert featuring top local musicians (all of whom volunteered their time gratis). The concert will be webcast live, so anyone with an

internet connection - and Quicktime or an mp3 player - can tune in.

We will send you a reminder on the day of the concert!

 

Who's playing:

http://www.sheffieldpsc.org.uk/concert.html

More on the Sheffield concert: http://www.sheffieldpsc.org.uk/octbenefit.shtml

Please send encouragement to:

enquiries@sheffieldpsc.org.uk

 

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APPEAL TO BONO NOW IN ARABIC AND HEBREW

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We have published our appeal for a global concert for Palestine in Arabic and Hebrew. Votes now stand at 22,000. After a flood of votes in favor in June/July, visits dropped off in August, a slow month for the web. We tried promoting our campaign where people

were still indoors - South America, South Africa and Australia -

but the response was underwhelming. If anyone can help spread the

word south, please do. For Brazil, we have published our news

release in Portuguese.

 

Arabic:

http://www.concert4palestine.org/ar/

Hebrew:

http://www.concert4palestine.org/he/

Portuguese:

http://www.concert4palestine.org/pt/

Portuguese news release: http://www.concert4palestine.org/campaign/

 

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MUSICIANS AGAINST THE WALL (AT LEAST)

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While we wait for the music world to answer our appeal, it's great to see leading musicians endorsing a campaign, launched by the UK charity War-on-Want, against Israel's annexation wall. Among the

signers: Roger Waters (the nerves of Pink Floyd), veteran busker Billy Bragg, and Irish troubadour Damien Rice. This could be an

important precedent. Would they also play a Concert 4 Palestine? We'll ask them...

 

War-on-wants' Nick Dearden describes the No-wall campaign: http://www.waronwant.org/?lid=8612

Celebrities show their support: http://www.waronwant.org/?lid=8411

 

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FREE PALESTINE RADIO

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If you have the bandwidth, tune in to Free Palestine Radio, a new

on-line station brought to you by Dr Jazz, a Palestinian musician in the Netherlands best-known for his Musical Intifadah website.

The station features 12 songs by Dr Jazz, US folk artist David Rovics ("the Pete Seeger of his time"), acoustic songstress

Christie Donnelly and Baltimore hiphop activist son-of-nun.

Something for everyone!

 

Free Palestine Radio: http://www.soundclick.com/stations/stations.cfm?id=102075

The Musical Intifadah

http://www.docjazz.com/index.php

 

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ISRAEL: NOT (YET) SOUTH AFRICA

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John Dugard, UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, is not optimistic about the chances of global sanctions being imposed on Israel soon, even after the World Court condemnation of its illegal annexation wall: "Israel will, it seems, forever have the USA to veto any sanctions." Dugard, a South

African, regrets that  "Israel is unwilling to learn from the South

African precedent", but says the sands of time are moving against

it: "A state cannot indefinitely stand against the world."

 

Interview with John Dugard: http://www.palestinecampaign.org/features.asp?d=y&ID=394

 

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WITH A VIEW TO THE U.S. ELECTIONS...

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Meanwhile, Israeli bulldozers and death squads are hard at work in what Hasan Abu Nimah, Director of the Royal Institute for Interfaith Studies in Amman, describes as a campaign "to put an end to the Intifada before a new American administration is in place." Abu Nimah says "Sharon still fears a fresh American attempt, during a Bush second term, to 'revive' the so-called peace process. A new administration may try to do the same as well."

 

See "The Race to end Palestinian resistance": http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article3011.shtml

 

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RALPH NADER IN 2004?

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For now, however, there are no signs that either candidate in the US presidential elections dares to raise his voice against Ariel Sharon's despicable government. George W. Bush sings the praises of "our good friend Israel" and Democratic candidate John Kerry has declared the annexation wall "legitimate", no matter what the World Court says. Ralph Nader, the "third candiate", has the courage to break the deafening silence, in an open letter to Abraham H. Foxman, National Director of the US Anti-Defamation League.

 

The letter: http://www.votenader.org/why_ralph/index.php?cid=119

 

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A WORLD "SAFE FOR SHARON"

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How come countries alleged to be implicated in the 9/11 attacks

- Saudi Arabia and Pakistan - are staunch US allies, while

countries with no connection at all - Iraq, Iran and Syria - are

under growing threat of attack for supposedly sponsoring "global

terrorism"? American conservative Pat Buchanan writes: "The

neo-conservatives' prescription for permanent war makes sense only if it is the mission  of the armed forces of the

United States to make the Middle East safe for Sharon."

 

Read "No end to war":

http://www.amconmag.com/3_1_04/cover.html

More (frightening stuff) on the Likud lobby: http://rightweb.irc-online.org/org/jinsa.php

http://rightweb.irc-online.org/analysis/2004/0409feith.php

 

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LESSONS FROM LIKUD

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Naomi Klein: "What happened on September 11 2001 is that the Likud doctrine, previously targeted against Palestinians, was picked up by the most powerful nation on earth and applied on a global scale. If we want to see where the Likud doctrine leads, we need only follow the guru home, to Israel, a country paralysed by fear and in denial about the brutality it commits daily. It is a nation surrounded by enemies and desperate for friends - a category it narrowly defines as those who ask no questions. That glimpse of our collective future is the only lesson the world needs to learn from Ariel Sharon."

 

To "The Likud doctrine": http://www.guardian.co.uk/russia/article/0,2763,1301504,00.html

 

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FALLUJAH: TROUBLED, RESTIVE OR VOLATILE?

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Finally, have you noticed that Fallujah, the city in Iraq off- limits to US occupation forces, used to be described in the media as "troubled"? In media-speak, "troubled" can only be a euphemism for "bombarded". A Google search now reveals that as US bomb attacks have intensified, Fallujah's adjective has also been upgraded - from merely "troubled" (590 results), the city became increasingly "restive" (1,980 results) and now is outright "volatile" (3,440 results).

 

Fallujah, according to Google: http://www.google.com/search?q=%22volatile+city+of+Fallujah%22

Fallujah, according to Al Jazeera:

http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/25D76053-

DC47-40AC-9736-07AE87F94E9A.htm [paste the entire link!]

 

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