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Irish links with Israeli military and security firms revealed

 

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Irish academic researchers collaborated in EU-funded projects with Israeli counterparts who make drones, develop high-tech weapons and engage in “counter-terror” activities with the Mossad (Israel’s spy organisation), it was revealed today.

 

In all,  Irish universities have collaborated with Israel in 257 projects to date, seven of them listed as “security” and  13 as “aerospace”. These EU research programmes are administered by Irish Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn.

 

The information on Irish-Israeli research links were gathered through the examination of publicly available EU documents by members of Academics for Palestine (AfP), a new organisation launched today in Dublin.

 

Academics for Palestine pledge and signatories

 

The group supports an academic boycott against Israel. Its chair, Jim Roche, said the daily discrimination inflicted on Palestinian academics was enough to justify such a boycott, but added: “The revelations of Irish academia’s collaboration with companies closely linked to Israel’s military-industrial complex are truly shocking.

 

“What is surprising is that a non-European country, Israel, actually receives more research and development funding from the EU than many European countries do,” Roche said today. “It is not just Israeli universities that avail of this funding, but Israeli security and military companies – and they are often the lead partner in a research consortium.”

 

“This is, by not very roundabout means, the EU funding the Israeli occupation apparatus,” Dr Andy Storey, UCD lecturer in politics and international relations, said at today’s launch.

 

Researchers at the University of Limerick collaborated with an Israeli security company, Athena GS3-Security Implementations Ltd, on an EU-funded programme worth almost €4 million from April 2009 to March 2011. (The project researched digital support systems for first responders.) Athena, on its website, claims to be a world leading counter-terror advisory group with indigenous expertise from the Mossad and other elite Israeli counter terrorist units.

 

UL also partnered with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI). IAI are key players in the development of security and surveillance for Israel’s separation wall, deemed illegal by the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the principal judicial organ of the United Nations.

 

Other academics, at Trinity College Dublin, have worked with Israeli drone manufacturers Elbit Security Systems and two other Israeli firms in an airport security project, still ongoing, and on a separate project with Israel’s notorious International Security and Counter-Terrorism Academy.

 

Researchers at UCC actually coordinated a recently completed counter-terrorism project to improve the detection of traces of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) alongside Israel’s major weapons developer, Technion.

 

“Some Irish universities are contributing to the denial of Palestinian human rights and academic freedom by collaborating with these Israeli security companies under the cloak of EU-funded FP7 and Horizon 2020 programmes paid for by European, including Irish, taxpayers,” Roche said.

Links to some of the Projects Referenced

http://cordis.europa.eu/projects/rcn/94264_en.html

http://cordis.europa.eu/projects/rcn/104785_en.html

http://cordis.europa.eu/projects/rcn/90304_en.html

http://cordis.europa.eu/projects/rcn/75799_en.html

http://cordis.europa.eu/projects/rcn/72822_en.html

http://cordis.europa.eu/projects/rcn/89907_en.html

 

AcademicsForPalestine/SaebPress

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Ghassan Kanafani, the era of revolutionary Palestinian media

Palestine’s Ghassan Kanafani, a writer, artist, journalist and politico has left a lasting legacy in the Arab world.

Ghassan Kanafani
Ghassan Kanafani, the Palestinian revolutionary.

Some of the biggest names in the world of literature – Dickens, Hemingway, Garcia Marquez – got their start in journalism. Their reporting tends to be forgotten; their prose is what lives on.

Ghassan Kanafani is a name you can add to that list. Kanafani was a Palestinian writer who, through books like Men in the Sun, humanised the Palestinian condition of dispossession and displacement. He was, however, first and foremost a journalist.

Palestine’s Ghassan Kanafani, a writer, artist, journalist and a revolutionary has left a lasting legacy in the Arab world.

He was also a product of 1960s Beirut – a period when the city was a magnet for young reporters, revolutionaries, migrants and misfits, as well as host to the Palestinian leadership in exile. It was in Beirut that Kanafani produced Al Hadaf, a forward-thinking Palestinian magazine, that has been somewhat lost in the mists of time.

The Listening Post‘s Tariq Nafi reports from Beirut, Lebanon, on the legacy of Ghassan Kanafani and the era of Palestinian revolutionary media. 

Contributors:

Refqa Abu-Remaileh – Professor of modern Arabic literature and film, Director of “PalREAD – Country of Words” project, Free University of Berlin

Elias Khoury – Novelist and playwright

As’ad AbuKhalil – Professor of political science, California State University

Source: Al Jazeera

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Justice for Palestine, Jews Step Forward.

These are the moral voices of bravery and justice inside JEWS STEP FORWARD

This indie documentary highlights twenty-four moral voices within the American Jewish community speaking on behalf of justice for the indigenous Palestinian people.  Directed and produced by Elika Rezaee and Marjorie Wright, this powerful, truthful, controversial documentary has been screened at festivals around the world.  It has been recognised by the 2016 justice Awards Festival and given a certificate of merit as the best “Human Rights, War and Peace film in the category Documentary Feature” by the sixteen International Film Festivals.

“Few are willing to brave the disapproval of their fellows, the censure of the colleagues, the wrath of their society. Moral courage is a rarer commodity than bravery in battle or great intelligence. Yet it is the one essential, vital quality for those who seek to change a world that yields most painfully to change. Each time a person stands up for an idea, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, (s)he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centres of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”– Robert F. Kennedy. These are the moral voices of bravery and justice inside JEWS STEP FORWARD.

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Stealing ancient Palestinian artefacts

Zionist entity ‘Israel’ has frequently stolen and acquired ancient artifacts from the occupied Palestine using its occupation forces,unauthorised dealers and looters.

ANCIENT BAPTISMAL FONT

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Residents of Bethlehem district, are accusing ‘Israeli’ occupation forces of illegally seizing an ancient artifact from their town. 

THE ANCIENT BAPTISMAL FONT

The incident took place in the southern occupied West Bank ancient town of ‘ Khirbet Tuqu, which is said to be the birthplace of the biblical prophet Amos, and is home to a number of Byzantine-era archaeological sites. 

Video footage, taken by residents of ‘Khirbet Tuqu’, shows ‘Israeli’ occupation forces escorting a large flatbed truck out of the village in the middle of the night. On the truck is the massive stolen stone of baptismal font that dates back to the sixth century A.D., that was once part of an ancient church in the village. 

The unique stone, which has been widely  studied by the Palestinian specialists, is easily identifiable in the video.  The baptismal font is reported to be one of three rare basins of its kind. The other two were found in the Church of Nativity, the birthplace of Jesus Christ, and the Church of Beit Jibrin, an ancient Palestinian village near Hebron that was forcibly depopulated in 1948, by Zionist terrorist Ganges.  

The font was seen placed for long at the site of the ancient church in ‘Khirbet Tuqu’, the ancient town of Tuqu‘, before being stolen by unauthorised dealers using a huge forklift in 2000.

PLO Executive Committee Member Hanan Ashrawi tweeted the video of the seizure, calling it “typical.” “Israel steals our land & resources, plunders our archaeological/historical sites, appropriates our cultural heritage & seeks to eradicate all evidence of our identity & continuity in our ancestral homeland–a settler-colonial attempt at erasing evidence of the indigenous,” she said. 

Palestinian news agencies reported that just few days before the stealing of the baptismal font, ‘Israeli’ occupation forces seized 700 acres of Palestinian land around the Herodion Mountain south of Bethlehem. 

In 2002, Tuqu‘ Municipality managed to retrieve the font and placed it in the vicinity of the mayor’s house, pending the construction of a local museum.

Zionist entity ‘Israel’ has frequently stolen and acquired ancient artifacts from the occupied Palestine using its occupation forces,unauthorised dealers and looters.

Zionist entity ‘Israel’ has been accused of stealing ancient Palestinian artefacts in the past, the Zionist entity ‘Israel’ has been using archaeology as a key tool in reinforcing its bogus territorial claims to historic Palestine, to give them a veneer of historical and religious legitimacy.

Today, there are almost 834,000 armed ‘Israeli’ colonialist settlers living in colonies in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.

International law, Geneva, Hague and UNESCO Conventions prohibit Zionist entity ‘Israel’ as an occupying power from assuming ownership of occupied West Bank antiquities or transferring such artifacts out of the territory. To date the occupation forces has looted and seized tens of thousands of artifcats from Gaza strip during the period of Gaza’s occupation and hundreds of thousands looted artifacts from the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, which were occupied by the Zionist entity in 1967.

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