February 13th, 2017 Comments Off on Academic terrorist sympathisers call for sanctions on Israel
Opinion – Shalom.Kiwi
According to the NZ Herald a number of NZs leading academics on conflict resolution have slammed the countrys dangerous double standard on the Israel-Palestine problem. These leading academics include two University of Auckland Dance … Read more »
February 07th, 2017 Comments Off on The passing of the so-called settlements Regularisation bill
Press Release – UN Spokesman for the Secretary-General
The Secretary-General deeply regrets the adoption of the so called “Regularisation bill” on 6 February by the Knesset. This bill is in contravention of international law and will have far reaching legal consequences for Israel. Read more »
January 27th, 2017 Comments Off on Paris Peace Conference: An End to a Western-dominated Era?
Article – Ramzy Baroud
No, it was not just ‘another Middle East peace conference, as a columnist in Israeli Jerusalem Post attempted to depict the Paris Peace Conference held on January 15, with top official representations from 70 countries attending. Read more »
Increasingly, Palestinians seem doomed to become subjects, or at best second-class citizens, in their homeland. Israeli expansionism, United States unconditional support, and UN impotence. These factors are combining to create dismal prospects for Palestinian self-determination and for a negotiated peace that is sensitive to the rights and grievances of both Palestinians and Jews.
Recalling three notable commemorations to be observed in 2017 may help us understand better how this distressing Palestinian narrative unfolded over the course of the past hundred years. Perhaps, such remembrances might even encourage the rectification of past failures, and encourage flagging national and international efforts to find a way forward even at this belated hour. The most promising initiatives are now associated with a growing global solidarity movement dedicated to achieving a just peace for both peoples. For now, neither the United Nations nor traditional diplomacy seem to have much leverage over the play of social and political forces that lies at the core of the Palestinian struggle. Only the nonviolent resistance of Palestinians to their prolonged ordeal of occupation and transnational civil society militancy seem to have any capacity to exert positive leverage over the status quo and to sustain hope. Read more »
January 14th, 2017 Comments Off on The Paris conference will drive peace further away
Press Release – Shalom.Kiwi
Another spectacle. Another photo-op to say I care and to feel like Im doing something. But the cause of peace will be set back. This is what the Paris Middle East Peace Summit is about. Its in Paris but its not about the Middle … Read more »
January 14th, 2017 Comments Off on McCully rewarded with ingratitude
Press Release – Palestine Human Rights Campaign
Leslie Bravery | www.palestine.org.nz Because it has overreached itself, Israel is in a state of fury and its Zionist mouthpieces around the world are in overdrive. Shalom Kiwi’s press release McCully’s explanation reinforces bias, flawed logic cannot, … Read more »
January 12th, 2017 Comments Off on Paris peace conference: Renewing hope for two-state solution
Press Release – General Delegation of Palestine
On January 15, 2017, 70 foreign ministers and United Nations organisations will gather in Paris for an international peace conference aimed at resuscitating the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and the two-state solution. Read more »
January 05th, 2017 Comments Off on Sgt Elor Azaria convicted of the crime of occupation
Press Release – General Delegation of Palestine
The case of Sgt Elor Azarias cold-blooded execution of Abdel Fattah al-Sharif is not an isolated incident; it is the result of a system of occupation that encourages grave injustices against Palestinians, with extrajudicial killing being just one … Read more »
John Kerry is delusional if he thinks he can temporarily curb the appetite of those who believe in an ideology of conquest, subjugation and exceptionalism (“chosen people”) to save “Zionism”.
His claim that Shimon Peres told him that 78% of Palestine is enough, and that they should let the Palestinians have the other 22%, is simply not believable. Shimon Peres never changed his views from his youth as a disciple of Ben Gurion (Rabin and the two of them masterminded the ethnic cleansing and destruction of 500 towns and villages between 1948 and 1950).
To his last breath Peres was a racist, a bigot, and an unrepentant war criminal – not to mention his build-up of Israel’s arsenal of WMD. He always believed Jews are smarter, chosen, and are entitled to rule over greater Israel and like his mentor, he thought a two-state support is mostly for propaganda. Read more »
December 27th, 2016 Comments Off on UNSC Vote – Palestine’s options
Professor Mazin Qumsiyeh
Will Mahmoud Abbas turn success into failure (again) or will he finally show backbone to use the UNSC resolution to save what remains of Palestine?
This post is dedicated to Mohammad Al-Ghaz and all similar suffering children of Gaza. Mohammad was interviewed a year ago while selling newspapers in the streets. He was asked what he wishes for the new year 2016 and he impulsively answered “like die.” He went on to explain that his life is so miserable and he cannot go to school and has to work hard to find food for his family. Mohammad got his wish this Christmas season as he slipped on the roof of a four story building as he was trying to get some wood (video in Arabic here). The UN says Gaza will be uninhabitable by 2020. The two million people of Gaza including 1 million children are threatened with massive deaths (genocide). Please remember these one million children who are losing hope in humanity and do something to end Israeli apartheid. And of course the over 400 million children in the world who go to sleep hungry like those Palestinians in Gaza. Read more »
December 24th, 2016 Comments Off on McCully and Ban Ki-moon do nothing about anti-Israel bias
Press Release – Shalom.Kiwi
Murray McCully and Ban Ki-moon acknowledge but do nothing about UN anti-Israel bias Shalom.Kiwi The Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, has used his final speech at the UN Security Council to admit that the organisation he heads is … Read more »
December 24th, 2016 Comments Off on NZ welcomes UN resolution on Middle East Peace Process
Press Release – New Zealand Government
Foreign Minister Murray McCully today welcomed the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2334 regarding the Middle East Peace Process. The resolution passed with 14 votes in favour and an abstention from the US. New Zealand voted for and co-sponsored … Read more »
December 23rd, 2016 Comments Off on Christmas memo to Theresa May: Stop worshiping Israel
Article – Redress Information
Stuart Littlewood writes: Prime Minister, This is still a Christian country, as your colleague David Cameron reminded us not so long ago. But you wouldnt think so when non-Christian creeds are given exceptional protection and privileges to smooth … Read more »
December 19th, 2016 Comments Off on Fatah’s Seventh General Congress and the Reelection of Abbas
Article – INSS Insight
Buttressed by his election at the Fatah Seventh General Congress to another five-year term as leader of the organization, Mahmoud Abbas immediately renewed diplomatic activity to block an American veto of a UN Security Council resolution against the … Read more »
On the 17th of December 1992, under the cover of darkness, the Israeli occupation forces raided the houses of hundreds of Palestinian leaders and activists from the occupied West Bank and Gaza. Academics, doctors and social figures were among 415 Palestinians whom the Israelis kidnapped, handcuffed, blindfolded and placed in trucks and buses that headed to a destination unknown to them or their families.
The raids, which mainly targeted members of Hamas and Islamic Jihad, followed failed Israeli attempts to rescue Nissim Toledano, an Israeli Sergeant who was captured earlier by al-Qassam Brigades in a bid to release Hamas leader and founder Shiekh Ahmed Yassin.
Contrary to the expectations of the detainees, the 60-hour-long trip did not end up at one of Israel’s notorious prisons. They were instead being exiled to south Lebanon in an unprecedented mass deportation that was executed without a hearing or even prior notification. Read more »
December 17th, 2016 Comments Off on Human rights defenders under growing legal pressure
Press Release – UNHCHR
GENEVA (16 December 2016) Human rights activists working in the Occupied Palestinian Territory face daily violations of some of the most fundamental protections afforded by international human rights and humanitarian laws, two United Nations independent … Read more »
December 16th, 2016 Comments Off on West Bank tourism drive makes Palestinians invisible
Article – Redress Information
At first glance, it looked like a generous promotional stunt by Israel to aid the Palestinians struggling tourism industry. The Israeli military authorities published this month a video on social media publicising Palestinian attractions in the West … Read more »
The Palestine Museum of Natural History (PMNH) and Palestine Institute of Biodiversity and Sustainability (PIBS) at Bethlehem University wish you a great holiday season and wishing you and yours a wonderful new year. May 2017 be a year of progress towards peace and sustainability for our planet.
Thanks to your partnership and donations, PMNH/PIBS had a tremendous success in 2016 fulfilling our mission to research, educate about, and conserve our natural world, culture and heritage and use knowledge to promote responsible human interactions with our environment. We are now going to a higher level and ask you for your
donations, in-kind support, and volunteerism. Visit this link to donate, and this link to volunteer.
With your support, we did much already:
a) Published two dozen papers in areas ranging from taxonomic studies to biodiversity to environmental pollution to museology
b) Held workshops and other educational events that benefited over 3,000 individuals.
c) Developed a webpage and social media accounts and reached out via the internet to tens of thousands of people
d) Established mobile conservation projects in remote and underprivileged communities.
e) Improved science education at both school and university level benefiting hundreds of students via hands-on workshops and creation of environmental clubs.
f) Developed an environmental impact assessment (EIA) unit and contributed to a management plan for the first OPT protected area.
g) Provided consultancy services to the nascent Palestinian governmental agencies (e.g. Ministry of Health, Environmental Quality Authority, Ministry of Tourism, and Ministry of Agriculture).
h) Transformed a neglected 12 dunum area (part of the Bethlehem University Mar Andrea Campus) into a nascent botanical garden and permaculture facility (including bee-keeping, aquaponics, and aquaculture). This site was used to develop ideas which are now being transferred to farmers and other members of the community (e.g. green walls and composting). Read more »