Jonathan Sacks, hypocritical wanker.

If you only know him from his tedious radio broadcasts you might be surprised at what a nasty piece of work Jonathan Sacks actually is.

So whilst we’re all trawling the archives, the sanctimonius bore gets a mention in this article from +972 Magazine Published in May 2013:

A year in review: Anti-African racism and asylum seekers in Israel

There’s a lot of it, and be warned, it’s a pretty harrowing read.

“The campaign to cover up Israel’s persecution of African asylum seekers is not only fought by the Israeli government itself. The cause is also eagerly taken up by Zionist celebrities, such as British Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, who had the gall to claim in February that Israel leads the world in accepting asylum seekers.”

Perhaps he was exercising ‘British irony’.

“Since Israel took over responsibility for reviewing refugee status requests from UNHCR, out of the 60,000 non-Jewish African asylum seekers living in Israel, Israel has approved only one single solitary application. And that one African woman that the State of Israel, in all of its magnanimity, has deigned to bequeath refugee status upon – is an albino.”

A racist endeavour? Decide for yourselves.

Fuck anti-Africanism, fuck anti-Semitism, fuck Jonathon Sacks.

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Clean water for the Jordan Valley in occupied Palestine

You can donate here:

https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/jordanvalleywaterwells

Water. Something we all take for granted until it isn’t there. Unfortunately, for many of the Palestinian residents of the Jordan Valley in occupied Palestine, they can’t take it for granted. Not because of natural disaster or scarcity, but because the Israeli occupation is using access to water as a strategy to drive Palestinians from their land and into the cities.

We at Jordan Valley Solidarity are working together with Palestinian communities and NGOs to rebuild water pipes, re-dig wells and to bring piped, fresh water to isolated communities so that these communities can continue to resist the ethnic cleansing of their land.

Where is the Jordan Valley?

The Jordan Valley is the easternmost third of the occupied West Bank and runs from the border with 1948 Israel in the north to the Dead Sea in the south. It is part of the Great Rift Valley that stretches all the way from Kenya to Syria and, at more than 400m below sea level, forms the lowest inhabited place on the planet. It is also completely occupied by the Israeli military.

95% of the Valley is designated as Area C, meaning that it is under the direct control of the Israeli military authorities. This 95% excludes the largest towns and town centres but includes numerous Palestinian villages and Bedouin communities. At least 58,000 Palestinians reside in this jurisdiction but deliberate Israeli policies have caused this to decrease from 300,000 in 1967.

The Jordan Valley is situated on a natural aquifier. Hot summers and ready access to underground water mean that it is perfectly situated for mass agriculture. Since 1967, huge Israeli agribusiness settlements have increasingly colonised the land and overwhelmingly dominated access to resources whilst forcing Palestinian residents off the land. Israel has made no secret of its intention to annex the Valley permanently in the eventuality that it is forced into a two-state solution, citing both security and business desires.

What has this got to do with water?

The West Bank, including the Jordan Valley, sits on top of a huge natural aquifier. This means that water should be a readily available natural resource.

Yet, the inhabitants of this same territory are deprived of it. In Area C, Palestinians are routinely refused permission to build the infrastructure for clean water. When they build it anyway, the occupation sends soldiers and bulldozers to fill in the wells and destroy the pipes. This means that Palestinians have to buy tanks of water from the Israeli state water company at exorbitant prices.

The vast majority of villages, communities and farmers have seen their access to water destroyed by the occupation that steals this ‘blue gold’ for the benefit of settlers, as well as Israeli civil society through big companies such as Mekorot. By denying access to water, the occupation hopes to force Palestinians into exile in the cities or abroad, thus, clearing more space for Israeli-only settlements.

There is a law established by the occupation in area C, which says that when a Palestinian does not cultivate land for 3 consecutive years, then it no longer belongs to them and becomes property of the occupation.

But how can a Palestinian farmer cultivate their land when their access to water is made almost impossible? They will be a farmer who will no longer have the energy to fight the occupation. A farmer who will have no viable and secure land to ensure the future of his family, to pass on to his descendants.

What can we do about it?

Jordan Valley Solidarity (JVS) has teamed up with six international charities, local communities and a network of Palestinian NGOs to complete a campaign of building works bringing clean water facilities to communities in the Valley. We are looking for £7000 to pay for materials and the cost of paying local labourers a fair wage (and thus putting money into the economy) for their work.

Palestinians have an Arabic word, Samoud. Samoud translates most clearly as ‘steadfastness’ and is used by the Palestinians to express their desire to resist the ethnic cleansing of the occupation by staying exactly where they are. This means finding ways to live, work and live family lives in the midst of the violence and harassment of the occupation.

Israel wants to make life impossible for the Palestinians of the Valley so that they up sticks and leave. By donating towards the Water Campaign you are directly contributing to the resistance against the occupation. To Exist is to Resist.

What is JVS going to do about it?

We are going to dig a new water well, 150 metres deep to access the falling water table. This well will be accessed by 40 large Palestinian families who are currently forced to buy the water from under their feet from Israel. This well will also provide emergency water to other communities during the hot, dry summer months. If the occupation destroys the well, we will dig it again.

Half of the cost of this work is being donated by Palestinian civil society groups and we are raising the other half. The more we raise, the more work we can do.

Who is Jordan Valley Solidarity?

Jordan Valley Solidarity campaign is a network of Palestinian grassroots community groups from all over the Jordan Valley and international supporters. Our aims are to protect Palestinian existence and the unique environment of the Jordan Valley by building international support and supporting communities on the ground.

www.jordanvalleysolidarity.org

JCB distribution centre blockaded in solidarity with Khan al-Ahmar

From Corporate occupation

A group of activists closed down the JCB distribution centre in Derby, UK, this morning to protest the company’s involvement in demolitions of Palestinian homes. The activists locked themselves together in front of the JCB centre in order to prevent lorries from entering or leaving.

JCB has been targeted in response to the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) National Committee’s (BNC) call last week in response to the threat of destruction of an entire Palestinian village. The Israeli state is currently attempting to destroy the village of Khan al-Ahmar, using equipment provided by JCB and other companies.

The Palestinian BNC gave the following statement: “Popular struggle and international solidarity have defended Khan al-Ahmar until today from expulsion, and have stopped the bulldozers manufactured by international corporations from inflicting destruction … It is the role of the BDS movement to mobilize global pressure against Israel’s impunity in perpetrating war crimes and crimes against humanity and against corporate complicity in these crimes.”

They called on ordinary people around the world to take the following actions in solidarity with the people of Khan al-Ahmar, and all other Palestinian communites facing demolition by the Israeli state:

“Organize protests at the offices of the JCB, Caterpillar, Volvo, Hyundai, Hitachi and LiuGong. Ask them to terminate their contracts with Israel’s occupation forces, and to commit to halting the delivery of all further equipment or services that may be used by Israel in activities that violate fundamental human rights of the Palestinian people.”

It is in response to this call from the Palestinian BDS National Committee that we are protesting today. We call on JCB to to end all its dealings, whether direct or indirect, with the Israeli state and stop its complicity with the illegal and immoral home demolition policy in occupied Palestine.

Read more about JCB and the Israeli occupation here –
https://corporateoccupation.org/category/companies/jcb/

Free nanny Crook: Class War

#London #Antifa, October 2: Anti Racism, Antifascism & Trade Unionism: an introduction — Enough is Enough!

The far right is growing in power in the UK and around the world, targeting migrants and bringing hate and violence into our communities. Originally published by United Voices of the World the union… 406 more words

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What’s Brexit got to do with us?

Links to excellent Rebel City free paper.

Brexit is causing the political classes to experience an existential crisis. In such febrile times, we feel some perspective is needed. This piece from the latest edition of Rebel City offers that.

Death by a thousand cuts for social housing and the NHS; more and more homeless on the street. Working for shit wages on the days they give you work – if you crawl up the boss’s arse with sufficient enthusiasm.

What’s a referendum where we got to choose whether we want to be screwed inside or outside the EU got to do with anything?

Both sides lied like crazy. Both sides pretended to be doing it for us. Leave won.

Cue for the economists, bankers and businessmen to bring out doomsday scenarios (once it was obvious their prediction that a Leave vote would precipitate a currency crash proved wrong): The financial sector will flee; food will rot in…

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Meet Ashley Sims

Comrades in the south west might like to keep an eye out for Ashley Sims. This career con-man set himself up as arbiter of who is worthy of mutual aid in Torbay, his criterion being whether they actually sleep outside*. Street people suspected by Sims of spending a night indoors are surreptitiously photographed, accused of being “professional beggars” or “fake homeless”, their pictures fly-posted by Sims and bandied about online, inviting their abuse by thugs.

* Hostels and night shelters aren’t free, and if you miss a night you have to re-apply, so if you depend on them in practice you either have to beg every day, or steal.

Interviewed by Radio 4, Sims declared he would continue his campaign until someone had died as a result, after it was revealed one of his victims had been battered with a hammer. After an ill-advised TV appearance, and getting outed as a racist by a tabloid newspaper (even his natural constituency has abandoned him) Sims has gone to ground, possibly in Paignton.

This parasite refers to himself as a “businessman” and used to be a publican but has trouble getting his licences renewed for some reason. It is to be hoped Sims will become a victim of his own malice.