Innovative Minds © 2014. All Rights Reserved. www.inminds.co.uk
[Boycott - Cultural]
Alert 25th Apr 2016 - PEN Don't Partner With Apartheid - Free Palestinian Poets & Journalists
24 April 2016
DATE: Mon 25th April 2016 3pm-5pm
LOCATION: English PEN, Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Rd, London EC1R 3GA
FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/1694338370817131/
Please join us outside the Free Word Centre in Farringdon, the headquarters of English PEN - the founding centre of PEN International - "the worldwide writers' association which promotes the freedom to write and the freedom to read", as we respectfully ask them to distance themselves from its sister organisation American PEN which, in breach of the Palestinian call for a cultural boycott of Israel, has partnered with the Israeli Embassy and taken apartheid money for a literary festival which begins on the 25th April 2016. Oppressed writers rights are not served by partnerships with the oppressor. American PEN list the Embassy of Israel among the “Champions” of the World Voices Festival. This at a time when Israel is targeting Palestinian poets, journalists and bloggers.
We will urge English PEN, in accordance with its remit to "uphold writers freedoms around the world", to champion Palestinian poets, journalists and bloggers who are currently being targeted by the illegal Israeli occupation forces.
In particular we will raise the case Palestinian poet Dareen Tatour who was arrested last October and has been caged for 3 months at Israel's infamous rat infested HaSharon prison for her poem "Resist, my people, resist them”. Currently she is under draconian house arrest in an apartment in Tel Aviv with banning orders from connecting to the internet and communicating with certain people. She has guards and an electronic tagging device attached to her ankle. She is not permitted to return her home in Reineh.
Her poem draws attention to the violent attacks on her people by the occupation, including the arson attack that killed the 18-month-old baby Ali Dawabsha and his parents in Duma, a village in the occupied West Bank, last year; the killing of 18-year-old Hadil Hashlamoun by Israeli soldiers in Hebron, also last year; and the kidnapping and murder of 16-year-old Muhammad Abu Khudair in Jerusalem during 2014. Tatour says “It is ironic, but not surprising, that I was sent to jail for protesting the killing of my people whereas actual Israeli killers roam free”.
Recently over 150 bloggers have been arrested for their facebook posts which the illegal Israeli occupation forces have found objectionable. Also around 20 Palestinian journalists are currently imprisoned for their journalism. These include 25 years old Samah Dweik who was abducted in the night from her home on 10th April 2016 when Israeli occupation forces broke into her family home in Ras al-Amoud in eastern Occupied Jerusalem. The occupation objected to a facebook post.
Another case we will raise is that of Palestinian Journalists Syndicate leader Omar Nazzal who was arrested yesterday (23rd April 2016) by the occupation forces whilst on his way to an international meeting of the European Federation of Journalists taking place in Sarajevo on 25th April - the same day PEN's World Voices Festival starts where Israel is honoured as a "Champion".
LIVE UPDATES DURING PROTEST
We will, inshAllah, be tweeting live from the protest with live photos being uploaded to our twitter and facebook page. So if you can't join us on the day, please help us by sharing the photos as they get uploaded.
If you support this activity please share this alert widely, thank you.
Palestinian Prisoners Campaign
Also Of Interest
Page URL: http://www.inminds.com/article.php?id=10707
If you agree with our work then please support us.
INMINDS Facebook Live Feed
Featured MP3 Podcast
"1763 in the Ohio river valley you got Lord Jeffrey Amherst committing to written order an instruction to his subordinate Henry Bouquet, having been defeated by Pontiac Ottawa confederacy in the field. The order essentially says that they have been defeated militarily and is therefore necessary for Amherst forces to request a peace, to sue for peace from Pontiacs people. He instructs Bouquet to convene a parlay with the Indian leadership for that purpose. And as is the custom, as is common courtesy among native populations as was known to the Brits at that time, it would be necessary for those who requested the council to give gifts to those requested to attend. Make those gifts, Amherst says, items taken from a smallpox infirmary in order, I'm going to quote directly now, this isn't a paraphrase: 'in order that we may extirpate this execrable race'. Now key is on this last word, had he said that we might eradicate the opposing combatants, their military capacity, their warriors.. what ever term he wanted to use, it would have been biological warefare. But he didn't say anything about that, he said the 'race'. His intent was to use biological means, to use disease, quite explicitly so, to eradicate an entire population group. And Bouquet was also kind enough to commit to writing in his response the next day, I have done as instructed, dispersing three blankets, two handkerchiefs and sundry other items, hopefully, he says, they will have the desired result. They did.. the lowest estimate of the number of people who died of smallpox as a result of that little gesture of friendship and goodwill is a 100,000!"
American Indian scholar, activist in the struggle for liberation of Indigenous Peoples in America
On the publication of the book 'A Little Matter of Genocide: Holocaust and Denial in the Americas, 1492 to the Present', 1997 [29min / 10Mb]
Boycott Israel Campaign