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    We need to support social justice in tech. Solidarity. An excellent post by Ben Werdmuller: No tech for apartheid is within its rights to protest | Werd.io

    There is nothing honorable about supporting your employer as it commits or facilitates human rights violations. Protesting is the ethical thing to do…

    Human rights should always trump business.


    The US is isolated in its support of Israel, a state actively engaged in land theft, war crimes and genocide. Shameful.

    The US has vetoed a request to the United Nations security council for full UN membership, blocking the world body’s recognition of a Palestinian state. | The Guardian

    The vote in the 15-member security council was 12 in favor, the US opposed and two abstentions, the UK and Switzerland.

    Before the vote, diplomats said the US mission had been trying to convince one or two other council members to abstain, to mitigate Washington’s isolation on the issue…


    We could do with far more worker activism like this. Genocide in Gaza and also the climate emergency, both are crises that need more activism. Not easy to put one’s livelihood on the line in a protest.

    No Tech for Apartheid: Google Workers Arrested for Protesting Company’s $1.2B Contract with Israel | Democracy Now!

    Organized by the group No Tech for Apartheid, the protesters are demanding Google withdraw from Project Nimbus, a $1.2 billion contract to provide cloud computing services to the Israeli military.


    Democrats Question U.S. Claims That Israel Isn’t Violating International Law Using American Weapons

    More than two dozen House Democrats sent a letter to the Biden administration on Tuesday questioning its assertions that the Israeli government is using American weapons in full compliance with U.S. and international law, as required by a memo President Joe Biden issued in February.

    Texas Democratic Reps. Veronica Escobar and Joaquin Castro led the congressional letter to Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, and Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines. The 26 Democrats note that for months, “elected representatives, intergovernmental bodies, international courts, Israeli and global human rights observers — along with government officials themselves — have persistently expressed grave concerns regarding the actions of the Netanyahu government.”


    Documenting Six Months of Israeli War Crimes in Gaza

    Over the last six months, Israel has repeatedly massacred Palestinians in Gaza, resulting in the deaths of well over thirty thousand Palestinians, some 70 percent of whom are women and children. Tens of thousands more have been injured. These numbers are probably an undercount considering Israel’s deliberate destruction of Gaza’s health care system, which is the sole independent source of these numbers (which are also used by Israel, including its prime minister and the military)


    Breaking it down by the numbers. Damning but not surprising.

    ‘The Deliberate Dehumanization of the Palestinians’: Mehdi Hasan Calls out Media Bias on Gaza - YouTube

    “One of the reasons I am hosting this new weekly show for Zeteo, is that I am fed up with media organizations failing to challenge the racism and bigotry of our leaders, and I am also fed up with media organizations themselves pushing racist, bigoted, dehumanizing coverage of minorities across the board - but especially, especially, of the Palestinians. I think the world deserves better.”


    UN Report Describes Abuse and Dire Conditions in Israeli Detention - The New York Times

    Gazans released from Israeli detention described graphic scenes of physical abuse in testimonies gathered by United Nations workers, according to a report released on Tuesday by UNRWA, the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees.

    Palestinian detainees described being made to sit on their knees for hours on end with their hands tied while blindfolded, being deprived of food and water and being urinated on, among other humiliations, the report said. Others described being badly beaten with metal bars…


    Protestors Against Gaza Genocide Block Roads, Commerce in 50 Cities Across the World | Truthout

    Demonstrators across every inhabited continent took to the streets to block major corridors and spots of economic activity on Monday, April 15, in a coordinated economic disruption to protest Israel’s genocide in Gaza.

    The “A15” protests were planned across 50 cities, including 21 in the U.S., encompassing 17 countries in total. Protesters blocked shipping ports and railroads, targeted funders of arms manufacturers like Israel’s Elbit Systems, blocked factories for arms manufacturers directly, and linked arms across major roads, including highways and airport entrances.


    Meanwhile, in Gaza, the genocide continues, famine grows.

    As the world focuses on Iran’s attack on Israel, bloodshed continues in Gaza - YouTube

    As the world waits to see how Israel will respond to Iran’s attack, in Gaza, the bloodshed continues. Four were killed in overnight airstrikes in the southern city of Rafah, and 11 were killed - including children - in central Gaza. Israeli tanks have re-entered the north of the strip, surrounding schools housing displaced families.


    Continuing genocide.

    Aid ‘still not reaching Gaza’, as top US official warns famine has started | The Guardian

    A promised surge in aid into that Benjamin Netanyahu promised Joe Biden a week ago has so far failed to materialise, aid workers say, as the US aid chief confirmed that famine is beginning to take hold in parts of the besieged coastal strip.


    “We’re Responsible for This”: American Surgeons Return from Gaza, Call for End of U.S. Culpability in Genocide | Democracy Now!

    We speak with two doctors who’ve just returned after two weeks at the European Hospital in Gaza. Dr. Feroze Sidhwa and Dr. Mark Perlmutter are co-authors of a new piece for Common Dreams titled “As Surgeons, We Have Never Seen Cruelty Like Israel’s Genocide in Gaza.” They describe a hospital “hanging on by a thread,” with the majority of patients being young children, and bombing targeted at Muslim Palestinians “concentrated at the time of evening prayer.” “Genocide was the overwhelming impression that I got,” says Perlmutter.


    Gaza Is Unlike Anything I’ve Ever Seen, Says NGO Head/Ex-CNN Journalist Arwa Damon - YouTube

    Award-winning journalist Arwa Damon has just returned from a humanitarian trip to Gaza in her capacity as the founder of INARA, the International Network for Aid Relief and Assistance, a nonprofit currently providing medical and mental healthcare to children. Damon describes the overwhelming need for aid under Israel’s siege of the territory. "


    Who has the right to self-defence, the occupier or the occupied? – Arena

    To say Israel has the right to defend itself is like saying a chronic abuser has the right to defend himself because his victim hit him. Israel is not an innocent party under attack and defending itself, as it is being portrayed by much of the international media. It is a settler-colonial apartheid regime, established on the ruins of Palestine at the expense of the Palestinian people in 1948.

    Colonialists, occupiers and apartheid regimes do not have the right to defend their occupations and apartheid systems. It’s the occupied who have the right under international law to defend themselves and to liberate their countries. Most of the Jewish settlers are armed and members of Israel’s reserve army; Israel knew the risk it was taking by perpetrating the Catastrophe (al-Nakba) of 1948, occupying someone else’s country and denying Palestinians their rights because they are not Jews, in what was established as a Jewish state.


    The ‘human shields’ lie has been conclusively, irrefutably debunked - Pearls and Irritations

    One aspect of the recent revelations about the IDF’s Lavender AI system that’s not getting enough consideration is the fact that it is completely devastating to the narrative that Israel has been killing so many civilians because Hamas uses “human shields”.

    … a major report from +972 revealed that Israel has been using an AI system called Lavender to compile kill lists of suspected members of Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad which have been carried out with hardly any human verification. One automated system, psychopathically named “Where’s Daddy?”, tracks suspects to their homes so that they can be killed along with their entire families. The IDF has been knowingly killing 15 to 20 civilians at a time to kill one junior Hamas operative, and up to 100 civilians at a time to take out a senior official.


    Lavender & Where’s Daddy: How Israel Used AI to Form Kill Lists & Bomb Palestinians in Their Homes | Democracy Now!

    The Israeli publications +972 and Local Call have exposed how the Israeli military used an artificial intelligence program known as Lavender to develop a “kill list” in Gaza that includes as many as 37,000 Palestinians who were targeted for assassination with little human oversight. A second AI system known as “Where’s Daddy?” tracked Palestinians on the kill list and was purposely designed to help Israel target individuals when they were at home at night with their families


    Recommended podcast episode: Millennials Are Killing Capitalism: “Decolonization Is Not a Discourse, It Is a Material Process”. An interview with:

    Leila Shomali is a Palestinian PhD candidate in International Law at Maynooth University Ireland and a member of the Good Shepherd Collective.

    Lara Kilani is a Palestinian-American researcher, PhD student, and is also a member of the Good Shepherd Collective.

    A focal point of the interview was the recent publication of their article “Anti-Zionism As Decolonisation” . Other topics covered in the discussion: settler colonialism, the limits of human rights discourse and international law for Palestinians.

    Check out the work of the Good Shepherd Collective.


    More grassroots anti-war activism in the US:

    Walkouts, Blockades, and Student Occupations in Solidarity with Palestine Continue | It’s Going Down

    Resistance to the US backed Israeli war and genocide against Palestinians living in the occupied territories remains ongoing, with a chorus of mass protests, sabotage, occupations at US universities, and blockades of weapons suppliers continuing into the spring, as a call grows “to disrupt and blockade economic logistical hubs and the flow of capital” on April 15th.


    A carefully presented and well researched video by Randahl Fink: Genocide in Gaza — is Israel guilty? - YouTube

    #Gaza #Israel #Genocide


    UN Human Rights Council calls for halt to weapons shipments to Israel : NPR

    GENEVA — The U.N.’s top human rights body called on countries to stop selling or shipping weapons to Israel in a resolution passed Friday that aims to help prevent rights violations against Palestinians amid Israel’s blistering military campaign in Gaza.

    The sweeping measure takes aim at an array of Israeli actions such as impeding access to water and limiting shipments of humanitarian aid into Palestinian areas. It also calls on U.N.-backed independent investigators to report on shipments of weapons, munitions and “dual use” items — that have both civilian and military applications — that could be used by Israel against Palestinians.


    Evidence that grassroots, progressive activism in the US is still alive and capable of changing world events. While it’s still early days it seems that the Biden administration may finally be shifting its position on Israel. The killing of the 7 aid workers of the World Central Kitchen seems to have been the tipping point but for weeks efforts by on-the-ground activists in Michigan and most recently Wisconsin have rung Biden’s alarm bells.

    Of course, this is only a sign of an early shift directly related to getting food and aid into Gaza. Will enough aid flow in fast enough to blunt the worst case scenario of famine from unfolding? We will soon find out.

    Will Israel still launch a large scale offensive into Rafah? Will there be deeper, long term shifts in military aid to Israel or is this just a temporary shift? What comes next? What’s the goal? Is it a ceasefire or something more lasting?


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