8/24/08 Who's Sailing ISM's "Free Gaza Liberty Ship"?

Evidence below reveals its funding by US imperialism as part of U.S. 'soft power', strategic non-violence'. With slick pro-Palestinian rhetoric and arrogant bravado, ISM builds activist movements that serve the agenda of the US and its zionist proxy. ISM reveals its true colors in massive publicity that iconizes ISM 'heroes' like Jeff Halper and Rachel Corrie -- not Palestinian fighters -- a calculated attack and a racist slap in the face of the Palestinian nation's historical heroic resistance to U.S. backed state terrorist genocide.

This is just one example of the vast US 'strategic non-violence' global project we needs to learn from and spread.

here's ISM's propaganda pitch...
"We've entered Gazan waters!"
Yvonne Ridley, FreeGaza.org
A Message to All from the SS Liberty: "We've entered Gazan waters. We're flying the Palestinian flag, and we now believe that we're going to reach the shores of Gaza very soon. I missed the start of the Berlin Wall coming down by just a few days, but now I know how people felt when they tore down those first few bricks. Today is a huge victory of people over power."...

A statement to the press from the Free Gaza Movement
International Solidarity Movement
Forty-six international human rights workers are now sailing to Gaza through international waters with one overriding goal: to break the Israeli siege that Israel has imposed on the civilian population of Gaza. Any action designed to harm civilians constitutes collective punishment (in the Palestinians’ case, for voting the "wrong" way) and is both illegal under international law and profoundly immoral. Our mission is to expose the illegality of Israel’s actions, and to break through the siege in order to express our solidarity with the suffering people of Gaza (and of the occupied Palestinian territory as a whole) and to create a free and regular channel between Gaza and the outside world. Israel claims that since the "disengagement" in 2005 it no longer occupies Gaza. However, the International Committee of the Red Cross and other international human rights organizations reject this claim since Israel still exerts effective control over Gaza. As an Occupying Power, Israel has a responsibility for the well-being of the people of Gaza under the provisions of the 1949 Fourth Geneva Convention....

from the oh-so-anti-imperialist/zionist UAE
Activists ‘break siege’ by landing on Gaza’s shores:
Israel agreed to allow two boats to dock in Gaza yesterday in what activists on board called a “historic occasion” that they vowed to turn into a “regular passage from Gaza to the outside world”. “Everybody is ecstatic,” said Jeff Halper, from aboard one of the two vessels, the 20-metre Free Gaza and the 18m Liberty, that set sail for Gaza on Friday from Cyprus. “We broke the siege,” he said.

http://www.palsolidarity.org/main/2006/08/01/pngo/ (see PNGO below)
NGOs in Gaza Call Attention to Humanitarian Crisis and War Crimes
On July 30th, the Palestinian NGOs Network “PNGO” organized a demonstration in solidarity with the Lebanese people in front of the United Nations head quarter in Gaza city. Similarly, over twenty international humanitarian aid agencies and non-governmental organisations have joined forces to issue a joint appeal for action on July 27th in response to the humanitarian crisis in Gaza.Thousands of children, women, youth and NGO representatives participated in the demonstration condemning loudly the Israeli massacres committed in Lebanon and raising their solidarity with the people of Lebanon.The demonstrators called for immediate international investigation into the Israeli war Crimes in both the occupied Palestinian Territories and Lebanon....

Free Gaza Movement: Free Gaza boats arrive in Gaza
Saturday, August 23rd, 2008

World Bank - PNGO Project
January 07, 2006

The World Bank PNGO Project website states that it aims to "strengthen NGOs' capacity to deliver sustainable services to poor and marginalized Palestinians, while supporting the overall professional, and strategic development of the Palestinian NGO sector".
Split into two phases, the World Bank's PNGO and PNGO II projects will together have provided US$41.9m for Palestinian NGOs by June 2006. However, PNGO II also funds the Palestinian NGO portal that provides a platform for extremist political NGOs such as PCHR, Al Haq, the Jerusalem Center for Social and Economic Rights and ARIJ; and has been a source of funding for Al Mezan, which was involved in its development.
More information:
NGO Monitor Report on World Bank - January 3, 2006
Correspondence - December 25, 2005
World Bank - PNGO Project InfoFile

Index of NGO Funders:

Canada - Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
European Union
Finland - Ministry for Foreign Affairs Development Cooperation (FDC)
Norway - Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation, Norwegian Representative Office to the PA and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Spain Government Funding
Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA)
Switzerland - Swiss Agency for Development & Cooperation (SDC)
UK - Department for International Development (DFID)
World Bank - PNGO Project


The Global Policy Forum on NGOs at the UN
March 18, 2008

Durban 2001 NGO Forum (archived articles and opeds)
February 18, 2008

The Coordination Forum for Countering Antisemitism

European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia (EUMC) Working Definition of Antisemitism
"The purpose of the this document is to provide a practical guide for identifying incidents, collecting data, and supporting the implementation and enforcement of legislation dealing with antisemitism."
EYE on the UN

United Nations monitoring site, edited by Anne Bayefsky.
"This site is dedicated to making transparent the UN´s record on its fundamental promise - to identify, condemn, and protect against human rights violations."
UN Watch

Russian NGO dealing with racism, xenophobia and antisemitism in the Russian Federation.
Professor Samantha Power

Carr Center for Human Rights Policy
John F. Kennedy School of Government
Harvard University
Publications include "Dangerous Ideas: Business as Usual at the U.N." Foreign Policy 144 (September/October 2004), "A Hero of Our Time." New York Review of Books November 18, 2004, "It´s Not Enough to Call It Genocide." Time September 4, 2004, "The Lesson of Hannah Arendt." New York Review of Books April 29, 2004, "Dying in Darfur: Can the Ethnic Cleansing in Sudan Be Stopped?" The New Yorker August 30, 2004.

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