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Jimmy Carter and the Elders join protest in East Jerusalem

by shergald Sat Oct 23rd, 2010 at 11:18:21 AM EST


This photo is attached to a story by Phil Weiss (Mondoweiss) about the fact that "Obama's gonna have to leave politics before he denounces the occupation."

But here's another president, Jimmy Carter, no longer fearful of the Lobby, protesting in East Jerusalem for human rights. But that's Jimmy Carter for you, never looking the other way while the injustices of military occupation and colonialism in Palestine, and the horrible and deadly siege of Gaza, continue.

LINK: http://mondoweiss.net/2010/10/obama-will-have-to-leave-politics-before-he-denounces-the-occupation.h tml

Riwal, a Dutch company, was raided for violating The Hague ruling on Wall in the West Bank

Gush Shalom passed on the story. It is a particular interesting victory for the BDS Movement against Israeli Apartheid when a sovereign nation joins in.

October 19, 2010

Dutch police raided the offices of a company leasing cranes for building the West Bank Separation Fence and settlements. Company executives, including the Israeli Doron Livnat, may face trial for violating International Law. Dutch government warned the Riwal Company two years ago not to engage in construction in the Occupied Trritories. Gush Shalom: another warning sign of the abyss of international isolation into which the Government of Israel leads us

A few days ago, the Dutch police's National Crime Squad raided the offices of the Riwal Holding Group in the city of Dordrecht, confiscating computers documents relating to the leasing of cranes owned by the the company's Israeli branch for the construction of the "Separation Wall" and of settlements in the Occupied Territories. Police findings have been passed on to the Dutch State Prosecution, which should decide whether or not to prosecute the corporate executives - including the Israeli businessman Doron Livnat - on charges of violating International Law.

The affair started with the 2004 ruling by the International Court in The Hague, which determined that construction of the "Separation Wall" within the West Bank territory constituted a violation of International Law, and that if Israel wants to build a border fence to prevent infiltration into its territory it should have been placed on the border, i.e. on the Green Line. Accordingly, the International Court judges called for upon all UN member states and Geneva Convention signatories not to cooperate with erection of the Wall and to prevent their citizens from any such cooperation.

In 2006, a Dutch television crew filmed cranes active in construction of the Separation Fence and of settlements, which bore the Riwal Company logo. Dutch Labour Party MP's raised the issue and addressed parliamentary questions to the Minister of Foreign Affairs. As a result, the Dutch Government in 2008 warned the Riwal company not to engage in activities at the Occupied Territories. But the organization "United Civilians for Peace" in Amsterdam found evidence that the company ignored the government warning and continued this activity.

Last year the Palestinian human rights organization Al Haq of Ramallah engaged the Dutch law firm Bohler. On its behalf, Adv. Liesbeth Zegveld lodged this year a complaint to the legal authorities. The raid on the Riwal Dordrecht offices is a tangible result of this activity.

Gush Shalom, the Israeli Peace Bloc, regards this episode as yet another alarming sign of Israel's deteriorating international position, fast slipping down to a disastrous total isolation. "A decade ago, authorities in the Netherlands would not have considered taking such measures. The Israeli Government, renewing settlement construction, promoting loyalty oaths and ever new provocations, confronts the entire the world, alienates Israel's best friends and takes us on a mad gallop into the abyss".

Riwal is the largest company in the Netherlands in the field of building cranes, and among the largest in the world. The Riwal Israel Company, active also under the name "Lia Holding", was in the news a few years ago when a business dispute between it and the competing "Avi Cranes" escalated into violence and the setting of cranes on fire.

Contact: Adam Keller, Gush Shalom Spokesperson 054-2340749

by shergald on Sat Oct 23rd, 2010 at 11:41:44 AM EST
Nice find shergald. Keep it up.

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by siegestate (siegestate or beyondwarispeace.com) on Sat Oct 23rd, 2010 at 05:34:02 PM EST
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This video of the E. Jerusalem protest became available through the Israeli Occupation Archive:

Former US president Jimmy Carter and two other Elders visit the weekly Friday Sheikh Jarrah demonstration in Jerusalem.  Note MPs Ahmed Tibi and Mohammad Barakeh at the end of the clip.

http://www.israeli-occupation.org/2010-10-23/president-jimmy-carter-visiting-sheikh-jarrah-weekly-de monstration/

by shergald on Sun Oct 24th, 2010 at 10:10:19 AM EST
But a link or explanation about who and what "the Elders" are might be helpful.
by santiago on Sun Oct 24th, 2010 at 10:30:04 AM EST
In response, here are the Elders. The site lists the various members and features some of their projects.

The Elders are an independent group of eminent global leaders, brought together by Nelson Mandela, who offer their collective influence and experience to support peace building, help address major causes of human suffering and promote the shared interests of humanity.

The Elders story
The story of the Elders started in a conversation between the entrepreneur Richard Branson and the musician Peter Gabriel. The idea they discussed was a simple one. In an increasingly interdependent world - a global village - could a small, dedicated group of independent elders help to resolve global problems and ease human suffering?

For inspiration, they looked to traditional societies, where elders often help to share wisdom and resolve disputes within communities. They took their idea to Nelson Mandela, who agreed to support it. With the help of Graça Machel and Desmond Tutu, Mandela set about bringing the Elders together.

Prospective members were invited to join on the basis of a distinct set of criteria. Firstly, and most importantly, they should be independent. They should have earned international trust, demonstrated integrity and built a reputation for inclusive, progressive leadership.

Mandela announced the formation of the Elders in July 2007, on the occasion of his 89th birthday, at a ceremony in Johannesburg. During the ceremony, he described the mission of the group:


by shergald on Sun Oct 24th, 2010 at 12:29:55 PM EST
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European Tribune - Jimmy Carter and the Elders join protest in East Jerusalem
But that's Jimmy Carter for you, never looking the other way while the injustices of military occupation and colonialism in Palestine, and the horrible and deadly siege of Gaza, continue.

What was his policies when he was in office?

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by A swedish kind of death on Mon Oct 25th, 2010 at 07:26:41 AM EST
Pretty much the same, as I recall. Not afraid to confront allies and client dictators over their human rights violations, and successfully getting Israel and Egypt to agree to peace and cooperation in an agreement which is still fully functional today.
by santiago on Mon Oct 25th, 2010 at 03:37:09 PM EST
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Put the concept of "human rights" into the language of the United Nations, no?

by shergald on Mon Oct 25th, 2010 at 07:15:42 PM EST
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Thank God for Jimmeh.  At least America has one ex-president with integrity....

by Keone Michaels on Mon Oct 25th, 2010 at 01:27:11 PM EST
Interesting. Four recommendations is not enough for a diary to make the recommended list.

There must be special rules for IP diaries or perhaps American writers.

by shergald on Mon Oct 25th, 2010 at 07:18:02 PM EST
It is a good diary and got recommends from two editors. Be happy and don't think you are being picked on. That would probably be especially good advice were it in fact the case. Keep in mind that the editors are a diverse group and all are volunteers. And there are not special rules for "Americans".

I am from the USA and sometimes my diaries get lots of recommends and comments, sometimes they don't. But even if they don't, at least I have all of the thoughts together in one easily accessible place. DeAnander resides in Canada and periodically puts up diaries that are well recieved and commented, as is the case for NBBooks, among others. Upstate NY currently has an interesting topical diary up on Greece and Turkey that has seven recommends with more likely to come.

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by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Mon Oct 25th, 2010 at 07:53:03 PM EST
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There must be special rules for IP diaries or perhaps American writers.

Not possible. The software doesn't support filtering the reclist based on topic, IP address or direct editorial intervention. Out-of-the-box Scoop doesn't work that way.

As a point of comparison, the lowest ranking diary on the reclist has nine recs. Raw rec numbers aren't completely comparable, since they are discounted by some function of the time since they were given (or since the diary was posted - I forget which).

The discount rate was recently reduced, in order to give the reclist a lower turnover. Previously, it would sample on average 10-15 diaries, which meant that pretty much every diary posted to ET would make it to the reclist. Since this sort of defeats the purpose of having a reclist (there is a perfectly fine "recent diaries" list that holds well in excess of 15 diaries), the discount rate was reduced so it now samples the past fifty to a hundred diaries.

- Jake

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by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Mon Oct 25th, 2010 at 09:02:45 PM EST
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