Da Paola ECO: Video che si occupa nello specifico di come Tony Blair fa quattrini (mi sa che faccia il paio con Berlusconi - usare il pubblico per finanziare le sue privatissime tasche). Invio in particolare per l'esame di quel che fa - e non fa - relativamente alla Palestina http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HudKNZgJCJ4&feature=player_embedded RIVOLTANTE!
For those of you who are not familiar with this initiative, it is in a few words an International People’s Tribunal created by a large group of citizens involved in the promotion of peace and justice in the Middle East. I invite you to visit the www.russelltribunalonpalestine.com
As some of you know, in 2009, I had the chance to spend a few months in South Africa for a research that was in my head for long. My main findings were on the one hand that the apartheid analogy could trigger a movement with the potential to influence a re-balance of the power asymmetry between the Palestinians and the State of Israel. And, on the other hand, that the “apartheid approach” would be better received and adopted if sponsored by a united voice from some key South African public figures working from a common platform.
With this key event, the Third Session of the Tribunal Russell on Palestine taking place in South Africa, we have the opportunity now to transform the vision of the situation in the Palestinian territories occupied by Israel and render the plight of the Palestinian more familiar among the public opinion.
The session will take place in a very symbolic place, the District Six Museum in Cape Town, will be led and attended by key international figures (Stéphane Hessel and Desmond Tutu among others) and will question the following:
are Israel practices against the Palestinian People in breach of the prohibition on Apartheid under International Law?
The debate is open within the civil society and as well inside governments and intergovernmental organisations where the recent events open a new window on the treatment of the Palestinian issue on the diplomatic agenda and may give legitimacy to the efforts of the civil society on the ground.
As the situation in South Africa was the catalyst for consideration of the issue of racism by the United Nations General Assembly and would dominate that debate for decades and finally lead to a democratic election for a non racial South Africa, the situation of the Palestinian People could be the catalyst towards re-opening the debate around apartheid and colonization and bring new possibilities of a more balanced negotiated resolution of the conflict. Will international governments keep with their double standards or will they finally stand beyond the mechanisms they created?
So make yourself part of today’s initiative to sustain a citizen’s initiative in support of the rights of the Palestinian people, with public international law as a legal frame of reference.