Friday, 22 August 2014

If you care about what's happening in Palestine, here are six pages you absolutely should be following on Facebook

If, like me, you are deeply concerned about what's happening in Palestine, the following Facebook pages will give you a wealth of information and latest reports, a place to connect with others who share your views and values, suggestions for how you can get involved and maybe even make a few new friends.

Please feel free to add further suggestions in the Comments section.

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Eran Efrati, 29, was born and raised in Jerusalem. After graduating high school he enlisted in the IDF, where he served as a combat soldier and company sergeant in Battalion 50 of the Nachal Division. He spent most of his service in Hebron and throughout the West Bank. In 2008, he was discharged and joined Breaking the Silence, an organization of veteran Israeli soldiers working to raise awareness about the daily reality in the Occupied Territories. He worked as the chief investigator of the organization, collecting testimonies from IDF soldiers about their activities. He also guided political tours and to the West Bank and worked to educate Israeli youth about the reality of being a soldier in an occupying army. His collected testimonies appear in the booklet “Operation Cast Lead” and their most recent release “Our Harsh Logic”. Since leaving Breaking the Silence,he is a researcher into the Israeli military, the U.S. military and the arms trade ,his investigative reports appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Guardian. Today he is active with the Israeli groups Anarchists Against the Wall and Boycott from Within.

Rania Masri is a human rights advocate and environmental scientist. She is a national board member of Peace Action, a member of the board of directors of the Education for Peace in Iraq Center, the Arab Women's Solidarity Association's representative to the United Nations, and the coordinator of the Iraq Action Coalition. Rania has written about peace and justice, racism, the sanctions Against Iraq, and the occupation of Palestinian lands in local, national, and international news magazines, and has spoken extensively at conferences and universities throughout the United States and Canada. She has been interviewed on numerous networks, including CNN, Fox National News Channel, Pacifica Radio, Radio Canada International, "Voice of America", Washington DC's "The Round Table", Arizona's "Perspectives on America," California's "Middle East in Focus," NPR national, NPR's Talk of the Nation, and several NPR affiliates. Rania has a doctorate in forestry from North Carolina State University, and a Master's in Environmental Management from Duke University. She is currently the director of the Economic and Environmental Justice Program at the Institute for Southern Studies.

Ilan Pappé, whose PhD is from the University of Oxford, is professor of history at the University of Exeter in the UK, and co-director of the Exeter Center for Ethno-Political Studies. Until 2007, he was a senior lecturer in the Department of Political Science at the University of Haifa. Pappe, a Jewish Israeli, born to a German Jewish family in Haifa in 1954, has been described by the Palestinian Salman Abu-Sitta (a prominent writer on the Palestinian right of return) as "an honourable academic with integrity and conscience". He is one of the Israeli "new historians", a group of historians who are so-called because their writings, based on access to material recently released by the British and Israeli archives, has started to undermine myths about the foundation and early years of the Israeli state, myths that were promoted by an earlier generation of Israeli historians who were more concerned about building up the self-image of the new state than in historical accuracy.  Dr. Pappé is a member of the Advisory Board of the Council for Palestinian Restitution and Repatriation (CPRR), an organization which declares that "every Palestinian has a legitimate, individual right to return to his or her original home and to absolute restitution of his or her property."

Miko Peled is a peace activist who dares to say in public what others still choose to deny. He has credibility, so when he debunks myths that Jews around the world hold with blind loyalty, people listen. Miko was born in Jerusalem in 1961 into a well known Zionist family. His grandfather, Dr.  Avraham Katsnelson was a Zionist leader and signer on the Israeli Declaration of Independence.   His father, Matti Peled was a young officer in the war of 1948 and a general in the war of 1967 when Israel conquered the West Bank, Gaza, Golan Heights and the Sinai.  Author of "The General’s Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine"

John Pilger is an Australian-British journalist based in London. Since his early years as correspondent in the Vietnam War, Pilger has been a strong critic of American and British foreign policy, which he considers to be driven by an imperialist agenda. The practices of the mainstream media have also been a theme in his work. His career as a documentary film maker began with The Quiet Mutiny (1970), made during one of his visits to Vietnam, and has continued with over fifty documentaries since then. Other works in this form include Year Zero (1979), about the aftermath of the Pol Pot regime in Cambodia, and Death of a Nation: The Timor Conspiracy (1993). Pilger has long criticised his native country's treatment of indigenous Australians and has made many documentary films on this subject including The Secret Country (1985) and Utopia (2013). In the British print media, he has had a long association with the Daily Mirror, and from 1991 wrote a regular column for the New Statesman magazine.

Noami Wolf Author, social critic, and political activist, Naomi Wolf raises awareness of the pervasive inequities that exist in society and politics. She encourages people to take charge of their lives, voice their concerns and enact change. Her international journalism includes the investigative report “Guantánamo Bay: The Inside Story” for The Times of London, and as a columnist for Project Syndicate her articles have been published in India, Philippines, Egypt, and Lebanon. She’s a frequent blogger on The Huffington Post and writes cultural commentary for The Guardian, The Washington Post, and Harper’s Bazaar.  A graduate of Yale and a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, Wolf was a consultant to Al Gore during his presidential campaign on women’s issues and social policy. She is co-founder of The Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership, an organization that teaches leadership to young women, and The American Freedom Campaign, a grass roots democracy movement in the United States whose mission is the defense of the Constitution and the rule of law.

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  1. Good to know there's another broadminded soul around. Thanks for this blog I am forwarding links to it. Great stuff.

  2. Thanks for this blog. Its good to know there are so many of us out here in the real thinking humane world. I am forwarding links to this amongst a selected few.
    Nice to see someone determinedly using Palestine to name the territory - some of us back to the days when it really was recognized as Palestine. The Israeli policy now is crazy and ignorant, for sure. Ignorant because it is actually ignoring the history of the people of Modern Israel and crazy because people like us are becoming no longer supporting the current Israel because it has now lost its credibility.
    I have many Jewish friends and they mostly just cannot talk about this whole horror.