Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Australia: 11 Unions back campaign to boycott Israel

From radio station 2SER:

The international campaign for Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment against Israel is starting to gain leverage in Australia, especially since the recent killings of nine Turkish solidarity activists. Since the May 31 attack on the flotilla of peace activists who were attempting to break the siege of Gaza and deliver humanitarian aid, several more trade unions and regional trade councils have signed up to the boycott campaign. The Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) was the first Australian trade union to join the international boycott of Israel, even before the attack on the flotilla. Now eleven Australian trade unions and regional trade councils have joined the boycott. Mal Tulloch from the New South Wales CFMEU visited occupied Palestine earlier this year as part of a study tour to the Middle East organized by Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA. He spoke with 2SER’s Liz Cush.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

French police brutality

They are supposed to protect the citizens of their country, but instead France's police force is facing multiple allegations of brutality and racism.

Amnesty International say that French authorities failed to investigate numerous allegations of unlawful killings, racial abuse and excessive use of force.

One of those cases was a 69-year-old Arab man who died in police custody. Al Jazeera's Estelle Youssouffa met his friend, who says he will not rest until justice is done.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Short film on life in Gaza

Gaza: Post Operation Cast Lead from ICCL Human Rights Film Awards on Vimeo.

Gaza: Post Operation Cast Lead: This short documentary by Dearbhla Glynn brings us to the Gaza Strip following Operation Cast Lead in late 2008/ early 2009. It offers a personal insight into the day-to-day living conditions faced by the Gaza Strip’s 1.5 million conflict-stricken inhabitants. 2010 ICCL Human Rights Film Awards Shortlistee.