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Canadian MP nominates ISM for Nobel Prize

Svend J. Robinson
12 May 2003

“The contribution of the ISM to advancing the cause of peace in the Middle East, to defending human rights, and to upholding international law is without parallel. This organization’s selfless efforts to promote peace and protect the lives of innocent civilians in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict clearly merit international recognition.” Canadian MP Svend J. Robinson nominates ISM for the Nobel Peace Prize.

ISM: Report from May 5th Press Conference in Jerusalem

10 May 2003

”The International Solidarity Movement is a Palestinian-led movement committed to resisting the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land using nonviolent, direct action methods and principles. Recently, ISM has been the focus of a lot of attention and misinformation; attention that we’ve been trying to get for a long time engaging in Palestinian nonviolent resistance. However, usually what we hear from journalists is ‘call us if there is blood.’” The following text is from a 5 May 2003 ISM press conference in Jerusalem.

ISM Update: 3 internationals taken into IDF custody in Tulkarem

10 May 2003

“At approximately 6:00 PM, May 10, 2003, Radika, a US citizen, Charlotte, a UK citizen, and Osama, a Palestinian coordinator working with the ISM, were detained by Israeli forces near Tulkarem in the West Bank.” An ISM press release offers an update.

ISM Update: Detention of Two British Activists at Erez Border Crossing

International Solidarity Movement
9 May 2003

“It has been twenty eight hours since, at 8:30 PM on Thursday evening, May 8, 2003, two British internationals were detained at Erez border crossing at the entrance to the Gaza Strip… Nick was interrogated for many hours by the Shin Bet (Israeli Security Services)…. They are being told that they are being deported. ” Read this ISM advisory and take action. British citizens additionally advised to protest to their governmental representatives.

Israeli Army announces its intention to deport two ISM members

9 May 2003

The IOF has formally announced its intention to forcibly deport Alice Coy and Nicholas Durie (UK) after detaining the two for 20 hours at Erez Checkpoint at the border of Gaza Strip.

Text of new IDF declaration to be signed by foreign nationals entering Gaza

The Electronic Intifada
8 May 2003

The Electronic Intifada has obtained the text of a document distributed by the Israeli military to foreign diplomatic representatives. The document is entitled “Form to be filled out and submitted to IDF authorities prior to entry to the Gaza Strip” and is aimed at excluding foreign peace activists from undertaking nonviolent direct action against Israeli military operations in the Gaza Strip.

Karameh Campaign launched to defend Palestinian solidarity organizing

The Karameh Campaign (Concordia University)
7 May 2003

“The Karameh Campaign has been launched in Montreal, Canada to respond to the ongoing attempt to criminalize Palestinian solidarity organizing at Concordia University, other universities and communities, throughout Montreal and around the world. The campaign is endorsed by individuals and members of other community groups committed to issues of social justice. The word Karameh means Dignity in Arabic.”

Pro-Palestinian activists enforce a mock checkpoint in centre of Amsterdam

Miral Assuli
5 May 2003

While the Dutch celebrate the 58th anniversary of Germany’s capitulation, which meant the end of German occupation, activists organized a street theatre performance in the centre of Amsterdam raising awareness about military occupations supported by the Dutch government.

"We are not just numbers": Commemorating the war victims of Iraq and Palestine

Rosemary Sayigh
7 May 2003

The commemoration programme was built on the traditional Arab format of the condolence visit (ta’aziya). All participants were invited to wear mourning clothes, and behind the whole area hung an obituary notice, an eighteen-foot-long banner inscribed with words: ‘The sisters of the children of Baghdad and their families, and the paternal uncles of the families of Mosul, Al-Nasirya, Jenin, Rafah, and Nablus, and their kin living in the Arab world and abroad, mourn with deepest sorrow their dearly beloved deceased: The victims of American and Israeli aggression, cut down in their childhood, and their youth, and their prime, members of humanity’.” Rosemary Sayigh reports from Beirut on a symbolically charged protest action.

Western human shields battered in Mideast; rethink strategies

Nidal al-Mughrabi
2 May 2003

“Young Western activists living with Palestinians to act as human shields against Israeli raids are debating how to minimize their risk of dying after suffering a sudden rash of casualties.” Nidal al-Mughrabi reports for Reuters from Rafah in the Occupied Gaza Strip.


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