Mass hunger strike in Israeli jails

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Mass hunger strike in Israeli jails.

VIDEO by teleSUR 18 April 2017: Palestinian prisoners held by the Israeli state have begun an open-ended hunger strike in a bid to better their living conditions as well as to garner support from the international community.…

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The Zookeeper’s Wife: Reflections on Past and Present

Global Justice in the 21st Century


I found “The Zookeeper’s Wife,” the 2017 film version of Diane Ackerman’s 2007 non-fiction construction of a tale of heroic resistance to Nazi brutality in Warsaw, deeply moving for several reasons. Although familiar from other films, this renewed exposure to the mentality that informed the Nazi Holocaust powerfully and sensitively rendered, especially through the medium of concrete details (e.g. smuggling Jews from the Warsaw ghetto by hiding them beneath garbage collected to feed pigs, so as elude inspecting guards; or the non-Jewish pediatrician who insisted on accompanying his Jewish students on the train carrying them to the Treblinka death camp; or the contrast between the eco-humanist tenderness toward all kinds of animals and a variety of vulnerable people of the zookeeper and his wife—the real life Żabińskis, Antonina and Jan—and the violent loutishness of the Nazi soldiers and ghetto guards).


The originality of the film arises from…

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‘Ghosts Of Deir Yassin’ by Phil Monsour with Rafeef Ziadah

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By Phil Monsour, Auckland, 10 April 2017

9 April marks the anniversary of the massacre in Deir Yassin, Palestine 1948 and the infamous terror that expelled 750,000 people from their homes.

Last night in Auckland, as distant from Palestine as you can get, I performed this song with Rafeef Ziadah to 350 people.

Although history will mark the day when justice is served and the refugees have their right to return to a free Palestine. The struggle along the way will be recorded by our determination to remember, the celebrations of our shared humanity and the spirit of our resistance, that filled the theatre in Auckland on 9 April 2017.

Phil Monsour

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Rafeef Ziadah ‘deeply moved’ packed Christchurch audience

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Palestinian poet Rafeef Ziadah with guitarist Phil Monsour performing in Christchurch last night.

Palestinian poet Rafeef Ziadah and musician Phil Monsour performed to a packed auditorium in Christchurch last night – the first show of their New Zealand tour.

Event organiser John Minto described the event as a “fantastic evening” with a “full house and incredible performances.” He said the “audience was deeply moved and everyone was thrilled to have been there.”

Well-known NZ poet, Mohamed Hassan, who also performed, later reported “a really good turn-out tonight and a beautiful show” and “Rafeef and Phil were stunning” presenting a “hearty” performance.

Rafeef and Phil join Mohamed and other local poets at their Wellington event tonight at the Old St Pauls venue, 34 Mulgrave St, Thordon from 7pm. Tickets at the door: $20 waged, $15 unwaged.

Their Auckland show will include a whakatau welcome and the world premiere performance by the…

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