Hezbollah Chief Offers Support To Hamas

ARTICLE: http://tinyurl.com/ktsjwtd

Lebanon’s Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah has offered his support to the Palestinian movement Hamas, Hezbollah-owned Al Manar television reported Monday.

The Hezbollah secretary general told Hamas’ exiled chief Khaled Meshal by telephone: “Hezbollah and the Lebanese resistance stand firmly on the side of the Intifada and the Palestinian people’s resistance, and support Hamas’ strategy and the just conditions it has set to end the conflict.”

Hamas is demanding Israel end its siege of Gaza and has called for the release of scores of prisoners from Israeli jails before it considers peace talks proposed by Egypt.

Nasrallah, meanwhile, expressed his “complete confidence in the resistance’s capacity to defend itself and to achieve a new victory in July,” a reference to Israel’s defeat by Hezbollah in its July 2006 assault on Lebanon.

In a separate phone call to Ramadan Abdallah Challah, secretary general of the Gaza’s second-biggest armed group, the Islamic Jihad, Nasrallah said: “The Lebanese resistance is willing to cooperate completely, in order to realize the goals of the Palestinian resistance, and to ensure the failure of the (Israeli) aggression.”

Israel’s assault on Gaza, the bloodiest in five years, has lasted 14 days, killing more than 500 Palestinians, while 18 Israeli soldiers have been killed in the violence.

(AFP, Al-Akhbar)


Detroit Struggle Escalates Amid National Outpouring of Solidarity

By Abayomi Azikiwe

On Mon. July 21, the Detroit Water & Sewerage Dept. (DWSD) announced in federal bankruptcy court before Judge Steven Rhodes that there would be a 15-day suspension of water shut-offs while policies would be enacted to address the current crisis in the city. Additional measures were revealed which are purportedly designed to address the massive termination of water services for thousands of households in the economically distressed majority African American municipality.

This declaration in federal court from the DWSD culminated a week-long series of activities that focused national attention on the plight of working and poor people in Detroit. A mass demonstration through downtown’s financial district on July 18 attracted thousands representing local organizations, the National Nurses United (NNU) and the delegates of the Net Roots Nation Conference held at Cobo Conference Center July 17-19…

FULL ARTICLE: http://tinyurl.com/nkyvg2d

March in downtown Detroit, July 2014. [Photo: Abayomi Azikiwe]

March in downtown Detroit, July 2014. [Photo: Abayomi Azikiwe]

Members of the National Nurses United march in Detroit July 18, 2014.

Members of the National Nurses United march in Detroit July 18, 2014.

July 21-25: Call In Week For Gaza


Since July 8, 2014, Israel had launched an intense and disproportionate bombing campaign and land incursion of the Gaza Strip, “Operation Protective Edge”.

In Gaza, 1.7 million Palestinians live in what is often referred to as an “open-air prison.” All of Gaza’s borders are restricted, including the side bordering the Mediterranean Sea, which is controlled by Israel. Israel has imposed an eight-year blockade on Gaza, making it extremely difficult and even impossible for Palestinians to go in and out of the Gaza Strip. Access to water, electricity, and basic goods have also been extremely limited.

In the latest operation, approximately 500 Palestinians have been killed thus far, the vast majority of which are civilians, including children and women. Thousands have been injured. About 20 Israeli soldier have been killed.

Israel has dropped bombs on civilian homes in Gaza, killing entire families. Schools, hospitals, and rehabilitation centers have also been attacked, killing students, doctors, and disabled patients.

Thousands of Palestinians have been left displaced and homeless due to of the damage to their homes from Israeli airstrikes. Electrical damage from the attacks has further crippled already inconsistent access to electricity in Gaza.

Palestinians have lived under 47 years of Israeli military occupation, and 66 years of ongoing colonization, dispossession, and apartheid.

Please take action to support human rights and end Israel’s impunity. http://tinyurl.com/pfsnncc


Update On The Kidnapping Of Miriam Miranda, Call U.S. Government Officials NOW

From the Latin America Solidarity Committee in Milwaukee:

Miriam Miranda, OFRANEH leader in Honduras was kidnapped between 7:30
and 8:30 the morning of July 17. She has since been rescued by members of her
community but those members and Miriam remain trapped in Vallecito due
to paramilitary guards in the area. See the alert update below and
please take the measures called for to the best of your ability.
Thanks, Babette

Vicki Cervantes (Relayed) Miriam and other
OFRANEH people were rescued by community
To HSNmembers HSNlavozchicago@yahoogroups.com
Today at 2:55 PM
Miriam and other OFRANEH people were rescued by community members and
are at Vallecito now. They can’t leave because of the continued
presence of the armed paramilitary guards. There are some campesino
groups mobilizing in the Aguan and other areas to go to help guarantee
their safety. The request is for people to continue to call Honduran
officials and (I suggest also to call the US Embassy) to insist that
the safety of the OFRANEH group is protected and guarenteed so that
they can leave Vallecito safely and that there is no violence against
the community.

Secretary of Security: 504-22355022 and
504-22221111 and fax the Attorney Fax: +504 2221 5667 to demand the
FUSINA (Interinstitutionall Security Force) assure the safety of the
group and community.

Mr. Arturo Corrales
Secretary of State in the Office of
Ocotal Village, Old Place of the
National Police Academy ANAPO
Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Email: comunicacionCNDS@gmail.com

Oscar Chinchilla Banegas
Public Ministry, Lomas del Guijarro
Avenida Dominican Republic
Lomas Plaza II Building
Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Fax: +504 2221 5667
Twitter: @ MP_Honduras

US Embassy Tegucigalpa – 22385114 or 22369320
Human Rights Attache: Amanda Johnson-Miller johnsonmillera@state.gov.