A human being is a part of the whole, called by us “Universe”, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest — a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security.
Albert Einstein writing to Norman Salit on 4th March 1950
Sean sent me this image from this afternoon’s demo in Kobe:
He also sent me this information about boycotting Israeli goods, and companies that support Israel: BOYCOTT ISRAEL. Another good reason to stop going to Starbucks and visit some decent independant Kyoto cafes instead!! For more perspective on all this read this 10,000 Things post here.
So – you have undoubtedly seen this news of Israel’s attack on the aid flotilla heading for Gaza. The people on board these ships were civilians in international waters and more than ten of them are now dead. Source: aljazeera.net
Urgent Action Alert for 1st June in Kobe and Osaka, JAPAN: Israel’s Massacre against Activists of the Free Gaza Movement
Palestine Forum, which is the Osaka based NGO supporting Palestinians, is planning to have an urgent action against Israel’s massacre against activists of the Gaza Freedom Movement as follows;
(1) Appeal in Kobe Date: 1st June 2010 Time: from 4.45 pm (for an hour) Venue: in front of the Honorary Consulate of Israel in Kobe
Address: Sento Centre Building, 5-2-3,
Nakayamate-dori, Chuo-ku, Kobe, JAPAN
(2) Appeal in Osaka Date: 1st June 2010 Time: from 6.30 pm (for 30 minutes) Venue: in front of the Police Box near the Southern Exit of JR Osaka Station
Contact: Palestine Forum, JAPAN
I have decided on a new place to live! Right in the heart of the city and convenient for – everywhere! I will be moving in late March and am very excited about it – hurrah! Here’s your chance to invest in some property too:
Gaza is dying — the battle has moved deep into its cities, jam-packed with 1.5 million civilians lacking food, medicine or water… But the global movement to end this war is building — as we spread the word the petition is at 430,000 signatures and rising, it has been delivered to top leaders at the EU, UN and Arab League, our US members are flooding their representatives with phone calls, and Avaaz members worldwide have donated over $120,000 to an ad campaign in key newspapers… The pressure is working — so we’re ratcheting it up with hard-hitting US ads pressing Barack Obama personally for an immediate change of tack, face-to-face petition deliveries to European leaders this week to get them to act, and working with Palestinians and Israelis to plan bold actions on the ground. But every one of these actions becomes stronger as more of us join the campaign. We need to reach 1 million signatures this week — thank you for signing the petition already, let’s all of us now take a moment to forward this email to all our friends and family so they can join us and be heard:
Voices for a ceasefire are finally being heard in the Israeli cabinet and media, Hamas is signalling it could accept a deal including Turkish forces and EU monitors, but the sides are too far apart to end this themselves. That’s why action by world powers is critical to break the deadlock — and global citizens’ voices can make all the difference if we raise an unstoppable voice calling on incoming President Obama, the EU and Arab and Muslim states to guarantee a fair and lasting ceasefire…
…It’s amazing what we can do when hundreds of thousands of us come together arond the world — and if we raise our efforts to another level this week, we could help to finally end the Gaza horror. Follow the link below to take the first step by signing the petition, then spread the word so others can do the same:
This morning, we received this tense demand for action from from Liberata Rumumba, a refugee and women’s leader in Eastern Congo pleading for Europe to send peacekeepers to protect her people, (click below to watch).
We know how to help. Last week, Avaaz ran a hard-hitting advertisement in The Times of London, pressing UK leaders to support a European force or risk responsibility for genocide — the British Africa minister called us immediately — and the British position shifted.
Now we’re challenging other EU leaders, taking this effective ad campaign Europe-wide – starting by placing ads in El Pais in Spain, Dagens Nyheter in Sweden, The European Voice in Brussels and NRC Handelsblad in the Netherlands. The Times ad was paid for by 300 small donations from Avaaz members. If just 3000 of us donate in the next 48 hours we can run ads across Europe before it’s too late – if we raise more funds than necessary we’ll put them towards further similar campaigns. Let’s chip in what we can to help the people of the Congo.LINK