Tonight Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent “socialist” and potential 2016 presidential candidate, addressed a New York City panel on “The Climate Crisis: Which Way Out?” before the People’s Climate March tomorrow.

But thanks to audience members incensed over Sander’s votes and statements in support of Israel’s summer military offensive against the Gaza Strip, which killed over 2,150 Palestinians, things didn’t go exactly as planned.

GAZA, PALESTINE, November 30 - Isra Almodallal, spokeswoman for the Palestinian government in Gaza, addresses a rally in Palestine Square (al-Saha). The event is part of a global "Day of Rage" against the Prawer-Begin Plan, a proposal in the Israeli Knesset that would displace tens of thousands of Palestinian Bedouin from dozens of villages in the Naqab/Negev region. (Photo by Joe Catron)

GAZA, PALESTINE, November 30 – Isra Almodallal, spokeswoman for the Palestinian government in Gaza, addresses a rally in Palestine Square (al-Saha). The event is part of a global “Day of Rage” against the Prawer-Begin Plan, a proposal in the Israeli Knesset that would displace tens of thousands of Palestinian Bedouin from dozens of villages in the Naqab/Negev region. (Photo by Joe Catron)

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GAZA, PALESTINE, November 30 – Isra Almodallal, spokeswoman for the Palestinian government in Gaza, addresses a rally in Palestine Square (al-Saha). The event is part of a global “Day of Rage” against the Prawer-Begin Plan, a proposal in the Israeli Knesset that would displace tens of thousands of Palestinian Bedouin from dozens of villages in the Naqab/Negev region. (Photo by Joe Catron)

GAZA, PALESTINE, November 30 - An Intifada Youth Coalition activist waves the organization's banner from a sound truck during a rally in Palestine Square (al-Saha). The event is part of a global "Day of Rage" against the Prawer-Begin Plan, a proposal in the Israeli Knesset that would displace tens of thousands of Palestinian Bedouin from dozens of villages in the Naqab/Negev region. (Photo by Joe Catron)

GAZA, PALESTINE, November 30 – An Intifada Youth Coalition activist waves the organization’s banner from a sound truck during a rally in Palestine Square (al-Saha). The event is part of a global “Day of Rage” against the Prawer-Begin Plan, a proposal in the Israeli Knesset that would displace tens of thousands of Palestinian Bedouin from dozens of villages in the Naqab/Negev region. (Photo by Joe Catron)

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GAZA, PALESTINE, November 30 – An Intifada Youth Coalition activist waves the organization’s banner from a sound truck during a rally in Palestine Square (al-Saha). The event is part of a global “Day of Rage” against the Prawer-Begin Plan, a proposal in the Israeli Knesset that would displace tens of thousands of Palestinian Bedouin from dozens of villages in the Naqab/Negev region. (Photo by Joe Catron)

GAZA, PALESTINE, November 30 - Majed Abusalama, spokesman for the Intifada Youth Coalition, addresses a rally in Palestine Square (al-Saha). The event is part of a global "Day of Rage" against the Prawer-Begin Plan, a proposal in the Israeli Knesset that would displace tens of thousands of Palestinian Bedouin from dozens of villages in the Naqab/Negev region. (Photo by Joe Catron)

GAZA, PALESTINE, November 30 – Majed Abusalama, spokesman for the Intifada Youth Coalition, addresses a rally in Palestine Square (al-Saha). The event is part of a global “Day of Rage” against the Prawer-Begin Plan, a proposal in the Israeli Knesset that would displace tens of thousands of Palestinian Bedouin from dozens of villages in the Naqab/Negev region. (Photo by Joe Catron)

GAZA, PALESTINE, November 30 – Majed Abusalama, spokesman for the Intifada Youth Coalition, addresses a rally in Palestine Square (al-Saha). The event is part of a global “Day of Rage” against the Prawer-Begin Plan, a proposal in the Israeli Knesset that would displace tens of thousands of Palestinian Bedouin from dozens of villages in the Naqab/Negev region. (Photo by Joe Catron)

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The Hussam Association, a Gaza, Palestine-based society of current and former Palestinian detainees, e-mailed this statement calling for legal action against British-Danish security firm G4S, which holds contracts in Israeli prisons and checkpoints.

حسام تطالب بمقاضاة شركة G4s البريطانية

طالبت جمعية الأسرى والمحررين “حسام” الهيئات والمنظمات الحقوقية المحلية والدولية بالعمل علي مقاضاة شركة G4S البريطانية ، والتي تشرف على منظومات أمن سجون الاحتلال الصهيوني التي يقبع فيها الأسرى الفلسطينيين والعرب .

 وأكدت الجمعية على أنها ستعمد في المستقبل القريب إلى توجيه نداءات إلى المؤسسات الحقوقية الدولية والجهات الرسمية في دول عربية وأوروبية لمطالبتهم باتخاذ الإجراءات اللازمة لتقديم مسؤولي هذه الشركة للقضاء الدولي بسبب تورطها في ارتكاب جرائم حرب وجرائم ضد الإنسانية بحق الأسرى الفلسطينيين .

وقالت الجمعية بأنها ستتعاون مع بعض المؤسسات الحقوقية المحلية والدولية  لفضح هذه الشركة وزيادة الوعي المحلي والدولي عن تورطها في تعذيب الأسرى الفلسطينيين عبر تزويدها للإحتلال بأنظمة أمن وغرف مراقبة مركزية في سجون النقب ومجدو والدامون وريمون وغيرها من السجون الإسرائيلية التي تضم خلف أسوارها أكثر من 5000 أسير فلسطيني من الضفة الغربية وقطاع غزة والقدس والأراضي المحتلة عام 1948 .

 وأضافت الجمعية بأن الشركة قامت أيضا بتركيب أنظمة دفاع على الجدران المحيطة بسجن “عوفر” بالضفة الغربية ، كما أنها تدير غرفة التحكم المركزية للمجمع الذي يضم محكمة عوفر العسكرية التي تحاكم المعتقلين الفلسطينيين من الضفة الغربية يوميا بأحكام قاسية وتعسفية .

وأكدت الجمعية بأن الشركة المذكورة توفر أنظمة أمن مرافق الاحتجاز والاستجواب في العديد من مراكز التحقيق والاعتقال الإسرائيلية، حيث يواجه الأسرى الفلسطينيين عادة في هذه المراكز مختلف أساليب التحقيق التي ترتكز علي أشكال تعذيب جسدي ونفسي شديدة القسوة الأمر الذي أدى إلي استشهاد العشرات من الأسرى الفلسطينيين منذ بداية الإحتلال .

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Khalil S. Shaheen, Head of the Economic Unit at the Palestinian Center for Human Rights, talks about the Gaza economy under the siege, how the occupation and the siege affect directly the economy, and therefore the development of the oppressed Palestinian people, denying them the right to develop and have normal lives as human beings.

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Hundreds rallied at Palestine Square (al-Saha) Wednesday evening, then marched west on Omar al-Mukhtar Street towards the Square of the Unknown Soldier (al-Jundi), to protest the military-installed Egyptian government’s killings of hundreds of pro-democracy demonstrators in Cairo earlier.

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Families and supporters of Palestinians detained by Israel held a weekly sit-in in the International Committee of the Red Cross’ Gaza office Monday morning. Israel has agreed to release 26 veteran prisoners, including 14 from the Gaza Strip, as part of negotiations with the Palestinian Authority in Washington, DC.

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Families and supporters of Palestinian political prisoners detained by Israel held a weekly sit-in in the International Committee of the Red Cross’s Gaza Strip headquarters Monday morning.

Families and supporters in Gaza hold weekly sit-in for Palestinian detainees

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