An Interview with Swiss MP Jean-Charles Rielle
A "Swiss Made" Boat for Gaza
1 November 2010 | Meeting in Geneva in early October, representatives of the International Coalition to Break the Siege on Gaza (people from Britain, Switzerland, Greece, Sweden, Malaysia, Turkey, United Sates, Norway, the Netherlands, Ireland, Italy, Algeria, Kuwait, Jordan as well as other Arab countries) have confirmed their determination to break the maritime blockade imposed by Israel on the population of Gaza.
Youssef Nada victim of illegal sanctions
Swiss Diplomacy on Trial
12 October 2008 | Since Mr. George W. Bush declared the "war on terrorism", and since the imposition of completely arbitrary sanctions by the Security Council of the UN, tens of thousands of innocent people - primarily of the Muslim faith - have been either imprisoned and subjected to torture, or wrongly registered on "terrorist" lists and deprived of their assets and their freedom of movement. The case of an Italian businessman, of Egyptian origin, Mr. Youssef Nada, largely unknown to the public, has drawn our attention because, it is emblematic of this unjust policy of sanctions, which deprives people who have done nothing, of their freedom and their means of living, and unfortunately Switzerland continues to take part in this.
US and European Union grant unlimited powers to police and secret services
The Incredible story of Youssef Nada
17 June 2008 | Under the cover of the « war against terror », the United States and the European Union have granted unlimited powers to secret services and police. Emergency measures which were introduced on a provisional basis in 2001, outside any judiciary control, have become permanent. Since September 2001, at least 80,000 people, mainly Muslim, would have been kidnapped, kept in secret prisons, and tortured by CIA and FBI agents. Hundreds of others have been put on the UN « black list ».
That’s what happened to the businessman Youssef Nada, 77 years old, an Italian citizen of Egyptian origin, accused by U.S. President, G.W Bush of financing Al-Qaeda. Two judiciary investigations resulted in a non-suit, but Mr. Nada didn’t get his name deleted from the UN « black list » (*). His assets remain frozen; he is barred from travelling to or transiting in any country. He can’t go outside the tiny enclave of Campione - an Italian enclave inside Swiss territory - where Silvia Cattori went to meet (...)
An Interview with Aharon Shabtaï
Israel, “guest of honour” in Paris and Turin, does not deserve to be invited
25 February 2008 | When the announcement that Israel would attend the "Fiera del libro" of Turin, (*) came out, an immediate wave of protest arose in Italy; and many personalities supported the boycott call, made by the Palestinian, Jordanian and Egyptian Writers’ Associations (**).
In France, strangely enough, the same invitation, to the "Salon du livre" of Paris, did not make much noise.
Alone, the Israeli poet Aharon Shabtaï has refused to participate in these events, contrary to the 39 Israeli writers who accepted to be part of the Israeli delegation to these two exhibitions. Aharon Shabtaï explains here why these events –which he qualifies as "promotion of propaganda" for Israel-, must be boycotted, as well as any cultural event where this apartheid State is (...)
An interview with Hedy Epstein
"What is the lesson to be learned from the Holocaust?"
11 January 2008 | Hedy Epstein, is a German Jewish Holocaust survivor, born in 1924, whose parents were sent to Auschwitz in 1942, where they perished. In 1948, Hedy Epstein went to live in United States. In 2003, she decided to make a trip to Palestine. Shocked by the oppression that the Israeli government is imposing on the Palestinians, she is, since then, devoting herself to make it known to the world.
In the interview she gave to the Swiss journalist Silvia Cattori, Hedy Epstein speaks, with her gentle and mild voice, about her last travel to Palestine after a moving visit to one of several concentration camps to which her parents were deported. And she said: "I would like to dedicate this interview to the children of Gaza, whose parents cannot protect them or send them away to safety as my parents did when they sent me to England in May 1939 on a Kindertransport” (...)
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