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Saturday, January 7, 2012

Press Release: The Veritas Papers



Press Release: January 7th, 2012
The Veritas Papers: A Crash Course on the Truth


Download Link: http://www.veritashandbook.org/2012/01/download-veritas-papers.html

[[Summary: We've released a set of 15 eye-pleasing pamphlets on some of the most pressing and controversial issues on the longest occupation in modern history. Check them out on our website, and download them for free!]]

Promotional YouTube videohttp://youtu.be/EkkIQ70tGoM 

Dear World, 

We are pleased to announce the launch of our newest publication: The Veritas Papers. They are a set of 15 pamphlets that cover a wide range of issues from the ethnic cleansing of Palestine to the boycott movement to celebrities who support the cause. Each of the pamphlets can fit on a single letter-sized page. They are available for a free PDF download and we highly encourage all to print and distribute them as widely as possible. We also made a mildly entertaining youtube video to spread the word. 

One of the most difficult aspects of outreach is finding appropriate materials that a general audience will find interesting and informative. The history is indeed detailed, however, the problem is pretty simple in that it is the story of the occupied vs. the occupier. When we released The Veritas Handbook in July 2010, one of the most common things the editor heard was “Whaaaat…. 347 pages?!” For these (lazy) individuals, and those completely uninformed, we decided to release The Veritas Papers, something much shorter and accessible. 

When reading and distributing The Veritas Papers, we ask you to keep in mind the words of Rafeef Ziadeh, who, in her (excellent) piece titled “We teach life,sir” says:Today, my body was a TV’d massacre that had to fit into sound-bites and word limits filled enough with statistics...” The Palestinian struggle cannot be limited to, nor demeaned to fit a few pieces of paper. It cannot fit into word limits and papers.This is a human struggle, and no words can do it justice. 

What makes The Veritas Papers stand out amongst other pamphlets, is their accessibility and attractiveness. Each of the papers has been designed to print on a single letter-sized paper (on both sides), in a booklet format, and they look pretty good. There is a grand total of 15 papers including addenda. 

The papers are titled as follows (links can be used to go to the page for each paper):



Here’s some additional information on The Veritas Papers:
  • They’re FREE and can be downloaded on our website! Print, print, and PRINT (but save trees)
  • We have designed them in colour (so they look pretty good, if we do say so ourselves)—but they also print pretty nicely in black and white.
  • Fact Checked: Due to the space limitations on an 8.5x11 piece of paper, our references are linked on our website instead. Send all doubters there! The website contains links to the resources used in each paper and we hope that this will make our work more accountable and reliable.
  • In case you don’t remember us…. The Veritas Papers were released by The Veritas Handbook: A Guide to Understanding the Struggle for Palestinian Human Rights. Check it out!

These papers can hardly be called an introduction. Rather, the purpose of these papers is to garner an interest for people to educate themselves on the occupation. There are so many subjects that still need to be covered, including media, prisoners, refugees, children, solutions, access to resources and more. We hope to cover these in the soon future.

We hope that The Veritas Papers will benefit Palestine solidarity movements and we look forward to hearing your feedback. We have created a survey and would love to hear your thoughts and feedback. Please fill it out by clicking here.


And don't forget to spread the word, far and wide, across the globe! 


In peace and solidarity, 


The Veritas Team

Download: The Veritas Papers

Check out our promotional YouTube video by clicking here!

We've tried to make downloading the files as easy as possible. If you would like to read the papers online without having to download them, please go to the individual pages for each of the papers below. 




1. Download All
Download all of The Veritas Papers (15 files, 12.2 MB) from Google Docs (hit "download original" at the top right-hand corner to download ALL of the files in a zip document) by clicking here.

Please note that if you get error messages on the Google Docs file, that you try again. Due to the size of the file, there are times when Google will give an error message, probably due to traffic. We have tried our level best to provide a free download avenue and so that everyone can freely access the files or at the very least view them online. 

2. Download Individuals: 
Download individual papers from Google Docs. View the collection here and choose which papers you would like to download (again, hit "download original" at the top right-hand corner of each paper) by clicking here. 


3. Reading Online, Printing, and Sources
If you have a scribd account, you can also view the Veritas Papers on there.
  is where my documents live!

Printing: If you would like to print the Veritas Papers, please download the original PDF files (from the Google Docs above) and follow these printing instructions.

Sources: You can view the sources for all of the papers by clicking here. Alternatively, you can read the sources at the bottom of each page (in the links below).

To read the papers online and see sources for individual papers, go through the following (click each paper to go to its page):

Paper 1: Occupation from Scratch
Paper 2: Myth vs. Reality
Paper 3: The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine
Paper 4: Israel's "Right to Exist" 
Paper 5: The West Bank & Settlements
Paper 6: Apartheid 
Paper 7: Breaking Gaza
Paper 8: International Law 
Paper 9: Resistance 
Paper 10: A Real Partner for Peace? 
Paper 11A: Canada's Role in Occupation
Paper 11B: America: Israel's Biggest Ally
Paper 12: Boycotting Israel 

Addendum 1: Companies to Boycott: Be a Responsible Buyer
Addendum 2: Famous People and Things who Support Palestine



Addendum 2: Famous People and Things Who Support Palestine

You can also download the original PDF file by clicking here (hit the top right-hand button "Download Original" or press CTRL+S) Please ensure you download the original files for printing and read our printing instructions. If you would like to download all of the Veritas Papers together, please click hereVP Add 2 Famous People and Things Who Support Palestine

Sources for: Famous People and Things That Support Palestine

·         150 American actors, directors etc. sign on to the boycott of illegal settlements.
·         Coldplay endorsing the song and facebook removal.
·         Lush’s ethical campaign supporting One World’s song “Freedom for Palestine”
·         Toronto Boycott Declaration (what Viggo Mortensen signed on to)
·         Lupe Fiasco
o    Words I never Said” – song that includes lyrics about Gaza getting bombed.
·         Roger Waters
·         Cristiano Ronaldo
·         Noam Chomsky
o    Read his books or articles and you’ll get a better impression of this vociferous critic of Israel who was recently barred from entering Israel because of his political views.
·         Jesus
o    Some people may have found this addition a little odd, but we believe it. Jesus, as a lover of humanity and justice, without a doubt, supports the Palestinian plight for justice.
·         Naomi Klein
·         Desmond Tutu
·         Elvis Costello and Santana
·         Lowkey
o    Long Live Palestine Official Video (lyrics include references to the BDS campaign)
·         Alan Rickman
·         History of the Kaffiyeh
o    Support the kaffiyeh factor! Buy your authentic Palestinian kaffiyeh here.

Addendum 1: Companies to Boycott, Be a Responsible Buyer

You can also download the original PDF file by clicking here (hit the top right-hand button "Download Original" or press CTRL+S) Please ensure you download the original files for printing and read our printing instructionsIf you would like to download all of the Veritas Papers together, please click here.
VP Add 1 Companies to Boycott

Sources for: Companies to Boycott: Be a Responsible Buyer

Correction and Updated Version: Since we were researching and creating these documents for awhile before the publication, we just realized that the former CEO of HP who is mentioned in the leaflets is no longer the CEO of HP (he ceased to be late 2011, after we had completed our research on the company). Nevertheless, HP continues to have an intimate relationship with the Israeli military. We also noticed something a little weird going on with the font, and have corrected the formatting. Please note that this is the only reason for the updated versions.

Click on the following links for more information into each company and/or their official campaign:
·         Hewlett Packard*
·         Estee Lauder Companies*
·         Limited Brands*
·         Mountain Equipment Co-Op*
·         Motorola*
o    Also see the official Hang Up On Motorola campaign
·         Max Brenner
·         Chapters, Indigo & Coles*
·         Ahava Dead Sea Cosmetics


** Companies with a star next to them have been independently researched by The Veritas Team and findings are posted on the links. 

Paper 12: Boycotting Israel

You can also download the original PDF file by clicking here (hit the top right-hand button "Download Original" or press CTRL+S)  Please ensure you download the original files for printing and read our printing instructionsIf you would like to download all of the Veritas Papers together, please click hereVP Paper 12 Boycotting Israel

Sources for Paper 12: Boycotting Israel

·         Information on the BDS campaign has been taken from the movement’s official website: http://www.bdsmovement.net
·         Agrexco going bankrupt
·         Success of the boycott movement and Israel seeing the movement as a threat. See this special on YNET
·         Divestment of:
·         Famous People: See the addenda for details on famous people who have endorsed the boycott. Click here to read more! 

Companies to Boycott: Addendum #1: 
http://www.veritashandbook.org/2012/01/addendum-1-companies-to-boycott-be.html 

Paper 11b: America: Israel's Biggest Ally

You can also download the original PDF file by clicking here (hit the top right-hand button "Download Original" or press CTRL+S) Please ensure you download the original files for printing and read our printing instructionsIf you would like to download all of the Veritas Papers together, please click here.
VP Paper 11b America Israel's Biggest Ally

Sources for Paper 11b: America: Israel’s Biggest Ally

·         American Aid to Israel
o    U.S. Foreign Aid to Israel, Jeremy Sharp, Congressional Research Services, September 2010
·         UN Security Council resolution vetoes in favour of Israel by the US
o    Until 2009
·         AIPAC
o    Official website of AIPAC
·         USS Liberty
o    For more on the USS Liberty, check out this excellent collection of videos and documentaries, courtesy of ifamericansknew.org
·         Israeli espionage in the US
o    For a collection of resources, see ifamericansknew.org



Paper 11a: Canada's Role in Occupation

You can also download the original PDF file by clicking here (hit the top right-hand button "Download Original" or press CTRL+S)  Please ensure you download the original files for printing and read our printing instructionsIf you would like to download all of the Veritas Papers together, please click hereVP Paper 11a Canada's Role in Occupation

Sources for Paper 11a: Canada’s Role:
·         Palestinian Right to Self-Determination, UN voting results, 2007
·         Canada’s explanation of voting in 2008
·      Harper's comments on Israel's onslaught of Lebanon
·         Peter Kent's comments on Israel's onslaught of Gaza 
·         George Galloway banned entry into Canada
·          Funding cut to KAIROS and CAF and UNRWA

·         Canada and Israel Relationship (according to the Canadian government)
·         CPCCA findings: Final Report
·         Canada abstaining from 2004 resolution 10248 on the  ICJ ruling
·         2009 Canada vote UN HRC  (Document A/64/53 E)
·         2011 UN GA voting results
Further Information:

Paper 10: A Real Partner for Peace?

You can also download the original PDF file by clicking here (hit the top right-hand button "Download Original" or press CTRL+S)  Please ensure you download the original files for printing and read our printing instructionsIf you would like to download all of the Veritas Papers together, please click hereVP Paper 10 a Real Partner for Peace

Sources for Paper 10: A Real Partner for Peace? 

·         Text of the Oslo “Declaration of Principles”
·         Camp David according to the PLO
·         For more on Gaza, see Paper 7
·         "The Palestine Papers" were released by Al-Jazeera. 
·         Casualties: The statistics and numbers of the casualties quoted from Operation Cast Lead have been added from the reports of B’Tselem and can be viewed here
·         Israel’s control of historic Palestine: the figure 90% is derived from the fact that:
o    60% of the West Bank/Gaza is controlled by Israel, Area C (this is generous given that Israel also partially controls Area B)
o    76.95% + 60%/21.71% = 89.98%
o    Israel (all areas according to the CIA Factbook): 20 770 sq km.
o    West Bank: 5860 sq km
o    Gaza: 360 sq km
o    Total Area: 26 990 sq km
§  Israel: 76.95%
§  West Bank: 21.71%
§  Gaza: 1.33%
·         Military Strength:
o    Also see: Israeli Military Strength by Global Fire Power (the reference cited is the CIA, but we were unable to independently confirm the veracity of this source).

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