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What's Behind the 'Boycott Israel' Movement?

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The anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement [BDS] grabbed attention when the American Studies Association [ASA] voted for an academic boycott of Israel, and when actress Scarlet Johansson, against intense pressure, refused to renounce her

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. (0)
Friday May 16, 2014, 4:09 pm
A lot of crap-who cares.

Walter F (129)
Friday May 16, 2014, 9:05 pm
They might aa swell spit against the wind for all they achieve..Israel doesn't need them or their support Some years ago a Sydney council dominated by a Green Party alderman advocated a boycott of Israel's products.She achieved nothing but well deserved derision

Past Member (0)
Saturday May 17, 2014, 12:44 am
Anti Semitic rhetoric that will achieve nothing in the end except contempt.

Past Member (0)
Saturday May 17, 2014, 2:15 am
Well put Walter and agreed Alfred.

Giana P (398)
Saturday May 17, 2014, 2:54 am
Malicious lies and crap!

Stan B (123)
Saturday May 17, 2014, 3:19 am
It's largely latent anti-semitism dressed up in a more politically correct format. Jews have had to endure this hatred for the past 2000 years and the Israel haters have to be exposed for what they really are.
It's hardly anything to do with supporting the Palestinians.

David B (29)
Saturday May 17, 2014, 3:23 am
Netayahu is a a land grabbiing mpron. He should be shut down. ASAP.

David B (29)
Saturday May 17, 2014, 3:28 am
Mpron should read 'moron' To critcise the deadly Zionist government of Israel is anti-simetic?

ParsifalAWAY S (99)
Saturday May 17, 2014, 4:11 am

'Israel’s recurrent massacres of Palestinians are largely made possible because no one in power has the courage to challenge Zionist lies'
- Khalid Amayreh

ParsifalAWAY S (99)
Saturday May 17, 2014, 4:13 am

This 'news' features demagoguery, propaganda, pseudo-journalism, scandal, sleaze, celebrity gossip, and most of all ZIONIST WARMONGERING.

Truth and full disclosure are restricted.

So are real news, information, and honest opinion.

Be safe and secure, the whole system is basically lying bastards.

Fear not.

Truth can’t be broken, seek the side of truth !

Stay free.

Love, Parsifal

ParsifalAWAY S (99)
Saturday May 17, 2014, 4:17 am

Contemporary Islamophobic discourses thrive in a fascist imaginary:
'Exploring the fascist roots of Islamophobia'

ParsifalAWAY S (99)
Saturday May 17, 2014, 4:19 am

Israeli kids sends gifts of love to Arab kids
Dear Lebanese/Palestinian/Arab/Muslim/Christians - Kids,
Die with love.

Israeli Kids


Past Member (0)
Saturday May 17, 2014, 4:23 am
I'm not certain just letting them say what they want without action is the best action to take.

Gabriele Jefferson (147)
Saturday May 17, 2014, 5:15 am
Noted, shared on fb, twitter, g+, thx,

Past Member (0)
Saturday May 17, 2014, 5:21 am
The anti Israel comments on these threads are DISGUSTING. In fact, most of the people spewing anti Israel crap sound like nazis. That's right- NAZIS. Will you all be happy when the Jewish people are finally driven into the sea? It's become clear to me that that's what most of you want. Keep on defending the Palestinians- a group of people who take delight in being victims.

ParsifalAWAY S (99)
Saturday May 17, 2014, 5:50 am

'What is achieved by violence can only be kept by force'
- Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

ParsifalAWAY S (99)
Saturday May 17, 2014, 6:00 am

Natalie T.

The only DISGUSTING here is the tearfulness of the arrogant Zionist Apartheid - Dictatorship that keeps Palestine hostage, instigates war and terror all over the world via it's allies, AND proxy terrorists (Al-Qaeda, yep !) fuels Islamophobia and so breeds hatred and separation, and then saddened determines that the people awaken to it's lies and want nothing more to buy from the complete insane gone warmongers plus accomplices.

ParsifalAWAY S (99)
Saturday May 17, 2014, 6:04 am

at least if someone speaking of 'ANTI - SEMITISM' should know what he says


fly b (26)
Saturday May 17, 2014, 6:29 am
Well, what to expect from biased propaganda, of course, presented to attempt to counteract truth telling and posts that ascertain the facts
Good job, Cal.
Stuff like this does not help Israel, but is willingly used by bigots, hypocrites, elitists and deniers of democracy and equal rights to hide a lack of shame and accountability, and to continue in a false sense of self righteousness and entitlement that is particularly disgusting, despicable and deplorable in those, who claim so much 'knowledge' about discrimination and 'anti'semitism.
What a weak psychological structure it is to need to distort the truth of others to sustain one's own dysfunction, in lying to oneself and trying to do it to the world.
It seems that is just what Hitler did ..
anyway, mazeltov, more hogwash, more hasbara, etc.


Sue Matheson (79)
Saturday May 17, 2014, 6:58 am

fly b (26)
Saturday May 17, 2014, 7:32 am

fly b (26)
Saturday May 17, 2014, 11:04 am
On 9 May Justice Minister and chief negotiator (with the Palestinians) Tzipi Livni said on Army Radio that Israeli settlements were to blame for the failure of peace talks.

“The settlers want to prevent us from living a normal life and do not accept the authority of the law… Settlers are preventing us from reaching a resolution… Settlement construction makes it impossible to defend Israel around the world.”

An Israeli government minister speaks the truth!

ParsifalAWAY S (99)
Saturday May 17, 2014, 12:36 pm

interesting dear Jess

Interesting !

Justin Vale (13)
Saturday May 17, 2014, 12:36 pm
wow, if c2 was the world at large i'd know where all you guys are just by looking up and seeing where the vultures circle.
since 2001 or 2002 on this site i've marched under the banner of anti zionism. but the thought of boycott has never entered my mind. you wanna know why? cause they're boycott us. and have you any idea what that would do to us as a nation? as a people? what it would do to every patient in any of our hospitals?
give yourself a minute and open up another tab on your browser, go to goole. type in israeli innovations and tap enter.
it wouldn't work yo. we have to get rid of the right wingers in israel and the best way is by letting them start a war with iran. the jews will never forgive them for that one. and we should send all palestinians back to jordan. palestine and jerusalem are the home of the jew, not arabs.

Justin Vale (13)
Saturday May 17, 2014, 12:54 pm
and that's just israeli innovations. which is a drop in the bucket compared to jewish innovations.
we don't want this to become us against them cause we will lose, they have their homeland, they've got the bomb. the days of abusing and taunting the jew are over. one quarter of all americans are now anti semetic because of lies and hate. if we continue down this path jews of all nationalities will group together, they will have to.
chill yo, this ain't the way to go about it. and do what you want to a jew but don't mess with his wallet with a boycott. cause if you do he will turn on you like a wolverine on steroids.

Sam H (410)
Saturday May 17, 2014, 1:07 pm

I am not sure if you have seen
this story. It IS really very informative, and it does not draw its information
from some biased blog like this one.

Check it out!


Theresa Robinson (79)
Saturday May 17, 2014, 2:34 pm
OMG, HERE WE GO AGAIN! Thank-you for sharing,Theresa Robinson. Thank's a Bunch Cal Enjoy your DAY!

Theresa Robinson (79)
Saturday May 17, 2014, 2:35 pm
OMG, HERE WE GO AGAIN! Thank-you for sharing,Theresa Robinson. Thank's a Bunch Cal Enjoy your DAY!

Hartson Doak (39)
Saturday May 17, 2014, 2:56 pm
We are talking about thousands of years of COUSINS fighting with each other. This is a feud. They don't even know why they are fighting any more. They are all children of Abraham. If they would but READ their Holy Book. They would then find that it is promised that the Jews would get back their homeland. But, one life time of Israel's reemergence is not enough to erase millenniums of conflict

Birgit W (160)
Saturday May 17, 2014, 3:06 pm
Sam H. says it all. Love and peace for all, and stop hating each other.

fly b (26)
Saturday May 17, 2014, 3:13 pm
Freedom, Justice and Equality. Introducing the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions Movement (BDS)

The global movement for a campaign of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel until it complies with international law and Palestinian rights was initiated by Palestinian civil society in 2005, and is coordinated by the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC), established in 2007. BDS is a strategy that allows people of conscience to play an effective role in the Palestinian struggle for justice.

For decades, Israel has denied Palestinians their fundamental rights of freedom, equality, and self-determination through ethnic cleansing, colonization, racial discrimination, and military occupation. Despite abundant condemnation of Israeli policies by the UN, other international bodies, and preeminent human rights organisations, the world community has failed to hold Israel accountable and enforce compliance with basic principles of law. Israel’s crimes have continued with impunity.

In view of this continued failure, Palestinian civil society called for a global citizens’ response. On July 9 2005, a year after the International Court of Justice’s historic advisory opinion on the illegality of Israel’s Wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT), a clear majority of Palestinian civil society called upon their counterparts and people of conscience all over the world to launch broad boycotts, implement divestment initiatives, and to demand sanctions against Israel, until Palestinian rights are recognised in full compliance with international law.

The campaign for boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS) is shaped by a rights-based approach and highlights the three broad sections of the Palestinian people: the refugees, those under military occupation in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and Palestinians in Israel. The call urges various forms of boycott against Israel until it meets its obligations under international law by:
1.Ending its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands occupied in June 1967 and dismantling the Wall;
2.Recognizing the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality; and
3.Respecting, protecting and promoting the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN Resolution 194.

The BDS call was endorsed by over 170 Palestinian political parties, organizations, trade unions and movements. The signatories represent the refugees, Palestinians in the OPT, and Palestinian citizens of Israel.

Boycotts target products and companies (Israeli and international) that profit from the violation of Palestinian rights, as well as Israeli sporting, cultural and academic institutions. Anyone can boycott Israeli goods, simply by making sure that they don’t buy produce made in Israel or by Israeli companies. Campaigners and groups call on consumers not to buy Israeli goods and on businesses not to buy or sell them.

Israeli cultural and academic institutions directly contribute to maintaining, defending or whitewashing the oppression of Palestinians, as Israel deliberately tries to boost its image internationally through academic and cultural collaborations. As part of the boycott, academics, artists and consumers are campaigning against such collaboration and ‘rebranding’. A growing number of artists have refused to exhibit or play in Israel.

Divestment means targeting corporations complicit in the violation of Palestinian rights and ensuring that the likes of university investment portfolios and pension funds are not used to finance such companies. These efforts raise awareness about the reality of Israel’s policies and encourage companies to use their economic influence to pressure Israel to end its systematic denial of Palestinian rights.

Sanctions are an essential part of demonstrating disapproval for a country’s actions. Israel’s membership of various diplomatic and economic forums provides both an unmerited veneer of respectability and material support for its crimes. By calling for sanctions against Israel, campaigners educate society about violations of international law and seek to end the complicity of other nations in these violations.

Sam H (410)
Saturday May 17, 2014, 3:22 pm
Thanks Jess!

I didn't hear that "On 9 May Justice Minister and chief negotiator
(with the Palestinians) Tzipi Livni said on Army Radio that Israeli
settlements were to blame for the failure of peace talks."

“The settlers want to prevent us from living a normal life
and do not accept the authority of the law… Settlers are
preventing us from reaching a resolution… Settlement
construction makes it impossible to defend Israel around the

And with Peres Saying that Netanyahu blocked a peace deal in 2011,
it’s clear who doesn’t want peace in the Middle
East. We don’t have to take the Palestinian side of the story
on this.

These are Peres and Livni talking!

Now if Peres is lying and Livni is lying and the Palestinians are
lying, who's telling the truth?

David B (29)
Saturday May 17, 2014, 3:26 pm
"Malicious lies and crap"... ?

Sam H (410)
Saturday May 17, 2014, 3:26 pm
Thanks for your kind words, Birgit!

Colleen L (3)
Saturday May 17, 2014, 7:03 pm
I just wish we'd come to a violent free world. Thanks Cal

Stan B (123)
Saturday May 17, 2014, 10:13 pm
A view of BDS from Denis MacEoin.
" The Nazis invented the Jewish boycott -- and went on from there to the Holocaust.

This is the wrong boycott in the wrong place at the wrong time.

As you doubtless know, there has been, and continues to be, an international Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against the Jewish state. This BDS campaign against Israel is dishonest -- it tells less than half of a complex story, borrowing Palestinian lies and fables to bewitch unthinking Westerners whose only formula for peace lies in the destruction of the only national home for the Jews, possibly as well as the post-Nazi destruction of the Jews themselves.

Most interesting are remarks made in 2012 by Norman Finkelstein, an American academic who has made it his business to pursue hatred for Israel. He has expressed solidarity with Hezbollah and Hamas, and approved their policies of targeting Israeli civilians. In 2012, however, he declared that the BDS movement a "hypocritical, dishonest cult like the Munchkin cult in Oz" that tries to pose as human rights activists while in reality their goal is to destroy Israel. "I'm getting a little bit exasperated," he said, "with what I think is a whole lot of nonsense. I'm not going to tolerate silliness, childishness and a lot of leftist posturing. I loathe the disingenuousness. We will never hear the solidarity movement [back a] two-state solution." He also declared that the BDS movement has enjoyed few successes, and that, as in a cult, the leaders pretend they are hugely successful even though the general public rejects their extreme views.

Anti-Israel protestors in Melbourne, Australia in June 2010. (Image source: Wikimedia/Takver)

Coming from someone such as Finkelstein, this hatred of the boycott campaign is startlingly refreshing. Of course if a real boycott of Israel were to take place, we would be unable to use our computers or take countless medicines, and thousands of Arabs -- who, with Israelis, are building real bridges of peace, as we have seen recently with the company SodaStream -- would be thrown out of work.

On the cultural front, here, for instance, is Jennifer Grout, an American in her twenties from Boston reaching third place in the 2013 Arabs Got Talent show. You'll find several clips On YouTube of her singing very different sorts of Arabic songs, including one in which she plays the oud and sings part of Ba'id 'ani, a classic song by the great diva of the Arab world, Umm Kulthum. She does it brilliantly. The audience and the judges, laughing at her to begin with, are knocked sideways. They apparently cannot believe that a young blonde American woman, who now lives in Marrakesh, can do this.

And here are two more musicians: Riff Cohen and Ester Rada. Both are Jews and both are Israelis. Born anywhere else, they might well by now be international stars. Both cross boundaries and show a degree of multiculturalism that can only be envied. But neither can enter "Arabs Got Talent."

To the BDS campaigners, Riff and Ester are personae non gratae, as are all Israeli musicians, writers, artists, dancers, and actors. The offense they commit is to have been born where they were. This is the egalitarianism of the far left and the Muslim extremists. Your race does not matter, your nationality does not matter, your religion does not matter – unless, of course, you are Jewish and Israeli, in which case you are nothing but the scum of the earth.

Every time an Israeli theater or dance troupe sets out on a world tour, it is pursued by bigots -- not merely bigots, but bigots who portray themselves as the epitome of enlightenment, fairness, and love among men. Except when that love concerns Jews. Then the smiles drop and the sparkle goes out of the eyes. BDS campaigners impose a cultural boycott on Israeli performers, yet their preferred style of protest -- interrupting events, shouting and screaming to drown out music, accosting fans as they try to enter a hall or committing acts of violence on European and American campuses, or at Canada's Concordia University, in a display of outright fascism not seen since the 1930s in Germany -- show deep contempt for Enlightenment fairness and culture in any form. They burn books and boycott artists perhaps to satisfy some adolescent fantasy of perfection: Aryan beauty against Jewish brains, the Workers' Paradise against successful economies, the law of God against all manner of heretics and infidels. And behind it all lies an ignorance so deep it is unreachable.

Today it sometimes seems as if there are two Israels. One is a Jewish state under the rule of law, a democracy that venerates human rights, a compassionate country that gives new hearts to Palestinian children and sends aid to other countries in times of crisis. The other is the deliberate opposite, in which everything is evil: the people (by which is meant the Jewish people, regarded as innately evil) and their actions. Israel allegedly practises apartheid, it is a Nazi state, it kills and maims without compunction, it is a terrorist state, it commits genocide because that is the Jewish way, it is the single evil country in the world, even when set beside all the rogue states. For pure evil not even the greatest dictatorships can be compared to it.

Anyone who has been to the first Israel and knows it will not believe the second Israel. But most of Israel's detractors, including the BDS supporters, have never set foot on its deserts or sailed on its seas. Their motives for believing lies, and citing them as the justification for their crimes, are, for some, the longing for a world remade in some romantic image. For others, it is the longing to impose the Islamic faith and its political ideologies on the world. What better place to start than with the Jews, with Israel, a country that was built to be a haven for those most likely to be persecuted?

In 2012, Israel's famous dance troupe, Batsheva, founded in 1964 by Batsheva de Rothschild in association with Martha Graham, was greeted by loud, angry protests in London and Edinburgh. Even though its current artistic director, Ohad Naharin, has been described by the New York Times (a paper not given to saying anything pleasant about Israel) as "one of the most fascinating dancemakers on the planet", the BDS campaigners want no dance lovers anywhere to watch Batsheva's dancers perform. Is that not vandalism in the oldest meaning of the word?

When the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra came to London, an admiring audience turned up at the Royal Albert Hall to find itself surrounded by masses of vociferous protesters who tried to drown out the music. The BBC had to postpone its broadcast. No one was prosecuted: officials from the Hall refused to cooperate with Jewish lawyers who tried to bring disruptive shouters to justice. The Royal Albert Hall, one of the most important centers for classical music, would not help bring these vandals to book. Have they no shame?

Again, in 2012, when Israel's well-regarded theatre company, Habima, came to Britain to perform in London, the BDSers were again out in force. Famous actors, such as the painfully misinformed Emma Thomson, supported the boycott, and painted a great theatre company in the worst possible light.

With so many attacks on Israel's culture and her diplomats, are we not reminded of the Nazis, who burned modern art and encouraged bad-taste paintings that celebrated the ideals of kinder, kirche und küche [children, church, and kitchen]? They made bonfires of books, destroying everything they could not understand, whether books by Marx, Freud or any other Jew -- and eventually anyone whose ideas they found uncomfortable. James Joyce's Ulysses went up in flames along with thousands more. These self-appointed arbiters of "good" despised jazz, which they called Negro music; and the Reichsmusikkammer banned atonal music, pop, country, and, naturally, anything by Jewish composers, as apparently threatening to tear down the entire edifice of German civilization.

The Nazis did not invent the boycott -- that was done by my Irish fellow-countrymen back in 1880, when we boycotted landlords for their severe exactions, starting with land agent Captain Charles Boycott, whose name has stuck ever since. But the Nazis invented the Jewish Boycott, and went on from there to the Holocaust.

Not content with destroying anything cultural of which they self-righteously disapproved, the Germans wiped out a people who had helped make Germany great. Jewish professors, teachers, musicians, writers, businessmen, and psychiatrists were first boycotted, then shot, then gassed -- and by the war's end, Germany, which had been a prosperous nation, stood in ruins, utterly bereft of any culture to speak of, its erstwhile leaders dead or on trial for war crimes, its people in rags, its much-vaunted superiority in tatters, and its greatest "enemies" -- the Jews -- on the verge of creating what is now one of the most successful nations on earth.

If some boycotts produce good results -- most famously the international boycott of South Africa, which helped destroy the apartheid system there -- they will work as long-term solutions only when they bring real promise of change for the better, when they are fair, when their targets are genuine, and when there is at their heart some real sense of decency. Given so many sick societies in the Middle East, a boycott of Israel can only intensify this sickness.

The BDS campaign is not just dishonest, it is racist: it targets only Jews -- not the Turks for occupying Cyprus, the Pakistanis for invading Kashmir or the Chinese for obliterating Tibet. It is genocidal: it supports and rewards whoever works -- often through violence -- to abolish the state of Israel and then possibly the rest of the Jews.

Rather than see the dispute as a pack of Arab and Muslim nations trying to destroy the one non-Muslim state in its midst -- a state the size of Vancouver Island that is trying to defend itself against attacks ultimately meant to destroy it -- Israel's adversaries see the dispute as it has been crafted for over thirty years by leading public relations agencies, hired by oil-rich Muslim nations. They see the dispute as if a small but vicious nation wakes up each day and thinks about how to make the Palestinians' lives as miserable as possible -- when nothing could be farther from the truth. The dispute, according to those with this mindset, can only apparently end by capitulating to all Palestinian, Arab, and Muslim demands. The Palestinians, it seems, do not have to do a thing.

This view is ill-informed. If the Israelis did give the Palestinians what they want without even their least attempt to work for peace, it would spell an end to the only truly free country in the Middle East – because that is what the Palestinian demands boil down to.

Such a view is unjust: how come the leaders and citizens of truly corrosive regimes, such as China, Russia, Iran and North Korea are never the focus of any boycotts, cultural or otherwise? It is actually also cruel to the Palestinians: they are denied accountable leadership, equal justice under law from their own rulers, no possibility of free speech or free media or even the possibility to earn a decent living so long as they disdain peace and make suicidal demands on their neighbor. One might well ask if the boycotters' real concern is the welfare of the Palestinian or actually, as it clearly appears, the obliteration of Israel. It is the wrong boycott in the wrong place at the wrong time."

Stan B (123)
Saturday May 17, 2014, 10:15 pm

BDS Scorecard for 3rd Quarter 2013

Tunisia Banished from Davis Cup for Boycotting Israeli Tennis deals a blow to the BDS Boycott
A Massive Legal Win In France Against BDS over Jerusalem Rail Link
Lockheed Martin is opening a subsidiary in Israel
Shurat HaDin Files Racism Lawsuit against Sydney University BDS Supporter
Beijing Businesses Looking For Products Labelled "Made In Israel"
Israel overtakes France as the world's 4th largest exporter of arms in the world
Kuwait buys arms from Israel, defends position on Al Jazeera
Israel's Second Quarter growth exceeds expectation
Facebook is opening its first office in Israel after acquiring app maker Onavo
Germans advise BDS will not bring peace in article in Algemeiner, 4th Nov 2013
The Irish Independent reports that entrepreneurs from five up-and-coming Irish high-tech firms are visiting Israel to learn how its businesses pulled off so many achievements.
The Nigerian president is to lead 30,000 pilgrims to Israel, according to All Africa
The richest man in Asia is giving $130 million to the Technion to build a research centre in China.
Israel is closing consulates in Europe and replacing them in China, where trade is increasing
Apple Pays $345 Million For Israeli Chip Manufacturer
BDS Main Websites Built Using Israeli Software Wix – journalists accuse them of hypocrisy
Tel Aviv Stock Exchange Top Index Hits All-Time High Nov 21

ParsifalAWAY S (99)
Saturday May 17, 2014, 10:47 pm

Stan B.

Do your Sandals leak walking on Water ?

ParsifalAWAY S (99)
Saturday May 17, 2014, 10:51 pm

Stan B.

'Apple Pays $345 Million For Israeli Chip Manufacturer'

Good for the Israeli Chip Manufacturer but bad for the customers :

An Mossad Wiretap called iPhone is not everyone's taste, right ?

Stan B (123)
Sunday May 18, 2014, 2:10 am
Jealousy isn't a nice trait, Parsifal.

fly b (26)
Sunday May 18, 2014, 2:30 am
"As BDS gradually gains moral momentum the Zionists, in desperate retaliation, shamefully exploit the spectre of the holocaust and tediously daub (over and over and over ad nauseum) the pro-Palestine BDS efforts with the slanderous smear of a Nazi menace:

“On April 1, 1933, 81 years ago, the Nazis carried out their first nationwide, coordinated action against the Jews: a boycott of Jewish businesses – today these activities are commonly known as BDS: Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions…And even today, that Nazi-inspired BDS tactic continues, directed at the Jewish state of Israel.” – (Jewish Press)

However, the Zionist insinuation that the Jews are eternal victims is false and dishonorable. The Jewish people in America rose heroically against the barbarism of Nazism with literally Nazi-inspired BDS tactics.

BDS tactics? Shock! Horror! Really? Oh yes. The proof is tucked away in the American Jewish Archives..let’s shake off the dust and take a look in Box 1 . Mmmm, what have we here? A veritable trove of folders of the detailed 1933-1943 documents of Bertha Vera Corets, an American-Jewish business-woman and tireless advocate and activist of the boycott of the importation and sale of German and Austrian goods prior to WWII.

The feisty Bertha eventually became National Boycott Chairman of the mens and ladies auxiliaries of the Jewish War Veterans of the US (JWV).

Seemingly unaware of their plunge into Nazi skullduggery, the JWV proudly stated in 1938, “The Boycott is the American individual’s form of protest.” and in 1939, “The world is starting to realize that the boycott is the only remaining weapon we can use against the Nazi beasts.”

In a September 10, 1937 letter, Bertha sets out the motivation for the JWV anti-Nazi boycott campaign:

“The Boycott of Nazi-made goods and services is vitally imperative because Hitler has declared a war of extermination against the Jews. Starting in Germany it has branded the Jews as a corrupt inferior people, it has boycotted and confiscated their business and closed all avenues of economic livelihood. Jews have been ousted from the free practice of all professions in Germany. The schools of education are denied’ them; -they are expelled from citizenship, participation in sports” and even denied the right to reside in some towns…The Jews in Germany are in a trap and slowly being driven to suicide or slow starvation.”

Sound familiar? Israel’s ethnic cleansing of Palestine, its racist and apartheid policies and practices (e.g. segregated schools), the ousting of Palestinian families from their lands and homes, the systematic economic impoverishment of Palestinians, denial of the Palestinian right of return to their confiscated towns and villages, a ‘trap’? – the debilitating siege of Gaza – instantly come to mind.

From 1933 to 1941, led by the highly respected Samuel Untermeyer, the JWV energetically organized posts in New York, Chicago, Detroit, Boston, and Philadelphia that were instructed to locate American businesses that imported or sold German and Austrian merchandise which were added to blacklists that were publicly circulated to the press, unions, church and interested organizations.

Well organized strategies, like those used by the Palestinian BDS, included letters and visits to businesses and politicians, conferences, exhibitions, questionnaires, fundraisers, lectures, dissemination of bulletins, posters and pamphlets, blocking of student exchanges between Germany and the US, picketing German cultural events, the prevention of ‘the floating of all loans to Germany’, discouraging holidays in Germany and the use of German vessels for shipping and travel. There was also a quasi-academic boycott by “more than 100 prominent scientists of Harvard, MIT, and neighbouring colleges and industrial institutions announced yesterday they would boycott German-made scientific apparatus and supplies.”

On June 27, 1937, all groups came under the Non-Sectarian Anti-Nazi League [NSANL] established as the ‘national clearing house for the boycott of all Nazi-made goods and services and all other anti-Nazi work.”

As with BDS today, Moshe Gottleib outlines the opposition by the powerful American Jewish Committee, B’nai B’rith and the American Jewish Congress (which eventually joined up) as well as howling complaints of “It is unfair and an injustice.”

Popular targets were chain and 5 &10c. stores such as Woolworths, Macys, Sears Roebuck. By 1937, Macys stopped importing German goods and closed its Berlin office. Boycott shirkers were duly punished such as the Well Known Glove Co. that was fined $300 for removing “Made in Germany’ from its gloves.

The German and Austrian products on the blacklists grew to include coal, yeast, candy, candy wrappers, mineral oil refined in Germany, Staedtler pencils, chemicals used in sugar and oil refineries, peat moss, Kayser and Max Mayer gloves, toys, embroidery machinery, onyx cameos, semi-precious stones, canaries, fancy metal foil, perfume, beauty supplies, photographic equipment, German securities and bonds, Sterling and Bayer drugs, Vicks Vaporub, Ipana toothpaste, beverages, books, Christmas decorations, bicycle parts, leather, hardware, cutlery, glassware and chinaware, musical supplies, and machinery.

In practical terms, the JWV and its Non-Sectarian Anti-Nazi League led the American non-violent fight against Nazism with the support of the majority of American Jews. Moshe Gottlieb concludes in his ‘The Anti-Nazi Boycott Movement in the United States: An Ideological and Sociological Appreciation,’ with,

“one is tempted to speculate that a global air-tight boycott, if applied early enough, would have averted World War II, or even have toppled the Hitler regime. But while this shall always remain an imponderable of history, it must be said that the boycott forms the prologue of the resistance movement against a tyranny that was to produce the greatest catastrophe that the world and the Jews had ever experienced.”

For the Palestinians who are still ensnared in the trap of 66-plus years of ongoing Nakba (catastrophe), the global BDS movement is for them, the non-violent “prologue of the resistance movement against a tyranny” of daily cruelty and degenerate inhumanity that, inconceivably and monstrously, is executed by some descendants of the victims of the Shoah, by the Zionist exploiters of the holocaust and with the complicity of the same nations that fought Nazism."

Dr. Vacy Vlazna , Apr 25 2014
from: "Defending the Defensible: Jewish and Palestinian Boycotts."

fly b (26)
Sunday May 18, 2014, 2:53 am
‘The Boycott is a Moral Substitute for War’ – Bertha V Corets

Awareness of US Miltitary aid to Israel, funded by American taxpayers,and the BDS movement is growing internationally.
Americans and others, chose to boycott South Africa to end apartheid.
Israel does not, nor should it, get special treatment.

Past Member (0)
Sunday May 18, 2014, 3:52 am

fly b (26)
Sunday May 18, 2014, 4:00 am
"The Machine Of Destruction Does Not Stop For One Day." Conversation with Ilan Pappe, Israeli historian and activist.


It is a very indoctrinated society probably more than most of Western societies and more than the non-Western societies. It is not because of coercion that people are indoctrinated, it is a powerful indoctrination from the moment you are born to the moment you die. They don’t expect you to get out of it because you seem to be swimming in this fluid. What Nurit Peled-Elhanan says in her books is that you could compare life to a religious person who becomes an atheist and still believes that maybe God is there and maybe he will punish him and punish you for being sacrilegious and so on. One should think about the way you are brought up to believe that this are some truisms of life that if you challenge them, you need to clean yourself up to the bottom to be sure that you are able to move on because otherwise you have all these doubts all the time. It was so powerful. But I think there is a difference between my generation and the present generation of Nurit’ sons and my own sons: they know more than we did because of the Internet and what goes on. I think it is more difficult for the Israelis now to rely just on indoctrination although they are doing a good job. There are a very few among the young people of Israel who challenge Zionism. I hope that the world has become more opened with what happened in the Arab world as well: you thought that these were closed societies who would not know what is going on, so I hope this is going to change but for us, we were like in a bubble, we did not know that there was a different existence, it was very difficult to get out of it."

Sunday May 18, 2014, 6:32 am

Our conditions in Israel, has never been better then it is now ! Only the television and the media make people think the end of the world is near..
Only 66 years ago, Jew's were brought to death like sheep to slaughter. no country, no army ,.
Only years ago,seven Arab countries declared war on little Israel , the Jewish state , and just a few hours after it was established.

We were 650,000 Jews against the rest of the Arab world . No I.D.F or Air force .
We were only a small group of stubborn people with no wear to go .

Remember : Lebanon, Syria , Iraq' Jordan, Egypt, Libya, Saudi Arabia, they all attacked us at once . the State the United Nations gave us . 65% Desert, we started with nothing .

Only 43 years a go we fought three of the Strongest countries in the Middle East and crushed them in the Six Day War.

To day we have a beautiful country, a power full Army, a strong Air Force and an adequate Navy, and a thriving Hi Tec industry.

We turned the Desert in to a prosperous land, we sell oranges, flowers , and vegetables around the world .
Business here is Beseder ( fine ).

Yes sometime moral is down , so what? this is only because we are mourning our dead while they are celebrating spilled blood.
And this is the reason we will win after all.

We over came the Greeks

We over came the Romans

We overcame the Spanish Inquisition

We overcame the Russian Pogrom

We overcame hitler and the Holocaust

We overcame the Armies of seven Countries .

Never mind where you look in human history .
Think about it the Jewish nation.

We crawled out from the burning crematoriums of Europe . We won all our wars .

With little bit of nothing we built An Empire .

Baruch HaShem.


Lloyd H (46)
Sunday May 18, 2014, 9:08 am
for those of you trotting out the rallying cry of "Anti-Semitism", I have to ask "Anti" which Semites, you do realize that Palestinians are just as Semitic as Jews/Hebrews or perhaps you don't. Ignorance is so sad. Rothstein playing the victim card for Israel is just plain hysterically funny, she is rich, listed as one of the top 50 Jews in the World( #29 actually), she works hand in glove with AIPAC to promote the insane idea that that "What ever is In The Best Interests of Israel Is Always In The Best Interests of the USA" which is simply not true. It is not in the best interests of the American People to spend Billions subsidizing the Israeli Military, just who do you think paid for "Iron Dome" not the Israeli Taxpayers it was the American Taxpayers. The Israeli government has turned the Palestinian Territory in to a model of the Nazi Jewish Ghettos in Europe with the Fence and the Blockade et alia. What I find it particularly disgusting is Rothstein's and SWU(Stand With Us) is close ties to RFC(Religious Freedom Council) never bothering to even try to distance herself or her or organization from them or their call for America to become more like Putin's Russia more Anti-Choice, More Homophobic and the ROC(Russian Orthodox Church) having more power and influence in Government. Interesting since the Russia of today has a rapid rise in Neo-Nazis and Ant-Semitism(the Jewish kind) but Rothstein does not seem to have any problem with RFC as an ally. Interesting! Some how I have the feeling that Rothstein would have opposed BDS of apartheid of South Africa if she lived there. And the Israeli government does not have a great track record on treatment of Black Jews in Israel do they.

fly b (26)
Sunday May 18, 2014, 12:27 pm
"Israel’s repeated aggressions have had a major impact on public opinion and generated a wave of support for boycott, divestment and sanctions.
In December 2009 Defra (the department for environment, food and rural affairs) confirmed it was an offence to label settlement goods ‘Produce of Israel’.
Most supermarkets now refuse to stock such items. However there is evidence that a lot of mislabeling takes place; the only solution, legally and morally, is to avoid all Israeli goods.
In April 2012 the Co-op decided to expand its boycott of settlement goods to a complete boycott of all Israeli companies sourcing any goods in the settlements.

Carmel-Agrexco, Israel’s major exporter of settlement produce, went bankrupt in 2011 after a long campaign exposing its activities, while the cosmetics company Ahava had to close its flagship store in Covent garden
following protests about the illegal sources of its products. Local authorities and other large organizations have been divesting from or refusing to use firms complicit in Israel’s occupation. After heavy campaigning the West London waste authority was persuaded not to sign contracts worth many millions with Veolia, a company involved in providing transport services to the illegal settlements. this followed the loss of a £1 billion contract with Sandwell in the West Midlands, and contracts worth 3.5 billion Euros in Sweden and 750 million euros in Bordeaux. Eden Springs, which takes its mineral water from the Golan Heights, has also been
successfully targeted.

PSC also campaigns to halt the lucrative arms trade between Israel and the UK. Britain is legally bound not to supply arms that will be used to oppress a civilian population, but the government admitted that British made
arms had been used during Israel’s murderous attacks on Gaza. Export
licenses for some of these armaments have since been revoked (see www.caat., but the arms trade continues. A recent campaign focuses on the security firm G4S, heavily involved in ‘security’ arrangements for the
settlements and in prisons where Palestinians are held, often without charge
or trial.

PSC campaigns for British companies and shareholders to divest from Israel and for the government to suspend all trade agreements. Civil
society organizations such as trade unions, women’s institutes, ethical trading groups and co-ops, are asked to scrutinize their investments and pension funds, to make sure they are not implicated in supporting Israeli apartheid.
In in the UK, one focus has been Caterpillar, the company that produces militarized bulldozers that destroy Palestinian homes, sometimes killing the
inhabitants. The Methodist Conference has referred the matter to its joint advisory Committee for ethical investment, while the General Synod of the Church of England recommended divestment from Caterpillar.

In the biggest Swedish pension fund, Foersta APFonden has barred Israeli arms maker Elbit Systems from its investment portfolios on ethical grounds
because it operates a surveillance system for the illegally constructed wall. In Danske Bank, the biggest financial group in Denmark, and PKA Ltd, one of the largest funds administrating workers’ pension funds have also divested from Elbit and from Africa Israel, which is involved in settlement
construction. The latter has also been removed from the portfolio of the Dutch pension fund PFZW."

Palestine Solidarity Boycott Fact Sheet

Sam H (410)
Sunday May 18, 2014, 12:48 pm
Of course, it will work, Jess. If it worked with South Africa, why wouldn’t it work in this case? It will be harder to implement, but its effect WILL NOT be any different from the effect it had on South Africa. And that explains why they’re fighting it tooth and nail!

fly b (26)
Sunday May 18, 2014, 3:19 pm
Companies which are associated with or participated in a questionable act or a crime against the Palestinians are complicit in Israel’s violations of international law. This includes supporting the building, functioning or economy of illegal settlements. Human rights activists target particular companies and ask for them to cease their activities which bring them into disrepute. We campaign to boycott or divest in these companies.

Companies currently targeted as part of the BDS campaign include:

Ahava: its products come from stolen Palestinian natural resources in the Occupied Territory of the Palestinian West Bank, and are produced in an illegal settlement.

G4S: a British-Danish private security company that provides services and equipment to Israeli prisons, checkpoints, the Apartheid Wall and the Israeli police

Sodastream: an Israeli corporation that produces all of its carbonation devices in an illegal settlement in the West Bank.

Veolia: the company also operates bus services to illegal settlements as well as dump waste on Occupied Land from illegal settlements at the Tovlan landfill. Veolia was involved in the construction of the Jerusalem Light Rail which has been designed to connect the illegal settlements built on East Jerusalem with the Israeli territory of West Jerusalem."

Campaigns against these complicit companies:

fly b (26)
Sunday May 18, 2014, 3:40 pm
It is widely known, who 'Stand with us' represents and their campaign against the BDS movement, opposing the longstanding, illegal occupation of Palestine, Israel's human rights and International laws' violations, and it's abuses and disenfranchisement of Palestinians.

Link at the top: 'About Us' - under that, 'Sponsors and Partners'. The many notable 'charitable' investors,sponsor and Zionist organizations are listed.
The agendas are clear.

Stan B (123)
Sunday May 18, 2014, 6:51 pm
Here's some more info about the "success" of the BDS movement on Israel's economy. Keep it coming.

1. "With more start-up businesses per capita than anywhere in the world, Israel is brimming with tantalizing investment prospects. Many Israeli stocks trade in the US, making it simple for Americans to invest in the country…. Steve Schoenfeld, chief investment officer of BlueStar Indexes: 'It's a small country with a very large global footprint, and it bats well above its average in all of the metrics that define a successful economy.' Even when much of the developed world was retrenching in 2009, Israel was able to eke out modest growth. Since then, the nation's economy has been growing at nearly twice the pace of the US economy. Its jobless rate is among the lowest in the developed world…. It is a second home to virtually every big high-tech company in the world, including Apple, Google, Intel and Microsoft (Kiplinger's Personal Finance, May 2014).

2. Times of Israel, March 28, 2014: "Israel's economy is doing well enough that the country can now be considered 'high-income,' according to Standard and Poor's in its latest evaluation of Israel's fiscal state. S&P said that with a per capita annual income of over $38,000, 'we now view Israel as a high-income economy, with trend growth at the higher end of its peer income group….' Just five years ago, per capita income was about $28,000. This is due, S&P said, to Israel's 'prosperous and diverse economy,' with a good mix of manufacturing and high-tech, and also to the benefits the economy will realize as the country's natural gas production comes online. S&P affirmed its long- and short- term foreign and local currency credit ratings for Israel at A+/A-1. Israel's economy is stable, and its prospects for growth are good, the agency said…. Aiding that growth is the extra effort the government is putting in to reduce debt as a percentage of GDP. Currently that figure is at 67%, and it is expected to drop to 61% by 2017. Inflation is expected to remain low, as well, with annual rates of between 1.4% and 2.5% predicted through 2017…."

3. Bank of Israel, key 2013 economic indicators, March 31, 2014: GDP - $300BN compared to $1.5BN in 1949; GDP growth – 3.3% (US – 1.7%, OECD – 1.2%) compared to 3.4% in 2012 and 1.2% in 2009; GDP per capita - $37K ($19K in 2000); public debt per GDP – 67.4% (US -104.1%, OECD – 1.2%) compared to 68.2% in 2012 and 75.3% in 2009; budget deficit – 3.2% of GDP compared to 3.9% in 2012; unemployment – 6.2% (US – 7.5%, OECD – 8%) compared to 6.9% in 2012 and 9.5% in 2009; inflation – 1.8% compared to 1.6% in 2012 and 3.9% in 2009; interest rate – 0.75% in April, 2014.

4. Switzerland's Novartis negotiates a buyout of Israel's GamidaCell for $600MN (Globes Business Daily, March 19, 2014). Palo Alto Networks acquired Israel's (cyber security) Cyvera for $200MN (Globes, March 25). Private Equity Francisco Partners acquired Israel's (cyber security) NSO for $120MN (Globes, March 20). Opko Health initialed an agreement to acquire Israel's Inspiro Medical, its 4th Israeli acquisition in recent years, such as Prolor Biotech, Aug. 2013 - $480MN (Globes, April 23). Russia's Yandex acquired Israel's KitLocate for $20MN (Globes, March 19). SecureAlert acquired Israel's GPS Global for $11MN (Globes, March 20).

5. Israel's MediWound raised $75MN on NASDAQ (Globes, March 21). Israel's XLMedia raised $70MN on the British AIM (Globes, March 19). Israel's SimilarWeb raised a few tens of millions of dollar from South Africa's Naspers (Globes, March 21). Intel invested $15-20MN in Israel's OrCam (Globes, March 28). Scale Venture Partners led an $11MN round of private placement by Israel's WalkMe (Globes, April 2). Hong Kong's Li Ka Shing (2013 most active foreign investor in Israel) led a $10MN round of private placement by Israel's Tipa, joined by Canada's GreenSoil, which made its 3rd Israeli investment (Globes, April 23).

6. The Times of Israel, April 22, 2014: "In 2014, Israel is expected to export more to Asia than to the United States. Asian markets accounted for 21% of Israeli exports in 2013, almost the same as exports to the US…. Israeli exports to Asia are predicted to grow 4.7% in 2014…. Europe remained Israel's largest group trading partner in 2013. In 2013, 32% of Israeli exports went to Europe, and 28% went to the US…. Israeli companies developed new markets for their products and services in the Far East, particularly India and China, but also Taiwan, Singapore, South Korea and Vietnam…. India also looms large as a destination for Israeli companies, perhaps even more so than China…. In the coming decades, growth in India is expected significantly outpace growth in China, as India's young population continues to grow at the same time that China's relatively older population begins to die off…."

7. Deutsche Welle, March 24, 2014: "The continued threat of economic boycotts targeting Israel hasn't deterred China from forging ahead with a new freight rail link through Israel. The planned link could provide an alternative to the Suez Canal, connecting the 300-plus kilometers between Eilat on the Red Sea and Ashdod Port on the Mediterranean…. The link, estimated to cost upwards of $2 billion, is expected take five years to complete…. The Inter-Disciplinary Journal of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies has said the project highlights the 'dizzying pace' at which China and Israel are forging economic and diplomatic ties…. The new rail link could provide a viable and safer alternative to the traditional Suez Canal route….

8. South Korea Ministry of Trade Industry and Energy April 18, 2014:

South Korea and Israel expand the 1999 technological cooperation agreement in such areas as unmanned aerial vehicles (Israel, through IAI and Elbit, is second only to the US!) and information security. Along with Sweden and Finland, Israel has been highly recognized as having one of the world's best cyber threat response systems. "Israel is our great benchmarking model…."

Yes what we need is more BDS!!!

Sam H (410)
Sunday May 18, 2014, 7:51 pm
Excellent! So why are you up in arms against it, Stan?

Sam H (410)
Sunday May 18, 2014, 7:53 pm
And why was it the right thing to do with South Africa, but the wrong thing for Israel?

Monday May 19, 2014, 3:55 am
Boycott ISRAEL

AND your boycotting the Palestinians in Judea and Samaria and not forgetting Gaza !!!!!!!!!

AWAY AWHILE Cal M (1087)
Monday May 19, 2014, 4:08 am
To answer your question Sam H, defeating the apartheid government in South Africa which legally and openly suppressed the majority of its citizens was the right thing to do in a moral and political sense and was the only way short of injecting military aid to liberation groups to actually liberate the country. This is not the case in Israel today and was never the case.Palestinians working in Israel have higher wages and standard of living than their brethren in other countries like Jordan and Lebanon, which actually forbids Palestinians from doing more than just menial labor bylaw. Should we boycott Lebanon because of their Palestinian population? Why is the degrading Arab treatment of the Palestinians a non-topic from those who press to only see Israel's harm to the Palestinians.

Could it be that this double standard is intentional? I think so because if the agenda is to delegitimize a political entity all manner of lies and distortions are fair game.I believe that some of those involved in this misguided effort have genuine concern for human rights, but the driiving forces in the leadership are using this as a political Trojan horse to disguise their real effort to delegitimize, destabilize and ultimately destroy Israel

Sam H (410)
Monday May 19, 2014, 5:19 am
Thanks Cal!

I applaud you for saying that defeating the apartheid government “was the right thing to do in a moral and political sense and was the only way…” That serves to remind us of the immoral position Israel took by maintaining close ties and supporting the apartheid government in South Africa.

Even Kerry cautioned against Israel becoming an “apartheid state.” Others say it’s already an apartheid state. Richard Falk, U.N. special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories said that Israeli policies “appear to amount to apartheid.”

Bringing up the plight of the Palestinians in the rest of the world is a legitimate topic that deserves to be addressed. But to bring it up in the context of this discussion serves only as a diversionary tactic from the subject matter at hand. Suffice it to say that those Palestinians that you seem to bemoan their suffering are in this predicament because Israel kicked them out of their homes.

You mention “lies and distortions.” What exactly are those lies and distortions? The fact that the Palestinians are being mistreated by Israel can be corroborated by more Israelis than any other citizens of the world. Of course the settlers may not share those views. They do most likely consider their illegal activities as their G-d given right.

So the views of those defending Israel, no matter what, usually fall under: this is our land and we’ll treat the Palestinians any way we please; or there’s nothing wrong with the way we’re treating the Palestinians.

That is becoming unacceptable, not only to the Palestinians, but to the rest of the world.

So if Israel missed the boat when it came to bringing down the apartheid government in South Africa, it shouldn’t miss the boat this time, but rather it should do the right thing by those Palestinians.

And Israel may have to do that, not out of love to the Palestinians, but to save its own soul.

Not doing so will leave Israel on the wrong side of history, yet one more time.

Monday May 19, 2014, 7:41 am
There is no APARTHEID in Israel

1,600,000 Israelis Arabs with full rights, mixing with Jewish Israelis, in all walks of life........

Bruce C D (89)
Monday May 19, 2014, 8:36 am
@JohnLewis Hoddinott--
When speaking of Israel's special brand of apartheid, it generally refers to what Israel is doing illegally in the West Bank with its settlements, which has been described by those who had fought apartheid in South Africa (including some S. African Jews) as "even worse" than what they experienced when they toured the occupied territories to observe first hand the systemic oppression forced upon Palestinians by Israel. I'm sure you already were well aware of all that, though, and are just playing at semantics.

I'm glad you bought up the subject of Palestinian-Israeli rights. Let's explore how they are treated as second- and third-class citizens, shall we? Maybe we can all learn some things together.


Palestinian citizens of Israel are those Palestinians who remained behind in what became the state of Israel following the Nakba (1947-9), or "catastrophe," when approximately 750,000 Palestinians were expelled from their homes and land by Zionist forces in order to make way for a Jewish-majority state.

Between 1948 (when Israel declared independence) and 1966, Palestinians living in Israel were granted no political rights and were subject to Israeli military rule. After 1966, they were granted the right to vote and other civil rights, but to this day they continue to suffer from widespread, systematic and institutionalized discrimination affecting everything from land ownership and employment opportunities to family reunification rights.

Institutionalized discrimination
•There are more than 30 laws that discriminate against Palestinian citizens of Israel. directly or indirectly, based solely on their ethnicity, rendering them second or third class citizens in their own homeland.

•93% of the land in Israel is owned either by the state or by quasi-governmental agencies, such as the Jewish National Fund, that discriminate against non-Jews. Palestinian citizens of Israel face significant legal obstacles in gaining access to this land for agriculture, residence, or commercial development.

•More than seventy Palestinian villages and communities in Israel, some of which pre-date the establishment of the state, are unrecognized by the government, receive no services, and are not even listed on official maps. Many other towns with a majority Palestinian population lack basic services and receive significantly less government funding than do majority-Jewish towns.

•Since Israel's founding in 1948, more than 600 Jewish municipalities have been established, while not a single new Arab town or community has been recognized by the state.

•Israeli government resources are disproportionately directed to Jews and not to Arabs, one factor in causing the Palestinians of Israel to suffer the lowest living standards in Israeli society by all socio-economic indicators.

•Government funding for Arab schools is far below that of Jewish schools. According to data published in 2004, the government provides three times as much funding to Jewish students than it does to Arab students.

•According to the 2009 US State Department International Religious Freedom Report, “Many of the national and municipal policies in Jerusalem were designed to limit or diminish the non-Jewish population of Jerusalem.”

•In the Spring of 2011, Jerusalem city councilman Yakir Segev stated: “We will not allow residents of the eastern [occupied Palestinian] part of the city to build as much as they need... At the end of the day, however politically incorrect it may be to say, we will also look at the demographic situation in Jerusalem to make sure that in another 20 years we don't wake up in an Arab city.”

•The Nationality and Entry into Israel Law prevents Palestinians from the occupied territories who are married to Palestinian citizens of Israel from gaining residency or citizenship status. The law forces thousands of Palestinian citizens of Israel to either leave Israel or live apart from their families.

•In October 2010, the Knesset approved a bill allowing smaller Israeli towns to reject residents who do not suit "the community's fundamental outlook", based on sex, religion, and socioeconomic status. Critics slammed the move as an attempt to allow Jewish towns to keep Arabs and other non-Jews out.

•The so-called "Nakba Bill" bans state funding for groups that commemorate the tragedy that befell Palestinians during Israel's creation in 1948, when approx. 750,000 Palestinian Arabs were ethnically cleansed to make way for a Jewish majority state.

•The British Mandate-era Land (Acquisition for Public Purposes) Ordinance law allows the Finance Minster to confiscate land for "public purposes.” The state has used this law extensively, in conjunction with other laws such as the Land Acquisition Law and the Absentees' Property Law, to confiscate Palestinian land in Israel. A new amendment, which was adopted in February 2010, confirms state ownership of land confiscated under this law, even where it has not been used to serve the original confiscation purpose. The amendment was designed to prevent Arab citizens from submitting lawsuits to reclaim confiscated land.

•Over the entirety of its 63-year existence, there has been a period of only about one year (1966-1967) that Israel did not rule over large numbers of Palestinians to whom it granted no political rights.

•Former Israeli prime ministers Ehud Barak and Ehud Olmert have both warned that a continuation of the occupation will lead to Israel becoming an "apartheid" state. Barak stated: "As long as in this territory west of the Jordan river there is only one political entity called Israel it is going to be either non-Jewish, or non-democratic… If this bloc of millions of Palestinians cannot vote, that will be an apartheid state."

•Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela, heroes of the struggle against apartheid in South Africa, have both compared Israel's treatment of Palestinians to apartheid.

•Today, there is a virtual caste system within the territories that Israel controls between the Jordan River and Mediterranean Sea, with Israeli Jews at the top and Muslim and Christian Palestinians in the occupied territories at the bottom. In between are Palestinians with Israeli citizenship and Palestinian residents of occupied East Jerusalem.

Increasing intolerance for dissent & diversity in Israel
•In September 2011 a survey found that a third of Israeli Jews don’t consider Arab citizens to be real Israelis.

•According to a February 2011 survey, 52% of Israeli Jews would be willing to limit press freedoms to protect the state's image, while 55% would accept limits on the right to oppose the government's "defense policy.”

•Also in September 2011, Dov Lior, the chief rabbi of settlements in Hebron and Kiryat Arba, told a conference that Arabs are “wolves,” “savages,” and “evil camel riders.”

•A poll done by the Israel Democracy Institute and released in January 2011 found that nearly half of Israeli Jews don't want to live next door to an Arab.

•In January 2011 the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper reported that civics teachers around the country were complaining of rampant, virulent anti-Arab racism amongst their Jewish students. One teacher said, "When we have a discussion in class about equal rights, the class immediately gets out of control… The students attack us, the teachers, for being leftist and anti-Semitic, and say that all the Arab citizens who want to destroy Israel should be transferred." Another said: "We're not talking about a minority, or children from families that have extreme political views, but about normal children who are afflicted with ignorance… The political discourse in recent years has given them the legitimacy to be prejudiced."

•In November 2010 the chief rabbi of the town of Safed, Shmuel Eliyahu, issued a ruling forbidding Jews from renting property to Arabs. Eliyahu had previously advocated hanging the children of terrorists.

•In December 2010, dozens of municipal chief rabbis on the government payroll signed a letter supporting Eliyahu and his decree prohibiting Jews from renting property to non-Jews. One of the signatories, Rabbi Yosef Scheinen, head of the Ashdod Yeshiva (religious school), stated, "Racism originated in the Torah… The land of Israel is designated for the people of Israel."

•In December 2010, the wives of 30 prominent rabbis signed an open letter calling on Jewish women not to date or work with Arabs. The letter stated: "For your sake, for the sake of future generations, and so you don't undergo horrible suffering, we turn to you with a request, a plea, a prayer. Don't date non-Jews, don't work at places that non-Jews frequent, and don't do national service with non-Jews.”

•According to a September 2010 poll, half of Israeli Jewish students don't want Arabs in their classrooms, while an earlier survey found about the same number oppose equal rights for Arabs.

•In September 2010, the spiritual leader of the Shas party (which sits in PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition government), Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, declared that non-Jews were created to “serve” Jews, stating that: "Goyim [non-Jews] were born only to serve us. Without that, they have no place in the world - only to serve the People of Israel... Why are gentiles needed? They will work, they will plow, they will reap. We will sit like an effendi and eat. That is why gentiles were created.”

•In August 2010, on the eve of peace talks in Washington, Yosef delivered a sermon describing Palestinians as "evil, bitter enemies" and calling on god to make them "perish from this world" by striking them with a plague.

•In 2001, Yosef, delivered a sermon in which he stated: "It is forbidden to be merciful to [Arabs]. You must send missiles to them and annihilate them. They are evil and damnable…The Lord shall return the Arabs' deeds on their own heads, waste their seed and exterminate them, devastate them and vanish them from this world.”

•In August 2010, Rabbi Yitzhak Shapira, head of a state-funded religious school in the West Bank settlement of Yitzhar, published a book that condoned the murder of non-Jewish children on the grounds that they may grow up to pose a threat to the state, writing that non-Jews are "uncompassionate by nature" and attacks against them "curb their evil inclination.” Several other prominent rabbis subsequently endorsed the book.

•In July, 2009, Israel's Housing Minister, Ariel Atlas, warned against the "spread" of Israel's Arab population and said that Arabs and Jews shouldn't live together, stating: "if we go on like we have until now, we will lose the Galilee. Populations that should not mix are spreading there. I don't think that it is appropriate for [Jews and Arabs] to live together."

•In the aftermath of Operation Cast Lead, Israel's devastating three-week military assault against Gaza that killed more than 1300 Palestinians in the winter of 2008-9, the Israeli daily Haaretz reported that Israeli army units had been printing t-shirts depicting disturbing, violent images such as dead Palestinian babies, Palestinian mothers weeping on their children's graves, a gun aimed at a child, bombed-out mosques, and a pregnant Palestinian woman with a target superimposed on her belly and the caption, “1 shot, 2 kills”. Another showed a Palestinian baby, growing into a boy and then an armed adult, with the inscription, “No matter how it begins, we'll put an end to it."

Süheyla C (234)
Monday May 19, 2014, 9:24 pm
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