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The BDS National Committee (BNC) supports calls for an independent, international investigation and is calling for effective accountability measures against Israel, particularly a two-way military embargo


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fly b (26)
Sunday April 8, 2018, 4:36 pm
In Response to Israel’s Latest Massacre in Gaza: Arms Embargo Now!

April 2, 2018

The BDS National Committee (BNC) supports calls for an independent, international investigation and is calling for effective accountability measures against Israel, particularly a two-way military embargo.

Occupied Palestine, 02/04/2018-- Evoking memories of the South African apartheid regime’s massacre of peaceful protesters in Sharpeville in 1960, Israel’s military committed a new massacre against Palestinian civilians as they were peacefully commemorating Palestinian Land Day, calling for an end to Israel’s brutal blockade of Gaza and asserting the UN-stipulated right of return for Palestinian refugees.

Israel’s impunity for the murder of Palestinians, emboldened by the unprecedented level of support from the xenophobic Trump administration in the US and the ongoing complicity of the European Union, must come to an end.

Supporting calls for an independent, international investigation, the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC), the largest coalition in Palestinian society and the leadership of the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) for Palestinian rights, calls for effective accountability measures against Israel, particularly a two-way military embargo, as was imposed against apartheid South Africa.

As tens of thousands of Palestinians peacefully marked Land Day on March 30th in the occupied and besieged Gaza Strip, Israeli military forces, or what Israeli journalist Gideon Levy calls, “the Israel massacre forces,” opened fire with live ammunition, rubber-coated bullets and tear gas, following deliberate plans to use “a lot of force.” As a result, at least 17 civilians were murdered and more than 1,400 injured, mostly from live ammunition. Almost half of the injured are youth.

Land Day has been commemorated by Palestinians every year since 30 March 1976, when Israeli military forces killed six Palestinian youth in mass peaceful protests in the Galilee against Israel’s large scale policy of confiscating their ancestral land to create exclusionary Jewish-only colonial settlements.

The murder and mass injury of Palestinian civilians inside the occupied Gaza Strip, in an area which Israel arbitrarily defines as its “buffer zone,” was premeditated. Israel had announced the deployment of 100 snipers to target the nonviolent protesters, ignoring warnings by Amnesty International. An Israeli military spokesperson has accidentally provided evidence that the massacre was premeditated by proudly stating that “nothing was carried out uncontrolled; everything was accurate and measured. We know where every bullet landed.”

The peaceful protests on Land Day marked the beginning of six weeks of popular mobilization, which will culminate on 15 May, Nakba Day, the 70th anniversary of Israel’s systematic ethnic cleansing of the majority of the indigenous people of Palestine. Protests and marches are being held by Palestinians in the occupied Gaza Strip and West Bank, as well as Palestinian citizens of Israel and Palestinian refugee communities around the world, all upholding the fundamental right of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and land, and for an end to Israel’s policy of ethnic cleansing.

Palestinian refugees, including internally displaced persons, constitute more than two thirds of the Palestinian people.

Palestinian popular protests are not just against Israel’s decades old policies of ethnic cleansing, siege and denial of human rights. They also target the US administration, which is set to move the US embassy to Jerusalem, defying the international consensus that rejects Israel’s sovereignty on any part of the city and considers its eastern part illegally occupied and annexed.

Last Friday, Israel yet again used Palestinian civilians as guinea pigs in its weapons laboratory, testing its new teargas-firing drones against civilians in Gaza. The export of Israeli military technology, “field-tested” on Palestinians, contributes substantially to financing Israel’s oppression of Palestinians and military aggression against other nations.

The BDS National Committee welcomes the recent resolution of the UN Human Rights Council calling on states to ensure respect of international law, among others by preventing arms trade with Israel.

We reiterate our call on people of conscience across the world to:
•Mainstream the demand for all private and public entities in your country to end all cooperation and/or trade with the Israeli military and “security sector.”
•Join military embargo campaigns targeting Israeli military companies and other companies involved in Israel’s military and security sector. Examples include the campaign against Elbit Systems, which tests its weapons on Palestinians; the campaign against the security company G4S, which trains Israeli police in enforcing Israeli apartheid; and the campaign to pressure the Hewlett Packard (HP) group to end provision of vital technology to the Israeli checkpoint system and the Israeli military imposing the siege on Gaza.
•Join or build campaigns against cooperation between Israeli police and police forces abroad, through which Israel’s tested doctrines and techniques of brutal repression of peaceful protests are exported to the world. An example is the Jewish Voice for Peace-led “Deadly Exchange” campaign.
•Join or build campaigns to end all transactions with Israeli banks and pressure international banks and investment funds, like HSBC and Axa to end their complicity in Israel’s human rights violations.

fly b (26)
Sunday April 8, 2018, 4:41 pm
Israeli Apartheid Week 2018: 70 Years Resisting the Ongoing Nakba.

March 1, 2018
Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC)

Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) 2018 features over 150 events taking place in 33 countries across 6 continents! This year’s theme centers around the 70th anniversary of the 1948 Palestinian Nakba — the planned mass expulsion of more than 750,000 indigenous Palestinians to establish an exclusionary Jewish-majority state in Palestine — and the ongoing popular creative resistance to it. Find out how you can participate and support IAW this year.

Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) is happening across the world between February 19 - April 17 this year!

Over 150 events are taking place in 33 countries across 6 continents. From New York to Ramallah in occupied Palestine, New Zealand to South Africa, Paris to Thailand, community members, students, activists, unions and grassroots solidarity groups are organizing events. IAW events educate communities about how Israel is an apartheid state that discriminates against Palestinians in most aspects of life, and they help build vibrant, effective solidarity campaigns as part of the growing, global BDS movement for Palestinian rights.

Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaigns helped expose and defeat apartheid in South Africa, and they will help end Israeli apartheid and military occupation too.

This year’s IAW theme centers around the 70th anniversary of the 1948 Palestinian Nakba — the planned mass expulsion of more than 750,000 indigenous Palestinians to establish an exclusionary Jewish-majority state in Palestine. Palestinians have suffered and endured an ongoing Nakba, but have also always engaged in powerful, popular, creative resistance which today includes IAW.

What You Can Do:

fly b (26)
Sunday April 8, 2018, 4:42 pm
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fly b (26)
Sunday April 8, 2018, 4:44 pm
Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) is a Palestinian-led movement for freedom, justice and equality. BDS upholds the simple principle that Palestinians are entitled to the same rights as the rest of humanity.

Israel is occupying and colonising Palestinian land, discriminating against Palestinian citizens of Israel and denying Palestinian refugees the right to return to their homes. Inspired by the South African anti-apartheid movement, the BDS call urges action to pressure Israel to comply with international law.

BDS is now a vibrant global movement made up of unions, academic associations, churches and grassroots movements across the world. Eleven years since its launch, BDS is having a major impact and is effectively challenging international support for Israeli apartheid and settler-colonialism.

For nearly seventy years, Israel has denied Palestinians their fundamental rights and has refused to comply with international law.

Israel maintains a regime of of settler colonialism, apartheid and occupation over the Palestinian people. This is only possible because of international support. Governments fail to hold Israel to account, while corporations and institutions across the world help Israel to oppress Palestinians.

Because those in power refuse to act to stop this injustice, Palestinian civil society has called for a global citizens’ response of solidarity with the Palestinian struggle for freedom, justice and equality.

What are Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions?

BOYCOTTS involve withdrawing support for Israel and Israeli and international companies that are involved in the violation of Palestinian human rights, as well as complicit Israeli sporting, cultural and academic institutions.

DIVESTMENT campaigns urge banks, local councils, churches, pension funds and universities to withdraw investments from all Israeli companies and from international companies involved in violating Palestinian rights.

SANCTIONS campaigns pressure governments to fulfil their legal obligation to hold Israel to account including by ending military trade, free-trade agreements and expelling Israel from international forums such as the UN and FIFA.

Sue H (7)
Sunday April 8, 2018, 5:26 pm
Time for the world to Stand Up and let Israel know.

Colleen L (3)
Sunday April 8, 2018, 8:33 pm
I agree with Sue. We must take a stand. Make these countries aware we are watchig and disagree with their evil ac6ions. Thanks Fly

fly b (26)
Monday April 9, 2018, 12:29 am
'Outdoor Cinema': Photo Shows Israelis Cheering as Palestinians Killed at Gaza Border.
8 April 2018

In two Friday protests the past weeks, at least 29 unarmed Palestinians were killed by Israeli live ammunition while more than 1,000 others were injured.

An image showing a group of young Israelis, sitting by the Gaza border, cheering and applauding the Israeli authorities firing ammunition, bombs at Palestinians, as though they were at an "outdoor cinema," has drawn widespread condemnation from human rights groups and social media users.

An Israeli Channel 2 television news journalist, Nir Dvori, posted the photo Friday, showing the barbaric scene of seven Israelis smiling and waving at the cameras as they sat on an observation tower in Nahal Oz, outside the fenced-off Gaza strip overlooking Palestinians suffering gruesome attacks.

Tens of thousands of Palestinians gathered on Israel-Gaza border as part of the six-week protests, the Great March of Return, which began March 30, marking the Palestinian land day, to demand they be allowed to return to lands they lost in the 1948 war, which also led to Israel's founding.

According to the Daily Sabah, nearly 500 Palestinians were injured Friday, while 33 suffered grave injuries as a result of live fire and rubber-coated steel bullets in the second mass border protest in a week. Many Palestinians suffered tear gas inhalation.

During the latest protest, at least 9 Palestinians were killed, and 1,070 others were injured during clashes with Israeli forces, and at least 5 are in serious condition.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Liz Throssell condemned the brutal killings of Palestinians by the Israeli military and has called for an independent investigation to hold those responsible for the killings accountable.

"Given the deplorable killing of 16 people and the injuring of reportedly more than 1,000 others during protests in Gaza, mostly on 30 March, we are gravely concerned that further violence could occur during demonstrations today and in the coming weeks," Throssel said in a statement.

Further adding, the Israeli authorities have violated the international human rights law in taking up arms against peaceful protesters.

"We remind Israel of its obligations to ensure that excessive force is not employed against protestors and that in the context of a military occupation, as is the case in Gaza, the unjustified and unlawful recourse to firearms by law enforcement resulting in death may amount to a wilful killing, a grave breach of the Fourth Geneva Convention," Throssel said in a statement.

On Saturday, a Palestinian journalist covering the Great March of Return in Gaza was killed after being hit by live Israeli ammunition Friday.

According to the NPR, the Palestinian Journalists' Syndicate in Gaza said an additional five Palestinian reporters covering the border protests were wounded by Israeli fire.

"We echo the call by the UN Secretary-General for an independent and transparent investigation into these incidents, with a view to holding accountable those responsible."

The Israeli forces are "to respect the rights to peaceful assembly and expression and to use, to the extent possible, non-violent means to discharge their duties."

In accordance with international human rights law, firearms may be used only in cases of extreme necessity, as a last resort, and in response to an imminent threat of death or risk of serious injury," the U.N. high commissioner statement stated.

Throssel pointed out that even if the protesters "attempt to approach or cross the green-line fence," it "does not amount to a threat to life or serious injury that would justify the use of live ammunition."

Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the Labour opposition party in the U.K. slammed what he called Western “silence” over Israel’s latest killing spree of Palestinians at Gaza border and urged British Prime Minister Theresa May to join the U.N. in its call for an investigation. Corbyn said protesters had the right to protest and demonstrate freely adding that “firing live ammunition into crowds of unarmed civilians is illegal and inhumane and cannot be tolerated”.

“The silence from international powers with the responsibility of bringing a just settlement of the Israel-Palestine conflict must end,” he stressed.

Last week, Israel's Minister of Defense Avigdor Lieberman denounced the calls made by the U.N. and the European Union for investigating the Israeli army’s violent suppression of protests.

Lieberman said, "from the standpoint of the [Israeli Defence Force] soldiers, they did what had to be done," further adding, he thinks, "all of our troops deserve a commendation."

The protests on the besieged Gaza strip will culminate on May 15, a day which marks the 70th anniversary of Israel's establishment -- an event Palestinians call the "Nakba" or "Catastrophe."

Truly sickening.
After watching and listening to a 'Christian' presentation of the story of the battle of Jericho, siege and fall of the city.. and the 'commentary' descriptions (despite increasing disgust, regarding what was being said - and revulsion) , it is apparent to me, how, 'stories' get told, and retold, and used, again and again - and re-enacted.. or acted out, to reinforce some beliefs that may be rooted in self interest and self glorification, rather than 'self preservation'

..with apparent 'pride', or what others might describe as , arrogance.

Ben O (135)
Monday April 9, 2018, 6:43 am
Arms embargo - Yesterday!

Roberto MARINI (88)
Monday April 9, 2018, 8:43 am
noted thanks

fly b (26)
Sunday April 15, 2018, 9:31 pm
Israel Mows Down Unarmed Gaza Protesters for 3rd Week as US Blocks UN Investigation. Video.
April 14, 2018

Israeli soldiers wounded more than 900 peaceful Palestinian protesters on the Gaza border, for the third Friday in a row, while the Donald Trump administration prevents any action by the United Nations.

TRNN video and transcript:

BEN NORTON: For three weeks in a row, thousands of unarmed Palestinian have protested on the border of the illegally besieged Gaza strip, and for three weeks in a row, Israel has used extreme violence to brutally crush these peaceful protests.

On Friday, April 13, an estimated 10,000 unarmed Palestinian protesters convened as part of the Great March of Return, demanding the right Palestinian refugees have under international law to return to their homeland and protesting a suffocating Israeli blockade that even Conservative former British Prime Minister David Cameron described as a “prison camp.”The Israeli military responded with bloodshed. Israeli soldiers shot Palestinians with live ammunition and fired tear gas into the large crowds.More than 900 Palestinian protesters were wounded in the violent Israeli crackdown, according to Gaza health officials. At least one Palestinian was killed.Thus far, dozens of Palestinians have been killed in the three weeks of Israeli attacks. Thousands of Gazan have been injured.During the April 13 protest, the violence was once again clearly premediated. Media reports noted that, in advance of the peaceful demonstration, the Israeli military had deployed tanks, drones, and snipers to the border.Israel has claimed that the peaceful protests, which are known as the Great March of Return, are being used to cover up so-called terrorism. However there is no independent evidence that Palestinian demonstrators have used the demonstrations to launch any attacks. The most they have done is burned tires, and the Palestinian protesters are burning tires in order to fill the air with smoke and make it difficult for Israeli snipers to shoot them.For more than a decade, Israel has maintained a crippling blockade on Gaza, which United Nations officials have said is illegal and must be lifted. The Israeli government tightly controls everything that enters the densely populated strip, and has in the past imposed a restriction on the number of food calories that can be supplied to the 1.8 million Palestinian residents.The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has released a statement noting that the violent crackdown in Gaza is under preliminary examination. She emphasized, violence against civilians – in a situation such as the one prevailing in Gaza – could constitute crimes under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. The United States government, which provides Israel with $3.8 billion in annual military assistance, has shielded Israel at the United Nations and guaranteed impunity by blocking any action in the Security Council.Human rights activists Medea Benjamin and Ariel Gold, from the peace group CODEPINK, confronted U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley and asked her why the Donald Trump administration is blocking any kind of international investigation.

MEDEA BENJAMIN: We wonder why you’re blocking an investigation into the Israeli use of excessive force in Gaza. The international community would like that investigation to go forward. Israel deserves to be held accountable, just like every other country.

ARIEL GOLD: The killing of peaceful protesters, including a journalist wearing a PRESS vest in Gaza. And the UN is being blocked from investigation.

NIKKI HALEY’S ASSISTANT: Ma’am, she’s attending as a guest, right now.

MEDEA BENJAMIN: Well, we’re all here as guests.

BEN NORTON: The United Kingdom has remained similarly quiet. However, after Israeli soldiers massacred unarmed Palestinian protesters the Friday before, on April 6, the head of the opposition to the British government, Jeremy Corbyn, condemned what he called Israel’s “illegal and inhumane” actions. When Israeli soldiers shot six journalists, killing a 30-year-old Palestinian reporter, the leftist Labour Party leader called the violent repression an “outrage”. American politicians have largely been silent, with prominent members of both the Republican and Democratic parties refusing to speak out against Israel’s slaughter of unarmed Palestinians.But five members of the House of Representatives from the Congressional Progressive Caucus released a statement saying that they “are deeply disturbed by the tragic loss of life.” The five progressive Democrats added that they “strongly reject” the dangerous contention made on April 8 by Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman that “there are no innocent people in the Gaza Strip.” Reporting for The Real News, I’m Ben Norton.

Apr 14, 2018

Israeli soldiers wounded more than 900 peaceful Palestinian protesters on the Gaza border for the third Friday in a row, while the Donald Trump administration prevents any action by the United Nations.

04/06/18 Gideon Levy: The Israel Massacre Forces

fly b (26)
Tuesday May 15, 2018, 12:37 am
“Horrific, unprecedented”: Israel massacres almost 60 Palestinians in Gaza. (PODCAST)
14 May 2018

A report from the Great March of Return, after Israeli forces kill dozens of Palestinians in Gaza; excerpts of talks by Ghada Karmi, Joseph Massad, Ilan Pappe and Salman Abu Sitta.

Read more here:…stinians-gaza

(Photo: Palestinian protesters demand their rights during the Great March of Return, Rafah, Gaza Strip, 14 May. Photo by Mahmoud Bassam/APA Images)

fly b (26)
Wednesday May 16, 2018, 11:24 am
UK: Jews deliver message of condemnation to Israel

In a message to world leaders, international organization of Orthodox Jews against Zionism reiterates support for Palestine.



The anti-Zionist Neturei Karta organization has delivered a message of support and solidarity to Palestine as well as one of criticism and condemnation to Israel over its treatment of Palestinian civilians.

In a meeting with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Monday evening, Elahanan Beck, the chief rabbi of Neturei Karta, said “we have to realize and understand -- helping the state of Israel is not in the favor of Jewish people”.

“The Zionists say they want to make a safe haven for Jewish people, they want to help Jews… but this is untrue. The most dangerous place today for Jewish people -- not to speak for Palestinians, but even for Jews -- is in the state of Israel,” Beck said.

Praising Erdogan for withdrawing Turkey’s ambassador to Israel after the opening of the new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, Beck said: “If you want to help the Jewish people, follow the example of what the Turkish president did: withdraw your ambassador from there and come out in the clear”.

Tensions have risen in the region after President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in December and ordered the opening of a new U.S. embassy in the disputed and occupied city, a decision that has earned him global criticism and has broken many agreements regarding Jerusalem’s status.

At least 62 Palestinian demonstrators on the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel who were protesting the embassy’s inauguration were killed Monday by the Israeli Defense Forces.

The killings have sparked a global outcry, with many world leaders condemning Israel, which claimed it was in self-defense.

“We are against the state of Israel. We are against occupiers, and we have to bring peace to the region,” Beck added.

fly b (26)
Friday May 18, 2018, 7:29 pm
‘Killing Gaza’: A New Documentary on Palestinians Under Siege. 23:15
May 18, 2018

In their new film “Killing Gaza,” journalists Dan Cohen and Max Blumenthal capture the harrowing stories of Palestinians who survived the 2014 Israeli assault, and their struggles to recover and persist under a crippling blockade. Watch video.

fly b (26)
Thursday May 24, 2018, 8:15 am
Video: “Nikki Haley, the blood is on your hands!” VIDEO
24 May 2018

Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, barely uttered a few words of her lecture at the University of Houston on Tuesday before students interrupted her with protests against her complicity in Israel’s recent massacres in Gaza.

“Nikki Haley, the blood is on your hands, you continue to sign off on the genocide of a native people,” one student called out, kicking off the protest.

The video above, which circulated widely online, shows students holding up Palestinian flags and chanting, “Nikki, Nikki can’t you see? You are on a killing spree.”

They also chanted “free Palestine.”

According to The Houston Chronicle, several dozen protesters took part. After a few minutes, police “escorted” the protesters out, “while Haley waited, quiet, at the podium,” the newspaper reported.

Another camera angle shows Haley’s face as the students chant:

Haley’s visit to the University of Houston was sponsored by its administration. “We are privileged to have her visit our university,” President Renu Khator, stated.

Khator’s attitude highlights the vast gulf that typically exists between the corporate and government-aligned elites that run US universities, who generally abhor dissent that challenges the status quo, and students who take seriously calls for equal rights and global justice.

Prior to Haley’s speech, more than a dozen organizations, including Students for Justice in Palestine, the Muslim Student Association and Students for a Democratic Society, had condemned the university’s invitation to Haley, citing her unconditional defense of Israel’s slaughter in Gaza.

Following Israel’s massacre of dozens of protesters in a single day on 14 May, Haley told the UN Security Council that “no country in this chamber would act with more restraint than Israel has.”

She then walked out as the Palestinian Authority representative was about to speak.

The groups also noted Haley’s history of opposing free speech by advocates for Palestinian rights.

“Nikki Haley’s longtime commitment to silencing the voices of those who have spoken out against Israel’s atrocious acts against Palestinians traces back to her tenure as state governor of South Carolina,” the groups said. “Haley spearheaded the unconstitutional anti-BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanctions) movement, making South Carolina the second state in the nation to sign into law a bill that prevents businesses from engaging in their First Amendment right to boycott.”

Campus newspaper The Cougar spoke to students who took part in the protest against Haley:

Omar Barghouti, a human rights defender and co-founder of the BDS movement, welcomed the students’ action.

“Israel’s regime of settler-colonialism and apartheid may think that just because it is in bed with the xenophobic right-wing Trump administration its massacre of Palestinians in Gaza will go unpunished,” Barghouti told The Electronic Intifada.

Barghouti added that “effective measures of accountability” being adopted around the world, including mass protests, waves of new support for BDS and calls for an arms embargo on Israel, were giving “tremendous hope to the tens of thousands of protesters in Gaza who are peacefully demanding their right to return to their homes.”

“The brilliant protest of student activists in Houston against empire and its extremely pernicious symbols is part of this hope,” Barghouti stated.

Tuesday’s protest against Haley recalls similar actions against Israeli and American officials involved in war crimes who have been given platforms by university administrations.
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