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In most every public discussion, petition, student body vote or related occasions involving BDS, the sentiment has been decidedly in favour of it.


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fly b (26)
Friday May 13, 2016, 2:59 pm
It is very much about controlling the 'narrative', i.e., sanctioning/isolating those, who speak out against Zionist/Zionist crimes against Palestinians.

This is the real story, not hasbara whitewash.
People, worldwide, will eventually see and denounce, the atrocities of the Nakba and systematic oppression, marginalization, dispossession, and ethnic cleansing of Palestine and apartheid crimes against Palestinians, families, academics, journalists, civilians, children and students.

PLEASE, SIGN and WATCH this video ( hot link, would be appreciated, anyone? Thank you.)

SIGN our appeal to the UN about Israel’s war of repression on BDS.

We’re urging the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to take the necessary measures to uphold and protect the rights of Palestinian, Israeli and international human rights defenders who campaign nonviolently for Palestinian rights, including through the BDS movement. Please add your name to our appeal now.

Having failed to stop the rise in worldwide support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian freedom, justice and equality, Israel is now launching a desperate and dangerous fight back.

At Israel’s request, governments in the US, UK, France, Canada and elsewhere are introducing anti-democratic legislation and taking other repressive measures to undermine the BDS movement. In France, one activist was arrested simply for wearing a BDS t-shirt. Israel is using its security services to illegally spy on BDS activists across the world.

Israel has just imposed an effective travel ban on BDS movement co-founder Omar Barghouti. This repressive move is being seen as a step towards revoking his residency rights, as Israeli ministers threatened a few weeks ago.

This follows thinly-veiled threats of physical violence against him by Israeli government ministers that prompted Amnesty to express concern “for the safety and liberty of Palestinian human rights defender Omar Barghouti”.

Israel’s huge campaign of repression against human rights defenders and the BDS movement is designed to shield it from being held accountable for its violations of international law.

At a time when the Palestinian people and people of conscience around the world are commemorating the 1948 Nakba, the ethnic cleansing of most of the indigenous Palestinians, defending the right of human rights defenders struggling for Palestinian inalienable rights is more crucial than ever.

Please add your name to our appeal today. We’ll let you know when we deliver the appeal to the UN.

fly b (26)
Friday May 13, 2016, 3:02 pm
WATCH: From The Heart, UMC Missionaries Speak Out

We are United Methodist missionaries who have dedicated our lives to representing the United Methodist Church worldwide. We have all served among the people of the Holy Land. We have all seen injustices that many in our denomination cannot imagine, and we all know these injustices will continue as long as the Israeli occupation of land beyond its internationally recognized borders continues.

The occupation is devastating for Christians and Muslims, and it is also detrimental to the Jews in the region. It denies essential human rights to Palestinians and diverts resources that could be used for peaceful pursuits.

We know that our denomination has long opposed the occupation, but for the most part, this opposition is on the pages of resolution books in pastors’ studies. We hope this will be the year when the United Methodist Church agrees to uphold these longstanding resolutions by not condoning investments that undermine the goal of ending the occupation. This will send a strong message that we are willing to back our statements with action, and will place us among the many other denominations that have already taken similar steps.

The divestment and screening measures that will be considered at General Conference do not target Israel. They ask only for our church to avoid investment in illegal settlements and companies that have long been asked to change their participation in the occupation.

We represent many theological perspectives and points of view. Even so, all of us affirm the non-violent measures of boycott and divestment requested by our own faith community in the Holy Land. We urge the United Methodist Church to remove from its portfolios companies that profit from the occupation. Such decisions will ultimately contribute to a just and lasting peace for all the people of the region.

Rev. and Mrs. Alex and Brenda Awad
Rev. Kristen L. Brown
Rev. and Mrs. Bob and Peggy Hannum
Janet Lahr Lewis
Bob May
Rev. Peter Miano
Rev. Sandy Olewine
Rev. Romeo Del Rosario
Tina Whitehead

Donna T (0)
Friday May 13, 2016, 3:35 pm
thank you

Kathleen M (208)
Friday May 13, 2016, 3:49 pm
Thx, Sam. Just how many ways can these knuckleheads stretch the truth?

Rose Becke (141)
Friday May 13, 2016, 4:40 pm
So True Kathleen

Maria Teresa Schollhorn (42)
Friday May 13, 2016, 5:52 pm
Noted. Thank you Sam.

fly b (26)
Friday May 13, 2016, 7:31 pm
Excerpt - The Wandering Who? By Gilad Atzmon

“The so-called ‘only democracy in the Middle East’ is also the one that has locked Palestine’s vast populations behind walls and barbed wire for decades.”

“The people who rained Lebanon in 2006 with more than a million cluster bombs and showered Gaza with white phosphorus (2008-9) are projecting their homicidal zeal onto their victims, and even onto their future victims”.

Gilad remarks that “Israel is the Jewish state and Jewishness is an ethno-centric ideology driven by exclusiveness, exceptionalism, racial supremacy and a deep inherent inclination toward segregation.”

Atzmon draws a distinction between Jews as:

1. Those who follow Judaism.

2. Those who regard themselves as human beings that happen to be of Jewish origin.

3. Those who put their Jewish-ness over and above all their other traits.

“Zionism is not a colonial movement with an interest in Palestine, as some scholars suggest. Zionism is actually a global movement that is fuelled by a unique tribal solidarity…”

Suggests Gilad, read “Theodor Herzl to know that this is what political Zionism is all about: getting superpowers to serve the Zionist cause.”

“Jewish political discourse is always set as a form of negation,” according to Gilad, “The political Jew is always against something, or set apart from something else. This is far from being an ideal recipe for a peaceful, ethical life, driven by reconciliation and harmony.”

“Jews are often proud to define themselves as Jews. However, they will also be gravely offended if they are called a ‘Jew’ by others.

“Emancipated Jews are identified by negation – they are defined by the many things they are not.”

Gilad asserts that “The Holocaust religion is the conclusive and final stage in the Jewish dialectic; it is the end of Jewish history, for it is the deepest and most sincere form of ‘self-love’.”

Referring to himself as a Hebrew-speaking Palestinian, Gilad says, “The so-called ‘only democracy in the Middle East’ is also the one that has locked Palestine’s vast populations behind walls and barbed wire for decades.”

Gilad adds, “The Israel lobby and the Alan Dershowitzes of the world are the voices of Zionism; the third category socialists are there to stop proud, self hating Jews (like Gilad) from blowing the whistle.”

Gillian F (0)
Saturday May 14, 2016, 3:24 am
NGOs and anti-Semitism

Contrary to NGO claims that they are engaging in “legitimate criticism” of Israel, the NGO rhetoric, publications, and activities often violate accepted standards. The rhetoric used in BDS campaigns explicitly violates a number of precepts of the United States State Department Definition of Antisemitism. In particular, BDS activists:

“Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination.”
“Using the symbols and images associated with classic antisemitism to characterize Israel or Israelis”
“Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis.”
BDS epitomizes Natan Sharansky’s “3Ds” of new antisemitism; Demonization, Double Standards, and Delegitimization.

NGOs involved in Antisemitism

BADIL (funding from Sweden, Switzerland, Denmark and the Netherlands): A Palestinian NGO that focuses on promoting the so-called “right of return,” accuses Israel of “slow genocide” and regularly issues posters and caricatures demonizing Israel, some of which are virulently antisemitic. Badil uses demonizing language such as “state-sponsored racism,” and “systematic ethnic cleansing.” In 2015, BADIL published a cartoon depicting a tsunami of keys rising up and washing over what is supposed to be the “negotiation table” and two people, one of whom is wearing a kippah with a Jewish star on it. Another 2015 cartoon shows a clenched fist rising up through a map of the State of Israel with the caption reading “Return is our Right and our Destiny.”
MIFTAH (funding from the United States, Norway, the United Nations, Ireland, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland and Denmark and the Netherlands): A Palestinian NGO that utilizes anti-Israel and antisemitic rhetoric including “resistance fighters” to describe terror groups, and accuses Israel of perpetrating “massacres,” “cultural genocide,” “war crimes,” and “apartheid.” In March 2013, Miftah published an article written by Nawaf al-Zaru that repeated the antisemitic blood libel that Jews use Christian blood to bake Passover matzah.
Electronic Intifada (undisclosed amounts from ICCO and the Netherlands): One of the most virulent platforms for promoting anti-Israel and antisemitic campaigns. Co-founder and executive director Ali Abunimah claims Zionism “is one of the worst forms of anti-Semitism in existence today,” that it “dehumanizes its victims, denies their history, and has a cult-like worship of ethnoracial purity” (Twitter; October 26, 2010). He also wrote: “That is something Zionism shares with anti-Semitism, a disdain for actual Jewish culture and life as it existed.” Holocaust references appear frequently in his comments. Abunimah also calls Gaza a “ghetto for surplus non-Jews,” compares the Israeli press to “Der Sturmer,” and claims “Supporting Zionism is not atonement for the Holocaust, but its continuation in spirit.” He calls Gaza a “concentration camp” and repeated a claim that IDF statements are the words “of a Nazi.”
1948 Agenda and the Elimination of Israel as a Jewish State

BDS leaders often claim that their goals are limited to opposing the post-1967 “occupation” and “settlements,” but this is highly misleading.
As acknowledged by BDS ideologues and stated in the declaration of the 2001 Durban NGO Forum, the objective of BDS is the destruction of Israel as a Jewish state – using the strategy of exploiting the rhetoric of human rights and false “apartheid” analogies to demonize and isolate Israel.

The decision to focus on settlements is part of the broader tactic to legitimize the BDS campaign, in order for NGOs to continue receiving support from foreign governments and private foundations that declare they do not support the objectives of BDS.
As’ad Abu Khalil, a central activist in the U.S., wrote (2012): “There should not be any equivocation on the subject. Justice and freedom for the Palestinians are incompatible with the existence of the state of Israel.”
Pro-BDS author Ahmed Moor stated (2010): “BDS does mean the end of the Jewish state…Ending the occupation doesn’t mean anything if it doesn’t mean upending the Jewish state itself.”
Co-founder of Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) Omar Barghoutisaid, “The current phase has all the emblematic properties of what may be considered the final chapter of the Zionist project. We are witnessing the rapid demise of Zionism, and nothing can be done to save it, for Zionism is intent on killing itself. I, for one, support euthanasia.”
Holocaust Rhetoric

By comparing Israeli officials and soldiers to “Nazis,” and Gaza to a “concentration camp” or “ghetto,” activists unmistakably seek to label Israel as evil and genocidal. Inasmuch as Jews were the primary victims of the Holocaust, the use of this rhetoric to demonize Jews and the Jewish state is highly immoral. Statements such as “the victims have become the victimizers,” while not explicitly mentioning the Holocaust, are no less vicious and offensive. Similarly, the claim that the Palestinians are paying the price for European crimes minimizes the importance of Israel in Jewish history and is designed to deny the legitimacy of the Jewish presence in Israel.

BDS (Boycotts, Divestment, and Sanctions)

Angelika R (143)
Saturday May 14, 2016, 12:50 pm
What have we here, the new guideline for managing the 'Department of Homeland Security', only now on foreign soil? I didn't know Napolitano was working for the Israeli administration, but looks like it!
How about some more defense of the actual homeland, the UC, and securing ITS interests and security !

Eleonora Oldani (37)
Saturday May 14, 2016, 1:18 pm

Thanks Sam - as usual you hit a raw nerve as we can see ... the "anti-Semite" bat got undusted and the bullying and cutting of Freedom of Expression is in full swing!

I don't know about you but personally I find it highly immoral to constantly keep talking about only roughly 50% of the victims of the Holocaust while obliterating the rest ... in other words throw those Roma, Catholics, Unionists, Homosexuals, Handicapped, etc. in the garbage bin of history. To me every life has the same value ...

I'm sure you don't mind me putting here the weekly column of Uri Avnery as well as the petition by Jewish Voice for Peace?


Eleonora Oldani (37)
Saturday May 14, 2016, 1:19 pm

On the occasion of the 68th National Day of Israel:

A Document with a Mission by Uri Avnery, Gush Shalom founder.

Worth to read it carefully!!


Eleonora Oldani (37)
Saturday May 14, 2016, 1:39 pm

It would be nice if some or all of you would sign this petition to Sec of State John Kerry. I got this email from Jewish Voice for Peace yesterday and I believe it's outrageous:

The Israeli government is preventing Omar Barghouti, co-founder of the international BDS movement, from leaving Israel/Palestine.

Yesterday, news broke that the Israeli government has refused to renew travel documents for our friend and partner Omar Barghouti, co-founder of the boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement -- effectively banning him from leaving Israel/Palestine.

This is a blatant violation of Barghouti’s basic rights. And it marks another low in Israel’s repression, intimidation and criminalization of Palestinian human rights activists.

The Israeli government thinks they can get away with this. And as a whole movement - truly globally - we need to show them that they can’t.

JVP, CodePink, and the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation are calling on Secretary of State John Kerry to protect the rights of human rights activists. Given US military, diplomatic, and economic aid to Israel, Kerry has the power to intervene on behalf of the Obama administration against Israel's persecution of political leaders.

And we need to make him use that power. We've set an ambitious goal - we want to get 20,000 signatures by the end of this week - because this is more than just an attack on one political leader. It's an attack on the right to nonviolently organize for justice, freedom, and equality.

This travel ban is a textbook example of the stranglehold that the Israeli government holds over every aspect of life for Palestinians. And it’s just one more facet of their attacks on the right to boycott. Successive Israeli governments have proven they will do all they can to deny and destroy nonviolent tools of protest, even though boycotts have for decades been a vital component of struggles for justice.

From state legislatures to the U.S. Congress, from college administrators to Presidential candidates -- the Israeli government and its backers here in the U.S. are attempting to legislate and intimidate the Palestinian-led movement for equality and freedom. Their attacks get more vicious as our movement for justice gets stronger.

So it’s no surprise the Israeli government is coming for perhaps the most recognizable voice within the global movement for BDS.

They're doing this because we’re winning. Plain and simple, this is repression in the face of a social justice movement that is quickly gaining steam. From G4S to the Unitarian Universalist Church to the United Nations to Ahava to literally dozens and dozens of other successful campaigns around the globe.

Denying Barghouti’s right to movement is another dangerous escalation of intimidation by the Israeli government against Palestinian human rights activists. As Amnesty International noted with alarm just last month, Israel is ramping up its targeting of human rights activists like Barghouti for arbitrary arrest, detention, imprisonment, injury, and torture.

In March, at an anti-BDS conference in Jerusalem, Israeli Minister Yisrael Katz even called on the government to engage in “targeted civil eliminations” of BDS leaders with the help of Israeli intelligence.

That's what they’re saying in public.

These horrifying threats and clear acts of repression cannot stand. When the Israeli government attempts to silence and criminalize activism to end occupation, discrimination, and apartheid, we will not be silent. In fact, we will be -- must be -- louder than ever.

Let’s flood Secretary Kerry’s office with tens of thousands of messages demanding that the US force the Israeli government to back off this outrageous political attack.

Towards justice,
Rebecca Vilkomerson
Executive Director

Eleonora Oldani (37)
Saturday May 14, 2016, 2:32 pm

I would love for anyone to explain to me in plain logic terms and sentences why it is (made) criminal/illegal to call for BDS against Israel while at the same time states - mainly the US and Israel - can call and urge the whole world to put in effect BDS - any or all three - against states like Iran and/or Russia. How come the UN lends a helping hand in issuing resolutions to that effect? Syria? Libya? Or any of the other countries which have fallen from grace?

Don't we have the UDHR which all states are signatories to?

Why is non-violent opposition to ongoing illegal military occupation, stealing of land and aquifers, killing and/or maiming of innocent civilians, unlawful months-long detention without due process, denying free movement, denying self-determination, installing an Apartheid system, etc., etc. suddenly illegal just because the offender is Israel?!


Angelika R (143)
Saturday May 14, 2016, 4:49 pm
Eleonora, don't know about 'logic' now, but the plainest terms I could come up with are these:
Both of these countries, 'God's own country' and 'God's chosen people' do not adhere to man made written on paper rules, both believe to be above the law. They obey their own devine laws. And they never err.

fly b (26)
Saturday May 14, 2016, 6:50 pm
How Israel forces more Palestinians out of Jerusalem.

Three young men in occupied East Jerusalem have become "test cases" for Israel's residency revocation policy.

Jerusalem - Tucked away on a steep, potholed street in Sur Baher, a suburb in the southeastern hills of Jerusalem, Sarah Ali Dwayat's apartment sits empty.

On the front porch, a large banner bears the photographs of five teenagers from the neighbourhood currently imprisoned by Israel. One of them is her 19-year-old son, Abed.

The group stands accused of throwing stones at Israeli vehicles on a highway, allegedly causing the death of a driver, after clashes between police and Palestinian youths last September, on the eve of the Jewish New Year.

The trial is still going on, but already some of their family members have been forced from their homes - the victims of new measures ostensibly aimed at deterring alleged Palestinian attackers.

"When we got the confiscation notice, we took all the furniture out, and now it's scattered with friends and neighbours," Sarah said, pushing back a metal sheet covering one window to sneak a look inside.

Doorknobs to the home have been broken off, and entrances sealed with melted metal plates. Sarah, a widow for 15 years, and her 24-year-old daughter have moved to a smaller apartment in the same area, provided by a neighbour as a goodwill gesture.

Sooner or later, they will have to start paying rent again, Sarah acknowledged - and with property prices sky-high in Jerusalem, they will not be able to afford it. "We had just started renovation work. Abed had found a job and had started to help. We are still paying the debts," Sarah, 59, told Al Jazeera.

"When they came to seal the house [last month], a soldier told me, in Arabic, that it was to send a message to others, so they wouldn't carry out more acts of terror."

READ MORE: Israeli home demolition reach record high

Since last October, tensions have boiled over into violence in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the blockaded Gaza Strip.

During this period, the Israeli army has killed at least 206 Palestinians, including protesters, bystanders and alleged attackers, while 33 Israelis have been killed in stabbing and shooting incidents.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced a series of measures directed at alleged Palestinian attackers and their families, including the demolition or sealing of attackers' homes and the revocation of permanent residency status for Palestinians in occupied East Jerusalem.

Munir Nusseibeh, a human rights lawyer and director of the Community Action Centre at al-Quds University, believed that Sarah's son and two of his co-accused, Muhammad Abu Kaf, 17, and Mustafa Atrash, 18, were "test cases". Israel's interior minister issued a decision to strip all three of their Jerusalem residency in January, a move that is now being appealed in court.

"They are the first at risk of residency revocation for throwing stones, and the first whose families have been displaced from their homes for throwing stones," Nusseibeh told Al Jazeera.

“ Allegiance, which allegiance? We pay tax to the Israeli municipality, and we get nothing in return. Did Yigal Amir get his citizenship revoked for killing the prime minister of Israel?”

A letter to Abed's lawyer from the Israeli Interior ministry states that "a permanent residency status in Israel is based on a material connection between the resident and the state" and that it "requires basic commitment and loyalty in view of the fact that residency, and all the more so permanent residency, is not a status which only grants rights without any obligations".

When Israel occupied and unilaterally annexed East Jerusalem in 1967, Palestinians were designated as "permanent residents" rather than citizens of the state, a status akin to that of migrants in a foreign country. Since then, over 14,000 have had their residency revoked.

Over the years, the criteria for revoking residency have broadened. Two decades ago, Israel's interior ministry revoked the residency of Palestinians who lived abroad for seven or more years, or who obtained residency or citizenship status in another country.

But after the Oslo Accords, a new policy was introduced whereby Palestinians would lose residency rights if they established their "centre of life" outside of Israel - such as in the West Bank or Gaza. Some 11,000 out of the 14,000 had their residency revoked under this policy.

In 2006, three elected members of the Palestinian Legislative Council had their Jerusalem residency revoked on new grounds: "breach of allegiance to the state". Their case is still pending before the Supreme Court.

"No one was arguing that these parliamentarians posed a specific security threat to Israel, but rather it was because of their political belonging that they decided to cancel their right to live in Jerusalem," Nusseibeh said, noting that there are 13 known cases of residency revocation under the allegiance criteria.

"If the Supreme Court approves the residency revocations in the 2006 case based on breach of allegiance, this will make a new important precedent - it will be the first time that the Supreme Court approves revoking residency based on political, rather than security reasons," Nusseibeh said.

"All Palestinians in Jerusalem will be at risk of residency revocation according to the allegiance criteria, because Palestinians in East Jerusalem see the occupation as temporary and Israel as a foreign occupying power."

Abu Walid, the father of Mustafa Atrash, was indignant at this policy. "Allegiance, which allegiance? We pay tax to the Israeli municipality, and we get nothing in return," he told Al Jazeera. "Did Yigal Amir get his citizenship revoked for killing the prime minister of Israel?" he added, referring to the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin by a right-wing Israeli extremist in 1995.

Israel denies Palestinian property rights

Abir Joubran-Dakwar, a lawyer for the Israeli human rights organisation Hamoked who is working on the Sur Baher case, noted that there are a number of specific criteria under which citizenship can be revoked, including "breach of allegiance".

However, this does not apply to residency, she said: "A person who has his citizenship revoked becomes stateless, but the interior ministry will still have to give him a permanent residency status."

Israel's interior ministry did not respond to Al Jazeera's request for comment on the matter.

At the end of April, Israel's attorney-general temporarily suspended the revocation in the Sur Baher case, until the Supreme Court comes to a decision in the 2006 case.

Human rights groups, including B'Tselem, have argued in the past that home demolitions, denial of building permits, restrictions on family reunification, and the building of the separation wall are all among the variety of methods used by Israel to forcibly displace Palestinians and maintain a Jewish majority in Jerusalem, in violation of international law.

"I believe the aim of this policy is to add a new method for the displacement of Palestinians in East Jerusalem, to be able to displace even larger numbers," Nusseibeh said. "That's our concern."

fly b (26)
Saturday May 14, 2016, 7:43 pm
Occupation 101 – Full Movie High-Definition.

Occupation 101: A thought-provoking and powerful documentary film on the current and historical root causes of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and U.S. political involvement.

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Eleonora Oldani (37)
Saturday May 14, 2016, 11:52 pm

Hi Angelika - can't send you more stars as you've emptied your account for the time being ;-).

Having reflected on your answer and having done some soul searching ... that'll make what of us ordinary people and nations? Chopped liver? Don't like this idea and never will. Maybe someone from the "upright defender camp" can come up with a more ... palatable ... reason ... ??

I can't - but then ... we're suffering at 45 C (112 F) so maybe thinking is rather difficult ... :-(

Parsifal S (96)
Sunday May 15, 2016, 12:57 am

can not agree to the headline Sam
Zionism IS the biggest threat to the entire world (World-Zionism) for many decades:
The above said applies for Israelis as well.

Though nice article - thanks for sharing Jess, wonder when the ziosphere controlled presstitutes will finally accept these facts

Lona Goudswaard (66)
Sunday May 15, 2016, 10:46 am
Thanks for posting this article, Sam. The author, Mark LeVine asks a very valid question: "Why won't US educators condemn Israeli militarism?" and then makes a very compelling case that Universities like UC are in such turmoil and financial trouble they lend their ears to wealthy pro-Israel sponsors who oppose BDS rather than face their troubles head on and deal with them appropriately. Rather than tackle their problems as one would expect of the worlds greatest public university, its administrators resort to dubious tactics by writing a very unacademic and uncalled for letter that goes against the grain of the general sentiments in favour of BDS in the hope to take away attention from real problems and to gain favour of its wealthy sponsors. It is sad to see the reputation of this University, which was once world renowned for its progressive views, being thrown under the bus by incompetent and partisan managers.

Lois Jordan (63)
Sunday May 15, 2016, 12:45 pm
Noted. Thanks for posting, Sam.
Of course I support the BDS movement, and sent the message to Kerry. In my opinion, this is decades-long, slow-motion genocide against the Palestinians by The Powers That Be in Israel.

Janet B (0)
Sunday May 15, 2016, 1:32 pm

Colleen L (3)
Sunday May 15, 2016, 3:15 pm
Thanks Sam

Knud T (53)
Sunday May 15, 2016, 4:40 pm
Agree, - and thanks to BDS

fly b (26)
Sunday May 15, 2016, 5:14 pm
TAKE ACTION against "Administratice detention". Petition.

Today marks the 68th year of the Palestinian Nakba, or “Catastrophe,” and we join fellow Palestinians and Arabs, along with our allies all over the world, to commemorate the ethnic cleansing of over 450 Palestinian villages by zionist settler gangs, the killing of almost 15,000 people, including the 250 massacred at Deir Yassin, and the displacement of more than 750,000 Palestinians forced to flee their homes and become refugees.

On May 14th,1948, European Jewish settlers declared the illegal, white settler-colonial state of Israel on 78% of historic Palestine, while owning less than 6% of the land. Ever since, Palestinians have maintained the Right to Return to our homes and lands in the entirety of historic Palestine, as enshrined in international law. The Palestinian nation is indivisible, whether in the diaspora in the United States or Europe, in the refugee camps of Lebanon, Jordan, or Syria, or within historic Palestine; and all Palestinians have the right to resist the continued, illegal, colonial occupation of our lands.

Today, USPCN also announces the launch of our national Political Prisoners Campaign. Thousands of Palestinians – including children – are currently in Israeli jails as political prisoners. Political Prisoners StatsRegardless of the charges brought against them by occupying Israeli military courts, we stand in defense of all Palestinian prisoners. Those held by Israel are all prisoners of conscience and national heroes, and we reject the criminalization of our resistance. To defend and advocate for them is to support the sacred right of the Palestinians to National Liberation and Independence.

We mark the launch of this campaign with the first Palestinian Prisoners Weekly Review, a news digest shared via email, social media, and our website, with important developments and news in the realm of Palestinian political prisoner defense. This first installment includes important primary documentation from Addameer, Defense for Children Palestine, and other institutions and news sources.

We aim to stay connected and informed. We also aim to TAKE ACTION.
•Alongside the weekly review, today we launch our Petition to Stop Administrative Detention-#StopAD.
•Connect with us. Remain engaged in action by following our website, Twitter, and Facebook, and tweeting with the hashtag #StopAD.
•Don’t miss the opportunity for immediate action by registering to attend Rasmea Odeh’s next status hearing June 13th in Detroit. The next phase of the Rasmea defense campaign will be determined there, and it is imperative that we have a strong showing of support for our beloved community icon and survivor of brutal Israeli torture and detention.

Another year since Al-Nakba and the ethnic cleansing of Palestine calls on us all to recommit and continue fighting to see a Free Palestine in our lifetimes.

fly b (26)
Sunday May 15, 2016, 5:18 pm
Petition to Stop Administrative Detention-#StopAD.

Join USPCN to #StopAD in Israeli Prisons!

In 2015, a record number of Palestinians have been held through Administrative Detention [AD] by the Israeli government. Administrative Detention is a way for the Israeli government to hold individuals for an indefinite amount of time, without access to legal counsel, and under deplorable human rights conditions in Israeli jails. The Israeli government employs AD regularly as a way to silence anyone from youth to political dissidents who speak out against the 68 year long occupation of the Palestinian people and their land.

To date, there are 750 Palestinians held under Administrative Detention in Israeli jails.

On this Nakba anniversary, join the United States Palestinian Community Network [USPCN] to #StopAD and call for a release of all Administrative Detainees.

The Palestinian people have a right to speak out and resist the ongoing occupation and human rights abuses committed by Israel.

Join the fight to #StopAD -- sign your name to demand that Israel end the use of Administrative Detention!

Farah Hage Ali (154)
Monday May 16, 2016, 4:24 am
noted, thank you for sharing

Lenore K (0)
Monday May 16, 2016, 5:34 pm

John De Avalon (36)
Tuesday May 17, 2016, 3:39 am
Great post, Gillian!

John De Avalon (36)
Tuesday May 17, 2016, 3:39 am
BDS - trying to finish what the Nazis started.

John De Avalon (36)
Tuesday May 17, 2016, 3:43 am
You're right, Gillian. 'Genocide' is such an emotive word, designed to stir up hatred and animosity.
It is also an offence to those peoples who have genuinely suffered genocides.
Since 1970 the population of Gaza and West Bank has INCREASED by 450%. (This doesn't include the millions of others who taken the opportunity to emigrate elsewhere.)

John De Avalon (36)
Tuesday May 17, 2016, 3:50 am
Mr Bharghouti! Founder of BDS, who emigrated TO Israel ... and lives and works there and rails against Israel there.
If Israel is so bad, why emigrate there?

So the Israelis are finally curtailing his foreign jaunts. One has to wonder why they didn't do it sooner. Technically, as an Israeli citizen, Bharghouti is committing treason. I'd say by having his travel applications blocked, he is getting off lightly.
If he had been doing in an Arab country what he has been doing in Israel, he would have been lynched.

fly b (26)
Tuesday May 17, 2016, 11:06 pm
Some, probably, have heard, any number of times, possibly, how abusers blame their victims....

The cycle of violence is perpetrated and perpetuated by the abuser - when the Nazis stepped up their crimes against humanity, the world had to step in... some did, before others..
Some escaped, many could not.
So it is for Palestine and the Gaza Strip, thanks to the illegal Israeli occupation and the Israel state's crimes against the Palestinians, for about seven decades.
The daily repression and oppression aginst Palestinians, and theft/annexations of their lands continue and violation of their human rights.

The rapist tries to blame the victim, Israel tries to blame the Palestinians.
When people look away, and pretend it is not happening, their silence is complicity.
Just as it was in WW2, when millions of civilians, soldiers and innocents died.
The time to speak out against crimes against humanity is not tomorrow, or the next day.

It is now. End the occupation of Palestine -siege of Gaza, now!
End all U.S. aid to Israel.

Israel will continue to twist and exploit all, who want to follow and not see.
The state if Israel expects to delude and seduce those, who trust and want to believe the lies it makes up, to conceal it's systematic ethnic cleansing of Palestine.
For the yahu, America is a 'useful idiot'.
The Emperor is naked! Israeli interference in U.S. foreign and domestic affairs is ongoing, with demands for increased U.S military aid.

Support the BDS movement - boycott, sanctions and divestment from apartheid Israel.
'Never forget' means 'never forget, for ALL.
End the occupation of Palestine-siege of Gaza.

John De Avalon (36)
Wednesday May 18, 2016, 3:54 am
In the first place, Gaza has a land border with Egypt, so Israel couldn't 'besiege' Gaza even if they wanted to.
As it happens its their Arab/Muslim brothers in Egypt who have a total blockade on against Gaza, not the Israelis.
Google the story of how Hamas destroyed 15 tonnes of Snickers bars! (It was due to a product recall by Mars Confectioners, but that's not the point) And you use the hugely emotive and provocative word 'siege'. Only materials that could be used to build terror tunnels and construct rockets are restricted entry. Not anything else.
As the Snickers incident showed, they aren't short of food.

Arab nations get twice as much US aid as the Israelis do.
Try walking through the streets of Kabul, Baghdad, Cairo or Amman, especially after dark, in a stars and stripes t-shirt, to see how grateful they are ...

A million were killed and 18 million displaced when the Muslim nationalists of Greater India demanded their own homeland. It happened at the same time as the creation of Israel Yet you never mention this. The Muslims of India were not being threatened with exterminations as the Jews were. There was no need to partition India
Do you support the dissolution of Pakistan and the right of return of the 18 million?, because it is exactly the same thing. Ditto large parts of Eastern Europe, ripped asunder at the will of the Russians after WW2.
(In any case had it not been for the Arabs launching a genocidal war against the Israelis - and losing - Palestine would still exist.
Incidentally, check your history. The Egyptians annexed Gaza Province from the Palestinians and Jordan annexed West Bank from the Palestinians. That's why Palestine disappeared from the map! Not because of the Israelis.)

When are you and Sam going to return the land you are squatting on to, by your logic, its rightful owners - the Native Americans? Unlike the Jews, the Whites have no historic, cultural or religious claim on the land. Ditto Australia. Ditto New Zealand.
Half the world could play musical chairs!

John De Avalon (36)
Wednesday May 18, 2016, 7:31 am
On the contrary, the very opposite (to BDS) is needed - the creation of jobs and economic prosperity for the Palestinians to help bring about social and political moderacy. That is the only prospect of peace.

Destitution, unemployment and hopelessness - with the addition of hate - are breeding grounds for terrorism.

You cannot feed hate and division in one end and expect peace and love to come out the other. Surely that much is obvious.


John De Avalon (36)
Thursday May 19, 2016, 5:00 am
Bipin: You ought to learn your history before you come here spouting that sort of racist talk.

British Prime Minister Lloyd George devised what became the Balfour Declaration. Lloyd George was a Welsh baptist. When he had eventually got the plan through Parliament, he got his minister Balfour to go to the British Zionist Federation - the British Government devised the plan and went TO them, not the other way around. The idea was by offering the bribe of a Jewish state, Jewish influence in Russia and America could be 'used' to keep Russia in the war (WW1) and to bring the Americans into the war.

After the war, was the promise honoured - NO!

The Balfour Declaration was officially abandoned by the British Government in 1939. That's why there was a Jewish insurgency in the Palestinian Protectorate after WW2, to acquire a Jewish homeland because the British had double crossed them.

When the British mandate over the Palestinian Protectorate ended, we withdrew, leaving nothing but anarchy. The British commander, Montgomery (he of El Alamein) infamously said, after the British left he gave the Jews three weeks i.e. they'd all be wiped out.

The UN gave Israel sovereignty, by a majority vote (Britain abstained).
And only then because Arab vows to exterminate all Jews made a united Palestine impossible.

So you're blaming the Jews for EVERYTHING! Straight out of the neo-Nazi handbook. Hard to hold a rational conversation with anyone holding such hateful racist views.

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