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Why London's SOAS Should Vote to Sever Links With Israeli Universities ~ TEXT and VIDEO

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For weeks we have been campaigning for a yes vote, organizing events, distributing flyers and posters to raise awareness about the complicity of Israeli academic institutions in the ongoing oppression and human rights violations of the Palestinian people.


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Carol R (11)
Saturday February 21, 2015, 4:17 pm
From a Consortium News article, Israel's War Against BDS, by Marjorie Cohn:

Clearly disturbed by the proliferation of BDS worldwide, Netanyahu claimed, “Those who wear the BDS label should be treated exactly as we treat any anti-Semite or bigot.”

Is BDS Anti-Semitic?

But, in the words of Rafeef Ziadah, a spokesperson for the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee, “The BDS movement is opposed, as a matter of principle, to all forms of discrimination, including anti-Semitism and Islamophobia.”

In January, Palestinian human rights activist Omar Barghouti wrote in the New York Times, “Arguing that boycotting Israel is intrinsically anti-Semitic is not only false, but it also presumes that Israel and ‘the Jews’ are one and the same. This is as absurd and bigoted as claiming that a boycott of a self-defined Islamic state like Saudi Arabia, say, because of its horrific human rights record, would of necessity be Islamophobic.”

Barghouti also noted, “BDS doesn’t pose an existential threat to Israel; it poses a serious challenge to Israel’s system of oppression of the Palestinian people, which is the root cause of its growing worldwide isolation.”

Nobel Peace Prize winner South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu concurs. “My voice will always be raised in support of Christian-Jewish ties and against the anti-Semitism that all sensible people fear and detest,” Tutu wrote in the Tampa Bay Times. “But this cannot be an excuse for doing nothing and for standing aside as successive Israeli governments colonize the West Bank and advance racist laws,” he added, noting “Israel’s theft of Palestinian land” and “Jewish-only colonies built on Palestinian land in violation of international law.”

Tutu cited the 2010 Human Rights Watch report, which “describes the two-tier system of laws, rules, and services that Israel operates for the two populations in areas in the West Bank under its exclusive control, which provide preferential services, development, and benefits for Jewish settlers while imposing harsh conditions on Palestinians.”

Tutu writes, “This, in my book, is apartheid. It is untenable.” He called on “people and organizations of conscience to divest from . . . Caterpillar, Motorola Solutions and Hewlett Packard,” which profit “from the occupation and subjugation of Palestinians.”

Moreover, if BDS were anti-Semitic, why do so many Jews support it? In her recent piece in Tikkun Daily, Jewish Voice for Peace board member Donna Nevel mentioned that “respected members of the liberal Jewish community” and “a few liberal Zionist groups,” formerly opposed to BDS, are now calling for boycotts of products made in the settlements.

She points out that groups like Jews Say No and Jewish Voice for Peace – “a diverse and democratic community of activists inspired by Jewish tradition to work together for peace, social justice, and human rights” – are “resonating with increasing numbers of Jews who support BDS as a natural outgrowth of their commitments.”

Some Jews in Israel have also engaged in non-violent resistance to Israeli government policies. Sixty youth recently signed an open letter to Netanyahu announcing their refusal to serve in the Israeli military due to the dehumanization of Palestinians living under occupation.

In the occupied Palestinian territories, they wrote, “human rights are violated, and acts defined under international law as war-crimes are perpetuated on a daily basis.” The signatories cite “assassinations (extrajudicial killings), the construction of settlements on occupied lands, administrative detentions, torture, collective punishment and the unequal allocation of resources such as electricity and water.”

Thanks Carrie.

Carol R (11)
Saturday February 21, 2015, 5:08 pm
And for those of you who would argue that we're being hypocritical by supporting BDS as we use Israeli products such as computers, drugs, etc. there is a much bigger picture of what is happening. Here is an explanation of some of what is boycotted and the companies we're divesting from:

The BDS call asks for the solidarity of people around the world to bring real, direct pressure on Israel until it complies with all relevant international laws and to take action to end companies’ and governments’ complicity in Israel’s human rights violations. BDS draws on the example of the international struggle against apartheid in South Africa and on the history of Palestinian resistance, rooted in the local traditions of self-reliance, popular mutual support and anti-normalization.

What most people don’t realize is that with the support of trade unions, faith groups, nongovernmental organizations and grass-roots movements around the world, BDS campaigning is widespread and has achieved significant success in recent years.

Big-name musical acts willing to perform in Israel are dwindling. Gill Scott Heron, Elvis Costello, Roger Waters from Pink Floyd, Massive Attack and hundreds of other artists have chosen to support the cultural boycott of Israel by refusing to play shows there. World-renowned physicist Steven Hawking canceled a scheduled appearance at an Israeli government conference after appeals from Palestinian academics.

British security contractor G4S indicated it will end its role in Israeli prisons where Palestinian political prisoners are held without trial and subjected to torture. International campaigning had made its support for Israeli apartheid too costly: Unions and public bodies across Europe canceled contracts, and mainstream investors such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the largest mainline Protestant church in U.S. divested from the company in response to campaigning.

French multinational company Veolia this month announced that it is selling most aspects of its business in Israel after grass-roots campaigning in opposition to its provision of infrastructure services persuaded municipalities across Europe to boycott the company, costing it billions of euros. Veolia still helps operate the Jerusalem Light Rail, which links settlements to West Jerusalem, although continued pressure is likely to force the company to leave Israel altogether.

BDS is also being taken up as a key tactic of solidarity by people of faith, pushing major Western churches into action. In June the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church USA voted to divest from Caterpillar, Hewlett-Packard and Motorola Solutions because of their provision of equipment and services to Israel’s occupation. And student groups have persuaded student unions in the U.S. and Canada to endorse BDS, capturing the attention of national media in the process, and many European student unions and some universities have implemented boycotts of Israeli products and canceled contracts with the likes of G4S.

This grass-roots effort is creating an environment in which major investors and institutions feel compelled to act. In the last 12 months, a groundswell of European investors, including Dutch pension giants PGGM and ABP; Danske Bank, Denmark’s biggest bank; Norwegian bank Nordea; and state pension funds in Norway and Luxembourg have all divested from Israeli military companies, banks or companies involved in settlement construction. Even the EU and its member states have taken measures to limit government and private-sector relations with Israeli settlements.

While each of these individual successes could be described as modest on their own, taken together, they represent a significant erosion of the international support upon which continued Israeli impunity depends. They could even become the springboard to a decisive international isolation of Israel, as the South African BDS movement was in the 1980s.

Only too aware of this fact, Israeli leaders have described BDS as a strategic threat, passed a law that allows Israeli businesses to sue Israeli boycott advocates and hired staff in its ministries and embassies to counter the BDS movement. Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid has warned that “The status quo will hit each of us in the pocket.” The White House has warned of the “potential for Israeli isolation.” The BDS movement is showing a potential for upsetting the existing balance of forces in a way that no other strategy has been able to do since Oslo.

As international solidarity gears up its campaigns, Palestinian diplomacy should align with the same strategic principles. After the failure of the Oslo peace process logic to deliver anything to Palestinians, resistance and anti-normalization must become again the touchstone of all interactions with Israel. Corporations profiting from Israel’s crimes, such as Veolia and G4S, must see their contracts annulled everywhere in the Middle East. In the absence of political solutions, the only force that can push things forward in Gaza is the power of people building grass-roots power.

The latest attacks on Gaza take place with the full complicity of Western governments, which for decades have refused to penalize Israel for its blatant disregard of international law. Even in full view of the slaughter, the only Western response is empty rhetoric. This underlines the urgent need to rethink Palestinian and pro-Palestinian strategies in a way that is more constructive than the repeat scenarios of the past few decades. Unlike the endless rounds of negotiations, BDS does not rely on the delusional belief in the goodwill of Western governments and the neutrality of international institutions. As Israel’s actions continue unabated, the task of building a capacity for pressure is more urgent than ever.

So, as we may certainly have some Israeli products such as computors, electronic components, and such already in our homes and can't avoid them all, there are many other ways and more things we can do to support BDS.


P A (117)
Saturday February 21, 2015, 11:06 pm
Very interesting article Carrie - thanks!

Past Member (0)
Sunday February 22, 2015, 7:07 am
Electronic Intifada is a hate site, existing on money stolen from European aid to Palestinians. The hateful and anti-Semitic nature of this particular web site was a cause of many discussions between EU and PA, but looks, like Palestinian Arabs decided to do what they want with the European money.

Carrie is back to work...

Past Member (0)
Sunday February 22, 2015, 8:04 am
Oh, I see. You can rationalize NOT boycotting Israeli products that would cause you inconvenience and/or discomfort.

Ironically, I just finished reading a book written in 2003 at the *height* of BDS actions. Doesn't say much for the efficacy or legality of it that almost 12 years later you're promoting BDS as a solution.....

Past Member (0)
Sunday February 22, 2015, 8:11 am
I apologize!! Somehow got on the wrong page!

All I wanted to say here is that nobody seems to have learned from the previous failed academic attempts???

Lona Goudswaard (67)
Sunday February 22, 2015, 8:56 am
Thank you for this interesting article, Carrie. It's the first time I hear about this referendum to be held at London's SOAS on 23-27 February on the BDS call for the academic boycott of Israeli institutions. I hope that these students follow their conscience and vote wisely.

I suppose it can be argued that an academic boycott doesn't amount to much, that it will not have a great impact on Israel. That may be true, but the boycott of South Africa's Apartheids regime may not have hurt that country economically as much as it could have, but it was the message that was sent - SA must terminate its ongoing oppression and human rights violations - which came across loud and clear, that mad the difference and in the end helped to turn things around. The fact that Netanyahu and his ilk have already reacted so over the top and are continuing to do so, to me are signs that the same message is already reaching them and this referendum may contribute to it spreading further.

jan b (5)
Sunday February 22, 2015, 11:44 am

The squeaky wheel gets the grease as they say. Palestinians complain bitterly about oppression and gets the sympathy of Americans like the continuous bashing of Israel gets on Care2.

If ISRAEL is so rotten then WHY is it that 20.7% of their citizens are not jews but Arabs and the Jewish population of Israel grew by 1.7% over the past year, and the Arab population grew by 2.2%

Would Israeli condemnation of suicide bombers (usually bombers are women or children) be equated to Hamas calling the jews animals. ? I doubt it.

YET Palestinians want to go to Israel who accepts them for medical help and yet they'll go back to Palestine and bash the jews because that's what arabs do. .

Still want to name what Palestine has given the world of value to earn your support besides the suicide bombers, terrorists and abusers of women ? NAME IT HERE I DARE YOU LIST IT. .

Meanwhile---boycott ISRAEL......Don't sit there and type how you hate ISRAEL and are soooo sorry for Palestine without doing NOTHING......Get rid of your cellphones, computers, and don't take any of the cures found in Israel for many diseases we treat in the USA. that came via Israel.

So you want to Boycott Israel? So here is a list ...

. Let's therefore hope that the decision by your organization to boycott ISRAEL is prepared for it.


jan b (5)
Sunday February 22, 2015, 11:46 am
So you want to boycott Israel?

So your organization has decided to boycott all products and services from Israel. Here is a list of activities that you now need to perform in order to comply with this boycott.

Part One – Technology and Food

First, remove all Intel Pentium and Celeron computer processor chips from personal computers (desktops, laptops and notebooks) as these were either developed or manufactured in Israel.

Note that the revolutionary new Ivy Bridge processor will be manufactured in Israel. Any computers running the Windows XT operating system must be turned off immediately as this was developed in Israel. All current Microsoft operating systems are not to be used as Microsoft is heavily reliant on its Israel R&D centre.

Step 2. Any computers that still work need to have their anti-virus software and personal firewalls removed as this technology originated in Israel. The organisation’s firewall will also need to be switched off. Staff should no longer open external emails as most of these will be infected with viruses. No outgoing emails can be sent. The algorithm (code) that’s used today for sending e-mails, was made by an Israeli who worked at the Ben-Gurion University in Be’er-Sheva in 1980.

Step 3. Discard all mobile phones, as this technology was developed in Israel, where the first mobile phones were manufactured. Mobile chip technology from a single Israeli company has now been installed in over 100 million devices. Only top-level staff may retain mobile phones for emergency situations. However the use of SMS (Texting) is expressly forbidden as this facility was developed in Israel. No 4G devices can be used, as the chipset is Israeli.

Step 4. Turn off your voice-mail service and delete any recorded messages. Israeli companies invented the voice-mail system. If someone you do not know answers your phone-call, then hang up. Israeli call-centres and call-centre technology is in widespread operation in the UK.

Step 5. Before accepting any printed material, check that the supplier has not used the Israeli device that might have saved up to 50% of the ink used.

Step 6. At home, do not use Facebook as many in-built and add-on applications are Israeli-developed. Do not watch videos on the Internet as the platform used to upload them may be from AOL and hence from an Israeli company. Do not use the Internet to search for answers to your questions as this may involve use of an Israeli-developed search engine. Better to remain unenlightened.

Step 7. On your TV or home entertainment centre, do not use Video On Demand (VOD) to watch movies as you may inadvertently see an advert displayed usingIsraeli software. Do not purchase any games devices as these are likely to use Israeli technology.

Step 8. Do not read books using an e-book as this may contain Israeli technology. Do not use data storage as it may have been developed at Israel’s storage technology R&D center.

Step 9. Do not buy an electric car as it is likely to be powered with an Israeli battery or use Israeli developed charging mats. Continue to sit in traffic knowing that you are polluting the environment and financing oil-rich despotic regimes.

Turning to food and drink, all food outlets on the organisation’s premises must dispose of cherry tomatoes, which were developed in Israel. Staff must ensure that no cherry tomatoes are included in sandwiches brought into office premises. The ban also applies to honey and any products derived from honey. Israel has developed solutions to the worldwide problem of bee-colony collapse, so that any products derived from bees might only be available now due to an Israeli invention.

Avoid drinking any of the world-recognised award-winning Israeli wines. Do not consume homemade drinks from Israeli-manufactured household drinks machines.

Avoid any fruit from South Africa or Peru as produce from these countries is being marketed with Israeli brand names.

No agricultural products from the following areas must be consumed as they use water irrigation and agricultural technology provided directly from Israel. This includes most of Africa, China, India, Indonesia (a Muslim country), Nepal and many others.

Much fruit and vegetables (including organic) imported into the UK has been enhanced using Israeli technology. This may save millions of people from starving around the world, but is not a good reason for you to eat it. To be safe, only eat fruit and vegetables that you have grown yourself using seeds that have been in your family for generations.

Part Two – Staff Health.

Destroy all personal medication. Israel’s Teva Pharmaceuticals, the largest generic drugs company in the world, will have manufactured many of your medicines. Staff with the following illnesses will need to take specific precautions.

Cancer - do not take any form of medication or treatment. Israeli scientists have been working at the forefront of oncology for decades.

AIDS and HIV – beware; researchers at Israel’s Weizmann Institute or Hebrew University developed or improved AZT and Hypericin-based drugs; they have also developed a treatment that destroys HIV-infected cells without damaging healthy ones.

Diabetes – do not measure or inject Insulin using the devices developed by Israeli scientists.

Multiple Sclerosis – stop taking Copaxone, one of the most efficient medicines and the only non-interferon agent, as Teva developed it. Don’t touch Laquinimodeither.

Parkinson’s – remove the Israel-pioneered brain pacemaker to stop tremors. Discontinue Levodopa, which reduces motor disturbances. Cease sessions that involve magnetic cortex stimulation.

Staff with a family history of heart disease and arteriosclerosis must not use the Israeli device for early detection of these. Rather, wait until onset of the disease.

Epileptics – stop treatment that may have benefited from the Israeli discovery of the underlying mutant gene; also throw away the bracelet that sends out an alert when a person goes into seizure.

Staff or relatives with Age-related Macular Degeneration - remove Israeli implantsthat arrest the disease.

Liver disease – abandon Israeli-developed antibody immunotherapy treatments.

Emphysema - steer clear of the Israeli protein replacement therapy.

Myeloma – stop taking the drug Velcade, which was developed over a period of 30 years by scientists at Haifa.

Sleep apnea - no tests using the breakthrough Israeli device for diagnosis.

Dyslexics must not benefit from the Israeli Internet-based reading system.

Skin allergies must be treated with steroid creams only, as the new safer non-steroid alternative is Israeli.

Any incident of stroke or head trauma or onset of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, MS, epilepsy, glaucoma or brain tumor must avoid using any of the Weizmann Institute’s patented methods of treatment.

Before any surgery or medical tests, check that hospital catheters have not been protected from infection using the new plastic from Israel that disables microorganisms. Avoid throat surgery as this may utilize Israeli surgical lasers.

Ensure any colonoscopy or gastro investigation does not use internal Israeli cameras such as the Pillcam. Never undergo surgery to install an artificial heart, as the first artificial heart transplant took place in Israel.

Kidney transplant patients must wait for donors of the same blood group as only Israel’s revolutionary new methods allow donors from other blood groups. Staff of Arab origin must not make use of the only database for matching potential Arab donors of bone-marrow - in Israel.

In the event of a spinal injury or disease, do not accept spinal implants - likely to be an Israeli product or development. Heart rhythm problems must not be solved with the Israeli-developed heart pulse generator. All heart stents are off-limits as most of these originate from Israeli medical companies.

Check all vaccines as many of these have been developed in Israel. Ensure that all X-rays do carry a radiation risk, as the only radiation-free system is Israeli. Treatments derived from Stem Cell research must be avoided as most of theseare Israeli-developed.

If you or your family are struck with a bacterial infection, do not take alternatives to older, ineffective bacteria-resistant antibiotics, as an Israeli discovery will have been responsible for the modern, effective drugs. Check that any pain relief medication is not based on soya as an Israeli doctor discovered the beneficial effect of the soya bean.

Do not use the revolutionary new Israeli bandage that saved the life of Arizona senator Gabriella Giffords after she was shot in the head. If you break a bone badly, reject any treatment that involves introducing collagen, as this may have been manufactured from Israeli plants.

Do not protect babies and infants from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome with the Babysense system from Israel.

Do not use Epilady (or epilator) – two Israelis invented this hair removal device.

Finally, reject all major dental treatment, as your teeth may need to be scanned with an Israeli-developed dental scanner.

Part Three – Dealing with People.

When interviewing prospective new staff or holding meetings with members of the public or with individuals from other companies, it is vital that you check whether they originate from, or are associated with the following countries and areas. You must ensure that you do not have any contact with people who have benefited from Israel’s aid to those countries. The organization must avoid any possible acknowledgment of Israel’s contribution to world relief. In addition, you must obtain a formal statement from the government of these countries that Israeli aid was not responsible for the production or development of any goods and services supplied to the organization.

These locations include:

Japan (As well as rescue teams, Israel supplied Geiger counters and Israeli thermal imaging cameras are monitoring the reactor cores - Mar 2011)

Ghana (has been receiving technological aid from Israel since 2006; Israel is now providing neonatal units to save many of the 4,800 babies that die each year – Mar 2011)

New Zealand (Israel sent several rescue teams, temporary shelters and water purification systems following the Christchurch earthquake in Feb 2011)

Chile, whose rescued miners were treated to a tour of Israel as part of their “Pilgrimage of Thanks” (Feb 2011)

Vietnam, whose milk industry is being totally transformed using high-yield Israeli cows (Feb 2011)

Uganda (Israeli solar-powered refrigerators were provided to store v1accines used to eliminate an outbreak of Polio from the country in Jan 2011)

Kenya (Israel’s Agency for International Development built a state-of-the-art Emergency Room in a hospital serving 6 million Kenyans in Jan 2011)

The Maldives (although non-Islamic worship is banned here, Israeli eye-doctors performed free operations for citizens in Dec 2010)

Philippines (signed major trade agreement with Israel in Nov 2010)

Romania (Israeli doctors treated babies following fire at a neonatal unit - Sep 2010)

Cameroon (Ophthalmologists from Haifa restored vision to patients and trained local medical teams in these procedures - Aug 2010)

The Congo (Israel were the first burn specialists on the scene following the oil tanker fire disaster in July 2010)

Angola (mines cleared by Israeli technology - July 2010)

Mississippi (bio-remediation technique used to clean up after oil spills was developed in Israel)

China (a major purchaser of Israeli technology, and recipient of medical aid andtraining)

South Africa (Israelis trained their doctors to perform circumcisions to prevent the spread of AIDS - July 2010)

Haiti (Israel set-up the largest field hospital to treat victims of the 2010 earthquake, the hurricane and the cholera outbreaks and provided vital assistance for over a year)

Sri Lanka (Israel conducted a massive airlift with food, 50 medical staff and rescue teams only 48 hours after the Tsunami in Dec 2004)

India (Israel sent an fully-equipped field hospital following Gujarat earthquake in Feb 2001)

El Salvador (Israel relief aid following earthquake in 2001)

Georgia (Israel contributed food and seeds for farmers following severe drought in 2001)

Turkey (Israel relief aid following earthquake in 2000)

Mozambique ((Israel relief aid following floods in 2000)

Colombia (Israel sent medical aid and food following earthquake in 1999)

Venezuela (President Chavez has forgotten Israel’s aid following floods of 1999)

Central America (Israel sent emergency medical aid teams and equipment to help victims of Hurricane Mitch in 1998)

Pakistan (2005) and Peru (2007) both accepted aid from Israeli NGOs following earthquake disasters.

Peru’s hydro-electric power plants are also being built and run by an Israeli company.

Rawanda, Mexico, Chad, Sudan (Darfur) and Malawi all have received humanitarian aid from Israel, including medical assistance from Israel’s NGOIsraAID.

Always remember that the boycott extends to any individuals from the above regions that have been exposed to Israeli assistance during the 63 years existence of the current Jewish State.

Part Four – Other Impacts.

-Reject all products from the USA. Analysis conducted in a typical US state shows that Israeli innovations were responsible for $2.4 billion in direct revenue to that state’s economy in 2009 and generated nearly 6,000 jobs.

-Do not tutor your children in advanced Mathematics techniques, which may have originated in Israel. Also, if these techniques are used in your children’s schools, withdraw your children immediately.

-Keen ornithologists should consider giving up their hobby as many rare speciesstop off or reside in Israel during their twice-yearly migration.
-Do not watch the new series of NCIS as one of the actresses is Israeli.

-Avoid going to any football matches featuring teams with Israeli players.

-Destroy all your recordings of Madonna, Bob Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel, Deep Purple, Bon Jovie, Justin Bieber, George Benson, Moby and many, many more artists who have ridiculed the illogical boycott and have proudly performed (or will shortly perform) concerts in Israel.

-Destroy any recordings of U2, Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Bruce Springsteen, Beck, Rihanna Coldplay and any artist whose music has been recorded using the sound technology of the Grammy Award winning Israeli company Wave Audio. You also must get rid of any personal copies of Shrek, American Beauty and Star Wars. Do not trust anything recorded by Sony, JVC, Toshiba or Dell.

-Don’t go to see The Black Swan with Natalie Portman, or watch any old films withElizabeth Taylor - both lovers of the Jewish State.

-Do not stay in hotels or visit shopping centers owned by Israeli companies (sorry, you will need to check which ones yourself).

-Do not have anything to do with the banks who are using Israeli software to prevent fraud.

-Do not use any credit or debit card as the Security monitoring system used by the credit card companies is likely to be Israeli.

-Do not buy an engagement ring containing a diamond as it is possible that this may have been cut in Israel.

-Do not travel by air, as your plane might get towed by the Israeli-built “Taxibot.”

-Do not use public transport inside Amsterdam, Moscow or Northern China in case you benefit from Israeli transportation devices.

-If you suffer a power or network failure, be grateful that at least you haven’t installed the Israeli system that prevents power outages.

-Finally, you need to leave all your taps running when you leave home and must never flush your toilet, because Israel provides water-saving technology to overhalf of the planet. It also is providing sewage treatment technology across the world, including to the UK. It should be obvious by now that all the measures specified in Parts 1 – 4 of this series of blogs will inevitably mean that your organization and your staff will be completely unable to function. Let’s therefore hope that the decision by your organization to boycott Israeli products is flushed down the toilet of history.

Thanks to the wonderful Michael Ordman!

source: communismkills

Carrie B (306)
Sunday February 22, 2015, 12:14 pm
FYI ~ The Electronic Intifada is not a hate site, ~ nor does it exist and operate on 'stolen money'.

"Electronic Intifada is mainly funded by its readers with additional funds provided by private foundations. It does not receive funds from any governments or political parties. In 2010 it received US$130,000 in donations from individuals and US$83,000 from private foundations.

It was founded in February 2001 Ali Abunimah, an American citizen of Palestinian descent, and a lecturer and a researcher in social policy at the University of Chicago; Arjan El Fassed, human rights activist based in the Netherlands; Laurie King, an anthropologist and former coordinator of the International Campaign for Justice for the Victims of Sabra and Shatila and the managing editor of the Journal of Palestine Studies in Washington; and Nigel Parry, currently an eclectic Internet consultant, writer and musician based in Pittsburgh.

Hannah Brown of The Jerusalem Post calls EI "one of the most elaborate" sites of those that give a "Palestinian perspective of the news", going on to describe EI as "very professional, user-friendly and well written,"

Political journalist and editor of the generally left-wing magazine CounterPunch Alexander Cockburn stated "there are a number of excellent news outlets for those who want unjaundiced reporting.... The Electronic trusted."

Gerald M. Steinberg, head of the pro-Israel NGO Monitor, described Electronic Intifada as "an explicitly pro-Palestinian political and ideological Web site"that hosts "anti-Israel propaganda.

NRC Handelsblad, a Dutch major mainstream newspaper, recommended The Electronic Intifada to its readers in 2006 at the height of the war on Lebanon. NRC wrote, "The Electronic Intifada (EI), a news site in English, reports from a Palestinian perspective, but as impartial as possible. EI is often faster than the established media."

While EI is obviously not popular with the right- wing Zionist view, ~ it is not a hate site. If it were not for sites like EI, the world would have a one sided view of the Israeli/Palestine conflict. We would all do well to read more of what is really happening to the Palestinian people, instead of the right-wing Zionist and hasbara propaganda we have been force fed for decades.

Birgit W (160)
Sunday February 22, 2015, 12:42 pm
Thanks for sharing.

Janet B (0)
Sunday February 22, 2015, 12:45 pm

Debra G (0)
Sunday February 22, 2015, 1:20 pm
"I had to deal with a serious challenge to keep my sanity while enduring an exhausting fear that I could lose any person dear to me any moment." Funny, that's how Israelis feel as the missiles shot from Gaza make their way into Israeli towns.

Walter F (129)
Sunday February 22, 2015, 7:24 pm
Jan b thanks for the comment. Fantastic rhetoric and right on target.

Roslyn M (34)
Sunday February 22, 2015, 10:48 pm
Noted - agreed, I don't think it's up to these students to attempt to make a policy for the rest.

Darren Woolsey (218)
Monday February 23, 2015, 12:59 am
Thanks for the additional information on the Electronic Intifada, Carrie.

Past Member (0)
Monday February 23, 2015, 3:24 am
So ludicrous!! AAAS failed, ASA failed, PennBDS failed, MLA failed, SodaStream failed miserably.

What ain't illegal is just too inconvenient for BDS'ers to actually boycott. Hypocrits.


Past Member (0)
Monday February 23, 2015, 3:26 am
carrie, would you like to comment on pam's listing of things you should be boycotting? Or are you letting other people do the boycotting for you?

Arild Gone for now (174)
Monday February 23, 2015, 3:52 am
Thanks Carrie and where is pam's comment Barbara??

Past Member (0)
Monday February 23, 2015, 4:14 am
jan's comment, sorry! They both contain three letters and it's 4:00am.

Jordan G (37)
Monday February 23, 2015, 5:05 am
Just haters in another wrapper.
Plenty of injustice toward the Palestinians to be addressed and resolved, but, as usual (but not always), the fight is made with lies and hate.
The ovens are warming ...

Past Member (0)
Monday February 23, 2015, 8:00 am
Noted.....thank you.

Carrie B (306)
Monday February 23, 2015, 11:37 am
Barbara, I have addressed those 'lists' numerous times. Get over it already.

Past Member (0)
Monday February 23, 2015, 12:11 pm
I think not. You're still on your computer. Or have you figured out a way to boycott Israel without inconveniencing yourself?? Rationalization!

Carrie B (306)
Monday February 23, 2015, 12:13 pm
Yes, you do rationalize a great deal

Past Member (0)
Monday February 23, 2015, 12:15 pm
So ludicrous!! AAAS failed, ASA failed, PennBDS failed, MLA failed, SodaStream failed miserably.

What ain't illegal is just too inconvenient for BDS'ers to actually boycott. Hypocrits.
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