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'Boycott Israel' Campaign Starts to Bite


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Simon
- 3557 days ago - greenleft.org.au
The BDS movement against Israel is showing results, & if the momentum is maintained & strengthened, Israeli businesses may move their headquarters away from Israel, or put pressure on the Israeli govt to respect international law & end the occupation.



   

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Amena Andersson (187)
Wednesday March 18, 2009, 3:27 pm
Good.
 

Marty H (119)
Thursday March 19, 2009, 3:13 am
That is good news! Thanks and noted!
 

Simon Wood (207)
Thursday March 19, 2009, 3:42 am
Yes, our Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement is succeeding! : ) Let's keep building it! : )
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday March 19, 2009, 6:36 am
What do foreign investors think about investing in Israel?

"I think this is the most successful acquisition ever made by an American company in Israel. This is probably the most successful team that Microsemi has ever acquired.” Microsemi CEO James Peterson (January 2008)

“Throughout our long-term partnership with Saifun (Israel), we have been impressed with the depth of technology expertise, the quality of people and the ingenuity of the Saifun organization and look forward to establishing a team in Israel.” Bertrand Cambou, President and CEO of Spansion (October 2007)

" Israel has amazing people. We are investing $4 billion in an amazing group of people from Israel – and we are investing it at an astounding speed." Warren Buffet, Berkshire Hathaway, September 2006

"Our Tel Aviv facility is particularly important because the mainframe talent and technology that we have there is not easily found around the world… We have had tremendous success here and (with) the products they produce and the great technology environment that exists in Israel." Jim Grant, Vice President of BMC Software Service Management Business Unit, May 2006

"The quantity and quality of software engineers in Israel made it logical that we would open a R&D center here at some point," David Woodside, EMEA Manager, Google, February 2006

"Israel – a reservoir of innovation that will advance our competitiveness. . .The creative and innovative forces in Israel are very impressive. . . A great potential exists in innovative technology, in cooperation with Israel which can help our business throughout the entire world in innovative products that create reduced costs." Eric Reinhart, President of Siemens Medical, September 2006

"Israel is a cutting-edge community. If you look around the world, in many countries you visit, you feel like they're a few steps behind the cutting edge. When you come to Israel you feel like you're right there." Richard Lampman, Senior Vice-President of Research, HP, November 2005

"It's no exaggeration to say that the kind of innovation going on in Israel is critical to the future of the technology business. So many great companies have been started here… People in high tech are very aware that Israel – compared to its small size – has some amazing technological achievements. There is a greater concentration of talented high tech manpower here in comparison to other countries – almost to the extent of Silicon Valley… Considering the density of start-ups in Israel and local successes, Israel is like a part of Silicon Valley. While startups in Israel are similar to those in Silicon Valley, there are specialists in Israel in fields like information security who get much of their experience from their service in the army. The science and technology curriculum in Israeli universities is also of a very high standard," Bill Gates, Founder Microsoft, October 2005

"There is no question that Israel is one of the best locations in the world for innovation in the areas of IT and communications," Kai-Uwe Ricke, CEO, Deutsche Telekom, February 2006

"Israel is an incredible opportunity for us. It provides a growth engine for innovation for us." Richard Nottenburg, Motorola's executive VP chief strategy officer, June 2006
 

Simon Wood (207)
Thursday March 19, 2009, 9:21 pm
Hi Josh, that is a select few people who don't care about human rights, and so engage in any dirty activities where they can get money, it is not investors in general.

And of those quotes were also BEFORE the Israeli genocidal massacre of Palestinian civilians in Gaza.
 

Simon Wood (207)
Thursday March 19, 2009, 9:23 pm
Josh, if you ACTUALLY READ THE NEWS ARTICLE, you will see that many investors are now staying away from investing in Israel.
 

Simon Wood (207)
Thursday March 19, 2009, 9:23 pm
Our BDS movement is succeeding! Human rights is winning!
 

Melissa Kush (3)
Friday March 20, 2009, 10:21 am
OK, answer me this...if you have two children that you love dearly...and the younger one is quicker, smarter and aggressive to be independent, and the older brother is not as concerned about those traits, prefers to ignore the little brother, but is not above antagonizing him. Who do you punish?

In all fairness, and no matter who came first, you cannot blame everything on one child...there must be consolations, communications and justice. If punishment is required...BOTH must do without their allowance, wouldn't you say?

In surveys, the people (maybe not certain leaders, unfortunately) of Israel WANT peace! Peace and respect...if ANYONE wants that, you must give it first. This problem between Israel and Palestine can be resolved, but it requires an agreement between the two that the violence should end, and that there be mutual respect and acceptance.

Namaste
 

Simon Wood (207)
Friday March 20, 2009, 10:58 am
Hi Mel Issa, you wrote:

"OK, answer me this...if you have two children that you love dearly...and the younger one is quicker, smarter and aggressive to be independent"

I would not raise a child to be aggressive.

I also don't believe that people are "smarter" or "dumber". Most people only use about 10% of their brains, and even Einstein only used about 30% of his brain. I would raise my children to believe in their abilities, including their intellectual abilities, and therefore, they would both have approximately the same high abilities, and could increase them if they wanted to.

"and the older brother is not as concerned about those traits, prefers to ignore the little brother, but is not above antagonizing him."

I would not raise a child to ignore their siblings, nor to antagonise anyone.

"Who do you punish?

I believe that punishment is merely glorified revenge. I believe that punishment and all forms of revenge are psychologically unhealthy, and reduce the psychological health of the target of that revenge, especially when that target is a child. Therefore, I would not use punishment when raising a child. (I have come to this conclusion by studying psychology, and you can learn that yourself, if you study it, too.)

"In all fairness, and no matter who came first, you cannot blame everything on one child..."

The metaphor fails there. A more accurate metaphor would be a person living in a house, and another person invades that house and takes it over and oppresses the original inhabitant. That is what Israel has done to the homeland of the people of Palestine.

"there must be consolations, communications and justice."

I do not believe in any absolute "must" or other moral obligations (each person has their own value system, so "must" is not absolute, but is simply an opinion,a thought). However, I do support consolations, communications and justice.

"If punishment is required...BOTH must do without their allowance, wouldn't you say?"

As I said, I don't believe in that kind of punishment, and I think that the metaphor of 2 siblings is not an accurate depiction of the issue. If we go back to the home invasion metaphor, we can get a more accurate idea of how to solve the Palestine/Israel issue. We can send the invader packing (not as punishment, but as justice, restoring the ownership of the home to the original inhabitant). Or we can end the oppression of one by the other, and divide up the home into 2 parts (the 2-state solution), or else create a new household relationship, with the 2 current inhabitants sharing the house as equals (the one-state solution).

"In surveys, the people (maybe not certain leaders, unfortunately) of Israel WANT peace!"

So? There are many kinds of peace. The people of Israel call for, and vote for, a "Carthaginian peace" - a peace with them maintaining their conquest and dominance over the Indigenous people - not a just peace, not a fair peace, in which the Indigenous Palestinians get their human rights, e.g. in which the millions of Indigenous refugees return to their homes, farms and lands which Israel stole.

"Peace and respect...if ANYONE wants that, you must give it first."

Palestine's leadership offers peace and respect (e.g. the 2-state solution), but Israel refuses to agree to peace and respect. Palestine's leadership maintained peace since soon after it was elected, by agreeing to an 18-month ceasefire with Israel. However, Israel (1) continued its military occupation of Palestine's West Bank, and its military blockade around Palestine's Gaza Strip, causing great suffering and more than 150 deaths (e.g. by refusing to allow Palestinian people to pass through Israeli military checkpoints on Palestinian land, thus stopping them getting to hospital). Also, (2) on November 4th, 2008, Israel broke that ceasefire before it had expired, by attacking Palestine's Gaza Strip, and killing 6 people there. Then (3) Hamas offered to go back to the 2005 arrangement, in which there was a ceasefire but no blockade - however, Israel refused, and instead launched the invasion and massacre in Gaza.

"This problem between Israel and Palestine can be resolved, but it requires an agreement between the two that the violence should end, and that there be mutual respect and acceptance."

Yes. And this will only happen when Israel ends its aggressive expansionist campaign (for a Carthaginian peace, a blatantly unfair peace deal) for ethnic dominance over the Indigenous people, and instead agrees to peace with JUSTICE - i.e. peace that is fair to both sides.
 
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