Boston Globe’s groundbreaking salute to BDS will bring ‘fierce criticism,’ US Campaign says

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We’re seeing more and more establishment institutions taking pro-Palestinian positions and then getting heat. In recent days the Newseum has folded, and so has the Church of Scotland. The US Campaign to End the Occupation is concerned that the Boston Globe is about to come under fierce pressure for its landmark editorial honoring the BDS movement.  It states:

On May 11, The Boston Globe published a ground-breaking editorial calling BDS a “movement that… aims to place pressure on Israel through peaceful means,” calling such means “something to be encouraged.” This marks the first U.S. mainstream paper staff to defend BDS. You can imagine the fierce criticism they will face.

The US Campaign is encouraging folks to write to the Globe. Two of the campaign’s talking points leaped out at me:

For years, Western audiences have expected Palestinians to respond to Israel’s incredible violence with nonviolence. That’s precisely what BDS is — a nonviolent response to Israel’s violence.

If the US government and international community were holding Israel accountable for its violations of international law instead of supporting and financing them, civil society actions like this would not be necessary.

These are very powerful arguments. The reason the situation is so volatile in Israel/Palestine is that governments have failed their responsibility. And brave civil society movements have taken up that responsibility because they see fellow human beings being oppressed. (Rachel Corrie and Furkan Dogan were doing what governmental organizations should have been doing when they were killed.) Palestinians have shown incredible restraint over decades of occupation. That’s why I support BDS, because it’s nonviolent pressure in the context of desperate conditions, under which people actually have a right to take up guns. 

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  1. yrn
    May 13, 2013, 1:19 pm

    “nonviolent pressure” works on both sides.
    I would prefer to see a breakthrough that will bring to negotiation.
    Instead those acts, will only bring the same amount of pressure from the other side.
    And who will gain….. the Palestinians, No , the Israelis No.
    Only those who don’t want to see any progress or negotiation.
    Those who push radical ideas, that have no connection to reality and will not bring any side anywhere, from Both sides.

    • ToivoS
      May 13, 2013, 4:36 pm

      Instead those acts, will only bring the same amount of pressure from the other side.
      And who will gain….. the Palestinians, No , the Israelis No.

      The old curse on both of your houses, eh yrn.

      That is the old argument to shut down debate. Open debate is not designed to “convince” the other side. The sides have made up their mind. Open debate is designed to expose the other side to the wider audience. And here BDS is winning politically. Israeli supporters are sounding more and more on the defensive because they realize at some level they have lost control of the message. The more they thrash around the less convincing they sound. Even when they “win” a round, like the recent Newseum blowup, they lose another chunk of their audience. Also each time the lobby exerts pressure on some establishment outlet (be it the Boston Globe, Newseum or the Church of Scotland) there are going to be even more former Israeli supporters (who are there because of financial and career reasons) that will silently resent that same lobby.

      Each of these confrontations is positive, each results in less support for Israel and its political allies. And those silent resentments will grow until those holding them will realize they are no longer a minority and, in one short period, they will not be silent anymore.

      • seafoid
        May 13, 2013, 5:25 pm

        Zionism so far this year has been more vicious and cruel than the usual presentation of rational and measured. Fangs bared too many times to mention. Public airing of bitchslaps – not good for the PR. Even Michael Oren was publicly humiliated.Hasbara in big trouble. Throw in the women at the Kotel andthe racism in Israel and it’s no wonder people are turning away. Last year’s used goods- the presbyterians, for example, will have been watching developments closely. Powerful minorities have to be careful not to make too many enemies but they have been doing it for so long the sensors are dysfunctional.

      • Citizen
        May 14, 2013, 2:40 am

        @ seafoid
        I’m afraid most of America remains completely clueless. A few might venture a guess if you asked them if they knew what BDS was, e.g., “A new app for my I-phone?”

        Mmmm, hey, maybe it is in a way….

      • seafoid
        May 14, 2013, 3:25 am

        Dick and Jane will be the last to know. If you ever follow child abuse stories, the perpetrators can be protected for a very long time before something flicks and it’s over. Zionism is just another abuse story.

    • eljay
      May 13, 2013, 5:14 pm

      >> I would prefer to see a breakthrough that will bring to negotiation.

      Sounds good! So, what kind of breakthrough is the oppressive, colonialist, expansionist and supremacist “Jewish State” of (Greater) Israel offering that will bring to negotiation?

      Is it offering:
      – to immediately and completely halt the occupation of Palestine?
      – to withdraw to withdraw to within its / Partition borders?
      – to be held accountable for its past and on-going (war) crimes?
      – to honour its obligations to Palestinian refugees?
      – to enter into sincere negotiations for a just a mutually-beneficial peace?
      – to transform itself from a supremacist “Jewish State” into a secular, democratic and egalitarian state of and for all its Israeli citizens?

      Didn’t think so. Looks like the oppressive, colonialist, expansionist and supremacist “Jewish State” – and the Zio-supremacists who support it – don’t really want to see any progress.

      Imagine that.

    • Woody Tanaka
      May 13, 2013, 5:27 pm

      “I would prefer to see a breakthrough that will bring to negotiation.”

      Thus what passes for “morality” among the zionist. Your preference is for nothing other than negotiations, which means that the Palestinians talk while the Jewish colonies spread like a virus across the West Bank.

    • Dutch
      May 13, 2013, 5:58 pm

      @ yrn
      “I would prefer to see a breakthrough that will bring to negotiation.”

      It’s clear that the Palestinians have no partner for negotiations.

      • pabelmont
        May 14, 2013, 7:51 am

        The Palestinians have no partner for creating the conditions for negotiations. They need a lot of countries, preferably big and rich ones, EU, BRIC, etc., to put significant pressure on Israel which will move Israel to real negotiation.

        “Put” does not mean talking about putting.

        The pressure I have in mind is pressure (BDS, sanctions) aimed at enforcing a demand that Israel remove all settlers, the wall, the settlements, the siege.

        What is not needed (or at any rate not useful) is more talk.

      • yrn
        May 18, 2013, 11:25 am

        Dutch
        Have you read Jibril Rajoub last interview.
        Here in modowiess they don’t want you to read it, so I want mention what he said, as it will be delted for the forth time.
        Read it, it says a lot about the Partner.

    • Basilio
      May 13, 2013, 10:29 pm

      Yrn, the Palestinians have lost more than they gained through the peace process. They’ve lost a lot more land. They’ve talked to Israel. The European states chastised Israel, various American administrations have. Governments are too afraid to do anything, so I think civil societies the world over will inevitable side-step the governments. They don’t have any faith in the Israeli polity and population doing the right thing on their own, and some Israelis who care about the Palestinians don’t have faith in their people or politicians. South Africa’s whites could have done the right long before 1994, but they chose not to until it was too inconvenient to keep the status quo. You may have relatives down in Israel, but let’s be practical. Talking doesn’t make Israel budge much at all. You have to have consequences.

  2. Yasmeen
    May 13, 2013, 2:39 pm

    While this is a good thing,I fear they will retract their position on BDS. It’s quite frustrating to watch people and organizations attacked by pro Israel groups. They say the most vile things.

    • Shingo
      May 13, 2013, 4:59 pm

      It’s a good thing because the Israeli lobby is working overtime and each victory is only phyric.

      Rhe resentment and hatred is building under the surface. Eventually, these institutions are going to start saying no to the lobby, and then it will snowball.

  3. American
    May 13, 2013, 3:10 pm

    We never know which Arab or Muslim groups are really Arab or Muslim inspired and which ones are paid cut outs and set up fronts by Zionist.
    But Max is on the job! Killer research he does.

    link to councilforthenationalinterest.org

    Monday, 13 May 2013 11:32

    Weddady’s Free Arabs, American Islamic Congress and the pro-Israel funders who helped them rise

    Written by Max Blumenthal

  4. lysias
    May 13, 2013, 5:31 pm

    The New York Times Company, which owns the Boston Globe, announced on February 20, 2013, it is selling the paper and its related assets

  5. MLE
    May 13, 2013, 6:01 pm

    If we want to thank the Boston globe, we should subscribe to it. Businesses respond to money. And newspapers are a dying industry, so every subscriber counts. Plus we can show them even if the pro Israel whiny babies threaten to cancel, they’ll have the support of others. This may also lead to more quality coverage of the conflict.

    You can digitally subscribe if you have an iPhone or iPad.

  6. Ramzi Jaber
    May 13, 2013, 6:15 pm

    The BDS must continue and will accelerate. Yes, some will retract under pressure. Professor Hawking didn’t. I look forward to see what the final report of the Church of Scotland will say… how far the vicious threats and bullying have worked I wonder??? But not for long.

    Coupled with BDS, I call on all my compatriots in occupied Palestine, and all our Israeli and Jewish friends and supporters, to march each and every day en masse in a non-violent movement to end the illegal, criminal occupation. I also call on all of our external supporters to march each and every day in their communities and also towards all the borders from surrounding countries to force an end to occupation in a non-violent way.

    We all must work towards the only viable, fair, and feasible solution…. 1S1P1V – one state, one person, one vote. Unfortunately, the zionist occupation has killed any hope of a 2SS. 1S1P1V is the only remaining option where Christians, Moslems, and Jews will live in peace, security, freedom, and peace in one state, the Democratic State of the Holy Land.

  7. Basilio
    May 13, 2013, 10:35 pm

    It is natural that the pro-Israeli lobbies will attack savagely. It’s in their interest to do so, but they can’t silence people’s voices forever. More and more organizations will choose to join BDS. They can’t stop that. Every drop will lead to the massive ocean of a world of boycotts.

  8. mondonut
    May 14, 2013, 1:00 am

    We all must work towards the only viable, fair, and feasible solution…. 1S1P1V – one state, one person, one vote.

    So if Israel were to offer the annexation of the West Bank along with citizenship, voting rights and 1S1P1V – you would lobby the Palestinians to accept?

    • Sumud
      May 14, 2013, 3:25 am

      …you would lobby the Palestinians to accept?

      mondonut, “…the Palestinians”? Ramzi is Palestinian.

    • Ramzi Jaber
      May 14, 2013, 7:33 am

      mondonit…. In a heartbeat! I even think a large majority would as well, little lobbying would be needed.

      And yes, as Sumud said, I am Palestinian.

      • mondonut
        May 14, 2013, 11:28 am

        Ramzi Jaber says: In a heartbeat! I even think a large majority would as well, little lobbying would be needed.
        =============================================
        So you (and fellow Palestinians) would happily become Israeli citizens? Minus Gaza and the diaspora?

      • Sumud
        May 15, 2013, 4:17 am

        So you (and fellow Palestinians) would happily become Israeli citizens? Minus Gaza and the diaspora?

        This seems highly unlikely.

      • Ramzi Jaber
        May 15, 2013, 11:00 pm

        mondonut, Palestinians are Palestinians everywhere including Gaza and diaspora. In the new, unified, and democratic State of the Holy Land, all citizens are equal.

      • mondonut
        May 16, 2013, 12:44 am

        Ramzi Jaber says: mondonut, Palestinians are Palestinians everywhere including Gaza and diaspora.
        ==========================================
        So your real answer is No. As I thought it would be. That when offered the 1S1P1V you profess to desire you would instead hold out for the “right” of return, the incorporation of Gaza and the elimination of the very state you propose to become a citizen of.

      • Ramzi Jaber
        May 18, 2013, 10:29 am

        That’s the comment I was waiting for! Oh mondonut my very dear friend, you thought I didn’t know you we’re trying to set a trap for me so you say this comment?!!!!!

        The “right” of return of Palestinians as you refer to it in quotes is a TRUE RIGHT, recognized by all law-abiding nations in the world and is enshrined in the UN that your zionist state is a signatory to. It is undeniable that these Palestinian refugees were living in Palestine, the rightful owners of lands and property. That is until the criminal zionists came and disturbed the balance of peace between Chrisitnas, Moslems, and Jews by forcing Palestininas to leave through various criminal acts of terror and otherwise. Over 500 villages razed to the ground up to 1948. Then criminal and terrorist activities against the rest of Palestinians within 1967 border continuing to today since the 6-day war.

        On what the zionist criminals did back in 1948, you may want to read this article in Haaretz……

        Catastrophic thinking: Did Ben-Gurion try to rewrite history?
        The file in the state archives contains clear evidence that the researchers at the time did not paint the full picture of Israel’s role in creating the Palestinian refugee problem.

        link to haaretz.com

        If the criminal zionist regime has a different opinion, then they should release all the documents in the national archives repository.

        Now back to the other part of the “return” equation since I know what you plan to come back with! So let me get to it now…

        The majority of Jews in Israel today were not in Palestine at the turn of the century when peace and harmony and coexistence were the norm. They came just because they were driven by a bankrupt racist dishonest zionist ideology that stated “land with no people for people with no land”; THE BIG LIE. So you all flocked to my Palestine and continuedto do so under a fake law of “return” tgat YOU created being today’s military power in Palestine using a 4,000-year old anecdotal history book as a real-estate guide to steal my land and kill my people. FACT!!!! You have absolutely zero foundation to YOUR so-called “return”. FACT!!!!

        So yes, Palestininas have the RIGHT of return based on ownership of the land as proven by actual legal documents from prior governments over the years. The zionists only “proof” of the right of “return” are centuries-old anecdotes with no foundational truth or plausibility.

        And yes mondonut, I know what your next comment is going to be. But I will wait for it instead of cutting to it now ;-)

    • eljay
      May 14, 2013, 8:21 am

      >> So if Israel were to offer the annexation of the West Bank along with citizenship, voting rights and 1S1P1V …

      Bu Israel won’t offer that, because it would spell the beginning of the end of supremacist “Jewish State”. And hateful and immoral Zio-supremacists love their supremacist “Jewish State” far too much to see it become a secular, democratic and egalitarian Israeli State of and for all of its citizens, equally.

      • mondonut
        May 15, 2013, 12:08 pm

        eljay says: But Israel won’t offer that…
        ======================================
        You have no idea what they will offer. And there is no “demographic threat” when Gaza and the refugees are removed from the equation.

      • eljay
        May 17, 2013, 7:53 am

        >> You have no idea what they will offer. And there is no “demographic threat” when Gaza and the refugees are removed from the equation.

        You’re right – I don’t know what the supremacist “Jewish State” will offer. But since it is a supremacist “Jewish State” – envisioned, realized, maintained and supported by hateful and immoral Zio-supremacists like you – and since it gives every indication of wanting to remain a supremacist “Jewish State”, I have every reason to believe that Israel will not offer citizenship, voting rights and 1S1P1V to all non-Jews in the West Bank.

        As for “no demographic threat”, is that because:
        – non-Jews don’t breed;
        – intermarriage will not be permitted; and/or
        – Zio-supremacists have some other, much darker plan in mind?

        Please, do tell.

      • mondonut
        May 17, 2013, 12:05 pm

        eljay says: But since it is a supremacist “Jewish State” – envisioned, realized, maintained and supported by hateful and immoral Zio-supremacists like you…
        =========================================
        Always with the ad hominem attacks (strangely allowed), and the tedious, repetitive cut and paste comments. But to answer what little content is in your comment, the number of Palestinian Arabs within the West Bank is no threat to Israel. If the residents of the West Bank were interested in annexation and citizenship they could probably have it just by asking.

        But of course, that would not include the refugees or the residents of Gaza.

      • eljay
        May 17, 2013, 7:43 pm

        >> Always with the ad hominem attacks (strangely allowed) …

        They’re not “ad hominem attacks” – they’re statements of fact. You are a hateful and immoral Zio-supremacist, and Israel was created by and continues to exist as a supremacist “Jewish State” because of people like you.

        >> … and the tedious, repetitive cut and paste comments.

        They’re not cut-and-paste – I type them out every time. It’s very much worth the effort.

        >> But to answer what little content is in your comment, the number of Palestinian Arabs within the West Bank is no threat to Israel. If the residents of the West Bank were interested in annexation and citizenship they could probably have it just by asking.

        That doesn’t even remotely answer my question. But I’m not surprised.

      • mondonut
        May 18, 2013, 12:37 pm

        eljay says: They’re not “ad hominem attacks” – they’re statements of fact. You are a hateful and immoral Zio-supremacist,
        …That doesn’t even remotely answer my question. But I’m not surprised.
        ==============================================
        Of course they are ad hominem attacks, you choose to indulge in childish name calling instead of addressing facts. You just get away with them because you are anti-Israel.

        As for your loaded question it was a direct answer, if the people of the West Bank were to chose annexation into Israel there would be no demographic threat to Israel, the numbers just are not there.

  9. American
    May 14, 2013, 10:45 am

    And Hawking continues to reverberate…..

    link to guardian.co.uk

    Stephen Hawking’s boycott hits Israel where it hurts: science

    Hawking’s boycott ‘threatens to open a floodgate with more and more scientists coming to regard Israel as a pariah state’. Photograph: PA

    Stephen Hawking’s decision to boycott the Israeli president’s conference has gone viral. Over 100,000 Facebook shares of the Guardian report at last count. Whatever the subsequent fuss, Hawking’s letter is unequivocal. His refusal was made because of requests from Palestinian academics.
    That the world’s most famous scientist had recognised the justice of the Palestinian cause is potentially a turning point for the BDS campaign. And that his stand was approved by a majority of two to one in the Guardian poll that followed his announcement shows just how far public opinion has turned against Israel’s relentless land-grabbing and oppression.
    That the world’s most famous scientist had recognised the justice of the Palestinian cause is potentially a turning point for the BDS campaign. And that his stand was approved by a majority of two to one in the Guardian poll that followed his announcement shows just how far public opinion has turned against Israel’s relentless land-grabbing and oppression.
    Hawking’s decision threatens to open a floodgate with more and more scientists coming to regard Israel as a pariah state. Its research ties with European and American scientists must be protected.

  10. Chu
    May 14, 2013, 12:54 pm

    Great idea for BDS.

    See link: link to forbes.com

    ‘New App Lets You Boycott Koch Brothers, Monsanto And More By Scanning Your Shopping Cart’

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