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In op-eds, church leaders say BDS is moral response to Netanyahu’s rejection of Palestinian statehood

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Over the last day or so, three remarkable op-eds by church leaders have been published in U.S. regional newspapers in support of some measure of BDS, boycott, divestment and sanctions, to end the Israeli occupation of Palestine.

The op-eds are remarkable because they honor BDS as a tool, and two of them specifically reject the equation of BDS with anti-Semitism, a charge that cowed many non-Jewish activists in times gone by. And all three slam the rightwing Israeli government for defying international opinion or using the peace process to expand. So the churches must act, the leaders say.

All you Israel supporters who criticize BDS as a means of excusing Israel’s endless colonization need to read these op-eds. They show that the Netanyahu government has been a boon to the BDS movement, and that enlightened Americans are watching developments in Palestine closely.

The op-eds. First, the Episcopal church is meeting this weekend in Salt Lake City. And here is Newland Smith, Senior Deputy to General Convention from the Diocese of Chicago in the Salt Lake Tribune, arguing that the church’s earlier posture of constructive engagement has failed: the Israeli government has “explicitly rejected the two-state solution,” and uses the cover of peace talks to gobble up more land.

In 2005, the Episcopal Church’s executive council adopted a resolution calling for the church to engage in corporate engagement and investment in the Palestinian economy. A decade later, a new political landscape has taken shape, in which the Israeli government has explicitly rejected the two-state solution, which has been the basis of U.S. and international peacemaking efforts for more than 20 years, and continues to relentlessly expand its illegal settlements and entrench its occupation of Palestinian lands.

Yet the Episcopal Church’s support for Palestinian freedom and self-determination has not progressed to reflect these realities. In the 10 years since the executive council’s decision to pursue corporate engagement and positive investment, the number of Israeli settlers living in the occupied Palestinian West Bank and East Jerusalem has increased from approximately 430,000 in 2005 to over 650,000 today. For more than two decades, Israel has used unresolved peace talks as cover to expand settlements in the very lands where a Palestinian state is proposed. This status quo — permanent occupation with no solution in sight — is unendurable for the 4.4 million Palestinians who are now living under the third or fourth generation of Israeli military rule…

Fuel the MomentumNotice that Smith cites the role of Jewish Voice for Peace, though not by name:

Taking such a step toward divesting from Israel’s occupation will align our investments with our principles and serve, along with the actions of other churches and institutions, including a growing number of Jewish organizations and voices in Israel and the U.S., to help exert pressure for a just and peaceful end to the destructive status quo of permanent occupation.

The United Church of Christ is meeting in Cleveland. John H. Thomas is the former general minister and president of the United Church of Christ. He writes in Cleveland.com, about a “stridently expansionist new Israeli government” making it necessary for the church to act against a “morally corrupt status quo.”

What the [divestment] resolution will do is allow the United Church of Christ to join a growing chorus of religious and civil society groups around the world no longer willing to tolerate a morally corrupt status quo that grows ever more oppressive for Palestinians and dangerous for Israelis.  In the face of a stridently expansionist new Israeli government, the resolution calls upon the church and its members to end their complicity as consumers, investors, and citizens with an illegal occupation.  And it offers solidarity to Palestinian Christian partners for whom hope remains the last fragile bulwark against despair, departure, or violence.

He rejects the BDS demonization campaign. BDS is a tradition in the church:

Consideration of this resolution comes amid an intense campaign by the Israeli government and its far-right supporters in the United States to discredit all criticism of current Israeli policies. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has now elevated familiar charges of anti-semitism to comparisons of the international Boycott, Divestment and Sanction (BDS) movement with Nazi Germany. The charge is both absurd and cruel and meant to intimidate concerned onlookers into silence…

Carefully targeted boycott and divestment strategies are extraordinary actions for the church, but not unprecedented.  In the past, the UCC has engaged in these tactics to support migrant farm and textile workers, to change corporate policies dangerous to poor mothers and their infants, to press for the end of apartheid in South Africa, and to reduce reliance on climate-damaging fossil fuels. At a time when deep discouragement over the prospects for peace threatens to overwhelm, this resolution before the Synod signals a refusal to surrender faith in the God who promises courage in the struggle for justice and peace.

Lastly, here is the Rev. Steve Jungkeit of the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme, CT, who is an author, supporting BDS in the New Haven Register. He led a trip of Muslims and Christians to Palestine in March:

During our travels, we met a Christian priest living in the occupied territories. To go to Jerusalem, he has to first obtain permission from Israel’s military and then wait in a long line, only to be told by a teenage soldier that he may not enter today. The priest persists, saying he only wants to pray at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. All he gets is a shrug: “Not today.” The priest’s experience is shared by millions of Palestinians attempting to cross the Separation Wall every day.

We met a Muslim Palestinian teacher who used to pray at Masjid Al-Aqsa in Jerusalem every week, but has not been to Jerusalem for 22 years. He said, “God does not want me to be humiliated every time I go to pray.” It’s a heartbreaking statement, but one his occupiers would endorse…

Here’s Jungkeit’s declaration that Israel’s new government’s obstructionism demands action.

Despite our government’s repeated efforts, Israeli officials have scoffed at and even insulted their peace-making efforts, while subsidizing the illegal settlements. Furthermore, while we were there during the Israeli election, Prime Minister Netanyahu reiterated that on his watch there will be no Palestinian State. He has since cynically “changed” his position.

Peace requires action. When governments are unwilling, other tactics become necessary. The United Church of Christ is about to consider a resolution concerning boycotts and divestment from companies that profit from Israel’s occupation of Palestinian lands. The Presbyterian Church USA and the United Methodist Church have passed similar resolutions. These are part of a wider campaign of boycotts, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) that is gaining traction throughout the world.

Jungkeit also defies the charge that BDS is anti-Semitic, it is a moral response:

Boycotts and divestments are not anti-Semitic. Those strategies are born from understanding the ethical dimensions of all three Abrahamic faiths and the experience of other historic movements against oppression that have used those methods to leverage social change

All three op-eds show the power of liberal Christians to play an important role in the struggle. I always say the Jews have to move for any change to happen. These church leaders are putting pressure on Jews.

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  1. amigo
    June 26, 2015, 12:48 pm

    What we are looking at is the beginnings of a Pyramid scheme but this is a legal version.One person brings in 5 others who in turn bring in five each and so on .

    The trick is to have a product to sell them and surely Peace , Equality and Justice are marketable products. The Churches are in a unique position to achieve this in great numbers.

    Justice will always win in the end.

  2. DoubleStandard
    June 26, 2015, 2:09 pm

    These people are abject fools. The people they have such a soft spot for would enslave them as dhimmis in a moment if they could.

    It’s no wonder Christianity is declining everywhere with such morally bankrupt leaders.

    They should concern themselves with the plight of ancient Christian communities throughout the Middle East rather than well up with tears over how Israel handles terrorists.

    They could only dream of having a faction of Israel’s moral clarity.

    • Annie Robbins
      June 26, 2015, 2:13 pm

      iow, all you’ve got is ad hominems. no meat ( you did not counter even 1 of their arguments) — boring.

      • DoubleStandard
        June 26, 2015, 2:38 pm

        Their arguments don’t deserve to be countered. Those who support the Palestinian cause against Israel are either

        (1) anti-Semitic
        (2) masochistic (like the Church)
        (3) just plain stupid
        (4) any combination of the above

      • Annie Robbins
        June 26, 2015, 5:16 pm

        and how long do you think you can sustain an argument like that? it’s not very convincing. at some point people are going to start noticing you’re diverting away from the issue. ad hominems are not called fallacies for nothing. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ad_hominem the movement is very very large and growing all the time and includes many respected scholars (ie: judith butler etc), stupid and racist (your argument aside from masochistic (like the Church) which borders on hysterical) just won’t fly. for millions of people (and there are millions of people in the movement) it’s an unconvincing response and is completely dependent on the meme of jewish victimhood.

        and we all know how much israel depends on that meme:

        it’s so like ..last century.

      • just
        June 26, 2015, 5:20 pm

        Awesome, Annie! (I wish I could do that sort of posting!)

        I’m still shocked that this explosive story hasn’t gotten any MSM coverage…

      • Annie Robbins
        June 26, 2015, 5:23 pm

        just, you mean adding the tweet? because if you leave the url for a tweet i can “fix” it for you.

        (and you find the url for a particular tweet by clicking on the tweets time stamp)

      • just
        June 26, 2015, 5:22 pm

        DoubleStandard @ 2:38

        What a completely inhuman and supremacist post!

        Here’s something really silly:

        “…It almost felt like America. Until, that is, a rabbi approached Ron Mix, a Jewish offensive tackle who played mostly for the San Diego Chargers, laid tefillin on his arm and had him repeat the Shema prayer out loud, word after word.

        “I was surprised,” Mix said after the rabbi left. “I think it meant more to him than it did to me.””

        – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/profile/just?keyword=mix+nixes#sthash.zwYasCNW.dpuf

      • DoubleStandard
        June 26, 2015, 5:32 pm

        Judith Butler is hardly a respected scholar. She isn’t even a scholar in anything academic.

        Academics are things like math, physics, history, literature.

        The study of how European culture is inferior and white people are responsible for all the problems of the world is not an academic discipline.

        How do you know there are millions of people in it? How do you define who is part of it?

      • Annie Robbins
        June 26, 2015, 5:49 pm

        Judith Butler is hardly a respected scholar.

        uh huh.

        https://en.wikipedia.org/?title=Judith_Butler

        Butler’s work has been extraordinarily influential in feminist and queer theory, cultural studies, and continental philosophy.[40] Yet her contribution to a range of other disciplines — such as psychoanalysis, literary, film, and performance studies as well as visual arts — has also been significant.[3] Her theory of gender performativity as well as her conception of “critically queer” have not only transformed understandings of gender and queer identity in the academic world, but have shaped and mobilized various kinds of political activism, particularly queer activism, across the globe.[40][41][42][43] Butler’s work has also entered into contemporary debates on the teaching of gender, gay parenting, and the depathologization of transgender people.[44] Indeed, so influential has Butler’s challenge to traditional notions of sex and gender been that even Pope Benedict XVI has written critically about it.[45]
        Many academics and political activists maintain that Butler’s radical departure from the sex/gender dichotomy and her non-essentialist conception of gender — along with her insistence that power helps form the subject — revolutionized feminist and queer praxis, thought, and studies.[46] Darin Barney of McGill University writes that:

        “ Butler’s work on gender, sex, sexuality, queerness, feminism, bodies, political speech and ethics has changed the way scholars all over the world think, talk and write about identity, subjectivity, power and politics. It has also changed the lives of countless people whose bodies, genders, sexualities and desires have made them subject to violence, exclusion and oppression.[47] ”

        hey, speaking of politics, did you happen to check out the supreme court ruling today? awesome news!

        oh, and somehow i missed butler’s dissertation on European culture is inferior and white people are responsible for all the problems of the world . LOL, do tell!

      • just
        June 26, 2015, 7:10 pm

        “Judith Butler is hardly a respected scholar. She isn’t even a scholar in anything academic.

        Academics are things like math, physics, history, literature.”

        Yep. I thought I recognized your particular brand of fertilizer, DoubleStandard:

        “1) Anthropologists boycotting Israel ain’t a surprise. 2) Anthropology is barely — not even barely — a real subject. 3) Israel doesn’t need to collaborate with anthropologists — it needs to collaborate in science and R&D.” – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/profile/doublestandard?keyword=anthropology#sthash.qRoBjMY3.dpuf

        “The only illusion is that Israel is ever going to lose. You’ll never find more than anti semitic professors of fake subjects like anthropology willing to play the game of denying jews their right to self determination.” – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/profile/doublestandard?keyword=anthropology#sthash.qRoBjMY3.dpuf

        “And yes, ‘a bunch of anthropologists’ are irrelevant to me — not because I dismiss the value of scholarship, but because anthropology, the way its being practiced by these people, is not scholarship. It’s sinister politics hiding behind academia.” – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/profile/doublestandard?keyword=anthropology#sthash.qRoBjMY3.dpuf

        “The resolution against the US and other countries passed by the same margin as the one against Israel. I can’t imagine that 91.6% of the kids at these schools really want to boycott their own government. Not all of them are majoring in anthropology and ethnic studies.” – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/profile/doublestandard?keyword=anthropology#sthash.qRoBjMY3.dpuf

      • bryan
        June 27, 2015, 7:17 am

        “Academics are things”

        You have it so badly wrong again. DS. Academics are not things, but people who adopt a scholarly approach, and the subject of their scholarship can be anything under the sun, provided they display honesty, integrity, critical reasoning, and employ any of a range of techniques comprising observation, investigation, experimentation, classification, synthesis, data collection, analysis, the formulation and testing of hypotheses, etc, etc. Your point perhaps is that the academy is not immune to a certain snobbishness where certain areas of study have more prestige than others, but fashions of course constantly change (e.g. sociology and anthropology overtaking rhetoric and theology) and new disciplines come into existence (e.g. genetics, linguistics, atomic physics, gender and media studies, sports science.)

      • Mooser
        June 28, 2015, 3:21 pm

        “How do you know there are millions of people in it? How do you define who is part of it?”

        Ah yes, “DoubleStandard” those are perplexing questions for Judaism and Jews. Do you happen to have any answers?

    • chocopie
      June 26, 2015, 3:24 pm

      It’s shocking they aren’t listening to your advice over what they should concern themselves with. Just keep saying those words, “dhimmi,” and “terrorist.” They make you sound so knowledgeable and convincing.

    • gracie fr
      June 26, 2015, 4:32 pm

      …. What a fitting moniker….

      Go crawl back under your Hasbara rock….

      • just
        June 26, 2015, 4:48 pm

        +1, gracie fr.

        O/T, but I can’t find another more appropriate place b/c it has to do with the hard work of millions of activists.

        via Yousef Munayyer:


        ~and~

    • Kay24
      June 26, 2015, 4:35 pm

      The “abject fools” are those who still don’t realize the world is sending them strong messages, and it is time for them to mend their idiotic ways. The lies do not work anymore, and the world wised up when they saw said fools massacre a people last year in Gaza. More to come.
      Hope they enjoy the show.

    • Kris
      June 26, 2015, 5:11 pm

      @DoubleStandard: These people are abject fools. The people they have such a soft spot for would enslave them as dhimmis in a moment if they could.”

      Do you have any evidence for any of this that you could share? Thanks.

      • DoubleStandard
        June 26, 2015, 5:31 pm

        Take a look at religious minorities across the Islamic world and you have your answer.

        BDS is no human rights movement. History is on the side of the Jews; BDS will go the same way as Hitler and every other group that has persecuted the Jews.

      • Annie Robbins
        June 26, 2015, 5:40 pm

        lol, you really think the standard “persecuted .. Jews” is going to fly in this scenario? pllllease!

      • just
        June 26, 2015, 5:53 pm

        Goodness gracious & heavens to murgatroyd!

        Who’s being “persecuted”, and by whom? It’s June 26, 2015.

        “persecute
        [ ˈpərsəˌkyo͞ot ]
        VERB
        subject (someone) to hostility and ill-treatment, especially because of their race or political or religious beliefs”

        hmmmmmmmmmm.

      • Annie Robbins
        June 26, 2015, 6:01 pm

        just, everytime i read something like double standard’s BDS will go the same way as Hitler it’s just another nail in the coffin of their dead hasbara. today, on the radio show, i was ticking off some of the latest.. nazis, responsible for 9/11 (my personal fav), blood libels bla bla bla, it’s all just so — tired and rehashed. where to go from here la di da? the devil incarnate?

        the only way bds will stop growing like a mad virus is if israeli policies change, and everyone knows israel won’t do that (except by going more radical, genocidal and racist). they only change the rhetoric. and they circulate it over and over as if our memories are completely shot.

        anyway, hitler. why oh why does that not surprise me.

        oh, and scroll up to your tweets, i fixed them.

      • just
        June 26, 2015, 6:49 pm

        Thanks, Annie~ you’re a wizard. I couldn’t help myself, and had to do a little O/T slightly related posting wrt the ‘good news’ in the US, and then along came Phil with his superb:

        “Obama’s ‘thunderbolt’ of equality is coming for Palestine” – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2015/06/thunderbolt-equality-palestine#sthash.52z7kl07.dpuf

        I only wonder why they keep trying with the same old stuff! Even on other sites, including MSM, people are wise to them~ the hasbara is just not tolerated anymore, never mind believed. The scales have fallen from millions of pairs of eyes since last summer’s massacre and the horrific fact that it was supported by 95%…

      • Kris
        June 26, 2015, 8:50 pm

        @DoubleStandard:

        Take a look at religious minorities across the Islamic world and you have your answer.

        BDS is no human rights movement. History is on the side of the Jews; BDS will go the same way as Hitler and every other group that has persecuted the Jews.

        You are saying that the Palestinians are just like “religious minorities across the Islamic world”? In terms of mayhem and cruelty, I think Zionists would still rank at number one among whatever minority groups you are thinking of. Maybe you could be more specific?

        It’s funny that you say that “history is on the side of the Jews,” since Judaism is all about justice, mercy, and respect for the stranger and outcast, all of which Zionists, and Israel, actively oppose. Zionists are not Jews in any way that would put history on their side.

        You are like the “Christians” who demonstrate their contempt for Jesus Christ by promoting injustice and cruelty of every kind, and yet want to hasten the coming of the Apocalypse because they are certain that they will be spared the Great Tribulation that they expect to kill most of the rest of us.

      • eljay
        June 26, 2015, 11:19 pm

        || DoubleStandard: History is on the side of the Jews; BDS will go the same way as Hitler and every other group that has persecuted the Jews. ||

        History is on the side of the Thousand-Year “Jewish State” going the same way as the Thousand-Year Reich.

      • Mooser
        June 28, 2015, 3:28 pm

        “History is on the side of the Jews”

        Oh wow, that is, I think, the first time I have heard a Zionist say that!

        Oh wait, maybe DS thinks History gives out “mulligans” or “do-overs”?

  3. JLewisDickerson
    June 26, 2015, 4:42 pm

    RE: “And here is Newland Smith, Senior Deputy to General Convention from the Diocese of Chicago in the Salt Lake Tribune, arguing that the church’s earlier posture of constructive engagement has failed: the Israeli government has ‘explicitly rejected the two-state solution, and uses the cover of peace talks to gobble up more land’.” ~ Weiss

    MY COMMENT: Just as “constructive engagement” failed when apartheid South Africa was offered many carrots by the United States as incentives to institute meaningful reforms only to result in the South African authorities having made a carrot stew and eaten it! ! ! *

    ● FROM WIKIPEDIA [Constructive engagement]:

    [EXCERPT] Constructive engagement was the name given to the policy of the Reagan Administration towards the apartheid regime in South Africa in the early 1980s. It was promoted as an alternative to the economic sanctions and divestment from South Africa demanded by the UN General Assembly and the international anti-apartheid movement.[1]
    The Reagan Administration vetoed legislation from the United States Congress and blocked attempts by the United Nations to impose sanctions and to isolate South Africa.[2] Instead, advocates of constructive engagement sought to use incentives as a means of encouraging South Africa gradually to move away from apartheid.[3] The policy, echoed by the British government of Margaret Thatcher, came under criticism as South African government repression of the black population and anti-apartheid activism intensified. . .

    SOURCE – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constructive_engagement

    ● MAGGIE THATCHER’S OPPOSITION TO USING SANCTIONS AGAINST APARTHEID-ERA SOUTH AFRICA :

    . . . While Thatcher maintained throughout her political career that she “loathe[d] apartheid and everything connected with it,” she . . . refused, alongside Ronald Reagan, to back sanctions against the Apartheid regime in South Africa. “In my view, isolation will lead only to an increasingly negative and intransigent attitude in the part of white South African,” she said in December 1977 [I wonder if this also applies to today’s Iranians?!?! – J.L.D.] . . .

    SOURCE – http://mondoweiss.net/2013/04/supposed-democracy-dictator.html

    * ● FROM foreignaffairs.com: “South Africa: Why Constructive Engagement Failed”, By Sanford J. Ungar and Peter Vale, Winter 1985/86

    Article Summary
    Ronald Reagan’s imposition of limited economic sanctions against the South African regime in September was a tacit admission that his policy of “constructive engagement”–encouraging change in the apartheid system through a quiet dialogue with that country’s white minority leaders–had failed. Having been offered many carrots by the United States over a period of four-and-a-half years as incentives to institute meaningful reforms, the South African authorities had simply made a carrot stew and eaten it. Under the combined pressures of the seemingly cataclysmic events in South Africa since September 1984 and the dramatic surge of anti-apartheid protest and political activism in the United States, the Reagan Administration was finally embarrassed into brandishing some small sticks as an element of American policy.
    [We’re sorry, but Foreign Affairs does not have the copyright to display this article online.]

    SOURCE – http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/40525/sanford-j-ungar-and-peter-vale/south-africa-why-constructive-engagement-failed

  4. JLewisDickerson
    June 26, 2015, 5:16 pm

    RE: “Despite our government’s repeated efforts, Israeli officials have scoffed at and even insulted their peace-making efforts, while subsidizing the illegal settlements.” ~ Rev. Steve Jungkeit

    MY COMMENT: Of course, the U.S. also subsidizes the illegal settlements by both providing Israel billions of dollars every year in “military aid” (thereby freeing up the government of Israel’s money to use for funding the settlements) and by providing tax-exempt status to groups in the U.S. who raise money to send directly to the settlements and for other nefarius purposes.

    • JLewisDickerson
      June 26, 2015, 5:27 pm

      P.S. RE: “groups in the U.S. who raise money to send directly to the settlements and for other nefarius purposes” – me (from above)

      SEE: “Houston Jewish Federation, Jewish Agency Fund Im Tirzu’s Assault on Israeli Universities” ~ by Richard Silverstein, Tikun Olam, 3/17/10

      (EXCERPTS) What do the Houston Jewish federation, the Jewish Agency, John Hagee, and Im Tirzu have in common? They’re all either directly or indirectly funding a major assault on academic freedom on Israeli campuses. . .
      . . . The Israeli finance website, Calcalist, reports that John Hagee donated $120,000 to Im Tirzu in 2009 through the Jewish Agency. The money had been transferred to the [Jewish] Agency by the Houston Jewish Federation as part of an overall $5-million gift. $3-million of that came from [John Hagee’s] CUFI and went towards its largely pro-settler Israel philanthropy. Hagee passed the gift through the Agency in order to qualify for a U.S. tax deduction. . .
      . . . A second article in the Calcalist makes this important point:

      “The Jewish Agency [funded by the Jewish Federations with the help of John Hagee & CUFI ~ J.L.D.] supports organization’s from the Israeli lunatic right, which are attempting to destroy the values of academic freedom in Israeli higher education.”

      The Agency, a body whose mission it is to bring new immigrants to settle in the Holy Land, instead transfers very large sums to poisonous organizations which seek legitimacy in attacking academics who’ve actually done something in their lives, having not just written propaganda exposes divorced from any reality.
      The columnist concludes by noting the absolute insanity of the Jewish Agency [funded by the Jewish Federations with the help of John Hagee & CUFI ~ J.L.D.] providing funding to an organization that wishes to unleash the thought police on Israeli universities. . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE – http://www.richardsilverstein.com/tikun_olam/2010/08/17/im-tirzu-calls-for-academic-funding-boycott-of-anti-zionist-ben-gurion-university-receives-100000-from-john-hagee-via-jewish-agency/

    • JLewisDickerson
      June 26, 2015, 5:48 pm

      P.P.S. ALSO SEE: “Hagee’s Gifts to Pro-Settler Groups”, by Richard Silverstein, 12 February 2010

      [EXCERPT] Recently, Max Blumenthal uncovered that Elie Wiesel accepted a $500,000 gift from John Hagee, the anti-Semitic pro-settler televangelist. Wiesel appears to have resisted Hagee’s blandishments to come to San Antonio to speak to his congregation as he admits in a video available at the Hagee website. But once Hagee waved that $500,000 check in his face, and after Bernie Madoff had already cleaned him out, Wiesel saw the benefit of making common cause with the Christian Zionist zealot. Wiesel is also a useful tool for Hagee, as the former provides the latter that veneer of Jewish respectability he needs in the face of massive criticism of his motives and his record of strange statements about Jews and the Holocaust.

      Thanks to Didi Remez, I’ve been doing some digging among Hagee’s other gifts to Israeli organizations. In fairness, he does give gifts to hospitals and absorption centers, which are perfectly reasonable. But it is notable how much money and how extensively he gives to pro-settler and extreme rightist Israeli groups.

      Besides Im Tirtzu ($200,000 over two years), the radical right smearmeisters who put a horn on Naomi Chazan in a disgusting ad in the Jerusalem Post and Hebrew language press, there are these others:

      Gush Katif, $200,000

      Young Israel, $150,000

      Shurat Ha-Din, $100,000

      Nefesh B’Nefesh, $1,000,000

      Ariel (settlement), $500,000

      Gush Etzion, $150,000

      Gush Katif funds support the settler malcontents who resisted the Gaza withdrawal. It offers them financial support to continue their resistance to territorial compromise and defiance of the directives of Israel’s democratically elected government.

      Young Israel is one of the most virulent U.S. Orthodox groups supporting the most extreme of the settlers and settlements. . .

      CONTINUED AT – http://www.richardsilverstein.com/2010/02/12/hagees-gifts-to-pro-settler-groups/

      P.P.P. I meant ‘nefarious’ rather than ‘nefarius’ ! ! !

      • Mooser
        June 27, 2015, 11:53 am

        “Young Israel is one of the most virulent U.S. Orthodox groups…”

        Yeow Mama! “Orthodox” again, in fact “virulent U.S. Orthodox” groups.

    • JLewisDickerson
      June 26, 2015, 6:10 pm

      P.P.P.P.S. ALSO SEE: “A list of apparent donors to the Central Fund of Israel, which supports settler militias”, by Adam Horowitz, Mondoweiss.net, December 16, 2008

      [EXCERPT] Yesterday J Street made an important statement about people in the States who support extremist settlers in the West Bank, and it singled out the Hebron Fund. Well, another organization that does so is the charity that Adam Horowitz turned up after the battle over the “Peace House” in Hebron two weeks ago: Central Fund of Israel, operating out of a fabric store on 6th Avenue, which collected $8 million in the U.S., according to its 2005 federal filing, and gave a portion of that to meet the “urgent security” needs of settlers. . .

      CONTINUED AT – http://mondoweiss.net/2008/12/if-typeof-yahoo-undefined-var-yahoo-yahooshortcuts-yahooshortcuts-yahooshortcutshassensiti

  5. JLewisDickerson
    June 26, 2015, 6:07 pm
  6. LA PLAYA
    June 27, 2015, 5:35 am

    BDS: “NOTHING CAN WITHSTAND THE FORCE OF AN IDEA WHOSE TIME HAS COME.”
    (Victor Hugo)

  7. just
    June 27, 2015, 8:12 am

    “Indie rock icon Thurston Moore backs BDS when explaining nixed Tel Aviv concert

    Former Sonic Youth frontman says canceled gig due to Israel’s ‘brutal human rights violations – including those accompanying discriminatory laws and occupation of West Bank.’

    Indie rock icon Thurston Moore is the latest musician to lend his explicit support to the BDS movement.

    After cancelling a Tel Aviv concert scheduled for April 27, the former Sonic Youth frontman confirmed that the nixed gig was due to Israel’s treatment of Palestinians.

    “It was with serious deliberation that I eventually arrived at the personal conclusion that to perform with my band in Israel was in direct conflict to my values,” Moore told music website The Quietus.

    “With the realization that a cultural and academic boycott is central to its purpose in exposing a reality of brutal human rights violations – including those accompanying Israel’s discriminatory laws and occupation of the West Bank – I felt the need, with humility, to cancel the engagement.”

    “With apology and thanks to everyone I work with professionally, as this decision incurs difficult rectification,” Moore continued, “and to every individual with a wish to hear us play live, I’ve made the decision, with certitude, to fully acknowledge the dedication of the boycott until the time comes for it to be unnecessary.”

    Moore added that Sonic Youth’s 1996 concert in Tel Aviv “was an amazing, wonderful experience and education. I hope to return soon. …”

    http://www.haaretz.com/life/music-theater/1.663222

    Thank you, Thurston Moore! Thank you for a most gracious and thoughtful statement to accompany your actions, as well.

    BDS for people like this man:

    “Palestinian hunger striker reportedly on the verge of death

    Khader Adnan, an administrative detainee, is on day 54 of a hunger strike, Negotiations over his release will resume on Saturday night.

    Administrative detainee Khader Adnan, on the 54th day of a hunger strike, is likely to die at any minute, his attorney Jawad Boulus said on Saturday morning.

    Negotiations between Boulus and military advocate general Morris Hirsch over Adnan’s ending his hunger strike in return for his release are due to resume on Saturday evening.

    Boulus told a press conference that he had been called to the hospital early on Saturday morning due to Adnan’s deteriorating condition.

    “Khader doesn’t want to die and Israel is not interested in his dying,” said Boulus, who expressed the hope that an agreement would not come too late. …”

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/.premium-1.663244?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

  8. ckg
    June 27, 2015, 9:11 pm

    I hope they prevail. Presbyterians and Quakers sit on a lonely limb.

  9. shalom
    June 28, 2015, 8:16 am

    Phillip the Jews are moving here in America as well as in Israel to mount a resistance to the international BDS campaign founded and operated since 2005 by 170 Palestinian civic organizations. If the campaign was focused on ending 48 years of occupation I would not be able to write the following. It has three goals and as you know the first is all about ending the occupation, the second in all about creating equality for Arab Israelis, and the third is clearly supporting “the promotion of a Right of Return,” that if realized would eliminate the state of Israel leaving the one Palestinian state desired by Omar Barghoutti, Ali Abunimah and seeming Mondoweiss and its Editor in Chief.

    • talknic
      June 28, 2015, 11:08 am

      @ Shalom “the third is clearly supporting “the promotion of a Right of Return,” that if realized would eliminate the state of Israel..”

      Bullshit! The Palestinian claim of RoR is under UNGA res 194. Under UNGA res 194 only non-Jewish Israeli citizens have a RoR to Israel’s actual proclaimed and recognized territories of 00:01 May 15th 1948 (ME time), Israel’s Jewish population has grown to a point where there is no demographic threat what so ever. Today’s Israeli Jews far outnumber the non-Jewish Israelis original dispossessed, their lineal descendants of Israel’s dispossessed non-Jewish citizens of 1948 and the 20% who remained in Israeli territory.

      The remaining dispossessed Palestinians only have RoR to non-Israeli territories.

      Currently Israel refuses RoR for non-Jewish citizens to Israel and refuses RoR for Palestinian citizens to the non-Israeli territories that remained of Palestine after Israel proclaimed its sovereign extent and was recognized as such.

      It’s Israeli propaganda policy to scare monger Israelis with the completely false assertion based on the idiotic and wrongful notion that the entire UNRWA figure is for return to Israel.

      UNGA 194 was adopted in 1948. UNRWA didn’t exist in 1948! UNWRA’s definition does not apply to UNGA res 194. The UNRWA website itself tells us it has no mandate to effect final status. http://www.unrwa.org/etemplate.php?id=87#final_status

      Further more states do not cease to exist simply because their demographics change and a real democracy changes to accommodate its majority.

      The actual threat is to all the territories Israel has illegally acquired by war since proclaiming its boundaries effective at 00:01 May 15th 1948 (ME time) (ibid). It’s not Israeli territory! Israeli propaganda has been deceiving Israelis for 67 years, that’s how low the Zionist Movement‘s state has sunk!

    • Mooser
      June 28, 2015, 3:38 pm

      “It has three goals and as you know the first is all about ending the occupation, the second in all about creating equality for Arab Israelis, and the third is clearly supporting “the promotion of a Right of Return,”

      Quel horrors! I’m sure, “shamlo” that when Phil apprehends the veracity of your description of those three aims, he will switch his stance on BDS! Especially that “creating equality for Arab Israelis”, he’ll no doubt realize what that portends. Happy Liberal Zionism, “shamlo”!

    • Mooser
      June 28, 2015, 4:01 pm

      “Phillip the Jews are moving here in America as well as in Israel to mount a resistance to the international BDS campaign founded and operated since 2005 by 170 Palestinian civic organizations.”

      Yup, a person won’t be able to go into a supermarket without somebody chasing them around, screaming ‘Buy the Sabra hummus already! And don’t tell me you make your family drink bottled Club soda, that’s strictly goyische gauche, here, look at this beautiful Soda-stream! Fresh 2-cents-plain whenever you want, for less than a penny a glass!’

      • Citizen
        June 29, 2015, 5:36 pm

        Ah, but they have Kirk Douglas & Son; the former said he never trusted the Goys, the son said he’s recently discovered anti-semitism in America! Never underestimate the power of Hollywood honchos!

  10. ckg
    June 29, 2015, 7:35 pm

    @Citizen– Michael Douglas, the son of Kirk, starred in the gun-nut cult film Falling Down which the Chapel Hill murderer of three Muslim students obsessively watched. Besides one scene where the Douglas character encounters an antisemitic Neo-Nazi, the film also includes a shocking scene where the Douglas character physically and verbally abuses a Korean immigrant. Korean-Americans were most unhappy with the release of the film. I can only think that this is the scene that inspired the Chapel Hill killer.

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