Solidarity with the Palestinian popular resistance! Boycott Israel now!

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Whether the current phase of Israel’s intensified repression and Palestinian popular resistance will evolve into a full-fledged intifada or not, one thing is already evident—a new generation of Palestinians is marching on the footsteps of previous generations, rising up en masse against Israel’s brutal, decades-old regime of occupation, settler colonialism and apartheid.

World governments, especially in the west, are calling this a “cycle of violence” where both sides are to blame, ignoring the root cause of the colonial conflict and their own complicity in enabling Israel to maintain it and to violate international law with impunity. Almost all Palestinians today are calling for a full boycott of Israel and for isolating it internationally, in all fields, just as apartheid South African once was.

In this latest round, Israel has fanned the flames of Palestinian grassroots resistance by stepping up its attacks against al-Aqsa mosque compound, the Noble Sanctuary, located in the heart of the Israeli occupied Old City of Jerusalem. Fanatic, government-backed Jewish fundamentalist settler groups have persistently desecrated the compound, often verbally insulting worshippers with vile racism and openly calling for the destruction of the mosque. This has triggered widespread anger and protests in Jerusalem and among Palestinians everywhere in historic Palestine.

Typically, the Israeli army’s response was to protect the criminal settlers and punish the Palestinian victims, ultimately denying almost all Palestinians access to their holy site.

These threats are taken seriously by Palestinians who suffer daily the consequences of Israel’s official policy of “Judaization” of the city, a policy of gradually colonizing the land and replacing its indigenous Christian and Muslim Palestinian population with illegal Jewish settlers. This policy, which amounts to ethnic cleansing and a war crime under international law, is implemented through incessant land confiscations, expansion of the colonial wall, house demolitions, settler take-overs of Palestinian homes, extrajudicial killings, arrests and expulsions, all supported by Israel’s “justice” system, a constantly reliable, rubber-stamp partner in crime.

The latest Israeli attack against the al-Aqsa mosque in occupied East Jerusalem, moreover, is not an isolated incident. Hundreds of historic churches and mosques have been destroyed by Zionist militias and later the Israeli state since 1948. Last summer, during the massacre in Gaza, Israel bombed to the ground 73 mosques. Many Palestinian churches and mosques have been defaced or otherwise desecrated this year alone by Jewish extremists in so-called “price tag attacks,” including the Church of Loaves and Fishes (Multiplication), overlooking Lake Tiberias, which was set on fire last June.

These racist and criminal attacks against Palestinians and their freedom of religion come as an extension of a massive shift in Israel to the extreme right and the unprecedented prevalence in Israeli society of overt, deeply-seated colonial racism and racial hatred against the indigenous Palestinian people.

Virtually all Palestinians from the West Bank and Gaza are denied access to Jerusalem, which is besieged by walls, watch towers and barbed wire, and are subject to daily assault and humiliation.

In a typical so-called “period of calm”, Israel enforces its medieval siege of Gaza, conducts incursions into Palestinians cities, confiscates Palestinian land, including in the Naqab (Negev), destroys Palestinian property, and builds illegal Jewish-only settlements. In its ongoing attempts to entrench its system of apartheid and colonial rule, Israel denies Palestinians their full spectrum of rights in the most banal of ways, from a child’s right to education to a mother’s access to health care, to a farmer’s ability to reach his/her land and to the right of a family to even live together in one home. And all this is done with the blessing of the courts.

In light of the apathy or direct complicity of world governments and the UN, and as a result of Israel’s impunity in perpetuating this system of injustice against Palestinians, in historic Palestine as well as in exile, the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement has made great strides in redefining Israel’s positioning in the world stage as a pariah state.

Through boycotts of institutions that are complicit in Israeli violations of international law, through divestment from corporations supporting Israeli oppression and through a principled call for sanctions against Israel, the BDS movement has increased the isolation of Israel and started to impose costs on its regime of settler-colonialism, apartheid and occupation.

The World Bank has revealed that Palestinian imports from Israel are falling significantly. Israeli businessmen are reporting that European investors are no longer willing to invest in Israel, while a UN study confirms that foreign direct investment in Israel dropped by 46% in 2014, as compared to 2013. A Rand study predicts that BDS may cost Israel between 1% and 2% of its GDP each year over the next ten years, and, most recently, credit rating agency Moody’s has reported that BDS is a potential threat to the Israeli economy.

More needs to be done, however, to hold Israel to account and shatter its still strong impunity. Complicit governments must be exposed. Corporations that are enabling and profiting from Israel’s human rights violations must pay a price in their reputation and revenues. Israel’s military machine, including its research arm, must face a comprehensive international military embargo, and all Israeli leaders, officers and soldiers who are involved in the commission of the current and past crimes must be prosecuted at the International Criminal Court as well as national courts that respect international jurisdiction.

Israel is not just oppressing Palestinians; it is exporting its ruthless model of securitization and repression to the world. Israel is deeply involved in training and arming death squads in Latin America, often as a US proxy, selling weapons and military expertise to dictatorships in Asia and Africa, often to both sides of a civil war, and militarizing police forces in Ferguson, Los Angeles, London and cities around the world. Israel today is a key player in domestic repression against racial, social, economic and environmental justice movements around the world.

The Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC), the Palestinian leadership of the global BDS movement, calls on people of conscience around the world to support Palestinians in their quest for freedom at this crucial moment by stepping up BDS activities against Israel’s regime of oppression. In particular, and related to the current mass revolt on the streets of Palestine, we call on supporters of the Palestinian struggle to:

  • Build awareness about Palestinian rights under international law and support for BDS through media outreach, including social media;
  • Campaign against Israeli military companies such as Elbit Systems;
  • Support boycott and divestment campaigns against complicit companies, such as G4S and HP, that are most blatantly complicit in Israel’s infrastructure of oppression;
  • Pass effective and strategic, not just symbolic, BDS resolutions in unions, academic associations, student governments and social movements that can lead to concrete measures, and enhance the cultural boycott of Israel;
  • Consider legal action against Israeli criminals (soldiers, settlers, officers and decision-makers) and against executives of corporations that are implicated in Israel’s crimes and violations of international law.

Like their parents’ generation, the thousands of Palestinian youth in Jerusalem, Gaza, Ramallah, Hebron, Bethlehem, Jaffa, Nazareth and elsewhere who have taken to the streets in large protests against Israel’s occupation and apartheid are first and foremost shaking off despair and liberating their minds of the myth of oppression as fate. They are also nourishing the entire Palestinian people’s aspiration to self-determination and living in freedom, dignity and a just peace.

It is high time to isolate Israel’s regime of militarization, securitization and racism as a danger not just to Palestinians and the Arab region, but to humanity at large.

About Palestinian BDS National Committee

The Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) is the largest coalition in Palestinian civil society. It leads and supports the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. For more information, visit www.bdsmovement.net/BNC.

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  1. Kris
    October 13, 2015, 10:26 am

    Israel’s motto isn’t tikkun olam, after all?

    Israel is not just oppressing Palestinians; it is exporting its ruthless model of securitization and repression to the world. Israel is deeply involved in training and arming death squads in Latin America, often as a US proxy, selling weapons and military expertise to dictatorships in Asia and Africa, often to both sides of a civil war, and militarizing police forces in Ferguson, Los Angeles, London and cities around the world. Israel today is a key player in domestic repression against racial, social, economic and environmental justice movements around the world.

    • Elliot
      October 13, 2015, 10:59 am

      Israel doesn’t know about tikukn olam. Its and American Jewish term. Its modern usage was invented in the U.S. It’s standard American Jewish practice to add one or two words in Hebrew to a concept to claim it as a Jewish idea. Anecdotally, tikkun olam was coined by an East Coast rabbi about 35 years ago.
      To your point, how many of those fine American rabbis who have made it their business to villify BDS as if it were Satan will pause to ask themselves why Palestinians have chosen violence. Is it just possibly because the American Jewish community deligitimized non-violent protest and looked the other way when the Palestinians suffered nobly and silently.
      As the American Jewish establishment continues its decline, its leaders might consider rebooting their appalling Israel policies and theology.

      • yonah fredman
        October 13, 2015, 11:07 am

        Is it just possibly because the American Jewish community deligitimized non-violent protest and looked the other way when the Palestinians suffered nobly and silently. – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/recent-comments#sthash.cWaeW21n.dpuf

        No, Elliot, this is a speculation that only a political naif would make and you are not a political naif, so therefore it is merely an idle speculation. You can decry the stance of American Jews, but to blame them for the current situation in Israel/Palestine and the current outbreak of rebellion is just foolishness for a soapbox.

        It might be an effective way of inspiring those who wish to change the status quo to step up to the plate, but it certainly is not political analysis.

      • Annie Robbins
        October 13, 2015, 11:28 am

        yonah, it’s not idle speculation. there’s rarely mention of palestinian non violent protest in US msm. its recognition hardly exists and when it is it’s also met with the ‘pallywood’ mocking meme. the mantra of ‘relative calm’ is mimicked as long as there are no attacks on israeli jews even when palestinians are being killed.

        there’s very little reference at all in the news today of the recent incitement of the al aqsa incursions or the massacre of civilians in gaza or anything in reference to the attacks today. either way, calling elliot a naif and “foolishness” is nothing more than an ad hominem w/some flair. it’s not a counter argument.

      • eljay
        October 13, 2015, 12:12 pm

        || yonah fredman: … You can decry the stance of American Jews, but to blame them for the current situation in Israel/Palestine and the current outbreak of rebellion is just foolishness for a soapbox. … ||

        I blame American (and other) Zio-supremacists, who continue to engage in, support, justify and/or defend Jewish supremacism in/and a supremacist “Jewish State” in as much as possible of Palestine and related past and on-going (war) crimes.

      • Elliot
        October 13, 2015, 1:35 pm

        Yonah –
        I guess, thank you for affirming my lack of political naifness.
        So, let’s speculate what might have happened without the virulent systemic, ideological American Jewish campaign against Palestinian non-violent resistance:
        1. Haim Saban never gave $2m to Hilary for her to attack BDS;
        2. Barack Obama was not beholden to the Pritzkers, the Crowns and other anti-BDS Chicago Jewish royalty.
        1+2 result in the Democratic party supporting Palestinian non-violent resistance.

        3. Christian faith leaders and others civic leaders are not attacked as anti-Semites by Rabbis and other Jewish leaders.

        4. The MSM (as Kay and Annie) have pointed out is free to print all the news of Israeli attacks on Palestinian that are not available on American news sources outside of this blog and The Guardian USA.

        The result: BDS really takes off. It becomes a potent force in the lives of young Palestinians. Scores of Palestinian teenagers see a future for themselves in continuing the non-violent work of their parents.

        Instead, they have given up all hope. One East Jerusalem teenager after another grabs a knife from their mother’s kitchen and heads out to do harm to Israelis and commit almost certain suicide.

        Per you, American Jews are completely innocent all tucked up inside their cozy, anti-Palestinian bubble. So, why have they committed so many millions of dollars and cashed in so much political goodwill to fight BDS?

        Must be that all those rabbis and super-rich political donors are political naifs.

      • Mooser
        October 13, 2015, 3:43 pm

        “You can decry the stance of American Jews, but to blame them for the current situation in Israel/Palestine and the current outbreak of rebellion is just foolishness for a soapbox.”

        Well, then, “Yonah” all you have to do is tell us who “is to blame for the current situation in Israel/Palestine and the current outbreak of rebellion”!
        C’mon “Yonah” put the blame for the “the current outbreak of rebellion” where it belongs!

      • yonah fredman
        October 13, 2015, 8:40 pm

        Elliot- Excuse an analogy: If someone starts saying, If only Gore would have been elected president, then such and such would have happened, I will listen, because Gore almost won the election. But if someone says, if only McGovern had been elected president this wouldn’t have happened, then I dismiss it as soapbox rhetoric, because McGovern wasn’t near to winning.

        American Jews will continue to lag behind the rest of America in regards towards Israel Palestine and in fact America lags behind the rest of the world in regards towards Israel Palestine, therefore your dream world of a very different world than the one in which we live is not in the category of political analysis, but something akin to wishing that Santa will bring you a bicycle. It’s not political analysis. It’s at best an expression of “I am over here in the land of justice, and they are over there in the land of blindness and ugliness.”

        And regarding BDS with its ambiguity regarding Israel’s existence: fat chance that a reset is going to get Jewish organizations to back agnosticism regarding Israel’s existence. Listen to Finkelstein on this.

        You wish that all Jews would agree with you. You might do better to wish that all Jews who agree with you step forward and put their feelings out into the public.

      • diasp0ra
        October 13, 2015, 9:19 pm

        @Yonah

        The BDS movement does not take a stance on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict or the existence of Israel. It is purely a human rights campaign. All it is interested in is the fulfillment of its 3 goals.

        1. Ending its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands and dismantling the Wall
        2. Recognizing the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality; and
        3. Respecting, protecting and promoting the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN resolution 194.

        It doesn’t address the existence of Israel because it’s simply not on their agenda.

        now if option number 3 is seen as a threat by the demographically obsessed Zionists, that’s a different question. All that they want is that refugees receive the justice they have been denied for decades.

        If you notice, all the BDS movement is calling on Israel to do is apply international humanitarian law. If this endangers it, then what kind of society is it?

      • RoHa
        October 13, 2015, 10:33 pm

        ‘If someone starts saying, “If only Gore would have been elected president, then such and such would have happened”, we should first improve their grammar.

        The correct form is:

        ” If only Gore had been elected president, then such and such would have happened.”

      • Elliot
        October 13, 2015, 11:26 pm

        Yonah –
        Perhaps you can work with a set of facts.

        Fact #1 – The American Jewish community is in decline. The denominational organizations have fired many staff. The community is a whole has a sense that it is in decline. The numbers are causing alarm in leadership circles.

        Fact #2 – The radical Jewish community is growing at an incredible rate. The staff of Jewish Voice for Peace grew sevenfold in five years. Show me another Jewish organization that even dreams of that kind of growth.

        Fact #3 – The American Jewish community is wedded to hardcore Zionism including vilifying the Palestinians and any who stand with them.

        A rational response to this set of facts is to consider whether the American Jewish community should ditch all those straws they clutch to and consider instead taking an ethical stance in Israel/Palestine. If only in the interests of self-preservation.

        The answer they have given and will likely continue to give is: we prefer for the American Jewish community to be weakened because of its stand on Israel rather than make other choices. That is irrational, self-destructive behavior.

        Oh, and there is also the ethical dimension. It’s much, much worse for the Palestinians.

      • RoHa
        October 14, 2015, 12:20 am

        And tidy up our own punctuation.

      • yonah fredman
        October 14, 2015, 4:45 am

        Elliot- The disappearance of organized nonOrthodox Judaism in America. Isn’t that your normalcy? So why decry it? The immigrants made these organizations, proximity to the founding Jewish fathers and mothers from the Lower East Side, proximity to the slaughter in Europe (in chronology if not in geography) the stir of Jewish feelings occasioned by the 6 day war: these are the causes of the existence of these jewish organizations and you should be pleased that they are dissolving.

        A new organizing principle whose focus is the Middle East and whose vector is anti Israel? this should be the new motto and tack of the Jewish organizations? Not even pipe dreams. mere foolishness. a bizarro comic strip science fiction reality utopia. back to reality: the first step is for freedom of speech so that voices like yours and jvp will be heard in their buildings, but your proposal is some kind of debating stunt and not serious.

        serious though is the israel palestine conflict and the attitude taken by individuals towards that conflict.

        i am a zionist, not a magnes zionist, but a sharett zionist. as such the victory of ben gurion zionism over sharett zionism leaves me out of step of the mainstream. ben gurion zionism begat Lavon zionism begat Dayan Zionism was conquered by begin zionism which has devolved into Netanyahu Zionism. If a Sharett zionist was out of step with ben gurion zionism, so much moreso today.

        now you’re telling me that because i am so out of step with the zionists i should sing kumbaya with omar barghouti. not going to happen. that’s not my direction, that’s not me, that’s not who i am.

      • Elliot
        October 14, 2015, 8:46 am

        @ Yonah – I doubt that the other posters are interested in debate about the viability of Reform Judaism. I am talking about how the leaders of American Judaism are choosing to lock out of the synagogue hundreds of thousands (and growing!) Jews for ideological reasons. I really dont think the leaders of the American Jewish community feel that all they are doing is diluting Judaism into oblivion and that only Zionism can save them – but they sure are acting that way. Self-destruction.

      • Kris
        October 14, 2015, 9:53 am

        @yfrdmn: “now you’re telling me that because i am so out of step with the zionists i should sing kumbaya with omar barghouti. not going to happen. that’s not my direction, that’s not me, that’s not who i am.”

        Shorter yfrdmn: “Say it loud, say it proud, I’m a Jewish Supremacist.”

      • eljay
        October 14, 2015, 9:57 am

        || Elliot: … A rational response to this set of facts is to consider whether the American Jewish community should ditch all those straws they clutch to and consider instead taking an ethical stance in Israel/Palestine. … ||

        || yonah fredman: … i am a zionist, not a magnes zionist, but a sharett zionist … now you’re telling me that because i am so out of step with the zionists i should sing kumbaya with omar barghouti. not going to happen. that’s not my direction, that’s not me, that’s not who i am. ||

        “Support justice, accountability and equality.”
        “Never! I am a Zionist.”

      • Mooser
        October 14, 2015, 11:17 am

        “You wish that all Jews would agree with you.”

        Shorter “Yonah”: ‘The world not dance to the Zionist tune? Why that’s impossible! Unimaginable! A million Jews can defy (or control) the entire world!’

      • Mooser
        October 14, 2015, 12:26 pm

        “now you’re telling me that because i am so out of step with the zionists i should sing kumbaya with omar barghouti. not going to happen. that’s not my direction, that’s not me, that’s not who i am. “

        Sorry, but you are simply pathetic. Are we supposed to feel sorry for you? Or differently about Zionism because of it?

    • yonah fredman
      October 14, 2015, 10:06 am

      Kris- If you feel that a Sharett Zionist is by definition a Jewish supremacist, maybe so. In fact, Sharett Zionism was never really born, so we have no idea how it would have evolved. In all probability despite the fact that Sharett was willing to make concessions regarding territory in Lausanne 1949, he was not willing to repatriate Palestinian refugees, based upon the uncertainties involved in demographic parity between Jewish and nonJewish communities, so once the demographic “problem” concept is accepted as valid there is validity in considering it unfair to nonJews. Although I value the Magnes Zionism’s adherence to equality (compared to Sharett Zionism) it is not pride that makes me prefer Sharett Zionism, but rather realism.

      • Kris
        October 14, 2015, 10:24 am

        If I “feel” that a Zionist is a Jewish supremacist?????

        Maybe that’s the problem, imagining that your “feelings” determine reality.

      • Mooser
        October 14, 2015, 12:40 pm

        “In fact, Sharett Zionism was never really born, so we have no idea how it would have evolved.”

        Weeeeelll, one might say that being “never really born” pretty much cuts anything off from “evolving”, but don’t let that stop you from speculating on the magnificent thing Sharrett was destined to become.

        I’m telling you, it scares the heck out of me when he just upends the entire bottle, and never even looks at the label.

  2. Kay24
    October 13, 2015, 12:07 pm

    ABC7 in NY just referred to the attack on Israelis just now, saying there were a series of attacks against Israelis. No mention that 30 Palestinians including kids have been killed so far, and that it was much more deaths than Israel’s death toll. Yeah, it is all one side garbage by the msm.

    The biased coverage is unbelievable.

    • Maximus Decimus Meridius
      October 13, 2015, 1:01 pm

      Anyone seen The Guardian today?

      Live updates (no less) on the ‘day of violence’, with photos of Israeli funerals and claims that this is the ‘worst day of violence yet’. They never have such live blogs when mere Palestinians are killed, and in much greater numbers.

      Naturally, comments are not allowed on the blog, but on other threads I saw readers raise the issue of the extreme bias of The Guardian’s ‘reporting’. It’s remarkable how The Guardian has gone from being reasonably good on the Middle East (by mainstream media standards) to a New York Times clone.

      • Kay24
        October 13, 2015, 1:18 pm

        It is like poisonous gas, it slowly seeps into the media, and entities that once were able to be professional and unbiased become corrupted by the winds of zionism. We see this happen in the US for years, and it seems in other nations. An unbiased, uncorrupted news source, is hard to find. Those fiction movies of aliens controlling governments, leaders, the media, and those who influence a nation, seems to be more realistic now. Those lobbies are certainly hard at work, and we are seeing the results.

      • JWalters
        October 13, 2015, 7:08 pm

        Media also get corrupted when Zionist money acquires a controlling interest. For example, Huffpost coverage of the Middle East acquired an Israeli slant when AOL took over.

        “The battle for narratives is the frontline of this war, and it is a dirty one.”
        http://www.veteranstoday.com/2012/03/07/syria-censorship-at-aol-huffington-post/

  3. hophmi
    October 13, 2015, 1:20 pm

    Stand up for the right of Palestinians to ram cars into bus stops and to stab innocent civilians! BDS. We stand for the terrorists.

    • oldgeezer
      October 13, 2015, 1:48 pm

      Ah, Palestinians are all terrorists. You nasty little bigot and racist. As you well know BDS does not support terrorism at all.

      • hophmi
        October 14, 2015, 3:24 pm

        “As you well know BDS does not support terrorism at all.”

        Please cite for me the official condemnation of terrorism by the BDS movement.

      • Annie Robbins
        October 14, 2015, 3:39 pm

        ah contraire it is you who made the claim “We stand for the terrorists” therefore it is you who owes us an “official” statement from BDS declaring unity with terrorism — which you clearly do not have. BDS not required to write any sort of official condemnation to meet your demands. especially not when the BDS Palestinian Civil Society Calls for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions is a non violent movement against Israel Until it Complies with International Law and Universal Principles of Human Rights.

        – See more at: http://www.bdsmovement.net/call#sthash.puX6Kqdj.dpuf

      • Kris
        October 14, 2015, 5:01 pm

        @hpm: “Please cite for me the official condemnation of terrorism by the BDS movement.”

        Hpm, I can’t find anywhere in your mondoweiss archive where you condemned cannabilism. So you’re for it?

      • Elliot
        October 14, 2015, 6:02 pm

        @ Kris
        The BDS movement’s silence on cannibalism is very worrying. BDS famously stands for Butchered, Diced and Stewed. We can’t yet say for sure that Hophmi supports cannibalism. Pending his official denial, all we can say is that he feels comfortable in the company of cannibals and that BDS is used by cannibals to gain public support for cannibalism.

        BTW, the leaders of the BDS movement Omar Barghouti and others have denounced terrorism. They just don’t do it the whole time. They have other minor concerns to attend to such as ethnic cleansing, state terrorism and murder by Israeli soldiers. But Hophmi and others would much rather the leaders of the BDS movement spend their time denying a bogus charge.

      • Elliot
        October 14, 2015, 8:50 pm

        @ Kris
        The BDS movement’s silence on cannibalism is very worrying. BDS famously stands for Butchered, Diced and Stewed. In all fairness, we can’t yet say for sure that Hophmi supports cannibalism. Pending his official denial, all we can say is that he feels comfortable in the company of cannibals and that BDS is used by cannibals to gain public support for their cause.

        BTW, the leaders of the BDS movement Omar Barghouti and others have denounced terrorism. They just don’t do it enough for their enemies. The leaders of the BDS movement have other concerns to attend to such as ethnic cleansing, state terrorism and murder by Israeli soldiers. But Hophmi and others would much rather the leaders of the BDS movement waste their valuable time batting away bogus charges instead of fighting Israeli abuses.

      • Mooser
        October 14, 2015, 9:44 pm

        ” we can’t yet say for sure that Hophmi supports cannibalism.”

        Didn’t he study anthropophagy at school? Maybe did some field work.

      • echinococcus
        October 15, 2015, 12:36 am

        Kris,

        Some Palestinian leaders comdemning “terrorism” is not such a good idea as it appears. After all, it’s just a tactic much more in use by the occupier. If an occupied population has the right to resist by all means judged appropriate, there is no need to submit to definitions and distortions by just any SOB.

    • Maximus Decimus Meridius
      October 13, 2015, 1:50 pm

      Oh spare us the ‘innocent civilians’ line. Even when Palestinians target occupation soldiers – totally legitimate targets under international law – you whine about it too. You also never – ever – condemn the vastly more frequent and deadly official Israeli targetting of Palestinian civilians.

      So go cry us a river, hopknee.

    • a blah chick
      October 13, 2015, 2:01 pm

      If you are going to imposed your rule over people who do not want it, take their land, blow up their houses, restrict their movements, surround them with barbed wire and walls then you have to expect that every now and then some of them will rise up and try to put a screwdriver in your backside.

      What you want is the repression at no cost. Not going to happen. This is the price you will pay. if you think it too high talk to the Israeli government. Otherwise deal with it.

      • JWalters
        October 13, 2015, 7:20 pm

        “What you want is the repression at no cost.”

        Exactly. And the cost of Israel has been astronomical in terms of money, lives, and decent human values. It is a plague unto the nations. (Except for the war profiteers behind the curtain.)

    • eljay
      October 13, 2015, 2:16 pm

      || hophmi: Stand up for the right of Palestinians to ram cars into bus stops and to stab innocent civilians! BDS. We stand for the terrorists. ||

      The drama queen:
      – screeches condemnations at the victims who scratch and punch the rapist; and
      – bellows support for the rapist’s “right” to keep his victims chained in his basement.

      Zio-supremacists are truly hateful and immoral people.

    • amigo
      October 13, 2015, 2:21 pm

      “Stand up for the right of Palestinians to ram cars into bus stops and to stab innocent civilians!” hophead

      you had best direct your complaints to the goi.They are the ones using innocent Jewish civillians as human shields .

    • Kay24
      October 13, 2015, 2:39 pm

      Those standing up for their terrorists, is the “democratic” nation of Israel. Their terrorists are attacking homes while innocent civilians sleep, killing a little baby and almost the entire family, setting fire to Mosques, Churches, and homes, attacking and firebombing Arabs in cars, and the shining beacon of light in the ME, does nothing, hold no one responsible, and hides their terrorists. Hoppy’s side can dish out, but cannot take it.

      There are reasons why occupied, blockaded, oppressed people react in some ways, but it seems Hoppy and his ilk deliberately ignores those reasons.

    • Mooser
      October 13, 2015, 5:14 pm

      “Stand up for the right of Palestinians to ram cars into bus stops and to stab innocent civilians! BDS. We stand for the terrorists.”

      See, that’s the first principle of successful outreach, trying to put things in less inflammatory, human terms, so they can be discussed.

    • diasp0ra
      October 14, 2015, 4:22 pm

      @Hophmi

      Please cite for me the official adoption of the BDS movement of “terrorism”.

      I’m sure the BDS movement also never had an official condemnation of cheating on your spouse, are we to take it that BDS stands for marriage infidelity? What kind of sloppy reasoning is this?

  4. Ossinev
    October 13, 2015, 1:41 pm

    @Maximus
    On a more positive note the Ziolobby and it`s supporters in the UK including Cameron must be keeping a spare set of underpants handy at the thought of what the new leader of the official opposition will say in Parliament when it comes to Israel and the Palestinians ie the truth. And the Guardian still marketing itself as a left wing Labour leaning newspaper will not be able to air brush away his comments.

    • Maximus Decimus Meridius
      October 13, 2015, 2:13 pm

      Corbyn has already changed the debate regarding the Saudis, as seen by his first speech as Leader of the Opposition. I expect him to do the same regarding Israel. The usual suspects – very much including The Guardian – are clutching pearls over the fact that he’s ‘shared a platform’ with the Palestinian resistance, and had a spate of ‘articles’ about how he needs to ‘build bridges’ with the ‘Jewish community’ – never mind that they usually vote Tory anyway.

      The sense of entitlement is real.

    • Rodneywatts
      October 13, 2015, 2:37 pm

      @ Ossinev

      Hope you are right! However, I am concerned whether the parliamentary Labour Party can get its act together, accept that Corbyn has been elected by the grass roots and actually represent the wishes of the people. I am in the Bishop Auckland constituency and am represented by an MP who sits on the Treasury Select Committee, who does not support Corbyn and is a useless local MP and charlatan to boot.

  5. Les
    October 13, 2015, 1:51 pm

    U.S. Anthropologists’ Association Recommends Some Sanctions Against Israeli Academia

    After 1,100 anthropologists signed petition calling for boycott last year, AAA task force presents several options for action.
    Yarden Skop Oct 12, 2015 10:25 PM

    A comprehensive report from the American Anthropological Association released last week deals with whether it is appropriate to boycott Israel and Israeli academia. The report recommends that some action be taken, although it left open a range of options.

    Among the possibilities is an academic boycott of Israeli universities or of “selected” universities, though some task force members opposed a boycott of Israeli universities and said it would not influence Israeli government policy.

    The document levels harsh criticism at Israeli policy and what it alleges is discrimination against Arabs at Israeli research universities. The authors of the report visited Israel and met with Palestinian and Israeli researchers, including supporters and opponents of a boycott. The report includes considerable material on the issue over the years.

    The task force was convened in August of last year after 1,100 anthropologists, many of whom are members of the AAA, signed a petition calling for a boycott of Israel. The task force’s mandate was to look into the implications of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the academic context and more broadly, and to determine whether the AAA has an interest in taking a position on the matter and if so, to recommend what action should be taken by the association.

    “We find that the policies and practices of the Israeli government place significant limitations on academic freedom and have led to substantial deprivations in the health and welfare of Palestinians in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip, as well as within Israel itself,” the task force stated.

    The report proposes a range of possible courses of action to the AAA executive board, but explicitly recommends against no action at all. It also suggests that any action take into consideration the implications of the Israeli anthropology community.

    Among the range of possible academic boycott options noted was refraining from inviting official representatives of Israeli universities to AAA conferences, that AAA members be allowed to refuse to serve as visiting lecturers at Israeli universities and refuse to work on projects funded by the Israeli government, and that the organization could encourage lecturers not to give letters of reference for Israeli university faculty.

    “The main complaint of Palestinian academics within Israel about their Jewish colleagues in anthropology is not that they have actively collaborated with the occupation, but that they have done little to explicitly oppose it, especially as a collective community,” the report states. But it adds: “While this was fair comment at the time we conducted our interviews and our trip to Israel/Palestine, the task force notes that, on June 11, 2015, a few weeks after the delegation visited Israel/Palestine, the Israeli Anthropology Association adopted a resolution condemning the occupation (while also condemning the boycott movement) with 74% of those voting in favor.”

    The report also noted what it said was possible harm to the AAA itself if it declares a boycott of Israel, including one person’s suggestion that there could be nuisance lawsuits against the group and others who warned of possible action by members of the United States Congress “to punish the AAA and the discipline of anthropology for a strong stance on this issue by cutting public support for anthropological research.” And AAA members “who do research in Israel and Palestine are likely to be significantly affected, being barred from the country or denied permits for archaeological research,” the report warns.

    Other than a possible academic boycott of universities in Israel, other proposed options include issuing a statement of censure of the Israeli government, making “AAA members aware of individual economic boycott choices,” working “with sister societies on the problem of the de-politicization of archaeological research results in Israel,” offering “travel or academic scholarships to Palestinian scholars and students,” providing support for visiting scholars to give short courses at Palestinian universities, and lobbying the U.S. government to work for changes in Israeli policy.

    The report also suggests possibly calling directly on Israeli government ministries to change their policy. Among the issues proposed for such an effort is repealing “Israeli laws that make it a crime to speak publicly in favor of a boycott.” It should be noted, however, that in its ruling on controversial legislation providing for civil damage suits for advocating a boycott of Israel earlier this year, the High Court of Justice noted that the legislation does not impose a criminal prohibition on “political expression as such.”

    The recommendations also included urging the Israeli government to eliminate West Bank checkpoints and raids on Palestinian universities, arrests of students and the use of tear gas on campuses, and what it described as granting “the same rights to Palestinian students on Israeli university campuses for gathering and action, including expression of their identity, as Israeli students enjoy.”

    Yarden Skop

    Haaretz Contributor

    http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:http://www.haaretz.com/news/israel/.premium-1.679888

  6. Maximus Decimus Meridius
    October 13, 2015, 2:00 pm

    “A Jewish Israeli man stabbed another Jew in northern Israel in a suspected failed revenge attack, according to Israeli police.

    Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the assailant attacked and wounded the 22-year-old Israeli Jew whom he thought was an Arab because of his Middle Eastern appearance. [AP]”

    Note how this failed attack was termed a wannabe ‘revenge’ attack, because the attacker was Jewish and he was thick enough to not know who he was stabbing. If this had been a Palestinian, the word ‘revenge’ would never hae been used, since ‘revenge’ is only allowed for Israelis.

    Secondly, it’s amusing – in a bleak sort of way – that the thicko assailant thoght his victim ”was an Arab because of his Middle Eastern appearance”. I thought all Israeli Jews were descended from the ancient Hebrews, and are therefore ”Middle Eastern” themselves?

    • a blah chick
      October 13, 2015, 2:40 pm

      There was a story in Haaretz about some new immigrants who had just arrived to “escape” anti-semitism only to find themsevles in the middle of an uprising.

      They should demand their money back.

      • Maximus Decimus Meridius
        October 13, 2015, 3:50 pm

        And no doubt now they’ll be telling us about how Israel is ‘under existential threat’ and thus deserves our unconditional support.

        So Israel is either a haven against ‘anti-semitism’ when it suits, or an embattled democracy amidst a sea of rabid Arab masses, when the propaganda need arises. Delete as applicable.

  7. ivri
    October 13, 2015, 3:10 pm

    “Popular resistance” ?
    In my conceptual world there is no romanticism in teenagers stabbing at ransom other teenagers – they are plain criminals.

    • Maximus Decimus Meridius
      October 13, 2015, 3:49 pm

      Every single ‘settler’ in occupied Palestinian land is a criminal, according to the Geneva Conventions to which Israel is a signatory. And that’s not even going into the fact that many of them are members of militias and other bands of thugs.

      • JWalters
        October 13, 2015, 7:13 pm

        Every “settlement” is a thinly disguised military outpost.

    • John O
      October 13, 2015, 5:00 pm

      You are so right, ivri.

      It is not “romantic” to stab someone. But then, who – other than you – has said here that it is romantic?

      These attacks are acts of desperation. They are not irrational, or done out of motiveless malevolence.

      They are the price Israelis pay for their own actions.

    • Kris
      October 13, 2015, 5:03 pm

      Read this, ivri: “Resistance in the Holocaust,” written by high school students who were interested in learning about teenagers who resisted the Holocaust. http://www.loeser.us/examples/resistance.html

      The Occupation authorities considered these teenagers to be “criminals,” too. Funny how history seems to repeat itself.

      • lysias
        October 13, 2015, 5:05 pm

        Not just criminals. They were considered (and called) “terrorists”. And treated accordingly.

    • eljay
      October 13, 2015, 5:28 pm

      || ivri: In my conceptual world there is no romanticism in teenagers stabbing at ransom other teenagers – they are plain criminals. ||

      There’s no romanticism in terrorism, ethnic cleansing, aggression, oppression, theft, occupation, colonization, destruction, torture, murder, belligerence and intransigence. And yet you – and Zio-supremacists like you – have no trouble romanticizing these things.

  8. ivri
    October 13, 2015, 5:36 pm

    I don`t know, this may not end nicely. As in all previous similar cases the initial period is not indicative of what will follow – there is always the surprise factor and the time it take to reach (by trial and error and then learning) the most effective counteractions. In the second Intifada there was initially the same sense in Israel of “what are we going to do” to counter that?
    One can only speculate how it will proceed. It could lead to a reorganization of the Jerusalem area with new barriers between its west and east parts (possibly also around some Arab neighborhoods) and, simply out of fear, people from neither sector will visit the other – a de-facto population segregation (with only Israeli forces patrolling the East side). That would certainly limit the violence potential. Technologically it would push Israel to develop clever types of metal-detectors or x-ray type instruments and alike with a more intensive hi-tech monitoring of the Jerusalem Arab sector to prevent potential assaults.
    Something has started here and as in all previous cases it will lead to new life formats in the Jerusalem area – another phase in the Israel project” – which will surely will take time. In the meantime two-way violence will continue. It seems that this is the inevitable price of being in this region – throughout it.

    • Maximus Decimus Meridius
      October 14, 2015, 7:09 am

      Right. So make life for Palestinians even more miserable and restricted.

      That’ll work. Sure.

    • eljay
      October 14, 2015, 7:17 am

      || ivri: … Something has started here … ||

      Hateful and immoral Zio-supremacists started something there decades ago and they show no sign of wanting to stop it any time soon.

  9. mariapalestina
    October 14, 2015, 8:36 pm

    The claim that every young Palestinian killed by an Israeli terrorist over the past few days had attempted to stab an Jew – usually a settler – is a patent lie and a pathetic excuse for cold blooded murder. It would be amusing if not for all the tragic deaths of Palestinian innocents. Some victims were alleged to have threatened with a knife, or stabbed with a knife, or had a knife in their bag. It’s possible one or two actually did threaten or stab someone, but surprisingly we haven’t seen dramatic photos of bleeding Jews being loaded into ambulances., which makes me doubt anybody was stabbed.

    If I lived in Israel or illegally occupied Palestine, knowing every time I stepped outside my home (or even while inside my home) I am at the mercy of armed thugs in and out of uniform who might just be hunting for a Palestinian to kill, I would definitely be carrying a knife in my bag.

  10. lonely rico
    October 14, 2015, 8:39 pm

    >ivri

    I don’t know, this may not end nicely.

    Of course it won’t, not nicely, not at all.
    It will end the Zionist way, with massive suffering, destruction and death of the Palestinians, the people who lived for centuries in peace and relative harmony with their neighbors – Muslims, Christians, and Jews living together.

    It seems that this is the inevitable price of being in this region

    Righto ivri.
    Being in the region – invading from other lands, ethnically cleansing, murdering, maiming, torturing, destroying, thieving.
    It’s the Zionist way.

    Do you feel no remorse ivri ?
    Desperate young Palestinians without hope or a future, throwing themselves on their tormentors, ending inevitably in injury/death. Injury/death at the hands of cruel ugly Zionist thugs.
    Your despicable thugs ivri.

  11. just
    October 15, 2015, 7:15 am

    BDS the Occupation state! International sanctions should have been imposed long, long, long ago…

    Here’s some more activism:

    “‘Homeland is racist’: artists sneak subversive graffiti on to TV show

    Street artists say they were asked to add authenticity to scenes of Syrian refugee camp, but took chance to air criticisms of show’s depiction of Muslim world

    Three graffiti artists hired to add authenticity to refugee camp scenes in this week’s episode of Homeland have said they instead used their artwork to accuse the TV programme of racism.

    In the second episode of the fifth season, which aired in the US and Australia earlier this week, and will be shown in the UK on Sunday, lead character Carrie Mathison, played by Claire Danes, can be seen striding past a wall daubed with Arabic script reading: “Homeland is racist.”

    Other slogans painted on the walls of the fictional Syrian refugee camp included “Homeland is a joke, and it didn’t make us laugh” and “#blacklivesmatter”, the artists – Heba Amin, Caram Kapp and Stone – said in a statement published online.

    The artists said they had been contacted in June by a fellow street artist who had been approached by a production company looking for people to add authenticity to the set – intended to portray a refugee camp on the Syrian-Lebanese border, but filmed on the outskirts of Berlin.

    “Given the series’ reputation,” they wrote, “we were not easily convinced, until we considered what a moment of intervention could relay about our own and many others’ political discontent with the series. It was our moment to make our point by subverting the message using the show itself.”

    In an early meeting with the production team, they were, the statement claims, handed images of “pro-Assad graffiti – apparently natural in a Syrian refugee camp”.

    The trio decided instead to use the opportunity to air their criticisms of the show, adding graffiti stating: “Homeland is NOT a series”, “The situation is not to be trusted” and “This show does not represent the views of the artists.”

    The Arabic script was not checked by producers, they claimed. “The content of what was written on the walls … was of no concern. In their eyes, Arabic script is merely a supplementary visual that completes the horror-fantasy of the Middle East, a poster image dehumanising an entire region to human-less figures in black burkas and moreover, this season, to refugees.”

    Amin told the Guardian: “We think the show perpetuates dangerous stereotypes by diminishing an entire region into a farce through the gross misrepresentations that feed into a narrative of political propaganda.

    “It is clear they don’t know the region they are attempting to represent. And yet, we suffer the consequences of such shallow and misguided representation.”

    Homeland has frequently run into controversy during its five seasons, particularly over its depiction of the Muslim world and its portrayal of an apparently cosy relationship between Al-Qaida and Hezbollah. …”

    http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2015/oct/15/homeland-is-racist-artists-subversive-graffiti-tv-show#comment-61461093

    ;-)))

    • Kris
      October 15, 2015, 11:01 am

      Just, if we thanked you for every great link you share, the comments section would be too cluttered for any discussion. But you have my sincere, if mostly unspoken, gratitude.

      This was a wonderful action by these artists, and I am delighted to know about it. Many, many thanks for this, and for all the great links you contribute, day after day after day.

  12. MaxNarr
    October 15, 2015, 5:54 pm

    We should encourage non-violence and deplore and condemn all stabbing attacks.

    • mariapalestina
      October 15, 2015, 6:51 pm

      @ MaxNarr
      “We should encourage non-violence and deplore and condemn all stabbing attacks.”

      Couldn’t agree more. We should also deplore and condemn all murders of Palestinians by soldiers and settlers with guns. And deplore and condemn false accusations by Israelis of stabbing or possession of knives by unarmed Palestinians after they have been killed.

    • a blah chick
      October 15, 2015, 6:58 pm

      First can we get the IDF to stop shootings demostrators?

    • Kris
      October 15, 2015, 7:58 pm

      Let’s stop all U.S. aid to Israel, and impose a blockade, to encourage Israel to comply with international law. That is the best way to stop “stabbing attacks.”

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