In an effort to preempt a proposal to boycott Sodastream products made in the occupied West Bank, the Park Slope Food Coop is holding a vote tonight to require a supermajority of 75 percent to approve a boycott
Monthly Archives: January 2016
Katie Miranda offers an ad for Airbnb’s rentals in the occupied territories. There is rarely this much truth in advertising.
A new strategy has emerged among pro-Israel advocates to situate support for Israel among various liberal or progressive causes by recognizing the idea of intersecting oppressions. It is a cynical attempt to capitalize off the struggles of others.
French courts have affirmed a law that makes it a misdemeanor to speak out in favor of boycotting Israeli goods. French Justice Minister Christiane Taubira has pioneered progressive laws and has been called on to abrogate the legal memorandum in the matter. When she speaks at NYU on January 29, she should face questions on the issue.
Peter Crowley meets an Israeli colleague for dinner while in Jerusalem. When they begin to talk politics he realizes that Israeli support for the occupation runs deep.
On Tuesday, a 24-year old Israeli woman died of wounds sustained Monday morning when she was stabbed at Horon settlement. The attack was carried out by Ibrahim Osama Yousif Allan, 23 from the village of Beit ‘Ur at-Tahta west of Ramallah and Hussein Muhammad Abu Ghush, 17, from the Qalandiya refugee camp north of Jerusalem. In response, Israeli military forces have sealed all entrances and exits to Beit Ur at-Tahta which prevents movement for the around 6,000 Palestinian residents of the village.
Israeli settlers on the West Bank tell Phil Weiss they are continuing the work of redeeming the land for Jews that early Zionists began when they expelled Palestinians in 1948, and that in the last year even the Tel Aviv establishment has come to recognize that there will never be a Palestinian state. Weiss reports from five days he spent undercover in Israeli settlements using the Airbnb service.
Read part two of Phil Weiss’s undercover report from the Israeli settlements. Israeli society broadly has turned its back on the idea of a Palestinian state and supports the colonization of East Jerusalem and the West Bank. There is now one state because that is what Israeli Jews want, but the American media won’t tell us that.
Israelis’ angry response to Swedish FM Margot Wallstrom demonstrates primal Israeli fears of enemies. Israelis justify extrajudicial executions of Palestinian assailants because others’ irrational, primitive hatred is a pretext for Zionism. No matter that Palestinians live under occupation, and the world notices.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will reportedly have a new English-language spokesperson in March: David Keyes, who has made a name for himself as an Internet freedom advocate. Keyes is the executive director of a group called Advancing Human Rights, and runs CyberDissidents.org, a database of Internet dissidents. Now Keyes, who has long-standing ties to the Israeli elite, is going to work for a man whose security forces have locked up dozens of Palestinian activists for social media posts in recent years.
George Jonas died at the age of 80 in Toronto on January 10. He wrote Vengeance which was the basis for the film Munich. Jonas brilliantly described the madness of the Mossad and in doing so reflected the true nature of the Zionist military mindset.
Former NY mayor Bloomberg, who is considering throwing his hat in the presidential race, has sided with Israel in its assaults on Gaza and aided Islamophobic efforts in New York; but he also said those who don’t want to allow a BDS panel at Brooklyn College should go live in North Korea.
Following Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström’s remarks about “Israel executing Palestinians without trial”, 15 Israeli mayors who were planning to fly to Sweden have decided to change their destination, even as Israel’s former foreign minister calls on Israelis to boycott Ikea.
The New York Times Jerusalem bureau chiefs Ethan Bronner and Jodi Rudoren failed to convey a true grim picture of one-state Israel/Palestine out of Zionist attachment. Similar adherences have kept the US mainstream press from telling a truth that John Kerry and US ambassador Daniel Shapiro have conveyed in recent weeks.
Ruqayya Eid Abu Eid, 13, was reportedly killed by Israeli gunfire outside the illegal West Bank settlement of Anatot after she allegedly tried to stab a security guard. The Palestinian girl lived in a village neighboring the colony.
‘This is totally a political arrest. Its sole purpose is to thwart our activity for human rights in the territories, against the crimes and criminals of the occupation. They will not break us, they will not,’ Guy Butavia shouts as he is led through the courthouse in Jerusalem
Because Swedish Foreign Minister Wallstrom has said that Israel is conducting extrajudicial executions of Palestinians, an Israeli columnist in Sheldon Adelson’s newspaper says she has the same anti-semitic DNA as Swedish diplomat Folke Bernadotte, who was murdered by Zionist militias in 1948– and presumably deserves the same fate.
The Israel question has become an explicit issue in the Democratic battle between Clinton and Sanders, with a Clinton aide saying that Sanders’s idea to normalize Iran is naive about a country that “seeks the destruction of Israel.”
On the evening of January 1st Israeli authorities returned the bodies of 14 Palestinians from Hebron city who were killed while suspected of carrying out attacks on Israelis during the wave of tension which had started in October 2005. These 14 bodies were buried the following day, but others are yet to be returned to their families. “They have no right to keep our children, we want them back now”, the father of one of the young men killed says.
Filmmakers Sheren Khalel and Abed al Qaisi wanted to know exactly how much the children who live in Bethlehem’s Aida and Beit Jibrin refugee camps understood about the military occupation going on around them, and how normal they believed their lives were. With their parents permission, Khalel and al Qaisi asked five children from the streets of the two camps what they thought. All of the answers were spontaneous and unrehearsed, and as it turned out, the kids understood — and have experienced — quite a lot.
“We live like dogs,” says a Kurdish resident of Grande-Synthe, a burgeoning refugee camp located in an industrial suburb of Dunkerque, France. As the refugee crisis continues to swell across Europe, Grande-Synthe stands as an example of the most perilous living conditions in modern Western society.
On the same day that Israel demolishes six Bedouin homes in the West Bank it also announces plans to appropriate a large tract of Palestinian land in the Jordan Valley.
The National Labor Relations Board has rejected a complaint filed by the Israeli lawfare organization Shurat HaDin against the the United Electrical, Radio & Machine Workers of America (UE) that sought to overturn the union’s historic resolution in support of BDS.
Tiffany & Co was set to appear at Ethical Corporation’s Responsible Business Summit USA 2016, but disappeared from the schedule after the jeweler’s ties to an Israeli supplier which funds a unit of the Israeli military came to light.
On January 19 a coalition activist groups delivered a petition with more than 6,400 signatures to the Securities and Exchange Commission demanding that the agency enforce its disclosure rules by taking action against the Development Corporation for Israel, the corporation which sells Israel Bonds in the United States, for failing to disclose in its sales materials that proceeds from the sale of Israel Bonds are used by Israel to violate international law.