BDS campaign hopes to take Israeli goods off Palestinian dinner tables during Ramadan

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The Boycott, Divest and Sanction campaign has made huge strides in the occupied West Bank over the past two years, but campaign organizers are no where near done. At the start of Ramadan, the campaign, partnered with several other local community and BDS initiatives across the occupied West Bank, set out with a mission: To get Israeli products off Ramadan dinner tables.

One market owner who asked to remain anonymous told Mondoweiss that he has notice a small drop in the sales of Israeli products in cases where Palestinian alternatives are available.

“It is hard to say really, if the campaign has made a change in the way people are buying, but I am seeing these posters up everyday and it makes me as a market owner think to try harder not to carry Israeli products. For some products it is hard as there aren’t Palestinian alternatives, but for others it can for sure be done,” he said from behind the counter at his small market in the southern occupied West Bank district of Bethlehem.

The posters he referred to have been put up across the occupied West Bank, on nearly ever street corner in Bethlehem city specifically. While organizers have come up with a variety of designs, the most prevalent is a poster of an Israeli soldier holding a tray of Israeli products with the message “Ramadan Tov,” meaning Happy Ramadan in Hebrew. Under the image in Arabic, the posters read “Do not let Ramadan make your Iftar,” the Arabic word for the meal in which Muslims break their fast.

“If anything, the campaign has been successful if it can convince others like me to stop carrying so many Israeli products, I think that is a better start than just trying to get consumers to stop buying the products, taking them from the shelve completely is a better goal,” he said.

Mazin al-Azzeh helps youth put together stacks of BDS campaign posters. (Photo: Sheren Khalel/Mondoweiss)

Mazin al-Azzeh helps youth put together stacks of BDS campaign posters. (Photo: Sheren Khalel/Mondoweiss)

Mazin al-Azzeh, one of the directors of the campaign, told Mondoweiss that the campaign was launched to help people be more mindful of their consumerism.

“We got the idea for Ramadan Tov because we see every year the Israeli companies make money off the increase in spending during Ramadan, so the Israelis are telling us Happy Ramadan, but we say no, it is Ramadan Kareem, not Ramadan Tov, and we need to be sure not to make Ramadan into something that helps Israeli corporations,” al-Azzeh said.

“This campaign is necessary because we have a lot of Israeli products on the shelves of West Bank stores, and the [Palestinian] government has not stopped it, so it is our responsibility to encourage the people to stop buying them and the business owners to stop selling them,” he said.

At the community center al-Azzeh heads, youth are busy taking action. While in one room young people sit at desks, studying in the center’s library, others sit in for a class on emergency medical trauma which teaches young people how to help injured protesters during clashes. In another room, the energy is more active, as a dozen youth gather together, still pasting and stapling new BDS posters, even as Ramadan enters its third week.

“We still have a lot of work to do,” one young volunteer told Mondoweiss. “Yes the theme is Ramadan, but that is just part of it, we hope to have an impact well beyond Ramadan.”

As Ramadan is halfway over, youth promise to keep up the campaign well after the end of the holiday. (Photo: Sheren Khalel/Mondoweiss)

As Ramadan is halfway over, youth promise to keep up the campaign well after the end of the holiday. (Photo: Sheren Khalel/Mondoweiss)

The BDS campaign has already made huge strides from within the occupied West Bank. In August 2015, the Palestinian Bureau of Statistics documented that Israeli products represented 53 percent of all imports into the West Bank, while in January of 2014, the bureau found that Israeli products represented 70 percent of all imports.

Meanwhile, imports from other countries increased by 10 percent.

“Importing from countries other than Israel is great, we encourage that, but it is difficult,” al-Azzeh pointed out.

Israel has complete control of all West Bank borders, that includes complete control of Palestinians freedom of movement as well as Palestinian’s ability to import products from other sources.

“If the Palestinian market decides it does not want to buy a certain sector of products from Israel, and moves to import, say from Europe, we face many obstacles,” al-Azzeh said. “Israeli border control often times holds products for long periods, and for food products, that can mean the food goes bad before it is even allowed inside the West Bank. For other products, it is still a burden on businesses that need those products on their shelves, not in shipping carts for months at the border.”

As the West Bank imports around $428 million a year, the potential gains and losses from the Palestinian market are significant.

“In the end, Palestinian products should be preferred, but that is also difficult,” al-Azzeh said.

According to al-Azzeh, while choosing a Palestinian good does benefit the Palestinian market, it could still be benefiting Israeli wholesalers and factories.

“Just because you are buying a Palestinian product doesn’t mean the Israelis aren’t benefiting, each product has its needs for packaging, for ingredients and other things to make that product, and it’s hard to tell whether the plastic packaging or other aspects are not being bought first from Israel to be used in Palestinian factories. There are many sides to this, in the end Palestinians are under occupation and in many way there is not much we can do to get around the Israeli economy, but we must try.”

Israeli products can still be found throughout West Bank markets, but imports from Israel have decreased significantly. (Photo: Sheren Khalel/Mondoweiss)

Israeli products can still be found throughout West Bank markets, but imports from Israel have decreased significantly. (Photo: Sheren Khalel/Mondoweiss)

Meanwhile, the market owner that spoke to Mondoweiss hopes for future, more in-depth campaigns.

“I would love for there to be a program specifically for market owners, to help us figure out how to get around buying Israeli products, to help us figure out how to order goods from abroad, or make us more aware of different ways to avoid Israeli products in our stores, but still be able to offer customers what they want. I can’t stop selling Israeli goods if that means people will just go to other markets for the products they want,” he said. “But if there could be an initiative to help us with this BDS movement I think many people could get behind that. We don’t want to support Israel, but many of us don’t really understand how to go around it.”

About Sheren Khalel

Sheren Khalel is a freelance multimedia journalist who works out of Israel, Palestine and Jordan. She focuses on human rights, women's issues and the Palestine/Israel conflict. Khalel formerly worked for Ma'an News Agency in Bethlehem, and is currently based in Ramallah and Jerusalem. You can follow her on Twitter at @Sherenk.

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  1. Kay24
    June 24, 2016, 1:24 pm

    This is an excellent idea, and should have taken place years ago. In fact it is time ALL Muslim nations who observe Ramadan agree to not use/eat /handle Israeli products, even beyond Ramadan. I doubt the Kingdom of SA would agree though, since they are BFF with the zionists. Boycotts should be at every opportunity, and it is far easier for individuals to boycott Israel this way, instead of depending on their governments to make such a move. Maybe there should be a campaign on FB and social media, to encourage Muslims all over the world to boycott the Occupier’s products.

    • silamcuz
      June 24, 2016, 1:45 pm

      Kay, you do realise all of the Muslim nations except corrupt Egypt have essentially committed themselves to the original BDS campaign since day 1 of Israels illegal establishment as a state right? They have been doing the right thing for over 50 years, it’s the West who need to seriously reassess their foreign policy and choice of allies. The Muslims need not suggestions on how to win their fight, especially from the side who have never won an honest fight.

      • Kay24
        June 24, 2016, 3:17 pm

        It has been over 50 years and the Palestinians till languish in their open prisons, have their lands stolen, millions live in refugee camps, while those the territories are occupied, and blockaded
        If the Arab nations had done their part, maybe things may be different, but they all have their agendas, some getting millions in aid from the US who I assume you are implying has never won an honest fight, , just to keep Israel’s borders safe. This article is NOT about the West versus the Muslim countries, this is about Israel the occupier, and the Palestinians the occupied. Just like the West has failed the Palestinians by aiding and siding with the Occupier, so have the Arab nations let them down in many ways, totally leaving the Palestinians to their own devices.

        Boycotting Israel’s products (the subject matter in this article) is one way of protesting the occupation. If you take some time to read this article, it is a suggestion for Palestinians, and what the implications of such a campaign would be. I do not agree what the West is doing when it comes to the Palestinians, neither do I agree with the actions by the Arab world in their neglect of the Palestinian issue. This suggestions by the writer is however a good one, and many good people in the West are also doing a lot of hard work trying to organize BDS movements despite many setbacks,and it will be good for all Muslim nations to also join in these efforts.
        There is no need for anyone to be prickly about that.

      • xanadou
        June 24, 2016, 8:41 pm

        Kay, ‘love both of your responses. This was exactly what I, too, have been thinking: “why is anything that can and is produced by Palestine have to be accepted from Israel? This is one of my long held contentions regarding Palestine’s inchoate resistance, absent of a tradition that so many other countries had to learn and cultivate in their fight against self-determination and economic independence. “Hit them where it hurts: in the wallet!” For now, economy is the premier driver that makes our life possible.

        Is there any reason why produce has to go via Israel in order to reach the Palestinian consumer? This looks like a double whammy that the indigenous people have to endure with nigh on no benefits for themselves. On the one hand there is the issue of illegally collected and retained taxes extracted by the Israelis, then the possible cost of reimportation of goods back to the country of origin, Palestine, presumably at an inflated price. No, I am not preaching to the choir. I am trying to understand why the 70+-y/o Naqba is allowed to continue to impact the lives and psyche of generations, with not much better in sight, beyond the ratcheting of the supremely efficient Israeli machine of, and towards, the death and destruction of both societies.

        Why are Palestinians tolerating Abbas? Why is someone like Omar Bargouti (sp?) not considered as “war-time PM”. His success with BDS has, possibly, earned him visibility, respect and trust of third party trading partners who might want to establish sustained and sustainable trade btwn the world at large and Palestine. So far, Israel has assumed the role of predatory caretaker, implying that perhaps the Palestinians have not a clue how to engage in any form of exchange beyond flinging stones, hurling firecrackers and exposing Palestine’s future to the unconscionable savagery of a contemptible, but otherwise profitably engaged regime.

        Establishing, even promoting, more info about hobbling production and trading entities means daily contact with the world, of which there is nary a meaningful appearance. It may be one reason why the Naqba continues, because the average citizen of the world has a very sporadic, one-dimensional picture of Palestinians: the militant stone/firecracker thrower or knife wielding young man, or besieged old people lamenting the crops destroyed by the occupying forces. Where is anyone with whom the world may want to talk to and lend its support by putting pressure as/where applicable. A simplistic view? Perhaps. However, for most of the world’s populations with mostly a perfunctory, even corrupted, view of the Palestinian reality provided by the former’s local media and servile submission to the local power base with a deferential attitude towards the aggressive Israeli pol machine, more constructive info beyond the mind-numbing daily horror that feeds the world’s impotence has to made available. Preferably tout de suite

        There is little that anyone living thousands of miles away from Palestine can do. But images of a destroyed olive production entity, or factory deliberately set on fire, is something anyone can respond to and get behind. We ALL understand the immediacy that one has to earn a living to survive. An image of a burning orchard evokes a different, fairly or not, reaction than a wounded man executed by a genocidal soldier. Irrational? Perhaps. But to see, over and over again, pictures of someone denied the basic right to provide for one’s family and society can move mountains of helplessness, in basic human solidarity.

        Most importantly it’s about taking the argument of Israeli propaganda about violent Palestinians out of the daily slaughterhouse that is Israel and replacing it with clear images of sadistic destruction of a chicken farm, torched crops that will never be harvested, etc. Every time it happens. B’tselem and my hero Rabbi Ari F(sorry forgot his last name), often come to the rescue and those images need to be plastered on every screen to show that Israelis are not all pseudo-religious sadists, but allies with experience in fighting injustice, whether chasing Israeli soldiers off a field or arguing the law in a courthouse.

        Is there already, or can a third party Kickstarter-style funds collecting entity be established to help with the recovery of maliciously destroyed businesses? This would require an aggressive, DAILY, LOUD, hard hitting media feed about what and how the Israelis do and say to obstruct the movement and corruption of funds. The Israelis understand the consequences of unrelenting, sustained, well-sourced information. That may be the only way to force the latter to act like a serious, if hostile, negotiating partner and bring about relief to the Palestinians. Once that first precedent is set, it may be easier to follow with the next round of talks and acts.

        Pls pardon the rant. I am not idly kvetching, I am like most of the visitors to MW trying to return normalcy to the Palestinians, save the Israelis from their own obvious lack of experience in national sovereignty, and the world from the spark that could trigger WW3.

        South Africa provided the precedent. Yes, Virginia, it is possible for the world to come together and force the hand of opportunistic pols. In our common interest.

      • Mooser
        June 24, 2016, 10:24 pm

        Thanks, “Kay24” Thanks.

      • Cazador
        June 25, 2016, 5:29 pm

        Don’t count too much on the French elite members, with plenty of zionist members among them, the ones we see on TV too often, preaching the BDS as being anti-semite, anti-zionism as being anti-semite… Canada has its problem as well on that side particularly during the last ultra-conservative prime minister’s 10 years at the head of the government, who had a law passed making illegal to promote BDS in Canada. Of course you have to know that it’s the same prime minister whose only environmental consideration was to use the environment to build all the oil and gas pipelines possible, along pristine salmon rivers in BC, Transcanada’s Keystone XL double pipeline from Alberta to Texas, Transcanada’s Energy East pipeline from Alberta to New Brunswick, passing through the province of Québec and over more than 400 water courses, rivers, through cities, around cities, all after he made sure he had some 800 Canadian government environment scientists fired from their laboratories and research institutions so they would present no scientific opposition to Harper’s black tar goo oil plans. Interestingly enough, that the same Harper who was thanked gracefully by the nutayahu by having a pristine bird sanctuary named:

        The Stephen J. Harper Hula Valley Bird Sanctuary Visitor & Education Centre

        http://site.jnf.ca/index.php/tor/the-stephen-j-harper-hula-valley-bird-sanctuary-visitor-education-centre/

        https://www.google.ca/search?q=stephen+harper+bird+sanctuary+in+israel&client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla:fr:official&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjrmLzdjsTNAhUM2SYKHU9kAWEQsAQIQA&biw=1920&bih=1015

        They’re so cute. Nutayahu named Canada Israel’s best friend.

        https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2013/09/17/bird_interpretive_centre_in_israel_to_be_named_after_stephen_harper.html

    • Cazador
      June 25, 2016, 5:09 pm

      BFF? If I think it means what I think it means, I’d rather stay hundreds of thousands of miles away from those two. Besides, I’ve been married for 40 years and have no plan to change anything, except the dire situation of the Palestinians since 1948, but that a different kind of attention, care and friendship to keep going until the Nakba ends, at last.

  2. Ossinev
    June 24, 2016, 2:07 pm

    @Kay24
    Agreed excellent idea.
    “If the Palestinian market decides it does not want to buy a certain sector of products from Israel, and moves to import, say from Europe, we face many obstacles,” al-Azzeh said. “Israeli border control often times holds products for long periods, and for food products, that can mean the food goes bad before it is even allowed inside the West Bank. For other products, it is still a burden on businesses that need those products on their shelves, not in shipping carts for months at the border.”

    The JSILis faced with boycotts of their goods and attempts by Palestinians in the Occupied Territories to import from elsewhere and specifically Europe will no doubt respond as indicated = more and welcome negative publicity for the “only democracy in the Levant”. Plus the blatant double standards will call into question Europe`s ability to justify ongoing import arrangements with JSIL.
    http://ec.europa.eu/trade/policy/countries-and-regions/countries/israel/

  3. mcohen.
    June 24, 2016, 10:12 pm

    what a great idea…..boycott israeli goods,electricity,water,medical services,educational institutions……
    why just food during ramadan….unless of course this could become some sort of yearly tradition.boycott a symbolic cream cheese on biscuit

    abbas made a speech at the un last week that rabbis are calling for the poisoning of water in the west bank…….this comes at a time when there are water shortages……….

    http://www.tabletmag.com/scroll/206162/abbas-tells-eu-parliament-that-israeli-rabbis-called-to-poison-palestinian-water

    • Annie Robbins
      June 25, 2016, 12:04 am

      yair rosenberg is hysterical! it’s clear abbas fell for a hoax but not clear who perpetrated it. i recommend richard silverstien’s comment section on his reporting of this incident. there are many confirmed incidences of settlers poisoning palestinian wells going back a long long time — just one of the stories from the comment feed:

      There is evidence from Israeli sources regarding well poisonings: Cohen begins by describing how Zionists during the 1948 war poisoned the wells and water supplies of Arab villagers. According to Israeli military historian Dr. Uri Milstein, the typhoid epidemic that spread throughout the costal town of Acre in May 1948 was the result of Zionist Jews contaminating the Arabs’ water supply. In Gaza the Jews failed in a similar attempt. The Egyptian Army found four Jews disguised as Arabs near the water wells. The four terrorists were caught with a canteen filled with dysentery and typhoid bacteria. All four were tried, convicted, and hanged within a three-month period. Dr. Cohen questions if the two incidents were isolated or part of a larger program of bio-warfare during the 1948 war. – Dr. Avner Cohen documents Israel’s program in his paper, “Israel and Chemical/Biological Weapons: History, Deterrence, and Arms Control.”

      btw, here’s the article https://www.nonproliferation.org/wp-content/uploads/npr/83cohen.pdf

      Dr. Uri Milstein, an iconoclastic Israeli military historian, maintains, “in many conquered Arab villages, the water supply was poisoned to prevent the inhabitants from coming back.”30

      It is believed that one of the largest operations in this
      campaign was in the Arab coastal town of Acre, north of
      Haifa, shortly before it was conquered by the IDF on May
      17, 1948. According to Milstein, the typhoid epidemic that
      spread in Acre in the days before the town fell to the Israeli forces was not the result of wartime chaos but rather
      a deliberate covert action by the IDF—the contamination
      of Acre’s water supply. Milstein even named the company
      commander who was involved in the operation. When journalist Leibovitz-Dar found this individual in 1993, he refused to talk. “Why do you look for troubles that took place forty-five years ago?” he asked. “I know nothing about this. What would you gain by publishing it. . . .Why do you need to publish?”31

      The success of the Acre operation may have persuaded
      Israeli decisionmakers to continue with these activities.32
      On May 23, 1948, Egyptian soldiers in the Gaza area caught four Israeli soldiers disguised as Arabs near water wells. A statement issued by the Egyptian Ministry of Defense on May 29 stated that four “Zionists” had been caught trying to infect artesian wells in Gaza with “a liquid, which was discovered to contain the germs of dysentery and typhoid.” According to the Egyptian statement, a confession had been obtained during interrogation of one of the captured Israelis, David Horin. He reportedly admitted that their commander had given them a canteen filled with dysentery and typhoid bacteria “to be thrown into the well to kill the Egyptian army.”33 The four Israelis were put on trial, convicted, and executed by hanging three months later.34

      Israel firmly denied the Egyptian allegations of bacteriological warfare, calling them a “wicked libel.” The Israeli government admitted only that the four soldiers were
      involved in an intelligence operation aimed at monitoring
      military movements and assessing the morale of the Arab
      population. In 1993, when Leibovitz-Dar asked the commander
      of the Gaza operation whether the soldiers had been sent to gather intelligence or to complete a BW mission, he refused to respond. “You will not get answers on these questions,” he said angrily. “Not from me, and not from anyone. . . .”35 When Leibovitz-Dar asked former HEMED chief Colonel Shlomo Gur whether he was aware of HEMED BEIT’s secret operations during the 1948 War of Independence, he responded somewhat vaguely, “[w]e heard about the typhoid epidemics in Acre and about the Gaza operations. There were many rumors, but I did not know whether they were true or not.” 36

      It seems that many people knew something about these
      operations, but both the participants and later historians
      chose to avoid the issue, which gradually became a national
      taboo

      blood libel? really? my relatives told me that during the civil war the union army poisoned the local mill pond w/iron oxide. a blood libel? i doubt it.

      • yonah fredman
        June 25, 2016, 1:16 am

        Abu mazen’s career is almost over and the chances of it culminating in peace with israel is slim to none. so therefore he is ending his career catering to the conspiracy theories of the moment.

      • echinococcus
        June 25, 2016, 3:27 am

        Come on. Who, apart from the Zionist leadership, listens to the ludicrous puppet?
        Anyway, as you so neatly demonstrate, if it’s a hoax it’s fully credible and part of the normal course of things.

      • sulai
        June 25, 2016, 8:04 am

        Annie, have you seen this, it’s so utterly troubling to me that I am hoping more light can be shed on it.

        https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/israel-lawfare-group-plans-massive-punishments-activists

        “Why are we using the word Palestinian? There’s no such thing as a Palestinian person,” Brooke Goldstein declared to enthusiastic applause at a meeting of key Israel lobby operatives in New York earlier this month.

        Goldstein is the director of the Lawfare Project, a legal group that aims, in her words, to “make the enemy pay” – that “enemy” being mainly comprised of Palestine solidarity activists and students.

        The Lawfare Project was founded with the support of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, an important forum for anti-Palestinian organizing in the US.

        The clip of Goldstein denying outright the existence of Palestinians can be seen above.

        At the event, she and other Israel lobby leaders revealed their latest strategies to try to defeat the growing boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement.

        A 58-minute edited video of the event was originally published on YouTube by the Jewish Broadcasting Service on 16 June, but was hidden a day after supporters of Palestinian rights began to circulate it on social media, drawing attention to Goldstein’s negation of Palestinian existence.

        The Electronic Intifada is republishing the whole video under the Fair Use doctrine of the US Copyright Act:

        In her presentation, Goldstein acknowledged that efforts to promote Israel as a democracy with “great beaches” had failed to stem the support for Palestinian rights, so “we have to focus on the offense, on Islamists and how they violate the basic civil rights that liberals hold very, very dear.”

        Efforts to exploit and promote Islamophobiaas a way to build support for Israel are not new, but the New York meeting heralded a renewed push in that direction.

        Following the advice of pro-Israel pollster Frank Luntz to appropriate leftist and human rights language, Goldstein said the anti-Muslim message would appeal to the sensibilities of liberal and progressive college students.

        She argued that pro-Israel advocates had to speak about the BDS movement “in the terminology that Millennials will understand, which is the civil rights terminology.”

        “[Students] want to be against apartheid? Let’s give them what to be against,” she said, “Let’s give them [sic] to be against Islamist gender, race and religious apartheid that is occurring in every single Muslim-majority country on the planet.”

        As its contribution, Goldstein explained that her organization would be launching what she called “Islamist Apartheid Week” on campuses across the US, an apparent effort to counter Israeli Apartheid Week.

        And while Goldstein markets herself as a “human rights attorney,” she proudly touts her friendship with Geert Wilders, the anti-Muslim Dutch politician who has been fundedby a key player in the US Islamophobia industry.

        Wilders’ anti-Muslim agenda is so extreme it has even been condemned by the Anti-Defamation League, a major pro-Israel group.

        “Cancer”
        Goldstein was speaking at an event on 2 June titled “BDS: The new anti-Semitism?”

        Organized by the World Zionist Organization, the American Zionist Movement and the UJA-Federation of New York, it was addressed by Israel’s ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon.

        It came just days after Israel’s major anti-BDS conference held at UN headquarters.

        Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice-president of the Conference of Presidents, told the meeting that the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement was like a deadly disease.

        “We let this cancer metastasize until now on campuses across the United States,” Hoenlein said.

        He claimed that the BDS movement for Palestinian freedom, justice and equality was indistinguishable from the persecutions Jews had faced throughout history.

        “This started when the Romans changed the name of Judea to Philistia,” Hoenlein asserted in a bizarre appeal to ancient history and myth, “that was the beginning of BDS.”

        But he was clear that the purpose of the New York gathering was to create a movement “that uses all of our resources, all of our energies” in order to “put an end to this threat.”

        Hoenlein said that pro-Israel activists need to reach youth who “communicate in 140 letters,” an apparent reference to the social media site Twitter.

        Overlooking the fact that this is the most diverse and integrated generation of American college students ever, Hoenlein went on to insult the intelligence of the very youth he wants Israel to connect with. “This is an ignorant generation, a superficial generation,” Hoenlein said.

        Attacking students
        The Lawfare Project’s Brooke Goldstein also indicated that her legal group was preparing another Title VI challenge against US universities, naming San Francisco State University and the University of California, Irvine, as likely targets.

        In recent years, pro-Israel groups lodged complaints against several universities under Title VI of the US Civil Rights Act, alleging that administrators were failing to protect Jewish students from a hostile environment created by Palestine solidarity activists.

        But these complaints were thrown out by investigators from the US Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights.

        Goldstein’s revelation casts the latest attacks by pro-Israel groups on Palestine solidarity activists at UC Irvine and San Francisco State University in a new light.

        Goldstein said her group was encouraging Jewish students on those campuses to file police complaints against Palestine solidarity activists, “so we can pressure the [district attorney] to bring criminal charges against those students, just like was done with Michael Oren’s speech.”

        She was referring to the Irvine 11 case, in which 10 students faced criminal charges for protesting a 2010 speech at UC Irvine by Orenwhen he was the Israeli ambassador to the US.

        These cases would also presumably be used as the pretext for the Title VI complaints.

        Goldstein also used the New York gathering to argue that contrary to the unanimous opinion of the international community, Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank are not illegal and that the EU was violating international law by requiring that products manufactured in Israeli settlements have accurate labels indicating their origin.

        In warlike language, Israeli ambassador Danon told the gathering that their efforts to suppress support for Palestinian rights had the full support of the Israeli state.

        “We will stand against our enemies. We will stand against the people who are going to boycott Israel, and we will win,” Danon said.

        The violent and dehumanizing language was echoed by Yuval Abrams, a student and activist against the Palestine solidarity movement at the CUNY Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

        “We need to raise the stakes for those who engage in this sort of behavior, let them know their nose is going to bleed,” Abrams said in reference to fellow students who had advocated for a boycott of Israeli institutions complicit in military occupation and violations of Palestinian rights.

        While speakers asserted several times that advocates should share positive messages about Israel and Zionism, Goldstein was frank that only repression of protest and BDS would shore up Israel’s eroding base of support.

        “The goal is to make the enemy pay,” Goldstein said, “and to send a message, a deterrent message, that similar actions such as those that they engage in will result in massive punishments.”

    • Talkback
      June 25, 2016, 7:43 am

      mccohen: what a great idea…..boycott israeli goods,electricity,water,medical services,educational institutions……”

      If you want to know how the occupier made the occupied dependent and than used the same system to punish them by witholding goods and services you should read Neve Gordon’s “Israel’s Occupation”. But something tells me that you prefer to remain ignorant of Israel’s war crimes.

      “abbas made a speech at the un last week that rabbis are calling for the poisoning of water in the west bank…… ”

      He allready retracted his accusation: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.726989

      “this comes at a time when there are water shortages………. ”

      Does this have anything to do with the occupier stealing water from the Westbank aquifiers and then selling it nack to its righful owner? Is this another war crime, you deny or support, because it is commited by Jews?

    • zaid
      June 26, 2016, 10:45 am

      Poisoning civilian water to kill thousands is a Zionist tradition that goes back to even before “Israel” was established.

      http://www.jweekly.com/article/full/7899/survivor-reveals-1945-plan-to-kill-6-million-germans/

      • yonah fredman
        June 26, 2016, 12:20 pm

        Zaid, I hope readers will read the link and realize how misleading your presentation is.

      • Mooser
        June 26, 2016, 1:59 pm

        “Zaid, I hope readers will read the link and realize how misleading your presentation is.”

        What’s misleading about it? “Jewish Weekly” and the “Jewish Telegraphic Agency” seem quite proud of it. Sure, it didn’t come off, but it shows we’ve got spunk! Always have a creative plan!

        From the link:

        Harmatz , now living in a suburb of Tel Aviv, harbors regrets.

        “It didn’t work out,” he says. “The 300 or 400 we poisoned was nothing compared with what we really wanted to do.”

        What’s “misleading” about that? After all:

        “Yehuda Bauer, a retired professor of Holocaust history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, said, “It did happen and it is likely that many people got sick. But I believe the number of people who were killed has been exaggerated.

        Are he “misleading” us about that? Or is this another off-the-record article on the World Wide Web?

      • Mooser
        June 26, 2016, 2:08 pm

        OMG, I went to the ‘homepage” of the “Jewish News Weekly”!

        As the second box down the page shows, Israel is already taking up my ideas of putting ‘battle stripes’ and honorifics on the flag!

        Look at that, “Yonah”. Is that not a wonderful use of the Star of David?

      • yonah fredman
        June 26, 2016, 3:17 pm

        Civilian water was not poisoned as implied by zaid. Palestinians were not poisoned, as an innocent reader might have assumed if one had read zaid’s misleading sentence. SS officers were poisoned. Meanwhile all of mooser’s relatives were sleeping soundly in america, worried about nothing but counting sheep.

      • eljay
        June 26, 2016, 3:40 pm

        || yonah fredman: … Meanwhile all of mooser’s [sic] relatives were sleeping soundly in america, worried about nothing but counting sheep. ||

        Mooser and his American relatives cannot be sleeping soundly because according to Jackdaw they are all in trouble.

      • Mooser
        June 26, 2016, 3:44 pm

        “Meanwhile all of mooser’s relatives were sleeping soundly in america, worried about nothing but counting sheep.”

        Excuse me “Yonah”? What about my relatives?
        If I prefer not to drag them out of their graves and try to put a mound of Jewish corpses between me and other people, or try to use them to excuse or hide crime, that’s my business.

        Let’s just put it this way, “Yonah”: If you can’t come up with some proof that my “relatives” were able to avoid the Holocaust by sleeping through it (or any other way) please shut up.
        Also, I have very few relatives. Shall we discuss why? “Yonah” there is Yiddish word for you. You’re ” ah creep”.

        And how does the purportedly untroubled sleep of “Mooser’s relatives” give Zionists the right to poison wells? Don’t quite see the connection.

      • echinococcus
        June 26, 2016, 3:45 pm

        Reb Fredman,

        It just me: I personally believe that only a disgusting &^$ would say “water was not poisoned”, when repeated Zionist poisoning of wells and other water is so solidly documented. My respects.

      • yonah fredman
        June 26, 2016, 4:10 pm

        Jackdaw’s statement was too general. But his reaction to the headline and cook’s article was appropriate. The world’s jews in 1881-1945 were in very real trouble and America’s jews were the exception and not the rule. I would prefer a prime minister of Israel much closer to Peter beinart or Moshe sharret or yossi beilin or even avrum burg than bibi, but clearly the battle for survival in israel-palestine is not as easy as pie, and as such the news of brexit is just a new twist in the road of history and the forecast of cook in the article deserved an answer: yesterday before brexit survival was a struggle and today after brexit, survival is a struggle.

      • Sibiriak
        June 26, 2016, 4:39 pm

        yonah fredman: Zaid, I hope readers will read the link and realize how misleading your presentation is.
        —————-

        I agree. I don’t see how a crazy revenge plan hatched by a few mentally unbalanced holocaust survivors in 1945 ,which included poisoning bread at a bakery, constitutes a “Zionist tradition” to poison civilian water supplies.

      • oldgeezer
        June 26, 2016, 5:56 pm

        @yonah

        If that is true about Mooser’s family I will make a side wager that none of them are killing, oppressing and dispossessing millions of people as well.

        Those that do, or supportt, thAt don’t deserve peace or security. Long may they toss.

      • Mooser
        June 27, 2016, 10:15 am

        “If that is true about Mooser’s family I will make a side wager that”

        Don’t make that bet, “oldgeezer”! I don’t have many relatives (and some of them were just called ‘relatives’ to patch the holes) but some of them ended up in Israel.

      • Mooser
        June 27, 2016, 2:44 pm

        “and the forecast of cook in the article deserved an answer: yesterday before brexit survival was a struggle and today after brexit, survival is a struggle.”

        Don’t get discouraged “Yonah”!
        You haven’t been banned yet. You’re still in the fray, striking mighty blows for Zionism and Judaism.

    • eljay
      June 26, 2016, 3:01 pm

      Abbas must be condemned for his accusation. I condemn him.

      Abbas’ accusation does not absolve Zio-supremacists or their oppressive, colonialist and religion-supremacist “Jewish State” of their past and on-going (war) crimes.

      • amigo
        June 26, 2016, 3:39 pm

        “Abbas’ accusation does not absolve Zio-supremacists or their oppressive, colonialist and religion-supremacist “Jewish State” of their past and on-going (war) crimes. “eljay.

        Eljay , Denying zionists the right to post on the basis of “whataboutery ” would severely reduce MW ,s hits.

      • eljay
        June 26, 2016, 3:44 pm

        || amigo: … Eljay , Denying zionists the right to post on the basis of “whataboutery ” would severely reduce MW ,s hits. ||

        Zio-supremacists are free to post as much whataboutery as MW permits, but it doesn’t make their sh*t smell any fresher.

      • eljay
        June 28, 2016, 10:04 am

        Abbas retracts charge that rabbis called to poison Palestinian water

        … “Only a week ago, a number of rabbis in Israel announced, and made a clear announcement, demanding that their government poison the water to kill the Palestinians,” Abbas said …

        I’m baffled (although perhaps I shouldn’t be) that Abbas would be stupid enough to make such a contentious accusation at the U.N. without first checking to see if the “clear announcement” – a copy of which you’d think he’d want to have on hand to support his position – was even true.

  4. RoHa
    June 25, 2016, 1:07 am

    Great poster!

    • Marnie
      June 25, 2016, 10:40 am

      It is horrifying and ‘spot on’.

      With the way the israelis operate wrt what goes in/out of Gaza, it ends up being Ramadan all year for Palestinians. They were put on a diet a long time ago. They need to do everything they can to buy their own goods and let israeli products first rot on the shelves, then remove them completely. BDS is the only way!

  5. mcohen.
    June 25, 2016, 6:52 am

    what is funny is the applause he got from eu members…….gone but not forgotten

    http://www.timesofisrael.com/abbas-walks-back-claim-rabbis-sought-to-poison-palestinian-wells/

  6. Kay24
    June 25, 2016, 1:53 pm

    Dates are consumed by more Muslims than other religions because of Ramadan, and it has been known by some BDS groups that Israel exports dates to many nations including the UK, and is the 3rd largest exporter of dates. I am sure many Muslims are unaware of the sources when they purchase their requirements, and should be aware of where the dates come from, since we cannot put it past these zionists to mislabel their products.

    http://www.ampalestine.org/index.php/projects-a-events/boycott-israeli-occupation-dates

  7. sulai
    June 25, 2016, 4:42 pm

    Absolutely stunning, Nazi tactics.
    According to the Forward,
    “A new website is publicizing the identities of pro-Palestinian student activists to prevent them from getting jobs after they graduate from college. But the website is keeping its own backers’ identity a secret.
    “It is your duty to ensure that today’s radicals are not tomorrow’s employees,” a female narrator intones in a slick video posted to the website’s YouTube account.”

    Read more: http://forward.com/news/308902/shadowy-web-site-creates-black-list-of-pro-palestinian-activists/#ixzz4CcnrrFT3
    http://forward.com/news/308902/shadowy-web-site-creates-black-list-of-pro-palestinian-activists/

      • Mooser
        June 26, 2016, 2:23 pm

        “sulai” read Mondo more. All the things you’ve mentioned in the past few days have been extensively covered here. Maybe they wouldn’t be such a shocking surprise that way.

    • yonah fredman
      June 26, 2016, 12:23 pm

      Sulai- McCarthyite tactics and nazi tactics should nor be confused. Or is your knowledge of history so weak that you only possess one adjective, one size fits all?

      • Mooser
        June 26, 2016, 2:18 pm

        “Or is your knowledge of history so weak that you only possess one adjective, one size fits all?”

        How’s your “knowledge of history” “Yonah”? Does it include a time when people can be forbidden from making comparisons they feel are appropriate?
        How do you intend to get them to stop?
        Shame them, by pointing out there is no comparison and can be no comparison?
        You just fight it out along those lines, “Yonah”. The things that Zionists do (do! let alone what they say) seem to invoke quite a few comparisons to the Nazis. Deal with it. There’s a reason.

      • amigo
        June 26, 2016, 2:50 pm

        Yonah , if you want a sample of the zionist desire for the downfall of the EU , just check cohen,s post , up thread. You got to love these morons who are wishing away –20% of Israel,s exports.

        I never thought I would admit that I really do have a soft spot for some zionists.

  8. mcohen.
    June 27, 2016, 7:13 am

    brexit and turkey deal all in june 2016.could this be the turning point.the balfour full circle.

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