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Israel issues BDS blacklist against 20 organizations– ‘badge of honor,’ Munayyer says

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The Israeli government has finally published its BDS blacklist, which would prevent entry to Israel– known for months to be in the works. It includes 20 organizations that support the Palestinian-led, nonviolent Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) resistance movement against the occupation — including U.S.-based organizations American Muslims for Palestine, CODEPINK, the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights and Jewish Voice for Peace.

The blacklist would Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan, who played a crucial role in compiling the blacklist, touted it as a strategic change in the way Israel handles BDS. 

“We have shifted from defense to offense,” Erdan said, as reported by Israeli daily newspaper Haaretz. “The boycott organizations need to know that the State of Israel will act against them and not allow [them] to enter its territory to harm its citizens.”

The other blacklisted U.S.-based organizations are National Students for Justice in Palestine and the American Friends Service Committee, as well as eleven European organizations and three more based in South America and Africa.

Leaders and members of the blacklisted organizations view it as an official implementation of Israel’s long followed unofficial policy of turning away Palestinian human rights activists at its border.

Omar Barghouti, a founder of the BDS movement, said the move by Israel’s “far-right regime” would only help the campaign to boycott Israel (in a statement released by IMEU):

“Israel’s new McCarthyism is reaching a new low. By waging an all-out war on the peaceful BDS movement for Palestinian rights and by now banning international human rights organizations and advocates from entry, Israel’s desperate and brutal attempts to weaken support for BDS are already backfiring.

In an interview with +972 Magazine, Jewish Voice for Peace executive-director Rebecca Vilkomerson noted that “Israel’s decision to specifically ban JVP leaders from entry is disconcerting but not surprising, given the consistent erosion of democratic norms as well as increasing fear of the BDS movement in Israel.”

To Vilkomerson, the blacklist is not only an organizational hardship but a personal one. The Brooklyn activist is married to an Israeli and has extensive family and friends in Israel and the West Bank whom she will likely no longer be able to visit. 

But the barring of Jewish Voice for Peace, an explicitly Jewish organization, suggests a true ideological contradiction forming between Israel’s claim as homeland to all Jews and Israel’s fear of the catalyzing BDS movement. And it further reveals the fissures within the mainstream American Jewish community regarding Israel.

In fact, in the approximately two days since it was made public that Jewish Voice for Peace is included on the blacklist, the general social media response suggests that membership and donations to the non-profit have increased. 

Vilkomerson told Mondoweiss this would be impossible to confirm until tomorrow.

Among the twenty blacklisted organizations there was an overwhelming sense of momentum — an affirmation that BDS is successfully putting pressure on Israel to end its abuse of Palestinians.

“This [blacklist] is a declaration of failure and defeat by the state of Israel and it grows out of the global BDS movement,” Dr. Osama Abuirshaid, national policy director at American Muslims for Palestine, told Mondoweiss. 

“[Israel] failed in confronting this movement, which is a nonviolent movement for Palestinian rights, and the only way for Israel to deal with this is to repress the activists who are fighting for Palestinian rights in a non-violent way, as it represses the Palestinians in a violent way within the borders of occupied Palestine,” Abuirshaid added.

It is unclear exactly how or if the ban will inhibit the work of the blacklisted organizations, many of which already work primarily inside the United States.

But Ariel Gold of CODEPINK noted that the BDS blacklist could have the effect of keeping “those of us that work really hard for Palestinian rights as disconnected as [possible] to the people struggling on the ground.” 

The blacklist would almost certainly prevent Gold and other members of CODEPINK, a organization particularly active in protests alongside Palestinians in places such as Nabi Saleh or Hebron in the occupied West Bank, from entry into Israel. 

It will “keep us from being able to see with our own eyes and keep us from being able to participate with our own bodies,” Gold told Mondoweiss.

But Gold recognized the absurdity and desperation in this move and is confident many others will as well. 

She explained to me that as a Jew, it is fair for her to challenge everything, even the very concept of god. But to Israel, the only thing immune to challenge is “the validity of a Jewish state.”

“Israel is willing to do anything, even give up their image — which was already a false image — of being a democratic state and being a homeland for all Jews in order to try and prevent the inevitable,” Gold said. “This BDS ban really only strengthens the movement further…it allows the rest of the world to see this hypocrisy that Israel is even more clearly.”

At the news that the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights was included on the blacklist, executive-director Yousef Munayyer wrote the following in a defiant letter to supporters:

“We wear this designation as a badge of honor. When Israel, which aims to portray itself to the world as liberal and democratic, blacklists activists dedicated to nonviolent organizing and dissent, it only further exposes itself as a fraud. It is clear to us how effective building the movement for Palestinian rights around the world has become. Our commitment to the rights of Palestinians, and our demand to hold Israel to account for the denial of these rights, is unwavering. As in the effort against apartheid in South Africa, this blacklist and repressive efforts like it will be mere footnotes in the historic march toward freedom, justice and equality.”

Here is a full list of the organizations on the blacklist.

US: American Friends Service Committee, American Muslims for Palestine, Code Pink, Jewish Voice for Peace, National Students for Justice in Palestine, US Campaign for Palestinian Rights

Europe: The France Association Palestine Solidarity, BDS France, The European Coordination of Committees and Associations for Palestine, BDS Italy, Friends of Al-Aqsa, Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign, The Palestine Committee of Norway, Palestine Solidarity Association of Sweden, Palestine Solidarity Campaign, War on Want, BDS Kampagne (BDS Germany)

South America: BDS Chile

Africa: BDS South Africa

Palestinian BDS National Committee

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  1. Marnie
    January 8, 2018, 9:47 am

    The israeli government’s response is one of fear, not strength. They are afraid that the more israelis are exposed to BDS groups and members, the more they’ll question their government and the ongong occupation.

    • DaBakr
      January 9, 2018, 6:45 am

      @m
      Certainly titled to an opinion but it’s doubtful you’ve ever been to Israel or if you have didn’t meet very many people. Israel is small, tiny in fact many would say. We know what bds is and the fact you believe more Israelis will somehow be convinced by a bunch of so-called progressive far left white folks cheering on low rent flash in the pans like lordes or touting another left wing US or (more likely British) university who bullies then cheers their success in preventing an Israeli speaker from speaking makes us feel something entirely different then “fear” . Maybe some might be afraid for you but not likely. We smile wryly and sometimes sadly while you dream the dream of fools fooled by their: own leadership, own avowed allies, both intra Arab and international and fooled by supposedly well meaning white progressives who utilize the Palestinian cause to assuage the fear and guilt they have been taught that their own tribal civilisation has been everything evil and the cause of almost every evil in the world, and I’m sure they include Israel as one of those evils they feel such guilt about.
      . So m. You can hope and pray but besides the very few dedicated hard core Zionist hating insane leftist Jews here that may support a blanket BDS of israel I wouldn’t stand around very long waiting for the numbers to rise.
      . And what’s your good, wholesome and reasonable answer to why every time a (usually) young artist- semi famous and at least well known in some groups is badgered, hounded threatened and pressured to cancel any act in israel there is almost immediately another act, an act with ten times the money making ability, the status,. ten times the long term fame and relevance to both young and old and still ten times the popularity with their core group of fans plus newer generations as well seem to purposely add themselves to the list of acts that absolutist want to play Israel and their large arenas so add many Israel stang and jew can enjoy the music

      • Marnie
        January 9, 2018, 8:13 am

        I actually live in israel. Suck on that.

      • eljay
        January 9, 2018, 8:27 am

        || @DaBr: @m
        Certainly titled to an opinion but it’s doubtful you’ve ever been to Israel … ||

        || Marnie: I actually live in israel. Suck on that. ||

        Props to you, Marnie, even though it’s unlikely to make a dent in TheBaker’s robust Zionist arrogance.

      • eljay
        January 9, 2018, 9:56 am

        || @Da: … Israel is small, tiny in fact many would say. … ||

        Thanks to the Zionist penchant for theft, occupation and colonization, Israel isn’t quite as tiny as it was at Partition.

        || … We know what bds is … ||

        It’s a threat to Jewish supremacism and the religion-supremacist nature of Israel. No wonder you Zionists despise it.

        || … low rent flash in the pans like lordes … ||

        Yup, lordes (sic) is such a “low rent flash in the pan” that, among other things:
        – she was offered a gig in Israel;
        – the Israeli Minister of Culture beseeched her to re-consider her decision to cancel;
        – she was invited to meet with the Israeli ambassador to New Zealand; and
        – the Jerusalem Post referred to her cancellation as “nothing short of a huge win for” BDS.

      • punterweger
        January 9, 2018, 10:38 am

        @DaBakr: Dream on! as Israels image continues to decline.

      • CigarGod
        January 9, 2018, 10:41 am

        Three!
        That is now three distinctly different personalities writing under the DaBakr name.

      • John O
        January 9, 2018, 1:33 pm

        @Marnie

        Game, set and match.

      • Mooser
        January 9, 2018, 3:01 pm

        “That is now three distinctly different personalities writing under the DaBakr name.”

        Maybe, but it is much more likely he copy/pastes without attribution from various sources, Facebook pages or blogs.
        I came to a conclusion long ago, the only way “Dabakr” judges his comments is by the inch.

      • Misterioso
        January 9, 2018, 3:44 pm

        @DaBakr

        Keep it up!! With advocates like you, the entity known as “Israel” needs no critics.

      • Misterioso
        January 9, 2018, 4:08 pm

        @DaBakr

        https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/asa-winstanley/bds-winning-admits-top-israeli-sabotage-strategist

        “BDS is winning, admits top Israeli ‘sabotage’ strategist.”
        Electronic Intifada – 21 April 2017

        EXCERPT:
        “The boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel is winning, a top anti-BDS strategist has conceded.

        “At the ‘Ambassadors Against BDS’ conference in New York last month, former Israeli government advisor Gidi Grinstein said that ‘in 2016 our community probably invested 20 times … more resources in dealing with this problem compared to what we invested in 2010.’ Yet despite these tens of millions of dollars spent combating BDS, Grinstein asked: ‘why are we not winning?’”

        https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/leaked-report-highlights-israel-lobbys-failures?utm_source=EI+readers&utm_campaign=6a6fca5d39-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e802a7602d-6a6fca5d39-290675021

        “Leaked report highlights Israel lobby’s failures”

        EXCERPTS:
        “The Reut Institute, founded by former government advisor Gidi Grinstein, has conceded in a secret report jointly prepared with the ADL that Israel’s efforts to thwart the Palestine solidarity movement have failed.

        “Key Israel lobby groups have conceded that they have failed to counter the Palestine solidarity movement, despite vastly increasing their spending. The admission is contained in a secret report that The Electronic Intifada has obtained.”

      • DaBakr
        January 12, 2018, 2:04 pm

        @m
        So, you should at least understand what I mean even if you disagree. I also can only imagine what your dream for a realistic solution other then the “everybody is free, democratic….b.s.”. Do you want Israel Jews to have any sovereignty as Jews. Do you want the majority population to be Arab and the Jews become a minority?
        Also, lots of people live in israel. People who are guests of the Israeli govt live here while they plot the destruction of the Zionist state. So, I suppose, there are different types of’living here’ that have to be considered.

      • DaBakr
        January 12, 2018, 2:39 pm

        @cg
        Thanks for the compliment, I guess. Three? You mean like Sybil kind of 3?

        @mst
        Oh right. Like I’m really going to take an EI piece (the website that spreads half of the lies told about Israel and shares them far and wide so it appears like the stories are being put out by credible sources other then EI linked entities. And besides, if bds was nothing, there would be nothing to talk about. Of course bds has succeeded in some areas. But every time there is another bds success the effort to dispel the lies is strengthened and the process goes on. People who want to believe Israel’s “image” is being destroyed are want to believe Israel is being destroyed in general. Every opportunity taken to rattle Israel’s reputation is almost always countered by some new deal, never heard of foreign commercial exchange or technical aid. Israelis have been living for years and years with efforts to discredit us. It’s just another ongoing challenge we deal with. The most left, most angry, fearful, ashamed and weak work with our enemies out of either conviction or foolishness.
        @msr
        . Maybe you cut and paste some of your dumbest kitschy and painful ‘puns’ from some moronic research site on how to annoy zionists to death but I don’t cut, paste or write anything that isn’t 100% mine. Your the big’archive’ guy. Go tootle and dig up some potatoes! I may have linked to other articles a few times at most. I’ve explained before that the “link game” is a fools journey. Links to mass media outlets implying gravitas end up trickling back to a tiny sewage drain spit out buy some crackpot writing for either EI, MW, Maan, Silverman, 971 or other Arab propaganda outfit in the first place.(and yeah, I’m sure some of the same goes on the other way too)
        And come on! “Three distinct” personalities? Is mw still the anti-zionist crowds ‘crackpots on display’?

      • eljay
        January 12, 2018, 3:33 pm

        || @Daar: … Is mw still the anti-zionist crowds ‘crackpots on display’? ||

        Dunno, but it sure does have a lot of Zionist crackpots on display.

      • Mooser
        January 12, 2018, 4:54 pm

        “Your the big’archive’ guy. Go tootle and dig up some potatoes!”

        Okay, here’s one:
        .
        “It’s sorta creepy. “Dabakr” goes off into these long mutters. Standing against a wall, looking daggers at everybody, his hand working furiously in his pocket, and muttering, muttering, muttering. Scary.
        I’m staying near the door, he might go off.”

      • RoHa
        January 12, 2018, 6:06 pm

        “Do you want Israel Jews to have any sovereignty as Jews.”

        I see no reason why members of any ethnic/religious/linguistic/hobby group should have sovereignty as members of that group.

      • Talkback
        January 13, 2018, 4:57 am

        DaBakr: “Do you want Israel Jews to have any sovereignty as Jews. Do you want the majority population to be Arab and the Jews become a minority?”

        Do you want to keep Nonjews expelled? What is the actual crime against humanity?

      • Talkback
        January 13, 2018, 5:50 am

        DaBakr: “@mst
        Oh right. Like I’m really going to take an EI piece (the website that spreads half of the lies told about Israel and shares them far and wide so it appears like the stories are being put out by credible sources other then EI linked entities.”

        ROFL, right. So which lies did EI tells about Israel by refering to a 2017 report one can download from jewishpublicaffairs.org:
        http://www.jewishpublicaffairs.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/10/2015/09/The-20X-Question-Strategic-Framework-vs-DLG-and-BDS-By-Reut-Group-and-ADL.pdf

        Don’t chicken out this time! (Oh, I know you will, lol.)

  2. Citizen
    January 8, 2018, 10:01 am

    US main media, including where most Americans get their news: cable TV channels, remains mum on this issue. I’d like to see, at least CSPAN WJ do a program on this, invite representatives of the black listed organizations on, subject to incoming calls from the US public.

  3. aloeste
    January 8, 2018, 10:43 am

    not sure what country lets its sworn enemies enter? Iran ? North Korea ? Saudi?

    • ritzl
      January 8, 2018, 11:23 am

      Eljay says it far better, but great list you got there. Heh.

      Even by your own negative reckoning: Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Israel.

      Doesn’t sound very democratic, does it?

    • John O
      January 8, 2018, 11:25 am

      Can’t you do better than say that Israel is better than those three?

      How about Ireland, Italy or Iceland? All good, peaceful democracies, which tends to mean they no longer have “sworn enemies”.

      Of course, there are some politicians in Northern Ireland who are pretty much “sworn enemies” of the Republic, but there’s nothing to stop them getting the train to Dublin for talks every now and then. Come to think of it, as fellow members of the EU (for the moment), and under the terms of the Good Friday peace agreement, they can go and live there if they wish.

      • eljay
        January 8, 2018, 11:43 am

        Although Zionists love to boast that the “Jewish State” is “moral beacon”, a “light unto the nations” and a “Western-style democracy”, they inevitably defend it as being less bad than Saudi Arabia, Mali, African “hell-holes”, China and 19th-century America. Go figure.

      • Mooser
        January 9, 2018, 3:06 pm

        .” Go figure.”

        I have. They think Zionism is entitled to any historical atrocity or genocide, no matter when it happened or who the protagonists were.
        But without any of the consequences which attended the atrocities, of course.
        In fact, they see the atrocities and genocides as necessary and laudable steps in nation-making.

      • eljay
        January 9, 2018, 3:32 pm

        || Mooser: … They think Zionism is entitled to any historical atrocity or genocide, no matter when it happened or who the protagonists were.
        But without any of the consequences which attended the atrocities, of course.
        In fact, they see the atrocities and genocides as necessary and laudable steps in nation-making. ||

        Zionists: Late to the party and three sheets to the wind.

      • Maghlawatan
        January 9, 2018, 4:02 pm

        Atrocities are to Zionists what shared cultural riches are to other people. Take the violence out of Zionism and all there is left is a few broken matzo, some appropriated hummus and a broken marriage.

    • oldgeezer
      January 9, 2018, 9:34 pm

      @aloeste

      “Sworn enemies.”

      Catchy phrase. When did they swear to be enemies and what the heck does that status mean beyond trying to be overly dramatic that they disagree with Israel policies?

      ps… Where does one get sworn in as an enemy? A lot of people would like to join with the decent moral people who oppose the racist outlaw state.

      • DaBakr
        January 12, 2018, 2:10 pm

        @g
        Both Lebanon and Syria and Hamas and Hezbollah call and consider Israel their, “Sworn enemy”. Maybe they refuse to call it Israel but they definitely call Israel their enemy

  4. ritzl
    January 8, 2018, 11:29 am

    It’ll be interesting to see whether this radicalizes (i.e. clarifies the thought process) groups like JVP which have consistently tried to straddle the intra-Jewish conflict on Israel.

  5. rhkroell
    January 8, 2018, 12:06 pm

    “not sure what country lets its sworn enemies enter? Iran ? North Korea ? Saudi?”

    When compassionate Jews (and Gentiles) engage in forms of non-violent civil disobedience — like economic boycotts — to encourage the current Zionist regime to discontinue its ancient Maccabean ritual of committing war crimes and crimes against humanity — they are not acting as the “sworn enemies” of Israel.

    These BDS activists are doing God’s work. They are working to “save” Jews — not this current outlaw Israeli regime — but God’s “chosen people,” the Elect.

  6. Ossinev
    January 8, 2018, 1:00 pm

    “The boycott organizations need to know that the State of Israel will act against them and not allow [them] to enter its territory to harm its citizens.”
    Obviously it being a Jewish Democracy(LOL) the views of Arab “citizens” numbering 20% of the population and growing weren`t taken into account.Probably because in the Zioplan Utopia they are due to be “disappeared” somehow in the near future.
    With Erdan and his new ministry they must have spent a lot of shekels and a lot of time coming up with a suitable(sic) title for the job. Shame as it would have saved all that time and money by simply calling it “the Israeli Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda”.

    • Misterioso
      January 9, 2018, 6:54 pm

      https://www.haaretz.com/ israel-news/.premium-1.833817

      Haaretz , Jan 09, 2018

      “Israel Sets Up Secret Firm With Top Ex-generals, Envoys for Online ‘Mass Awareness’ Campaign ‘To Fight Delegitimization'”

      “Among the shareholders are former UN ambassador Dore Gold and ex-generals Amos Yadlin and Yaakov Amidror. The new initiative will not be subject to the Freedom of Information Law.”
      By Noa Landau

      EXCERPTS:
      “The Strategic Affairs Ministry has set up a public-benefit corporation to engage in what it calls ‘mass awareness activities’ as part of ‘the struggle against the delegitimization campaign’ against Israel internationally.

      “Haaretz has obtained a list of the shareholders and directors of the company, Kella Shlomo, who include former Israeli ambassadors to the United Nations.

      “The government recently allocated 128 million shekels ($37 million) to the initiative, in addition to the 128 million shekels it will raise from private donors around the world.

      “The new initiative will not be subject to the Freedom of Information Law, in accordance with the secrecy policy of the ministry, which refuses to release detailed information about its activities.”

      “The shareholders and directors include former ministry director general Yossi Kuperwasser; former UN ambassador Dore Gold, who is also a former adviser to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu; and former UN ambassador Ron Prosor.”

  7. Jackdaw
    January 8, 2018, 1:28 pm

    “The Brooklyn activist is married to an Israeli and has extensive family and friends in Israel and the West Bank whom she will likely no longer be able to visit.”

    Not surprisingly, Rebekka is crying wolf. The Jewish Agency has announced that all Jews who wish to make Aliyah and immigrate to the State of Israel, may do so, regardless of their political beliefs.

    https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.833545

    Shame on you, Rebekka for misleading us….again.

    • Annie Robbins
      January 8, 2018, 1:34 pm

      jack, you lost me. what does making aliyah and immigrating to israel have to do with visiting friends and family?

      • eljay
        January 8, 2018, 2:14 pm

        || Annie Robbins: jack, you lost me. … ||

        Jackdaw is highly intelligent. The Nazi party member and known anti-Semite he admires said so.

      • Jackdaw
        January 9, 2018, 1:23 am

        Rebecca, and any other BDS Jew, can make aliaya, earn Israeli citizenship, and visit their Israeli friends while flying to Israel with a State of Israel passport. Very simple.

        And please tell eljay to stop cyber stalking me. I never said I admired Kornrad Lorenz. I said that Lorenz was a noble prize winner. I never said I admired him or any Nazis.
        My patience with eljay has been worn thin.

      • eljay
        January 9, 2018, 7:59 am

        || Jackdaw: … I never said I admired Kornrad Lorenz. … ||

        It’s true: You never said “I admire Kornrad (sic) Lorenz.” Allow me to correct my previous post:

        eljay   January 8, 2018, 2:14 pm
        || Annie Robbins: jack, you lost me. … ||

        Jackdaw is highly intelligent. Nobel Prize winner Konrad Lorenz said so.

        || … My patience with eljay has been worn thin. ||

        :-(

      • John O
        January 9, 2018, 10:47 am

        @Jackdaw

        If you don’t admire Lorenz, why did you introduce him into the conversation the other day?

      • echinococcus
        January 9, 2018, 11:39 am

        The JackZz again:

        I never said I admired Kornrad Lorenz. I said that Lorenz was a noble prize winner. I never said I admired him or any Nazis.

        He’s a prize winner, that much is sure, but his being noble is your personal opinion, as he was born a commoner, and certainly proof of spiritual admiration.

        I never said I admired him or any Nazis.

        You don’t have to say it: the surest sign of admiration is imitation!
        Imitation not of of Konrad Lorenz, who was merely the usual cowardly perfessor. Your full-blown imitation of Dr Goebbels and Julius Schleicher would have been impressive, were it not for your difficulty in expressing yourself.

        My patience with eljay has been worn thin

        Now you sound like some royalty.

      • Annie Robbins
        January 9, 2018, 11:42 am

        can make aliaya, earn Israeli citizenship

        iow, if you immigrate you can visit.

        how disingenuous! immigrate and you’re allowed to visit your relatives!

        stop cyber stalking me. I never said …. I said…I never said…My patience ….has been worn thin.

        “Round and around the vortex, like so many floaters.”

        my suggestion would be to stop spamming the threads jack.

      • catalan
        January 9, 2018, 12:29 pm

        “how disingenuous! immigrate and you’re allowed to visit your relatives!”
        But the goal of BDS is to starve the relatives in order for them to agree to allow the return of 8 million descendants of refugees including all of Hamas and Islamic Jihad, so that the relatives would be killed. It seems hypocritical to wish to visit the relatives while at the same time hoping they would starve enough to desire their own death.

      • Mooser
        January 9, 2018, 12:35 pm

        “My patience with eljay has been worn thin.”

        What’cha gonna do, my little faigelah? Fly away and deprive us of your sweet songs?

        Ah, “Jackdaw”, our own roseh avis.

      • eljay
        January 9, 2018, 1:04 pm

        || catalan: … But the goal of BDS is to starve the relatives in order for them to agree to allow the return of 8 million descendants of refugees including all of Hamas and Islamic Jihad, so that the relatives would be killed. … ||

        Let’s see:
        Goals of BDS

        The BDS movement aims to pressure Israel to respect international law by:

        1. Ending its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands and dismantling the Wall
        International law recognises the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, Gaza and the Syrian Golan Heights as occupied by Israel.

        2. Recognizing the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality.

        3. Respecting, protecting and promoting the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN resolution 194.

        These are three basic rights without which the Palestinian people cannot exercise its inalienable right to self-determination.

        The BDS movement does not advocate for a particular solution to the conflict and does not call for either a “one state solution” or a “two state solution”. Instead, BDS focuses on the realization of basic rights and the implementation of international law.

        Nothing there about “starve the relatives in order for them to agree to allow the return of 8 million descendants of refugees including all of Hamas and Islamic Jihad, so that the relatives would be killed.” Your English-to-Bulgarian/Spanish (you guess)/New Mexican translator appears to be (deliberately) malfunctioning.

      • Mooser
        January 9, 2018, 2:33 pm

        ” Your English-to-Bulgarian/Spanish (you guess)/New Mexican translator…”

        Don’t forget his natural algorithm, which converts allrightnik to alt-Right nut.

      • oldgeezer
        January 9, 2018, 2:57 pm

        @catalan

        Once again you perfectly demonstrate why some people need a Hysterical Homeland.

      • Mooser
        January 9, 2018, 3:14 pm

        “Once again you perfectly demonstrate why some people need a Hysterical Homeland.”

        And that brings us to the point in the thread where “catalan” tells us he has more money that we do. He was working his way round to it.

  8. Nathan
    January 8, 2018, 3:10 pm

    In this article, Omar Barghouti sees the Israeli decision as bad (“a new low” that is “backfiring”). You might think that he’s interested in helping Israel out, but (unfortunately in his view) Israel has worked against her own best interests. And for Ms Vilkomerson of the JVP, it’s also a very bad decision, organizationally and personally. Her organization which calls for boycotting Israel would like to be able to visit those whom it is boycotting. Mr Munayyer, on the other hand, is obviously glad that he has been blacklisted. It’s a “badge of honor”.

    So, are we supposed to be happy that Israel has blacklisted twenty organizations, or are we supposed to be angry about it. When I read the articles in the Mondoweiss website, I try to find the “bottom line”, but I can’t find it. Obviously, the intention is to present Israel in a negative light, but what is position of the author (or of the website) concerning the issue at hand?

    A while ago, there was an article here that complained that leftist Israelis don’t support a two-state solution with the right of return – but the author of the article didn’t go on record saying that HE supports a two-state solution with the right of return. So strange. You can’t tell if the author is calling upon the Israelis to support a two-state solution with the right of return because he would like to end the conflict with a two-state solution and the right of return – or if he opposes such an outcome, but he just likes to complain about leftist Israelis as a hobby (or as a means to fill up an article).

    I propose a bottom line for the above article: “Let’s support the Israeli decision to blacklist the twenty organization”. There are many human weaknesses, and supporters of the BDS sometimes fail to maintain their commitments (if such a thing could be imagined). Although they think that Israel should be boycotted, still some of them might fly to Israel and even buy a meal in a restaurant (after all, the weather in Israel is really super, whereas the weather in North America and Europe is really awful). Let’s be grateful to the government of Israel that in its wisdom and sense of helpfulness has decided to help the BDS activists to keep their solemn commitments.

    • Jackdaw
      January 9, 2018, 1:28 am

      I’m confused. How do you boycott Israel, and fly there ($$) at the same time?

      • Talkback
        January 9, 2018, 8:14 am

        Yes, Jackdaw. We allready know that something in your psyche makes you forget Israel’s occupation and that there’s no other way to enter Palestine.

      • Marnie
        January 9, 2018, 9:57 am

        “I’m confused.”

        We know.

      • Mooser
        January 9, 2018, 1:41 pm

        “I’m confused. How do you boycott Israel, and fly there ($$) at the same time?”

        Yeah, sounds like Marxism to me. You only come to say you must be going?

  9. Boris
    January 8, 2018, 3:33 pm

    Yousef and Osama don’t like it. Am I surprised?

    As for Rebekkka, apparently, she was using tax-deductible donations to her organization to visit her relatives in Israel. Nice!!!

    • JosephA
      January 8, 2018, 4:17 pm

      We can always count on Boris for an intelligent, meaningful comment. Thanks!

  10. Maghlawatan
    January 8, 2018, 3:52 pm

    Jewish democracy. Not Jewish. Not democratic
    The price of occupation is so high

    Imagine being paranoid about Jewish voices for peace . That is really taking the peace .

    BDS beats the nukes every time.

  11. just
    January 8, 2018, 4:46 pm

    Interesting article up @ +972:

    “Why has Israel banned Jewish leftists but not members of Nazi-linked groups?

    Israel has banned leaders and key activists from Jewish Voice for Peace, the American Friends Service Committee, and the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, among other groups that support BDS, from entering the country. So why doesn’t it extend the same restrictions to members of Nazi-affiliated groups? …

    … In its choices over who and who not to ban from the country, the Israeli government has demonstrated that its concern is not what Nazis and the rest of the far-right think about Jews, but rather what they think about Muslims, leftists, and the proper way — i.e., the authoritarian way — to run a country. Gorka, Strache et al mirror the dominant political culture in Israel today, one that is anti-democratic, racist, populist, virulently Islamophobic and intolerant of the merest suggestion of left-liberal values. And while their Nazi ties may prompt “official” Israel to purse its lips and furrow its brows, they are clearly quite welcome to visit the country.

    Yet there’s a further element to Israel’s latest blacklist, which specifically concerns Jewish Voice for Peace. They are, of course, not unique in being banned from the country for their political outlook; as executive director Rebecca Vilkomerson told +972 on Saturday, JVP members are “now joining Palestinians, Muslims from around the world, people of color and other activists who are often barred from entry.” JVP members are also far from the first Jewish left-wing activists to have been refused entry to Israel-Palestine.

    But the formality of this step — banning outright leaders and key members of a Jewish organization — is yet further concrete evidence of what has been clear for some time: that even as the Israeli government makes crystal-clear its commitment to having as few non-Jews as possible within its borders, it is also becoming increasingly blatant about possessing criteria for the types of Jews it considers kosher. …

    There is a toxic mix of prejudices at work here: racism, illiberalism, religious chauvinism. As the checks on these impulses fall by the wayside — and not just in Israel — these blacklists will continue to grow. For now, though, this latest ban sends a clear message: acting in support of Palestinian human and civil rights makes you persona non grata in Israel.”

    https://972mag.com/why-has-israel-banned-jewish-leftists-but-not-members-of-nazi-linked-groups/132268/

    Things are not looking up for Israel. They’re not looking up for Kushner, either ;-) :

    “Jared Kushner’s company under renewed scrutiny over Chinese and Israeli deals

    Family’s real estate company received a subpoena from the SEC, and separately questions have been raised about his business dealings in Israel”

    much more @ https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jan/08/jared-kushners-company-under-renewed-scrutiny-over-chinese-and-israeli-deals

  12. yonah fredman
    January 8, 2018, 7:20 pm

    David Rosenberg in Haaretz claims that BDS is a monster that has died and that Israeli is reviving it only because of domestic politics. It gives an opportunity to right wing politicians to act tough. (Acting tough vis a vis rockets from Gaza might result in war, acting tough vis a vis BDS is a freebie compared to war.) He says that if these right wing politicians would shut up, BDS would remain a minor annoyance. I don’t know economics, nor do I know David Rosenberg’s reliability, but that’s what he says. https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.833716

    • Emet
      January 9, 2018, 5:02 am

      Haaretz keeps getting it wrong so I would not put any credence behind most of the garbage that emanates from this rag.

      • John O
        January 9, 2018, 10:52 am

        @ yonah and emet

        Is this a private fight between Zionists or can anyone join in?

      • Mooser
        January 9, 2018, 1:49 pm

        “Haaretz keeps getting it wrong…” “Emet”

        So tell us, bal toyreh, where should we go for accurate information on Israel?

    • Mooser
      January 9, 2018, 12:47 pm

      “David Rosenberg in Haaretz claims that BDS is a monster that has died and that Israeli is reviving it only because of domestic politics”

      That’s right, “yonah”. The Zionist geniuses in Israel mastermind the entire world.

    • Annie Robbins
      January 9, 2018, 1:08 pm

      rosenberg is funny. his basic premise is that bds is completely ineffective and not growing and then he says things like

      It also has a section devoted to stopping G4S, even though the global security company sold its Israel unit six months ago.

      as if bds had absolutely no impact on G4S divesting! a global company no less! and this:

      The Ireland Palestine Solidarity Committee has a petition for supporters to sign demanding the Irish building materials company CRH divest its 25% stake in Israel cement company Nesher. Problem is – it did that two years ago.

      and why did CRH divest? because of BDS! here’s rosenberg’s idea of what BDS accomplishes:

      only once or twice a year posting some minor victory when a student council votes to boycott Israel

      .
      anyway, let him think what he wants. bds infiltrates like crab grass, underneath the surface. when the rain comes followed by the spring, it shoots up and is invasive. israel knows this which is why it is fighting bds tooth and nail to stop it. and they can’t!

  13. DaBakr
    January 8, 2018, 7:28 pm

    Big news? The bds (a theoretically non violent blacklist movement) is going crazy because they have been boycotted or blacklisted by the national govt they seek to blacklist. They say is a badge of honour yet don’t explain why the opposite shouldn’t be considered just as much as badge of honor.

    Meanwhile, in the real world: powerful religious voices in both Egypt and Saudi Arabia plus additional comments from assorted Emirate officials have expressed an openness, not to give up on the holy nature of al quds to Islam but to the idea that itty is NOT NECESSARY for the Palestinian capital to be I east Jerusalem and that Ramallah would do just as well.

    It can be funny when two vocal and extreme voices are at complete odds but one side has its former arch enemies preaching a sensible incremental peace process knowing that demands by groups like Hamas, BDS, Fatah PLO the mullahs and more will go no where at all except to all out war- which the region has seen before and yet the fools somehow extort a different outcome next time.

    • Talkback
      January 9, 2018, 8:35 am

      An anti-Apartheid movement is going crazy because it has been BLACKLISTED by the Apartheid state? You must be pretty delusional. This just supports their cause, because the Apartheid Junta lost another chance to fake being a democracy.

      • just
        January 9, 2018, 4:03 pm

        wrt “Apartheid”:

        “Israel’s BDS blacklist is straight out of apartheid. The UK can’t condone it

        Asad Rehman

        … This repressive move is borrowed straight from the playbook of South Africa’s apartheid regime, which had the same aim of silencing critics. Ultimately, Israel’s blacklist will fail, just as South Africa’s did. But first and foremost, the ban calls for a robust condemnation from people of conscience around the world – and the UK government, which continues to conduct “business as usual” with Israel.

        As one of the blacklisted organisations, War on Want is in good company, alongside groups such as the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights, Jewish Voice for Peace and the American Friends Service Committee – a US Quaker group awarded a Nobel peace prize in 1947 for assisting people persecuted by the Nazis.

        Barring foreign advocates of human rights and international law is the latest in a string of increasingly frantic attempts to gag critics of the Israeli government’s unjust and illegal policies, and to intimidate the growing global movement in defence of Palestinian rights.

        Israel is not alone in this. Leaders of rightwing governments, from Narendra Modi to Donald Trump, are increasingly resorting to authoritarian measures for the purposes of political censorship. Yet grassroots opposition shows that a deep and abiding will exists to defend free speech and civil liberties.

        This isn’t War on Want’s first encounter with a blacklist from an apartheid state. In the 1980s, when the South African government banned foreign funding for anti-apartheid groups there – in particular those calling for boycotts – War on Want led the UK campaign to oppose the ban. At that time, our staff regularly visited South Africa to work with partner organisations; they were under constant surveillance and followed everywhere they went. Of course, the government’s primary aim was to target the grassroots black activists we worked with, who faced arbitrary imprisonment, torture and death.

        Similarly, the bans and blacklists that we face today are only a shadow of what Palestinians endure every single day. This year we remember that it is 70 years since more than 800,000 Palestinians were forcibly displaced from their homes; they are still denied their right to return by Israel.

        Over these seven decades, Israel has imposed travel bans, evictions, and home demolitions that have become part of daily life for Palestinian families. So are arbitrary arrest and detention without trial, collective punishment, violence, and torture without redress.

        These injustices are the very reason why the BDS movement exists: when all other roads to justice have led nowhere, Palestinians have refused to give up their rights, calling on people of conscience around the world to help make Israeli oppression visible and to campaign against the institutions that profit from it. The BDS movement, as this blacklist demonstrates, spans the globe: a non-violent means of winning peace and justice. That is why we are proud to support it.

        Israel’s BDS blacklist is designed to intimidate and silence people and organisations, such as War on Want, who call for international law and human rights to be respected. It is an attempt to smear human rights defenders, and to make principled calls for justice seem “controversial”. That’s why civil society must come together in the face of such attacks and refuse to let human rights defenders be silenced.

        The UK government has a heavy responsibility. While Israel is violating international law and Palestinian human rights, the UK government continues its bloody arms trade with Israel, encouraging repression against Palestinians, and the demonisation of groups abroad that condemn the repression.

        That’s why we are calling on the British government not only to condemn this crackdown, but to stop arming Israel – and to hold its government to account for the apartheid policies that made BDS a necessity in the first place.”

        • Asad Rehman is executive director of War on Want”

        https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jan/09/israel-bds-blacklist-apartheid-uk-war-on-want

  14. Elliot
    January 8, 2018, 10:21 pm

    This ban will only accelerate the disenchantment of young American Jews with Israel.
    With this ban, Israel has declared that it is no longer the Jewish State. The rationale of “the Jewish State” was that it was open to all Jews and served as the center of the Jewish people.
    Now, Israel has withdrawn from that position.
    The “Jewish and democratic” state is neither democratic for non-Jews or Jewish for Jews.
    So, what does the State of Israel stand for and why should us Jews care?

  15. Emet
    January 9, 2018, 1:08 am

    Philip and Adam, as well as some other bloggers on this site, I suggest you start taking lessons in Pilates, so you can bend down and blow your chances away of ever entering Israel again.

    • Mooser
      January 9, 2018, 1:02 pm

      ” and blow your chances away of ever entering Israel again.”

      And how will that hurt them? You keep on threatening with this, I don’t see what the big deal is.

  16. MHughes976
    January 9, 2018, 9:32 am

    It would only be logical if the Ban were extended to Mondoweiss commenters, except for the approved ones.

    • Mooser
      January 9, 2018, 2:51 pm

      “except for the approved ones.”

      They can’t keep me out. I have split hooves and chew the cud.

  17. Eva Smagacz
    January 9, 2018, 9:41 am

    “Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan”

    Can we please call Gilad Ergan’s Ministry by its full name?

    המשרד לנושאים אסטרטגיים והסברה

    Ministry of Strategic Affairs and Propaganda (as in Hasbara = Propaganda/Information/Public Relations)72/81

  18. Vera Gottlieb
    January 9, 2018, 11:28 am

    Why would I want to go to israel??? You couldn’t pay me enough…

  19. Misterioso
    January 9, 2018, 6:44 pm

    https://www.theguardian.com/ commentisfree/2018/jan/09/ israel-bds-blacklist- apartheid-uk-war-on-want

    ​The Guardian, 9 Jan ‘18

    “Israel’s BDS blacklist is straight out of apartheid. The UK can’t condone it​.​”

    “Banning groups, such as War on Want, that support the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement is a desperate attempt to silence human rights defenders.”

    EXCERPTS:
    “Israel’s ‘BDS blacklist’, published in the Israeli media on Sunday, bans 20 charities and human rights groups from entering the country, because they support the Palestinian-led boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement – a campaign that holds Israel to account over violations of Palestinian rights and international law.

    “This repressive move is borrowed straight from the playbook of South Africa’s apartheid regime, which had the same aim of silencing critics. Ultimately, Israel’s blacklist will fail, just as South Africa’s did. But first and foremost, the ban calls for a robust condemnation from people of conscience around the world – and the UK government, which continues to conduct ‘business as usual’ with Israel.”

  20. oldgeezer
    January 9, 2018, 9:53 pm

    Well right or wrong this is within Israel’s power to enforce.

    While it won’t happen as our political systems have been compromised by zionists it would only be reasonable to insist our politicians reply in kind to this insult to our citizens based upon their political beliefs.

    Our governments fully espouse and support a 2SS.

    In light of this we should be demanding our governments introduce an entry ban on all individuals which are members of a political party which have as a policy an objection to a 2SS.

    This is a proportional response to the harm done to our citizens.

    And it will result in a ban on all Likud, Jewish Home, etc parties which are officially against a Palestinian state. That it would also eliminate any member of the outlaw regime is merely an added bonus.

  21. Ossinev
    January 10, 2018, 9:51 am

    @emet
    “Philip and Adam, as well as some other bloggers on this site, I suggest you start taking lessons in Pilates, so you can bend down and blow your chances away of ever entering Israel again”

    I hope the Pope`s advisors are keeping him in check on BDS because if he comes out in support then – well Pilates etc.

    Now that would be a hoot as in “The Israeli Government bans Anti – Semitic Pope from visiting Jerusalem Holy Sites. President Trump tweets that it is a fake ban”.

    I am joking of course. Or am I. Zionists are so schizoid and pumped up with what they see as their God given invincibility that they are truly capable of anything.

    As for despairing of being able to visit Israel again well do sane people actually want to visit asylums ?

    • Jon66
      January 10, 2018, 9:17 pm

      Oss,
      “To attack Jews is anti-Semitism, but an outright attack on the State of Israel is also anti-Semitism,” Francis told a delegation from the World Jewish Congress (WJC). “There may be political disagreements between governments and on political issues, but the State of Israel has every right to exist in safety and prosperity.”
      https://www.timesofisrael.com/pope-says-denying-israels-right-to-exist-is-anti-semitism/

      • RoHa
        January 10, 2018, 11:59 pm

        Pope’s been nobbled.

      • Talkback
        January 11, 2018, 8:41 am

        ““To attack Jews is anti-Semitism, but an outright attack on the State of Israel is also anti-Semitism,” Francis told a delegation from the World Jewish Congress (WJC). ”

        So to attack Palestinians is hatred/racism against Palestinians and an outright attack on mandate Palestine in 1948 or the State of Palestine today is also hatred/racism.

        Interesting. Highly stupid, but interesting. Just another Zionist idiot. There, I said it.

  22. Boris
    January 10, 2018, 4:01 pm

    It is funny – most commenters say they don’t care about this ban, yet, the number and the vitriol of the messages suggest otherwise.

    Israel must be doing something right here — it had hit where it hurts…

    • Talkback
      January 11, 2018, 9:17 am

      What’s even more funny that you just describe your own reaction to BDS.

  23. Ossinev
    January 11, 2018, 7:52 am

    @Jon66

    You mean like: https://www.timesofisrael.com/vatican-signs-treaty-recognizing-state-of-palestine/

    NB” Angry Israel says ‘hasty step damages the prospects for advancing a peace agreement”

    I do agree with his Highness of course that the new single state which is due to emerge after it`s Apartheid Stage 1 should have every right to exist in safety and prosperity.

    @Roha
    No I don`t believe it. Are you saying that Adelson has had a secret audience ?

  24. Krendall Mist
    January 15, 2018, 6:34 pm

    BDS is the ZE’s existential threat.

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