The press has tried to smear as “anti-Semites” hundreds of anti-Zionist protesters who opposed a pro-Israel event at the annual LGBTQ conference in late January, Creating Change. While the pro-Israel event should not have been canceled, even temporarily, the smear of the protesters does far more damage.
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Old battles between Israel’s right and left are playing out inside of the government and on the streets of Tel Aviv, amid a Knesset discussion on sanctioning left-wing groups. The NGO transparency bill proposed last November by Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked would require organizations that receive funds from foreign donors to disclose the sources on materials presented to the government.
Nada Elia says that when it comes to Palestine it is not bigots who attempt to shut down debate, but instead Israel’s liberal supporters. She believes that the impulse amongst otherwise rational people to shut down educational events and conversations stems from the fact that there is an essential dissonance at play when liberals embrace Zionism. Whichever way one looks at it, there are irreconcilable differences between the professed beliefs of liberals, and the quotidian acceptance of supremacy which Zionism hinges upon.
Breaking the Silence is a dissident Israeli veterans’ group that has done international tours. A US pro-Israel group called “Our Soldiers Speak” is asking campuses if they want to hear from an Israeli army colonel who will explain that Israel is an “outpost” and Hezbollah is an effort to destroy the west’s “way of life.”
Yesterday a parody edition of the New York Times was handed out on the streets of New York City generating headlines around the world. Today, the New York chapter Jewish Voice for Peace and the organization Jews Say No! have claimed credit for the project. They say the paper was created to “point out how biased current reporting is on Israel and Palestine and to show what a paper that was fair and accurate could look like.”
On February 2, activists spread out across New York City handing out 10,000 copies of an expertly-produced “supplement” to the New York Times announcing a “new editorial policy” towards Israel/Palestine.
Earlier this week, the Park Slope Food Coop in Brooklyn held a general meeting at which it passed a measure to require a super-majority of 75 percent on resolutions to boycott products at the coop. The rule is aimed at holding back the forces that want to boycott Israeli goods.
Roger Waters appeals to the “collective beating heart” of the French people to oppose anti-Palestinian discrimination, in the wake of a French court upholding criminal charges against protesters who support Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel
Two weeks ago a right-wing Israeli group called Ad Kan released an undercover video that claimed leftist Israeli activists were a driving force behind Palestinian violence. After the footage was aired on a major local news station three people were arrested on charges of conspiracy—one Palestinian and two Israelis. Now Ad Kan has released a second video, this time targeting the organization Anarchists Against the Wall as so-called “extremist Israeli activists” who “have a clear goal: to injure and kill IDF soldiers and police officers.”
In an effort to preempt a proposal to boycott Sodastream products made in the occupied West Bank, the Park Slope Food Coop is holding a vote tonight to require a supermajority of 75 percent to approve a boycott
French courts have affirmed a law that makes it a misdemeanor to speak out in favor of boycotting Israeli goods. French Justice Minister Christiane Taubira has pioneered progressive laws and has been called on to abrogate the legal memorandum in the matter. When she speaks at NYU on January 29, she should face questions on the issue.
‘This is totally a political arrest. Its sole purpose is to thwart our activity for human rights in the territories, against the crimes and criminals of the occupation. They will not break us, they will not,’ Guy Butavia shouts as he is led through the courthouse in Jerusalem
The National Labor Relations Board has rejected a complaint filed by the Israeli lawfare organization Shurat HaDin against the the United Electrical, Radio & Machine Workers of America (UE) that sought to overturn the union’s historic resolution in support of BDS.
Tiffany & Co was set to appear at Ethical Corporation’s Responsible Business Summit USA 2016, but disappeared from the schedule after the jeweler’s ties to an Israeli supplier which funds a unit of the Israeli military came to light.
Omar Barghouti writes, “Though Human Rights Watch does not endorse BDS or call for a boycott against Israel or companies profiting from its violations of international law, it actually calls for something quite radical: sanctions against Israel.”
The Methodist decision to withdraw their investments from five major Israeli banks for their enablement – and profiteering – from the occupation of Palestinians is telling. Not only do they call out Israel for its transgressions, they add it to a list of “high-risk” areas that “demonstrate a prolonged and systematic pattern of human rights abuses.” It is the nations of the world they place Israel among that’s most explosive.
In the first such step by a major church group, the $20-billion Pension and Health Benefits Fund of the United Methodist Church has declared the five largest Israeli banks off limits for investment and has divested from the two that it held in its portfolios.
Palestinian activists are gathering in front of checkpoint 56 at the entrance to Shuhada Street in Hebron to stage a sit-in protest. The protest will be ongoing, continuing 24 hours a day. Youth Against Settlements member Issa Amro says: “The families are protesting because they want to live in peace and equality without checkpoints, closures, restrictions, and attacks by settlers and the military. We refuse to be registered as numbers and have our human rights violated just because we are Palestinian.”
A group of UK activists decided there needed to be an alternative to Birthright, a trip for people sick of Zionism’s stranglehold on Jewish culture. So last year they took a bunch of amazing people to Spain to learn about Jewish culture outside of Israel. They called it Birthwrong and it was pretty great. Watch a video about the trip.
Recent Israeli efforts to fight BDS smell of deep despair, which is giving rise to hopeless aggression, even worse bullying and patently irrational measures that can only help BDS to grow in the coming few years. Particularly noteworthy are reports on the Knesset’s anti-BDS caucus meeting which convey the universal sense in Israel of failure to stem the BDS movement’s growth and the admission that the impact of BDS may be growing beyond control.
The best analogy of Israel to the civil rights struggle is the Palestinian citizens of Israel, 20 percent of the population of the so-called Jewish state who are not Jewish, says former civil rights worker Dorothy Zellner
For her bat mitzvah, Faryn Borella’s grandparents bought her fifteen shares of stock in General Electric. Every financial quarter since she has received a tiny check in the mail, which she has dutifully yet automatically deposited in her bank account. Then she became a BDS activist.
2015 was a landmark year for the BDS movement. Read a detailed round-up of BDS victories over the past 12 months.
Labeled ‘malevolent,’ ‘virulent,’ and ‘noxious’, BDS continues to put real pressure on Israel, as leading business site says that the movement is having economic impact.
Yasmin Yablonko, an Israeli who refused army service, describes the social pressure on those Jews who don’t want to sign up for mandatory service. Abandonment of duty is a source of great social shame.