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Ariel Sharon may be dead, but the apparatus of separation he is responsible for remains. In 2002, Sharon decided to build the West Bank separation barrier, which was sold to the Israeli public and the world as a surefire way to prevent the suicide bombings rocking Israel. But the route of the wall made clear it served other important purposes: staunching the flow of Palestinian movement between the West Bank and Israel, creating a de facto border Israel would never give up and bolstering the Jewish demographic majority the state is so obsessed with.
The backlash against the American Studies Association’s decision to boycott Israel has started to migrate from the ivory tower to the halls of state power. New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, one of the more powerful politicians in the state, announced Friday that he plans to introduce a bill that would target the ASA. And a Congressional letter circulating in Washington that condemns the academic boycott of Israel has garnered the support of over four dozen politicians.
It was a mixed bag for Palestine solidarity at the Modern Language Association convention in Chicago. A measure criticizing Israel’s denial of entries to academics invited to Palestinian universities was approved. But a last-minute resolution that condemned attacks on the American Studies Association (ASA) failed to pass the delegate assembly.
Palestinian and Arab-American scholars released a missive in support of the ASA boycott earlier this week. Meanwhile, Shurat HaDin, an Israeli legal group, has said that they will sue the ASA if they don’t cancel their boycott.
Hillel has made headlines in recent weeks over its dispute with Jewish students who reject its stringent guidelines on who they can host or partner with when organizing Israel-related events. But it wasn’t always this way. Hillel used to live up to its promise of being an organization that “welcomes students of all backgrounds.” But with the onset of the Second Intifada, Hillel, helped along by generous pro-Israel donors, transformed itself into an arm of the Israel lobby on campus.
Five major Israeli financial institutions woke up to the news today that Dutch pension fund PGGM has pulled tens of millions of euros because of the banks’ involvement in the occupied West Bank. In a statement, PGGM explained that the decision to divest came after engagement with the banks made clear they would not halt activities in the occupied territories.
Palestinian leaders within Israel have firmly rejected a proposal that would transfer Palestinian villages within Israel to a future Palestinian state and strip hundreds of thousands of people of their citizenship.
Major Jewish groups are criticizing the Modern Language Association over a panel on the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement being held at the group’s conference next week. The American Jewish Committee, Hillel and the Israel on Campus Coalition have slammed the MLA for refusing to include their perspectives at the conference.
On January 1st, the Israeli news outlet Maariv reported that Israeli negotiators had proposed giving Palestinian villages in the north of Israel to a Palestinian state. In exchange, Israel would annex the major settlement blocs. It’s a plan that would bolster one of Israel’s central objectives: strengthen its Jewish majority by getting rid of thousands of non-Jewish citizens and holding onto large illegal settlements, which in turn would increase the amount of Israeli Jews.
Two New York Democrats are planning to introduce legislation early next year that would cut off state aid to schools that retain membership in the ASA. Dov Hikind, a right-wing Orthodox power broker, and Jeffrey Klein, the State Senate co-leader, plan to introduce the bill early next year. The measure would give schools a month to withdraw their membership from groups like the ASA–or else lose funding.
Modern Language Association convention to feature academic boycott panel and resolution slamming Israeli denial of entries
The Modern Language Association’s convention, set to be held January 9-12 in Chicago, will play host to a panel on the academic boycott of Israel and will consider a resolution condemning Israel’s denial of entries to academics invited to Palestinian universities. While no measure to endorse boycotting Israel is currently on the table, the panel on BDS and the denial of entry resolution could lay the groundwork for a future academic boycott resolution.
The latest back-and-forth over Nelson Mandela’s relationship to Israel was sparked by a Haaretz article claiming that the Israeli Mossad trained Mandela. The Nelson Mandela Foundation then released a statement pushing back against Haaretz’s report, saying that there was no evidence that Mandela was trained by Israeli operatives.
Samer Issawi is free. The iconic prisoner who went on hunger strike for an unprecedented 266 days has returned to his home in East Jerusalem. Upon his release, he said that went on strike to ” protect the rights of Palestinian prisoners and deter Israel from re-arresting more Palestinians who had been freed in the Shalit deal.” Above, Issawi on his way to his home in Jerusalem.
New York-based hedge fund guru Henry Swieca is well-known to financial industry watchers. But he’s less well-known for what his foundation pours money into: right-wing, pro-Israel causes. The most alarming group Swieca funds is the Temple Institute, an organization that promotes the building of the Third Temple on the third most holy site for Muslims.
The South African Palestine embassy released a statement today saying that they are not “opposed to the Palestinian civil society-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.” The statement comes after Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas told reporters in South Africa: that “we do not support the boycott of Israel.” The embassy’s statement also came on the same day Haaretz reported that ex-Palestinian negotiator Muhammad Shtayyeh had differed from Abbas’ remarks on BDS.
Former Israeli ambassador calls for legislation to impose ‘penalties’ on promoters of academic boycott
The backlash against the American Studies Association (ASA) for endorsing an academic boycott of Israel has come in fast and hard. The latest Israeli official to rail against the boycott is former Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren. On his Facebook page, Oren said that “measures should be enacted denying state and Federal funding for any activities associated with the promoters of this racist anti-democratic measure.”
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has become the savior of those trying to stave off the growing power of the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement. Last week, Abbas made headlines when he said that he doesn’t support the BDS movement.
The Prawer Plan has turned into a zombie. Days after the plan was said to be scrapped, the Israeli ex-general tasked with implementing the plan breathed new life into the legislation.
The Israel lobby suffered a major defeat this week when it failed to pass a visa-waiver bill for Israelis. Since March, the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee had pushed legislation that would have codified discrimination against Arab- and Muslim-American travelers to Israel/Palestine. But Congress has now left town for winter recess without passing the United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act.
The Prawer Plan is dead–for now. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office announced today that the plan to uproot Bedouins from their homes has been killed. The development, first predicted this week by Yariv Levin, the chairman of Israel’s governing coalition, will be welcomed by Bedouins as well as by right-wing opponents of the plan, who felt that it gave too many concessions. But the big question hanging over these developments is what comes next. It’s possible that a new plan could be even worse for the Bedouin Arabs of the Negev. Above, protesters call for the release of people who were arrested in actions against the Prawer Plan.
Knesset Member Miri Regev wants to transfer Bedouin Arabs “as the Americans did to the Indians.”
A group of South African activists hung pro-Palestine banners at the stadium where Nelson Mandela’s memorial was held. The posters were put up by BDS South Africa, the leading organization in the country advocating for boycotts, divestment and sanctions targeting Israel. Five of the posters were hung before the memorial service.
The heavy-hitters in the American Jewish community usually march in lockstep with the Israeli government. But many organizations that comprise the American Jewish establishment have gone silent over the Prawer Plan, the Israeli government’s initiative to uproot tens of thousands of Bedouin Arabs, relocate them to urban areas and build new Jewish areas on top of demolished villages. The silence is in sharp contrast to the activism against the Prawer Plan from groups like Jewish Voice for Peace and Truah.
The American Studies Association has called for an academic boycott of Israel. The National Council of the American Studies Association (ASA) made the unanimous decision after the group’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C., where the academic boycott call was debated. The ASA Council’s endorsement “represents a principle of solidarity with scholars and students deprived of their academic freedom and an aspiration to enlarge that freedom for all, including Palestinians,” a statement on their website read. The call for academic boycott of Israel comes seven months after an Asian American academic group endorsed the boycott call.
Shany Mor wants you to know that the American Jewish community is wide open to critics of Israel. The ‘New Republic’ published a piece by Mor criticizing Peter Beinart for claiming that American Jews live in a closed intellectual space. Trouble is, anyone searching for examples of how the organized Jewish community shuts down dissent on Israel don’t need to look far at all.