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I am co-director of the Al-Nakba Awareness Project based in Eugene, Oregon. The Al-Nakba Awareness Project Advocating Freedom, Justice and Equality in the Holy Land We believe Middle East peace will come only through recognizing and correcting 62+ years of dispossession imposed by force upon the indigenous Muslim, Christian, and other Arabic peoples of Palestine. Peace cannot bypass justice. We advocate a solution based upon principles of democratic equality, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and international law which include the unequivocal right of return for over 4 million UN-registered Palestinian refugees. As the origin of the conflict, we believe that awareness of the Nakba, the Palestinian catastrophe, is critical for understanding and solving the problem. Israel’s original goal and its ongoing strategy of “nishul” – displacement or dispossession in Hebrew – remains unchanged since 1948 and has blocked resolution for many decades. We learned from our own Jim Crow history, affirmed by the U.S. Supreme Court, that separate is never equal. We therefore do not support a two-state solution, which would institutionalize segregation of two peoples and allow the apartheid system within Israel to remain unchallenged. A “Jewish and democratic” state is an Orwellian oxymoron. It cannot be both. In truth, Israel is a democracy only for its Jewish citizens. Non-Jews in Israel are denied equal rights in virtually every area of life. Instead, we support an integrated, egalitarian state with freedom and equal rights for all its citizens. The Arab population of historic Palestine, including the 20% non-Jewish citizens inside Israel, must be provided constitutional protections against the racist laws that currently exist. Colonial Zionism is an archaic, ethnic nationalist,19th century ideology that continues to underpin a Jewish supremacist system not unlike South African apartheid and white supremacist, segregationist Jim Crow in our pre-1960s South. We challenge this and its support by our country as incompatible with American principles of government and international standards of human rights. American knee-jerk support of Israel and its continuous human rights violations has been maintained by a relentless campaign of deception, disinformation and financial political control by the most powerful lobby in Washington affecting our foreign policy - AIPAC and some 50 other major American Jewish organizations. Israeli occupation of both Palestine and Washington, D.C. must end. Obstruction has also come from the left, the so-called “Alternatives to AIPAC,” which promote dialogue, negotiation and compromise rather than enforcement of international law. The victim of a robbery cannot be required to negotiate or compromise with the thief over how much to return. Before dialogue or negotiation can yield resolution, external, non-violent intervention forces must be applied to equalize power, which is now grossly imbalanced. Citizens deeply disturbed by our pathological symbiosis with Israel can apply pressure through product boycotts and divestment ( www.pacbi.org and http://www.bdsmovement.net/ ) from Israeli businesses as well as U.S. companies supporting the occupation, and demand an end to U.N. Security Council vetoes by the U.S. (42 to date) that have long protected Israel from international justice. This will simultaneously save Israel from its current path of self-destruction, which many insightful Israelis recognize. To survive, gain admission to the community of nations, and emerge from its self-imposed ghetto behind fortress walls, Israel must repudiate Zionism and transform itself into a normal, multi-ethnic, non-discriminatory constitutional democracy in the modern Western tradition. www.al-nakba-history.com [email protected] [email protected] [email protected]

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  • On Nakba Day I want the right to be angry
  • The real free speech threat
    • At the University of Oregon, co-optation of an Arab student leader to collaborate with Hillel has been an effective Zionist strategy. Arab Student Union President Awab Rawi receives special recognition from the UO's President Schill for his collaboration with Hillel in preventing Palestinian activism and honest framing of the asymmetric I/P relationship on campus. Neither Schill nor Rawi have visible qualms about classes on I/P taught by Zionist instructors, or that neither the law school's Conflict and Dispute Resolution Program nor the Judaic Studies program will host academic speakers who honestly represent the brutal, colonial I/P relationship such as George Bisharat, Francis Boyle, Richard Falk, Hatem Bazian or Robin D.G. Kelley to provide students not only "balance" but historical and legal facts. Eugene has a prominent, similarly collaborating, truth-evading Palestinian community member to protect the Zionist framing from serious challenge. I strongly suggest that our Palestinian human rights movement recognize this source of strategic obfuscation and openly confront and expose the role of Arab collaborators and the obstacles they present to activists both at universities and in their communities.
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  • AIPAC speakers say the enemy is BDS, while 'biggest Jewish-led protest' surges outside
    • ANSWER and Al-Awda also led an organized protest against AIPAC, but I didn't see any reporting of this. Does anyone happen to know if US Campaign for Palestinian Rights and JVP were represented as such at the protest as well? US Campaign is D.C. based. This video just mentions a newer group, IfNotNow. Does anyone know if IfNotNow endorses BDS and the Palestinian right of return? The featured rabbi in this video represents Jews United Against Zionism. https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera/videos/10155360688678690/

  • No space for Zionism
    • It was announced at our MLK day event that the Jewish Community Relations Council was now a "partner" of our local chapter of the NAACP.

      It's not difficult to understand why the JCRC wants to partner with the NAACP. The last thing they want in our community is for Blacks and local people of color to openly support Palestinian human rights. They have reason to be concerned. In 2015, over 1100 Black activists and many organizations signed the Black statement of solidarity with Palestine which included a paragraph explicitly endorsing the Palestinian refugee right of return:

      "Our support extends to those living under occupation and siege, Palestinian citizens of Israel, and the 7 million Palestinian refugees exiled in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and Palestine. The refugees’ right to return to their homeland in present-day Israel is the most important aspect of justice for Palestinians." http://www.blackforpalestine.com/read-the-statement.html.

      Our local rabbi issued a condescending response to the M4BL platform. Her statement directs our Jewish community to become involved and "fix" it, to ingratiate themselves into the Black Lives Matter movement to help them "learn" and "correct" their "mistakes." Those are the exact words used and I guess they decided to do just that.

      http://api.ning.com/files/H9E9iJBHqZPl1ceEnoV*X53Wpk9zI*1OpmAsOZTpMR*SxxRPjVLiAIeD5bpDntMMtrhxY0-T*9jH-0dC4cOeoFNvVCuA0YY8/MatotMaseiBlackLivesMatterPlatform.pdf

  • After exciting disruptions, David Friedman hearing is a walk in the park
    • We already have the well-established International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network and Jewish Voice for Peace. Would someone be willing to tell me how "IfNotNow" differs from those two organizations? -

  • Sick of Zionism’s stranglehold on Jewish culture? There is an alternative.
  • Peace activist Rabbi Arik Ascherman attacked by knife-wielding settler in West Bank
    • Rabbis for Human Rights spokesman Yariv Mohar said, “These people are hurting the image of Israel. If they [the Israeli authorities] catch them, then they are also helping the image of Israel.”

      I suppose what they want is a more compassionate occupation so Israel doesn't look so bad.

  • Roundtable on the Palestinian solidarity movement and Alison Weir
    • Thank you, Annie, I will try that. Ha ha, I keep looking for the "like" button next to comments...

    • How strange. I have a bit of time to catch up on the nearly 600 comments but can only see three or four. Is it my computer or has the discussion moved to another page?

    • I'm concerned that some of the wonderful speakers at this year's ETO conference might think that supporters of Alison are not concerned about racism, not realizing the that both the wording and process of the USC statement are flawed in some people's view. They may not want to be hosted by groups who do support her. On the other hand, supporters of Alison/IAK might hesitate to host such speakers because they would not want the speaker to slam her in their community. If possible, Annie, if you do attend this year's ETO conference, please bring up these points.

    • Annie, I understand it as W.Jones does. The problem with conferences is that so few people are able to attend for financial and other reasons. I use all available resources to bring good speakers to our community. Our last main speaker's expenses were just under $1000 with flight, motel, promotions, etc., and this does not include speaker fees. Usually we cannot provide speaker fees. Imo, speakers are one of the things that help communities the most rather than attending conferences.

    • I post as a person with Jewish family members and a parent of a bi-racial child.

      Please note that many Jews including JVP members and people of color are listed on the petition in support of Alison. Apparently they do not agree that the examples USCEIO provide indicate endorsement by Alison/IAK of white supremacist views.

      Some critics of Alison may imagine her supporters indifferent or insensitive to racism and bigotry but I believe that untrue. The problem is the secretive process used to draft the US Campaign statement and its particular wording.

      I have encouraged and worked with our local Occupy to endorse such a statement but one worded quite differently than the USCEIO’s. Our Occupy community has agreed to the wording of the following statement:

      “This statement represents a commitment to confront all forms of racism and the political and economic structures that normalize it.

      Occupy Eugene is opposed to all forms of discrimination and racism, both explicit and implied through beliefs and actions that categorically dehumanize people, including but not limited to, Blacks, Latinos, Palestinians and other Arabs, Muslims, Jews, gender minorities, the socioeconomically disadvantaged including our homeless, women, alter-abled, children and elders and indigenous peoples worldwide.”

      Please compare it to the US Campaign’s statement (http://www.endtheoccupation.org/article.php?id=3403).

      Note in our statement that the word “anti-Semitism” is not used, for good reason. As Auschwitz survivor, Dr. Hajo Meyer, writes in The End of Judaism, An Ethical Tradition Betrayed, “An anti-Semite used to be a person who disliked Jews. Now it is a person who Jews dislike.” Specifically, it is a manipulative code word used reflexively by Israel and its lobby.

      Another troubling component of the US Campaign’s statement is the phrase, “...we must also ensure that our actions and the actions of those within our organization and coalition do not serve to support or perpetuate other racist or bigoted behaviors, practices, and structures.”

      Are we expected to search out and take responsibility for people who may misuse well-established facts regarding Israel, its mythistory and cultural scripting base, its self-justifications, its lobby, its misframings and it’s propagandists, and edit out anything that might be misused?

      The statement itself seemed designed to set up a formal structure on which to go after Alison and possibly other perceived undesirables. General membership had little if any input in its content. Some of us participated in two or three US Campaign conference calls a year or so back and expressed concern about the wording and intent of their new racism policy. Some of us strongly sensed then that something was up.

      As one participant recalled, “First, the statement had to be drafted and enacted. For the sake of ‘transparency’ three committee meetings were held, with all interested members attending. The meetings were held by conference call, but not the kind of call that permits cross talk and discussion. Instead, it was like a VIP fundraising call, where the moderators and speakers do most of the talking, and the commenters go on a stack where they get a chance to talk uninterrupted but not respond except possibly by getting on the stack again.” and “...To no one's surprise, the wording of the statement was pretty much the same at the end of the three meetings as it had been at the beginning. It then went to the annual convention, where it was approved by the less than 10% membership attending, on the recommendation of the Steering Committee.”

      I encourage everyone to compare the information on the US Campaign and JVP websites with that of If American’s Knew. The broad, deep and compelling information on her site (and in her book, Against Our Better Judgment) is not to be found on theirs. If not for Alison and IAK, our Palestinian human rights advocacy movement would arguably have been far less effective in expanding and arming the choir.

      Shame on those trying to discredit her and for introducing a potential blacklist for those who continue to support her.

  • In June, three more U.S. churches to consider ending financial support for Israeli occupation
    • Uh...excuse me but the Palestinian Civil Society BDS movement calls for more than "recognition" of Palestinian refugees’ right of return. It clearly states, "Respecting, protecting and promoting the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN resolution 194." I'm curious, who changed it?

  • White House will go after AIPAC next -- Newsweek
    • Right on, Giles!

      I have years of experiences to share at some point regarding our community's J Street crowd and their determined efforts to obstruct and marginalize legitimate Palestinian human rights activism using a variety of underhanded methods. Our local Jewish Federation once held an event on how J-Street and AIPAC “walk different paths to the same goal." On page 7 of the Eugene Occupier (http://occupyeugenemedia.org/newsletter/current-oen/) a former J Street member recounts his experiences with J Street.

      In my opinion, the AIPAC/Likud crowd is more honest in that what you see is what you get and their positions are easily deconstructed. Because too few look deeper than the slogan "Pro Israel, Pro Peace" (but not "Pro-Palestine" it should be noted) it is easy to derail and neutralize generic community peace groups producing what is commonly referred to as PEP (Progressive except for Palestine). Our so-called "peace and justice" community alliance group attempts to substitute interfaith dialogue for activism and recently sponsored an event titled, "Ending Mid-East Conflict Through Nonviolent Communication." So now we know why it took over 300 years to end slavery in this country - it took that long for black folks to learn polite communication of their feelings.

  • J Street leader supports a two-state deal on Netanyahu's terms
    • J Street director Jeremy Ben-Ami has said that “J Street is proud of AIPAC’s many accomplishments and clarified that the two groups have different priorities rather than different views.” (Wikipedia) The January 2012 issue of the Lane County Jewish Federation Newsletter, (http://www.jewishfedlc.org/HTML/newsletters.html) page 7 advertises a local event as such: J-Street and AIPAC will present how each organization supports Israel "Come find out how both groups are walking different paths to the same goal."

      J Street Field Director Carinne Luck stated in this Jewish Review piece (http://tinyurl.com/4hducdv) regarding one of Eugene, Oregon's J Street events: "...J Street is more often lobbying on the same side as AIPAC..."

      As with other varieties of supremacists, Ben-Ami's concern is "demographics" as expressed in a CNN interview some years ago. “...I think the sense of urgency has never been greater to address the single greatest threat that Israel faces to its future as a Jewish and democratic state which is the demographic reality that within a matter of years there will be more non-Jews than Jews between the Jordan river and the Mediterranean and at that point Israel really can no longer remain both Jewish and democratic; therefore to avoid that we have to find some way to get to a two-state solution and do it as quickly as possible.”

  • New nationwide ad campaign to call for end of US aid to Israel
    • Would love to see both this ad campaign and Dr. Hatem Bazian (AMP) in Eugene, Oregon. Our community has never heard a Palestinian Muslim educate and mobilize for Palestinian human rights.

  • MLK would have supported Palestinian protest movement -- Mercury News
    • I think people were still believing the Exodus myth at that time - that Israel was a land without a people for a people without a land. My understanding is that historians such as Ilan Pappe and Avi Shalaim did not have access to the military archives until the early 80's, therefore the truth of the Palestinian Nakba was largely unknown, except for the victims of course. Please see also Lenni Brenner's piece, The Black Civil Rights Movement And Zionism (http://www.thestruggle.org/brenner_review_blacks_zionism.htm).

  • So you’re thinking of Birthright: A primer by students who went on birthright for those still considering the trip
    • Birthright Israel?

      Just whose birthright is it to go to Israel?
      Some young American-born Jewish student or a Palestinian refugee who has direct ties - and whose family has had direct ties - to their homeland for centuries?

      I think of Birthright Israel as a supremacist, hate-mongering organization working to obstruct the human rights (the right of return) of an entire group of people and very dangerous because it is so well-funded and organized.

  • The right of return and the limits of the anti-Apartheid framework
    • We strongly advocate the right of return for Palestinian refugees and their families in our community, so much so, that the so-called "progressive left" J-Street rabbi has started distributing what we refer to as the "Jewish refugees from Arab Lands myth" in a shameless effort to obstruct this advocacy. Here are some links to help others expose this sham:

      Iraqi Jews reject ‘cynical manipulation’ of their history by Israel, Zionists
      http://tinyurl.com/8eklja9

      Israeli hasbara effort– ‘Justice for Jewish refugees from Arab countries’– gets pushback from Baghdadi Jews
      http://tinyurl.com/cdwvxe7

      The Zionist Destruction of the Iraqi Jewish Community
      When the Zionist Underground Planted Bombs Outside Baghdad's Jewish Cafes and Synagogues
      http://tinyurl.com/cobb24d

      Israel’s Refugee Pawns
      http://tinyurl.com/c6flo3s

      Naeim Giladi, World Organization of Jews from Islamic Countries, interview,
      http://tinyurl.com/ctp2mle

  • New J Street spokesperson promoted GOP 'Palestinian culture of hate' comments in his last job
    • Thanks Marc,

      I looked up the Silverstein piece, "David Brotsky’s Romance With Guns, Violence and Pro-Israel Hate" definitely a must-read. Here's the link: http://tinyurl.com/aua89n3

    • One can find a nice critique of J Street here, http://tinyurl.com/4z3mx8p) J Street, a Dead End for Palestinians. Excerpt:

      J Street director Jeremy Ben-Ami has said, “J Street is proud of AIPAC’s many accomplishments” and distinguished the two groups as having “different priorities rather than different views.” For example, the January 2012 issue of our local Jewish Federation Newsletter announced an upcoming event, “J-Street and AIPAC will present how each organization supports Israel. Come find out how both groups are walking different paths to the same goal." J Street Field Director Carinne Luck stated in a Jewish Review piece, "J Street is more often lobbying on the same side as AIPAC..."

  • If Hillel rejects nonviolent resistance to the occupation, what does it propose in its place?
    • See also these links re: Hillel:

      1) The US to Gaza Initiative and the Hillel Controversy at Rutgers
      Deepa Kumar Monthly Review Magazine. November 5, 2010
      http://tinyurl.com/cp2q85f

      2)Hillel to DePaul SJP: The Nakba is a ‘festivity to to delegitimize and destroy Israel’
      by Sami Kishawi on May 13, 2010 http://tinyurl.com/3a6saym

      3)Let the Sun Shine In: Israel lobby tries to censor my appearance at University of New Mexico
      Ali Abunimah http://tinyurl.com/7p7zxj8

      4) JVP, Harsh Critic Of Israel, Seeks a Seat at the Communal Table But Its Refusal To Support ‘Two States’ Prevents Acceptance By Gal Beckerman
      Published April 13, 2011, issue of April 22, 2011. http://tinyurl.com/78tjmxv

      5) Hillel students and professionals gear up to face anti-Israel campus activism
      By Sue Fishkoff · August 16, 2010 http://tinyurl.com/2ahqtb7

  • Exile and the Prophetic: The Clinton Presidency(s)
    • Please. No Killary.

      What if thousands of us stopped playing the good cop/bad cop game and voted Green?

      http://www.gp.org/committees/platform/2012/democracy.php#RealRoad

      The Palestinian-Israeli Conflict

      Our Green values oblige us to support popular movements for peace and demilitarization in Israel-Palestine, especially those that reach across the lines of conflict to engage both Palestinians and Israelis of good will.

      a. We reaffirm the right of self-determination for both Palestinians and Israelis, which precludes the self-determination of one at the expense of the other. We recognize the historical and contemporary cultural diversity of Israeli-Palestinian society, including the religious heritage of Jews, Christians, Muslims and others. This is a significant part of the rich cultural legacy of all these peoples and it must be respected. To ensure this, we support equality before international law rather than appeals to religious faith as the fair basis on which claims to the land of Palestine-Israel are resolved.

      b. We recognize that Jewish insecurity and fear of non-Jews is understandable in light of Jewish history of horrific oppression in Europe. However, we oppose as both discriminatory and ultimately self-defeating the position that Jews would be fundamentally threatened by the implementation of full rights to Palestinian-Israelis and Palestinian refugees who wish to return to their homes. As U.S. Greens, we refuse to impose our views on the people of the region. Still, we would turn the U.S. government towards a new policy, which itself recognizes the equality, humanity, and civil rights of Jews, Muslims, Christians, and all others who live in the region, and which seeks to build confidence in prospects for secular democracy.

      c. We reaffirm the right and feasibility of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes in Israel. We acknowledge the significant challenges of equity and restitution this policy would encounter and call on the U.S. government to make resolution of these challenges a central goal of our diplomacy in the region.

      d. We reject U.S. unbalanced financial and military support of Israel while Israel occupies Palestinian lands and maintains an apartheid-like system in both the Occupied Palestinian Territories and in Israel toward its non-Jewish citizens. Therefore, we call on the U.S. President and Congress to suspend all military and foreign aid, including loans and grants, to Israel until Israel withdraws from the Occupied Territories, dismantles the separation wall in the Occupied West Bank including East Jerusalem, ends its siege of Gaza and its apart­heid-like system both within the Occupied Palestinian Territories and in Israel toward its non-Jewish citizens.

      e. We also reject U.S. political support for Israel and demand that the U.S. government end its veto of Security Council resolutions pertaining to Israel. We urge our government to join with the U.N. to secure Israel's complete withdrawal to the 1967 boundaries and its compliance with international law.

      f. We support a much stronger and supportive U.S. position with respect to all United Nations, European Union, and Arab League initiatives that seek a negotiated peace. We call for an immediate U.N.-sponsored, multinational peacekeeping and protection force in the Palestinian territories with the mandate to initiate a conflict-resolution commission.

      g. We call on the foreign and military affairs committees of the U.S. House and Senate to conduct full hearings on the status of human rights and war crimes in Palestine-Israel, especially violations committed during Israel's 2008-2009 invasion of Gaza ("Operation Cast Lead") as documented in the 2009 "UN Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict" ("The Goldstone Report") authorized by the UN Commission on Human Rights.

      h. We recognize that despite decades of continuous diplomatic attempts by the international community, it has failed to bring about Israel's compliance with international law or respect for basic Palestinian human rights; and that, despite abundant condemnation of Israel's policies by the UN, International Court of Justice, and all relevant international conventions, the international community of nations has failed to stop Israeli violations of Palestinian human rights in Israel and the OPT, while Israeli crimes continue with impunity. We recall that ending institutionalized racism (apartheid) in South Africa demanded an unusual, cooperative action by the entire international community in the form of a boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) campaign against apartheid South Africa, and that BDS can become the most effective nonviolent means for achieving justice and genuine peace between Palestinians and Israelis, and for the region, through concerted international pressure as applied to apartheid South Africa; and that Palestinian resistance to ongoing dispossession has mainly been nonviolent, including its most basic form – remaining in their homes, on their land; and that while Palestinian armed resistance is legitimate under international law when directed at non-civilian targets, we believe that only nonviolent resistance will maintain the humanity of Palestinian society, elicit the greatest solidarity from others, and maximize the chance for future reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians. However, we also recognize that our appeal to Palestinians to continue to resist nonviolently in the face of ongoing existential threats from Israel is hypocritical unless accompanied by substantial acts of international support. We recall that in 2005, Palestinian Civil Society appealed to the international community to support a BDS campaign against Israel, and that in response the Green Party of the US endorsed this BDS campaign in 2005. Therefore, we support the implementation of boycott and divestment initiatives against Israel similar to those applied to South Africa in the apartheid era, which includes pressuring our government to impose embargoes and sanctions against Israel; and we support maintaining these nonviolent punitive measures until Israel meets its obligation to recognize the Palestinian people's inalienable right to self-determination and fully complies with the precepts of international law by:

      1. Ending its occupation and colonization of all Palestinian lands and dismantling the Wall in the West Bank;

      2. Recognizing the fundamental rights of Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality; and

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

      i. We recognize that international opinion has been committed to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Yet, we view the two-state solution as neither democratic nor viable in the face of international law, material conditions and "facts on the ground" that now exist in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Given this reality, we support a U.S. foreign policy that promotes the creation of one secular, democratic state for Palestinians and Israelis on the land between the Mediterranean Sea and the River Jordan as the national home of both peoples, with Jerusalem as its capital. We encourage a new U.S. diplomatic initiative to begin the long process of negotiation, laying the groundwork for such a single-state constitution.

      j. We recognize that such a state might take many forms and that the eventual model chosen must be decided by the peoples themselves. We also acknowledge the enormous hostilities that now exist between the two peoples, but history tells us that these are not insurmountable among people genuinely seeking peace.

      k. As an integral part of peace negotiations and the transition to peaceful democracy, we call for the establishment of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission whose inaugurating action would be mutual acknowledgement by Israelis and Palestinians that they have the same basic rights, including the right to exist in the same, secure place.

  • How Chomsky came to Gaza -- a statement by 8 who accompanied him
  • Chomsky is in Gaza
    • Thank you Annie,

      As you can probably tell, I am a strong supporter of both the Palestinian global and academic/cultural boycott (PACBI) of Israel.

      Here is a useful link to the Alternative Information Center’s 64-page 2009 booklet on the Complicity of Israeli Academic Institutions in the Occupied Territories. I include it here because Chomsky seems hesitant to endorse the tactic the Palestinian people have asked us to promote.

      http://usacbi.files.wordpress.com/2009/11/economy_of_the_occupation_23-24.pdf

      On page 40-41, (number 23) they list reasons (with documentation) to boycott Tel-Aviv University:

      T-A U takes pride in having conducted 55 research projects with the Israeli army.
      T-A U hosts a convention about weapons’ development for the Israeli army.
      T-A U hosts a convention, part of which directly deals with weapons’ development for the Israeli army.
      T-A U is a sponsor of the Psagot academic reserve program.
      T-A U is located on the destroyed Palestinian village of Sheikh Muwanis, whose residents have been deported, and has never recognized this fact.
      T-A U appointed a military colonel whose military past includes overseeing and approving military attacks on civilians during the 2008 Gaza attacks, to a lecturer on international law.

      The Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel is not directed at individual Israeli scholars but is directed at institutions. Readers can view UCLA history professor Robin D. G. Kelley’s Mondoweiss interview on the necessity of academic boycott. He is a board member of the U.S. Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (USACBI).

      http://mondoweiss.net/2012/02/a-level-of-racist-violence-i-have-never-seen-ucla-professor-robin-d-g-kelley-on-palestine-and-the-bds-movement.html

      http://tinyurl.com/7j4crwn

    • Thank you Annie. I'd certainly like to know what the other speakers had to say both about him and about the appropriate "solution." I'd like to know more on how Chomsky was chosen to be the keynote speaker. As he's a famous linguist, I can almost understand it, but he used the occasion to promote his own political views and his views are widely known. I think it just scares me! I cannot help but ask myself, what is going on, who is behind this?

    • I resent that Chomsky is telling the Palestinians what the international consensus is for a solution- as if that mattered - and is highly questionable at that. The issue is human rights and that is something the Palestinians demand and the so-called international community should support. As Palestinian human rights activists, we have no right to compromise for them. Didn't Chomsky pull out of the Gaza Freedom March along with Finkelstein because the Palestinians in Gaza wanted wording in reference to decades of dispossession in the mission statement? In other words, Gaza is but a chapter in Israel's on-going oppression of the indigenous people of the land. Isn't that typical, Americans (sorry, I have to say this) American Jews at that telling the Palestinians how to hold their own non-violent resistance? With friends like these...(Excuse me while I get my finger out of my mouth...)

  • 8 former board members of Free Gaza Movement deplore anti-Semitic messaging
    • I find it curious how Greta managed to hide her "racism" and "hatred" so well for decades, working closely with hundreds of intelligent and accomplished people. Could something else be at play here?

      Remember, the Reut Institute calls for "sabotage and attack" of human rights activists like us. I think we should take a closer look and not be so quick to judge. Ask ourselves "who profits?" and connect the dots.

    • "I am sorry that in writing about a real problem, I used Greta Berlin as the example around which my thesis was built. With her new statement, I now understand that my reading of her earlier comments was absolutely inaccurate." and "For me, however, as one of the writers who has positively slammed her in the past few days, Berlin’s fresh statement is enough: She has said unequivocally that her intent in sharing that deeply disturbing video was not to support its content.- Emily Hauser, American-Israeli writer, the Daily Beast http://tinyurl.com/9meftaz

  • AIPAC is 'seamlessly linked to Israel' and should register as foreign agent -- Grant Smith
  • Israeli hasbara effort-- ‘Justice for Jewish refugees from Arab countries’-- gets pushback from Baghdadi Jews
    • The "progressive-left" J-Street rabbi in our community promotes this sham - straight from the "Israel 101" handbook in a desperate attempt to neutralize advocacy for Palestinian refugee right of return and to induce "compassion" for the suffering on both sides.

      Please excuse me while I get my finger out of my mouth.

  • Dems buckle, will add language to party platform referring to Jerusalem as Israel's capital
  • The viral skinnydipping scandal, and the real story
  • Exile and the Prophetic: After genocide, no justice
    • Roha, did we wait for the white supremacists of the Jim Crow south to have a change of heart? Did MLK, eloquent preacher he was, stay in the church, hold hands, and sing Kumbyah? What did it take? MLK was quite uncompromising when it came to advocating equal rights for his people - our people. Please study the history of boycotts and strikes in this county's Civil Rights struggle and read MLK's Letter from a Birmingham Jail.

      "The Negro's great stumbling block in the stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen's Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate who is more devoted to ‘order' than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice."

  • Introducing 'Exile and the Prophetic': a new feature from Marc Ellis
    • For what it's worth, I had bumper stickers made promoting your book, Judaism Does Not Equal Israel. Would love to have you speak in Eugene, perhaps at the University of Oregon. Al-Nakba Awareness Project has hosted many human rights-based speakers and we promote the right of return with the vision of a one democratic state. I look forward to your posts.

  • Finkelstein stands by 'BDS cult' accusation, says it's 'historically criminal' to not support the two state solution
  • Liberal Zionists are afraid their parents will reject them if they come out
    • Marc Ellis, professor of Jewish Studies at Baylor University states in his book, Judaism does not Equal Israel, "The progressive Jewish two-state option is too limited, has become dishonest, and is discredited - it is simply a cover for power."

      And didn't Ben-Ami say the main difference between J Street and AIPAC is that J Street has different priorities rather than different views?

      J Street hosted Olmert at their DC conference. ( http://tinyurl.com/77s2ab9 )

      The January 2012 issue of the Lane County Jewish Federation Newsletter, (http://www.jewishfedlc.org/HTML/newsletters.html) page 7 advertises a local event as such: J-Street and AIPAC will present how each organization supports Israel "Come find out how both groups are walking different paths to the same goal."

      J Street Field Director Carinne Luck stated in this Jewish Review piece on one of Eugene, Oregon's J Street events: "...J Street is more often lobbying on the same side as AIPAC..." http://tinyurl.com/4hducdv

      Yes, since young American Jews are opting out (http://tinyurl.com/6sk3qns) (and this survey was done before Operation Cast Lead and the Mavi Marmara massacre) perhaps "we all need to go somewhere where we fear to tread." Perhaps what is needed is for more American Jews to "come out" in support of Palestinian human rights - the Palestinian civil society call for non-violence in the form of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions, including the right of the Palestinian refugees to return to their homes.

  • Video: United Methodist Church votes against divestment
    • Hostage,

      Please stay on topic. I'm talking about those Arab/Muslims who allow themselves to be positioned as the “moderate” voice and sole representatives of the Palestinian people in their communities. By doing so they obstruct advocacy for the right of return, BDS, and the vision of a one democratic state. And I gave an example of this. They function to rubber stamp the " progressive Zionist" positions such as J Street's. Again, it only takes one or two in each community to effectively obstruct BDS advocacy.

      A few years back a piece in our Jewish Federation newsletter bragged how both dialogue was used to neutralize local Presbyterian efforts for divestment and right after Cast Lead to neutralize education and mobilization for Palestinian human rights at the university with the students.

    • Annie,

      What would you think about a Palestinian/Arab/Muslim who accepts the community's "peace-builder award" in a well-attended ceremony at the "progressive" synagogue nominated by the very rabbi who has organized and written against pro-Palestinian activists and speakers like Ali Abunimah? Or for that matter, the Christian pastor he works with along with these rabbis at the Interfaith Service and dialogue who gave a sermon one Sunday slamming the one democratic state solution and promoting J Street? This very pastor declined to host one of Sabeel's noted speakers, Mark Braverman, because MB had signed a statement supporting a one democratic state. "Dialogue" is misused as a strategy to eviscerate potential support for BDS.

      BTW, this rabbi and other local/regional rabbis signed the statement against Methodist divestment.

    • I have much documentation on this in my community and state. I'm glad others are beginning to write about this problem also. Pls. see http://ikhras.com/about/

    • I suspect church leaders did not want to offend the rabbis they have worked together with for decades on "Interfaith Dialogue." You'll hear no support for BDS from Palestinian Arab/Muslims who participate in this either. Community leaders including rabbis will always position those Arab/Muslims as the "moderates" and sole representatives of the Palestinian people. It just takes one or two in every town to effectively obstruct human rights advocacy by "extremists" promoting the right of return, BDS, or a one democratic state.

  • Connecticut Senate hopeful calls congressman a ‘whore’ for AIPAC in televized debate
    • I couldn't help myself. I donated $20 I can ill afford, thanked her for her work on Palestinian human rights, and speaking out against AIPAC. And told her J Street is no better.

  • Open letter to Harvard President: Charges that one-state conference is anti-semitic are 'defamatory' and serve 'to prevent rational discussion of ideas'
  • Turkish government releases identities of IDF soldiers who attacked the Mavi Marmara
    • I cannot help but wonder if any of these IDF soldiers have duel American citizenship. I recall that on Aug. 16, 104 immigrating 18- to 22-year-old Americans arrived at Ben-Gurion Airport to enlist in the Israel “Defense” Force. Will they, too, attack and shoot non-violent American human rights activists on Israeli command? Or spy on Americans if/when they return?

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