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KerryIn Haaretz, Gideon Levy calls for international sanctions against Israel to end the occupation. He says the Iran case proves that sanctions work. And that John Kerry should end the masquerade of peace talks, which only he believes in, because Israel will never give up territory without pressure — including, by the way, “occupied East Jerusalem.” How often do these arguments appear in the mainstream American press, or the words “occupied East Jerusalem”? (Almost never, and yes the “shrill U.S. Jewish lobby,” words that also do not appear under threat of censure, is the main reason). Levy:

It appears that international sanctions work and that a boycott is a tool like no other. Even Israel’s prime minister has admitted this; he has called on the world not to ease the sanctions and to even intensify them, and following his lead is the shrill U.S. Jewish lobby.

This being the case, the moral is clear: This is the way to act with recalcitrant states. This applies not only to Iran, where the theory is being proved before our eyes, but with another country that does not obey the decisions of the international community.

Israel has signed the Horizon 2020 agreement for scientific research with the EU barring funding from companies or institutions with ties to the settlements. This is irrefutable proof that a boycott threat works well with Israel, too.

The truth is hard to miss. By signing the agreement, Israel gave a hand to the first official international boycott of the settlements…

Levy notes the “hypocrisy of boycotting just the settlements.”

Every Israeli organization, institution or authority is somehow involved with what’s going on beyond the Green Line. Every bank, university, supermarket chain or medical institution has branches, employees or clients who are settlers. The settlements are an all-Israeli project and the boycott can’t be limited to them, just as the boycott of apartheid-era South Africa couldn’t be limited to the institutions of apartheid.
There everything was apartheid, and here everything is tainted by occupation. Israel funds, protects and nurtures the settlements, so all of Israel is responsible for their existence. It’s unfair to boycott just the settlers. We’re all guilty. …

So the time has come for sanctions. When these are felt in Israel, only then should an international committee be formed, whether in Geneva, Jerusalem, Oslo or Ramallah, where the world will translate economic sanctions into political achievements.
This worked with Iran, and it will work with Israel and prevent bloodshed. There’s no reason to continue the masquerade of peace talks that, with the exception of one American, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, no one takes seriously. Even he will eventually come around because as long as Israelis don’t pay a price for the occupation or are blind to it, they won’t end it. That’s the truth.

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  1. Justpassingby on December 1, 2013, 12:09 pm

    Gideon Levy show again what a great courage he have.

    Sanctions should have been used decades ago against Israel.

  2. radii on December 1, 2013, 12:20 pm

    Netanyahu said it himself in 2003, “In ten years we won’t need [U.S.] money” … agreed, time to cut off all U.S. financial and military going to israel

  3. Sammar on December 1, 2013, 12:20 pm

    You gotta love Gideon Levy – never shy to speak out.
    I agree with his take on the situation – Israel will never end the occupation voluntarily.
    Sure, sanctions would probably work, but I can’t for the life of me seeing anyone imposing sanctions on the Jewish State – they would scream “holocaust” and “anti-semitism” and “existentialist threat” and the international community would cave in as usual.
    But one can always hope, can’t one?

    • Ellen on December 1, 2013, 12:30 pm

      Not only that, but any call for sanctions against Israel for violations of international laws, and covert nuclear arsenals, would be duly deemed “hate speech” by the gatekeepers and the US Congress.

      Laws are often made up stuff to encourage cover and unjust action.

  4. American on December 1, 2013, 12:26 pm

    Everything Levy says in this piece is correct imo.
    Either complete international sanctions or withdrawl of ‘all’ US support, economic,military and dipolmatic.
    International sanctions would work quicker I believe because even if the US did not join the international community in the sanctions it could not possibility make up that lose to Israel..even with looting the US down to the bare nub to support Israel.

    Withdrawing all US support would work faster only if Israeli leadership was sane and realistic to understand that they arent going to find another Sugar Daddy in Russia, China, France, Saudi who will do what the US has done for them. I dont think Netanyahu or Isr government is that realistic—they would flail around as they are doing now for a period of time trying to find another Daddy to ride before they finally capitulated.

    • traintosiberia on December 1, 2013, 9:10 pm

      Finding a ” sugar daddy’ or a sponsor is what is behind the succeess of the current Zionism movement from 1900, It was the assurances of getting US Jewry to come to England’s rescue or the gossipy canards of Germany beating theBritish by publishing German Balfour and also the possibilities of Russian Jews in the Soviet Polituburo throwing their support for the Jewish diaspora in search of the homeland in Palestine convinced the eager Bible believers Balfour ,Lloyod,,empire builders British leaders to promise the Homeland. Zionist promised also to look after the interests of the empire and guard the civilization from Asiatic barbarism ( current day’s Islamic terrorism or. from communism in 1980s ) as Asiatic Belgium – ( to day it is called the only Democracy in ME. )
      The sugar daddy was told that other sugar daddies were waiting on the wing to be the doting moron. It was , in hindsight , seems to be a mutually fabricated blackmail ,done by Balfour and his partner on the Zionist side. The current event out of Geneva has created similar impulses to create similar claims that Israel from its inception has been a positive influence in every sphere’s of American lives and the resources that the 5 th columnist with Israel brought to this country ,would simply migrate out.
      It’s time to tell them – please go and succeed and take those buildings also that house you.
      This relationship of mutual benefit does not work too long when the benefit is one sided , is balanced by the gains of the powerful political leaders only ,and not by any visible benefit to the common citizen( Americans) who are essentially suffering from myriad multiple effects of the relationship.

  5. Sycamores on December 1, 2013, 12:39 pm

    i read this on Haaretz earlier before the pay wall appeared. if my memory serves me right Levy also said something like all of israel can’t be boycotted because it would knock israel out of existance. maybe i read it wrong but if i’m right i’m not sure what Levy is trying to say – to boycott or not to boycott

  6. seafoid on December 1, 2013, 1:08 pm

    Sah kalamhu

    Israel has to be brought back into the international community.
    It’s going to hurt but it’s better than the cliff.

  7. on December 1, 2013, 1:09 pm

    I am proud of my country for having such an honest and fearless democracy to allow one like Gideon Levi to publish this in a major Israeli newspaper. Haaretz in Israel is not Mondoweiss. It is a favorite newspaper of many middle class people and is certainly considered a favorite reading by the business and technological elite. It is probably close to NYT in US. It would be only fair to note this clearly together with reporting on the content of this extremist’s writings.

    I wonder if one could publish in NYT a similar call for boycotting US for say its invasion in Iraq or Afghanistan, etc

    • just on December 1, 2013, 1:24 pm

      His name is Gideon Levy.

      “I wonder if one could publish in NYT a similar call for boycotting US for say its invasion in Iraq or Afghanistan, etc”

      Sure you can. I support that initiative.

      • just on December 1, 2013, 1:49 pm

        I’d be really happy if the NYT would publish a similar call for boycotting the US and her stooges in Congress for its unconscionable, rotten, unrelenting support for the thugs that are Zionists and lawless Occupiers………….

        Have at it, and have a great day.

    • talknic on December 1, 2013, 1:30 pm

      @ fnlevit
      “I am proud of my country for having such an honest and fearless democracy to allow one like Gideon Levi to publish this in a major Israeli newspaper”

      Great. Wonderful. Fantastic. Are you also proud of your state being in breach of hundreds of UNSC resolutions? You have Israel to live in. Get out of Palestine.

    • Woody Tanaka on December 1, 2013, 1:32 pm

      “I am proud of my country for having such an honest and fearless democracy ”

      Please. You’ve been “governing” a population equal in size to your own for three generations without extending this glorious “democracy” to them, because they’re non-Jews. Far from “honest and fearless” you’re a nation full of weak, racist cowards.

    • eGuard on December 1, 2013, 1:43 pm

      The very same day Levy was published in your newspaper, your honest and fearless democracy hit down the Day of Rage Prawer protests.

      In case you didn’t find it in your Haaretz or NYT:

    • eGuard on December 1, 2013, 1:45 pm

      fnlevit: a similar call for boycotting??? Levy wrote about sanctions, not boycotts.

      You are not even allowed to talk about boycotts in your country.

      • Stephen Shenfield on December 2, 2013, 10:45 am

        Levy appears to use both words interchangeably. A boycott is a form of sanction.

    • seafoid on December 1, 2013, 1:54 pm

      It’s not honest and it’s not a democracy.
      Levy fulfils the role of a Potemkin village journalist for the Israeli elite.
      He is tuned in but very few others are.
      Look at Levy. Look at how open we are

      Everything is fine here in Theresienstadt/Israel
      No need to worry about anything

    • Erasmus on December 1, 2013, 2:05 pm

      Re fnlevit : i am proud of my country……I wonder if one could publish in NYT a similar call for boycotting US for say its invasion in Iraq or Afghanistan, etc

      I wonder something else, that is :
      whether Gideon Levy won’t be in some legal trouble soon – in light of the recent Anti-Boycott Call- Law passed by the Knesset.

      Let us see, how this will play out……

    • EUR1069 on December 1, 2013, 2:19 pm

      “I wonder if one could publish in NYT a similar call…”

      Nah.. Reprinting the Levi piece in NYT Opinion Page would be a good start. Another Jew with balls of steel. A++.

    • Justpassingby on December 1, 2013, 2:23 pm


      Interesting, I thought America was “your country”.

    • amigo on December 1, 2013, 2:40 pm

      ” It is a favorite newspaper of many middle class people and is certainly considered a favorite reading by the business and technological elite. It is probably close to NYT in US” levit

      You obviously are not a reader as you cannot even get Levy,s name correct.

      More doubt cast on your claim to being a Professor.

      BTW,Haaretz is nothing like the NYT.Haaretz tells the truth about the I/P conflict once in a while.

    • petersz on December 1, 2013, 6:15 pm

      LOL. Hardly anyone reads it in Israel, which says it all! It’s mostly read by foreigners on the online version. They recently had to fire 20% of their staff because of falling sales.

      • Citizen on December 2, 2013, 4:50 am

        @ peterzs

        True. But, like the NYT in USA, it’s long been the most influential in Israel. As per Wikipedia: “Shmuel Rosner, the newspaper’s former U.S. correspondent, told The Nation that ‘people who read it are better educated and more sophisticated than most, but the rest of the country doesn’t know it exists.'”

    • Qualtrough on December 2, 2013, 2:30 am

      I would be very pleased if I saw an editorial in the NYT calling for a boycott of the USA until it turned over Bush, Cheney et al to the Hague for their crimes in the countries you name. I think their are many, many Americans who would share that feeling.

      • Citizen on December 2, 2013, 4:55 am

        @ Qualtrough
        I share that feeling. BTW, some of Israel’s past leaders have recently been charged with war crimes and genocide:

        Has this been covered in either NYT or Haaretz?

      • Citizen on December 2, 2013, 5:08 am

        How many folks even know the Kuala Lumper War Crimes Tribunal exists? I didn’t. I just discovered it tried and sentenced former US President George W. Bush and his closest aides as war criminals, in absentia, over charges tied to the Iraq War. And now it has charged Israel and some of its historical leaders for old and recent war crimes and genocide. Although no country pays attention to the KLWC trials, at least it’s laying a paper trail of record engaging what the Hague ignores.

      • yrn on December 2, 2013, 6:48 am

        The tribunal founder. Mahathir known for propagating theories on Jewish world domination.
        Just last year, on his popular blog, he wrote that “I am proud to be labeled anti-Semitic…
        Mahathir’s style of anti-Israel and anti-US rhetoric is common both at tribunal hearings and among other figures in his camp. On the tribunal’s board of trustees is Matthias Chang, Mahathir’s attorney and confidante, and author of the book “The Zionist Global War Agenda.

    • traintosiberia on December 2, 2013, 9:06 am

      The commotion in fearless democracy shows to the world what the resistance to the autocracy in Russia,Ukraine,Libya,Syria and Sudan show- that is the need of an international response of the same scale by sanction,military intervention,squeezing by WB and IMF and blockade to any kind of high tech export or military sale from Israel. Levy could be compared to genuine Tunisian,Libyan,Nprth Korean, Mynamarian, Russian dissident or Polish dissident . Like those figures,he has taken up the case of the invisible sufferings of the common people. World should listen. While acknowledging of the existence of democracy ( ethnocentric ,and tribal-still a democracy compared to the surrounding countries excepting Lebanon and Tunisia) , the international community should remind Israel that it can’t hide behind the glory and the achievement of the political freedom and scientific development . In a fair and honest system , it pays the price the poor,dishonest,the ugly,the ignorant,the suppressed,the autocrat pay for the same crime .

      Now the world hears how Israel was interfering in US election, creating conflicts between WH and the Congress,and was trying to reach other countries to influence anti Iranian outcome . These illegal actions should be questioned as legitimate concern over by the world.
      This is as bad as the Zimmerman letter to Mexico from Hitler ‘s Germany.

  8. seafoid on December 1, 2013, 1:25 pm

    Somebody credible needs to turn up on Israel Channel 1 in prime time and spell it out to the Jews watching . The last 46 years have been completely pointless. They would have been better off taking all of their tax money and burning it.

  9. Blaine Coleman on December 1, 2013, 1:50 pm

    A famous Israeli journalist is screaming for boycotts against Israel, period. Not just against some company, but bluntly against Israel.

    Yet it is December 2013 — where is the campus boycott campaign against Israel? Where is even one student is demanding any boycott resolution against Israel?
    Where is even one campus experiencing a public campaign to boycott Israel?

    Again, the campus BDS campaign (boycott, sanctions, divestment against Israel) would be wonderful — if you could see it or hear it on any campus.

    Where the hell is it?

  10. yrn on December 1, 2013, 1:50 pm

    “Somebody credible needs to turn up on Israel Channel 1 in prime time”
    The ultimate ignorant Seafoid as usual.

    There are much more Haaretz readers, then dead Channel 1 viewers

  11. Erasmus on December 1, 2013, 2:00 pm

    Gideon Levy says the obvious

    If only the Christian Pilgrims to the Holy Land would boycott -delay their pilgrimages (most likely 5-10years only would be needed!) until a final settlement of the I-P conflict will have been reached –

    that would already have a very beneficial impact.

  12. shachalnur on December 1, 2013, 2:30 pm

    Gideon Levy is stuck in The Matrix.

    Problem-Reaction-Solution(Ordo ab Chao).

    Who says this wasn’t the planned “Solution” all along,and Levy is just stating the solution everybody,in the end, will understand and admire?

    But if the “Problem”(Nakba,ethnic cleansing,genocide) and the “Reaction”(“complaining equals Holocaust denial”,or whatever) have been enabled and controlled by the same powers,they will give you the “Solution” as well.

    Sanctioning a country into submission, that has nuclear,chemical and biological weapons, brings certain risks,maybe even calculated risks.

    Calculated risks,like letting this country have nuclear weapons to start with,defend her,let her get away with murder,let her proudly boost it’s “Samson option”…… and then dump her.

    While this country is run by reasonable people that think they are Chosen to lead the Jewish People through Gog and Magog,representing maybe 50 % of the Jews that haven’t assimilated since 1945(60 % assimilation rate in US/Europe),or 0,1 % of the world population.

    Is that coincidence or by design?

    If the US would stop giving Israel huge amounts of American taxpayers money and free weapons and technology,it would end fast,so why ask for sanctions?

    Wouldn’t it be easier to “sanction” the powers that make the US keep this monster alive?

    Whatever powers that may be.

    Gideon Levy is a good guy,but in the eyes of the ones that run the show he’s just another “usefull idiot”,like Nethayahu,Bennett and Lapid.

    That’s why Haaretz allows him to write this,it’s part of the Problem-Reaction-Solution trap.

    • Mondowise on December 1, 2013, 8:54 pm

      “While this country is run by reasonable people…”

      excuse me??? you can’t be serious! they are anything but reasonable! try all these together for starters: stupid, paranoid, aggressive, brutal, war-mongering and criminal.

  13. Walid on December 1, 2013, 3:08 pm

    All of Israel should be boycotted. BDS going after settlements would take another 170 years to accomplish something worthwhile.

    BDS was instrumental in getting the Norwegian Sovereign Fund to divest from Elbit Systems because it supplied security cameras for the wall. It divested $5 million from Elbit, which was somewhat of a joke since at the time it did, Elbit had back orders of about $10 billion in the system. The Norwegians also divested 1.2 million from Africa-Israel Investments, the company that’s stealing land from Bi’lin to build illegal settlements, but that too was somewhat of a joke considering Leviev’s strong financial and diamond empire. These 2 mini-divestments got the Norwegians some brownie points with the BDS groups, but they still have investements in 400 other Israeli companies that, as Gideon Levy puts it, have to be doing business directly ot indirectly with the settlements.

    It’s Israel itself that has to be boycotted, anything else is more of a joke.

    • Citizen on December 2, 2013, 5:32 am

      Any type of BDS helps. But it’s the US sanctions against Iran that have actually hurt Iran deeply (the power of punishing the masses for the excess of the regime controlling them), not the West’s sanctions as a whole. If US would sanction Israel in the manner it sanctions Iran, Israel would buckle sooner than Iran did, I’m guessing. Instead, the US funds Israel lavishly with the bulk of US foreign aid and provides constant diplomatic cover by UN CS veto. Even simply making US aid to Israel conditional on its changing its rogue conduct occupation would be significantly effective. If memory serves, there’s a US law on the books that forbids any US funds or (tax exempt) charitable funds to be funneled to the Israeli settlements. It’s not monitored or implemented. Compare how the US monitors and goes after Arab American charities if there’s even a hint their aid might end up benefitting any group on the terrorist list. Other US law pretends to stop misuse of American-made weapons by any country, including Israel. Everything is selectively enforced. The laws are sans tracking teeth re Israel since all aid to Israel is effectively fungible.

      • yrn on December 2, 2013, 6:50 am

        “If US would sanction Israel ”
        Keep on dreaming……….

      • Walid on December 2, 2013, 8:27 am

        Citizen, how could BDS succeed when Arabs themselves are being secretly chummy with the bad guys? As it appeared in Yedioth Ahoronot (Hebrew) today, being reported on Manar, Mayadeen and everywhere else; very depressing news:

        “Peres makes historic appearance before Muslims in Gulf

        Israeli president delivered remarks by satellite to high-ranking officials from entire Muslim and Arab world

        Israeli President Shimon Peres appeared two weeks ago before 29 foreign ministers and dignitaries from the world’s Islamic states attending a conference in Abu Dhabi.

        The unprecedented event, which was kept under wraps until its publication in the Israeli media Monday, was conducted via video conference, with Peres sitting in his Jerusalem residence in front of the blue and white Israeli flag.

        Peres was invited to speak at the opening session of a security conference of Gulf states, attended by officials and experts from the Arab and Muslim world.

        He was interviewed live, by satellite, by Terje Roed-Larsen, the special UN envoy the the Middle East.

        According to a report in the mass circulation Yediot Ahronot, Martin Indyk, President Barack Obama’s special envoy to Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, was instrumental along with Larsen in arranging Peres’ appearance.

        Conference participants listened attentively to Peres and no one walked out of the room. Participants also clapped at the end of his remarks, the daily reported.

        Peres was invited to speak by the conference sponsor, the government of the United Arab Emirates. One of the conditions for the invitation was a media blackout of Peres’ appearance.

        But New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman attended the event and mentioned it briefly in a Nov. 19th column.

        Friedman wrote that the unusual appearance was not motivated by winds of Arab-Israeli reconciliation.

        “This tacit Israeli-Sunni Arab cooperation,” he wrote, is based “on the tribal tradition that my enemy’s enemy is my friend – and the enemy is Iran, which has been steadily laying the groundwork to build a nuclear weapon.”

        And indeed, Peres talked about the common threat to Israel and the region from an Iranian nuclear military program.

        “There was great excitement on both sides,” Yediot quoted an unnamed official as saying. “Everyone understood that this was a historic event: the president of the Jewish state sitting in his Jerusalem office and people sitting in the Persian Gulf discussing security, the fight against terrorism and peace.”

      • Maximus Decimus Meridius on December 2, 2013, 9:52 am

        Thanks for that, Walid. I hadn’t heard about it, surprisingly enough.

        I used to work as a teacher in Saudi Arabia, and at the time, Peres made a visit to Qatar and there were photos in the press of him being warmly greeted by local women. The young women I taught – well-to-do girls from the richest and best connected families in the Kingdom – were absolutely disgusted at this and considered it shameful. I have no doubt that they, and just about everyone in the Gulf, would feel the same way about this video link-up.

        Israel may have ‘friends’ among the corrupt elites, but it is still hated by everyone in the region.

      • Citizen on December 2, 2013, 10:26 am

        @ Walid
        If the US joined BDS and/or publicly conditioned aid to Israel on meeting significant BDS goals, the Arab states would support the US in those goals–the history of the Arab League’s boycott of Israel shows this in reverse (looking at both direct and indirect support), and the Arab regime states do not have the support of their own people regarding Israel–e.g., Egypt’s masses support the Palestinian position as much as the Palestinian people despite Egyptian regime’s US-bribed treaty with Israel for decades, so those regimes are always going through a charade in the matter. The Sunni-Shite feud is not stronger than such factors. How many Arab oil states have diplomatic relations with Israel even though their dictator regime’s generally support US-Israel positions against Iran? (“The enemy of my enemy…)

      • yrn on December 2, 2013, 11:04 am

        Maximus Decimus Meridius

        All the countries in the area are managed by “corrupt elites”, a “corrupt elites” is been replaced by a “corrupt elites”, that’s the way the ME politics works.
        it took time and those “corrupt elites” understood that it’s better to do business and build up political relationships with Israel as they do with any other country in the world .
        The US and UK are still hated by everyone in the region, so……………

        BTW BDS in most Arab countries remains poorly adhered to in practice. A salient example of the non-compliance of some Arab states is Qatar and Saudi Arabia’s continued dealings with Veolia.

      • Walid on December 3, 2013, 2:34 am

        Maximus, hating them is not enough, they actually don’t care what happens to the Palestinians. That thing with the ministers applauding Peres is nothing new, it’s been going on way before the war of 48.

  14. just on December 1, 2013, 4:41 pm

    I think that the Apartheid & Pariah state should be entirely boycotted, sanctioned, and held accountable for their many crimes against the indigenous Palestinians and against nature & history.

    Some will say that this is too harsh; I say it’s past time to put Israel in a big’ time- out’.

  15. on December 1, 2013, 5:45 pm

    Well, let us see how is BDS doing.

    1. “Sabra hummus, based in Israel, was “drafted” to be the official dip of the NFL this year”

    2. “Israeli S.A.E. Afikim is establishing a $500 m. dairy farm project in Vietnam. It is among the largest in the world and will supply 40% of Vietnam’s milk consumption. Ten Israeli companies are involved in the project, all under S.A.E. Afikim’s managerial wing.”

    3. “It is holiday shopping season. Apple, Facebook, Google, Samsung and 300 other world tech companies think the best buys are found in Israel. There’s Israel and there’s Silicon Valley. In areas like 3D visualization, 3D motion sensors, 3D printing Israel is ahead. Also in many kinds of social or mapping applications. In medical devices or in internet technology or Cloud technology or big data in analytics, Israel simply has a huge cluster of technologies..”

    4. “Apple has signed a $350 million acquisition deal with the Israeli company PrimeSense, the maker of a motion-tracking chip technology. “

    5. IBM paid $650 million to purchase Israeli cybercrime prevention company Trusteer.

    6. Facebook paid $120 million to purchase of mobile utility app maker Onavo.

    7. Mobile protection company Asurion has also agreed to purchase Soluto, a cloud-based PC management service, for $130 million.

    8. Noble Energy, the U.S. company leading the development of the giant Israeli Leviathan offshore gas field, confirmed over the weekend that it plans to target nearby markets like Egypt and Jordan rather than ship the product further afield as liquefied natural gas.

    9. Israeli enterprise Kaiima believes it has found a way to improve crop harvests by replicating and accelerating a natural genetic phenomenon in the laboratory. Kaiima has raised more than $65 million dollars from international investors for its research.

    10. Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim (son of Lebanonian emigrant) is the 2nd richest man in the world. He wants to invest more in Israel.
    Slim’s América Móvil SAB de CV (NYSE: AMX; Nasdaq: AMOV; BMV: AMX) made a strategic investment in mobile social networks photo and video-sharing platform Mobli Ltd. as part of the Israeli start-up’s $60 million financing round.

    • James North on December 1, 2013, 10:14 pm

      Hasbara Central: Enough already with fnlevit. “Israel, the light among nations,” is now reduced to boasting that hummus (taken from the Arab world) is “the official dip of the NFL!”
      Every time this person comments he loses support for his cause.
      Please deploy someone more serious.

    • Djinn on December 1, 2013, 11:04 pm

      Any reason your beacon of democracy country wants advocating the non violent form of protest banned then, you know given BDS is so ineffective?

      Which is prof? It’s such a threat that it needs to be outlawed, or it’s no threat and your country is governed by paranoid fascists?

    • traintosiberia on December 1, 2013, 11:24 pm

      This is scary. Stealing technology can sustain a whole lot of people on stolen lands for way too long.

    • talknic on December 2, 2013, 1:06 am

      fnlevit “Well, let us see how is BDS doing”

      You then point to things that AREN’T related to BDS …. like someone, when told there’s a cliff ahead, happily says ‘there isn’t one behind me!’

    • talknic on December 2, 2013, 1:42 am

      @ fnlevit

      “let us see how is BDS doing

      Let’s see how ridiculous your assertions are in relation to BDS/Occupied Territories

      1. So what? In a sponsorship deal Sabra pays … Q) Is the activity in or making money from Occupied Territories? A) NO!

      2. Q) In or making money from Occupied Territories? A) NO! BTW Israeli companies investing in Vietnam are not Vietnamese investment in Israel

      3. Q) In or making money from Occupied Territories? A) NO!

      4. Q) In or making money from Occupied Territories? A) NO!

      5. Q) In or making money from Occupied Territories? A) NO!

      6. Q) In or making money from Occupied Territories? A) NO!

      7. Q) In or making money from Occupied Territories? A) NO!

      8. Q) In or making money from Occupied Territories? A) NO!

      9. Q) In or making money from Occupied Territories? A) NO!

      10. Q) In or making money from Occupied Territories? A) NO!

      = monumental fail!

  16. Mondowise on December 1, 2013, 8:49 pm

    sanctions are good, but equally important is withdrawal of all US aid. AND izrael very seriously needs to be held accountable and prosecuted at the ICC for all its egregious crimes dating back to the beginning. i’d love to see the day when the world slams izrael with all three courses of punishment at the same time. izrael is a spoiled recalcitrant little devil brat, time for the entire world to institute major discipline on this out of control fractious zionist demonology until the beast is safely chained down…whatever it takes.

  17. lobewyper on December 1, 2013, 10:27 pm

    I don’t think sanctions will be necessary, if the American people can be awakened to the tragedy that the Israeli people and its US supporters have allowed to unfold for now decades. The potential end of US support, especially–weapons and spare parts for same–is the only thing I can think of short of war that the Israeli government truly fears. If Americans were to know the truth of what Israel has become, they would turn against her very quickly, IMHO. The internet was an entirely unforeseen factor by past Israeli governments, and it has greatly expanded knowledge of the truths of the I-P matter.

    • Citizen on December 2, 2013, 5:41 am

      @ lobewyper
      But the main media PTB do not allow anyone in or on to tell the American masses about said tragedy, and the US Congress fears the donation clout of the Israel Lobby.
      The internet its he only way the masses can learn and most use it primarily to entertain themselves, buy consumer services and products, play games, gossip, etc.

      • lobewyper on December 3, 2013, 8:25 am

        @ Citizen

        Judging from the recent tone of comments around the net re: Israel’s opposition to Iran and to the Obama administration’s peace initiative towards Iran, they masses are in fact far more informed as to the truth of the situation than we sometimes give them credit for…

  18. Citizen on December 2, 2013, 6:29 am

    I agree. By most economic variables, Israel is better off economically than America. US also needs to cut its war weapons industry back by 50%. We also need to bust up the big banks and reinstall the Glass-Steagall wall between commercial and casino-investment banking. We also need to revise our first FTA, the one with Israel, as it gives more favorable treatment to Israel industry rather than being reciprocal to the same degree. Further, the US negotiation team was sandbagged by traitors.

    • American on December 2, 2013, 11:06 am

      Citizen says:
      December 2, 2013 at 6:29 am

      I agree. By most economic variables, Israel is better off economically than America.”>>>>>

      Actually it’s not. But we can say Israel and the US are in the same spot in many ways and there are several comparsions we can make like the economic inequality in the US and Isr populations and the unemployment rates to compare economies. And earlier this year Israel announced the that IDF budget had a shortfall of 2 billion.
      This is despite the billions in aid, loans etc that flow to Israel from the US and others.
      Then they have a real problem with low productivity. If you read any of the annual reports you get from companies you have stock in you can find a section that measures ’employee productivity’ and actually puts it in dollars and cents figures per employee, division, etc.. It is this measurement that leads to the slash and burn, sell offs and dumping of employees. Exactly what the US went thru. Now we have fewer people doing the same amount of work—higher productivity but more unemployment.
      ‘If’ Israel didnt get some influx of extra money they would be worse off and have to tighten their belts domestically in ways that the US is doing right now.
      You can say Israel is in or approaching the same boat the US was and still is in—-we are just ahead of them in how the US
      gov. and businese has reacted to it.
      Study: Israel has lowest productivity in OECD
      Labor productivity in all employment sectors except for agriculture is the lowest among developed countries.

      RIGHTS GROUPS want a welfare-to-work program that Photo: Ariel Jerozolimski/The Jerusalem Post)
      Israel’s labor productivity is the lowest among Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries in nearly every business sector, according to a study released Wednesday in the Taub Center for Social Policy’s 2013 State of the Nation report.

      Labor productivity is the amount of economic value an average worker produces in an hour.”

  19. hophmi on December 2, 2013, 10:36 am

    So Mondoweiss’s position is that sanctions work?

    I remember well when all of you supported the Iraq sanctions and the Iran sanctions . . .

    • Shingo on December 2, 2013, 5:24 pm

      So Mondoweiss’s position is that sanctions work?

      They work when they are aimed at criminal activity. Iran is not doing anything wrong, Israel is.

      They also work if they have popular support. The Iran sanctions don’t.

  20. American on December 2, 2013, 3:07 pm

    Only sanctions against Israel will end the Palestine occupation.
    Only sanctions against US politicians will end Israel’s US occupation.
    Gee, what could possibly, possibly be the Fla Palm Beach crowd’s interest in helping a South Carolina senator?

    Vulnerable U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham in Palm Beach County seeking campaign cash,0,6984009.story

    By Anthony Man Sun Sentinel
    12:28 p.m. EST, December 2, 2013
    U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, the South Carolina Republican and frequent sidekick to U.S. Sen. John McCain of Arizona, is in Palm Beach County on Monday looking to raise campaign cash.
    He was set to appear at a “pro-Israel reception” Monday morning at the home of Judy & Sidney Swartz of Delray Beach.
    Prices ranged from $500 per person to $5,000 sponsorships for couples.”

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