Today, I’m asking my readers to please support the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). The group has been working hard on some new legislation and it’s really important to help get this bill to the floor of the Senate and the House. Read more at LobeLog
Posts Tagged ‘BDS’
Posted in Free speech, tagged ALS Ice Bucket Challenge blood, Anti-Defamation League, anti-semitism in American universities, B'Tselem, BDS, Boycott Divestment Sanctions, Chechnya, First Amendment, Gaza, GazaUnderAttack, Gisha, Hamas, Homeland security, Israeli human rights groups, Megan Marzec, Ohio University, Phyllis Wise, Rabbi Danielle Leshaw, Russia, Steven Salaita, Vietnam War, Women’s Liberation, Yesh Din on September 11, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
after the university’s chancellor faced strong pressure from major donors objecting to Salaita’s tweets about Israel’s massive military campaign in Gaza, issued this warning: “As the Center for Constitutional Rights and other groups have been tracking, this is part of a nationwide, concerted effort by wealthy and well-organized groups to attack pro-Palestinian students and faculty and silence their speech. This risks creating a Palestinian exception to the First Amendment and to academic freedom.”
At Ohio University, we recently saw the disturbing reality of the different treatment accorded to pro-Israel, as opposed to pro-Palestinian views which supports Salaita’s statement. Read More at LobeLog
Posted in Christians, Divestment, tagged Americans for Peace Now, BDS, Debra DeLee, Divestment, PCUSA, Peace Groups, pro-Israel, Settlements, Terrorism, Two-state solution, United States, West Bank on June 23, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
In this case, I felt APN’s statement captured a realistic, nuanced and reasoned view so well, I thought it appropriate to reprint it here in full. The original can be found here.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 23, 2014
APN Statement on PC (USA) Divestment Decision
Washington, DC – Following the decision by the Presbyterian Church (USA) to divest from three U.S. companies whose products, they argue, are used to support Israeli occupation, Americans for Peace Now today issued the following statement: (more…)
Posted in BDS, tagged Americans for Peace Now, Anti-Zionism, BDS, Caterpillar, Divestment, Gush Shalom, Hewlett-Packard, J Street, Motorola, PCUSA, Peace Now, Peter beinart, Presbyterian Church USA, UNHRC, Western Sahara on June 13, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
There are very legitimate arguments about different kinds of Boycotts, Divestment and Sanction (BDS). Indeed, I have made many
of them myself. This is why I do not consider myself personally connected to the so-called “BDS Movement.” But since the late 1990s I have been advocating for public, economic pressures on Israel to change its policies, because without such pressure it has no reason to do so. Like any other country, Israel makes difficult policy shifts only when the cost of the current policy clearly and unarguably outweighs the risk of change.
For these reasons, among others, I have been a strong advocate, for most of this century, for what become known as “selective divestment,” although it can encompass other actions as well. Targeted actions, rather than sweeping calls to boycott anything and everything Israeli are, in my view, both more effective and more just. I had once hoped that this strategy would take broader hold, because I feared that otherwise, the entire notion of economic action would come to be identified with one segment of the pro-Palestinian/anti-occupation crowd—the more radical and anti-Zionist strain. While BDS is employed and supported by many anti-occupation activists, including not a few who consider themselves liberal or left-wing Zionists, my fear of how BDS would be identified has indeed come to pass. That sad event can be laid at the feet both of over-zealous BDS activists and at some ostensibly anti-occupation people and groups who really should know better. (more…)
Posted in BDS, tagged BDS, BDS Caterpillar, BDS HP, BDS Motorola, BDS Movement, Caterpillar, Hewlett-Packard, Israel, J Street, J Street on BDS, Jeremy Ben-Ami, Motorola, PCUSA, PCUSA BDS vote, Presbyterian, Presbyterian Church, Presbyterian Church USA, The Forward, What is BDS? on June 13, 2014 | 1 Comment »
This article originally appeared at LobeLog.
On June 14, members of the Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA) will gather in Detroit, Michigan for their biennial General Assembly meeting. A lot of eyes will be focused on this gathering, particularly those who have managed to maintain interest in the Israel-Palestine conflict in the wake of the collapse of the “peace process.”
The Presbyterians are going to revisit a vote on divestment from companies profiting from Israel’s occupation that failed in 2012 by a mere two votes. Given that narrow margin of victory (the final tally was 333-331 with two abstentions), many believe it might just pass this time. As a result, pro-divestment groups have reinvigorated their efforts to support Presbyterian divestment, while opponents have redoubled their efforts to oppose the resolution. (more…)
Posted in Anti-Semitism, tagged ADL anti-semitism survey, Anti-Semitism, Avigdor Lieberman, BDS, Benjamin Netanyahu, Brussels, Europe BDS, Joelle Milquet, Keshev, shooting at Jewish museum in Brussels on May 27, 2014 | 1 Comment »
This article originally appeared at LobeLog.
On May 24, an unidentified shooter opened fire at the Jewish museum in Brussels, killing four people. Two of the victims were Israelis, and the other two remain unidentified, other than being described as a volunteer and an employee of the museum, respectively.
Nothing is really known yet about the identity or motive of the shooter. A video of the incident offers very little in terms of defining the ethnicity of the murderer. But never fear, because Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman know very well who is responsible. (more…)
Posted in Israel, Peace Plans, United States, tagged Barnea article on collapse of Israel-Palestine talks, BDS, Benjamin Netanyahu, collapse of Israel-Palestine talks, criticism of two-state solution, Gaza, International Criminal Court, Israel as a Jewish State, Israel-Palestine Talks, John Kerry, Likud, Mahmoud Abbas, Military Aid to Israel, Nahum Barnea, US policy on Israel, US policy on Israel Palestine, US-Israel relations, West Bank, why did the Israel-Palestine talks collapse? on May 6, 2014 | 1 Comment »
In part one of this piece, I began sketching the picture that emerges from the words of U.S. diplomats to an Israeli reporter. There’s
more here, and the image that emerges is one where the United States is ultimately the responsible party for the failure of not only this round of peace talks, but one after another of them. I’ll start here by completing the analysis of what was reported in YNet.
On the Israeli demand that the Palestinians recognize Israel as a “Jewish state,” the group of anonymous U.S. diplomats told Israeli reporter Nahum Barnea: “We couldn’t understand why it bothered him (Abbas) so much. For us, the Americans, the Jewish identity of Israel is obvious. …The more Israel hardened its demands, the more the Palestinian refusal deepened. Israel made this into a huge deal – a position that wouldn’t change under any circumstances. The Palestinians came to the conclusion that Israel was pulling a nasty trick on them. They suspected there was an effort to get from them approval of the Zionist narrative.”
Seeing this in print really did shock me. There were three objections to this idea from the Palestinians. They were there all along, yet the U.S. speakers seem aware of only one of them. That one is the validation of the Zionist narrative over the Palestinian. The other two were that such recognition (a thing unheard of in international relations, one hastens to add, and something which Israel demands only from the Palestinians and no one else) would necessarily give a Palestinian stamp of approval to discrimination against non-Jews in Israel, most of whom are Palestinian; and that it would, by definition, preclude the question of the return of Palestinian refugees, a matter Abbas may be resigned to, but which he wants to deal with in negotiations in the hope that some redress for the refugees can be settled upon. (more…)