Landmark UN report backs Israel boycott

In the view of Palestinians (and myself), the state of Israel has never possessed legitimacy, not by international standards, as it was founded on expulsion, land-theft and military occupation. The BDS movement approaches this abstract issue by offering practicable action for citizens in the West, while the official international community dithers away the decades, leaving Palestinians worse off than ever before.

“International Law is antisemitic!”

Israel’s UN envoy Danny Danon issued a statement condemning the report late on Wednesday.
“The attempt to smear and falsely label “the only true democracy in the Middle East” by creating a false analogy is despicable and constitutes a blatant lie,” he said.

It’s important to note about Israel is that where there is smoke, there is fire. If Israel labels someone an enemy of the state, it doesn’t matter whether they are a political activist or a terrorist–they are in imminent danger.

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NY Gov Andrew Cuomo: “I am signing an Executive Order that says very clearly we are against the BDS movement. If you boycott Israel, New York will boycott you.”

Constant exposure and a persistent and increasingly popular BDS puts the US political puppets in a conspicuous position as ‘ friends of Israel’ when colluding with Israel to fight citizens against a legitimized boycott movement.

Indeed, recognition, justice and equality for Palestinians spells ‘terrorism’ [it ruins everything] for the Zionist agenda as such:

“All they want is a central organization for their international world swindler, endowed with its own sovereign rights and removed from the intervention of other states: a haven for convicted scoundrels and a university for budding crooks.” –Adolf Hitler-didn’t lie about everything! The proof is in the pudding.

Ending a “criminal enterprise”

Governments have a legal obligation to act immediately to end the crime of apartheid. This includes refusing to recognize an apartheid regime as lawful, refusing to aid a state in maintaining such a regime and cooperating with UN bodies and other states to end it.

The report urges UN bodies to act, and even suggests seeking a formal opinion from the International Court of Justice on Israel’s apartheid system. National governments should also back BDS and allow “criminal prosecutions of Israeli officials demonstrably connected with the practices of apartheid.”

But given that states and official bodies are not likely to take the lead, the report recognizes that “civil society institutions and individuals have a moral duty to use the instruments at their disposal to raise awareness of this ongoing criminal enterprise.”

They must use these tools to “exert pressure on Israel to dismantle apartheid structures and negotiate in good faith for a lasting peace that acknowledges the rights of Palestinians under international law and makes it possible for the two peoples to live together on the basis of real equality.”

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Gone are the days when no one sees what Israel is doing!

Recalling an earlier era, the report notes that research and legal analyses by UN bodies – such as the United Nations Center Against Apartheid – were critical resources for civil society activists in their efforts aimed at “legitimating boycott, divestments and sanctions, and contributing to the overall formation of a transnational movement against apartheid in South Africa.”

One of the report’s key aims today is to encourage “practical measures in accordance with international law to exert pressure on Israel to dismantle its apartheid regime.”

Efforts should be made to broaden support for boycott, divestment and sanctions initiatives among civil society actors,” the report recommends.

Private sector firms should be “reminded of their legal, moral and political responsibility to sever ties with commercial ventures and projects that directly or indirectly aid and abet the apartheid regime.”

All of this confirms the reasoning and tactics of the Palestinian-led BDS movement – support for which even the staunchly pro-Israel European Union has belatedly recognized as a democratic right.

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UNESCO must go one step further with a cultural boycott of Israel

A screen shot taken of Hamas's official website on August 21, 2016. The graphic shows the al Aqsa Mosque on fire due to a 1969 arson attack. The photo reads: "Our Aqsa, we shall not forget." (Courtesy: Hamas website.)

The al Aqsa Mosque on fire due to a 1969 Zionist arson attack

The UN’s record of standing up to Israel’s bully-boy tactics is littered with failure. Last month, however, that trend was bucked when UNESCO adopted two telling resolutions on Jerusalem. Not only did the organisation reject Israel’s claims of ownership within the occupied city, but, more importantly, it also reaffirmed that all attempts by the self-styled Jewish state to change the demographic and religious character of Jerusalem are illegal, null and void.

Naturally, it would take much more than a UNESCO resolution to deter the Israelis from their attempts to “Judaise” Jerusalem. Scores of similar resolutions have been passed before, all to no avail. Times have changed, though, and a growing number of member states are no longer prepared to be browbeaten into supporting illegal policies that usurp the rights of other people.

As expected, the Netanyahu government reacted to the UNESCO decision in the only way it knows how, with diplomatic tantrums, political threats and state violence. Incredibly, it produced, almost out of thin air, a “unique 2,700-year-old papyrus” which it claims is evidence of a connection between the city of Jerusalem and the period when the Kings of Israel were on their relatively unimportant throne.

This was taken immediately as a green light to intensify excavation activities beneath Al-Aqsa Mosque. Yisrael Hasson, Director of the Israeli Authority of Antiquities, announced that it has agreed with the government that it will become mandatory for every Israeli youth to take part in the excavation works.

In what can only be interpreted as retaliation for the UNESCO vote, Israel followed up by razing a number of Muslim graves in the historical Bab Al-Rahmeh Cemetery, east of Al-Aqsa Mosque, and hoisting the Israeli flag over the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the occupied Old City. The latter was not only an act of defiance to UNESCO but also an insult to the Russian government, which voted in support of the resolutions; the Orthodox Church plays an important role in the administration of the historic site.

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Though depicted by Israel and its allies as “controversial” and “inflammable”, the UNESCO votes were by no means historical oddities. As far back as December 1930 an international commission appointed by the British government and approved by the Council of the League of Nations, and headed by Eliel Lofgren, a former Swedish minister of foreign affairs, ruled unanimously that:

  • “To the Muslims belong the sole ownership of, and the sole proprietary right to the western wall, as an integral part of al Haram Ash Sharif area.”
  • “To the Muslims also belongs the pavement in front of the wall and the adjacent Maghribi (Moroccan) Quarter opposite.”
  • “The Jews shall have free access to the wall for the purpose of devotion at all times” – subject to certain stipulations.

The circumstances which led to the 1930 commission were very similar to those that exist today. Back then, it was the Zionist claims to the Western Wall that led to the 1929 uprising in which more than 133 Jews and 116 Palestinians were killed. Indeed, in a letter dated 30 May 1918, Zionist leader Chaim Weizmann wrote to Britain’s Foreign Secretary, Arthur Balfour, demanding:

the handing over of the Wailing Wall as the only one [holy place] which is… left to us… our most sacred monument, in our most sacred city, is in the hands of some Maghreb religious community…

The latest round of unrest in Jerusalem has come in the wake of heightened Israeli attempts to create new facts on the ground in the Noble Sanctuary of Al-Aqsa. Around 275 Palestinians have been killed by the occupation forces since October 2015. It was within this context that the UNESCO resolutions were drafted and voted on.

Although the UNESCO votes signal a welcome development, they do not go far enough to be regarded as a game changer. However, this is not a lost cause. The UNESCO resolutions can be given real teeth if the organisation goes one step further and calls for a cultural boycott of Israel in support of the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

This would isolate Israel, just as apartheid South Africa was banished from cultural and sporting activities around the world. The South African anti-Apartheid movement succeeded, in part, because it managed to develop a coalition of committed governments and people who were able to effect both domestic and international policy in institutions like the UN and its agencies.

Similarly, the BDS movement against Israeli apartheid must forge similar alliances and secure the support of governments in the global north and south. Some will, inevitably, be reluctant and even try to be obstructive (this has already been seen in Britain). In the long run, though, they will have to accept that the tide of history is moving towards the restoration of law and human rights for all of the people in and of Palestine.

European Parliamentary Members Call on EU in Support of Boycott Movement

News that a G4S employee was the gunman who killed 50 people at a packed gay nightclub in Florida wiped almost $282.80 million off the value of the world’s largest security firm.

July 22, 2016

More than 30 members of the European parliament have called on  EU High Representative Federica Mogherini to take measures assuring freedom of expression regarding the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement for justice and equality and recognizing Omar Barghouti, a co-founder of the BDS movement, as a human rights defender. Irish MEPs Martin Anderson and Nessa Childers are among the signatories.

While the signatories views on the BDS movement differ, they expressed concern regarding “growing attempts to silence and repress advocates of BDS” and called on the EU to “guarantee that it will not introduce measures aimed at limiting freedom of expression regarding the Middle East and BDS.”

Having failed to hinder the growing support and impact of the BDS movement in mainstream civil society, Israel has launched an unprecedented anti-democratic campaign to silence Palestinian narratives and outlaw BDS advocacy.

The Israeli-induced attacks on the BDS movement are, according to the PNN, advanced through putting pressure on governments, legislators and officials to fight BDS activity through implementing repressive measures that pose a threat to civil and political liberties at large.

The 32 signatory MEPs expressed concerns regarding Israel’s targeted attack on activists advocating for Palestinian rights through BDS and called on the EU to “recognise Omar Barghouti as a human rights defender and afford him and other Palestinian, Israeli and international human rights defenders appropriate protection and assistance.”

Aneta Jerska, coordinator of the European Coordination of Committees and Associations for Palestine (ECCP), said: “It is really empowering to see that a growing number of MEPs are taking a clear stance in defence of civil society actor’s right to advocate for BDS, as a matter of conscience, free speech and as a nonviolent means of political expression.”

Riya Hassan, Europe Campaigns Officer for the Palestinian BDS National Committee, the broadest coalition of Palestinian organisations that leads and supports the BDS movement, said:“This letter shows that support for the right of citizens and organisations to take part in the BDS movement continues to grow in Europe, just as it is growing across the world. There is mounting concern about the attacks on democracy that are taking place in order to help shield Israel from accountability and criticism.

“It is high time for the EU to listen to Palestinian and European civil society calls and bring an end to its complicity with Israel’s violations of international law and human rights. The EU must adhere to its own obligations and protect citizens freedom of expression, and political assembly, and assure the protection of Palestinian human right defenders.”

This letter echoes growing European political and civil society calls for protecting the freedom of expression of activists and organisations involved in BDS activity for Palestinian rights.

More than 350 European human rights organizations, trade unions, church groups and political parties, have called on the European Union to defend citizens and organisations right to boycott Israel in response to its occupation and violations of Palestinian rights.

Representatives of the Swedish, Irish and Dutch governments have publicly defended the right to advocate and campaign for Palestinian rights under international law through BDS.

First “Boycott Ban” Case Defeated in UK High Court haha

Israel only represents fake Jews whether inside or outside the terrorist state.

30 June 2016

The first case to cite the UK government’s attempt to quash boycotts of Israel failed in the high court on Tuesday.

The judges said that “criticism of Israel is not seen by all Jews in this country as an attack on their community, or, at least, not necessarily so.”

It emphasized that “the court should be vigilant to protect the right of freedom of expression.”

The judges also drew a distinction between elected councils passing motions, and executives implementing actual policy. The council executives tended to distance themselves from the motions, saying they had not been implemented in practice.

 

“No contracts or potential contracts were affected by the resolutions,” the judges concluded.

Jewish Human Rights Watch lawyers attempted to argue that for such motions against Israel to be legal, as a “minimum requirement … someone should raise in debate the impact of the resolution on the Jewish community.”

But the judges disagreed, saying that local elected representatives “do not (and should not) expect that their speeches will be scrutinized later in court … It would significantly inhibit debate if this were a requirement of the law.”

“In our view, the exercise of scrutinizing the debate simply highlighted the unreality of this part of the claimant’s case,” the judges concluded.

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California Senate mulls new attempt to squash Palestine solidarity

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The real question is: why are Jews working for Israel making rules for us in our country? Israel supporters need to think about this. Do they really want these Jews to dominate them? What the neoconservatives want is a centralized mega-state running the world from Washington, with international Jewry calling the shots and doing its utmost to ensure that America, while bossing the world around, remains subservient to Israel and world Jewry. The basic philosophy underlying neoconservatism is essentially this: what is good for the Jews is good for the world.

While the impetus for the resolution is said to be the discoveries of a swastika found hanging outside a private resident’s home in Sacramento, and another spray-painted on a Jewish fraternity, critics say its real target is BDS and Palestine solidarity activism.

At a rally condemning the swastikas, Ryan Pessah, the executive director of the Jewish caucus, said, “I truly think that the increase in anti-Semitism is directly connected to the BDS movement. I would argue that without BDS, you would not have these swastikas. This is part of a mindset that the movement has brought into the community.”

As The Electronic Intifada reported, no evidence has been found to connect Palestine solidarity activists to the swastikas at UC Davis.

The California legislature is once again attempting to formally conflate opposition to Zionism with anti-Semitism.

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California Senate Resolution 35 (SCR 35) urges each of the nine University of California campuses to condemn “all forms of anti-Semitism,” including those “justified … as expressions of disapproval or frustrations over political events in the Middle East.”

On 29 April, the California Senate’s education committee approved the resolution after making two changes recommended by opponents. The resolution must pass in the state Senate before going on to the Assembly for a final vote.

“From sea to shining sea one can witness the proliferation of anti-Semitic activity,” the resolution states in alarmist language. The resolution invokes the US State Department’s controversial definition of anti-Semitism that considers “demonizing,” “delegitimizing” or holding Israel to a “double standard” as anti-Semitic. While the resolution contains one clause which condemns Islamophobia, it devotes the entirety of its text to concerns about alleged anti-Semitism.

In 2012, the California House of Representatives unanimously passed House Resolution 35, which condemned all acts that “demonize and delegitimize Israel,” specifically citing the campaign for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) as an example of anti-Semitic activities on university campuses.

While the current resolution does not explicitly refer to Israel or the BDS movement, advocates for civil rights and free speech are nevertheless disturbed by the new resolution’s ostensibly more benign wording.

“In substance it does a lot less than HR 35,” David Mandel, a lawyer and member of Jewish Voice for Peace, told The Electronic Intifada. Mandel spoke against the resolution at a public meeting called by the education committee on 29 April.

“Unless you know to read between the lines, it looks fine,” he said. ”But it gives them another hammer to use against Palestinian and student activists.”

“Weapon to stigmatize”

“It is a weapon to use to stigmatize and chill people’s speech. That’s what this is doing. Even though it is less pernicious in actual substance, it amounts to the same function,” Mandel said.

Carol Sanders, a lawyer and member of Jewish Voice for Peace who has been closely watching the resolution, said that HR 35, while currently still in effect, was discredited after coming under a barrage of criticism. 

The non-binding resolution was written by Jeff Stone, a freshman state senator and the lone Republican member of the newly-formed California Jewish Caucus, and co-authored by several other members.

In March, Stone attended the conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee in Washington DC, at which Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke. Stone described the right-wing Netanyahu as “very charismatic, very humbling.”

On 24 April, Stone, along with StandWithUs, hosted a visit by two Israeli reserve soldiers. StandWithUs is a well-funded, aggressively anti-Palestinian and anti-BDS organization.

While the impetus for the resolution is said to be the discoveries of a swastika found hanging outside a private resident’s home in Sacramento, and another spray-painted on a Jewish fraternity, critics say its real target is BDS and Palestine solidarity activism.

At a rally condemning the swastikas, Ryan Pessah, the executive director of the Jewish caucus, said, “I truly think that the increase in anti-Semitism is directly connected to the BDS movement. I would argue that without BDS, you would not have these swastikas. This is part of a mindset that the movement has brought into the community.”

As The Electronic Intifada reported, no evidence has been found to connect Palestine solidarity activists to the swastikas at UC Davis.

The Lawfare Project is the only supporter of the resolution to be officially listed. The Lawfare Project is another well-endowed organization that facilitates campaigns aiming to shield Israel from legal accountability for its military actions and other human rights abuses against Palestinians.

Registered opponents of the bill include the Asian Law Caucus, the Center for Constitutional Rights, Jewish Voice for Peace and the Los Angeles chapter of the National Lawyers Guild.

In-house lobby 

At the beginning of 2014, California formed the first-in-the-nation Jewish legislative caucus. Its conception came as student organizing around the issue of Palestine gained momentum, resulting in an increasingly fevered atmosphere among Zionist activists.

The Jewish caucus is currently chaired by Senator Marty Block, who has been an outspoken supporter of Israeli aggression. At the height of Israel’s ferocious attack on the Gaza Strip last summer, for example, Block attended a rally in support of Israel’s actions.

When announcing the Jewish Caucus’ agenda, Block cited the burgeoning student campaigns urging University of California to divest from Israeli militarism, and “anti-Israel” courses taught on UC campuses as issues his lobbying group would address. Block has emphasized that the group is secular, not religious.

Judging by the caucus’s activities during its first year, it appears it will serve as a sort of  in-house Israel advocacy group for California’s state legislature. Immediately upon forming the caucus, the group met Janet Napolitano, the UC president, to discuss “anti-Israel vitriol” on UC campuses.

Last year, the caucus authored a resolution endorsing an agreement between Netanyahu and Jerry Brown, California’s governor. The resolution pledged more collaboration between California and Israel’s lucrative biotech, water and security industries, some of which have been successfully targeted for boycott.

“They tell people you might have these fringe groups that are trying to boycott, there are these groups on campus, but California is firmly stating that we’re open for business with Israel,” stated Block.  

During the education committee’s vote on the resolution, Block accused opponents of the resolution as having “an objective to harm the State of Israel or to change Israel’s actions.”

Neither Stone nor Block would responded to requests for comment.

Opponents make impact 

It is important to note that despite inflammatory and widely covered allegations of a spike in anti-Semitism on California campuses, there is no evidence that such a specter exists.

In fact, the Anti-Defamation League, a pro-Israel group, notes that for the last three years the number of anti-Semitic incidents on campus is the lowest since 1999, when the organization began to keep track. 

While the resolution is moving forward, its opponents have gained considerable traction. In April they sent a letter to the education committee criticizing the resolution and offering three recommendations to alter and improve it.

Heeding their advice, the committee removed a clause in the resolution that called on publicly-funded schools to condemn “any act of anti-Semitism augmenting education programs.”

The amended version of the resolution also adds: “nothing in this resolution is intended to diminish the rights of anyone, including students, to freely engage in any speech or other activity protected by the United States Constitution.” Opponents had originally requested the clause to specifically protect criticism of any country.  

However, the resolution still relies on the State Department’s definition of anti-Semitism.

The amended resolution passed out of the education committee with only one abstention, by Senator Bill Monning.

Orlando Shooting psyop, BDS, Israel, G4s, Florida gov. Rick Scott

In 1948 Albert Einstein and fellow colleagues called on US to boycott the Ziofascist regime, likening it to “the Nazi and Fascist parties.”  Was he anti-Semitic?  Israel is a rogue nation of war criminals always has been and always will be as long as it exists.

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British security company G4S, the world’s largest, has responded to a four-year long global BDS campaign protesting its role in Israeli violations of Palestinian human rights by announcing yesterday it will sell its Israeli subsidiary in the coming “12 to 24 months.”

posted on Jun 13, 2016 updated along the way

May 24 Gilad Erdan,  Israel Likud party member and  Minister of Public Security, Strategic Affairs and Minister of Information (video below post) says that G4s will pay the price for boycotting Israel and then names Florida’s Gov Rick Scott for standing with Israel against BDS. What a good friend to Israel, yay!  He is thanking all the US governors who are friends of Israel, which means these governors are in their pockets.

  NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo is another ‘friend of Israel’ and is an Israeli-dual citizen. Cuomo has recently signed an executive order to punish those who boycott Israel. Only Florida gov. Rick Scott is named by Erdan in regard to G4s which links him directly to the false flag even in Orlando, Florida.  Erdan is thanking the gov. of Florida here in advance!

‘Israeli dual citizen NY gov. Cuomo has recently signed an executive order on Israel’s behalf’…doesn’t sound right, does it? Israeli dual citizens in the US signing executive orders on Israel’s behalf? Ruling over  non-Jewish Americans? And there are so many of them

Israel has vowed to punish those who boycott them and the Orlando Shooting did exactly that to G4s:
“News that a G4S employee was the gunman who killed 50 people at a packed gay nightclub in Florida wiped almost $282.80 million off the value of the world’s largest security firm.”

Cui bono? Israel’s payback and a frightening warning to the rest; who surely got the message and they know who they are.

Friends of Israel: Fl. Rep Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and FL gov. Rick Scott

Read more about Zionist terrorist Fl. Rep Ileana Ros-Lehtinen  HERE. Florida Israel operatives are former Florida gov. Jeb Bush,  the currant Florida gov. Rick Scott and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen from Florida’s 27th district.

This was Israel’s objective.  The media’s job was to distract from Israel by repeating the usual code words for the brainwashed  such as lone gunman, ISIS, Muslim, terrorist,  “worst attack since 911 911 911”  “they hate us for our freedom”. It still works.

The gunman did not have a motive, period.  They invented him. They invented the whole thing. It was staged on the behalf of  Israel. The terrorist state with the grubby crooked hands in our pockets. Florida was chosen to host the false flag because they have the state’s Gov in their pocket (and the Bush’s and anti-Castro U.S. Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen from Florida’s 27th district, Republican party.) and he accepted the job, the job the Israeli cabinet member thanked him for in advance.

Israel is being delegitimized which threatens it’s existence (as a criminal regime) and it is as serious to them as a nuclear threat. To them this is war and Israel declares to fight back.  The mafia regime has gone to the  mattresses!  BDS demands that Israel comply with International Law.  Too much to ask? It does if you’re a fascist mobster regime!

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News that a G4S employee was the gunman who killed 50 people at a packed gay nightclub in Florida wiped almost $282.80 million off the value of the world’s largest security firm.

World’s largest security firm, which recently announced it was winding down its Israel and west Bank operations, screened the Orlando shooter as recently as 2013 with ‘no findings.’

Some pro-Israel organizations responded by threatening to scrap contracts with G4S if it did not stay in the Jewish state.

When trading opened in London on Monday, shares in G4S lost 6.6 percent to 175 pence to hit their lowest level since 2009.

“It doesn’t help having their name in the press against something like that (Orlando shooting) ,” the analyst said.