Arab revolution still in the air

Compiled by Antony Loewenstein

A new year and another war in the Muslim world. While revolutions continue to percolate throughout the Arab world – Israel much prefers brutal dictatorships in the region – Libya is now being bombed. Liberal interventionists, neo-cons and conservatives are largely backing the US-led mission. But why are we really intervening? If Libya’s major export was lettuce (as opposed to oil) we certainly would not be attacking Gaddafi’s assets. The Libyan leader has long been a monster – the kind of man the West rather liked for the last ten years – and the real reasons behind the conflict are rarely discussed.

I agree with the analysis offered by the Middle East Research and Information Service who argue that, “Libya in 2011 is an instance where the West can bring its unmatched firepower to bear without immediate damage to the international or regional order.” If Libya, why not Bahrain or Saudi Arabia or Yemen? Some nations are “useful” to the West and some are far more expendable. Simply saying, “we must do something in Libya” isn’t reason to send missiles into the country. The startling lack of public discussion about the aims of the mission, the role of the rebels, the endgame and the actual reasons behind the war is revealing. Questions must be asked.

During the current upheavals, al-Jazeera has remained essential. And all the while, Israel continues to descend into an increasingly racist morass. The “Middle East’s Only Democracy” tag is looking like a sick joke.

Finally, one of the best reads this month was a fascinating Lawrence Wright feature in the New Yorker on Scientology, the ethics of religion and American celebrity culture.

In other news:

– Investigation in Australian magazine Crikey on abuses at Sydney’s Villawood detention centre over asylum seekers, security guards and Serco (part 1 and part 2).

Video of my session at the Jaipur Literature Festival in India on Western occupation with Rory Stewart, the New Yorker’s Jon Lee Anderson and the Washington Post’s David Finkel.

Interview with Australia’s Podcast Network on the revolutions in the Arab world.

Analysis for ABC online about the Libyan uprisings and the Western media’s double standards when writing about “them” and “us”.

Report in Green Left Weekly on a major forum at Sydney University in February on political upheavals in the Arab world.

Interview with PressTV on the politics of Australian aid in the Middle East.

TV interview with Indian magazine Tehelka on Israel/Palestine and changing Jewish opinions on the Middle East.

Article co-written with Australians for Palestine in Online Opinion on the importance of backing BDS against Israel to bring equality to Israel and Palestine.

Interview in the West Australian on the Israel/Palestine conflict and celebrating the Arab revolutions.

– My report on the recent Perth Writer’s Festival where I discussed the Middle East with philosopher Raimond Gaita and democracy (yes, we all liked it) with Tariq Ali, John Keane and Ken Crispin.

Investigation for Australian magazine Crikey on the influence of British multinational Serco in Western Australia.

Interview on Austaralia’s Channel 10 TV’s Sports Tonight (yes, the first time I’ve appeared on a sport’s show), talking about an international football game in Palestine but still under occupation.

Investigation for Australian magazine Crikey on an Australian Greens candidate facing abuse and lies for backing Israel sanction.

Interview on daily current affairs radio program The Wire on settler murders in the West Bank and Israel’s cynical response to expand colonies.

Interview on the new Democracy Now! style program in Australia, News Goo, that dissects the media, challenges prejudices and includes features with John Pilger on Wikileaks, Palestine and beyond.

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Israel’s dissidents are saving the country

The dissidents do not need to apologize for anything. Their country owes them a great deal.

By Gideon Levy

Imagine a different Israel in the eyes of the world. There is no B’Tselem, no Breaking the Silence, no Anarchists Against the Fence, no Gush Shalom. There is no New Israel Fund and no small band of radical and dissenting intellectuals and journalists. Imagine a different Israel, which silences and crushes every such voice. Imagine how it would look to the world.

The little sympathy Israel still receives it owes to these groups. The campaign of delegitimization against it, the real one and the one we invent, we owe to Avigdor Lieberman and Israel Beiteinu, to Benjamin Netanyahu and the flood of anti-democratic laws of his people and of Kadima, to the unbridled Israel Defense Forces and to the settlers who know no boundaries. One day of Operation Cast Lead did Israel more damage than all the critical articles taken together; the fatal attack on the Gaza-bound Mavi Marmara dragged down Israel’s image more than all the anti-Israeli lectures taken together; the “Nakba Law” stank more than all the petitions.

The ever-growing initiative to boycott, excoriate and ostracize Israel was born out of the pictures of Gaza and the scenes from the Marmara. The fact that there are Israelis who have joined the criticism can only be chalked up to Israel’s dwindling credit in universities in the United States, in the academic world of Europe and in newspapers in both places. Just imagine how Israel would look without them: North Korea.

The government’s ambassadors and its propagandists can barely persuade anyone in the world, except themselves. The destroyers of Israeli democracy can only stoke the fire higher and higher against it. The critical voices still being heard, in commendable freedom, arouse the world’s esteem. The dissidents are now the best explainers of Israel, whose regime is still to its credit.

About two weeks ago, I was invited to the Jewish Book Week in London, following the publication in English of my book “The Punishment of Gaza.” The Jewish establishment in Britain threatened to boycott the event, the organizers considered hiring security guards, and roughly 500 people, mainly middle-of-the-road Jews, filled the hall, asked questions and mainly, in their modest way, expressed great sympathy. I spoke, as I always do, against the occupation, the injustices and the damage it does to Israel and to the Palestinians, against the attacks on Israeli democracy as I have written in the hundreds of articles that have been published in Haaretz in Hebrew and in English, and as I did at the London School of Economics and Trinity University in Dublin.

As on previous occasions, a “spy” from the Israeli Embassy was sent to Trinity – this one, an Israeli student who was asked to write down what I said and convey it to the embassy. The embassy quickly dispatched a report to the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem, and the Foreign Ministry quickly leaked it to a well-known newspaper, which published only my harshest statements, without context – and there you have it: the indictment of a dissident.

One can ignore the way the embassy spies on journalists, evoking dark regimes. I would be glad to see a government representative at my lectures who was not under cover, if they have any interest. But one cannot ignore the message conveyed by such conduct – that of a witch hunt against a journalist whose opinions diverge from the party line.

In the new high-tech world, there is no longer a difference between what is written and what is said from here or from there. In the new world, which is mainly hostile to Israel, there is significance to alternative voices coming out of Israel, voices other than the official, threatening and harmful. These voices belong to Israel’s true patriots, who fear for its fate and are concerned over its image much more than the people who are threatening to silence them. The dissidents do not need to apologize to their country for anything. Their country owes them a great deal: They are the force that is saving its image in the world. “Thy destroyers and they that made thee waste shall go forth from thee”? (Isaiah 49:17 ) Indeed, indeed. Netanyahu and Lieberman, the lawmakers on the right and the instigators of nationalism and racism, the hilltop youth and the indifferent of Tel Aviv. Ask (almost ) any European or American intellectual.




Two Bills were passed yesterday by the Israeli Knesset … First,The”Nakba bill”, proposed by Yisrael Beiteinu, requires the state to fine local authorities and other state-funded bodies for holding events marking the Palestinian Nakba Day by supporting armed resistance or racism against Israel, or desecrating the state flag or national symbols. read about it HERE …. Knesset passes ‘Nakba bill’

To cover the lands stolen from the Palestinians during the Nakba….. THIS Bill covers that…

Knesset passes segregation law

First they came to steal the land…. I was silent because it wasn’t my land…

Then they erased the history and ‘I was silent because it wasn’t my history’….. sound familiar?

Then they came for us and everyone was silent because they didn’t even know about it…. so much upheaval in the Arab world these days…. one more day of killing in Gaza can go unnoticed by the Western press and their governments.

And this must be noted….. According to Israeli news site Ynet, opposition leader Tzipi Livni called for another Operation Cast Lead, Israel’s devastating 22-day offensive launched in December 2008 which killed over 1,400 Palestinians.

There will be photos of the murdered children posted at the end of this article… DO NOT SCROLL DOWN IF YOU ARE WEAK AT HEART…. they are very graphic.

Israel kills 8 Gazans in day of strikes


A Palestinian man cries at the Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City near the covered body of relative killed in an Israeli military strike on a home east of Gaza City. The Al-Hilu family was playing football when the shell hit, medics said
[AFP/Mohammed Abed]

GAZA CITY — Israeli warplanes killed four Palestinians in an air strike on Az-Zaitoun neighborhood south of Gaza City on Tuesday evening, medics said.

The attack came hours after Israeli artillery fire hit a home east of Gaza City killing a child, a teenager and three adults.

Emergency services spokesman Adham Abu Salmiya said the four victims of the latest strike were members of the Al-Quds Brigades. They were all in their 20s, he said.

Abu Salmiya identified those killed as Adham Al-Hazareen, Sa’dy Hals, Muhammad Atyeh Al-Harazeen and Muhammad Abed.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said Israeli fighter jets identified “a group of terrorists” in northern Gaza who she said were preparing to launch a projectile into Israel. The warplanes dropped missiles on the group “and confirmed a hit,” she added.

The army official said the men targeted were from the same group that launched a grad rocket into Israel on February 23, but could not say how they had been identified.

Civilians killed playing football

Earlier in the day, Israeli tanks fired at a home on An-Nazzaz Street in the eastern part of the Ash-Shaja’iya neighborhood in Gaza City.

Abu Salmiya said members of the Abu Hilu family were playing football outside the home when the shell hit.

Muhammad Jihad Al-Hilu, 11, Yasser Ahed Al-Hilu, 16, Muhammad Saber Harara, 20, Yasser Hamer Al-Hilu, 50, and a fifth unidentified victim were all killed in the attack, and several others were injured, the medical spokesman said.

Israel’s military spokeswoman said forces fired toward a launch site for projectiles, but admitted that “uninvolved civilians were injured.”

However, she blamed Hamas for operating “within a civilian population.”

She added that the army “does not seek an escalation with this act.”

On Tuesday morning, Israeli artillery fire injured one man and a drone strike critically injured another in the same area.

Shortly before midnight the day before, a series of Israeli air strikes injured 18, including women and children.

Several hours before the raids, Hamas’ armed wing called for a truce.

Israel’s military says Gaza militants have launched over 50 projectiles into Israel in recent days.

The Al-Qassam Brigades, the military arm of Hamas, said it fired mortars into Israel in response to an air strike that killed two of its members on Wednesday.

But the group said it would commit to a ceasefire if Israel stopped bombarding the Gaza Strip.

Israeli leaders have stepped up rhetoric in response to the projectiles. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel would use “all means necessary to protect its citizens.”

According to Israeli news site Ynet, opposition leader Tzipi Livni called for another Operation Cast Lead, Israel’s devastating 22-day offensive launched in December 2008 which killed over 1,400 Palestinians.


Photos mentioned above…..

Three children from the same family were killed in the bombing. They were doing something extremely dangerous to the security of Israel…. THEY WERE PLAYING FOOTBALL …
Also killed was their uncle, other members of the family were wounded…. ALL CIVILIANS



Photo © by Bud Korotzer

It looks like I jumped the gun two months ago when I applauded the Russian government for endorsing the creation of a Palestinian state. I said It was not surprising that Russia joined the growing number of nations recognising the State of Palestine. They too had their share of oppression and first hand experiences with nazism.

The post that was taken from can be read by clicking on the following …. MOTHER RUSSIA KNOWS THE MEANING OF FASCISM AND OPPRESSION

But, today dear ‘Mother Russia’ showed its true colours …. by welcoming the King of Israeli Apartheid’s plans to expand his operations to the heart of Moscow;

Leviev opens huge Mall in Moscow

Israeli businessman opens new shopping center in heart of Russian capital’s new business area
The full report can be read HERE

It looks like money talks louder than any commitment to the people of Palestine. It’s not as if Leviev’s activities are not known, even UNICEF has refused to accept donations from him; UNICEF does discriminate when it comes to where they accept funds from to carry out their work…. they do not want blood money!

The UN children’s fund UNICEF has severed ties with an Israeli billionaire and financial backer due to his suspected involvement in building settlements in the West Bank, UNICEF said on Friday. Lev Leviev, a real estate and diamond mogul who is one of the richest men in Israel, has supported UNICEF with direct contributions and indirectly by sponsoring at least one UNICEF fund-raiser. 

He is chairman of Africa Israel Investments, a conglomerate whose units include Danya Cebus, which the Arab rights advocacy group Adalah-NY charges has carried out settlement construction, considered illegal by the United Nations.

UNICEF decided to review its relationship with Leviev after a campaign by Adalah-NY and found “at least a reasonable grounds for suspecting” that Leviev companies were building settlements in Palestinian territory, a UNICEF official said.

So, welcome ‘Mother Russia’ to the list of countries that says one thing but continues to do the opposite.


If there is any truth to the following, get prepared for a mega increase in the price of oil….and ask yourselves just how much of this is actually on Palestinian land…

According to Dr Vinegar, Israel has the second-biggest oil shale deposits in the world, outside the US: “We estimate that there is the equivalent of 250 billion barrels of oil here. To put that in context, there are proven reserves of 260 billion barrels of oil in Saudi Arabia.”

Oil shale reserves can turn Israel into major world producer

THE JOKE has been told by generations of Jews, most famously Golda Meir, the former prime minister of Israel: ‘Why did Moses lead us to the one place in the Middle East without oil?’

But an updated version may be required if Harold Vinegar and his colleagues get their way. Dr Vinegar, the former chief scientist of Royal Dutch Shell, is at the centre of an ambitious project to turn Israel into one of the world’s leading oil producers.

Israel Energy Initiatives, where Dr Vinegar is chief scientist, is working on projects to extract oil and natural gas from oil shale from a 238sq km area of the Shfela Basin, to the south and west of Jerusalem.

Oil shale mining is often frowned upon, not least by the environmental lobby, as a dirty process that is both energy and water-intensive. IEI believes that its technique will be cleaner than that of other operators because the oil will be separated from the shale rock up to 300m beneath the ground. Water will be a by-product of the process rather than being consumed by it in large volumes.

The marginal cost of production, IEI estimates, will be between $US35 and $US40 per barrel. This, Dr Vinegar points out, is cheaper than the $US60 or so per barrel that it costs to extract crude from inhospitable locations such as the Arctic, and compares with $US30-$US40 per barrel in some of the deepwater oilfields off the coast of Brazil.

“These Israeli deposits have been known about, but have never been listed before. It was previously assumed there was not the technology to deal with it.”

According to Dr Vinegar, IEI, which is owned by the American telecoms group IDT Corp, hopes to begin production on a commercial basis by the end of the decade, with a view to producing 50,000 barrels per day at the outset. This would be a fraction of the 270,000bpd consumed daily by Israel, but would be a significant step towards making the country energy-independent.

Dr Vinegar estimates that, with one barrel of oil comprising 42 gallons, each tonne of oil shale contains approximately 25gallons.The extraction process involves heating the rock underground, using electric heaters, to approximately 325C, the level at which the carbon-carbon bonds in the rock start to “crack”. The oil produced by the process is light and easily refined to a range of products, including naphtha, jet fuel and diesel.

The project is attracting serious interest from outside investors. In November, 2010, an 11 per cent stake in Genie Oil & Gas, the division of IDC that is the parent company of IEI, was acquired for $US11m ($11.05m) by Jacob Rothschild, the banker, and Rupert Murdoch, chairman of News Corporation, parent company of The Times. Genie’s advisory board includes heavyweight figures such as Michael Steinhardt, the hedge fund investor, and Dick Cheney, the former US vice-president.

Dr Vinegar said that an appraisal now under way would be followed by an 18-month pilot stage. Among the issues this will address will be concerns raised by environmental groups, including an examination of IEI’s claims that the process does not require excessive use of water or energy. Reassurance will also be sought that a local aquifer, which is several hundred metres below the shale deposits, will not be contaminated by the work.

Assuming that these early stages are completed successfully, a demonstration phase would then take place over three to four years, during which the work completed in the pilot phase would be continued on a larger scale. Only then would the commercial operations begin. Dr Vinegar said that, by this stage, up to 1000 people would be employed on the project, many of them specialist engineers from outside Israel.

He added: “Funding is not needed for the pilot and demonstration, although once we were getting to 50,000 barrels per day, we would want to have a partner. We have been approached by all the majors.”

Dr Vinegar said that the project still faced a number of hurdles: “There is a geological risk: Is the resource there? What is the risk to the aquifer? We have no doubts here, and in particular that the resource is there and is of good quality, but the pilot can prove these things.

“Then there is the technological risk: Can we drill long horizontal wells and can the heaters be placed in them? And can they last?

“And finally there is the economic risk, what the price of oil does. But I think the price is going to continue rising, to the extent that, by 2030, we will be at around $US200 per barrel.”

To that, there can be added a fourth potential risk for the project: whether it is capable of overcoming criticism from the environmental lobby to win popular support. This, perhaps, is the greatest challenge facing Dr Vinegar and his colleagues.



First they sent in the fascists … See the RED links below.
Then they tried to destroy the NGOs … See the Blue links below.
NOW…. they are sending in the army!

‘Military Intelligence monitoring foreign left-wing organizations’

Sure, every country has the right to protect itself from the ‘enemy’ …. but in this case the enemy is the PEOPLE! So it looks like it’s all out war between the government of Israel and anyone that;

Military Intelligence is collecting information about left-wing organizations abroad that the army sees as aiming to delegitimize Israel, according to senior Israeli officials and Israel Defense Forces officers.

The undefined and potentially broad scope of such a venture, which IDF sources say is focusing on how to respond to maritime convoys aimed at breaching Israel’s Gaza blockade, has some Foreign Ministry officials concerned that the army is overreaching.

Not only Israelis are being watched….

The new MI unit will monitor Western groups involved in boycotting Israel, divesting from it or imposing sanctions on it. The unit will also collect information about groups that attempt to bring war crime or other charges against high-ranking Israeli officials, and examine possible links between such organizations and terror groups.


From a Ynet report….

The new section will not track Israeli leftist organizations such as Breaking the Silence and Machsom Watch, which regularly criticize the IDF and government policies, and will not engage in active investigations or summon interrogees to Israel.  

Instead, the division will be responsible for collecting information and continuously supervising the organizations, while conducting passive investigations.












So yes, it appears that Israel really is the ‘only Democracy in the Middle East’…. that is if you are part of the government or any of its supporters. Everyone else is living under the threat of fascism.



The latest numbers from the United Nations show a two-fold increase in the number of Palestinian homes and agricultural buildings destroyed by Israel order this year, causing concern among officials.

UN: Massive increase in home demolitions

Members of the Younis family watch while their home is demolished by Israeli
bulldozers in the West Bank village of Azzun Atma near Qalqilia, January 11,
2011. The village, stranded between the Green Line, Israel’s separation wall
and two settlements, is only partially under Palestinian control. Areas of the
village near the barrier and settlements come under Israeli civil and military
jurisdiction. [MaanImages/Khaleel Reash]

BETHLEHEM — The latest numbers from the United Nations show a two-fold increase in the number of Palestinian homes and agricultural buildings destroyed by Israel order this year, causing concern among officials. 

The UN Relief and Works Agency recorded 70 demolitions since the start of 2011, displacing 105 Palestinians, of whom 43 were under the age of 18. The demolitions were carried out across the West Bank and East Jerusalem, and ordered by Israeli police, municipal officials and by mandate of the Civil Administration.

Commenting on the jump, UNRWA spokesman in Jerusalem Chris Gunness told Ma’an that officials were concerned, comparing the number to the average of 24 demolitions per month since 2000, when the agency began monitoring.

The last two months in 2010, Gunness said in comparison, saw 29 structures demolished.

“The High Commissioner for Human Rights described this as discriminatory,” he said, referring to comments of Navi Pillay who visited the region last month. She said, “All settlement-related activities, and any legal or administrative decision or practice that directly or indirectly coerce Palestinians to leave East Jerusalem, including evictions, demolitions, forced displacements and cancelation of residence permits on a discriminatory basis, should be halted and restrictions on access to East Jerusalem by other West Bank inhabitants should be lifted,” in a statement on her final day in the region.

“Pillay clearly related these demolitions to the peace process, to human rights,” Gunness continued, calling the process of demolitions a “triple humiliation, with families forced to build illegally, faced with the demolition of their homes, a process that all too often occurs in front of the faces of their children.”

In East Jerusalem, Israel has zoned 13 percent of the city for Palestinian building, “most of which is already incredibly built up,” Gunness noted. “They are forced to build without a permit.”

In the West Bank, Palestinians are prohibited from building in zones declared by Israel to be military training zones, firing areas, state land, near settlements, or areas otherwise declared to be “Area C,” which falls under Israeli Civil Administration. According to UN numbers, more than 60 percent of the West Bank falls under one or more of these designates.

‘Slow demolition of the peace process’

In the context of peace talks stalled since September 2010, the recent announcement by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of another 500 settlement homes in the West Bank in reported retaliation for the slaying of a settler family by unknown assailants, and the consequent spike in settler violence against Palestinians, Gunness said of the parallel increase in home demolitions:

“We are seeing the bulldozing of people’s hopes in a peaceful future and the slow demolition of the peace process itself.”

Bedouin village receives demolition orders

The most recent demolition orders to hit Palestinians were delivered to the Auda family, an extended network of Bedouins living in the Arab Ar-Rashayida village.

Family members told Ma’an on Friday that at least a dozen tents and animal shelters were included in an order delivered by representatives of Israel’s Civil Administration.

Ali Auda, the head of the family, said the orders “say we are violating the borders of Israel under the Oslo Accords … we are more than 450 meters away from where they put the signs.”

He said if their homes were taken down, the family — 50 members in all — would have nowhere else to go.

“It is the farce of the twenty-first century, imagine, an occupying state telling Palestinians they are violating their own land.”

Auda said he believed that his family was served eviction notices because “Israel wants to rid the area of its residents.”

A spokesman for Israel’s Civil Administration said he was unaware of any recent orders being delivered to the area.


Today is Purim …. a day that is supposed to be filled with joy and merriment. A day when schoolchildren put on a ‘Purim Spiel’ (Play).

In a desperate attempt to legitimise the illegitimate, the zionists have put out a Mega Spiel on YouTube. Normally I do not present the zionist point of view on this Blog, but the following is a must see …. to prove how hatred and lies are used to garner support for the ‘poor little state of Israel’.

It was sent to me with the following message attached…. We need to present these facts to counteract all the rubbish that is circulated about us.  No other country in the world is as demonized by lies, distortions and unfair accusations as we are. 

There may be people who receive this e-mail that think this is just a propaganda film for Israel and not worth watching, I wonder if they have the same attitude towards the deluge of Palestinian propaganda with which one is bombarded constantly?

As one who bombards you daily with a deluge of Palestinian propaganda, I thought it only fair to present this to you …

Our Associate, Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh, refuses to hate. See what he has to say in this recent post from his Blog. This is NOT propaganda, but facts and truth.


While the anti-boycott bill is aimed at shutting up internal Israeli calls for BDS, much more punitive measures continue to be inflicted on Palestinian activists.

Kept in a tiny cell that could only fit a small mattress and subjected to extreme hot and cold temperatures, Othman says psychological terror gave way to physical torture. “At one point they tied me in stress positions for five hours. They showed pictures of my sisters and told me they would rape them. They threatened me with rape.”

Palestinian anti-wall activist tortured, threatened with rape and execution by Shin Bet because of BDS activities

by Alex Kane

The Israeli government’s repression of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement is growing ever more harsh.  Domestically, earlier this month, “the Knesset plenum…approved in its first reading a ‘boycott law,’ which would levy harsh punitive fines on Israelis who call for academic or economic boycotts against Israeli institutions,” according to Ha’aretz.

While the anti-boycott bill is aimed at shutting up internal Israeli calls for BDS, much more punitive measures continue to be inflicted on Palestinian activists.

Jesse Rosenfeld, reporting for Alternet, has an exclusive report on the alleged torture of Mohammad Othman, a key organizer in the non-violent resistance campaign against the West Bank separation barrier. After returning from Norway in 2009, where he met with “Norwegian socialist movements and BDS activists, as well as members of the national Parliament, including the Norwegian finance minister,” Othman was arrested at the West Bank-Jordan border.  The interview with Rosenfeld marks the first time Othman has spoken out about his conditions in prison.

Othman tells Rosenfeld that:

He was psychologically and physically tortured by Shin Bet interrogators. He highlighted how interrogators pressed him for details about his activities in the BDS campaign abroad, asked about the the grassroots Stop the Wall movement, and probed his meetings with Norwegian parliamentarians and activists.

In Israeli military court, the military prosecution tried unsuccessfully to prove that he was acting as an agent for Hezbollah. But Othman said that attempts to force him to confess to working with Hezbollah were merely a pretext to jail him and not what actually interested the Shin Bet.

“They spent over 25 days focused on trying to find out about my boycott contacts and activist contacts in Norway. They were particularly interested in talking about my work with a Jewish American woman in drafting a boycott call,” said Othman, who detailed the brutal methods his interrogators used to try to extract information and confessions from him. “I was told by an interrogator that if I’m released before their investigation is complete, that they would kill me, that they would shoot me in the head,” he recalled.

Kept in a tiny cell that could only fit a small mattress and subjected to extreme hot and cold temperatures, Othman says psychological terror gave way to physical torture. “At one point they tied me in stress positions for five hours. They showed pictures of my sisters and told me they would rape them. They threatened me with rape.”

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The Israeli military finally left the village of Awarta after days of lockdown and curfew. The West Bank town has long been home to settler attacks and violence. Where is their justice?

According to eyewitnesses, around 300 Israeli settlers, of whom some were masked, entered the village on saturday the 12th of March and threw stones at windows, injuring two Awarta residents by breaking their arms. Villagers tried to protect homes while israeli soldiers responded by shooting teargas at the villagers.

Village of Awarta faced mass arrests, violence and massive destruction during five days of curfew

During the five day curfew in the village of Awarta, south of Nablus, the Israeli military raided homes and detained around 300 people, the youngest 14 years old. Some of the men were taken to the local boy school were they had to leave their finger prints and DNA and some were taken to the military base at Huwwra checkpoint. According to mayor, Qays Awwad, 55 men are still in Israeli custody. Some of the detainees reported that they had been abused by the soliders while they were detained and handcuffed. It has been reported that a 75 year old woman was handcuffed and had to sit on the ground while the soliders went through her home, and that an 80-year-old woman was beaten by soliders.

Three scandinavian ISM activists were in Awarta during the five day curfew, from saturday afternoon until wednesday noon. From the roofs of people’s houses they witnessed how the Israeli soliders went into homes, arrested men and made the familes wait outside while they raided their homes resulting in large scale damage to property. The ISM activists also visited homes that soldiers had searched to find broken windows, cut fuse-cables, smashed furniture, and polluted drinking water caused by Israeli soldiers.

Hundreds of soldiers entered the village in military vehicles early on the morning of the 12th of march, following the murder of five members of a settler family in the nearby illegal Israeli settlement of Itamar. According to the soliders, they were searching for the murderer and would continue until they found one. One soldier told ISM activists, ”we will serch this village until we find someone.” In the process of ”searching” the houses the sodiers damaged framed pictures, funiture, Tv-sets, gasheaters, smashed holes in floors and walls, stole money and jewlery, and poured liquids over computers. The Israeli forces occupied around 30 houses to sleep in during the four nights they remained in Awarta. In some of the houses they evicted the families who had to seak shelter outdoors or in neighbours homes during the night; in others they forced the families to stay in one room as the soldiers occupied the rest of the house. In occupied houses the sodiers deficated in the rooms and used the famlies bed sheets as toilet paper.

Alot of the houses were ”searched” and wrecked up to three times over five days. The soldiers did not seem to follow any apperent pattern when choosing which house to search or who to arrest, ”It all looked very random ” one activist said. In at least one case, on monday the 14th of march, the soldiers still did not know the name of the man that they had previously arrested and had to ask his family for it. The man that they had arrested was village council member Salim Qawaric. Approxametely 25 soliders entered his house causing severe damage on the family’s property while the family had to wait in the backyard. The following day the soldiers came back and searched the home once again resulting in further damage to the family’s home and property.

The ISM activists were not allowed to take pictures, and when they did it anyway, they soldiers pointed their guns at them shouting: ”Do not take pictures!” One of the activists had her memory card stolen by a soldier who took her camera from her by force.

During the cerfew many families ran short of gas, food, water and medicine.

There have been numerous reports of physical abuse. According to eyewitnesses, Mashmod Zaqah, 28, had his hands cuffed behind his back and was blindfolded before he was beaten by at least six soldiers during a period of two hours, periodicly he lost consciousness and couldnt feel his legs or fingers. His family managed to smuggle him to Rafidia hospital in Nablus. He suffers a dislocated shoulder, back injuries, and a badly twisted ankle.

According to eyewitnesses, around 300 Israeli settlers, of whom some were masked, entered the village on saturday the 12th of March and threw stones at windows, injuring two Awarta residents by breaking their arms. Villagers tried to protect homes while israeli soldiers responded by shooting teargas at the villagers.

It has been reported that children were bitten by the israeli military dogs that the soldiers had with them. A young physically disabled man was bitten by a dog which resulted in his hospitalisation. Loay Medjet Abdet is now scared to go inside his own home because he believes the dogs will attack him again.

For the activists, it was clear that the repression against Awarta was only a form of collective punishment. When one activist asked: ”Why do you have to punish all this people?” The solider responded with: ”We have to punish these people so they will understand.”

Even though this kind of systematic collective punishment is illegal according to International law, is it frequently used by the Israeli military all over the West Bank and in Gaza.

When medical vehicles tried to access the area they were stopped by Israeli forces. ISM activists went to the checkpoint near Awarta on March 15 and reported that ambulances were being held several hours before they could enter the village. As an occupying force, Israel is obligated under article 56 of the Geneva Conventions not to hinder the work of medical personnel in a conflict zone.



Source via Uruknet



Also see the following report….

Perpetual Collective Punishment in Awarta


Image ‘Copyleft’ by Carlos Latuff

The above seems to be the conclusion drawn by the Jerusalem Post’s Psycho Gal. In her weekly column rant, she raises much ‘food for thought’ this week….. most of which is not kosher. One claim she makes is WITH AMERICAN Jews taking a lead role in delegitimizing Israel; with the international media ignoring the massacre of the Fogel family and attacking Israel for its response to the event they didn’t cover; and with the US government united with the nations of the world in condemning the government’s decision to allow Israelis who are Jewish to build on land they own, the despair of a growing chorus of Israelis is understandable.

American Jews are delegetimizing Israel? If that were the case why does she go flying off to join them in celebrating Israel’s terror on the seas? How quickly she forgets who has been footing the bill for Israel’s atrocities.

Also targeted in this week’s rant is a HaAretz columnist for daring to express an opinion that makes sense….  On Thursday Ha’aretz columnist Ari Shavit called Israeli communities built beyond the 1949 armistice line the local equivalent of Japan’s nuclear reactors. Like the reactors, he wrote, they seemed like a good idea at the time. But they have become our undoing. Shavit’s column can be read HERE.

How dare he! According to her twisted logic, the settlements are the backbone of the zionist state, without which it could not exist.

Regarding growing Jewish support for the economic boycott against Israel, she cites the following …. According to New York’s Jewish Week, there is a new consensus in the American Jewish community that imposing an economic boycott on Israeli communities outside the 1949 armistice lines is a legitimate position. The paper interviewed Martin Raffel, the head of the new Israel Action Network, a multimillion-dollar effort by the Jewish Federations of North America and other major Jewish groups to counter the delegitimization of Israel.

Delegitimization of Israel? That is done every time the likes of a David Horowitz opens his mouth…. the spouting of racism and ranting like the maniac he is will definitely not win friends over to the zionist cause.

Every time a Horowitz speaks, anti-Semitism grows. His ‘methods’ do not in any way bring new friends to their cause. It thereby brings truth to the wording of this post’s title, THE ENEMIES OF ZION ARE THE JEWS THEMSELVES.

Every time a Caroline Glick writes rants, the same thing occurs. Both need to read the book ‘How To Make Friends And Influence People’ …. as it stands now, the opposite is what is happening.

Her rant of the week can be read HERE if you have nothing better to do.

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The uncertain future of the Gaza blockade post-Mubarak

by Alex Kane

The overthrow of Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak has caused a lot of people to speculate on what the Egyptian revolution means for the people of Gaza.

Under Mubarak’s rule, Egypt was the junior partner in the Israeli/U.S. effort to squeeze the people of Gaza following the Hamas takeover in 2007.  Mubarak’s gone now, so what happens next?

The only thing that’s clear is that the situation is in flux.

The Egyptian media outlet Al Masry Al Youm‘s Baudouin Long speaks to analysts on “the future of Egyptian diplomacy in Palestine”:

Following the revolution, several experts believe Egyptian diplomacy in Palestine could shift slightly toward a more balanced approach than the traditional backing of the Palestinian Authority (PA) as opposed to Hamas.

Sayyed Amin Shalaby, executive director of the Egyptian Council for Foreign Relations, is convinced that “Egyptian diplomacy will be more assertive and supportive of the rights of Palestinian people.” He affirmed that “Egypt will be working more for the reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah. In the new regime, when a democratic government will be elected, the tension with Hamas will decrease…”

For Manuel Musallam, a member of the revolutionary council of Fatah who lived in Gaza for 15 years until 2009, Egypt must open the Rafah border. “It would be the first step to prove Egypt’s real determination to change its approach to the Palestinian issue… We will see if the new regime will open the border with Gaza,” he said.

But a Western diplomat in Cairo said the Egyptian military is not keen on complying with Hamas’ demand to open the Rafah border: “The Military is extremely concerned by the security in Sinai, especially after the explosion of the gas pipeline on 5 February. It won’t be keen on opening the border”.

Gaza expert Sara Roy, on Foreign Policy‘s Mideast Channel, comments:

Given the changing political landscape in neighboring Egypt, Gaza’s strategic importance may become even more vital for regional security. There are emerging indications in policy circles that the Egypt-Gaza relationship and how it may evolve are far more worrisome to the U.S. and Israel than is publicly acknowledged…

The power balance in the region is slowly but inexorably shifting in a manner that does not favor US-Israel dominance (with its acceptance and legitimizing of Israeli occupation and Palestinian dispossession). It is the Arab people — not their regimes — who have always supported Palestinian rights, and they may soon be in a position to insist on them. So, too, will Palestinians.

I interviewed some experts on this topic for a piece I wrote in the latest issue of the Indypendent:

Nadia Hijab, a senior fellow at the Institute for Palestine Studies told The Indypendent that Egypt’s rulers fear any further opening of Rafah could provide impetus for Israel to throw Gaza into Egypt’s lap. Egypt occupied Gaza for nearly two decades starting in 1948. Following its sweeping victory over Arab states including Egypt in the 1967 Six Day War, Israel began the direct military occupation of Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem, among other lands.

Israel has been hoping to rid itself of responsibility for Gaza for “a long time now, and I would think that the military would be very aware of that,” said Hijab. “The military will probably walk a fine line between loosening up the blockade without inheriting Gaza.”

Noura Erekat adds, “Given the considersations that this new regime will have, and the threats that it will face, it can’t [decide to lift the blockade] in a vacuum.” Those threats include Israel’s powerful military as well as the possibilities of  strict conditions on or cuts to U.S. military aid. The worst-case scenario, according to Erekat, could be Israeli forces threatening to police the border themselves on the Egytian side.

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Come peace train and pick me up

Ayman Qwaider & Abeer Abaid

Give me my freedom and childhood back: a statement stressed on through an action day taking place on March 18th in Al Maghzi Refugee camp stationed in the Gaza Strip. Remarkably some 10,000 refugee camp kids gathered and participated in the action day entitled We Need Freedom….We Need Childhood.

Despite the fact that the Gaza Strip residents have been enduring a profound and extraordinary living conditions as a result of the on-going unlawful Israeli’s government blockade, regular military activities and internal Palestinian political conflict, children still dream of happiness and going back their normal lives.

“I am still dreaming of a better world dominated by peace and tranquility. It is more than enough what we; children in Gaza have to cope with in the 21st country. We believe that war is incredibly costly and devastating in the meanwhile, peace is much cheaper and adorable” says Asmhan Shaaban a fifteen year-old child from Al Maghzi refugee camp who participated in the event.

For several decades, exposure to tension and violence in the local community has resulted in tremendous negative repercussions for the children. This lingering situation has had negative consequences on all aspects of life, including education, health, economic situation and financial status, and social interactions and interpersonal relationships.

“When I take part in this event, I feel cheerful and relaxed. I like playing and getting my face painted. I love peace, I love the world. I dream of a better tomorrow for us, the children in Gaza where we can have a peaceful and secured environment. I need to walk around my neighborhood peacefully and pick pretty flowers. I do not like to hear Israeli fighter jets or bombardments,” another participant told the organizers.

The action day was organized by the Gaza Art Gallery committee team that is organized by Unlimited Association Friends, a local non-governmental organization based in AL Maghzi Refugee camp, and sponsored by a Dutch association, Rotterdam for Gaza. The action day organizers pointed out that this event shows how the world is interconnected and human beings should share with others’ human rights grievances and happiness. Abeer Abaid, an event organizer, graciously gave her time for an interview. She extended her gratitude to Rotterman for Gaza, stating that the organization based in the Netherlands had provided outstanding support and helping make the children’s dreams come true and bringing them a little bit of happiness.

The event started directly with children at the end of the children’s school day. They were escorted by funny clowns walking around the refugee camp alleys while music and live performances were being performed. It was a public invitation for children from the refugee camp to join the biggest children’s caravan organized in Al Maghzi Refugee camp. The caravan ended up at the main refugee UNRWA (United Nation Relief and Work Agency) sports club. It was an amazing popular festival taking place in one of the most densely populated camps in Gaza and everyone was invited to share it with the children.

With smiling and painted faces, children happily joined the activities suggested, along with the youth volunteer participants. Among the activities carried out were music performances, puppet shows, and a traditional Palestinian dance, the Dabka. The event succeeded in drawing smiles for over 10,000 thousand faces, restoring the sense of hope and belief in peace for its young participants. The event stressed on the fact that the children in Gaza are not left alone and there are millions of people outside Gaza who believe in humanity, peace and justice with constant support for freedom and love.


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(Just a few recent instances) According to a report published by the United Nation’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs,  during the olive harvest some 50 attacks against Palestinians were reported.

It was 17 years ago on Purim day that a crazed settler from the area known as Kiryat Arba stalked his way into the nearby city of Hebron murdering 29 Muslims at prayer and wounding another 125. Remember this as you read the following….

The seven day mourning period for the victims of the Itamar attack ends today, but a situation exists  where no Palestinian is safe. Hatred towards them by the settlers existed long before the attack. Without even knowing who the culprit is, or what he was, Palestinians have been targeted by those illegally living on lands stolen from them, with the willing help of the Israeli army.

The mentality of the settlers can be seen in the following video, followed by a report of how Israel is dealing with the situation. Instead of placing the settlements under siege, Palestine has once again been locked in. In reality, it is the settlers themselves that are the threat, not only to Palestinians, but to secular Israelis as well. They are the ones that must be isolated until the time when their illegal quarters are dismantled and the properties given back to their rightful owners.

I have posted this video numerous times. I cannot put enough stress on how important it is for you to see who the settlers actually are, and the threat they pose not only to Palestinians but to humanity as a whole….

Meet one of the settler leaders, Miriam Levinger, U.S. citizen from the Bronx, New York… the mother of the Israeli colonial settlers Filmed in Tel Rumeida, Hebron, Palestine

As Israel Celebrate Purim, Palestine Placed Under Siege

The Israeli army enforced a full closure on the occupied territories as Israel and its West Bank settlers celebrate the Purim holiday.

Effective Thursday midnight until midnight Monday, the occupied territories will be under full closure and siege.

The decision was made by Israeli Defense Minister, Ehud Barak, and was handed down to the security and military devices.

The Palestinians who have permits to enter Israel will not be allowed to do so until the closure is lifted. All Gaza terminals were also shut down.

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Israel, which has killed hundreds, if not thousands of Palestinians, including children, knowingly and therefore deliberately, was in no mood to let the matter calm down. Instead, Israeli officials and media were busy trying to reap the maximum propaganda dividend from the tragic incident.

From tragedy to useful propaganda

The horrible murder of a settler family in the northern West Bank is being blamed on the Palestinians and used by Israel to justify its policies, writes Khalid Amayreh in occupied Jerusalem

The Israeli occupation army and paramilitary Jewish settlers continue to terrorise Palestinians all over the West Bank following the brutal killing earlier this week of five members of a settler family at a Jewish colony near the Northern West Bank town of Nablus.

The victims, who included young children, were stabbed to death by two unidentified assailants who fled after committing the crime. The Israelis say they are sure that the perpetrators are Palestinian “terrorists”.

Meanwhile, some rumours indicated that the killer — or killers — might have been a foreign worker, committing the crime for non-political motives. A number of other possibilities were mentioned, but there has been no concrete evidence corroborating any of these hypotheses.

Lack of evidence has not stopped hundreds of young Palestinian men being rounded up as settler vigilantes have roamed Palestinian villages, stoning houses, vandalising property and threatening to kill Palestinians to avenge the incident.

On Monday, dozens of armed settlers stormed the village of Awarta, vandalising property and shouting “Death to the Arabs!” At one point, the settlers tried to set a Palestinian home ablaze while occupants were inside.

“The settler thugs are carrying out real terror against us. I call on the world to intervene to stop this terror,” said Um Ragheb Ubeidat, a local resident of the village.

The Palestinian Authority (PA) condemned the incident in the strongest terms, with PA President Mahmoud Abbas calling the murder “inhuman, despicable and immoral”. “A human being is not capable of something like that. Scenes like these cause any person with humanity to cry and hurt.”

Abbas proposed the formation of a joint committee with the Israeli authorities to investigate the incident, in the hope of apprehending the perpetrators.

Israel and the PA have strong security coordination, mainly against Palestinians who actively resist the Israeli occupation.

However, Israel, which has killed hundreds, if not thousands of Palestinians, including children, knowingly and therefore deliberately, was in no mood to let the matter calm down. Instead, Israeli officials and media were busy trying to reap the maximum propaganda dividend from the tragic incident.

“I hear [Abbas] condemn the murder in Itamar this morning,” Netanyahu told members of his Likud faction in the Knesset. “His words hold great importance in my eyes. But it is more important that he says these things on Palestinian radio, not just Israeli.”

Other Israeli leaders called for stiffer punitive measures against Palestinians, including stealing more Arab land and building more Jewish settlements.

Indeed, a few hours after the incident, the Israeli cabinet met for an emergency session and decided to build 500 more settler units all over the West Bank. Israeli Interior Minister Eli Yeshai suggested that a thousand settler units be constructed for every Jew killed by the Palestinians. He ignored Palestinians killed by Israelis — soldiers and settlers alike.

Moreover, Netanyahu told settlers during a visit to the Itamar settlement following the incident that the proper response to such incidents in which Israelis are killed is the construction of more settlements. “They kill, we build.”

The Israeli cabinet’s decision to placate the settlers reflects the heavy clout of settlers within the Israeli government and parliament.

Meanwhile, there is no doubt that the tragic killing of the settler family, especially the children, is being used to corner and accuse the Palestinian cause. This is why there has been widespread consternation among the general Palestinian public over the incident.

One Palestinian teacher at a Hebron school opined: “The scene of butchered children certainly doesn’t enhance the image of our struggle against the Israeli occupation, which aims to extirpate us from our ancestral homeland. This is wrong, wrong, wrong.”

Netanyahu is already telling European and American diplomats who are pressing Israel to be more forthcoming with regards to the peace process that “we are not in a mood to discuss chronic political issues as we are burying our children who were butchered by the Arabs.”

The tragedy of Itamar aside, since when was Israel in the mood to discuss anything fundamental with the Palestinians, and most especially its 44-year-old occupation of Palestinian land?

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At least the ones that sit in the Israeli Knesset do

The top spender on cell phone services was MK Ahmad Tibi (United Arab List-Ta’al), who paid NIS 51,094 ($14,343) on phones and related bills. Overall, Tibi was ninth on the public communication top-spender list.

Perhaps there’s a ‘method to his madness’ ….. every $hekel spent on his phone bill is one less $hekel available to buy a bullet to kill a Palestinian child 😉

Caught in the act 😉

With all the madness that is going on in Israel today, Ynet found the following newsworthy. I guess it’s easier than sending out an investigative reporter to determine if the terror attack on the Jewish settlement might have been the doings of a Thai worker rather than a Palestinian… methinks that wouldn’t take too long to prove or disprove… BUT… in the meantime, the following is what the Israeli reader is given to divert the issues of reality and once again raise questions about ‘disloyal’ Palestinians…..

Arab MKs ‘biggest spenders’ in Knesset  

MKs Tibi, Zahalka spend most on cell phones while Barak, Lieberman scrimp on public communication

Arab MKs Ibrahim Sarsur (United Arab List-Ta’al ) and Jamal Zahalka (Balad) were the highest spenders of the Knesset’s public communication budget, according to a report released recently.

Sarsur took the lead in public communication spending with a total expenditure of NIS 86,565 ($24,330), and Zahalka came in second with NIS 83,139 ($23,374). MK Uri Ariel (National Union) was a close third, with NIS 83,045 ($23,320).

According to the report, Sarsur spent NIS 36,266 ($10,202) on printing materials, NIS 18,108 ($5,093) on leasing a parliamentary office outside the Knesset and NIS 9,711 ($2,728) on cell phones and services. Zahalka spent more than NIS 20,000 ($5,618) on cell phone expenses and leasing a parliamentary office. He bought furniture for the facility for NIS 5,264 ($1,479), and a laptop for over NIS 10,000 ($2,810).

“All of the expenses were done legally, as per the instructions and guidelines of the Knesset,” Sarsur’s spokesman said. He noted that NIS 16,000 ($4,489) was a rollover from 2009’s budget.

Meanwhile, Ariel spent roughly NIS 35,000 ($9,841) on leasing a parliamentary office and NIS 20,000 ($7,029) on professional counseling.

“We are making efforts to work very modestly, and thank God, we are successful,” Ariel said. “I don’t have a coffee maker, flat-screen televisions or other luxuries on my budget. We know very well where each shekel went, and we are certain that the community got it back tenfold.”

Livni, Mofaz spend on counseling

The report also showed that MK Eli Aflalo (Kadima) paid more than NIS 5,000 ($1,405) on press clips, while MK Shai Hermesh (Kadima) spent more than NIS 7,000 ($1,967) on food and drinks for guests he entertained.

While she did not make the top ten list of spenders in the public communication category, Opposition chairwoman Tzipi Livni‘s expenditures reached as high as NIS 66, 487 ($18,655) in 2010. She spent 36,000 ($10,115) on professional counseling, NIS 6,000 ($1,685) on a laptop and NIS 4,000 ($1,123) on cell phones, among other expenses.

Livni’s rival for Kadima leadership, MK Shaul Mofaz, spent as much as 41,700 ($11,710) on professional counseling over the past year.

The top spender on cell phone services was MK Ahmad Tibi (United Arab List-Ta’al), who paid NIS 51,094 ($14,343) on phones and related bills. Overall, Tibi was ninth on the public communication top-spender list.

MK Faina Kirshenbaum (Yisrael Beiteinu), who was eighth on the list, spent NIS 11,534 ($3,235) on a single survey.

The Knesset allocates NIS 80,000 annually to each MK for public communication. MKs who did not stay within the budget received permission to do so from the Knesset accountant.

Barak, Lieberman scrimp on communication

Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnikov and Minister Yossi Peled were the highest-spending ministers – they paid NIS 47,000 ($13,185) and NIS 45,000 (12,625) respectively on public communication.

On the other end of the spectrum, National Infrastructure Minister Uzi Landau spent NIS 15,000 ($4,208) to stay in touch with the voters, while Education Minister Gideon Sa’ar and Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin spent NIS 9,000 ($2,525) each.

Even lower on the list are Defense Minister Ehud Barak, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Minister Benny Begin, all of whom did not spend a penny of the public communication budget last year.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spent NIS 3,500 ($982) of the budget in 2010.


We welcome ALL organizations and individuals to join us in condemning false claims of anti-Semitism for the purposes of attempting to discredit our collective anti-racist activism against Israeli apartheid.

Statement by Jewish Activists and Organizations active in BDS against Israel

This statement was produced in response to a statement published on “BDS Cookbook” and circulated by Hillel, a campus organization at more than 500 universities and colleges. The BDS Cookbook ( is ‘put together’ by ‘a group of academics and students’ to offer resources to both prevent and challenge BDS campaigns on university campuses in the United States. 

Who is funding or organizing this website is unclear, but it is part of a concerted, well-funded, well-advertised effort to undermine BDS. This level of organized response speaks well for the advances made in the campaign for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel in the short six years since the call came from over 120 Palestinian civil society organizations.

Join us in standing against these false claims of antisemitism made to defend racism and occupation.  Please sign the petition and forward widely.


A Jewish response to the February 2011 Statement of Jewish Zionist Organizations on Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS)

Because academic, cultural and commercial boycotts, divestments and sanctions of Israel:
are being called for by Palestinian civil society in response to the occupation and colonization of their land,
are a moral tool of non-violent, peaceful response to more than sixty years of Israeli colonialism, and,
rightfully place accountability on Israeli institutions (and their allies and partners) that use business, cultural, and academic ties to white-wash Israel’s responsibility for continuing crimes against humanity,
The undersigned organizations and individuals stand firm in our support of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) initiatives against Israel until it meets its obligation to recognize the Palestinian people’s inalienable right to self-determination and fully complies with the precepts of international law. 

BDS is not antisemitic. We reject the notion that the 2005 BDS call from Palestine, and the BDS campaigns the world over which it has inspired, are rooted in anti-Jewish sentiment. On the contrary, BDS is an anti-racist movement against the daily, brutal occupation of Palestine and military threat to the region by the State of Israel. False claims of antisemitism distort the true nature of the Palestinian struggle and are an affront to, and betrayal of, the long history of Jewish survival and resistance to persecution.

BDS is not anti-democratic.We also reject the assertion that the cultural and academic boycotts of Israel defy the democratic principle of free speech. Research and development in academic institutions play a central role in designing and defending Israel’s military and intelligence machinery. Cultural institutions perpetuate the deception of Israeli democracy. To defend freedom of speech for those who disregard justice while demonizing those who struggle for justice is a great disservice to genuine democracy.

Through boycott, divestment and sanctions, civil society asserts our commitment to not contribute to the Israeli state, which is responsible for atrocious acts of disregard for human life and well being. Attacks against BDS campaigns will not prevent us from taking this stance against Israeli impunity. For the Jewish organizations signed onto this letter, self-determination for Jews includes the right to participate in the movement for justice in Palestine and to live in the world with our fellow citizens in peace, freedom, and equity. It does not include the domination and colonization of other people or living separate from our fellow human beings in a state that privileges Jews.

BDS was a key strategy in ending the white South African system of apartheid by applying international pressure. In pursuit of justice, peace and freedom for all, we speak out as Jews committed to BDS and Palestinian liberation.

* International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network
* Not In Our Name (Argentina)
* Jewish Voice for a Just Peace in Middle East (EJJP, Germany)
* Not in Our Name: Jews Opposing Zionism (Canada)
* Jews for a Just Peace (Fredericton, Canada)
* Independent Jewish Voice (Canada)
* Middle East Children’s Alliance (USA)
* Critical Jewish Voice (Austria)
* Women in Black (Austria)
* French Jewish Union for Peace (UJFP)
* Bay Area Women in Black (USA)
* St. Louis Women in Black (USA)
* Philadelphia Jews for a Just Peace (USA)
* American Jews for a Just Peace (USA)
* Jews for Boycotting Israeli Goods (UK)
* JUNTS, Asociació catalana de Jueus i Palestins (Asociación Catalana de Judios y   Palestinas, Spain)

* Steve Amsel, DesertPeace.Wordpress.Com
* Ronnie Kasrils, former South African government minister, writer, founder Not In My Name, South Africa
* Antony Loewenstein, Independent Australian Jewish Voices
* Peter Slezak, Independent Australian Jewish Voices
* Moshé Machover, Professor (emeritus) (UK), founder Matzpen
* Felicia Langer, Israeli lawyer, author, Right Livelihood Award 2006 (Alternative Nobel Prize) 1990, Bruno Kreisky Prize 1991
* Mieciu Langer, Nazi Holocaust survivor
* Hedy Epstein, Nazi Holocaust survivor
* Hajo G. Meyer PhD, Nazi Holocaust survivor
* Kamal Chenoy, IJAN India & The All India Peace and Solidarity Organization
* Paola Canarutto & Giorgio Forti, Rete ECO, Italy
* Liliane Cordova Kaczerginski, IJAN France
* Sonia Fayman, IJAN France & UJFP
* Ernesto Rosenberg, GRAMARPAL (Grupo de Amistad Argentina-Palestina, Neuquén, Argentina)
* Mark Elf, blogger, Jews sans Frontieres

We welcome ALL organizations and individuals to join us in condemning false claims of anti-Semitism for the purposes of attempting to discredit our collective anti-racist activism against Israeli apartheid.

Click HERE to sign the petition



Land Day Events shown below with videos…..

Photos © by Bud Korotzer

Upcoming Land Day Events…..

In honor of Palestinian Land Day and the Global Boycott/Divestment/Sanctions (BDS) Day of Action,  here are some of our Palestine-related inspiration, check out Year of the Flash Mob.



ADL calls to educate flight crew on Jewish religious practices

On Sunday Alaska Airlines flight attendants issued a security alert after Jewish Mexican men started praying with Tefillin on board the plane.

Tefillin ..Photo by: Itzik Ben-Malki

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) urged Tuesday to better educate airline personnel about Jewish religious practices after and incident in which flight attendants issued a security alert when three Mexican Jews began praying with Tefillin.

Flight attendants aboard Alaska Airlines Flight 241 from Mexico City to Los Angeles issued a security alert on Sunday after three Orthodox Jewish passengers began praying with Tefillin.

Following the alert the place was met at LAX by fire crews, foam trucks, FBI agents, and police.

“In today’s atmosphere of heightened security concern, it is understandable that passengers might be alarmed upon noticing fellow travelers bearing unfamiliar or seemingly strange objects,” said Deborah M. Lauter, ADL Civil Rights Director. “The incident aboard Alaska Airways Flight 241 is a reminder that many people, including airline personnel, are unfamiliar with religious ritual items and practices.”

The ADL has offered to assist with training programs for the flight crew.


What about the following….. ya’think the ADL gives a damn about this incident?

Muslim woman vs. airline

Muslim woman removed from US flight because of headscarf wants crew disciplined


A Muslim woman from San Diego wants a Southwest Airlines crew disciplined for removing her from a flight for wearing a headscarf.

Irum Abassi says Wednesday she was forced off a San Jose-bound flight in San Diego on Sunday because a flight attendant found her to be suspicious.

Read the full report HERE


You can be sure the following won’t be removed by YouTube….

VIDEO OF DAVID HOROWITZ AT BROOKLYN COLLEGE: Hatred and Lies Against Palestinians/Muslims is now College dialogue

David Horowitz’s Displays His Hatred Of Palestinians And Muslims In General.

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