Anti-Semitism and “The Israel Project” By Askiah Adam

19 March 2019 — Global Research

Israel is off-limits. The criminalisation of anti-Semitism means nothing short of this. In fact, France’s President Macron says anti-Zionism is a form of anti-Semitism and both are now legally defined as “hate crimes”. Will this be a global precursor? Will the world uphold such a sweeping, broad legal definition that has the potential to embrace the inhumanity and egregious acts of such nations as Israel, now an apartheid Jewish state? For example, will countries refusing to recognise Israel, like Malaysia, be brought before the International Criminal Court (ICC)?

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Why liberal Jews in Israel and the US have made Lara Alqasem a cause celebre By Jonathan Cook

15 October 2018 — Jonathan Cook

The National – 15 October 2018

An American student of Palestinian descent detained in Israel’s airport for nearly a fortnight has become an unexpected cause celebre. Lara Alqasem was refused entry under legislation passed last year against boycott activists, and Israeli courts are now deciding whether allowing her to study human rights at an Israeli university threatens public order.

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Israel scores painful own goal in run-up to the World Cup By Dr James M Dorsey

7 June 2018 — CounterCurrents

Argentina’s cancellation of a friendly against Israel because of Israeli attempts to exploit the match politically is likely to reverberate far beyond the world of soccer and spotlights the risks of Israeli efforts to persuade the international community to recognize Jerusalem as its capital.

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NYT’s Campus Free Speech Coverage Focuses 7-to-1 on Plight of Right By Adam Johnson

15 November 2017 — FAIR

NYT: College Republicans, Once ‘the Best Party on Campus,’ Endure Taunts Over Trump

College Republicans complained to the New York Times (9/23/16) that the nomination of Donald Trump “prompted widespread mockery from their liberal classmates.”

Over the past 18 months, the New York Times has dedicated 21 columns and articles to the subject of conservatives’ free speech on campus, while only three covered the silencing of college liberals or leftists. A review of Times articles, columns, op-eds and reports shows a clear emphasis on documenting and condemning perceived suppression of conservative voices at American universities, while rarely mentioning harassment campaigns against leftist professors and/or the criminalization of leftist causes such as the pro-Palestinian BDS (Boycott Divestment Sanctions) movement.

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A concerted effort from Europe against Israeli produce exporter Agrexco By Stephanie Westbrook

10 June 2011 — Dandelion Salad

This past weekend in the Montpellier, France, over 100 activists from 9 countries gathered for the first ever European Forum Against Agrexco. Delegates from Italy, UK, Switzerland, Belgium, Netherlands, Spain, Germany and Palestine joined the French organizers for two full days of workshops aimed at strengthening the boycott campaign against the Israeli agricultural export giant.

Commemorating the Gaza Massacre – End Complicity, Intensify BDS

27 December, 2010 — BDS Movement

On the Second Anniversary of Israel’s Bloodbath in Gaza: End International Complicity, Intensify BDS

Occupied Palestine, 27 December 2010 – On the morning of 27 December 2008 Israeli forces initiated a 23-day military offensive against the occupied and besieged Gaza Strip killing more than 1400 and injuring over 5000 Palestinians, predominantly civilians and refugees since 1948. Two years have passed and those responsible for the atrocities committed have not yet been held accountable. The Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC) calls on conscientious people and organizations around the world to step up efforts to end Israel’s long record of impunity through boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) until international law and Palestinian rights are upheld.

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BDS update: ‘Besiege your siege!’ By Eric Walberg

15 December, 2010 — Eric Walberg

The movement to isolate Israel through boycott, divestment and sanctions resonates from Canada to the Indo-Pakistani border, notes Eric Walberg

Last month Canada’s controversial Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper continued his campaign to support Israel through thick and thin at an international conference hosted by the Canadian Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Anti-Semitism (CPCCA), where he solemnly warned participants, “History shows us, and the ideology of the anti-Israel mob tells us all too well, that those who threaten the existence of the Jewish people are in the longer term a threat to all of us.”

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BDS VICTORY: Veolia tries again to sell off its share in the Jerusalem Light Rail

15 October, 2010

After losing billions of dollars worth of contracts, largely due to a concerted international BDS campaign against it in many countries, Veolia is bowing to pressure and trying again to get rid of its heavy financial burden by signing a contract to transfer its shares in the illegal Jerusalem Light Rail (JLR) project to an Israeli company over a five year period (mandated by the initial legal contract with the Israeli government).

During these five years, Veolia will still be complicit in this illegal project, and all the concerted international pressure against it in the Derail Veolia and Alstom BDS campaign must continue until it completely ends its complicity.

BDS works when campaigners make complicit corporations suffer in real profits and growth prospects. Veolia learned the hard way that profiting from Israel’s war crimes (all colonial settlements are regarded as war crimes in international law) is PROHIBITIVELY costly, and not just ethically!

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South Africa’s Israel boycott By Ronnie Kasrils

29 September, 2010 — The Guardian – Comment is free

An international boycott helped end apartheid – now South Africans are leading world opposition to racism in Israel

When Chief Albert Luthuli made a call for the international community to support a boycott of apartheid South Africa in 1958, the response was a widespread and dedicated movement that played a significant role in ending apartheid. Amid the sporting boycotts, the pledges of playwrights and artists, the actions by workers to stop South African goods from entering local markets and the constant pressure on states to withdraw their support for the apartheid regime, the role of academics also came to the fore.

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ISRAEL AND ECONOMIC “WARFARE”

22 July, 2010 — The Real News Network

Israeli parliament passes first of three readings illegalizing boycott activism or advocacy

On Wednesday, July 14th, the Israeli Parliament approved the first of three readings of a new law. If passed, the law will make it illegal to declare a boycott on Israel or Israeli companies, participate in a boycott, or provide aid in the form of information to anyone who is part of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign. The bill also penalizes the Palestinian Authority for its decision in May to ban the use by Palestinians of settlement products. The law even affects international citizens who will be banned from entry into Israel for 10 years and will be effective retroactively. Lia Tarachansky of The Real News spoke with Dalit Baum of Who Profits and Ronnie Barkan of Boycott from Within about how their work will become illegal if this bill passes.

Bio
Dr. Dalit Baum teaches gender and the global economy at the Haifa University and Beit Berl college in Israel. A feminist anti-occupation activist, she has been a co-founder of Black Laundry, the Community School for Women and the Coalition of Women for Peace. Presently, she is the project coordinator of “Who Profits from the Occupation”, an activists’ research initiative of the Coalition of Women for Peace.

Ronnie Barkan is a long time Israeli activist and conscientious objector, an active member in the joint Palestinian-Israeli-International non-violent struggle. He is a member of Anarchists Against the Wall and Boycott! Supporting the Palestinian BDS Call from Within, a group of Israeli citizens and residents, Jews and Palestinians, who support the Palestinian Call for BDS against Israel. The call demands that Israel will abide by the International Law and respect human rights for all.

BDS to Israel: Abide by International Law By Neve Gordon – Israel

13 July, 2010 — Palestine Chronicle

There is a considerable amount of misunderstanding about the BDS (Boycott Divestment and Sanctions). As John Berger explained a while back, BDS is not a principle but a strategy; it is not against Israel but against Israeli policy; when the policy changes BDS will end.

BDS is also not about a particular solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but rather the demand that Israel abide by international law and UN resolutions. It is accordingly something that you can support if you are for a two state solution or a one state solution. You can even support it as a Zionist. It arises from the realization, following years of experience, that the Occupation will not end unless Israelis understand that it has a price.

In a sense, the fact that a boycott is required is a sign of weakness following the polaristaion and marginalisation of the left in Israel. On the one hand, we have more or less used all the other weapons we have in the arsenal of non-violent resistance and the situation on the ground is only getting worse. On the other hand, we are witnessing the development of a proto-fascist mindset in Israel. I am, for example, extremely anxious about the extent that the space for public debate in Israel is shrinking.

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