- Has he no shame?
- University of California execs say they’ll only divest from occupation if US gov’t finds genocide
- ‘NYT’ grants East Jerusalem to Israel
- Obama knows that Israeli policies are out of kilter with our values
- Promises, promises
- Suffer little children
- On brothers and keepers: a missing link?
- BDS activists target Israeli pharma at Italy expo
|Has he no shame?
Posted: 11 May 2010 10:55 AM PDT
The good news is that the Goldstone Report is having incredible impact, it won’t go away…
After apologizing for calling Richard Goldstone a moser, meaning a Jew who informs on other Jews, Alan Dershowitz has now likened the great judge to Dr. Josef Mengele, the Nazi doctor who performed heinous experiments.
(Thanks to Marsha Cohen of Lobelog.)
|University of California execs say they’ll only divest from occupation if US gov’t finds genocide
Posted: 11 May 2010 09:43 AM PDT
Yesterday Weiss wrote that Elena Kagan’s nomination calls on American Jews to recognize our prominence in the elite of American society. Here’s some more evidence. According to wikipedia, Marc Yudof, an educator who is president of the University of California, is Jewish and has sterling Zionist credentials:
The Jewish National Fund was the chief means of taking former Palestinian lands and making them Jewish in Israel and Palestine.
Note the concern for the Jewish community. Note the deference to the US government (we thought college was supposed to teach you to think for yourself!). Note that if such a line had been held in the ’80s, no one would have divested from Apartheid South Africa.
|‘NYT’ grants East Jerusalem to Israel
Posted: 11 May 2010 09:25 AM PDT
The world doesn’t recognize Israel’s 1970 annexation of East Jerusalem. It violates international law, and ideas of religious respect. It violates Herzl’s promises to the Ottoman Empire and the Pope. But the New York Times recognizes the annexation!
Check out this travel section. You have to look carefully, On the right, it says, “Jerusalem, Israel.” Then here’s the piece by Felix Burrichter, a NY architect/blogger, describing a beautiful visit to Israel, can’t wait to get back. It’s clear that by Jerusalem, Israel, the Times means to include the Holy Basin, which is East Jerusalem.
He also puts the Jaffa Gate in Israel (it’s part of the Old City). Hey maybe it really is one state. But if it’s one state, shouldn’t the Palestinians be given voting rights?
|Obama knows that Israeli policies are out of kilter with our values
Posted: 11 May 2010 08:45 AM PDT
Wonderful piece by civil rights activist Hagai El-Ad at Foreign Policy says that it’s not about Israel’s right to exist, but its defiance of international law. Israel is out of kilter, and Obama knows it. This is another sign that there are currents in Israeli society that want their country to be judged by international standards.
Posted: 11 May 2010 06:36 AM PDT
The quotation is from President Harry Truman, in a letter to the King of Saudi Arabia, January 24, 1947, from a US government publication quoted in Victor Kattan’s great book, From Coexistence to Conquest, International Law and the Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict, 1891-1949.
|Suffer little children
Posted: 11 May 2010 06:20 AM PDT
“the jeep reversed for five or six metres and then rammed once again into the tractor” [Indymedia Israel report on an April incident in the Jordan valley in which two Palestinian girls, 5 and 8, were killed when an Israeli jeep left the road to hit their father’s tractor; they were in a “basket” seat.]
|On brothers and keepers: a missing link?
Posted: 10 May 2010 02:52 PM PDT
Maybe it’s just a coincidence.
On May 6, just before dawn, Ameer Makhoul was arrested. Initial reports state that the Haifa home of the director of Ittijah, a network of NGOs and grassroots organizations representing the interests of Arab citizens of Israel, was invaded by 16 Israeli security agents police officers.
They confiscated documents, maps, computer hard drives, a camera and a tape recorder belonging to the couple and their two daughters. Ameer was taken away, as another security service team raided Ittijah’s offices, taking possession of documents and computer hard drives.
On May 7, the IAEA released the preliminary agenda for its June 2010 meeting, and for the very first time, Israel’s nuclear program is slated to be scrutinized as never before.
Ameer has a brother, Issam. Between 1999 and 2006, Issam was an elected member of Israel’s parliament (Knesset), representing the Democratic Front for Peace and Equality, better known as Hadash (New), a small Arab-Jewish “communist” political party. Issam became the first Member of Knesset (MK) to break the taboo on any public discussion of Israel’s nuclear policy. In a speech he delivered to the Knesset on Feb. 2, 2000, he dared to speak the unspeakable:
Makhoul praised the recent release of portions of the transcripts from the trial of Mordechai Vanunu. [Vanunu was a 31 year old technician at Israel’s Dimona nuclear reactor who described Israel’s secret nuclear weapons program in detail to the British Sunday Times,which published his revelations on Oct. 5, 1986. Subsequently, a seductive Mossad agent named “Cindy” facilitated Vanunu’s involuntary repatriation to Israel, where he was tried in secret, and spent 18 years in prison, most of it in solitary confinement.] But more had to be done.
Issam’s brief bio appended to the above article noted that he is “a member of the International Planning Committee of the NPT Review Conference in May.” That NPT Review Conference is taking place right now in New York, (May 3-28, 2010). Whether Issam is actually there now, actively involved or on the sidelines, or just served on a planning committee whose work is done, is unclear at this time.
In another Haaretz article, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak insists that there is “No Threat to Israel’s Policy of Nuclear Ambiguity“:
This post originally appeared on Lobelog.
|BDS activists target Israeli pharma at Italy expo
Posted: 10 May 2010 09:00 AM PDT
On Saturday, May 8 a protest organized by the “Rome Palestinian Solidarity Network”(comprised of numerous associations and committees who stand with the Palestinian struggle for freedom) was held at the entrance to Rome’s exhibition center during COSMOFARMA, a pharmaceuticals expo attended by thousands of health professionals. The Rome Palestinian Solidarity Network, which endorses the international campaign for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) on the Israeli economy, aimed at raising awareness of the BDS campaign, calling on physicians, pharmacists and health workers not to purchase or prescribe products from the Israeli pharmaceutical company TEVA, the leading global manufacturer of generic drugs, or from L’Oréal, which through its substantial investments in Israel is helping to strengthen the Israeli war economy.
It is this economy, as denounced by the activists present at the Expo with Palestinian flags, banners and flyers, which continues to enrich itself through the occupation policies of the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip, through policies of apartheid and ethnic cleansing that continue to oppress the Palestinian people, through land confiscation, military violence and the illegal siege of the Gaza Strip. All taking place with the complicit silence of international community. While the protest was taking place outside, activists entered Hall 11 of the Expo to distribute leaflets at the TEVA stand, informing and engaging attendees on the reasoning and objectives of the Boycott Campaign. For more than 15 minutes, activists of the Rome Palestinian Solidarity Network attracted the attention of thousands of visitors through chants, conversations and leafleting while waving the Palestinian flag. The protest was cut short as the police arrived, taking five activists to the police office within the fairgrounds, where they were detained for over two hours in custody, and then charged with “unauthorized demonstration.” The police confiscated a megaphone, a Palestinian flag, the t-shirts worn by the activists reading “Free Palestine” and “Boycott Israel” and the video camera used to film the action.
The BDS campaign is expanding and intensifying throughout the world, and continues to have an impact on the image of a country, Israel, which despite the occupation of Palestine and the policies of apartheid still refers to itself as “the only democracy in the Middle East”.
A country that uses opportunities such as that offered by COSMOFARMA to show its more “attractive” side. The effectiveness of the BDS campaign is in its ability to unmask this unacceptable hypocrisy, and just as activists standing with the Palestinian liberation struggle were present for COSMOFARMA on Saturday, tomorrow we will continue to exert political pressure through the BDS campaign, which is beginning to produce significant results.