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L.A. lauches Israel Divestment campaign

September 11, 2010 Comments off

Los Angeles Launches Nation’s First Israel Divestment Campaign also has a link to an interview with Jonathan Ben Artzi, an Israeli peace activist who is also Netanyahu’s nephew, from the Christian Science Monitor.  Mr. Ben Artzi supports the BDS campaign. It is a particular joy to see the endorsements page grow.

Palestine? Israel? Help!

September 10, 2010 Comments off

Professor Steve Niva of Evergreen State University in Olympia, WA, wrote an excellent backgrounder on the conflict between Israel and Palestine, and has generously permitted us to post it on our site.

You can read all about it by clicking this link or find it later by hovering your cursor over at our FAQ menu.

Another excellent piece of writing from Professor Niva is this Counterpunch article responding to critiques of the Olympia Food CoOp boycott.

Thanks so much for sharing your work, Professor Niva!

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Israel evicts farmers from their land

September 5, 2010 Comments off

Ma’an News Agency reports:

SALFIT (Ma’an) — Israel’s Civil Administration ordered farmers to leave land they were cultivating on Wednesday in the Wadi Abu Ammar area in the northern West Bank district of Saflit. […]

Read the item, then join BDS. Interfering with the work of farmers endangers the food supply for the coming season, perhaps the entire year. Starving Palestinians into submission needs a clear response: BDS.

Getting to the Truth

September 4, 2010 Comments off

Much of the difficulty in understanding what exactly happened when has come from the long-standing official denial by Israel’s government that there had actually been an ethnic cleansing in 1948.

Journalist Max Blumenthal noticed and highlighted a change in the official policy: Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin’s admission: Israel “expelled Arabs” across Palestine in 1948. Speaker Rivlin joins the ranks of Israel’s “new historians”, who have painstakingly documented the process of such expulsion. His admission of this truth is a helpful step toward truth and reconciliation in Palestine and Israel.

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Nothing out of the ordinary: dehumanization

August 31, 2010 Comments off

In September 1st’s edition of Haaretz there is a report by journalist Aluf Benn about how Israeli soldiers treated Palestinians (and Lebanese) in their power:

In the basement for Shin Bet interrogations at Nabatieh, in an old tobacco factory that had been transformed into the regional division headquarters, I saw prisoners eating like dogs, bent over with their hands tied behind their backs. And I smelled their sweat and urine.
I never saw “irregularities.” No beatings, no slappings, no maimings. But if the cuffs were put on a bit too tight, half a centimeter that couldn’t be reversed, the prisoner suffered great pain. The palms swelled because blood flow was restricted, and the trip became a nightmare when the prisoners begin to beg: “Captain, captain, idi, idi [my hands].” There were soldiers who tied the cuffs on too tight – a small torture that’s not in the reports by Amnesty International or the Goldstone Commission. It’s a torture that depends on a single soldier, without instructions from above or the military advocate general. An outlet for the hatred of Arabs during a routine mission.

In the basement for Shin Bet interrogations at Nabatieh, in an old tobacco factory that had been transformed into the regional division headquarters, I saw prisoners eating like dogs, bent over with their hands tied behind their backs. And I smelled their sweat and urine.
I never saw “irregularities.” No beatings, no slappings, no maimings. But if the cuffs were put on a bit too tight, half a centimeter that couldn’t be reversed, the prisoner suffered great pain. The palms swelled because blood flow was restricted, and the trip became a nightmare when the prisoners begin to beg: “Captain, captain, idi, idi [my hands].” There were soldiers who tied the cuffs on too tight – a small torture that’s not in the reports by Amnesty International or the Goldstone Commission. It’s a torture that depends on a single soldier, without instructions from above or the military advocate general. An outlet for the hatred of Arabs during a routine mission.

Dehumanization as an Israeli policy. That’s why we need #BDS now.

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Iman al-Hams: dehumanization

August 31, 2010 Comments off

In 2004 an Israeli captain shot Iman al-Hams, a Palestinian schoolgirl.

No, let me state it more accurately: he actually emptied the entire magazine of his automatic rifle into her. And admitted having done so. He explains why: “Anything that’s mobile, that moves in the zone, even if it’s a three-year-old, needs to be killed.”

And was acquitted by a court.

The dehumanization of Palestinians is one of the tools of occupation. Failing to hold accountable even a soldier who advocates killing three-year-olds makes a terrible statement about how human those three-year-olds are seen to be.

BDS. Because a policy of killing three-year-olds must be stopped.