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Posted 28 October 2017 - 10:12 AM

Israel in Bed with Myanmar and Other Rogue States
 
 
 
 
 
October 27, 2017
 
 
 
 
 
One rogue state supports others - not at all surprising about Israel, terrorizing Palestinians ruthlessly, a daily assault on their rights and welfare.
 
Myanmar acts the same way against Rohingyas, slaughtering and ethnically cleansing them.
 
Despite a US/EU arms embargo on the country, banning "equipment which might be used for internal repression," Israel sells its regime advanced weapons, used for genocidal high crimes, minority Rohingya Muslims victimized by its ruthlessness.
 
Weapons sales include tanks, missiles, cannons, surveillance equipment, and high-speed Super-Dvora MK III patrol boats, among other items, valued at tens of millions of dollars. Part of the deal is training in Myanmar by Israeli weapons experts.
 
Last December, Israeli lawyers and human rights activists asked country's defense ministry to halt selling weapons to a regime, using them to terrorize its Rohingya population, adding:
 
"It is surprising that the state of Israel, while struggling for continued sanctions against Iran, has no qualms about ignoring the US and EU sanctions against (Myanmar) for the most severe crimes being committed there."
 
Israel's defense ministry lied, claiming arms sales to the country are "clearly diplomatic."
 
In 2015, Myanmar's armed forces chief General Min Aung Hlaing visited Israel on a mission to buy arms. Months before his visit, head of Israel's defense export department General Michel Ben Baruch traveled to Yangon, the nation's capital, to meet with its junta commanders.
 
Field-tested weapons against Palestinians are being sold to rogue state worldwide like Myanmar.
 
According to London-based International Crime Initiative director Penny Green, "(i)t's not at all surprising that the latest escalation in Myanmar's genocide of the Rohingya has not moved the Israeli state to cease its supply of weapons to Myanmar's military."
 
"Its own record of violence and terror against the Palestinian people of Gaza is clear enough evidence that the Israeli government is unmoved by ethical concerns and human rights."
 
On Sunday, Johathan Cook said human rights lawyer Eitay Mack petitioned Israeli courts multiple times to require its defense ministry to disclose its arms deals with Myanmar.
 
He hoped to "hasten war crimes investigations of the officials and contractors involved," said Cook.
 
"Many Western states sell arms, but what's unique about Israel is that, wherever war crimes and crimes against humanity are being committed, you find Israel is present," said Mack, adding:
 
"The companies selling the weapons, and the officials who quietly approve the trade, must be held accountable. Otherwise, why would this ever stop?"
 
Israeli collusion with other rogue states is longstanding. "…Israeli defense officials approve 99.8 percent of all requests for arms export licenses," Cook explained.
 
Israel arms and munitions are likely to show up in virtually any conflict zone, large caches found in Syria - delivered to ISIS, al-Nusra and other terrorists.
 
Cook cited Israeli genocide researcher Yair Auron, saying the country's arms sales to regimes like Myanmar are the equivalent of supplying them to Nazi Germany during the holocaust.
 
"These sales turn me and all Israelis into criminals, because they are sent in our name. We are abetting genocide," said Auron.
 
Cook quoted investigative journalist John Brown, saying Israel is a reliable arms supplier to nations unable to get them from America and Europe because of their horrific human rights record.
 
It's not an issue for Israel and it merchants of death and destruction.
 
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Posted 28 October 2017 - 10:17 AM

Israel and North Korea
 
 
 
NORTH, SOUTH, KIM, KOREAN, ISRAEL'S, ISRAEL, KOREA'S, WEAPONS, SCIENTISTS, HAARETZ, KOREA, NUCLEAR, NUKE, WAR, ISRAELI, ZIONIST,
 
 
 
North Korea has never recognized the state of Israel, denouncing it as an "imperialist satellite".
 
Since 1988 it recognises the sovereignty of the State of Palestine over all of Israel, except for the Golan Heights, which it recognises as part of Syria.
 
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Posted 28 October 2017 - 10:24 AM

Another Major Victory - US Lutheran Church Votes To Divest From Israel
 
 
 
18 August 2016.
 
 
 
 
On Saturday, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) became the ninth Christian denomination in the United States to vote for divestment from Israel.
 
The resolution, which the ELCA calls a "memorial," requires the church to end its current investments in companies that support Israel's illegal occupation of Palestine and to rigorously screen all future investments as well.
 
It's another major victory for the Boycott, Divest, and Sanctions movement, now over a decade old, which faces growing opposition even as it makes further inroads into American society.
 
The ELCA, which boasts about 4 million members in 10,000 congregations, joined the Quakers, Mennonite Central Committee, United Methodists, Presbyterians, United Church of Christ, Unitarian Universalists, Catholic Conference of Major Superiors of Men, and the Alliance of Baptists in dropping investments that support Israel's apartheid policies toward the indigenous Palestinian population, according to an announcement from the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation.
 
On Friday, a day before passing the divestment and investment screening vote, the ELCA also passed a resolution urging the U.S. to end military aid to Israel until Israel ceases construction on illegal settlements in Occupied Palestine Territories.
 
Currently, the U.S. provides over $3.1 billion in aid to Israel annually, though that number is slated to rise dramatically under the terms of a pending deal.
 
The U.S. Campaign worked closely with Isaiah 58, a Lutheran organization that supports ending the Israeli occupation, to pass the resolutions. Dale Loepp, a member of Isaiah 58, told Palestine In America on Monday that the divestment vote turns the ELCA's statement on the Israeli occupation, first adopted in 1989, into meaningful church policy.
 
"Up to this point we passed a lot of resolutions that expressed support but don't really take any action. So, this particular resolution takes a specific action," Loepp told Yasmeen Abdellatif.
 
Loepp suggested the successful votes also reflect the church's changing demographics.
 
"The Church itself has worked very hard to bring more young people to the assembly and I think part of this shift is a generational divide," he said. "I think young people are more aware of the situation in Israel Palestine generally. I think they're less tied to cold war ideologies where we have to support Israel no matter what."
 
In another recent North American victory, the Green Party of Canada, which holds a single seat in Canada's House of Commons, voted last week to add support for the BDS movement to their official party platform.
 
 
 

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Posted 28 October 2017 - 10:29 AM

Boycott, Divestments and Sanctions Are Causing U.S. To Look Deeply At What We Really Stand For
 
 
 
 
19 August 2016.
 
 
 
 
There has been a movement growing in the U.S.  It is called the Boycott, Divestments and Sanctions (BDS) movement.  It is used by U.S. companies that think the State of Israel has gone too far in its treatment of Palestinians.
 
Israel is our most staunch ally in the Mideast.  However, the question becomes just how far do we allow Israel to go in its treatment of the Palestinians.  Yes, I know they are fighting for their survival, but does ignoring international law help or hurt that fight for survival.
 
For example, why is it necessary for Israel to continue to build settlements in the occupied West Bank.  According to the treaties with the Palestinians the West Bank is supposed to "their" country.  If that is true, then Israel is illegally building settlements on foreign territory.
 
There are other examples of excessive force and even torture against civilian Palestinians.  So, there has been a quiet movement going on using BDS to show disapproval of these actions by Israel.  Problem is that too many politicians in this country don't want to "piss off" the Israelis and are doing things to stop the movement.
 
The latest move was just done in New Jersey.  New Jersey is a mostly democratic controlled state that currently has a Republican Governor.  They passed an anti-BDS bill in June and Chris Christie just signed the bill into law.
 
What this bill does is enforce the state of New Jersey to investigate the "motives" of why a company refuses to do business with Israel.  They will then be able to "punish" that company.  The penalty will be the leverage of State Investment Council which oversees over $80 billion in pension assets.  The State Investment Council would be required by law not to invest in any company that is on the "black list" of companies.
 
In other words, what Republicans call "free speech" will be denied and punished if it used to express displeasure with Israel by a company who refuses to do business with Israel.   Boycotts have been used, especially in this country, as a form of expression against certain policies.
 
Boycotts are not violent.  They simply express the views of people and/or companies about policies and practices of governments.  New Jersey isn't alone in this view of anti-BDS either.  New York governor signed an executive  establishing their own black list.
 
President Obama and all of the Presidential Candidates see BDS as something evil and shouldn't take place.  The real irony to me is the Republican stand on this issue.  Remember, this is the same party that claims "religious freedom" means you can discriminate against groups like the LGBT community.  So how can they claim these anti-BDS bills are anything but an attack on "free speech"?
 
When he signed the bill, Christie said"  "Israel is the beacon of democracy in a region that is constantly in turmoil."  He also called Israel "our one true friend in the region."  That may be true.  But, does that mean we cannot criticize the country for Human Rights violations?
 
Look, the Jews and the Arabs have been fighting and killing each other for over 4000 years over the same stretch of desert.  If given the chance they will probably continue killing each other for the next 4000 years.  But, it doesn't have to be that way.
 
Israel would have far better standing in the world if they were to treat their Palestinian neighbors humanely.  I am not saying they don't have a right to defend themselves.  They do.  But, that right does not give them the right to inhumanely treat Palestinians by torturing them or by destroying their homes because Israel thinks someone in the family is a terrorist.  Nor, does it give them the right to build Jewish settlements on Palestinian land.
 
The BDS movement is not a "government sanctioned" movement, obviously.  It is a group of businesses who have decided not to do business with Israel until  these human rights violations stop occurring.  The anti-BDS movement setting up "black lists" of these companies is a violation of their rights under our constitution.
 
No company is or should be forced to do business with any country.  Nor, should they be punished for not doing business with a particular country just because the government doesn't like their reasons.
 
It would be wonderful if all countries and peoples followed the laws.  It would be wonderful if all countries and people treated each other like human beings.  Unfortunately, that is not the way of the world.
 
That does not give the government the right to punish those who decide to act peacefully against countries who  openly violate those tenants.  With this anti-BDS movement going on, all Americans must ask ourselves if we really stand for the principles we claim to.
 
Black list laws like these anti-BDS bills say we do not.
 
 
 

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Posted 28 October 2017 - 10:32 AM

Britain's largest student union endorses BDS
 
 
 
 
15 December 2016.
 
 
 
 
The largest student union in Britain has officially endorsed the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign, in a significant success for Palestine solidarity activists.
 
The University of Manchester's Student Union Senate voted last Thursday to pass a motion in support of BDS. The motion won the backing of 60 per cent of the SU Senate, following an impassioned debate.
 
The motion was put forward by Huda Ammori, President of Recognise Refugee Rights Society, and was supported by Etisha Choudhury, President of Action Palestine, and the BDS Campaigns Committee.
 
In the three weeks prior to last week's Senate meeting, more than 15 academics and 250 students signed a letter of support for campaigners' demands.
 
According to activists, the campaign at Manchester "aims to connect our university to this global movement for justice and equality, and calls on the university administration to end its ties with businesses and institutions that are particularly complicit in violations of Palestinian human rights."
 
Specifically, the campaign demands that the university "sells its £15 million of investments in companies linked to Israel's crimes against the Palestinian people", including a stake in Caterpillar, whose bulldozers are used by the Israeli army to demolish Palestinian homes.
 
Students claim that "these investments are a violation of the University's own Ethical Investment Policy which seeks to eliminate investments in companies linked to violations of human rights."
 
A second demand is for the university to cut its ties with Technion, an Israeli university with deep ties to the Israeli arms industry and defense establishment, where research is conducted on weapons that are then deployed against occupied Palestinians.
 
The Union of Jewish Students (UJS), which campaigns against the BDS campaign and Palestine solidarity activism, said it was "extremely disappointed" in the vote, and claimed that the proceedings "left many Jewish students present in a state of distress."
 
Another pro-Israel activist claimed that Jewish students who opposed BDS at the senate meeting were "beg[ging] for their safety on campus", though gave no evidence that student union support for the Israel boycott would have any implications for the safety of Jewish students.
 
BDS activists at Manchester, while celebrating the vote, have vowed that their campaign "will not end until the university divests approximately just under £15million in companies which facilitate Israel's war crimes", and end links with Technion.
 
 
 

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Posted 28 October 2017 - 10:34 AM

Chile students vote to end ties with Israeli universities
 
Ali Abunimah Activism and BDS Beat 
 
 
 
 
27 September 2016.
 
 
 
 
Students at one of Latin America's top-ranked universities have voted to back the Palestinian call for boycott, divestment and sanctions by a large margin.
 
The student federation at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, elected from the institution's 25,000-strong student body, passed the measure by 37-2 with 20 abstentions.
 
The motion, put forward by the Organization of Solidarity with Palestine, calls for the university to end two cooperation agreements with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Israel Institute of Technology - Technion because of their complicity with Israel's violations of international law and Palestinian rights.
 
"After weeks of campaigning, awareness raising and debates it is with great joy and honor that we announce that the motion [supporting BDS] was approved," the Organization of Solidarity with Palestine said. "We are very proud of having been the motor for such an important effort for Palestine and humanity at large."
 
The student federation said its next step would be to urge the university's higher council to act on the motion.
 
Earlier this month, Palestinian academics called on students and faculty at the Pontifical Catholic University to support efforts "to end the university's institutional links with Israeli universities due to their deep involvement in Israel's system of occupation, settler-colonialism and apartheid."
 
The South African Union of Students and the South African Student Congress (SASCO) also sent letters to their peers in Chile urging support for the measure.
 
"In 2011 the University of Johannesburg terminated its relations with Israel's Ben Gurion University ushering in the first academic boycott of Israel on the international stage," SASCO stated.
 
The Palestinian BDS National Committee welcomed the vote, noting that support for the academic boycott called for by Palestinian civil society has been growing across Latin America.
 
In May, students at the University of Chile law school backed BDS by a landslide in a referendum.
 
In Argentina and Brazil hundreds of professors and researchers and a dozen colleges have also pledged to boycott Israeli institutions.
 
Chile Latin America Pontifical Catholic University of Chile academic boycott Hebrew University Technion Israeli universities PACBI BNC
 
 

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Posted 28 October 2017 - 10:42 AM

Disinvestment from Israel
 
 
 
21 August 2016.
 
 
 
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
 
Disinvestment from Israel is a campaign conducted by religious and political entities which aims to use disinvestment to pressure the government of Israel to put "an end to the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories captured during the 1967 military campaign." 
 
The disinvestment campaign is related to other economic and political boycotts of Israel.
 
A notable campaign was initiated in 2002 and endorsed by South Africa's Desmond Tutu.
 
Tutu said that the campaign against Israel's occupation of the Palestinian territories and its continued settlement expansion should be modeled on the successful historical, but controversial, disinvestment campaign against South Africa's apartheid system.

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Posted 28 October 2017 - 10:45 AM

German Teachers' Union Urges Total Boycott Of Israel
 
 
 
 
 
5 September 2016.
 
 
 
 
 
German teachers urge boycott of Israel
 
German teachers in the city of Oldenburg, Germany are calling for a complete boycott of Israel, which has sparked fierce criticism from the Israeli embassy. 
 
The teacher union published an article in its monthly newspaper calling for a complete boycott of the Jewish state.
 
Jpost.com reports:
 
It appears to be the first call to boycott Israel or Jews from a German organized labor group since the Holocaust. Critics accuse the union of stoking modern Jew-hatred.
 
The anti-Israel activist and teacher Christoph Glanz outlined the goals of the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement in his two-page article in the magazine of the Education and Science Workers' Union (GEW).
 
"The GEW is an important institution in Germany. That is why we are surprised and disappointed, that the Oldenburg chapter chose to re-publish the pamphlet of a BDS activist in its magazine," the embassy told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday.
 
The embassy continued: "The BDS movement is a worldwide campaign that calls for a boycott of Israel on all levels and de facto seeks the elimination of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state.
 
"We rely on the moral values and intellectual capabilities of readers of the magazine to correctly classify the pamphlet, but we still expect the magazine to show better editorial standards."
 
The GEW article was titled, "Palestine/Israel: Documenting injustice and call for justice - not possible in Oldenburg?" The German-Israel Friendship Society (DIG) in Oldenburg - a city in Lower Saxony state with a population of nearly 164,000 - was the first group to slam the union's leadership.
 
In a public letter released in August, the chairman of DIG-Oldenburg, Klaus Thörner, wrote that DIG "protests the publication of the article of the Oldenburg teacher Christoph Glanz… who is an activist of the anti-Israel and anti-Semitic BDS campaign."
 
It is unusual for a mainstream German publication to call for a boycott of Israel, because the boycott of Jews was such a big part of the Nazis' actions in the lead-up to the Holocaust.
 
Fringe organizations that have urged a full-blown boycott of Israel are Germany's neo-Nazi party NPD, far-left groups such as the BDS Campaign, and Hezbollah and its supporters in the Federal Republic.
 
Alex Feuerherdt, a journalist and expert on contemporary German anti-Semitism, told the Post that Glanz being "allowed to spread his hostility toward Israel in a labor union newspaper is a scandal. His activity for a boycott of Israel is not an appeal for peace; rather it is for hate. A labor union that shares such views is morally bankrupt."
 
In emails to the chairman of GEW-Oldenburg in August, which were reviewed by the Post, union members protested Glanz's article.
 
Raimund Hethey, a member of the union, wrote that Glanz "is allowed to promote, without objection, his anti-Semitic BDS campaign. One should not let the GEW off the hook."
 
Rolf Jordan, another GEW member and teacher, wrote that BDS acts "against free speech and public discourse. The campaign attempts to destroy academic exchanges, culture events and economic relations. The BDS - also Mr. Glanz - fights against the free exchange of opinion… I would not have expected that my labor union would allow itself to be pulled into this swamp."
 
Heinz Bührmann, the chairman of the union, wrote the Post by email on Friday, saying "that anti-Semitism - whether ancient, classic, modern - will not be tolerated in any GEW institution… where I have influence."
 
Glanz's "promotional activity for BDS does not find our support," Bührmann said. He added that the union "distances itself from every promotion for, and playing down of, BDS."
 
However, he watered down his statement on Friday on GEW's website.
 
His statement did not explicitly condemn BDS or a boycott against Israel. On the website, the union blasted the Jewish state, writing that Israel has in the territories "repressed minorities who are suffering." The GEW statement continued: "to criticize Israel does not automatically mean criticizing Jews."
 
The chairman of Oldenburg's Jewish community, Jehuda Wältermann, told the Post that Glanz is "a dangerous person" and his "one-sided" attacks on Israel can only mean that "he is anti-Semitic."
 
Wältermann expressed concerns that Glanz's is "not neutral" in the classroom.
 
The spokesman for Hamburg's Jewish community, Daniel Killy, said Glanz "is, of course, an anti-Semite" because of his boycott activities.
 
When asked if Glanz inculcates BDS in his students, as well as views about Israel and the Palestinians, the director of the IGS Flötenteich school, Hannelore Lüllwitz, referred the Post to the Lower Saxony school authority. A spokeswoman from the authority said on Friday the "accusations against Glanz are being taken seriously." It will begin an inquiry this week.
 
Rabbi Abraham Cooper, the associate director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, told the Post: "This is a development that needs to be challenged. If people who mold young people buy into an anti-Semitic platform, it poisons the hearts and minds of young students against the Jewish state and Jewish citizens."
 
Dr. Elvira Grözinger, a member of the German branch of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East, told the Post that Glanz "follows the pattern of those Germans who prefer to see Israelis as perpetrators, thus relativizing the German atrocities against the Jews. Glanz also disqualifies himself as a teacher by not consulting other, more dependable, sources."
 
Glanz declined to answer specific Post queries.
 
Sacha Stawski, the head of Honestly Concerned, an organization that combats anti-Semitism in the media, told the Post that Glanz's comments meet the criteria of the "3-D" test, a definition of modern anti-Semitism developed by Natan Sharansky, the chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel.
 
Stawski said Glanz applies double standards when it comes to Israel, and demonizes and delegitimizes the Jewish state.
 
Glanz is the "prototypical anti-Semite," said Stawski, who also voiced criticism about a recent court ruling in the Federal Republic holding that a student can't term Glanz a "known anti-Semite."
 
The ruling was appealed. German courts have delivered mixed rulings on modern anti-Semitism.
 
According to a June article on the pro-Palestinian website International Solidarity Movement, Glanz said the student's allegation of anti-Semitism is "absurd." He added: "We know the strategies of the Israel supporters who - lacking arguments - frequently use intimidation and slander including the anti-Semitism accusation."
 
In November 2015, Glanz delivered a pro-boycott talk in a cultural center in Munich under the alias Christopher Ben Kushka.
 
According to the Jewish community in Oldenburg, Glanz uses the Jewish-sounding name Ben Kushka as a way to insulate himself from accusations of anti-Semitism.
 
Charlotte Knobloch, the chairwoman of the Munich Jewish community and a Holocaust survivor, blasted Glanz in November. She said: "The BDS campaign disguises the socially unacceptable 'Don't buy from Jews!' as a modernized form of Nazi jargon by demanding 'Don't buy from the Jewish state.'"
 
 
 

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Posted 28 October 2017 - 10:49 AM

"Hello? I'd like to report a BDS activist."
 
 
 
 
 
17 August 2016.
 
 
 
 
 
Heeding Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan's call, an Israeli settler organization establishes a hotline to report international BDS activists to the Israeli government. 
 
Israeli newspaper Ynet reported that an Israeli settler non-profit, Lev HaOlam (Heart of the World), has organized an informant hotline for people to report information on international activists that support the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement. The hotline's primary aim is to preemptively warn the Israeli authorities of such activists' arrival to Israeli territory so that they can be deported.
 
When an individual calls the hotline, a representative of Lev HaOlam will reportedly ask questions like how many activists the caller saw, what they were doing, what their names are, where they live, and whether they were seen using cameras or represent an organization. All information is logged into a complaint form. The hotline will run five days a week and complaints can be filed in both Hebrew and English.
 
Lev HaOlam exists for the express purpose of undermining the BDS movement: it was founded in 2012 "to be the answer to BDS." In addition to the hotline, the organization "bypasses international boycotts" to market products made in Israeli settlements to the rest of the world. Lev HaOlam is based in Shilo, an Israeli settlement in the West Bank.
 
The BDS movement, on the other hand, advocates boycotting, divesting from, and sanctioning Israel as well as companies that collude with it until Israel respects Palestinians' rights and international law.
 
Echoing Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan's assertion Israel BDS activists gather information when in Israeli territory to "delegitimize" and "incite" against it, Nati Rom, the executive director of Lev HaOlam said, "this is a civil initiative, the goal of which is to locate activists who arrive here under cover as tourists and attempt to harm the Zionist project here."
 
Nati Rom, executive director and founder of Lev HaOlam conceded, "the informer hotline is essentially a response to the call of Erdan."
 
Last week Erdan and Interior Minister Arye Dery announced a joint taskforce to deport internationals that support BDS from Israeli-controlled territory. The taskforce, however, has yet to determine "the criteria by which a foreign activist will be marked for deportation or barred from entry" as well as "what legal grounds will be required for such approval."
 
Despite the fact that as of yet there are no criteria by which the government will judge international BDS activists for deportation, Lev HaOlam pledges to pass on all so-called "relevant material" gleaned from hotline interviews to the taskforce.
 
Erdan directly attempted to rouse Israeli citizens to report international BDS activists on his Facebook page on Sunday, writing "if you have information about someone pretending to be a tourist who is actually a BDS activist in the country - tell us and we will act to remove him."
 
Abdulrahman Abunahel, a spokesperson for the Palestinian BDS National Committee, criticized Erdan's new taskforce in a statement last week:
 
After failing to counter or even diminish the unmistakable impact of BDS in isolating its brutal regime of oppression, Israel is dropping the mask. It is revealing its true face to the world as a ruthless, warmongering pariah state, and it is resorting to the same repressive tools deployed by apartheid South Africa in its last chapter, before its eventual collapse.
 
Earlier this week Rita Faye, a Swiss activist, was deported from Ben Gurion Airport. Shortly thereafter, Israel deported five American activists trying to enter the country.
 
 

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Posted 28 October 2017 - 10:53 AM

Iceland Votes To Boycott All Products Made In Israel
 
 
 
 
25 September 2016.
 
 
 
 
The city council of Iceland's capital, Reykjavik, has voted to ban all goods made in Israel in a show of solidarity to the Palestinian people. 
 
All Israeli-made products will no longer be available in Reykjavik due to what authorities say is the ongoing illegal "occupation of Palestinian territories" and Israel's "policy of apartheid" against Palestinians.
 
Trueactivist.com reports:
 
Concerns regarding Israel's policies towards the Palestinians were renewed following Israel's announcement in July that it would build Israeli homes in the contested West Bank, inciting violent protests.
 
Most countries consider these new settlements as well as previous ones illegal and even the US State Department has expressed its concerns over Israeli settlement expansion. In the past, Reykjavik's city council has been critical of Israel and has previously adopted resolutions that acknowledge Palestinian rights to independence and a sovereign nation. According to Iceland's foreign ministry, the small island nation purchased $6 million of Israeli imports, most of which in the form of fruits and vegetables, equipment, and machinery.
 
Iceland's national government said that the boycott would only be limited to the country's capital and has tried to distance itself from the action of Reykjavik's city council. Yet, as Iceland's largest city and home to half its population, Reykjavik's decision to boycott Israel will likely cause some economic impact though it is hard to say whether or not it will be significant. Israeli exports totaled $53.7 billion in 2014, meaning its exports to Iceland represent a meager 1.1% of its total annual exports.
 
Overall, it appears that Israel is much more concerned with the symbolic impact of the boycott as opposed to its economic effects as they have been actively fighting against several recent international boycotts in response to Israel's treatment of the Palestinian people, most notably the BDS movement (Boycott, Divest, Sanctions).
 
Concerns about the growth of boycott movements have led Israel to pass legislation allowing for the deportation of foreign activists, to threaten the lives of BDS supporters, and to lobby for legislation in other countries to prevent future boycotts. They have even teamed up with Facebook to try and prevent criticism of Israel on social media.
 
Israel's government responded to news of Reykjavik's boycott with harsh criticism. Emmanuel Nahshon, Israel's foreign minister, responded by saying:
 
"A volcano of hatred is erupting out of the city council building in Reykjavik. Without any reason or justification, other than pure hatred, we hear calls to boycott Israel. We hope someone in Iceland comes to their senses and stops the blindness and the one-sidedness that is directed at Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East."
 
Some Icelanders were also critical of the boycott, including a local attorney who said the ban on Israeli goods violates the Icelandic constitution. It remains to be seen if Israel will take action against Iceland as a result of the new boycott.
 
 

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Posted 28 October 2017 - 10:56 AM

Israel furious as France moves to label settlement goods
 
 
 
 
25 November 2016.
 
 
 
 
 
Labelling goods simply as from the West Bank or Golan Heights is not acceptable [AFP]
 
 
Franced announced on Thursday new guidelines for labelling goods from illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories, angering Tel Aviv.
 
 
Tel Aviv accused France of aiding a boycott of Israel, after Paris announced new guidelines for labelling goods from illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories.
 
France published guidelines on Thursday on enforcing EU regulations on labelling goods from the West Bank, including annexed east Jerusalem, which the international community considers occupied Palestinian land, as well as the Golan Heights, which Israel seized from Syria in 1967.
 
It was believed to be the first time that guidelines were issued by an individual member state since the EU backed labelling of products from Israeli settlements a year ago, a move which sparked a diplomatic crisis with Israel.
 
"Under international law the Golan Heights and the West Bank, including east Jerusalem, are not part of Israel," said an advisory published on a French government site.
 
Labelling goods simply as from the West Bank or Golan Heights without more details is "not acceptable," it said.
 
Goods must be stipulated as coming from an "Israeli settlement" when that is the case, to avoid "the risk of misleading the consumer," it added.
 
In response, the Israeli foreign ministry said it "regrets that France, which actually has a law against boycotts, is advancing measures that can be interpreted as encouraging radical elements and the movement to boycott Israel."
 
In November 2015, the EU's executive body sparked a major diplomatic row with Israel by adopting a motion that effectively declared that products from settlements would have to be labelled as such across the bloc.
 
Though the EU insisted the decision was a technical one, Israel suspended some cooperation and a minister called it "disguised anti-Semitism."
 
European diplomats privately admit the strength of the Israeli response has made many member states wary of issuing their own specific guidelines.
 
Hugh Lovatt, Israel coordinator at the European Council on Foreign Relations think tank, said France was the first member state to do so since the EU decision.
 
Lovatt said France's frustration in recent months at Israel's refusal to attend a Paris-led peace conference and its continued expansion of the illegal settlements could have fed into the move.
 
He added there had also been concerted action by French civil society and lawmakers.
 
"The question is whether other member states follow the French example. EU states tend to act like a herd so yesterday's move may lead others to follow suit," he said.
 
Paris has been seeking to organise an international peace conference before the end of the year in a bid to kickstart the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, stalled since early 2014.
 
 
 

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Posted 28 October 2017 - 11:01 AM

Norwegian City Approves Boycott Of Israeli Settlement Goods
 
 
 
 
22 November 2016.
 
 
 
 
Norwegian City Approves Boycott Of Israeli Settlement Goods
 
The third largest city in Norway has voted to boycott all goods and services produced in illegal Israeli settlements located in the occupied Palestinian territories.
 
Trondheim City Council votes to boycott Israeli settlement goods http://www.thelocal....ettlement-goods… #Palestine
 
The resolution stated that Israel continues to aggressively pursue its policy of occupation.
 
 
 
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Middle East Monitor reports:
 
Trondheim City Council approved the motion yesterday, in a resolution that states how "illegal settlements are expanding, the construction of the wall continues, Palestinians are subjected to daily harassment and face major obstacles in their daily lives."
 
The resolution added: "This is a policy that Trondheim Municipality cannot support. The municipality will therefore refrain from purchasing goods and services produced in the occupied territories."
 
According to reports: "The city council is also asking residents of Norway's third largest city to personally boycott settlement goods and services."
 
The boycott resolution was supported by the Labour, Socialist Left, Green and the Red party, it was opposed by the Conservatives, Christian Democratic, Progress, Centre Party and the Pensioner's Party.
 
 
 

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