Boycott israHell!

Boycott israHell!
Бойкот на израел и печелещите от окупацията! Boycott israHell and those who profit from occupation!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Need More Reasons to Boycott Nestlé?

Palestinian Refugees Right to Return - Al-Awda
A new note from the cause

Palestinian Refugees Right to Return - Al-Awda

Posted by Zahi Damuni (cause leader)

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Need More Reasons to Boycott Nestlé?

Did you know that in addition to its plant on the stolen occupied land of the Palestinian village of Najd ("Sderot"), Nestlé has plants on stolen Palestinan Arab land belonging to Iraq Al-Manshiya ("Kiryat Gat") and a logistics center built on the land of Tantura ("Nachsholim"). Nestlé also owns a 30% share of L'Oréal which has manufacturing plants on stolen occupied land belonging to the Palestinian Arab village of Al-Mujaydil ("Migdal HaEmek").

Some Brands under the Nestlé company: Nescafé, Perrier, Vittel, Pure Life, Carnation, Libby's, Milkmaid, Nesquik, Maggi, Buitoni, Crosse & Blackwell,
Milkybar, KitKat, Quality Street, Smarties, Shreddies cereal, Quality Street, Baci, After Eight, Baby Ruth, Butterfinger, Lion, Aero, Polo, Frutips, and Felix (cat food).

Thursday, October 25, 2012

25 October 2012 | International Solidarity Movement, West Bank

Israeli authorities are threatening to deport two international acvists, arrested yesterday at a non-violent action at a settlement supermarket, despite a judge ruling that they should be released. They are currently being held in immigration detention.
Earlier today, defence lawyers were informed that a judge had ruled that they should be freed without charge, but this ruling was ignored by Israeli police, who handed the two activists to the Ministry of Interior, to begin the deportation process. They could be flown back to their home countries within hours, despite never having been charged, let alone convicted of any crime. They have also been repeatedly denied contact with their lawyer.
Substantial legal costs have already been incurred. If they choose to fight this unjust deportation, then these will be even higher. We urgently need funds to challenge the Israeli tactic of deporting solidarity activists to prevent our work in the West Bank.
Freedom for international activists can also be key in legal processes for Palestinians who are arrested at the same time. Previously this month, four ISM activists and two Palestinian men were arrested. One of the Palestinian men was released just yesterday, following a judge’s decision that to keep him in prison after the international activists had been freed would be unjust and discriminatory.
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Palestinian Refugees Right to Return - Al-Awda
A new note from the cause

Palestinian Refugees Right to Return - Al-Awda

Posted by Zahi Damuni (cause leader)

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Intel operates two manufacturing plants, known as FAb 18 and Fab 28, and which it opened in 1999 and 2009, respectively in "Kiryat Gat", a city Israel built on the occupied and stolen Palestinian Arab land of the village of Iraq al-Manshiya. The original inhabitants of Iraq Al-Manshiya and the nearby village of Al-Faluja were expelled from their villages in 1949 by the Zionist state contrary to international law and an armistice agreement sponsored by the UN and which Israel itself signed in 1948. According to Zionist historian Benny Morris, the villagers of Iraq Al-Manshiya were expelled by "intimidation using all means".


Al-Awda, the Palestine Right to Return Coalition, calls on all its members and supporters to write to Intel and demand that:

* Intel abandon its investments and shut down and dismantle its plants in Israel. The company's manufacturing plants in Kiryat Gat are built on land confiscated and stolen from the Palestinian Arab village of Iraq Al-Manshiya.

* The original inhabitants of Iraq Al-Manshiya and the nearby village of Al-Faluja in 1949 were expelled by the Zionist state contrary to international law and an armistice agreement sponsored by the UN and which Israel itself signed in 1948.

* Intel should not participate and allow Israel to have economic benefits from the illegal dispossession of Palestinians. The Zionist state is denying Palestinian refugees their right to return to their lands and homes which it is occupying. This natural, inalienable, individual and collective right is enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and International Law, and is supported by numerous UN resolutions.

* Intel has far more attractive options long-term for building and expanding in other countries. These options serve Intel's customers, shareholders and employees in far more productive and honorable ways.


Paul S. Otellini Intel President and Chief Executive Officer at Tel: 408-765-5551

AND use this online form:

Please cc your correspondence to

Al-Awda, The Palestine Right to Return Coalition
PO Box 131352
Carlsbad, CA 92013, USA
Tel: 760-918-9441
Fax: 760-918-9442

Al-Awda, The Palestine Right to Return Coalition (PRRC) is the largest network of grassroots activists and students dedicated to Palestinian human rights. We are a not for profit tax-exempt educational and charitable 501(c)(3) organization as defined by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) of the United States of America. Under IRS guidelines, your donations to PRRC are tax-deductible.

Проучване: Повечето евреи в Израел подкрепят апартейда

статия, публикувана във вестник "Дневник" на 23 октомври, 2012, оригинала: тук
Повечето евреи подкрепят установяване на апартейд режим в Израел, ако страната анексира Западния бряг, сочи проучване, цитирано от израелския вестник "Аарец". Мнозинството евреи също подкрепят и дискриминацията към арабите, които живеят в Израел.
Проучването, проведено в навечерието на еврейската Нова година сред 503 души, показва антиарабските и ултранационалистически възгледи, споделяни от много от евреите в Израел. Въпросите са били написани от учени и правозащитници, а организацията, провела изследването, Dialog, се оглавява от професора от университета в Тел Авив Камил Фукс.
59% от евреите искат те да имат предимство пред арабите при назначаването на работа в министерства. Почти половината (49%) искат държавата да третира евреите по-добре от арабите, а 42 на сто не искат да живеят в едва сграда с араби, също толкова от евреите не желаят децата им да учат в един клас с деца на араби.
Една трета от евреите иска закон, който да забранява на арабите да гласуват на парламентарни избори, а 69% са против това 2.5 милиона палестинци да имат право на глас, ако Израел анексира Западния бряг.
74% от евреите подкрепят обособяването на отделни пътища за израелци и палестинци на Западния бряг. Близо половината (47%) искат част от арабското население в Израел да бъде преместено в палестинските територии, а 36 на сто подкрепят преместването на някои арабски градове от Израел в Палестина в замяна на някои еврейски поселения на Западния бряг.
Въпреки че териториите не са анексирани, по-голямата част от еврейското население мисли, че Израел упражнява апартейд срещу арабите. Едва 31% мислят, че тази система не е приложена. Повече от една трета (38%) от евреите искат Израел да анексира териториите с поселения на тях, а 48% се обявяват против.
Проучването отбелязва, че има разлика в мненията на различните групи евреи – секуларни, вярващи, религиозни, ултраортодокасални и бивши имигранти от Съветския съюз. Очаквано ултраортодоксалните споделят най-крайните възгледи към палестинците – 83% от тях подкрепят сегрегираните пътища, 70% са за законово отнемане на правото на арабите да гласуват, а 95% одобряват дискриминацията към арабите при наемането на работа. Значително по-умерени са светски настроените евреи и имигрантите от бившия СССР. "Аарец" отбелязва, че най-много отговори "не знам" са дали евреите в т.нар. руска общност. Тя регистрира най-голямо ниво на задоволство с живота в Израел (77%), най-недоволни са секуларните евреи (63%).
Според проучването една трета до два втора от евреите искат да живеят в държава с формална, отворена дискриминация срещу гражданите с арабски произход. Още по-голям дял от евреите искат да живеят в апартейд, ако Израел анексира палестинските територии. Организаторите на проучването отбелязват, че самият термин апартейд може би не е бил достатъчно ясен за някои от интервюираните. Въпреки това повечето от запитаните не се обявяват против това да определят начина на живот в Израел днес като апартейд, без палестинските територии да са анексирани. Едва 31% от евреите не биха нарекли системата в Израел апартейд и твърдят, че въобще няма апертейд.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Freedom for Baseem al Tamimi and other activists

the Arrest of four activists, including BassimTamimi 

Today 10/24/2012 ... a group of Palestinian and international activists storming the mall (Rami lave) calling for boycott of Israeli goods

نشطاء المقاومة الشعبية وأجانب يقتحمون سوق "رامي ليفي" الاستيطاني المقام على أراضي مخماس، اليوم الاربعاء 24-10-2012
تصوير هيثم الخطيب

Racist anti-Palestinian graffiti, Hebron, West Bank, 22.10.2012

A Palestinian woman and children pass the slogan "Gas the Arabs! JDL" spray-painted on an exterior wall of the Cordoba School near Shuhada Street, Hebron, October 22, 2012. "JDL" stands for Jewish Defense League, an extremist group founded by Meir Kahane and designated as a terrorist group by the FBI. On February 25, 1994, JDL charter member Baruch Goldstein opened fire on Muslims at Hebron's Al-Ibrahimi Mosque (Cave of the Patriarchs), killing 29 worshippers and injuring 125. Afterwards, the JDL designated him "a martyr in Judaism's protracted struggle against Arab terrorism."

Photo by: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/

Sheikh Al-Azhar to Carter: the western support for Israel increases the conflict

Team Palestine

CAIRO, (PIC)-- Head of Al-Azhar Mosque and university Sheikh Ahmed Attayeb said that the US and European bias in favor of the Israeli regime augments the severity of tension and conflict in the Arab region and strains their relationships with Arabs.

He made his remarks during his meeting in his office on Tuesday with former US president Jimmy Carter and a galaxy of global leaders from the Elders group.

Sheikh Attayeb told Carter and his fellow leaders that the Palestinian cause is the core of the crisis in the region and there would be no lasting peace without a solution leading to the establishment of Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.

For his part, Carter affirmed that the former leaders of the world in the Elders are working for peace in the region and highlight the injustice inflicted on the Palestinians in their diplomatic meetings and talks worldwide.

He noted that there are attempts underway by the Elders to reconcile between Hamas and Fatah factions and to reach a peace agreement between the Palestinians and the Israelis.

Mosque damaged in violent Israeli pounding of southern Gaza

KHAN YOUNIS, (PIC)-- A mosque in Khuza’a town to the east of Khan Younis was partially damaged in Israeli violent artillery pounding on Wednesday, local sources said.

They told the PIC reporter that Israeli army tanks fired dozens of shells at the area to the east of Khan Younis, which is located south of the Gaza Strip.

The sources explained that at least one bomb hit the mosque’s minaret while two others hit a water tank also in Khuza’a while dozens slammed into cultivated land lots near to the border fence.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Take action: Free Palestinian human rights defender Ayman Nasser + hunger strikers Sharawna, al-Issawi and al-Barq!


One year after the historic prisoner exchange in which 1,000 Palestinian prisoners were released from Israeli prisons, concluding a 14-day mass hunger strike in the occupation prisons, Palestinian prisoners continue under siege. Human rights defender Ayman Nasser of Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association was seized by Israeli occupation forces on October 15, while hunger strikers Ayman Sharawna and Samer al-Issawi – both re-arrested after their release in the prisoner exchange – continue their heroic fasts for freedom. Samer al-Barq, who recently concluded a 123-day strike, has resumed his strike after Israel dishonoured their agreement. Click here to act now to demand the release of Nasser and freedom for Sharawna, Issawi and al-Barq!
Palestinian former prisoners – a number of whom were displaced to Gaza from their homes elsewhere in Palestine at their release – both celebrated their freedom on the anniversary while demanding that those inside Israeli prisons be freed to join their brothers and sisters outside. Meanwhile, Nasser, a key prisoners’ rights advocate, was himself seized and detained behind bars in an Israeli occupation prison.
Addameer reported that staff researcher and longtime prisoner advocate Ayman Nasser was abducted from his home by occupation forces early on October 15. On October 18, he appeared in a Jerusalem military court, where his interrogation period was extended by seven days. Ayman addressed the court directly: “I believe that every human being has opinions and positions and if it’s not violating the law he can freely think and speak these opinions. I am a human rights defender who supports the Palestinian prisoners and I represent my opinions in the public media. My thoughts are not secret, they are public, and everyone knows them.”
Like many Palestinian prisoners, Ayman is subject to medical neglect – he is currently only receiving two out of the five medications that he requires daily. Addameer reported, “The judge ruled that based on ‘secret evidence’ he would extend Ayman’s interrogation period for another seven days and referred the situation of the medicine to the doctor at Moskobiyyeh detention center.” Moskobiyyeh, where Ayman is now held, is one of the most notorious detention centres in the Israeli occupation system; he was interrogated for 10 hours straight on October 17 and his interrogation has continued with similar intensity since that time. On October 21, while imprisoned, it was announced that he had won a seat on his village's municipal council in the weekend's elections, while he remained in Israeli jails.
While Nasser‘s detention was being extended, and on the anniversary of his own release in the historic prisoners exchange of 2012, hunger striker Ayman Sharawna, who is now on his 114th day of hunger strike, was transferred to solitary confinement in Ramle prison. 
Tadamun foundation reported that Sharawna was transferred after refusing medical services in Ramle hospital. He has lost 80% of his vision in his right eye (while already having lost vision in his left eye) and is now almost completely blind. He suffers from severe kidney problems as well as back pain, for which he is denied treatment so long as his hunger strike continues. Sharawna has been detained without charge or trial since he was re-arrested January 31 after a few short months of release.
Samer Issawi has been on hunger strike since August 1 and is now on his 83rd day of hunger strike. Issawi was also freed in last year’s prisoner exchange, and re-arrested on July 7, 2012, accused of leaving Jerusalem, to where he is restricted under the terms of his release. As reported in the Electronic Intifada, the prisoners initially refused this condition but signed to it under assurances from Egyptian officials that it was a mere formality.  The International Committee of the Red Cross and prisoner support and human rights groups have been denied access to visit him; he is committed to continue his strike until freedom and has refused deportation.
Samer al-Barq, who previously ended his 123-day hunger strike on September 21 following a commitment by the Israelis to deport him to Egypt, where he sought to reunite with his Pakistani wife, resumed his own hunger strike on October 14 after the agreement was not honoured by IsraelAl-Barq has resumed his strike and is demanding his freedom. He has been held without charge or trial since 2010.

Act now!
3. Tweet #FreeAyman to draw attention to his case. Click here to see sample Tweets developed by OccupiedPalestine.
4. Join a protest or demonstration outside an Israeli consulate for Palestinian prisoners. Many groups and organizations are holding events – join one or announce your own. Organizing an event, action or forum on Palestinian prisoners on your city or campus? Use this form to contact us and we will post the event widely. If you need suggestions, materials or speakers for your event, please contact us at 
5. Contact your government officials and demand an end to international silence and complicity with the repression of Palestinian political prisoners. In Canada, Call the office of John Baird, Foreign Minister, and demand an end to Canadian support for Israel and justice for Palestinian prisoners, at : 613-990-7720; Email: In the US, call the office of Elizabeth Jones, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Near East Affairs (1.202.647.7209). Demand that Elizabeth Jones bring this issue urgently to her counterparts in Israel.
6. Join in the call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions. Boycott Israeli products, and academic and cultural institutions until all Palestinian rights (including the right of refugees to return, to be free from occupation and for full equality) are fulfilled – including freeing the thousands of Palestinian prisoners behind bars.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Israeli settlers and soldiers disrupt olive harvest, Hebron, West Bank, 22.10.2012

Israeli soldiers arrest an International Solidarity Movement volunteer for interfering in the attempted arrest of one of his colleagues who was filming confrontations between settlers, the Al Azzeh family which had just harvested their olives, and the military, October 22, 2012. The arrest followed the first time the Al Azzeh family was able to harvest their olives since 2007. Despite coordinating with the appropriate authorities, their harvest was disrupted by Israelis from the adjacent Tel Rumeida settlement, which like all settlements, is illegal under international law.
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It's a BAD day in Gaza ... Gaza Under Attack

 Beaking News
US, Israel begin their ‘biggest-ever’ wargames.

The US and Israel are within hours of launching their reportedly largest-ever military maneuvers, which enlists 3,500 US personnel and 1,000 Israeli troops and is to last for some three weeks.

The "Austere Challenge 2012" (AC12), which Tel Aviv is to stage in cooperation with the United States European Command (EUCOM), was to begin on Sunday, Israe
li media network Arutz Sheva reported on its English-language website.

“The scenario will focus on multiple areas and its goal will be to learn how to deal with various threats in the area,” said a source from the Israeli military.

The drills are to include review and examination of Israel’s Iron Dome and David’s Sling missile systems, both produced with the US assistance. 


Two Palestinian civilians were killed in an Israeli air strike on Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip.

Via : Younes Arar
Africa to Gaza Aid Convoy

The Zionists are now progressing towards Faculty of Agriculture, east of Beit Hanoun.

Via : Ahmad Aqel
Africa to Gaza Aid Convoy

URGENT: Zionist artillery is shelling several places in northern Gaza.

Via : Ahmad Aqel
Africa to Gaza Aid Convoy

Helicopters started to fire tear gas and smoke missiles on farmers land north Gaza strip.

Via : Fadi F. Hamada
Africa to Gaza Aid Convoy

He died today ...
Martyr Abdul Abu Majesty 26 of the Qassam Brigades.

Via : Ahmad Aqel
Africa to Gaza Aid Convoy

he SECOND martyr of latest Israeli raids on Gaza is young Yasser Al-Tarabeen.

Via : Activists around the world for Palestine
Africa to Gaza Aid Convoy

Israeli warplanes have once again bombarded the besieged Gaza Strip.

Via : The State Of Palestine 194
Africa to Gaza Aid Convoy

Occupation prevents a Palestinian from traveling to Mecca for pilgrimage

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AL-KHALIL, (PIC)-- Israeli occupation authorities prevented Imam of a mosque in the town of Beit Ummar in the city of Al-Khalil south of the occupied West Bank, from traveling to Makkah for pilgrimage.

Local sources said that the Israeli authorities refused to allow Sheikh Mohammed Ahmed Adi, 55, to cross the Karama Bridge on his way to Jordan and then to Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj with his mother, and summoned him to the Etzion interrogation center on Monday.

Adi is a liberated prisoner who had served eight years in Israeli jails. He arrived at the Karama crossing on Saturday, accompanied by his mother in an attempt to head to Jordan and then to Saudi Arabia, but Israeli occupation forces prevented him from crossing the bridge and ordered him to go back for security reasons.

The occupation has prevented a number of families of prisoners and martyrs from traveling to perform the Hajj and had ordered thirteen Palestinian citizens to return back to their houses during the past few days.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Rafah crossing to open throughout Eid al-Adha

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The Rafah crossing on Gaza's border with Egypt will open throughout Eid al-Adha for the first time, the Interior Ministry in Gaza City said Friday.

The terminal will open in both directions and travelers do not need to register in advance to cross during the Muslim holiday, which begins Oct. 26, ministry spokesman Islam Shahwan told Ma'an.

Rafah crossing is the only terminal Palestinians can use to enter or leave the Gaza Strip, and it usually closes on Muslim holidays.

Crossing director Maher abu Sabha told Ma'an that facilities at the terminal will be improved by November.

The Islamic Relief and the Islamic Development Bank are funding a $1.5 million overhaul of the terminal, and have installed air conditioning and new computer systems at the crossing. 

Friday, October 19, 2012

Milena, will you speak for Rachel Corrie?

 Dear supporters, 

Sign the petition today!

Nearly 10 years after the untimely death of Rachel Corrie, a 23-year-old American activist, her family still has not received justice. In March 2003, Rachel was killed by an Israeli military operated Caterpillar D9 bulldozer when she nonviolently attempted to prevent the demolition of a Palestinian home in the Gaza strip. In August 2012, a civil case against the Israei military that had been filed by Rachel’s family ended with the presiding judge not only absolving the State of Israel of any responsibility, but also blaming Rachel for her own deathThis is unacceptable.

CODEPINK has partnered with the US Campaign to End Israeli Occupation, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), Jewish Voice for Peace, and others to launch a petition this month. The petition to the State Department calls on “the U.S. government to conduct thorough, credible, and transparent investigations into the death of Rachel Corrie and into each case involved the death or serious injury of an American citizen by the Israeli military since 2001.”

So far, the petition has collected more than 9,000 signatures. Please take a minute to sign it and then share it with your friends through email and social media.

You can also tweet the petition and share it on your Facebook page.

CODEPINK DC will join with the coalition partners in hand-delivering these petition signatures to the State Department later this month. Be sure that we include your signature by signing today!

You can read the full text of the letter here.

A U.S. Investigation into Israel’s killing of Rachel Corrie, along with Israel’s injuring and killing of other Americans, would be the first step toward accountability and justice for these peaceful U.S. human rights defenders.

Help make this possible by taking action today.


Alli, Holly, Jodie, Medea, Nancy, Rae, Sam, and Tighe

 P.S.- This month, Cindy and Craig Corrie accepted theprestigious 2012 LennonOno grant in honor of their daughter, Rachel Corrie.

Cindy stated that Rachel’s “hope would be that [the LennonOno grant] could somehow contribute to bringing people together to work passionately for justice, and to do so with the utmost respect for the rights and lives of all human beings.”

(Photo at right of Cindy and Craig Corrie with CODEPINK co-founder Medea Benjamin and activist Alice Walker on the CODEPINK delegation to Gaza in 2009)

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Израел пресметнал калориите на палестинци

Разкритието за доклада колко трябва да се хранят палестинците е на израелската хуманитарна група „Гиша”.

Израел е пресметнал колко калории на ден са нужни на палестинците, за да се избегне хуманитарна криза в условията на блокадата на Ивицата Газа, наложена от 2007 г. до средата на 2010 г. Това сочи изследване на министерството на отбраната на Израел, което то бе заставено да разкрие с разпореждане на Върховния съд, предаде Ройтерс."Това бе част от изследване, което обсъждахме, но никога не използвахме", каза Гай Инбар, представител на министерството, след като документът бе разпространен от израелската правозащитна група „Гиша”, която подаде иск до съда. По думите на Инбар целта била да се избегне хуманитарна криза в Газа. Палестинците описват блокадата, която предизвика международни критики и бе облекчена през 2010 г., като колективно наказание, задушаващо икономиката им. В проучването, озаглавено "Потребление на храна в Ивицата Газа ­ минимумът", е изчислено, че изискваният дневен прием на калории е 2279 на човек. Броят калории бил изчислен по формула на министерството на здравеопазването и до голяма степен бил съобразен със средната консумация в Израел и с препоръките на Световната здравна организация. Според правозащитната група „Гиша” документът е доказателство, че Израел е ограничил хранителните доставки, за да окаже натиск на Хамас ­ антиизраелската екстремистка група, която иззе властта в ивицата в средата на 2007 г. "Официалната цел на политиката бе да се води икономическа война, която да парализира икономиката на Газа и според министерството на отбраната да окаже натиск върху правителството на Хамас", се казва в изявлението на групата. Министерството на отбраната предаде на „Гиша” документа за изчислението на калориите едва след като групата подаде петиция във Върховния съд, позовавайки се на правото на свобода на информацията.Смята се, че подобно на изчисленията за прием на калории, Израел често е използвал объркващи секретни препоръки, за да направи разграничение между хуманитарно необходими и дребни луксозни стоки. В резултат военните бюрократи, наложили блокадата, позволили внос на замразена сьомга и нискомаслено мляко в управляваната от Хамас територия, но не и на кориандър и нескафе.


New challenges for refugee children

UNICEF reports on how Palestinian children fleeing conflict in the Syrian Arab Republic face new challenges at a refugee camp in Lebanon.

A new video from the cause

Palestinian Refugees Right to Return - Al-Awda

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Baltzer: BDS Movement Strategic, Flexible, Diverse and Inclusive

Below is an article in The Jewish Week covering the talk our National Organizer Anna Baltzer gave this past weekend in New York on "The Jewish-American Relationship with Israel at the Crossroads" with Norman Finkelstein. You can read Anna's remarks here

Has Norman Finkelstein, long reviled in the Jewish community as a vitriolic hater of the Jewish state, morphed into a defender of Israel’s legitimacy? And what does Finkelstein’s newfound “moderation” say about the current state of the anti-Israel left, exemplified by the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement?

Over the course of three decades, Finkelstein achieved superstar status on the anti-Zionist left by writing a myriad of books and articles in which he declared Israel to be “an insane state” and charged Elie Wiesel and other pro-Zionist Jews with exploiting the memory of the Holocaust as an “ideological weapon” in support of Israel.

Given that stormy history, it was strange to attend an unabashedly one-sided discussion last Saturday afternoon at the New School in Manhattan titled “The Jewish-American Relationship with Israel at the Crossroads,” and to hear Finkelstein denounce the BDS movement for refusing to affirm Israel’s right to exist within the 1967 Green Line border. Sitting next to him on the panel was Anna Baltzer, national organizer of the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation and a top leader in the BDS movement.

Finkelstein argued that the movement’s failure to take a clear stance on that issue will prevent it from bringing aboard the growing number of young American Jews who, he believes, have concluded that Israel’s occupation is morally wrong and must be ended.

But while the overwhelmingly anti-Israel crowd of about 500 heard Finkelstein out respectfully, they ardently applauded Baltzer when she argued that BDS movement is growing in strength and stature despite its unwillingness to take the steps Finkelstein demands; those include official embrace of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The talk, which was moderated by Adam Shatz, an editor at the London Review of Books, and which took place before the end of the Sabbath, was supposed to have also included anti-Zionist avatar Noam Chomsky, who cancelled because of laryngitis. The event seemed conceived as an opportunity for Finkelstein to showcase the argument laid out in his recently published book, “Knowing Too Much: Why the American Jewish Romance with Israel is Coming to an End” (Or Books). In it he argues that a critical mass of young American Jews have concluded that Israeli policy toward the Palestinians is morally indefensible and that many of them can be brought into the BDS movement on behalf of Palestinian rights — as long as the movement makes clear its commitment to Israel’s survival.

However, the afternoon came to feel like a symbolic changing of the guard on the anti-Israel left.

Much of the audience appeared dubious of Finkelstein’s moderation and enthralled with Baltzer; she is an articulate and attractive 33-year-old St. Louis native who turned sharply to the left and made pro-Palestinian advocacy her top cause after being disillusioned with what she saw in Israel during a Birthright Israel trip in 2000. Her polished speaking style served to temper the impact of her full-throated advocacy for the right of Palestinians to return to within the borders of pre-1967 Israel (code to pro-Israel supporters for the destruction of the Jewish state), and her defense of Palestinian-Americans and others who refuse to affirm the right of Israel to exist.

Read more at The Jewish Week

Boston, help us expose AIPAC!

October 9, 2012

Dear Milena,

Democracy’s nemesis, The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), is coming to Boston for a summit of its 1% donors on the weekend of October 13-15 to raise money for its agenda of endless war, Israeli occupation and apartheid, and rampant Anti-Arab racism and Islamophobia.

But never fear, we’ll be there, too, to give AIPAC an appropriate reception: colorful, loud, classy protests, brooms to 'sweep' them out of our town. Join us for three days of education and activism as we stand up to the Israel lobby at the Expose AIPAC Summit.

On Saturday, October 13, we’ll gather for a teach-in featuring noted speakers, including Steven Walt, (co-author of The Israel Lobby) Jamal Abdi, Representative Denise Provost, and Kristen Szremski. We will meet at the Palestine Cultural Center for Peace at 41 Quint Avenue, from 3:45-7pm.

On Sunday, October 14, we’ll bring our message directly to AIPAC and its biggest donors as they convene at the swanky Boston Seaport Hotel. We will demonstrate at the AIPAC National Summit in Boston’s Seafront District. We will meet at 12pm for a picnic, music, and to get ready for the prostest. The protest itself will begin at 1pm.

On Monday, October 15, we’ll give AIPAC a “Get Out of Our Town Party” they’ll never forget. The AIPAC conference is being held at the Boston Seaport Hotel, located at 200 Seaport Boulevard. We will meet at Eastport Park nearby at 12pm to prepare for this day of action!

For more information and a complete schedule of events, please click here.
You can find the Facebook event here.
Also, follow us on Twitter! @exposeAIPAC and @occupyAIPAC


Momentum Builds for U.S. Investigation of Israel's Killing of Rachel Corrie

National Orgs. Launch Open Letter for U.S. Investigation of Israel’s Injuring & Killing of Americans

Dear Milena,
Rachel Corrie Photo
Rachel Corrie
Earlier this week, Cindy and Craig Corrie accepted the prestigious 2012 LennonOno Grant for Peace on behalf of their daughter, Rachel, who was killed by the Israeli military with a Caterpillar D9 bulldozer as she nonviolently attempted to prevent the demolition of a Palestinian home in the Gaza Strip in March 2003. 
In accepting the award, Cindy stated that Rachel’s
“hope would be that it could somehow contribute to bringing people together to work passionately for justice, and to do so with the utmost respect for the rights and lives of all human beings.” 
However, nearly ten years after Rachel’s killing, her family still has not received justice. In August 2012, a civil case against the Israeli military filed by the Corrie family concluded with the presiding judge not only absolving the State of Israel of any liability, but also blaming Rachel for her own death. This is unacceptable.
Together with our friends at the Center for Constitutional Rights(CCR), we launched last month a petition to the State Department calling on “the U.S. government to conduct thorough, credible, and transparent investigations into the death of Rachel Corrie and into each case involving the death or serious injury of an American citizen by the Israeli military since 2001.”
Already, we’ve collected more than 9,000 signatures.      
You can also tweet the petition and share it on your Facebook page.
We plan on delivering these petition signatures to the State Department later this month. Be sure that we include your signature by signing today!
To bolster our efforts, the US Campaign and CCR have joined with prominent national organizations in our coalition, including theAmerican-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, American Muslims for Palestine, CODEPINK: Women for Peace, Friends of Sabeel—North America, Interfaith Peace-Builders, Jewish Voice for Peace, and Peace Action in launching a similar organizational sign-on letter.
You can read the full-text of the letter here. If you are authorized to endorse the letter on behalf of an organization, then we invite you to do so.
A U.S. investigation into Israel’s killing of Rachel Corrie, along with Israel’s injuring and killing of other Americans, would be the first step toward accountability and justice for these U.S. human rights defenders. 
Help make this possible by taking action today.     

Josh Ruebner, National Advocacy Director