The movement, one that has influenced wealthy corporations and high-profile entertainers to boycott Israel, pushes the agenda that Israel is an apartheid state where Palestinians are persecuted with no hope for any sort of future. Along comes a movie, “Omar”, a movie that tells a story of a young Palestinian man accused of being an accomplice in the murder of an Israeli soldier. In the movie the man is beaten by an Israeli interrogator and convinced to collaborate with Israeli intelligence. Having not seen the movie I can not speak to how good or bad it makes the Israeli authorities look, but I do know that in an apartheid state a film of this sensitive nature would never have been made. This movie was made in Nazareth, in what is territory ultimately under control of the Israeli government. It is hard to imagine a film like this would even get off the ground in China or Russia if a filmmaker from one of those countries showed either of those governments in a similar light.
Such propaganda went hand in hand with Soviet efforts to demonize Zionism as a form of racism, culminating in the notorious U.N. Resolution 3379—rescinded in 1991— equating Zionism with racism. And because foreign policy is often domestic policy, the campaign against “Zionism” was an integral component of the repression of the Jewish communities inside the Soviet Union.
It’s a sorry history that should be pointed out every time the slanders of Israeli Apartheid Week are aired. IAW likes to think of its activities as promoting human rights. In fact, its advocates are the ideological inheritors of a modern libel—that Zionism and apartheid are the same—that was deliberately manufactured to oppress Soviet Jews, at the behest of a state that murdered millions of people in its gulags. This is the company that Israeli Apartheid Week keeps, and it is time—as a Marxist might say—to toss the event into the garbage can of history.
Hollywood screenwriter Ben Hecht said he “beamed with pride” when he heard the news on that autumn afternoon in 1948: The British had declared a boycott against him. By day, Hecht was the highest-paid screenwriter in Hollywood, but by night his typewriter had been cranking out fiery newspaper ads denouncing England’s Palestine policy. Now he was going to pay a price for his unbridled opinions.
While many in England were indignant that Hollywood figures might be penalized for their pro-Communist opinions, that outrage evidently did not extend to the issue of penalizing Hecht for his militant Zionist opinions. Although the British boycott “made my income a constantly precarious matter,” Hecht stuck to his guns. He wrote screenplays under other names, or no name at all. He “outwitted the empire that was gunning for me” by writing under his own byline “for Ben Franklin’s old weekly, The Saturday Evening Post and Collier’s, [which] were not ready to trim their literary policies to British boycotts.” And he steadfastly refused to utter a word of regret for what he wrote about the Jewish revolt in 1947.
Squawky, squawk, squawk. Chicken-hearted boycotters calling for a cultural and commercial blackball of Israel know they would have their cheesy arses quartered and delivered to them on a platter if they tried to challenge truly tyrant regimes that routinely dump on humanity.
Small wonder that pompous parasites at the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement — and its assorted fungi of pseudo-activists, questionable educators, fading entertainers, and other lowlifes — feel more comfortable scraping the bottom of the militancy barrel,instead of venting their spleens on the unspeakable atrocities of real world thugs. Squawky, squawk, squawk.
No gauntlet-toss to Russia for horsewhipping peaceful protestors, or to Syria for systematically killing civilians, or to Saudi Arabia for beheading and crucifying criminals, or to Pakistan, Egypt, and Nigeria for burning churches and persecuting Christians, or to China for creating national brainwashing centers, or to North Korea for raining Nazi-like terrors on its people, or to the Democratic Republic of Congo for using rape as a weapon of war, or to — well, you get the picture. Squawky, squawk, squawk.
Jews and Israel are easy targets because they refuse to be victims and they triumph over adversity — every time. Jews have been expelled from their homelands, herded off to concentration camps in cattle cars, and gassed to death in one of the largest holocausts the world has ever seen. But they must be doing something right, if a people that make up less than .02 percent of the world population, and a country smaller in size than New Jersey, can incite such jealous rage around the globe.
Israel is only 65 years old, but its army is one of the mightiest on earth, its illiteracy rating is virtually zero, it is a start-up country that boasts more patents per capita than almost any other land, and its inventions of drip irrigation, cherry tomatoes, the first solar window, bikes connected to strollers, and more, benefit all people — all of it accomplished on the grains of sand whose cultivation has escaped generations of Palestinians for centuries.
Israel’s natural star power has left weak and green-eyed Palestinians incubating in a trough of self-pity from which there seems to be no recourse except to solicit company for their malaise and misery.
Israel should be commended and supported for bolstering Palestinians above and beyond their own crummy leaders and fair-weather activists. It has legitimized the hapless Middle East while fighting for its own survival, and boycotters need to re-route their circus to Russia, China, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and other armpits of the world.
But that would mean showing chutzpah. Squawky, squawk, squawk.
Ben Shapiro Crashes UCLA Divestment from Israel Hearing, Resolution Defeated 7-5
"To pretend that this is anything other than vile, spiteful Jew hatred is a lie!"
Ben Shapiro, UCLA alum, crashed the divestment hearing to blast both the student sponsors and those considering the anti-Semitic measure. Here’s the transcript:
My name is Ben Shapiro. I’m an alumnus of this university. I’m also a local talk show host on 870 [AM] in the morning, and I got out of bed and left my one month old baby there when I saw what was going on here tonight. I’ve never been more ashamed to be a Bruin. I’ve never been more ashamed to be an alumnus of this university than to see this divestment petition being considered at this level.
To pretend this is about occupation, to pretend this is about peace, to pretend that this anything other than vile, spiteful Jew hatred is a lie!
There is only one reason we are discussing Israel and not discussing Saudi Arabia. There is only one reason we are discussing Israel and not discussing Iran. There is only one reason we are discussing Israel and not discussing Palestine. There is only one reason we are discussing Israel and not discussing the vast bevy of human rights violations that happen every day in the Middle East, exponentially worse that what happens in Israel.
Any gay or lesbian that is targeting Israel in this room seems to have forgotten how high they hang gays from cranes in Iran. Every person of liberal bent who suggests that Israel is the problem in the Middle East seems to have forgotten that there is only one country in the Middle East that actually has any sort of religious diversity in it. The countries that are apartheid countries are those that are Judenrein — like, for example, Palestine.
So, for us to sit here and pretend that Israel is somehow on a lower moral plane is a direct manifestation of anti-Semitism. And to hold Jews to a different moral standard than any other country or group on the face of the earth represents nothing but an age-old and historic hatred for the Jewish people.
All the folks here who are pretending that the B.D.S is about anything other than that, I would like to see a poll of those folks, and see how many of them actually believe in the existence of a Jewish state, qua-Jewish state, not as a state like any other, but as a Jewish state. They don’t. They don’t acknowledge that existence. They don’t believe in that existence. They don’t believe in peace.
All this is about, pure and simple, is a desire to target the Jewish people.
"Judenrein" was a Nazi term to mean "clean of Jews."
According to the Daily Bruin, the Undergraduate Students Association Council (USAC) shot down the resolution by an anonymous vote of 7-5. Despite protestation, the USAC decided the ballots would be secret when some members voiced concern for their safety.
Don’t let history repeat itself
Looks like sports will be the next arena for boycott.
There’s a petition (yawn) on change.org. There is always a petition on change.org. Anti-Israel activists are asking that membership of the Israeli Football Association (IFA)in the FIFA be suspended. And there is a new website devoted to the evil spoil sport Israelis and the poor oppressed Palestinians who just want to have fun.
Check it out: Israeli Occupation Transgressions against Palestinian Sports
In it we learn that ”Palestinian Sports lost the following athletes during the Israeli Bombardment of Gaza”
This is the photo they choose to show you of Ayman Al-Kurd: National Team player.
And here’s the martyrdom announcement of Ayman Ahmed Al-Kurd
His blessed efforts for the path of jihad are emphasized and not his good sportmanship
Here’s the photo they show you of Wajeeh Mushtaha: Al-Shijayah Union Club player
Even B’ Tselem admits that 24 year-old resident of Gaza city was killed as he participated in hostilities as a member of the military wing of the Islamic Jihad.
And check out Emad Al-Najjar, Billiards Federation/player (Yes, apparently billards is a sport in Gaza)
And now check out Emad’s martyrdom announcement
Emad’s mom is Fatima Al-Najar is mentioned in his obituary, so you just know she’s someone special.
And yes, she is. She is reported to have been the oldest Palestinian suicide bomber to date, wounding 4 Israeli soldiers in a November 2006 attack.
Equally fascinating are photos of the Gaza sports facilities damaged in Cast Lead. (Does “just like the Warsaw ghetto” come to mind?)
These, of course, are the “before ” photos. After their use as launching pads for missiles targeting Israeli civilians, they looked quite different.
This silly little website declares:
Football, as one of the world’s foremost sports, is all about bringing people together, promoting ethics, and building bridges of friendship between nations, based upon the values of peace and fair competition
The actions of the athletes on this website had nothing to do with peace, or with building bridges or promoting ethics. These men were simply jihadists and thugs, who died participating in hostile actions against Israel.
The conference will have the usual obscene Israel-bashing that one would expect from the ASA,with speakers from Adalah-NY, Students for Justice in Palestine, and “Jewish Voice for Peace.”
Indeed, the entire conference seems to be made up to justify the unjustifiable boycott of Israel voted on by the ASA and condemned by hundreds of colleges and universities.
But Duggan’s comments in the Facebook page are more interesting than the conference itself, and reveals how Israel-bashers purposefully choose to live in an echo chamber of their own hate:
PLEASE DO NOT post or circulate the flyer. We are trying to avoid press, protestors and public attention. Feel free to share it with friends, colleagues and grad students though.
So protesting Israel-themed events is free speech (which peaceful, non-threatening and non-intimidating protests indeed are), but the idea of anyone protesting an Israel-bashing conference is awful and must be avoided at all costs!
Is this how the head of an academic association should be acting - as if she is ashamed of her viewpoints, only wanting to spout them to a handpicked audience of people with the same hate?
Well, sorry, Lisa. Your little conference is outed, and now you will have to worry that evil little Zionist spies will infiltrate, not to mention protest. You will be nervous that someone will secretly record the sessions and will post them to YouTube for the world to hear.
It is unclear whether this conference is officially sponsored by NYU itself. The registration webpage says all questions should go to NYU, implying that this is an official university event and not just part of the American Studies Program.
People might want to ask NYU about why they are seemingly sponsoring a conference that they want to keep secret from Zionists.
Waters also told Counterpunch that other artists don’t publicly echo his positions on the Israel-Palestinian conflict because they’re “afraid” of the oh-so-powerful Jewish lobby in the United States, especially in the music industry. Naturally, he doesn’t offer specific names or incidents to back up this tired claim, only the paranoid insistence that nameless friends are concerned for his life because of the stand he is taking.
The reason other artists don’t join Roger Waters in his cultural boycott is simple: He’s dead wrong. Israel is the only democratic country in the Middle East — and the only country that recognizes women’s rights, gay rights and equal rights for all minorities including Arabs and Christians. While many people in Israel may disagree with the Israeli government, Israelis (including Arab citizens) have the full right to speak out against their government and change it by voting out their elected representatives.
I don’t expect Waters to change his views — but I’m appalled that no one calls him out on his rancid hate.
I think the most eerie thing, the most disgraceful thing is to have people on the soil of Europe talking about the boycott of Jews.
I think that’s an outrage. The founders of the BDS movement make their goals perfectly clear. They want to see the end of the Jewish state. They’re quite explicit about it.
And I think it’s important that the boycotters must be exposed for what they are. They’re classical anti-Semites in modern garb.
|—||Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (via eretzyisrael)|
Code Pink’s new website, promoting its Woman’s delegation to Gaza was created using Wix Its a great choice with cloud-based web development , easy templates, and no coding required. It might be the first smart act we’ve seen from Code Pink in a long time.
They overlooked one crucial thing. Code Pink is one of the leaders of the BDS movement, and Wix is an Israeli company. Ooops. BDS fail
From its Wikipedia entry:
Wix was founded in 2006 by Avishai Abrahami, Nadav Abrahami and Giora Kaplan. The company, headquartered in Tel Aviv, with offices in San Francisco, New York City, Dnipropetrovsk, and Vilnius, is backed by investors Insight Venture Partners, Mangrove Capital Partners, Bessemer Venture Partners and Benchmark Capital.
It entered an open beta phase in 2007 using a platform based on Adobe Flash.
By April 2010 Wix had 3.5 million users and raised $10 million in Series C funding provided by Benchmark Capital and existing investors Bessemer Venture Partners and Mangrove Capital Partners.A year later, in March 2011, Wix had 8.5 million users and raised $40 million in Series D funding, bring its total funding to date to $61 million
If you do anything web-based, Israeli tech is hard to avoid. To avoid being a BDS hypocrite, you’re going to need to to live like this guy.
Good luck with that.
Deception #4: BDS is “ambivalent” about One State or Two States.
Well that is only true in a very literal sense. The BDS movement claims that they don’t care if there are Two States, BUT what they leave out is that those “Two States” would be Palestine and an Israel that featured a Palestinian majority ruled by Palestinians. Of course as everyone who has more brains than a sack of hammers knows, that means that Israel would cease to exist.
Can anyone seriously see a Palestinian majority in Israel retaining the Magen David as its flag, or keeping Hebrew as its official language, or celebrating Jewish holidays as its national holidays or maintaining the ever so important Law of Return for those that might suffer in the diaspora or being a State that supports and encourages Jewish Cultural Institutions. It would be nonsensical to believe that, but worse it’s an outright lie to maintain that this would indeed be the case.