Black Lives Matter Endorses BDS: Israel Is 'Apartheid State'

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    Aug 04, 2016 4:51 PM GMT
    Black Lives Matter Endorses BDS: Israel Is 'Apartheid State'

    Movement for Black Lives publishes first-ever platform, calling for 'an end to the war against Black people,' taking harsh stance on Israel.

    From Haaretz

    || The wide-ranging new platform of a coalition growing out of the Black Lives Matter movement includes harsh criticism of Israel, which it describes as an “apartheid state” that, it claims, perpetrates “genocide” against the Palestinian people, endorsing the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign.

    || Released Monday, the platform of the Movement for Black Lives calls for “an end to the war against Black people” and is the campaign’s first comprehensive document addressing specific federal policies.

    || Black Lives Matter Network is one of over 50 black-led organizations in the coalition.

    || While the majority of the document addresses issues other than Israel, the section on foreign policy, titled Invest-Divest, objects to U.S. military aid to Israel, which it describes as “a state that practices systematic discrimination and has maintained a military occupation of Palestine for decades.”

    || While the section addresses other foreign policy issues, particularly the movement’s objections to the drug war and the war on terror, it criticizes no foreign country other than Israel.

    || The section also argues that the U.S., because of its alliance with Israel, is “complicit in the genocide taking place against the Palestinian people.”

    || According to the platform, “Israel is an apartheid state with over 50 laws on the books that sanction discrimination against the Palestinian people.”

    || The platform claims Palestinian property is “routinely bulldozed to make way for illegal Israeli settlements” and that Israeli soldiers “regularly arrest and detain Palestinians as young as 4 years old without due process.”

    || “Everyday, Palestinians are forced to walk through military checkpoints along the U.S.-funded apartheid wall,” the platform adds, referring to the security barrier Israel erected in response to a wave of terrorist attacks committed by Palestinians from the West Bank.

    || The section expresses support for the BDS campaign against Israel, and credits Adalah-The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, as one of its “authors & contributors.”

    || Formed in response to growing outrage over the criminal justice system’s treatment of African Americans — particularly police violence against them — the Movement for Black Lives describes itself on its website as “a collective of more than 50 organizations representing thousands of Black people from across the country.”
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    Aug 06, 2016 3:28 AM GMT
    Pro-Israel Groups Smear the Movement for Black Lives for its Solidarity With Palestine

    Racial justice organizers say they won’t back down in the face of vicious attacks accusing them of "terrorist" sympathies.

    From Alternet

    || Pro-Israel media outlets and organizations are aggressively attacking the Movement for Black Lives (MBL) for releasing a bold policy platform declaring solidarity with Palestinians forced to endure a U.S.-backed occupation.

    || The MBL, which describes itself as “a collective of more than 50 organizations representing thousands of Black people from across the country,” was attacked just days after its release of 40 policy proposals. The new platform takes on a broad array of issues, including demands for reparations, economic justice and “a world where those of us most impacted in our communities control the laws, institutions and policies that are meant to serve us.” The MBL also tackles U.S. war and empire, calling for a cut in military expenditures, a halt to the militarization of Africa and a stop to the violence perpetrated by the War on Terror.

    || In identifying key problems, the platform highlights the special relationship between the U.S. and Israel:

    "The US justifies and advances the global war on terror via its alliance with Israel and is complicit in the genocide taking place against the Palestinian people. The US requires Israel to use 75 percent of all the military aid it receives to buy US-made arms. Consequently, every year billions of dollars are funneled from US taxpayers to hundreds of arms corporations, who then wage lobbying campaigns pushing for even more foreign military aid. The results of this policy are twofold: it not only diverts much needed funding from domestic education and social programs, but it makes US citizens complicit in the abuses committed by the Israeli government. Israel is an apartheid state with over 50 laws on the books that sanction discrimination against the Palestinian people. Palestinian homes and land are routinely bulldozed to make way for illegal Israeli settlements. Israeli soldiers also regularly arrest and detain Palestinians as young as 4 years old without due process. Everyday, Palestinians are forced to walk through military checkpoints along the US-funded apartheid wall."

    || MBL calls for federal government to "Build invest/divestment campaigns that ends US Aid to Israel’s military industrial complex and any government with human rights violations."

    || For many in the MBL network, this issue is personal, as movement leaders have organized numerous delegations in recent years to witness human rights abuses against Palestinians firsthand. “Traveling to Palestine, one of the biggest parallels I saw was the way that Palestinian people are criminalized for defending themselves against their oppressors, just like Black people fighting oppression in the U.S. are criminalized,” Rachel Gilmer, an organizer with the civil rights organization Dream Defenders, which helped create the MBL platform, told AlterNet. “The way Palestinians are labeled as ‘terrorists,’ Black people are labeled as ‘thugs.’”

    || But now, Gilmer and other Black organizers face a fierce backlash for taking this stand.

    || Just two days after MBL issued its platform, the the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of Boston released an outraged statement in which it declared, “we dissociate ourselves from the Black Lives Matter platform and those BLM organizations that embrace it.”

    “We are deeply dismayed by elements of this platform, specifically the co-opting and manipulation of a movement addressing concerns about racial disparities in criminal justice in the United States in order to advance a biased and false narrative about the Israeli/Palestinian conflict,” the organization said. “To conflate the experiences of African-Americans and Palestinians oversimplifies complex matters and advances false equivalencies that diminish the unique nature of each.”

    || The JCRC has a powerful pro-Israel lobbying arm and has aggressively backed legislation criminalizing Boycott, Divestment and Sanction of Israel across the United States. Its Boston chapter, which released the statement, has been targeted by protests for its unsuccessful efforts to pass anti-BDS legislation in Massachusetts.

    || In their statement, MBL called to “Fight the expanding number of Anti-BDS bills being passed in states around the country. This type of legislation not only harms the movement to end the Israeli occupation of Palestine, but is a threat to the constitutional right to free speech and protest.”

    || When asked about the Boston JCRC’s rebuke, Ciara Taylor of the Dream Defenders appeared to be unfazed. “Good,” said Taylor. “We’re living in a time right now when we need to know who our allies are. As a movement fighting for the liberation of Black people everywhere, it is important that we are not aligning ourselves with people obstructing resistance struggles anywhere.”

    || The Boston JCRC is not the only organization lashing out. T'ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights, which claims to “protect human rights in the United States, Canada, Israel, and the occupied territories,” also took a shot at the Black activists. The organization released a statement which declares, “While we agree with many of the policy recommendations, we are extremely dismayed at the decision to refer to the Israeli occupation as genocide.”

    || “However, the military occupation does not rise to the level of genocide—a term defined as “the intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group,” the group continued. “While we agree that the occupation violates the human rights of Palestinians, and has caused too many deaths, the Israeli government is not carrying out a plan intended to wipe out the Palestinians.”

    || Peter Beinart, a liberal Zionist author and pundit, echoed Truah's comments, tweeting, "[the Movement for Black Lives] has every right to criticize Israel. But 'genocide?' Bring solidarity. Don't bring stupid." (Beinart is fervently opposed to the tactic of BDS and once called "to divide the West Bank in three chunks" in an op-ed co-authored by pro-Israel super lawyer Alan Dershowitz).

    || In fact, growing numbers of global leaders and legal scholars have embraced the term “genocide” following Israel’s 51-day military assault on Gaza during the summer of 2014 that killed more than 2,100 residents and wounded over than 11,000. Among them is the late Michael Ratner, president emeritus of the Center for Constitutional Rights. Martin Shaw, a leading expert on genocide from Roehampton University, has argued that the campaign of ethnic cleansing waged in 1948 by the Zionist movement to establish the state of Israel did indeed fit the definition of genocide.

    || Influential figures in the Israeli government have openly called for genocide, among them Ayelet Shaked of the far-right HaBayit HaYehudi, appointed as Benjamin Netanyahu’s justice minister last May. During the summer of 2014, Shaked called for the destruction of Gaza, “including its elderly and its women, its cities and its villages, its property and its infrastructure.” As a deputy speaker of the Knesset, the Likud Party’s Moshe Feiglin released a plan in 2014 for the flattening of Gaza with “no consideration for ‘human shields’ or ‘environmental damage.’” For his part, Netanyahu has openly referred to the 20 percent of Israel residents who are Palestinian as a demographic threat and called for policies to prevent "demographic spillover" from the West Bank.

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    || “Genocide refers to the eradication of a specific group of people,” said Taylor of the Dream Defenders. “We wanted to be very clear about how the U.S. government is contributing to the eradication of a certain group of people.”

    || The right-wing pro-Israel press has published a series of breathless tirades about the policy platform. In the Times of Israel, reporter Eric Cortellessa suggested that MBL and its supporters had joined up with "terrorist" organizations like Hamas.

    || The latest flood of attacks follows a July 18 blog post from the shadowy website known as Canary Mission, which vilifies and defames U.S.-based students, academics, and activists who campaign for Palestinian human rights—and seeks to damage their future career opportunities. In the post, the website implied that Black activists are being manipulated by a BDS movement that has “moved to harness and leverage Black anger — hijacking the shooting to fraudulently mischaracterize Israel’s Operation Protective Edge in Gaza as racially motivated.”

    || According to Ramah Kudaimi, director of grassroots organizing for the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, the crescendo of condemnations “exposes the true side of what it means to be pro-Israel. For so long, pro-Israel groups have claimed that they are concerned with human rights. There are a lot of mainstream pro-Israel groups that talk about anti-police brutality and say, of course, we support the rights of Black people in this country. The moment these Black activists say they also support the rights of Palestinians, the response is, ‘we will dictate how your struggle will be fought.’”

    || "It is very courageous of Black Lives Matter to take this position at this time, when they are already facing heat from white supremacist movements, Donald Trump and the Democrats doing everything they can do delegitimize Black Lives Matter,” Samia Assed, a Palestinian-American activist and president of the Coordinating Council of the Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice, told AlterNet. “Palestinians have been vilified over and over, even though they are the victims. For the Movement for Black Lives to have this bold statement says that we will not stand for selective oppressions, we are going to stand with a human rights agenda no matter where it is.”

    || The latest outpouring of solidarity stems from a long history and was revitalized by the Black Lives Matter movement. In 2015, nearly 50 Black-led organizations signed a statement in solidarity with Palestinians, proclaiming, “While we acknowledge that the apartheid configuration in Israel/Palestine is unique from the United States (and South Africa), we continue to see connections between the situation of Palestinians and Black people.”

    || Palestinian civil society organizations and activists have sent letters of solidarity to Black Lives Matter organizers in Ferguson, New York and Baltimore. During the height of the Ferguson uprisings, Palestinians took to social media to offer support and advice about how to deal withstand tear gassings. Palestinians have sent delegations meet with Black organizers in the United States, and Black organizations have done the same.

    || A Pew poll conducted in the midst of Israel’s 2014 attack on Gaza found that Blacks and Latinos were far more likely to hold Israel responsible for the violence than their white counterparts.

    || Despite the backlash they face, MBL is showing no signs of backing down. Dream Defenders organizer Jonel Edwards told AlterNet, “At the end of the day, we are in the belly of the beast of the empire, and much of what is happening in Palestine is due to large amounts of money from U.S. aid to Israel. We can’t ignore that.”
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    Aug 07, 2016 2:36 PM GMT
    While the apartheid analogy was once confined to the margins of respectable opinion, eliciting hysterical denunciations, the lengthy roster of those now invoking it in the context of the Israeli occupation includes:

    • Former Israeli Attorney General Michael Ben-Yair
    • Former (now deceased) Israeli Ministers of Education Shulamit AlonI and Yossi Sarid
    • Former Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem (and leading historian) Meron Benvenisti
    • Former Israeli Ambassador to South Africa Amon Liel
    • Veteran Israeli journalist and Middle East history professor Danny Rubinstein
    • South African Archbishop and Nobel Laureate for Peace Desmond Tutu
    • "Father" of human rights law in South Africa John Dugard
    • Leading Israeli human rights organization B'Tselem
    • The Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI)
    • The Haaretz editorial board

    Also warranting a place on the list might be the closest American approximation to a liberal President in 250 years, Jimmy Carter - an early supporter of gay rights in the US, and incidentally the only holder of the office to have achieved a successful and lasting peace accord between Arabs and Israelis in the Middle East (or, for that matter, to have carved out for himself a meaningful and relevant post-presidential career - admittedly not a high bar).

    The absurdity of the attack on those making the comparison becomes even clearer when it is remembered that former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon himself was obsessed with the apartheid model and reportedly opined:

    "The Bantustan model was the most appropriate solution to the conflict."

    A few years ago, a fact-finding committee of the Human Sciences Research Council of South Africa concluded, among other things, that the "three pillars of apartheid in South Africa" are all implemented by Israel in the Palestinian Territories:

    • Distinguishing groups of people along racial lines and allocating superior rights, privileges, resources and services to the dominant one

    • Dividing people into distinct geographic regions and restricting their mobility

    • Quelling any and all dissent against the regime by means of censorship, banning, torture, administrative detention and assassination

    No surprise then that the South African government, the two leading national student unions, and the Congress of South African Trade Unionists among others, both regularly level the charge of apartheid against Israel, or that the movement to establish an academic boycott of Israel (arguably the most contentious plank of the BDS platform) was born in South Africa following the meeting of the first Durban World Conference against Racism 15 years ago.

    The most prominent Jewish heroes of the anti-Apartheid struggle in South Africa (those that did not collaborate with the regime as assimilated "whites") were Joe Slovo, Ronnie Kasrils, Denis Goldberg, Ruth First, Albie Sachs and Ben Turok. The first five all provided food and lodgings to international solidarity activists like George Galloway working undercover in South Africa at the time of minority rule, and all are (or were, in the case of the late Joe Slovo and Ruth First) united in condemning the Israeli occupation of Palestine as apartheid or worse than apartheid.

    Lest any of them be derided as only being relatable to their own experience, it will be remembered that all of them visited Palestine multiple times, as have black ANC politicians, and held meetings there with both Palestinian and Israeli delegations.

    * Next up: ruminations on the close alliance forged between Israeli "doves" (leading lights of the Zionist Labour movement) and fellow "democracy" Apartheid South Africa, resulting in Israel being the chief armorer of the Apartheid regime through the years of its worst atrocities, and the very last country to withdraw recognition before liberation under Nelson Mandela.
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    Aug 08, 2016 12:54 AM GMT
    Dr. Shekel and Mr. Apartheid

    From their earliest days as settlers in Palestine, Jews referred to the native population as "niggers"(kushim). Israeli President and respected Labour Party dove Chaim Herzog, later to lecture a skeptical world on the non-racism of Zionist ideology, called Arabs "niggers". Ezer Weizmann, another former President and respected Labour dove, liked to attribute Israeli victories in war against the Arabs to the fact that the "blacks" did not know which end of a rifle to hold or how to fly a plane.

    To get an idea of the omnipresent poison on this issue, consider that the Director General of the Israel Broadcasting Authority (radio and television) at the time of the alliance with apartheid was "a long-time admirer of South Africa and a frequent visitor there", even writing articles "with citations of research proving the genetic inferiority of blacks."

    Not just right-wing and centrist media but the journal of Mapam (the left-wing of the Labour Alignment governments) published openly racist articles citing "research" to back up the claim that "blacks" (including Arabs) are inferior in "complex and cognitive intelligence" to whites. The same journal devoted whole pages to racist idiocies tracing genetic differences between Jews and Gentiles to Abraham, and explaining the alleged cultural ascendence of America over Europe in terms of the change in the proportion of the Jewish populations.
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    Aug 08, 2016 11:59 PM GMT
    Black Lives Matter will defeat the Israel lobby (because the lobby can’t debate reality)

    From Mondoweiss

    || Read the Anti-Defamation League‘s statement twisting and turning on Black Lives Matter, because Black Lives Matter called Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians “genocide,” and you are reading the obituary of the Israel lobby.

    || The ADL’s big lie is that they care about other “minorities.” That’s the only thing that can keep the organization alive in the 21st century. “To woo millennials to the ADL, [director Jonathan] Greenblatt wants to stress the group’s work among other minority communities, which has long been a part of its agenda,” says the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.

    || And in Greenblatt’s statement about Black Lives Matter’s new platform, look how he is FORCED to go on about their common struggle, one minority comrade to another:

    "[T]he Platform is bold and provocative in its demands. It pointedly rejects many racial equality approaches tried over the past four decades. Instead, the document proposes a transformational policy frame for many ideas that previously have been articulated by activists, scholars and writers…

    "We do not agree with many of the specific demands of the Platform, but the document appropriately highlights the need to address mass incarceration and a wide range of racial inequities and socio-economic issues facing African Americans today. Beyond hand-wringing and soul-searching, the Platform proposes a number of specific legal, administrative, and legislative remedies to address identified challenges.

    "We appreciate these points because the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is deeply committed to addressing many of these issues, too.

    || Nothing about Jews, it’s all about black lives mattering. Greenblatt can’t give away the game: that what the ADL is really of course only about is the Jews. If he goes ballistic over one little part of this platform trying to help all the downtrodden he will be exposed. So he has to keep up the charade as long as he can.

    || It’s not till paragraph five that Greenblatt can part company with BLM.

    "But would-be allies in the struggle for civil and human rights along with justice and fair treatment cannot ignore the Platform’s false and blatantly one-sided position on US-Israel relations and Israeli-Palestinian issues. We categorically reject the document’s criticism of the United States and Israel as being “complicit in the genocide taking place against the Palestinian people.” The Jewish community knows too much about genocide.

    "Whatever one’s position on the relationship between Israel, its Palestinian citizens, and the residents in the West Bank and Gaza, it’s repellent and completely inaccurate to label Israel’s policy as “genocide.”"

    || Repellent is as strong as it gets, and it’s buried in the article. Now remember the utter condescension Greenblatt showed to Rep. Hank Johnson, who said far tamer things about Israel during the Democratic convention. Greenblatt on Johnson’s innocent “termites” remark:

    "[Our first tweet on the comment] did not go far enough in con­demn­ing him.

    "So I wanted to take the oppor­tu­nity now to put this issue into full con­text, to explain why the remarks were so offen­sive both to Israelis and Jews across the polit­i­cal spec­trum and to elu­ci­date what elected offi­cials must do in such instances to assure the pub­lic that they do not sup­port the kind of anti-Semitic notions the remark sug­gested for so many.

    "First, to the remarks them­selves: As I myself tweeted, there’s absolutely no doubt that Rep. Johnson’s com­ments were both irre­spon­si­ble and rep­re­hen­si­ble, par­tic­u­larly because they played into tra­di­tional anti-Semitic canards. The image of “ter­mites” being used to describe Jews has sor­did con­no­ta­tions."

    || Nothing like that with BLM. Notice the tone of Greenblatt’s piece. No reprehensible or sordid or anti-Semitic. Quite civil on the part of the ADL, considering this BLM organization just claimed Israel is “committing Genocide”!

    || Why? Because BLM can’t be bullied. BLM isn’t in the Congress, BLM isn’t a thinktank or a nonprofit or a news organization with a big budget. BLM can’t be bought, and now it’s too late to start to try to marginalize them.

    || And they’re not going away. This is not the first encounter, but it is the beginning. Because I promise you that BLM is not going to be “precise” with every word when talking about Israel, as Walt and Mearsheimer, Andrew Sullivan, Chris Matthews are. And that will lead to public discussions.

    || No one is publicizing what is going on in Israel like BLM is going to do. And a big fight between ADL and BLM will just be very bad PR.

    || So what’s left? Greenblatt has to plead with BLM not to use such such over the top words.

    "So let’s work to keep our eyes on the prize…

    "The vital issues of racial justice we are confronting now — and the need to directly combat extremism, hate violence, immigrant bashing, and stereotyping — require sustained commitments. They necessitate a disciplined, relentless focus. They demand clear-headed, fact based approaches.

    "We cannot walk away. We cannot be distracted or dispirited. Those of us committed to justice cannot afford to stray from addressing the very real injustices facing our communities.

    || The only problem with this is– what happens when the next video of an Israeli medic murdering a Palestinian lying on the ground comes out of the occupied territories? Or the next video of an Israeli soldier throwing a Palestinian child’s bicycle in bushes after another soldier has bullied the girl?

    || Well, Black Lives Matter is not going to use careful and precise language, and nor should it. Black Lives Matter has taken on the conflict directly, and when Jeffrey Goldberg et al go after BLM the fight will be in the open, and Israel’s action will be in the spotlight. And the last thing Jeffrey Goldberg or the rest of the lobby need is a public debate with BLM.

    || Why do you think Goldberg let Gideon Levy get the last word with his column, “The Dangerous Fantasies of Jeffrey Goldberg”? When is the last time Jeffrey the bully ever let an attack go unanswered? He let this drop because Goldberg does not debate reality. And he knows very well that a public spat, which is what would have happened if he responded to Gideon Levy, would be a disaster for Goldberg. People would start talking about his false reports that helped get the United States into the Iraq war. He cannot win a debate over the occupation with Levy.

    || And it’s the same thing with BLM. Do you think the BLM people will publish a 10,000-word article in the Nation explaining why they’re not anti-Semitic after Goldberg accuses them of anti- semitism? No way. They will tell him, “Go away, you racist entitled warmongering prick.” “Israel is a colonial racist state committing Genocide against the Palestinians.”

    || Goldberg will be left to make fun of their lack of commas on twitter, or some other trivial matter, as he did when Levy dissected him in the eyes of the world.

    || The truth is, Israel can’t survive the truth. Israel is in the position it is in because of totally censoring and ostracizing critics, and creating so much of Nate Silver’s “noise” that the “signal” is lost in the eyes of the world. What their echo chamber is great at is pumping out bullshit to bury the “reality.” Jimmy Carter used the word apartheid when there isn’t an ex Israeli PM alive who doesn’t use the word Apartheid when discussing Israel’s future. But that didn’t help Carter. He was shamed by Wolf Blitzer and Terry Gross and pushed out of the Democratic convention.

    [Continued below]
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    Aug 09, 2016 12:01 AM GMT
    || Black Lives Matter is not in Jimmy Carter’s establishment position. BLM knows how to read the whole Israel situation. They see reality and what these Jewish tribalists are trying to do. They see Hillary Clinton in the pocket of Haim Saban (“I am a one issue guy and that issue is Israel”), they see Clinton promising him to work against Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS); and they know what to do: they endorse BDS.

    || Jonathan Greenblatt is going to have a hard time convincing BLM that standing by Israel is part of the worldwide fight for social justice. It would go a long way to convince BLM if the ADL would just show the least bit of interest or empathy, for the lot of the Palestinian people. That won’t be happening on Mr. Greenblatt’s watch.
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    Aug 09, 2016 12:27 AM GMT
    The United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, describes the crime thus:

    "[G]enocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such:
    (a) Killing members of the group;
    (b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;
    (c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;
    (d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;
    (e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group."

    While I personally prefer to use the more modern term "ethnocide" to describe Israeli actions, just to avoid misconceptions, Israel is definitely guilty of at least the first three of the five examples listed - "any", not "all" of which suffice for the application of the term 'genocide', and which involve the intent to "destroy an ethnic, racial, or religious group" not necessarily "in whole", but "in part".

    The ethnic cleansing of half the Palestinian population in 1948, the longstanding attempts to force their assimilation into Jordan and Lebanon, and the current policies in Gaza (home to 1.9 million Palestinians, and forecast to be in uninhabitable by 2020 according to a UN report last year), certainly appear to qualify.
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    Aug 10, 2016 1:23 PM GMT
    An overly generous assessment by Jimmy Carter:

    || Apartheid is a word that is an accurate description of what has been going on in the West Bank, and it's based on the desire or avarice of a minority of Israelis for Palestinian land

    He goes on to explain that:

    || This is a word that's a very accurate description of the forced separation within the West Bank of Israelis from Palestinians and the total domination and oppression of Palestinians by the dominant Israeli military.
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    Aug 10, 2016 1:56 PM GMT
    Useful links on the status of non-Jews (Palestinians) within the Jewish State itself:

    Second-class citizens in their own country

    Not All Israeli Citizens Are Equal
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    Aug 11, 2016 9:58 AM GMT

    I just love them

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    Aug 11, 2016 10:33 AM GMT
    The ethnic cleansing of Africans in Israel
    Israeli maternity wards segregate Jewish, Arab mothers
    Green Party presidential candidate Stein: End military aid to 'apartheid' Israel
    Lower Galilee Council Zionist "I don't want Arab in our pools"
    No Ethiopians wanted’ job ad sparks outrage
    Israel poised to raze Bedouin village so Jews can take land
    Superland Amusement Park to Reconsider Arab-Jewish Segregation Policy
    Poll: Half of Israeli Jews would not live in apartment building with Arabs

    In 1973, Palestinian Christian village Iqrit in "Israel" where Palestinians (Israeli Arabs) are not allowed to live there or return.

    Demo by the 1948 displaced people of the villages of Ikrit and Bir'am
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    Aug 12, 2016 1:24 AM GMT
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    Aug 12, 2016 1:22 PM GMT
    The only authentic liberal in the race

    Green Party presidential candidate Stein: End military aid to 'apartheid' Israel

    || US Green Party presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein says she would end all military aid to Israel and has recently called the Israeli government "very oppressive."

    || In an interview with Newsweek published Friday, Stein said that as an American Jew she has a relationship with Israel, but called that relationship "ethical" and blasted right-wing donors such as Sheldon Adelson who "contributes a huge amount of money to [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu." She said that if she were an Israeli citizen she would be "up in arms about it."

    || When asked about military aid to Israel, Stein responded she would end all military funding, adding that, "This would be decisively against our common values, to support apartheid, to support home demolitions, to support occupation, to support violations of international law."

    || As the Green Party candidate in 2012, Stein appeared on ballots in 36 states and received 469,000 votes, or some 0.36 percent of the ballots cast.

    || Stein ran unsuccessfully for governor of Massachusetts in 2002 and 2010.

    || Before entering politics, Stein, a graduate of Harvard Medical School, was a practicing physician for 25 years.

    || In line with the Green Party platform, Stein supports the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel, or BDS. She places Israel in the company of non-democratic American allies Saudi Arabia and Egypt. In tweets, she has accused Israel of “the pillage of Palestine” and written that Israel’s “war crimes & human rights violations are off the charts.”

    || Stein needs to garner 15 percent support in election polls to be invited to participate in the presidential debates. She currently is polling at about 5 percent.
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    Aug 29, 2016 4:10 AM GMT
    Beyoncé joined by mothers of Black Lives Matter victims on red carpet

    || Beyoncé, party of 13!

    || The "Lemonade" singer not only hit the red carpet with daughter Blue Ivy in tow, but her entourage included several "mothers of the movement" and other women who appeared in some capacity on her visual album.

    || Notching 11 nominations for videos from her incendiary 2016 release, Bey, clad in a fluttery Francesco Scognamiglio confection, was flanked by the mothers of police violence victims Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Oscar Grant, and Trayvon Martin. The women fostered the Black Lives Matter movement and several of them appeared in Bey's video "Freedom" holding portraits of their deceased kin.

    || Musicians Chloe x Halle, model Winnie Harlow, actress Quvenzhané Wallis and a few others also joined the superstar.
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    Aug 29, 2016 7:21 AM GMT
    Israel is guilty of genocide.
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    Aug 30, 2016 10:17 AM GMT
    Thank you Portugal!

    Portugal withdraws from project with Israeli police after BDS pressure

    Thank you Canada!

    The Green Party of Canada has adopted a policy of boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel into its official platform after a hard-fought resolution successfully passed at the party’s annual convention over the weekend.

    That is an interesting article: We’re American Jewish Historians. This Is Why We’ve Left Zionism Behind

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    Aug 30, 2016 12:13 PM GMT
    WIth what Isreal is getting away with, it confirmes my taught, that if Hitler declared that Mein Kompf was a Bible, and that the SS was a religion, everything would of been Hunky Dory. It would of been nothing more than a religious war. Now the Jews commit genocide.
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    Sep 07, 2016 4:26 PM GMT
    Black Lives Matter protesters close London City Airport runway
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    Sep 08, 2016 3:17 PM GMT
    Black Lives Matter and Palestine: A historic alliance

    A new generation of civil rights uprising has now picked up where the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s left off.

    From Al Jazeera

    || Two significant public events came together in late August to turn this season of morbid political despair in the United States presidential election to highlight a far more significant social movement otherwise hidden to the outside world.

    || One was when the American football team San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick refused to stand for the national anthem before games because he said the US oppresses African-Americans and other minorities.

    || The other was when the widely popular pop singer Beyonce brought a few mothers of police violence victims to MTV Video Music Award ceremonies.

    || These two public events are predicated on a much deeper and more enduring development in the US known as Black Lives Matter (BLM), a grassroots civil rights movement that originated in the African-American community campaigning against systematic violence and racism towards black people.

    || BLM began in 2013, after the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of African-American teenager Trayvon Martin, and increasingly assumed national significance following the 2014 deaths of two African Americans: Michael Brown in Ferguson and Eric Garner in New York.

    Palestine as a fact and a phenomenon

    || Now in a magnificent manifesto published on August 1, the Movement for Black Lives (M4BL), a coalition of more than 60 organisations, has pushed the BLM movement forward and issued a comprehensive programme of action, which consists of "six demands aimed at ending all forms of violence and injustice endured by black people; redirecting resources from prisons and the military to education, health, and safety; creating a just, democratically controlled economy; and securing black political power within a genuinely inclusive democracy. Backing the demands are 40 separate proposals and 34 policy briefs, replete with data, context, and legislative recommendations."

    || Among the declarations of M4BL is the most unambiguous position of the movement on the question of Palestinian national liberation, denouncing the US government for its unconditional support for the Israeli settler colony.

    || "The US justifies and advances the global war on terror," the document declared, "via its alliance with Israel and is complicit in the genocide taking place against the Palestinian people."

    || In an equally significant statement, the manifesto declared its support for the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement and condemned the Zionist-led campaign against it.

    || "Fight the expanding number of Anti-BDS bills being passed in states around the country. This type of legislation not only harms the movement to end the Israeli occupation of Palestine, but is a threat to the constitutional right to free speech and protest."

    The Zionist rage

    || Needless to say such a bold, brave, and unequivocal declaration in solidarity with the Palestinian cause by a robust national movement in the US has robbed the Zionists the wrong way.

    || At home in their settler colony in Israel or else commuting to their imperial habitat in the US, they are now furious with this statement and have launched a concerted assault on it to make it "controversial".

    || Making this aspect of the M4BL declaration "controversial", and thus by extension the whole movement "controversial" is the key strategy now launched by Zionists to discredit their entire project.

    || In other words, the M4BL must either embrace the Zionist colonisation of Palestine as all good and dandy or else it is "controversial" and must be discredited. This is how self-delusional these Zionists are.

    || There is, however, absolutely nothing controversial about calling the settler colony for the racist apartheid state that it is, nothing controversial to call the systemic annihilation of Palestinians a genocide, and nothing controversial about joining the global solidarity movement of BDS.

    || If anything, progressive forces now gathered around this noble movement for the dignity of black lives and beyond are in fact late in joining the rest of the civilised world denouncing the systemic violence at the core of the Israeli settler colony.

    A game changer

    || By fabricating this non-existent "controversy" about this historic document, the Zionists are also muddying the water to pollute a global recognition of its world historic significance.

    || The most significant civil rights movement of the 21st century in the US has solidly sided with the Palestinian national liberation, denounced the Israeli killings of Palestinians, endorsed the non-violent civil disobedience of BDS, and with the stroke of one historic manifesto rendered the entire Israeli propaganda machinery obsolete.

    || This is the fact that the Israeli propaganda network cannot fathom or "allow" to happen, for they think they own the US.

    || Historically, there has been an ideological division of labour between hardcore Zionists who are violently engaged in stealing Palestine and slaughtering Palestinians, while their liberal contingency has offered a false caring image vis-a-vis progressive movements in the US. That sham is no longer working.

    || A courageous, principled, and globally informed, generation of civil rights uprising has now picked up where the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s left behind.

    || Among the ranks of this generation are liberated post-Zionist Jews shoulder to shoulder with a younger generation of Muslim immigrants who denounce Islamist violence, Christians who oppose the US' Christian imperialism, and equally principled people who no longer identify with any religion at all.

    || Rooted in the black suffering in the US but reaching out far and wide into the larger communities and countries around the globe the M4BL can no longer be racially profiled or subjected to propaganda and disinformation.

    || The Israeli propaganda machinery has successfully convinced itself and its Zionist supporters worldwide that any Palestinians who resist the colonisation and theft of their homeland are "terrorists" precisely on the blueprint that today white supremacist racists in the US are outraged against the M4BL movement.

    || The historic solidarity between these two movements is all but inevitable, and its leaders are not the corrupt US politicians that AIPAC can buy and recruit to support one of the most vicious legacies of European colonialism, now sustained by US militarism, in the heart of the Arab and Muslim world.
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    Sep 12, 2016 1:56 AM GMT
    Who is Kenneth Meshoe? He is the leader of the Christian Democrats in South Africa, a right-wing anti-gay party with a similar ideology to the "Tea Party" in the United States. It was the only party to reject Nelson Mandela's South African constitution in 1994, because it protected gay and women's rights, and generally scores around 1-2% of the vote in national elections.

    What does it say for Israel that while Palestine can claim Mandela, Tutu and the ANC for its cause, the best Israel can do in South Africa is Kenneth Meshoe?
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    Sep 13, 2016 2:05 AM GMT
    Dozens of Spanish Cities Declare Themselves "Free of Israeli Apartheid"

    Madrid, Seville, Córdoba, Montserrat, Gijón, Santiago de Compostela, Málaga, Ibiza!
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    Sep 15, 2016 2:25 AM GMT
    Informative article from earlier this year in The Guardian, detailing the misconceptions and failed criticisms surrounding the apartheid analogy:

    Calling Israel's occupation of Palestine apartheid isn't lazy or inflammatory – it's based on fact
    As well as having the support of South Africans who fought against apartheid, the situation conforms to its definition under international law

    || This week I have participated in events organised as part of Israeli Apartheid Week, which every year “aims to raise awareness about Israel’s ongoing settler-colonial project and apartheid policies over the Palestinian people”.

    || For some, talk of Israeli “apartheid” may seem like just another buzzword used by activists. Others see it as unhelpful, lazy, inflammatory, or even antisemitic.

    || But what are we really saying when we talk about Israeli apartheid?

    || First, and crucially, it is not about a precise analogy with the apartheid South Africa regime. Although it is true that prominent veterans of the anti-apartheid struggle have invoked the comparison. In 2002, for example, Desmond Tutu said a trip to Palestine had reminded him “so much of what happened to us black people in South Africa.” And in 2009 Tutu also endorsed a book I had written called Israeli Apartheid: A Beginner’s Guide.

    || There is a rich discussion to be had about what happened in South Africa and what is happening in Israel and Palestine. But this comparison is not how one ultimately tests whether to speak of Israeli apartheid is accurate or appropriate.

    || That is because apartheid is a crime in international law, independent of what took place in South Africa. The 1977 Additional Protocol I of the Geneva Conventions of 1949, for example, lists apartheid as a “grave breach”, and one “without any geographical limitation”.

    || Apartheid is also listed as a “crime against humanity” in the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, adopted in 1998 – four years after the formal end of apartheid in South Africa.

    || The Rome Statute defines apartheid as “inhumane acts…committed in the context of an institutionalised regime of systematic oppression and domination by one racial group over any other racial group or groups and committed with the intention of maintaining that regime.”

    || Do Israeli laws and practices match this definition? In the words of the US State Department, Palestinian citizens face “institutional and societal discrimination”. This affects areas such as immigration and family life, land and housing.

    || There is no legal guarantee of equality, and human rights defenders have identified more than 50 discriminatory laws.

    || In the West Bank, the Israeli state has created and established a network of illegal settlements whose residents – citizens of Israel – live among Palestinians subject to military law. While settlements expand, Palestinian homes are demolished.

    || Recently, in the words of Israeli human rights NGO B’Tselem, Israeli authorities have “stepped up efforts to expel Palestinian communities from vast areas in the West Bank” – this is ethnic cleansing. From January 1 to February 15 of this year, according to United Nations data, Israeli forces destroyed or confiscated 283 Palestinian homes and other structures, displacing 404.

    || As a senior UN official explained, while most of these demolitions “take place on the spurious legal grounds that Palestinians do not possess building permits”, Israeli figures themselves show that “only 1.5 per cent of Palestinian permit applications are approved in any case”.

    || Amnesty International has described the “formal denial of participation in planning for an entire population, coupled with the establishment of a parallel planning system for Israeli settlements that explicitly discriminates in favour of another population whose very presence living in the territory in question violates international law” as “unique globally”.

    || In the Gaza Strip, Palestinians continue to suffer under an Israeli blockade that constitutes illegal collective punishment. When Israel is not conducting horrific large-scale attacks on the fenced-in territory, there are routine attacks on Palestinian farmers and fishermen.

    || The majority of Palestinians in Gaza are actually refugees, whose lands are often a few miles away inside Israel’s pre-1967 territory. It is a reminder of the fact that Israel’s "Jewish majority" was only established by the expulsion of Palestinians, and is maintained by their continued exclusion.

    || This is just a sample – but the key point here is that Israel’s crimes are not “aberrations”. They are not the actions of some gung-ho generals or of one particularly right-wing government. We are talking here about core legislation, and policies maintained by the state over decades.

    || We are talking about then, as the Rome Statute puts it, “inhumane acts…committed in the context of an institutionalised regime.” This is why the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination has urged Israel to “eradicate” all practices that violate the prohibition of “racial segregation and apartheid.”

    || To dismiss all of this because Israel “is not the same as South Africa” is to miss the point, in the same way that to whitewash systematic discrimination simply because there is an “Arab” on Israel’s Supreme Court (the only one from 66 justices past and present) is cheap tokenism.

    || The facts are clear. It is Israeli apartheid that should cause offence – not campaigns (or boycotts) in support of the Palestinians’ basic rights.
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    Sep 16, 2016 2:31 AM GMT
    In another thread, a well-known propagandist spouts:

    mwolverine> Just as homophobes confuse silly soundbites and empty slogans for arguments (e.g. "Perverts", "Child Molesters", "Unnatural", "Sodomites"), so too do Jew-haters engage in endless labels and vapid rhetoric. Aside from "occupation", one of their favorites is "Apartheid" [emphasis in original]

    That's right, he's accusing Desmond Tutu, the African National Congress, Black Lives Matter, and the Haaretz editorial board, among others, of "Jew-hatred".

    Does anyone take this accusation remotely seriously?

    Maybe he might defend it, along with his claim that the Israeli High (Supreme) Court engages in "endless labels and vapid rhetoric"?

    I'd also like his reaction to Nelson Mandela's statement that Yasser Arafat was his "comrade in arms" in the battle against "colonialism", which he deplored in Israel-Palestine as much as he did in South Africa?
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    Sep 16, 2016 6:00 AM GMT
    At least in Palestine, they understand how life is under brutal occupation. Nelson Mandela statue in Ramallah Palestine was gifted from South Africa.