The moral reasons for the BDS of Israel

Though this paper: BDS A Global Movement for Freedom and Justice, is 6 years old, it is still very pertinent today.  Especially as some Countries and Cities are trying to outlaw, something that is totally legitimate and is morally correct.

One of the recommendations of the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement, mentioned in this paper;

Applying public pressure to ostracize the Jewish National Fund (JNF) and deny it its current legal status in most western countries as a tax exempt, charitable organization;

Jewish members of the UK’s Green Party‘s on several occasions, tried to put forward a motion  to the party’s conference.  Calling on the Green Party, to call on the Charity Commission, to withdraw charitable status from the Jewish National Fund.  These motion were side-tracked and finally voted down, by a party claiming to stand for ‘equality and fairness’.

Another recommendation, which is extremely pertinent, in today’s environment;

Lobbying local councils and regional governments to strictly apply domestic and international laws which urge them to preclude from public contracts companies that are involved in “grave misconduct,” especially at the human rights level;

Labour controlled Manchester City Council, especially its leader, Richard Leese, have tried to stigmatise the BDS.  Trying to equate the BDS movement to anti-Semitism, despite the fact Palestinians are Semites.  Judaism is a religion, not a race!  And recently we have New York City producing a blacklist, of those they believe are boycotting the State of Israel.  Which is of course against the USA Constitution?

At the end of the day, those who are morally right, those who support Palestinians rights, will win in the end.

No job no house begins 7 November

The UK definitely has gone backwards and is now in The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists days.  With the Labour Party being no different than the present Conservative Government.  Which is what happens in an undemocratic FPTP (First-Past-the Post) electoral system.  A two-party state, with the two parties being almost identical!  Also, the present situation in the UK, shows that capitalism does not work, wealth does not trickle down.  Consumerism, part of the capitalist agenda, also increases inequality and accelerates depletion of finite resources and climate change.

The overall benefit cap level reduces by £115 per week from November and means no job no house.  That is not scaremongering or exaggeration it is simple fact. As well as mass eviction of existing t…

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Smearing BDS Supporters

The harder the Israelis try to stifle criticism and condemnation of its war crimes. Palestinians and their supporters will not be silenced, by foul lies and accusations thrown at them. The TRUTH is might, not might the truth!

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[Prefatory Note: An earlier version of this post was published with the title, “The Palestinian Struggle for Self-Determination: A New Phase?” in Middle East Eye, June 26, 2016. This version stresses the misappropriation of anti-Semitism as a propaganda weapon to smear pro-Palestinian activists, especially those supportive of the BDS Campaign. It also clarifies the issues of representation by explaining the formal differences between the PLO and PA, which do not seem presently consequential in my understanding; I am indebted to Uri Davis for bringing the distinction to my attention although he may not agree with my way of handling it.]

 

End of the Road?

 

There are many reasons to consider the Palestinian struggle for self-determination a lost cause. Israel exerts unchallenged paramilitary control over the Palestinian people, a political reality accentuated periodically by brutal attacks on Gaza causing massive civilian casualties and societal dislocation…

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The expulsion of the Palestinians re-examined -Le Monde diplomatique

Nakba detailed maps including Refugees statistics. /* Excerpt from a 1997 article putting to rest once and for all the #hasbara MYTH of the Palestinian leaving voluntarily following calls from R…

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PIP – Permanently Irritation Persecution?

Whilst our mainstream media continue with the media circus about the USA presidential nominations, the referendum on EU membership and the false allegations of anti-Semitism against those who support the Palestinians rights.  Concerns have been raised by landlords, that those on Universal Credit, are in rent arrears?  Which will come as no surprise, to any one with any commosense!

We still have a Government still hounding the least able in society.  Whilst the rich get away with false expenses applications and avoiding tax.  Money is wasted hounding the poorest in society, instead of assisting them and making their lives more worthwhile.  A society which sits-by and allows the persecution and ridicule of the poor and meek, is not worthy of calling itself civilised!

Recent experience leads me to ask the question what does is PIP – Personal Independence Payment OR Permanently Irritation Persecution? In February  I wrote about how following the DWP rules r…

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Repost: “Final Barton Moss trial ends with not guilty verdicts”

The UK Government’s pursuit of unconventional sources of fossil-fuels and new nuclear, at any costs. Shows clearly, that the Government is not serious about tackling the serious and urgent issue of climate change and climate justice. Using the Police as shock-troops against peaceful protesters, the Government shows, it is only concerned with the interests of corporations. It also highlights what an utter farce COP21 Paris was, as a number of signatories to the agreement, are still pursuing a fossil-fuel powered future! And, lets not forget, the police also, committed acts of environmental vandalism by chopping down trees, they thought, might be used by the protesters! As well as other acts of vandalism by the police and contractor for iGas.

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Via the excellent “Salford Star

FINAL BARTON MOSS TRIAL ENDS WITH NOT GUILTY VERDICTS

Star date: 27th April 2016

CALLS FOR PUBLIC INQUIRY AS FINAL THREE BARTON MOSS CHARGES QUASHED

After hundreds of charges brought by the Crown in relation to the Barton Moss anti-fracking protests of 2013 and 2014, the final three cases were heard today at Manchester Magistrates Court where the judge delivered `not guilty’ verdicts on charges of aggravated trespass.

Now, with the overwhelming number of charges either dropped or quashed, there’s a growing call for a Public Inquiry into the policing and cost of the response to the Salford protests…

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“The results today must add to the increasing demand for a Public Inquiry into the method of policing and cost to the public purse…” Simon Pook, solicitorToday at Manchester Magistrates Court, `not guilty’ verdicts were…

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Five killed at anti-China power plant protest in Bangladesh: Rally against Coal-Murders at Dhaka and Chittagong Press Club on Tuesday

Like the UK Government, the Indian Government says it is ‘green’ whilst doing everything to support climate changing fossil fuels!

By Raaj Manik At least five innocent protesters were killed after police opened fire on a protest of 1500 villagers who were protesting against two China-backed power plants in Chittagong, a locati…

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Europe is following Obama – washing its hands of Palestine and why

The USA keeps using North Korea as the bogey man, but the really dangerous bogey man is Israel. The International Community opened Pandora’s Box and now they have put the whole World in danger of a nuclear Armageddon.

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My headline is a response to recent comments made by German Chancellor Angela Merkel at a joint press conference in Berlin with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the decision of the Cameron government in the UK to make boycotting goods from “Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank” by publicly-funded bodies including local councils and universities a criminal offence.

Much to the delight of Netanyahu who has rejected a French initiative to convene a regional conference to try to get a peace process going, Merkel said,

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Expel Apartheid Israel from the United Nations

It is totally abhorrent that the the fledgling United Nations awarded Zionist terrorist groups a state of their own.  Which the fledgling state then, carried out acts of genocide of the rightful occupants of the land, Palestinians, whether Jewish, Christian and Muslim.  And has continued ignoring all International Laws and ignored United Nation mandates.  Palestine should be restored to the state it was, before the abhorrent actions of the United Nations.  The United Nations, has only been a mouth-piece of the USA.  Any minor nation disagreeing with waht the USA wants, is bullied.  By USA imposed sanctions, currency devaluation and even military take-overs of their Governments.  Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Syria being recent examples.

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Terror, climate chaos, financial crisis are the costs of ‘doing business’

Unfortunately, Portugal, like the UK, is still pursuing a fossil fuel future, despite agreeing to the COP21 Paris agreement.  The Portuguese government has even granted oil and gas producers licenses to drill, onshore and offshore the Algarve.  Even though the area is part of Natura2000, is dependent of fishing, agriculture and tourism.  Even with a (so-called) Socialist coalition government, it looks like drilling will go ahead.  Instead of investing in energy efficiency and renewables!  Though there are groups such as the Algarve Surfers and Marine Activities Association (ASMAA), fighting these proposals.

The techno-narcissism of predatory neoliberal capitalism is locked into an endless war with the bastard monster of its own creation – Islamic State

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