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Israelis respond to Nick Cave’s proclamation of love by Boycott! Supporting the Palestinian BDS Call from Within

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It is for this decades-long, intricate system of oppression against a disembodied indigenous population, including seven million refugees prohibited from return, that peaks in genocidal episodes of extermination in the Gaza strip, that we are dumbfounded by your apathy and callus comments. As artists, human rights defenders, and fans- Palestinians, Israelis, and activists from all around the globe- did all they could to engage you in conversation, for months, you opted to ignore us all. Your claim that somehow we have the ability, or the will to silence you is fallacious, and it rings careless in the face of the fact that Palestinian culture and heritage, along with its people, has been undergoing Israel’s erasure for the past seven decades. So successful was this erasure, that you neglected to mention Palestinians in your own statement, as if they aren’t the reason you felt you had to make the statement in the first place. As if they don’t exist.

Continue reading at https://boycottisrael.info/node/315

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Rivlin Addresses Spanish Parliament, Highlights Democratic Values, Tolerance on Jerusalem Post

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While his address was largely self-congratulatory, telling lawmakers what they wanted to hear, his words only reached about half the elected officials who make up the Congress and Senate were present. Outside the parliament during his speech, there was a pro-Palestinian demonstration, at which protestors held banners on stating in Enlish: ”You are Zionists, not Children of Israel.  Stop Genocide in Palestine…Reuven Rivlin, nobody wants you to be in Spain.” The protestors asserted that Rivlin’s proper place was in prison for his crimes against the Palestinians.

Continue reading at http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Rivlin-addresses-Spanish-parliament-highlights-democratic-values-tolerance-513605

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ZCC: Advocate for Zionism, figuratively and literally by Kagisho Montjane

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His Grace Dr Barnabas Lekganyane has recently visited Israel and had a dialogue with high profile leader of the Israel state including President Reuben Rivlin in Jerusalem.

I think it should not be a queer discourse to ask, in spite of all that is happening In Israel and especially the colonization and apartheid of Palestine-is the right reverend, consciously or not, endorsing oppression of Palestinians and the Israel apartheid power structures.

Any Israel visit by a caliber of the Right reverend arbitrarily promotes that state and its external policies, this becomes critical especially when those policies borders genocide, ethnic cleansing, killing of children and civilians and colonization.

Continue reading at http://www.news24.com/MyNews24/zcc-advocate-for-zionism-figuratively-and-literally-20171021

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Restaurante do Recife é alvo de polêmica após colar adesivo de boicote a Israel / Restaurant in controversy for a boycott Israel sticker on FolhaPE

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[Google Translate] Social networks circulated support opinions and also boycott the Papaya Verde restaurant, located in the neighborhood of Espinheiro, North Zone of Recife. It all started when the establishment fixed stickers produced by the Palestine Alliance of Recife (APR)  on the door containing the inscriptions “Free Palestine! It’s not war, it’s genocide! Boycott Israel! ”

Many people, through Facebook posts, have positioned themselves on the subject. Some defended the position, referring to the right of expression of one of the owners, who is of Palestinian origin. Others accused Papaya Verde of using a “hate speech.”

… The FolhaPE Portal also received a note from João Asfora, who wrote:

“I have never, in my entire life, treated anyone in the restaurant, whether Muslim, Jewish, Umbandist, spiritist or evangelical. I have always been an activist of the causes of the oppressed and exploited, and especially of the cause of the Palestinian people.

The stickers taken as offensive express my peaceful struggle for the rights of this people who suffer all kinds of violence from an abusive apartheid regime. As for the use of the word genocide in the stickers, anyone who says there is no genocide in these Israeli incursions in the Gaza Strip is at least blind or ill-intentioned.

Yes, I am a Palestinian! I am proud of my homeland and I am not deaf to the suffering of my people. I do not accept the genocidal Israeli government in the same way I do not accept the stupid Brazilian coup government.”

Continue reading at http://www.folhape.com.br/noticias/noticias/cotidiano/2017/10/10/NWS,44747,70,449,NOTICIAS,2190-RESTAURANTE-RECIFE-ALVO-POLEMICA-APOS-COLAR-ADESIVO-BOICOTE-ISRAEL.aspx

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Right-wing Zionism, white supremacy and the BDS by David A. Love

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Alan Dershowitz, who spoke at last year’s ZOA gala, has defended Bannon against anti-Semitism charges but has accused Black Lives Matter of anti-Semitism. The Movement for Black Lives platform accuses Israel of genocide against the Palestinians and supports BDS based on Israeli policies such as 50 discriminatory laws against Palestinians, the Israeli detention of Palestinian children as young as 4 years old without due process, the bulldozing of Palestinian homes to make way for illegal Israeli settlements, a US-funded “apartheid wall” and military checkpoints.

Continue reading at http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/wing-zionism-white-supremacy-bds-170929071542094.html

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Has Gaza Ever Been Livable? by Shahd Abusalama

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It’s been forever unlivable. We have expressed our pain and recounted the brutality that we endured before the eyes of the whole world. We voiced our desperation in so many ways, ranging from testimonies, to art and documentary, to armed-struggle against our occupying power, Israel, which has the mightiest military in the world. It doesn’t need an expert or the UN or Save the Children or an international body to testify that Gaza ‘has become unlivable‘ or ‘might become uninhabitable by 2020’.

Gaza has been unlivable as a direct result of Israel’s existence, and the whole world has to be accountable for this ongoing dehumanizing cycle of violence that is endorsed by treating Israel as a normal state, which effectively means sentencing Palestinians to eternal misery.

International boycott of Israel is the way forward.

Continue reading at http://www.palestinechronicle.com/has-gaza-ever-been-livable/

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Changing the narrative, from BDS to antifa by Nada Elia, September 2017

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Today, as anti-fascist protesters are described by the mainstream as “violent thugs,” and as Americans are being told that racism is part of the fabric of this country and can therefore never be completely eliminated, the struggle for Palestinian rights offers an alternative vision: we don’t have to accept injustice, even when the system is set up, has always been set up, to perpetuate it.  We may be called terrorists, “thugs,” our tactics and strategies may be unpopular, but we can prevail, and rather than settle for “pacification” through extreme oppression, we can aspire to genuine peace—an outcome of justice and equality.  After all, Israel, just like the US, is a country founded on genocide and settler-colonialism, with the aim of establishing and maintaining the superiority of one perceived ethnicity.  And if we can question and challenge that fundamental injustice in one country, we can question and challenge it in another.

Continue reading at https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/comment/2017/9/4/israeli-hummus-is-theft-not-appropriation

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Church Leaders: Take a Courageous Stand on Gaza’s Human Tragedy! by Philip Farah of Washington Interfaith Alliance for Middle East Peace

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A United Nations report published two years ago warned that Gaza would become unlivable by the year 2020, but a new UN report finds that the deterioration in conditions there has worsened faster than expected. The Red Cross has also warned that a “systemic collapse of an already battered infrastructure and economy is impending.” In a recent article, Dr. Alice Rothchild, a physician who is active with Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP,) wrote:

The steady deterioration of the lives of the people in Gaza in the face of occupation, siege, internal discord, and the willful blindness of the international community can only be described as a not so slow genocide that is obvious to anyone who chooses to see.

JVP, including the group’s Rabbinical Council, has consistently expressed solidarity with the people of Gaza. Progressive Jewish rabbis have joined Palestinian Christians in calling on U.S. churches to take meaningful actions to protest Israeli policies towards the Palestinians. A number of U.S. churches have already answered the Palestinian Christian call— contained in the historic Kairos Palestine document, for solidarity with the Palestinian people.

It is now high time for U.S. church leaders to head the call of their Palestinian Christian brothers and sisters and take a courageous public stand for peace and justice in the Holy Land.

Continue reading at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/church-leaders-take-a-courageous-stand-on-gazas-human_us_5975461fe4b0f1feb89b44b1

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