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In Win For Boycott Movement, Argentine Soccer Team Cancels Match In Israel

Of course, we praise Argentina for supporting the BDS movement, but … keep in mind that even the BDS serves the Zionist plans. Theodore Herzl, the founder of Zionism, stated that the establishment of a “Jewish” state would cure anti-Semitism, but at the same time promoted anti-Semitism to further his cause. In his diary, he stated: “It would be an excellent idea to call in respectable, accredited anti-Semites as liquidators of property. To the people, they would vouch for the fact that we do not wish to bring about the impoverishment of the countries that we leave. At first they must not be given large fees for this; otherwise, we shall spoil our instruments and make them despicable as ‘stooges of the Jews.’ Later their fees will increase, and in the end, we shall have only Gentile officials in the countries from which we have emigrated. The anti-Semites will become our most dependable friends, the anti-Semitic countries our allies.” (The Complete Diaries of Theodor Herzl. Vol. 1, edited by Raphael Patai, translated by Harry Zohn, page 83-84)

Argentinian Soccer Team Argentine soccer players Lionel Messi (2nd from left), Marcos Rojo (2nd from right) and Sergio Aguero (center) attend a training session at the FC Barcelona “Joan Gamper” sports center in Sant Joan Despi, near Barcelona, on June 6, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / PAU BARRENA/AFP/Getty Images
“In win for boycott movement, Argentine soccer team cancels match in Israel,”
JERUSALEM — In what might be the biggest victory yet for the boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel, Argentina’s national soccer team announced Tuesday that it was canceling a friendly match against Israel’s national team after facing political pressure.
Protesters outside the team’s Barcelona practice facility have displayed soccer jerseys dabbed with red paint resembling blood stains, and players and their families, particularly star player Lionel Messi, have reportedly received death threats. These were also among the reasons cited by Israeli leaders and Argentine representatives as to why the team decided not to go ahead with the match, which was scheduled for Saturday in Jerusalem.
For the BDS movement, which aims to pressure Israel into complying with international law vis-a-vis its policies toward the Palestinians, however, the cancellation of the highly anticipated match is perhaps its biggest coup to date.
The game, just a week before the opening of the 2018 World Cup soccer tournament in Russia, was politically charged almost from the start.
Initially, it had been slated to take place in the northern city of Haifa, but Israel’s minister of culture and sports, Miri Regev, decided to switch the venue to Jerusalem. The move angered Palestinians who do not accept Israeli sovereignty over the city. But Regev said that, as Israel’s capital, Jerusalem was the appropriate venue for such a prestigious game. About 30,000 tickets were sold for the match.
On Sunday, Regev told Israel’s Army Radio that Messi’s visit to Israel was an incredible public relations coup for the country and that he would “kiss the Western Wall” and “shake hands with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.”
 
But Jibril Rajoub, chairman of the Palestinian Football Association, said the Palestinians would not allow the game to take place. At a protest Sunday outside the offices of the Argentine representative in Ramallah, the de facto Palestinian capital, he said he had sent a letter to the Argentine Football Association urging it to cancel the match.
The letter was also “intended for Messi,” he said, “who is a symbol of love and peace, and who is a UNICEF ambassador for spreading love and tolerance. We demand that he not serve as a means to beautify the fascist occupation’s image and its racist policy.”
 
“Starting from today, we will begin a campaign against the Argentine [Football] Association, and we will personally target Messi, who has tens of millions of fans in Arab states, Islamic states, in Asia, in Africa, and in states that are friends of the Palestinian people,” he said.
He called on “everyone to burn their Messi shirts and pictures and renounce him.”

Waking up to the news Wednesday that Argentina had canceled the match, Israeli leaders denounced Rajoub, saying it was his incitement against Messi and the Argentines that caused them to withdraw. They called Rajoub’s messages “terror threats.”

In her initial response, Regev said that “since they announced they would play against Israel, various terror groups have been sending messages and letters to players on the Argentina national team and their relatives, including clear threats to hurt them and their families. “These included video clips of dead children,” local media reported.

Israel’s Football Association said it would send an official complaint against Rajoub’s actions to FIFA, world soccer’s governing body. “The association views with severity the physical and brutal threats that crossed every red line made by the head of the Palestinian association, Jibril Rajoub,” wrote Ofer Eini, the head of Israel’s Football Association.

In an attempt to get the match back on track, Netanyahu called Argentine President Mauricio Macri on Tuesday night. But the South American leader said he did not have the ability to influence the national team’s decision, at least if the match took place in Jerusalem.

Tensions have been high between Israelis and Palestinians over the past few months, following a decision by President Trump to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move the U.S. Embassy there from Tel Aviv. The move has been fiercely protested by Palestinians and seen as illegal by most of the world.

In addition, Israel has faced sharp international criticism for its lethal response to ongoing protests along its border with the Gaza Strip. Israel unilaterally withdrew from the Palestinian enclave in 2005. But after the militant Islamist movement Hamas, which has been labeled a terrorist organization by Israel and the United States, took control of the strip more than a decade ago, Israel imposed a land and sea blockade on the territory. Egypt also has kept its crossing into Gaza closed for much of the past 10 years.

A growing humanitarian crisis in Gaza has pushed its residents to start protesting. In late March, thousands began weekly protests demanding both a right to return to the land that is now inside Israel and a solution to the crisis facing more than 2 million residents. Israel has said that Hamas has used these protests as cover to breakthrough the border fence and infiltrate into Israel.

On May 14, the day the U.S. Embassy was officially inaugurated in Jerusalem, tensions were further inflamed, and Israeli forces killed more than 60 Palestinian protesters and wounded thousands.

The images of Palestinians killed and injured juxtaposed with Trump’s daughter Ivanka at the central event opening the new embassy drew strong condemnation, and international calls to hold Israel accountable have increased. There is often pressure on celebrities and high-profile individuals not to perform in or visit Israel.

In recent years, several artists have canceled tour dates in Israel, either for political reasons or because of ongoing violence. Last December, New Zealand singer Lorde canceled her scheduled concert dates in Israel, and in 2010, the Pixies decided not to perform after the Israeli military raided a Turkish ship bringing aid for the Gaza Strip, an operation that killed nine people. (The band later played in Israel in 2014.)

Elvis Costello also canceled two shows in Israel in 2010, saying that “sometimes silence in music is better than adding to the static.” In 2014, when Israel was waging a 50-day war with Hamas-governed Gaza, several artists — including Lana Del Rey, Neil Young and the Backstreet Boys — postponed or canceled shows.

The Israeli government, which says that the boycott campaign actively promotes the country’s demise and denies Israel’s basic right to exist as a Jewish and democratic state, has ramped up efforts in recent years to fight back against BDS. Last month, the Giro d’Italia international cycling event kicked off in Jerusalem.

Ahed Tamimi

Israel Indicts Palestinian Teen Activist Ahed Tamimi

These kids cannot be raised in a normal healthy way, because they are constantly seeing the injustice around them. They grow up, with much pain and hatred in their hearts, while this revolting world, continues to look the other way. After all, they are ‘Palestinians’ and don’t have rights, they simply do not deserve to have a normal life. They are treated like animals, like scum, raped, hit and many times shot at. We keep saying that this has to stop, but will it? Or is Palestine just an example of what is coming our way? 

Please inform yourself and read the articles below. Think for a minute … what if the Palestinians were doing this to the Jews? Wouldn’t the world be hearing about it every single day? LET’S HELP GET AHED OUT OF PRISON! 

Ahed Tamimi

“Israel indicts Palestinian teen activist Ahed Tamimi,” Source: aljazeera.com

Bethlehem, occupied West Bank – Israeli authorities are seeking 12 charges against Ahed Tamimi, a prominent 16-year-old Palestinian activist filmed slapping and kicking two Israeli soldiers in the occupied West Bank.

The teenager was detained on December 19, four days after the video showing her confronting the soldiers outside her family’s home in the village of Nabi Saleh went viral.

The incident occurred moments after Israeli forces had shot Ahed’s 15-year-old cousin point-blank in the face with a rubber bullet. The wounded minor experienced severe internal bleeding and was placed under a medically-induced coma for 72 hours.

Ahed’s 20-year-old cousin Nour, who also appeared in the video, as well as her mother were also arrested soon afterwards.

During a hearing on Monday at Israel’s Ofer military court near Ramallah, Ahed was charged with 12 counts, including allegedly assaulting an Israeli soldier, interfering with a soldier’s duties and two past instances of stone-throwing, according to her lawyer Gabi Laski.

Laski told Al Jazeera that Nariman was also charged with alleged “incitement” for uploading the video on social media, as well as another charge of assault.

The lawyer said that Ahed and Nariman’s charges include alleged old incidents unrelated to the video.

Nour was charged on Sunday for allegedly assaulting a soldier and interfering with a soldier’s duties, said Laski.

The Tamimi family are well-known activists in Nabi Saleh.

While this is the first time Ahed has been detained by Israeli forces, Nariman has been arrested at least five times before.

On Thursday, Manal Tamimi, who is related to the women, was also arrested during a demonstration outside the Ofer detention centre demanding the release of her relatives and Munther Amira, another prominent Palestinian activist in Aida refugee camp in Bethlehem who was arrested last week.

Laski said that she was able to secure the release of Nour and Manal – who has not been charged with a crime. However, the Israeli army’s prosecutors have until Tuesday to appeal the decision.

‘There’s a possibility of her facing a lot of time’

Ahed’s father, Bassem, told Al Jazeera that it was very likely his daughter would be sentenced and imprisoned over the charges.

“They built the case around her specifically to try to keep her in prison as long as they can,” he said.

“I am very worried about my daughter,” added Bassem, who has also been arrested numerous times by Israeli forces.

“Her fate is now in the hands of people who don’t even see Palestinians as full human beings.”

Laski told Al Jazeera that owing to the charges against Ahed, “there’s a possibility of her facing a lot of time”.

She noted that Palestinian teenagers typically face about six-to-nine months in prison for charges over stone-throwing.

Prisoners’ rights group Addameer has reported that stone-throwing is the most common charge levied against Palestinian children. In the occupied West Bank, where Palestinians are governed by Israeli military law, stone-throwing is punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

The group says that Israel routinely targets “the youngest and most vulnerable” members of politically active Palestinian families in order to “exert pressure on their family and the entire community to put an end to all social mobilisation.”

Bassem told Al Jazeera that Israel is attempting to “break Ahed, because she is a symbol of the resistance”.

“Israel wants to show other young Palestinians what will happen to them if they try to resist.”

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“Ahed Tamimi Is Part of the Palestinian Generations R – for Return,” Source: globalresearch.ca

Featured image: Ahed Tamimi (Source: RT News)

The detention of Ahed Tamimi of the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, along with her human rights activist mother Nariman Tamimi, for “lightly slapping” an Israeli soldier, as Amira Hass put it in Haaretz, is remarkable only because of the high profile, courage and sumoud (steadfastness) of the Tamimi family, who were featured on the cover of The New York Times Magazine in 2013.

It is a fate shared by thousands of Palestinians. Ahed’s father Bassem, like close to a million Palestinians since 1967, has also seen the inside of an Israeli jail.

Ahed was reacting in frustration to the shooting, by an Israeli soldier, of a 15-year-old Palestinian boy distantly related to her (Mohammed Tamimi). who had just been wounded in the head with a rubber-coated metal bullet and taken to a Palestinian hospital. (See Israelis shoot boy in head, take revenge against his family)

Your question, ‘What do you consider to be justice for Ahed Tamimi?’, raises an important point related to Israel’s military occupation of the West Bank and the legitimacy of the legal system it imposes on Palestinians there (Jewish “settlers”. and Jews in general in the West Bank are governed by a different set of rules).

In the documentary film The Law in these Parts, Israeli military judges and prosecutors have exposed the legal framework and its human impact on Palestinians, young and old.

The egregiousness of this situation in Palestine is being addressed today in US Congress, where a new US bill: Palestinian children’s rights under Israeli military occupation.

Ahed is refusing to answer questions at her interrogation, a clear indication that she does not accept the legitimacy of her detention or the military legal system imposed upon her protest activities in occupied Palestine.

Justice for Ahed Tamimi and all Palestinian political prisoners means their immediate release.

The 2017 Conference on International Law and the State of Israel: legitimacy concluded in its closing statement that

“…while Israel has relied up to date on the use of ‘hard power’, reflecting its geopolitical and strategic alliances on the world stage and notably the support of the USA, in the long term this would not provide a viable and just solution.”

Ahed Tamimi is part of Generations R, if you like, the generations of Palestinians who have not given up on return to their homeland and self-determination – and never will.  It’s been reported that 95% of new Palestinian detainees in Israel jails are youth.  This youngest generation of Palestinians has proved to be as courageous and steadfast as their legendary elders, including, to name a few, 15 year olds Ibrahim Al-Qawasmi and LouayNashteh from Hebron, Wael Hashash, 19, and AttallahHashash, 24, from Nablus, Ahmed Qassem, 19, from Jenin, and Ahmed Abu Rahma (17) from Ramallah.

Over 6,500 Palestinians, including 300 children, are currently languishing in Israeli prisons.

Rima Najjar is a Palestinian whose father’s side of the family comes from the forcibly depopulated village of Lifta on the western outskirts of Jerusalem. She is an activist, researcher and retired professor of English literature, Al-Quds University, occupied West Bank.

Anti-Christ

COMMENTARY: The Israeli Embrace Of ‘Zionist Anti-Semites’

We are clearly seeing more happening in the division among Jews. You have those who want to take over the world at any cost, and those who ‘apparently’ want peace. Didn’t something similar happen right before WWII and finally led the world into a war? Keep in mind that both follow the Talmud and it is in their plans to take over the world. Jews are taught to be racists and hate non-Jews, but as we get closer to the coming of the Anti-Christ we will see increasing division among them, because the devil has no friends. The question is, will some really convert? Or will they all accept their Luciferian Messiah? 

Anti-Christ
“The Israeli embrace of ‘Zionist anti-Semites’,” Source: ynetnews.com
Last week, the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) hosted Stephen Bannon, US President Donald Trump’s senior advisor until recently, for a festive dinner.

The invitation was met with harsh criticism. Many US Jews see Bannon as a radical right-wing ideologist and as an anti-Semite. But ZOA President Morton Klein claimed Bannon was “a great friend of Israel and the Jews.” That’s what he was told by Israeli Ambassador to the US Ron Dermer, he said.

For a long time now, official Israel and the American liberal Jewry have been on a course of a collision on issues of state and religion, on matters related to “the quality of Israeli democracy” and on the “occupation” issue.

Former US President Barack Obama, who was perceived as representing the liberal Jewish stance, said that in the battle against anti-Semitism “we are all Jews.” But the Jewish American right and the Israeli government want to erase the Obama legacy. For them, saying we are all Jews” is essentially different from saying “we are all Israelis.” This statement focuses on anti-Semitism and on the memory of the Holocaust as universal lessons and indirectly indicates that right-wing Israel is on the problematic site in the battle on universal values.

Jerusalem is no longer preoccupied with the “Jewish weaknesses” of the Diaspora and with the past. State officials are talking about reinforcing a strong State of Israel, and any attempt to restrain the Judea and Samaria settlements is perceived as betrayal.

When the alliance between the Jewish American right and the pro-Israel Evangelical Christians was born in the 1980s, liberal Jews raised an eyebrow: They had always thought the Evangelicals were dangerous, as they seek to convert the Jews after the “resurrection of Jesus.” But the Jewish right in America and in Israel is no longer afraid of the “old anti-Semitism.” Abraham (Abe) Foxman, the former leader of the Anti-Defamation League, said to me during the second intifada: “We have an alliance with the Evangelical Christians, and when Jesus the messiah arrives we’ll discuss religious conversion.”

ZOA’s praise for Bannon expands the pro-Israel circle in the American right while driving the American center away from Israel. Many Jews, including conservatives, harshly condemn what they see as the Israeli alliance with “Zionist anti-Semites.” Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Bret Stephens wrote in the New York Times that the alliance between the Jewish right and Bannon was a disgrace on a historical level.

The relationship between the American right and the Israeli right is throwing the liberal Jewry into a state of anxiety, and the American Jews affiliated with the center feel they are being pushed by Israel beyond the boundaries of the Zionist consensus, while at the same time being exposed to the threats of the US nationalistic right. As a result of the fact that there are people in Israel who define progressive Jews as accomplices of Israel’s haters, the relations with America’s Jews have become quite explosive.

The Israeli government is indeed focusing exclusively on “the new anti-Semitism,” the one affiliated with those who support the BDS movement and refer to Israel as “an apartheid state.” All the “old anti-Semitism” issues are being pushed aside. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has no sympathy for liberal Jews, who have become in his mind a foreign element among the Jewish people.

It’s interesting that the greatest fear of right-wing Israelis is President Trump and his plan to lead a two-states-for-two-people solution. In their battle against Trump, elements in the Israeli right are enlisting the “moderate” Bannon, who is fighting for the Greater Land of Israel, which he binds with the vision of bringing the Judeo-Christian forces together with the national (white) elements in the United States. Bannon fits like a glove to Jerusalem’s right-wing hand, and the authorization it gives the right-wing ideologist as “a lover of Jews and Israel” strengthens him in the US.

Is it possible that liberal Jews will eventually see President Trump as the person who will execute a peace plan in the Middle East that could bring them back to the Jewish-Israeli consensus? Is it possible that Trump, who is perceived by progressive Jews as an anti-Semite himself, will become their last barrier against “the Zionist anti-Semites”? Who knows, the Messiah may arrive after all.

Communist Israel

The Putinization Of Israel: Netanyahu Cozying Up To Russia May Cost Israel Dearly

Finally, we hear some truths from the horse’s mouth! What most do not know is that the ‘new world order’ will not forgive the lives of many of those so-called Jews either. Only the elite of the chosen ones will be saved. Now that they have succeeded in infiltrating it all and have the economic and military power they’ve always wanted, they are ready to reunite with their beloved Russian comrades. Will anyone be able to stop them?

Communist Israel

“The Putinization of Israel: Netanyahu cozying up to Russia may cost Israel dearly,” Source: haaretz.com

A couple of years ago, farmers in the Jordan Valley began to sing the praises of the Russian market. As more and more retailers in Western Europe boycotted their peppers and dates, the Israeli farmers thought they had found a sensible alternative to the Western Europeans who had been, until that point, their biggest clients.
Some sneered that Europeans boycott West Bank produce for “humanitarian reasons” – but only until their stock runs out. “I boycott them back. My base is Putin, not some European idiot,” one farmer told this reporter last year.
This week Israel seemed to have embraced the pepper-farmers’ bitterness as official foreign policy, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu retaliated against the EU for its decision to label settlement products and cozied up to Vladimir Putin for the second time in two months.
Meeting on the sidelines of the COP21 Paris climate summit, Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin talked for 45 minutes, about Syria. Both boasted of Russian-Israeli military cooperation and promised to expand them. Putin even got to display his Jewish chops by talking about the meaning of Hanukkah.
Putin, being Putin, looked relaxed, lounging back as Netanyahu spoke. Netanyahu, on the other hand, looked wound-up. Perhaps it had something to do with the fact that a Russian jet recently breached Israel’s airspace (and was not shot down), a poignant example of Russia’swe can do whatever we want and you can’t do anything about it” attitude.
Earlier this week, in response to the European Union decision this month to label settlement products, Netanyahu ordered Israel’s Foreign Ministry to suspend ties with EU bodies working on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. This is largely a symbolic move with very little real-world ramifications (for starters, what “peace process?”), but even so, it serves as a stark message regarding Israel’s future intentions. It is yet another example of the growing distance between Israel and the European values it still (half-heartedly) espouses.
There you have it, Israel’s foreign policy circa 2015: Israel turning its back on Europe and apparently doing everything in its power to antagonize the U.S.), while kowtowing to Putin.
It could simply be realpolitik: Netanyahu, ever the savvy politician, quickly recognizing the region’s new top dog.
Or it could be something deeper in play here. As Israel warms up (albeit cautiously) to Putin, it is also beginning to look more and more like Putin’s Russia, with a prime minister who seems invincible, who has much of the media under his thumb, and willing to use his immense political power in order to steamroll practically every democratic principle on his way to fast-track a dubious deal involving local tycoons and a natural resource (in this case, Israel’s natural gas).
Wild cards
Let’s be clear: Despite their seemingly growing affinity, there is no great love between Putin and Netanyahu. In the new Russian-American Chilly War, Netanyahu didn’t “defect” to the Russians. He’s too American in spirit, and Putin is too much of a wildcard. Israel and Russia have deep disagreements about the future of Syria, about Bashar al-Assad and about Iran. And unlike the U.S., Netanyahu has no Jewish lobby that can help him put pressure on the Kremlin.
Most likely, Netanyahu’s budding relationship with Putin stems from his deep mistrust of the Obama administration’s ability (or will) to protect Israel’s security interests. The fascination he and other Israeli right-wingers’ have with Putin stems from the same reason that American conservatives often seem enamored  with Putin: he’s “tough on terror.”
Russian markets are fussy, Israeli farmers have learned: They won't take and buy just any pepper.
Russian markets are fussy, Israeli farmers have learned: They won’t take and buy just any pepper.Eyal Toueg

While Obama seems reluctant to use the full force of the United States against ISIS, Putin is more than willing to reshape the Middle East in his image.

Also, It’s not that Israel can afford to lose Europe as an ally. Despite the right wing’s demagogy, there is no “European boycott” of Israel. Europe remains Israel’s biggest trading partner and its biggest economic supporter, through numerous trade agreements and partnerships that are vital to Israeli academia, science, culture, and exports. That is not going to change.

For all the right-wing protestations that the EU is “de-legitimizing” Israel, the reality is drastically different: The Israeli right-wing has relied for years on the unwavering support for Israel among European nations to essentially do whatever it wanted in the West Bank.

Netanyahu’s symbolic threats to “cut ties” with the EU, and the even more ludicrous threats made by ministers Ayelet Shaked and Gilad Erdan to sue the EU through the World Trade Organization, are designed largely to appease the “boycott Europe” nonsense that has inexplicably gained traction in Israel in recent months, thanks to poorly-conceived publicity stunts like MK Michael Oren “labeling” EU products. Israel’s reliance on Europe is so large, in fact, that it’s hard not to see the “boycott the boycotters” sentiments as anything but comical.

Nevertheless, while still dependent on European money, Israel is increasingly turning its back on Europe. Ever since the current wave of violence began, more and more Israeli politicians and citizens advocate Putin-like policies involving brutal use of force. Politicians and ordinary citizens have taken to openly mocking European values like humanism as a burdensome folly in the fight against terrorism.

In an article about the dangerous flirtation between parts of Israel’s leadership and public and the political legacy of Putin, former MK Nitzan Horowitz wrote: “Who admires Putinism? Those whose democratic backbone is bent, who view freedom of expression and creativity as signs of laxity and atrophy.” Sadly, among Israel’s population, this group is currently experiencing rapid growth.

Thus while growing increasingly alienated from its two biggest allies – the U.S. and the EU, Israel finds itself growing closer to Russia.

This is a perilous path. Just ask the pepper farmers in the Jordan Valley, who found out for themselves that the Russians are not benevolent, but have their own interests in mind: Knowing they are their only buyers, they used this knowledge to bargain for drastically lower prices. And because Russians only like very specific kinds of vegetables, much of their best produce were left unwanted, thrown away or simply left on the side of the road.

Africa

COMMENTARY: Africa-Israel Summit ‘Justifies Colonialism, Apartheid’

Americans should LEARN from Palestinian activists who have what it takes to try to boycott this fake ‘diplomatic’ summit who’s intention is as criminal as its organizers. We know what the Jews want in Africa and it is not security or diplomacy, it is diamonds, oil, and other natural resources, continue expanding while carrying out ethnic cleansing. How long will it take for the rest of the world to stand up against these psychopathic serial killers? This is EXACTLY what we need to do, and that is to BOYCOTT all their schemes and stop them from furthering their evil plans. Please find ways of supporting these activists to boycott the summit. Spread the word! This is a war we will win if we stick together!

Africa

“Africa-Israel summit ‘justifies colonialism, apartheid’, Source: aljazeera.com

According to activist Razan Zuayter, a campaign organiser based in Jordan, the Popular Conference for Palestinians Abroad is seeking to point out to African countries Israel’s “dangerous” activities in the continent, such as its diamond trade, often illegally imported from Africa as revealed in a 2009 United Nations report, and its mistreatment of African minorities in Israel.

“If it [the summit] happens, we want a counter movement to emerge in Africa that can act in parallel to it,” Zuayter told Al Jazeera.

The summit, scheduled for October 23, will have leaders from Africa and Israel discuss ways to enhance cooperation in the fields of technology, development, and security.

In a letter addressed to African governments and their respective embassies, the Popular Conference for Palestinians Abroad organization called for the boycott of the summit on the basis that establishing relations with an “apartheid state” and condoning its actions against the occupied Palestinian people comes in violation of various UN conventions.

“African countries which fought colonialism for decades and became free after a long suffering should never associate themselves with the only, longest and most brutal colonial project in the world today,” the letter reads. 

“In the name of justice and freedom and in the name of the African legacy of long struggle for freedom, we ask your country to disassociate from Israel’s Apartheid regime.”

Netanyahu previously pledged to strengthen ties with the continent and described his pledge as a “priority” at a regional security conference he attended in Liberia in June 2017.

“I believe in Africa, I believe in its potential- present and future. It is a continent on the rise,” he said in his address to West African leaders.

Historically, African leaders did not have warm relationships with the State of Israel. Following the 1973 October War, sub-Saharan African countries severed ties with Israel. In 2016, Netanyahu became the first Israeli leader to visit sub-Saharan Africa in almost three decades.

The organization, representing the Palestinian diaspora, is also working with civil society groups and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) on the ground to pressure participating governments into pulling out from the summit.

While these new friendships with Israel might bring certain African countries short-term benefits…they should beware of Israel’s longer-term agenda, which may ultimately be detrimental to their own national interests.

Ayesha Kajee, South African political analyst 

Salman Abu Sitta, Chairperson of the organization, told Al Jazeera that these African countries have been “hard, determined fighters” in the battle against western colonialism.

“It [the summit] is a very sad regression; it is regrettable that they deny that history and became enemies of their history…to become aligned with the very epitome of racism and discrimination that is Israel,” he said.

“Is Togo ready to send ships of slaves from Togo to Israel in annotation of their long history?” he added.

According to Abu Sitta, the main consequence of a renewed Africa-Israel relationship is losing what is now a “solid majority” in the UN General Assembly in favor of ending the Israeli occupation of Palestine.

Traditionally, African nations have been supporters of the Palestinian cause when voting on resolutions concerning the right of return, the dismantlement of the Separation Wall, and ending the illegal settlement expansion project.

Out of 193 member states, there are 54 African states in the UN.

If we lose them [African votes], it is very dangerous,” Abu Sitta explained.

“Israel will have centres of influence in these countries, which will actively increase Israel’s influence in the UN and in the African continent,” he added, pointing out that the countries involved with organising the summit, including Togo, may have “private or monetary” motives for setting up the summit.

Al Jazeera reached out to the summit organizers for comment but received no reply in time for publication.

Similarly, Ghada Karmi, an academic and spokesperson for the organization, told Al Jazeera that the campaign is significant in encouraging a discussion about Israeli “apartheid” policies and in raising awareness.

Israel, Karmi said, is determined to carry out the summit to reverse or abolish the pro-Arab policy of the African states. If the summit were successful, it would be “a milestone in the Israeli campaign”, she explained.

“We have to ask what is Israel offering to the African countries – it seems to us that it is offering support for dictators,” she said, which would aid governments in repressing “liberation movements”. “This [campaign] should be done at the state level,” said Karmi, describing the lack of government action as problematic.

“We have been reaching out to states to condemn this summit, not only African governments.”

South African human rights activist and political analyst Ayesha Kajee, based in Johannesburg, told Al Jazeera that Israel has been on a mission to strengthen ties with Africa, even to the “extent of attempting to gain observer status at the African Union”.

“While these new friendships with Israel might bring certain African countries short-term benefits…they should beware of Israel’s longer-term agenda, which may ultimately be detrimental to their own national interests,” she said.

During Netanyahu’s visit to the continent in 2016, the Israeli government approved a $13m deal in development packages for African countries. The move was intended to symbolize the start of a closer economic relationship.

Speaking to Al Jazeera from the Occupied West Bank city of Ramallah, Mustafa Barghouti, the former Palestinian information minister and general secretary of the Palestinian National Initiative political party, said that Israel is taking advantage of its technological abilities and of its military and security services to carry out the summit.

“We started seeing changing trends in the UN with regards to the Palestinian cause,” he said. “Loss of support could lead to dominance of the Israeli narrative about the Palestinian issue and about the situation today.”

In addition to utilising support from the United States to establish a base in African countries, Barghouti said that this relationship is a chance for Israel to “market” their products and surveillance services, especially at a time where the activities of the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement are proving effective in curbing Israel’s economic success.

Naeem Jeenah, executive director of the Afro-Middle East Centre in Johannesburg, told Al Jazeera that a relationship with Israel would undermine African countries’ sovereignty.

Through marketing their products and services, Israel seeks to penetrate into the security services of these countries, Jeenah explained.

“It is a problem when a foreign state takes over the security functions of another government…they [African governments] become dependent on the Israelis,” he said.

Despite ongoing efforts to raise awareness, according to Jeenah, some 15 African countries are already in the “Israeli camp”, and no amount of civil society can reverse that.

African countries who oppose Israeli policies have not been vocal, he says, but with more government pressure, countries “on the fence…could be influenced”.

VIDEO: How AIPAC Uses American Laws Against BDS

AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, is a powerful Washington DC lobbying organization. In this 2016 video, AIPAC describes how it has successfully worked to create U.S. laws against boycotting Israel over its multitudinous violations of human rights and international law.

The video doesn’t mention the anti-boycott legislation working its way through Congress right now (S.720 / H.R. 1697) that AIPAC helped draft: iak.salsalabs.org/antiboycottbill

Such anti-boycott laws hurt everyone.

They interfere with Americans’ fundamental consumer rights and freedom of speech, often harm American businesses and thereby the U.S. economy, and damage American international relations.

They prevent peace and perpetuate violence in the Middle East. By helping to sustain Israel’s enormous power over Palestinians, they cause Israeli leaders to believe two things: they can ignore international law, and they don’t need to negotiate with Palestinians in good faith to reach a fair and lasting peaceful resolution.

Ultimately, AIPAC’s actions have hurt Palestinians, Israelis, Americans, and the many of others impacted by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and by Israel’s various wars against its neighbors.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAphEPpFc3A

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COMMENTARY: Nearly 50 Senators Want To Make It A Felony To Boycott Israel

Amerika’s politicians are a bunch of prostitutes dancing to the tune of Israel! The entire country should stand up against them and jail all the traitors who support these laws which go against the US Constitution and the freedom of speech of the American people and are being imposed strictly by foreign interests. Americans will kill their country and their freedoms if they do not stand up against this! 

 

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“Nearly 50 Senators Want to Make It a Felony to Boycott Israel,” Source: commondreams.org  

In 1966, the NAACP of Claiborne County, Mississippi launched a boycott of several white-owned local businesses on the basis of racial discrimination.

It was so impactful that the local hardware store filed a lawsuit against the individuals and organizations who coordinated the boycott. After 10 long years of litigation, the Mississippi Supreme Court ruled in favor of the white businesses and ordered the NAACP to pay for all their lost earnings.

Years later, in 1982, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 8-0 to overturn the lower court’s decision on the basis that nonviolent boycotts are a form of free speech protected by the First Amendment. In announcing the unanimous decision, Justice John Paul Stevens said,

“One of the foundations of our society is the right of individuals to combine with other persons in pursuit of a common goal by lawful means.”

That should have been the end of it. But now, Americans’ right to boycott is under attack once again — thanks to a vicious anti-boycott bill making its way through the Senate.

In particular, it appears to target the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement. BDS is an international movement calling on individuals, institutions, and governments to boycott Israeli products until it ends its occupation of Palestinian lands. The boycott is explicitly nonviolent and is supported by activists, celebrities, faith-based groups, and political and social justice organizations around the world.

The proposed Israel Anti-Boycott Act would make it a felony for Americans to support BDS, with a penalty of up to $1 million and 20 years in prison.

Unfortunately, the bill enjoys bipartisan support: 32 Republicans and 15 Democrats are currently signed on as cosponsors, including party leaders like Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), and Ted Cruz (R-TX). In response, the ACLU issued a letter urging members of the Senate to oppose the bill based on its “direct violation of the First Amendment.” (Following the publication of the ACLU’s letter, several members of Congress agreed to review their sponsorship, and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) became the first Senator to officially withdraw sponsorship.)

The Israel Anti-Boycott Act would function by amending an earlier law from 1979, which prohibits American citizens and corporations from complying with boycotts called for by foreign nations against U.S. allies. The new law would include boycotts “fostered and imposed by international governmental organizations” like the United Nations. In this, it’s a direct response to the 2016 UN Human Rights Council resolution discouraging businesses from operating in Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

In one way, it’s genius. By claiming a connection between BDS and the UN — a connection the UN has never embraced, in that resolution or any other — the bill attempts to work around NAACP v. Claiborne Hardware Co.

But the BDS movement is not a product of the UN — it has nothing to do with it at all, except to the degree that it’s based on international law. The BDS call to action was issued in 2005 by a coalition of 170 Palestinian political parties, professional associations, refugee networks, and civil society organizations. BDS is a tactic, not an organization, and the boycott has always been grassroots and decentralized, meaning anyone anywhere can partake in BDS by making the simple decision to do so.

Whether the congressional supporters of the Israel Anti-Boycott Act misunderstand or are intentionally misrepresenting BDS is uncertain, but the Supreme Court decision of 1982 is clear as crystal: Americans’ right to peaceful boycott with the aim to “bring about political, social, and economic change” is protected by the First Amendment. That means this bill is more than egregiously immoral — it’s unconstitutional.

The bill’s language also lumps Israel’s settlements in with the country’s internationally recognized borders.

Significantly, it declares the UN Human Rights Council’s 2016 position on Israeli settlements an “action to boycott, divest from, or sanction Israel.” Yet that resolution took no position on the boycotting of goods produced in Israel proper — it only took aim at Israeli settlements in Palestinian territory, which are illegal under international law.

U.S. policy since 1979 has recognized that the Israeli settlements are “inconsistent with international law.” By contrast, the new bill effectively erases any distinction between Israel and its settlements in the West Bank. If it’s passed, anyone who chooses not to do business with or buy items manufactured in illegal Israeli settlements can be convicted, fined, and even jailed.

Efforts to curb this kind of activism are often touted as efforts to combat anti-Semitism. Yet polls show that only 17 percent of American Jews support the continued construction of settlements. The bill is so controversial, in fact, that the liberal pro-Israel organization J Street, which has long opposed BDS, recently announced its opposition to the proposed law on the basis that it “divides [opponents of the global BDS movement] by making the issue about the settlements.”

It’s difficult to know exactly how broadly the law if passed, will be enforced. It’s intentionally vague language leaves a lot to the imagination, and perhaps that’s exactly what’s intended. The real goal may be to frighten people from engaging in the completely legal act of living out their values in their economic choices.

But we can’t let fear prevent us from exercising our rights and fulfilling our moral obligations. The silver lining is that every effort to quell the BDS movement has served to strengthen it. Each attempt at criminalizing the boycott, whether on the state or federal level, has been met with a spike in Google searches for BDS and related terms.

And with the uproar caused by this new bill, the right-wing pro-Israel lobby just may prove to be the BDS movement’s best ally.

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DOCUMENTARY: The Lobby

This documentary PROVES how the tribe works by overcoming obstacles thanks to the web of infiltrators they have been accommodating in high places. It has taken them centuries to get to this point. Today they own the world and continue to laugh at our faces by boycotting our respective government, our tradition, and culture to favor Israel. 

https://youtu.be/GlF_G9qs5VE

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VIDEO: Israel Anti Boycott Act – An Attack On Free Speech

This widely-supported bill ‘Israel Anti Boycott Act‘ would make it a felony if you dare to support or endorse any efforts to boycott Israel regarding its policies toward the Palestinians. This means that it would make it a crime to support or even furnish information about a boycott directed at Israel or its businesses called by the United Nations, the European Union or any other “international governmental organization.” Violations would be punishable by civil and criminal penalties of up to $1 million and 20 years in prison. IMAGINE! What is most scary about it, is that the government is taking part here and this another clear attack on free speech! As you can see the tribe rules over the Constitution. America has become a country of cowards! Just look at how ‘careful’ Ryan is when he tries to explain the bill and how he justifies many of those clearly bribed politicians.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWuTU_yQJpA

 

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In War Against ‘Cell Phones’. Israeli Launches Social Media App

The tribe always finds new ways to brainwash the simple minds of the Goyim! When they want something, they stick together and do whatever it takes, in this case, bombard public opinion with lies. That is the difference between ‘them’ and ‘us’, ‘they’ protect their tribe no matter what it takes, ‘we’ are always looking for a savior. Check out this app … Adelson, one of Trump’s largest campaign donors, is backing it. Welcome to the era of digital Bolsheviks! 

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 “In war against ‘cell phones,’ Israeli launches social media app,” Source: mondoweiss.net

“Every two minutes a new lie about Israel is shared online. You can put an end to this. Influence the conversation!”

So says Israel’s latest effort at influencing millennials: the Act for Israel smartphone app.

Gilad Erdan, Israel’s strategic affairs minister, presided over the app’s official launch at a gathering post-Celebrate Israel parade on June 4 in New York. Erdan called the app the “Iron Dome of Truth”.

The app is being marketed as a virtual toolkit for Israel activists; a means to push back on the delegitimization of Israel via the state’s maintenance of the occupation and constant oppression of Palestinians. Erdan echoed this pressing fear among the pro-Israel community at the act.il launch, saying “our cell phones are the number one weapon against us.”

The act.il campaign website implores users to take sixty seconds and download the app to defend Israel, extending a sense of existential urgency to the global pro-Israel community.

Of the roughly 2,500 current registered users, it appears the majority signed up this month, following the Israeli Foreign Ministry’s official launch.

The app is a joint venture of the Israeli American Community (IAC), the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya (IDC) and Maccabee Task Force, hardline Zionist organizations funded in large part by Jewish-American casino magnate Sheldon Adelson. (http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.795169) Adelson also owns the right-wing newspaper Israel Hayom, Israel’s most widely circulated daily.

According to promotional material, the inspiration for act.il comes from the actions of Israeli college students and volunteers during Israel’s 2014 assault on Gaza, known as Operation Protective Edge.

As bombs dropped on the impoverished coastal strip less than 70 miles to the south, tech and engineering students at the IDC in Herzliya “worked around the clock for Israel on social media networks,” according to Yarden Ben Yosef, act.il’s CEO and founder.

These student volunteers aimed to invert the narrative on Millennials’ preferred news sources: social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook. They worked in real time before the “anti-Israel” press could spin thousands of casualties of Gazan civilians and repeated hospital bombings into biased stories, somehow unfavorable to Israel.

On the realization “that when many people work together, it is effective,” Ben Yosef says, IAC and IDC partnered and founded act.IL.

Screen shot of Israeli-American Council and Maacabi TK.

Unlike Israel’s earlier assaults on Gaza in 2008 and 2012 when international media—largely barred from entering the heavily fortified strip—were forced to rely on state narratives, in 2014 cell phone footage and the proliferation of social media allowed Gaza’s own residents to record and share their firsthand experiences under siege.

Shared on social media millions of times, the footage subverted Israel’s tight control over the official narrative on a large scale. Hasbara has been in full attack mode ever since.

State of Slacktivism

Combining military-language with an advanced technology sector—two things that Israel prides itself on—the app allows users to choose from a long list of “missions” and receive points upon completion. The tasks can be as simple as liking a Facebook page called “Uncovering Bias and Real Human Rights Abuses at the UN” or sharing a tweeted photo of Mariah Carey landing in Israel.

Once a user signs up and connects the app to Facebook, Twitter and other social media accounts, one becomes an official “social activist for Israel.”

New users are directed to watch a short how-to video featuring Stefanie, an act.il blogger.

Stefanie welcomes users and warns about the many groups trying to slander Israel online as logos of New York City Students for Justice in Palestine, Students for Justice in Palestine, the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, BDS movement (Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions) and Israeli Apartheid Week appear behind her.

Finally, Stefanie proclaims, “the time for action has come!”

“Stephanie.”

The main menu presents some 30 available missions that ask users to like, share, follow, report, retweet, comment, email and sign petitions.

Big points are earned, for example, by signing a petition that requests a full apology from Chicago Dyke March organizers for excluding Zionist marchers or another that calls for the boycott of Roger Waters over the musician’s active BDS support.

A user earns 30 points by sending a personal email to UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova, demanding recognition of Jerusalem as the exclusively Jewish capital.

Cumulative points are reflected in the Leaderboards section, where you see your own rank in comparison to that of the month’s “top activists”.

Aviva Klompas, from her twitter feed

At 1,800 points the number one activist of June is none other than Aviva Klompas, the current Associate Vice President of Strategic Israel Engagement at the Boston-based Combined Jewish Philanthropies. Klompas previously served as director of speechwriting for Israel’s permanent mission to the UN and has ardently defended Israel in publications such as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy and the Jerusalem Post.

Because each individual mission varies from 10-30 points, even at an average of 20 points, Klompas completed roughly 90 missions in June.

Top activist, Aviva Klompas, the current Associate Vice President of Strategic Israel Engagement at the Boston-based Combined Jewish Philanthropies.

It’s all very mundane but for the occasional brain-melting comment fight in which users call each other “terrorists” and “anti-Semites.” Readers familiar with news and commentary of the region won’t likely be surprised by much of it.

And it’s no scandal that the Israeli government leans heavily on Hasbara—or propaganda—to cultivate an image of the state that is inclusive and democratic, deflecting attention from Palestinians and the 50-year long occupation.

But the app itself is clunky and low-tech, especially for a product of the Startup Nation. The promotional material, on the other hand, is slickly produced.

In one video, a voiceover appeals to tropes about entitled and lazy Millennials, without a hint of irony.

Dubbed over contrasting images—one side a raucous pro-Israel rally, the other a college-aged woman passively listening to her headphones in a park—the voice offers this as an example of “the gap between our desired levels of activism and our actual involvement in social activism.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zbcEcSYcS8

“Then you decide to do something. Really do something. But you’re on your own. You need more people. You need a community.”

Fear not millennial, for act.il is here.

The Boycott Divestment Sanctions (BDS) “Sewer System”

Where the act.il app marks a significant change in strategy from previous Hasbara is that it takes particular aim at the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement and asks users to actively report “incitement,” providing step by step instructions for each specific platform. “Let’s clean Facebook from incitements” reads a mission description.

This shift comes amid plummeting support for Israel on US college campuses as the occupation drags on (http://www.jpost.com/American-Politics/Israel-dramatically-losing-support-among-Jewish-college-students-in-US-497605) and the further separation of Jewish identity from a nation state.

Yet in 2016 alone, the year in which this study was conducted, numerous US states wrote anti-BDS legislation into law and a Palestine solidarity group was even banned by a university administration.

Social media speech monitoring is not new—especially in Israel and the West Bank where Palestinians are routinely arrested for Facebook posts —but it does signal a slippery slope in which those in power impose selective limits on free speech with help from deputized private citizens.

Some of those behind the app, such as Yaron Fishelson, 4IL’s head of product and community, appear cognizant of and even eager to use this power dynamic to Israel’s advantage, with the efficiency of act.il.

“Our main objective is to create a united community of Israeli activists. An organized community of thousands of people working online to act for the State of Israel,” Fishelson explains in a promotional video.

“We create the tasks and they implement them.”

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