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עדות חמורה מהשטח: מתנחלי "חוות גלעד" שרפו אלפי עצי זית החיילים בשטח לא בלמו את המתנחלים אלא עצרו את בעלי הקרקע הפלסטינים

הודעה לעיתונות מאת גוש שלום 16.10.2010

 

את עדותו של א., איכר פלסטיני מכפר פרעתה, על מה שהתרחש במטע הזיתים שלו אתמול בבוקר,  נרשמה והועבר ה אל משרדי גוש שלום בידי דוד ניר, פעיל שלום המבלה הרבה מזמנו במעקב אחר המתרחש בכפרים שבאזור שכם. .

 

בבוקר יום ו' ה-15 באוקטובר עסקו א. ובני משפחתו במסיק בחלקת זיתים בקרבת ביתו בפרעתה.  בשעה 10.30 הוזעק א. אל מטע זיתיו השני, ממנו נראו עולות תמרות עשן. המטע השני סמוך למאחז ההתנחלותי "חוות גלעד", והזיתים ממנו כבר נשדדו בידי המתנחלים עוד לפני שהותר לבעליו הפלסטינים לבקר בו. לאחרונה המתנחלים ייצקו בתוכו יסודות לבניית קבע.

 

פסטיבל אקטיביזם – לקראת האסיפה הראשונה...

והפעם:

1.      דרושים מתכנתים.

2.      המכירה הפומבית ממשיכה!

3.      אסיפת ראשונה לקראת 'פסטיבל 2011'

 

העבודה על פסטיבל אקטיביזם 2011 ממשכיה.

מכתב ראשון לארגונים נשלח, צוות ההפקה מתרחב, בחירת המיקום לפסטיבל בעיצומה ואפילו נושא מרכזי הולך להיבחר לפסטיבל הקרוב.

פגישה ראשונה רחבה תתקיים בתחילת נובמבר – כלום מוזמנים. פרטים בהמשך.

הימין הקיצוני מפעיל בכרמיאל מיליציה גזענית

גוש שלום: הימין הקיצוני מפעיל בכרמיאל מיליציה גזענית בתמיכת העיריה ובאישור המשטרה

 

במכתב אל היועץ המשפטי לממשלה דורשת תנועת גוש שלום לפרק מיד את הגוף הקרוי "משמר העיר" בכרמיאל, שהוא למעשה מיליציה גזענית של הימין הקיצוני, ולפתוח בחקירה נגד סגן ראש העיר אורן מילשטיין שהקים גוף זה ונגד הגורמים במשטרת ישראל שסייעו להקמתו.

שחררו את חריש

harish petition

אטיאס נגד מצוקת הדיור: עיר ל-150,000 חרדים, אבל לא לחילונים וערביםשר השיכון החליט על הקמתה של עיר לחרדים בלבד בחריש, תוך הרס חסר תקנה של אלפי דונמים של שמורת יער ייחודית, גירוש בפועל של כלל המשפחות החיות כיום בישוב חריש, והפקעת קרקעות חקלאיות וקרקעות פרטיות של קיבוצים ויישובים ערביים בסביבה. והכל בדורסנות וחוסר שקיפות ציבורית. אנחנו, יהודים וערבים, חילונים ודתיים, קיבוצניקים ותושבי יישובי האיזור, דורשים: עיר פתוחה לכולם!

Settlers Attack Ezra-Mobile

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 Last Saturday, the collaboration between settlers and army and police forces in the Southern Hebron Hills reached a new climax. While hooded settlers attacked activist with stones, soldiers standing nearby refused to take any action against the assailants. At the same time army and police forces were constantly looking for a reason to detain or arrest activists. 

מתנחלים מתקיפים את הטנדר של עזרא

ראו וידאו

 

שבת 8 לאוקטובר 2010, פעילי תעיוש וסולידריות הגיעו לדרום הר חברון, לסייע לבני משפחת חושיה להגיע אל אדמותיהם שבקרבת סוסיא. במשך שנים רבות מתנחלי האזור הציקו להם והשתלטו על אדמתם. משה דויטש מסוסיא נטע כרם על קרקע השייכת למשפחת חושיה, ורועים מחוות דליה הר סיני, עולים על שטחי חושיה ומשקים את עדריהם מבורות המים. לאחרונה ציווה בית המשפט על דויטש להסתלק מכרם חושיה. דויטש מתעלם ולאחרונה בצר את הענבים. 

דווח ממסיק בעוארתא

שבת, 9.10.10

 

מעל 40 פעילים נאספו בשבת ליציאת למסיק זיתים בכפר עוורתא בשומרון הצפוני. התחלקנו לשש קבוצות וכל אחת הצטרפה למשפחת מוסקים - הורים וילדיהם. עוורתא הוא כפר ציורי על מדרון ההר ובו חיים כ-10,000 תושבים המתפרנסים בעיקר מחקלאות: 12,000 דונם זיתים ומעט שקדים, ענבים ותבואה. מים לגידולים אינטנסיביים אין. ישראל מנצלת את רוב מי הגדה לטובתה ומותירה אך מעט לצורכי האוכלוסייה הפלסטינית. למרות המראה הפסטורלי, המקום רוחש שנאה והתנכלויות של מתנחלים כלפי האוכלוסייה הכפרית השלווה. רק לפני שבוע מתנחלים מהאזור שרפו עשרות עצי זית בכרם של הכפר. גניבות פרי הן מעשה שגרה והצבא והמשטרה לא נותנים מענה נחרץ לתופעה.

The Israeli Knesset's Anti-Democratic Agenda

 The Israeli Knesset's Anti-Democratic Agenda - by Stephen Lendman

 

An earlier article discussed the Mossawa Center calling the current Knesset the most racist in history, accessed through the following link:

 

http://sjlendman.blogspot.com/2010/04/alarming-racism-in-israel.html

 

It reviewed 2008 and 2009 legislation violating Israeli Arab rights, Mossawa saying "almost every day" they're victimized by racist actions, and as a result, they face disruptive social, economic and cultural futures.

 

The upcoming winter Knesset session promises worse, the Association for Civil Rights in Israel's Debby Gild-Hayo (ACRI) reviewing what's expected in a report titled, "Harming Democracy in the Heart of Democracy." Ahead of the upcoming session, it addressed expected anti-democratic legislation, including:

 

-- free expression political protest rights;

 

-- equality before the law;

 

-- verbal and physical abuse of minority MKs;

 

-- efforts to delegitimize and infringe on legitimate human rights and social change organizations; and

 

-- attempts to weaken academic freedom.

 

In sum, it represents extremist efforts to weaken Israeli democracy, or what passes for its current system, by destroying civil liberties, silencing minority views, and characterizing groups holding them as state enemies. In fact, "We are witnessing a reality of increasing tyranny against social, political, and national minorities, which harms their" rights and everyone's. Perhaps more disturbing is that surveys of the past two years show public support, mainly among Israeli youths.

 

The Knesset's 2010-11 Winter Session

 

Begun on October 10, the Knesset will address some previous session's unapproved legislation and expected new ones to be introduced. They include:

 

(1) The Nakba Bill

 

As first written, anyone commemorating Nakba Day faced prison. It was then softened to deny observing persons or groups public funds, yet still threatens freely expressed minority views. The bill passed the preliminary reading, and may be addressed by the Constitution, Law, and Justice Committee ahead of its first reading.

 

(2) The Anti-Incitement Bill

 

Amending existing law, it calls for arresting anyone denying the existence of Israel as a Jewish, democratic state. In other words, it criminalizes minority or opposition political views. It passed its preliminary reading and may be addressed by the Constitution, Law, and Justice Committee ahead of its first reading.

 

(3) The Nationalization, Pledge of Allegiance Bill

 

It requires all Israeli citizens to pledge loyalty to Israel as a Jewish, democratic, Zionist state, and perform military or some form of national service. The government didn't endorse the bill. In May 2010, a ministerial committee rejected it, and in July the cabinet did as well so far. However, efforts to reintroduce it are expected.

 

(4) The Admission Committees of Communal Settlements Bill

 

Its provisions let admission committees reject communal settlement memberships for anyone "fail(ing) to meet (its) fundamental views," its social fabric, and other aspects of how they're run. Its real purpose is discriminatory - to exclude unwanted members based on their ethnicity, religion or political views. ACRI petitioned Israel's High Court opposing the bill. It passed its first reading and will be address by the Constitution, Law, and Justice Committee ahead of its second and third ones.

 

(5) The Funds from Foreign Political Entities Bill

 

In original form, individuals or groups receiving foreign funding must register with the party registrar and immediately report each contribution amount and its source. They must also publicly state they are funded by foreign nations and includes strict penalties. The bill tries "to delegitimize and impair on the activities of organizations that receive" outside funding, even though Israeli law already requires such reporting be made. 

 

However, the new legislation expands on existing law to force "certain civil organization to mark their activities as subversive and illegitimate." It also focuses human rights groups (not others in favor) as a way to delegitimize and incriminate them unfairly. ACRI wrote the foreign minister warning against this type intervention. The Constitution, Law, and Justice Committee endorsed the amended bill. It will be presented for a first reading and addressed by the Committee ahead of its second and third ones.

 

(6) The Infiltration Bill

 

Among other provisions, it stipulates that infiltrators based on their country of origin and persons assisting them are subject to from five to seven years imprisonment. "This bill follows" the same delegitimizing trend against "human rights and aid organizations and individuals who help refugees and labor immigrants." The bill failed earlier, but key points will be reintroduced in the new measure, currently being drafted by the Justice Ministry.

 

(7) A Bill Against Boycott

 

It states that persons who initiate, promote, or publish material that might serve as grounds for an imposed boycott against Israel may be criminally charged. They're also ordered to compensate parties economically harmed, including fixed 30,000 shekels reparations, freeing plaintiffs from the need to prove damages. 

 

Further, if the accused is a foreign citizen, he or she will be prohibited from entering or doing business with Israel, and if a foreign nation is involved, whatever debt it's owed may not be paid. The funds instead will be used to compensate aggrieved parties, and the country may be banned from further business dealings in Israel. In addition, the provisions "apply one year retroactively."

 

Again, the bill's purpose is discriminatory. It targets certain internal political groups, and it aims to "neutralize the (ruling coalition's) political opposition." It mainly rejects legitimate settlement product boycotts (including BDS ones)." It thus impedes "legitimate, legal, and nonviolent protest(s)," as well as Israeli free expression and assembly rights, what real democracies never prohibit.

 

The bill passed its preliminary reading. The Constitution, Law, and Justice Committee will next address it ahead of its first reading. Importantly, a ministerial committee rejected provisions pertaining to foreign citizens and states, fearing adverse outside reactions. It remains whether that consideration will hold.

 

(8) Bill on Revoking the Citizenship of Persons Convicted of Terrorism or Espionage

 

Israel's Penal Code already deals with these issues, so why something new? This bill "infringes on the basic rights of Israel's citizens" because when citizenship is revoked, other rights also are unfairly lost. The Interior Committee addressed the bill ahead of its first reading.

 

Two additional bills may also be submitted:

 

-- An Associations Bill, banning suits filed abroad against Israeli politicians or military officers. Groups formed to file overseas suits are prohibited, and those established will be shut down; and

 

-- a bill banning veils in public under penalty of imprisonment.

 

The attitude of coalition MKs is discriminatory, racist, and intolerant of minority members' views. After the Gaza Flotilla slaughter, it became painfully evident, including verbal and physical abuse against Balad Party's Hanin Zuabi for her participation. 

 

Hostile MKs wanted her expelled, others prosecuted, and some set up a Facebook group calling for her execution, no matter that her action was humanitarian and lawful. The Palestinians' Higher Monitoring Committee chose her to represent 1.5 million trapped Gazans. So targeting her vilifies and endangers all Palestinians, Israeli Arabs and supportive Jews. An August 18 Zuheir Andreus Haaretz article said "We are all Zuabi," meaning everyone for democratic freedoms is threatened.

 

ACRI filed a petition with Israel's High Court against  revoking her parliamentary rights. However, the prevailing Knesset attitude isn't changing, for sure not in the current session in light of so-called peace talks, ongoing settlement construction, and hard-liners pushing a reactionary agenda overall.

 

Additional Winter Session Issues Affecting Human Rights

 

(1) Planning and Housing Reform

 

A new law will have "far-reaching implications" for all Israelis by impairing public participation in activities regarding the protection of popular interests.

 

(2) The State Budget and Arrangements Act

 

Israel's biannual 2011-12 budget will be addressed, containing "numerous resolutions and amendments that impair on human rights (on) a wide range of issues." They include:

 

-- courts accessibility; 

 

-- rights of the unemployed and persons seeking state allowances;

 

-- labor rights;

 

-- public housing residents' rights; and

 

-- other related issues.

 

(3) Bills dealing with immigration and civil status.

 

(4) An ACRI initiated amendment seeks to ban discrimination in public services "that will not allow further selection at club entrances."

 

(5) A National Health Act amendment, "adding a standing mechanism for updating the medications basket."

 

(6) An ACRI initiated measure seeks to replace the Wisconsin Plan, aimed at eliminating welfare by privatizing social services.

 

A Final Comment

 

ACRI is concerned that "Anti-democratic tendencies in the Knesset are gaining momentum," the Winter Session expected to advance them, though some initial proposals were modified and made softer. The previous session was notable for "laying the foundations for anti-democratic legislation," but many proposed measures await consideration and final action. As a result, the Winter Session will be defining and trying if repressive laws are enacted, hardening tyranny over democratic freedoms. The threat is real and all Israelis are at risk, not just opposition minorities.

 

As things now stand, "Israeli democracy (has) already sustained a serious blow, Arab Israelis and human rights activists mostly harmed as enemies of the state," their status subject to the whims of a hostile majority. ACRI and other activist groups will keep working to save what's fast eroding, "doing everything (possible to promote) equality, social justice, and human rights," without which free societies die.

 

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. Also visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com and listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network Thursdays at 10AM US Central time and Saturdays and Sundays at noon. All programs are archived for easy listening.

 

http://www.progressiveradionetwork.com/the-progressive-news-hour/.Israeli repression

הכפר אל-עראקיב שבנגב נהרס בפעם השישית

שוטרים ופקחים התייצבו הבוקר (ד') עם אור ראשון לצד הבולדוזרים על אדמת הכפר אל- עראקיב והחלו בפעולות ההריסה במקום. עשרות מעטות של מבנים זמניים שהקימו אנשי הכפר להגנה מן השמש הקופחת ומן הקור המדברי נהרסו והתושבים נותרו שוב ללא קורת גג וללא כל פתרון. עם עזיבת הכוחות את הכפר, חידשו אנשיו את הבנייה והחלו בהקמתו מחדש.

הכפר אל- עראקיב נהרס לראשונה ב 27- ביולי השנה ומאז נהרס עוד שישה פעמים. אל-עראקיב עמד במקומו עוד לפני הקמתה של מדינת ישראל, בשנת 1951 דרש הצבא את שטח הכפר לאימונים לחצי שנה ולאחר מכן לא התאפשר לאנשיו לשוב אל השטחשנים של ניסיונות לשוב אל הכפר, התעמרות באנשיו בכל הכלים הקיימים בידי השלטונות וכל זאת תוך כדי שמתנהלות תביעות בעלות על השטח בבית המשפט בבאר שבע, מסתיימות בימים אלה בהריסות חוזרות ונשנות של הכפר.



דובר הועדה העממית אל-עראקיבעואד אבו-פריח, מסר: "זהו עוד יום שחור, אנחנו מאמינים שמי שהורס יצטייר תמיד כיציר הרשע החדש ומי שבונה הם אלה שרוצים לבנות למען הילדים שלהם ועתידם והם ינצחוהפיתרון הוא לא הריסת הכפר אלא הכרה בו, לאפשר לאנשי אל -עראקיב להיות חקלאים יצרניים ולהתפרנס בכבוד בנגב".

 

עוד על מאבק תושבי אל-עראקיב:

 http://www.maki.org.il/he/component/content/article/85/8940-2010-09-23-20-20-09

Boston University's Islamophobic Pro-Israeli Conference

 Boston University's Islamophobic Pro-Israeli Conference - by Stephen Lendman

 

A personal note. I grew up in Boston from the mid-1930s - mid-1950s through college. Then after military service and summer courses at BU, out-of-town grad school followed in the fall. 

 

It was a different time, good and bad. Eisenhower was still president. Unemployment was low. Anyone wanting work found it. Most years the economy grew during a post-WW II expansion. Inflation was low. The average new car cost $1,500, a typical home under $10,000. College was affordable. Harvard's 1952 full year tuition was $600. Four years later it was $1,000 - for a full, two-semester year. During the period, anyone could attend evenings at $5 a course and get a Harvard degree for about $175, the way my mother did it, graduating with me in the same class, the first ever mother and son to do it.

 

America was unchallenged economically, its manufacturing base offering high paying/good benefits jobs. Union representation was high. The South and US northern cities were segregated. They still are, all 1960s civil rights gains lost plus most good jobs and benefits. Alaska and Hawaii additions grew America to 50 states.

 

The Korean War left an unsettled armistice. Cold War politics settled in. Developing "mutually assured destruction (MAD)" and accommodation prevented WW III. Censure ruined Joe McCarthy, and by May 1957 he was dead at age 48. The CIA's first coup deposed Iran's Mohammad Mosaddegh. A generation of terror followed. A year later, another toppled Guatemala's Jacobo Arbenz Guzman, fueling decades of genocide against its indigenous peoples. 

 

Throughout the decade, few followed Vietnam events, its defeat of France, America's growing involvement, what became three decades of war. Palestinian Territories weren't occupied, and during the period Israel was young, growing, but mostly out of the news and public mind. With today's one-sided Western support, times indeed have changed, for the worse, not better, including in academia.

 

For example, noted professors like Norman Finkelstein, Joel Kovel and Canada's Denis Rancourt, among others, lost jobs for supporting Palestine, universities tolerating no Israeli opposition no matter how justified. Moreover, Zionized Yale, among other activities and curricula studies, has an Initiative for the Interdisciplinary Study of Antisemitism (YIISA) at a time evidence shows it at a historic low. 

 

Nonetheless, it holds regular seminars and conferences, including last August for three days on campus, featuring pro-Israeli zealots, omitting Palestinian supporters, and letting hatemongers rail on topics like radical Islam, genocidal antisemitism, the Iranian threat, and much more throughout a 72 hour hatefest.

 

Boston University's (BU) Pro-Israeli Conference

 

Not to be outdone, on October 10 and 11, BU hosted its own. Sponsored by the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA), a Boston-based pro-Israeli media lobby, it bogusly claims to be "non-partisan....regard(ing)....American or Israeli political issues, (taking no position) regard(ing)....ultimate solutions to the Arab-Israeli conflict."

 

In fact, by shamelessly supporting Israel, it monitors media reports globally for one purpose - to combat all "anti-Israeli bias." CAMERA tolerates none, no matter how justified, targeting journalists, editors, producers and publishers, demanding "distorted or inaccurate coverage" be retracted and replaced by "factual information to refute errors." For CAMERA, it means uncompromising Israeli support, or be hounded, condemned or replaced. With considerable funding and thousands of members, it has plenty of lethal firepower and no reluctance to use it ruthlessly.

 

Its conference theme was "War By Other Means: The Global Campaign to Delegitimize Israel," referring to growing initiatives like the Global BDS Movement, the International and Palestine Solidarity Movements, and others. They're gaining strength after incidents like Cast Lead, the May Gaza Flotilla massacre, the Gaza siege and isolation of Palestine's legitimate Hamas government, and daily assaults against Palestinian civilians - unpunished crimes of war and against humanity by any standard.

 

With global outrage growing, CAMERA says "Israel faces a convergence of global forces that may undermine its legitimacy in the eyes of the world community." So it sponsored a two day conference, featuring notorious pro-Israeli Islamophobes and other extremists, spreading hate-filled propaganda for the price of admission - $50 per day or a flat $25 for students, those helping out attending free, including lunches. What a deal to be indoctrinated free of charge.

 

CAMERA and twenty other organizations co-sponsored the event, including campus Hillels, Hadassah, local synagogues, the Israeli New England consulate, and Zionist Organization of America, the oldest and one of largest US pro-Israeli groups with over 30,000 members throughout the country - a coalition of pro-Israeli zealotry, intolerant of opposing views.

 

CAMERA's Speaker Lineup from Hell

 

Beginning early on Sunday, October 10, Maxine Wolf and Rabbi Joseph Polak delivered opening remarks. Wolf is a member of CAMERA's executive board, Polak a BU-based Hillel director.

 

Lead speaker was Alan Dershowitz, a notorious bigot, an earlier article calling him:

 

-- a purveyor of myths, canards, false logic, and hate;

 

-- a misinterpreter of fundamental law standards;

 

-- a believer in unique Jewish suffering, mindless of all others;

 

-- an advocate of torture, targeted assassinations, land theft and dispossessions; and

 

-- a committed Zionist and Israeli apologist, legitimizing its aggression, its worst crimes and abuses, believing that "international law, and those who administer it, must understand that (in times of war) the old rules" don't apply against "fanatical foes."

 

He also defends preemptive wars, no matter how lawless, calling the UN Charter's 51 (limiting attacks to self-defense) "anachronistic, (a) mid-twentieth century view of international law" inapplicable to today's threats. In other words, on matters affecting Israel, no law applies, threat or no threat.

 

Yigal Carmon was next, president and founder of the Middle East Research Institute (MEMRI), its board and advisors including a rogue's gallery of pro-Israeli zealots like Elliot Abrams, Ehud Barak, James Woolsey, John Bolton, John Ashcroft, Michael Mukasey, and Elie Wiesel, a man Norman Finklestein calls "vain, arrogant, gullible, naive about international affairs, (and defender of) the worst excesses of previous Israeli governments."

 

Daniel Pipes followed Yigal, a man Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) included in its October 2008 report titled, "Smearcasting: How Islamophobes spread fear, bigotry and misinformation."

 

Founder of the Middle East Forum, an extremist think tank promoting US Middle East interests, including "fighting radical Islam; working for Palestinian acceptance of Israel....combat(ing) lawful Islamism," and other hard right positions, he preaches hateful zealotry. Besides writing op-eds for The New York Times and other major publications, he's interviewed often on mainstream radio and television from CNN to PBS and NPR. He defends racially profiling Arab-Americans, and once said in a National Review article (11/19/90) that:

 

"Western European societies are unprepared for the massive immigration of brown-skinned peoples cooking strange food and maintaining different standards of hygiene....All immigrants bring exotic customs and attitudes, but Muslim customs are more troublesome than most."

 

Dershowitz, Yigal, and Pipes set the tone for like-minded participants to follow, including:

 

-- Andrea Levin, a CAMERA director;

 

-- Philippe Karsenty, Media-Ratings founder, doing the same type monitoring in France that CAMERA does globally;

 

-- Anne Bayefsky, a right-wing pro-Israeli zealot, senior fellow at the neocon Hudson Institute, associated with UN Watch devoted to attacking anti-Israeli criticism, and member of the Israel-based Ariel Center for Policy Research, a Likud Party-affiliated group supporting hardline writers in the Middle East, North America and Europe;

 

-- Gerald Steinberg, president of NGO Monitor, a notorious pro-Israeli group;

 

-- Melanie Phillips, an extremist journalist, author, and defender of pro-Western "values" over others she disdains;

 

-- Manfred Gerstenfeld, chairman of the Board of Fellows at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, a pro-Israeli think tank, publishing material like "The Rise of Nuclear Iran: How Tehran Defies the West." He's also an Institute for Global Jewish Affairs director, supporting the myth of worldwide antisemitism and various pro-Israeli initiatives;

 

-- Mark Steyn, a Canadian writer, political commentator and cultural critic, supporting a pro-Israeli agenda;

 

-- Irwin Cotler, a Canadian MP and former Minister of Justice and Attorney General;

 

-- Yaakov Kirschen, a Jerusalem Post cartoonist and drybonesblog.blogspot.com creator, saying on May 18, 2009 that: "Palestinians are not prepared or able to build a modern, democratic state that could live in peace with a Jewish State of Israel," among other hateful comments;

 

-- Kenneth Levin, a Harvard Medical School instructor and writer on Israeli/Arab issues, supporting the former over the latter;

 

-- Alvin H. Rosenfeld, a professor of English and Jewish Studies and director of the Institute for the Study of Contemporary Anti-Semitism at Indiana University, promoting the myth of its resurgence, saying a "phenomenon of this scope and consequence demands sustained scrutiny at the highest scholarly levels;"

 

-- Tammi Rossman-Benjamin, a Hebrew and Jewish Studies lecturer, board member of the pro-Israeli Scholars for Peace in the Middle East, and chairman of the Simon Wiesenthal Center Campus Outreach Advisory Council, involved in "combatting the rise of campus anti-Semitism;"

 

-- Alex Safian, CAMERA's research and associate directors; and 

 

-- Bret Stephens, a hard right Wall Street Journal deputy editorial page editor and foreign affairs contributor; earlier, he was editor-in-chief of the right wing Jerusalem Post.

 

Conference Topics

 

They included:

 

-- Israel and the Case for Moral Clarity;

 

-- Radicals and Reformists: Trends and Challenges;

 

-- The Islamic Background;

 

-- Examining Israel: From The New York Times to Aftonbladet and The Huffington Post;

 

-- Pallywood and Mumammad al-Durah;

 

-- The United Nation's War on Israel;

 

-- NGO Biases, the Halo Effect and Israel;

 

-- The British Hijacking of Reason;

 

-- Is a New, Criminal Europe Emerging?

 

-- The City Besieged: Israel and the War on the West;

 

-- Countering the Legal Assault on Israel;

 

-- Fighting on the Front Lines: Responding to Campus Anti-Semitism;

 

-- What Walt and Mearsheimer Hath Wrought;

 

-- Jewish Defamers of Israel: Roots and Branches;

 

-- Jews at Sea: Reflections on Israel's Jewish Detractors and Defamers;

 

-- A Cartoonist View of Jewish Defamers;

 

-- Making Israel's Case, the Smart Way;

 

-- Mainstream Churches and Israel;

 

-- Blogging, Social Media and Israel;

 

-- Getting Published in the Mainstream Media and Making an Impact On-Line; and

 

-- The Spanish-Language Media and Effective Activism.

 

A Final Comment

 

On October 10, BU Students for Justice in Palestine, American Jews for a Just Peace, ItisApartheid, and other local pro-Palestinian groups protested against CAMERA's conference.

 

In front of BU's Metcalf Hall in the George Sherman Union, the conference venue, they simulated a mock apartheid wall, symbolizing Israel's Separation Wall, surrounding and isolating West Bank communities, as well as stealing 12% of their land when completed.

 

They also chanted "BU, US, it's time for BDS," "Hey BU you've been had, Dershowitz is WICKED bad," and the politically oriented Brass Liberation Orchestra accompanied protesters as they sang, held banners, and distributed fliers.

 

Like Yale last August, BU lent its name to a two day hate fest, featuring Islamophobes supporting apartheid, lawlessness, aggressive wars, isolation, land theft, dispossessions, mass imprisonment, torture, targeted assassinations, and decades of slow-motion genocide of Palestinian civilians. For 48 hours, truth, equity and justice were nowhere in sight. Complicit BU was the venue for the worst of hatemongering viciousness.

 

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. Also visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com and listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network Thursdays at 10AM US Central time and Saturdays and Sundays at noon. All programs are archived for easy listening.

 

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