Tonight: Students for “Justice” in Palestine (SJP) at UC Irvine hosting Boycott, Divestment and Sanction (BDS) Farce

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Boycott, Divestment, and Sanction = Double Standard, Demonization and Delegitimization*

Remember the Pakistani teenager who was shot in the head by the Taliban for advocating education for young girls? video here.  In November 2012 a 14-year-old Afghan girl was beheaded by two men  for refusing one of the mens marriage-proposal.  According to Amnesty international, This was the 15th deadly attack on a female victim in 2012.

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Disturbing article about BDS, “Alternative Travel” and the Olive Tree Initiative

Posted By Nichole Hungerford On January 4, 2012 @ 12:02 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage

Many were disturbed at a recent video of young Jews — the hope of the next generation — “occupying” a Birthright event and spewing noxious anti-Israel rhetoric in and outside the gathering. But considering the competition Birthright is up against, it’s not difficult to see how such a scene was produced. The fact is, not only have anti-Israel activist made 21st century blood libels fashionable, but they have found a way to turn a profit from them in the process. More and more, sojourners to the Holy Land are falling into the orbit of the growing “alternative travel” or “justice tourism” industry, which specializes in politicized tourism to Israel and adjacent territories. As the name indicates, alternative travel is entirely focused on exposing tourists, not with mainstream, commonly accepted information on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but with an “alternative” account predicated on needless Palestinian suffering at the hands of their brutal Israeli oppressors. Continue reading

More on BDS, the Olive Tree Initiative and “Lip Service”

Note: On December 28, 2010 The Orange County Independent Force on Anti-Semitism issued an Open Letter Concerning the Olive Tree Initiative at UC Irvine to leaders of the Orange County Jewish Community. In the letter we urged  the Jewish Federation, The Rose Project and and Hillel to adopt the The Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties Funding Guidelines. As of this date, that letter has gone unanswered. (OCITF)

What’s the Matter with Boycotting Israel?

Nichole Hungerford on Mar 11th, 2011 Front Page Magazine

“How ironic — no, scratch that; how incredibly shortsighted — that just as Egypt starts to open up, an American Jewish community would start to clamp down.” This, Rob Eshman penned February 16th in a piece for the Jewish Journal in which he argued against the removal of Jewish communal funds from organizations engaged in BDS (boycott, divestment, sanction) strategies against Israel. To do so, as Eshman intimates, would be to close the Jewish community; to stifle the freedom of thought and expression from within its ranks. Although it is a well-meaning call for openness, it is, nonetheless, a deeply misguided assessment of the danger posed by the BDS movement. To understand the true nature of the movement, is to understand why it cannot be countenanced by the Jewish community in any form — at least not a Jewish community interested in the preservation of Israel. Continue reading

NGO Monitor Launches “BDS Sewer System”

Click  here for  BDS Sewer System Map
Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) 2011 is underway in cities and on college campuses worldwide. This cynical anti-Israel activity, based on the campaign to falsely label Israel as an “apartheid state”, is part of a larger “Durban strategy” adopted at the 2001 UN Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa.

NGO Monitor’s report on IAW 2011 demonstrates the anti-peace and anti-human rights dimensions of this campaign. The non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that sponsor and speak at IAW events reject “two-state” approaches to the conflict and oppose the very existence of Israel.

To help students and faculty, NGO Monitor developed and is distributing the “BDS Sewer System” to partner organizations and campus activists throughout the world (see the Jerusalem Post story below). Promoting BDS is a central goal of IAW, and the BDS Sewer System provides detailed information on the sources of delegitimization campaigns against Israel.

*      Read NGO Monitor’s report on IAW, including useful fact sheets on NGOs and activities.

*      Learn about the legal fallacies inherent in the apartheid analogy.

*      Visit www.ngo-monitor.org/bds to view the BDS Sewer System.

*      To order print copies of the BDS Sewer System, please email mail@ngo-monitor.org.

Israel Apartheid Week, and efforts to combat it, begin

By JORDANA HORN

Exclusive: NGO Monitor announces efforts to combat Apartheid Week with “BDS Sewer System” to detail sources of delegitimization campaigns.

NEW YORK – Israeli Apartheid Week, an effort by groups and activists supporting boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israel to discredit it and label it an “apartheid state,” kicked off Monday in many cities and college campuses worldwide. Continue reading

Anti-Israel Boycott Defeated in Washington State

PORT TOWNSEND — The Port Townsend Co-op board rejected a proposal to boycott Israeli products after much discussion Tuesday night.

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Quilcene peace activist Kit Kittredge speaks to the Port Townsend Co-op board while others wait in line for the microphone. — Photo by Charlie Bermant/Peninsula Daily News

The six-member board voted 4-2 against the proposal, saying that it was not consistent with its boycott policies.

An estimated 175 people attended the board meeting at the Quimper Universalist Unitarian Fellowship hall in Port Townsend. Continue reading

Event at USC (Sunday 9/19) to train students to collect signatures for the Israel divestment petition to qualify for the California ballot

Courtesy of Tammi Benjamin:

http://uscsjp.wordpress.com/2010/09/18/sunday-los-angeles-campaign-kick-off-and-petition-circulator-training-to-qualify-the-israel-divestment-initiative-for-the-california-ballot/

BDS (Boycott Divest Sanction) Movement. Is there any difference?

European Union Fundamental Rights Agency’s (FRA) working definition of anti-Semitism

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