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The Palestinian Solidarity Movement Stronger than Ever


Posted on October 23, 2012  by Akashma Online News
Posted Originally as a Note in Facebook on Monday, October 22, 2012 at 4:51pm ·
by Marivel Guzman  UPDATED

The Union Make the Force – The people united will never be defeated

I was responding to a note posted on my tagline on facebook, and I though that was better to respond on a Note because long comments are tedious and I decided to complete my response with photos and links to the appropriate sites that are redundant to the article, so I do not have to write the same material.

Sorry Anna OLeary I have to do it this way to comment on the article you tagged me few days ago. I always write what I feel and what I understand, and this is my feeling and understanding of the issues at hand.
Anna O’Leary, I finished reading the article,  I found to contains the same Greta Berlin issue that was played over and over on the internet while the Estelle was sailing toward Gaza.

I have insisted that Greta Berlin did not have nothing to apologize to no one.

I insisted that every one was giving too much importance to the Twitt that if left alone at  the first instigation from National Post article by Tristan Hopper will dilute

When Ali Abuminah wrote his article on October 6, we saw it as an attempt to quiet Israel hurt sensitivities,  to me the twitt and the video did not have importance at all,  if all Palestinian activists should had ignored as an ignorant piece of journalism, and no less than that everything would have been fine. Because  on all truth, there was nothing wrong with posting a video and a tag on a group or personal wall. We still have freedom of expression and if some people did not like it, that was their problem.

Some people in the Palestinian Solidarity Movement was acting as if they were to be more sensitive for Israel sensitives than for Palestinians Plight.

The apology of Greta Berlin or statement that she made public it made the things worse, because she was telling the world that she was wrong, when in reality she did nothing wrong.

The video of Erasmus Mullins, and the Title “Nazi Zionist Alliance (NA+ZI) to Create Israel Through Holocaust” are not Anti Semitic in nature. Israel in its history has re draw history to its convenience and every Scholar in the world that taught history has gone alone with the deception, except for few brave that resist to teach lies.

“Zionists are not the Jewish People, but a group using Zionism as a shield. The facade is to make you blame the Jews.

This video is NOT anti-Jewish. Please do not Flag out of ignorance”

You have to go beyond the Authorized Israel history to entertain other plausible possibilities, other buried stories, we should know that data was destroyed during the fall of Germany. The huge Anti German propaganda to win the war. We must put into perspective all those ingredients in the story, then we can have a more understanding of what the Video of Erasmus Mullins want to give us.

I have been writing about this issue since it came out on facebook, I have been  posting in every ones wall, and all seems to ignore my opinion, Oh well!. You are tagging me on your Note and I take the liberty to express my opinion.

I wrote a long letter to Gilad Atzmon dressed as a comment and was ignored. I hope that I m not giving myself too much importance and thinking that he has to read what I have to say, he probably it is too busy to even read comments. Well I do not know, but I giving my opinion on the matter any way. He is my friend in facebook after all, so that give me the freedom to write in his wall when he post material that it is public.

This article that you are bringing here is just repetition of the same material already posted by Gilad and other sites, which I believe has made the matter worse for Greta Berlin or maybe she got to be in the News and the book Sailors sold more copies, and if that was the case I will say …well done, but for the Anti Semitic rhetoric, we all know is not truth…

Myself agree with much of the video, I do not blame “The Jews”, I blame the Zionists bankers, so I will never have to apologize for something I do believe could had happened.

Now regarding Trade Not Aid, I agree 100 percent on it, I doubts that will be successful,  when we think about it, while Israel control the whole region surrounding Palestine, what assure us that the Trade will be permitted. Well unless is done thru the tunnels. I support Ken O’keefe with his Trade Not Aid for Gaza and spoke about it with him and I understand perfectly his idea. But the only way to know if will work, we have to try first. So I support Ken on that.

Regarding Anne Wright uninviting,  I think due to the controversy on every Palestinian News, facebook wall, and Israel supporters outlet at the end I thought that The Estelle distancing from now from The Free Gaza Movement was a good political move, because after all The Free Gaza Movement which Greta Berlin Co- founded also published an Apology and distanced themselves also from Greta Berlin issue, so I think it was just a good move.  Read the opinion of

Off course would have been good that none of this had happened, and that Anne Wright would have been in the Estelle, but it happened this way and there is nothing we can do to change the fact, except that we know more about the people involved in the Palestinian Movement.

This is my feeling and my opinion on the matter. There was no mistake from Greta Berlin,  I do not see why we have to play into the “diplomatic” card with Israel. They deserve no respect, no apology.

Jews around the world by now, I hope they understand the farce play on their shoulders, they were victims of a twisted joke to create an entity that could be used as the center power of the world, using the Bible as a tool for the promise land.

And to end I will say that the Palestinian Solidarity movement is stronger than ever. Few people as important as they are,  they are only part of the Palestinian Solidarity Movement but they are not all the Movement.

We are thousands around the world, maybe millions supporting Palestine in one way or another. If we are not in the cameras does not make us less important and subject to omission.

I do not think that the Palestine Movement is divided. But I think that some persons in the Movement are dividing the solidarity movement with their public statements. Those publications are indeed trying to force us to take sides, and that is the problem.

We all are important as long as we work for the Palestinian cause, for Justice, for Truth and Peace,  but the moment that we as persons take the center stage then something is wrong with us, not with the Palestinian movement.

We need to put Palestine First, we are not important in this movement, we are just part of the Palestinian Solidarity Movement.
Rosa Schiano Stay Human, from Italy moved to Gaza to be witness of Israel atrocities.

Thousands of Palestinians supporters by now had been in West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza and are living witnesses for history regarding Israel occupation.

Nora Fernandez from Argentine right now in Gaza supporting the effort of Internationals to bring awareness to the world.

Rachel Corrie RIP was part of the International Solidarity Movement, and she put the cause first even in risk of her life.

Vittorio Arrigoni RIP was part of the Palestine Solidarity Movement and move to Gaza to fight for the cause .

Ken O’keefe moved to Gaza to be part help raise awareness of Gaza situation to the world.

Every day thousands of Palestinians and internationals risk their lives in front of IDF protesting the Wall, protecting the farmers, protecting the fishermen of Gaza, walking children to school.
Please no body tell me that the Palestinian Solidarity Movement is divided and weak.

I Think the Palestinian Solidarity Movement is stronger than ever.

Palestinians

Ali Abuminay Palestinian Activist

Turkey Palestinian Supporters

Ann Wright Palestinian Activist

Palestinian Supporters

Gilad Atzmon Palestinian Activist

France Palestinians Supporters

Omar Barggouti Palestinian Activist

London Palestinian Supporters

Greta Palestinian Activist

South Africa Palestinian Supporters

Ken O’keefe and Vittorio Arrigoni RIP Palestinian Activists

Israel Protest in Support of Palestine/Palestinian Supporters

Global March to Jerusalem March 30, 2012/Palestinian Supporters

Internationals in Gaza Supporting Hunger Strikers
Palestinian Activists

Internationals in West Bank Supporting Palestine
Palestinian Activists

Vittorio Arrigoni RIP and Other Internationals in Gaza Supporting Palestine

With Palestinian Supporters and Activists

I chose this article because analyses all point of view, I invite you to read it first, then read the other articles if you deem pertinent to do so, this way you do not prejudge none of the activists.

Henry Norr calls the decision of the Estelle, the boat that is now making its way to Gaza to challenge the Israel siege, to disinvite Ann Wright, “sheer madness”, and “guilty by association”. This language is both wrong and false. I am not on or associated with the Estelle, and regardless of what I see as right, I support the autonomy of the people on the Estelle, given the nature of what they are doing, to refuse individual sail companions without having to justify it. Within reason and respect, we can speculate on or criticize their decisions and I will, but Norr’s article goes well outside of both reason and respect. To begin, howecer, some analysis of the fault lines on which people fall on this matter bear examinations.    Estelle and the Freedom of Association by Gabriel Ash

Alis Abuminah Articles on Greta Berlin

On 30 September a tweet was made from the official Twitter account of the Free Gaza Movement (@freegazaorg) which stated “Zionists Ran the Holocaust and the Concentration Camps.”……Casting Doubt on Greta Berlin Statement

As former board members of the Free Gaza movement (our terms ended in August, as outlined in a 22 September statement released by Free Gaza, though this was not immediately reflected in parts of the Free Gaza website), we are………Former Member of Free Gaza Movement
On 6 October I published a post casting doubt on Free Gaza movement co-founder Greta Berlin’s explanation of how she came to tweet a link to a video of an anti-Jewish diatribe by notorious anti-Semite and conspiracy theorist Eustace Mullins, from the @freegazaorg Twitter account. …. A Last word on Greta
Journal Entry by Gilad Atzmon on June 19, 2012
“Gilad’s “The Wandering Who” entertains, pushes and irritates us. His painful journey through what it means to be Jewish, what the consequences are of carrying that realization around, and his ultimate acceptance of who he is makes me awfully glad I was raised a Methodist. Not to be missed and not …
Journal Entry by Gilad Atzmon on October 9, 2012
GA: Bless Ramzy for standing for truth and justice. Greta Berlin, our support and total solidarity with your noble efforts will not cease, but double. Thank you for all you have done for justice in Palestine. For the numerous hours you spent brainstorming ways to break the siege on Gaza, to do …
Journal Entry by Gilad Atzmon on October 9, 2012
http://www.gazaark.org/2012/10/05/gazas-ark-statement-regarding-the-free-gaza-tweet/ ______________________________________________________________________________ An unfortunate mistake resulted in a message – perceived as antisemitic rhetoric – being sent on Free Gaza’s offi …
Journal Entry by Gilad Atzmon on October 8, 2012
Dispel the Doubts? What Doubts? I am not going to waste my time trying to liberate Palestine by prosecuting Greta Berlin for the offense of – in essence – turning onto a one-way street against the traffic. Doing so gets a lot of attention, and the drivers heading towards you will sa …
Journal Entry by Gilad Atzmon on October 11, 2012
http://www.freegaza.org/ In the past few days, Free Gaza and Greta Berlin have been viciously attacked for a mistake that Greta made when she posted a video to her Facebook page instead of sending it to her small group for discussion. During that time, dozens of people have come to the defense of …
Journal Entry by Gilad Atzmon on October 7, 2012
By Gilad Atzmon Is it really possible that not a single Palestinian or Palestinian solidarity activist would stand for Greta Berlin, one of the founders of the Free Gaza Movement and its spokesperson for the last several years? Is it possible that not a single peace activist would rush to defend t …
Journal Entry by Gilad Atzmon on October 16, 2012
Introduction by Gilad Atzmon: The adorable solidarity activist Ann Wright, former US Army Colonel and retired official of the U.S. State Department, known for her outspoken opposition to the Iraq War and support of Palestinian rights, is now also subject to Palestinian solidarity internal war. On …
Journal Entry by Gilad Atzmon on October 19, 2012
By Gilad Atzmon The recent attack on Free Gaza’s Greta Berlin and Colonel Ann Wright suggests that we have crossed a red line — Jewish domination within the Palestinian solidarity movement belongs to the past. We are now, it seems, under Zionist occupation, and we are subject to all the s …
Journal Entry by Gilad Atzmon on October 9, 2012
I know you have great ambitions, Ali, but Abe Foxman does not plan to retire yet although you do give a very good imitation of him as grand inquisitor. Perhaps, he will hire you as the ADL’s expert on “anti-Semitism” in the solidarity movement since at the moment you seem to be doing the job for fre …
Journal Entry by Gilad Atzmon on October 21, 2012
http://www.deliberation.info Although a lot of research has been devoted by distinguished institutions (e.g., ADL) to defining anti-semitism and providing detailed classifications of its forms of manifestation, the field has grown so much that it is hard now to encompass it in one discipline. …
Veterans Today Article mentioning Greta Berlin, Gilad Atzmon and Ali Abuminah

Last week, Ali Abunimah, editor of a blog called “Electronic Intafada” published a letter cosigned by a group of moderately to well known “activists” quite violently attacking Gilad Atzmon of Veterans Today. …..VT Exclusive: Atzmon-Palestinian Infighting Reveals Underbelly of Gutless Duplicity

And The Video that you must watch before you make any judgement to anything, and when you watch the video, you must go back in history and revise the official story of everything that was imprinted, because as we say, history is full of his-story,  her-story, their-story, my- story and the truth.
I say there is a story behind history and we must find the truth. Official stories fit the establishment of the time.

All this article is for safe keeping, for my records only…

The following is the comments from persons on facebook.
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  • Lynn Massyn Sharing with thanks Marivel.
  • John Jones Marivel, you are correct in your comments about Greta Berlin having NO need to apologize. There was no reason. Everyone should know that she has more than proven herself as a sincere, dedicated and effective supporter of Palestine/Palestinians. You are correct, also, in your characterization of Ali Abunimah. Why is he so concerned about defending or protecting Zionazi Israel’s sensitivities??? What is the reasoning behind having to be respectful of or to an entity that has shown zero regard or respect for Palestinians (or for all non-Zionists for that matter). Abunimah may consider it politically correct (your term is the “political card”), but he doesn’t think or act for all supporters of Free Palestine. While it is, of course, possible to inadvertently damage a cause, I believe that sincere justice-seekers have no intentions to divide or harm efforts to help Palestinians. So, who the fuck is Abunimah to denigrate other legitimate activists?? His actions/comments against Greta (and demonstrated previously in his rally against Gilad Atzmon) are every bit as divisive and damaging as what he claims he opposes and what he complains about. Israel deserves no respect. Israel has it’s own trained army of apologists. No apologies need be given to Israel … or, for that matter, anyone who supports Israel. Every person that is concerned about the Palestinian struggle helps in their own way … even if it’s only to share a story or a bit of information that would be otherwise not presented in the Zionazi-controlled media. Please don’t tell Ali Abunimah that I say “Zionazis”, because he won’t like that I’m insulting or disrespecting Israel.
  • Hani Siliman Salamah thank You Akashma Marivel Guzman for Amazing Article . shared ….I will inbox you as soon as possible
  • Sylvia Posadas · 134 mutual friends

    Racists and bigots do not belong in Palestinian solidarity, they taint it and destroy its credibility, making it no better than zionists. When will O’Keefe disendorse white supremacist David Duke? Berlin has been discredited by her own acts, as has Atzmon. Wake up folks. Palestinian leaders have said they want no racism or bigotry in their movement.
  • Sylvia Posadas · 134 mutual friends

    122 leading Palestinians say “we call on people around the world to join us in a morally consistent stance that opposes racism and bigotry in all forms. An ethical struggle for justice and equal rights in any context entails zero tolerance for racial discrimination and racism anywhere.”

    http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/struggle-palestinian-rights-incompatible-any-form-racism-or-bigotry-statement

    Get with the programme, and keep racist and bigoted opportunists away from Palestinian solidarity.

  • Robby Martin Label’s are created to discredit, from conspiracy theorists to Anti-Semite. When people speak out or oppose the ruling elite they get “labelled” to discredit them so as their opinions seem unworthy. The lines of Anti-Semitism are becoming increasingly blurred with the ADL now defining Anti-Semitism as including criticizing Israel and zionism. The pro Palestinian movement should not allow itself fall into this trap. Israel is a state not a race, zionism is an ideology not a race so criticizing either is not racist never mind Anti-Semitic.
  • Gail Baker great message Marivel ! in solidarity for Palestine! simple as that!
  • Sylvia Posadas · 134 mutual friends

    People who make racist or bigoted statements are racists or bigots. What’s so hard to understand?
  • Akashma Marivel Guzman Sylvia Posadas Hi dear!, I agree with the Statement you citing from from Ali Abumininah article, about the 122 leading Palestinians signing on it, but I do not agree that article linking this statement to an event that has nothing to do with bigotry, racism. I have followed the whole argument from A to Z, since the twitte and the video were posted, and I find the Video very enlighten. It is a sign of wisdom to entertain ideas without accepting them.
    In the Palestinians Solidarity Movement we are interested to bring Justice and Peace to Palestine. In this equation Israel is the guilty side of the story. They are the criminals that are using the Jews as a shield to commit their crimes with impunity in the name of “Jew victim hood” …
    Ali Abuminah has no right to call on other activists to sign on “his view of the event”, …We all have the right to post what we want, without having to give explanations to Israel and its supporters.
    I like Abu Abuminah and his electronic intifada as long as he use it for the Palestine cause, not to apace Israel and its supporters.
  • Sylvia Posadas · 134 mutual friends

    Antisemitic videos such as the one you like, Marivel, are unhelpful to the Palestinian cause. I’m defriending you now because you are taking the side of racists and bigots and not taking a firm stand in support of respected Palestinians.
  • Akashma Marivel Guzman I care less for your friendship when you taking the side of people that are more worry for Israel than for Palestinians..
  • Sylvia Posadas · 134 mutual friends

    I’m taking Palestinians’ side, Marivel, not racists who pretend to be in solidarity with them.
  • Karen MacRae · 27 mutual friends

    What a giant wall of racist text. Who wrote this crap and why do they hate Palestinians?
  • Akashma Marivel Guzman Well then you should revisit the whole Stupid twitt event…worthless piece of anything, that Ali Abuminah, make big big..siding with this with the zionists hasbaras that work for Israel..
  • Akashma Marivel Guzman and regarding the Video, I have researched thousands of microfilms in the Digital Library, and read almost 100 books on the subject of the Video, and I agree in almost 99 % of what Eustace Mullins Said….just because Israel supporters said that he is Anti Semite does not make him one..
  • Akashma Marivel Guzman Now days the people get sided with Other people without really searching on the matters themselves.. I for one do not side with people..I side with Palestine
  • Sylvia Posadas · 134 mutual friends

    Noting that Marivel is incapable of discerning Mullins’ antisemitism. No surprise.
  • Akashma Marivel Guzman And who say so..You or Israel?…
  • Sylvia Posadas · 134 mutual friends

    It’s you who are doing the zionists’ work for them, Marivel, by granting quarter to racism and bigotry.
  • Akashma Marivel Guzman Are you repeating Israel rhetoric, or you read all the works of Eustace Mullins…and come to the conclusion that he is Anti Semite?…
  • Sylvia Posadas · 134 mutual friends

    I’m noting your familiarity with Mullins, Marivel, and your inability to deplore his bigotry.
  • Akashma Marivel Guzman Is that what you think of me, then go away from my wall…and do not come back…..
  • Sylvia Posadas · 134 mutual friends

    It’s not like Mullins is ashamed of his antisemitism. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eustace_Mullins
  • Akashma Marivel Guzman WOW Sylvia Posadas.. You are finding your answers in Wikipedia?..My dear, that is a Zio School of Though…
  • Akashma Marivel Guzman Here have some fun, read real information.. Not structured by Israel.
    Section I. “The Constitution”
    It has been urged that the expression “a national home for the Jewish people” offered a prospect that Palestine might in due course become a Jewish State or Commonwealth. His Majesty‘s Government do not wish to contest the view, which was expressed by the Royal Commission, that the Zionist leaders at the time of the issue of the Balfour Declaration recognized that an ultimate Jewish State was not precluded by the terms of the Declaration.
    https://akashmanews.com/2012/07/27/british-white-paper-1939/

    akashmanews.com

    The British White Paper aimed to bring a clear definition of the policy and obje…See More
  • Sylvia Posadas · 134 mutual friends

    Wikipedia is zionist now. The antisemitic conspiracists never cease to amaze.
  • Akashma Marivel Guzman “At the beginning of 1935, a passenger ship set sail from Bremerhaven, Germany, to Haifa in Palestine. The ship’s name—Tel Aviv—was painted in Hebrew letters on the starboard bow. Yet the flag fluttering over the vessel bore the Nazi swastika. There was a similar paradox regarding the ship’s
    owners and its crew. The Tel Aviv’s owner was a German Jew, and a leading figure of Zionist movement in German lands. The captain, however, was a member of the National Socialist German Workers’ Party (Nazi Party).
    Decades later, one of the passengers on that voyage would interpret the situation as a “metaphysical absurdity.” Yet the Nazi-radical Zionist collaboration symbolized by the Tel Aviv was no contradiction. On the contrary, the ship was just one small example of a reality that writers of the official history have taken great pains to conceal from us.” Harun Yahya – The Violence of the Holocaust
  • Akashma Marivel Guzman Look for yourself Sylvia in your own Wiki
    In May 2007, Hasbara Fellowships (co-sponsored by the Israeli Foreign Ministry) called for volunteers to counter a “dangerous trend” of Wikipedia entries portraying Israel in a “negative light”. Interested readers were encouraged to consider “joining a team of Wikipedians to make sure Israel is presented fairly and accurately”.[7][8]
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hasbara_Fellowships

    en.wikipedia.org

    Hasbara Fellowshipsis an organization that brings students to Israel and trains …See More
  • Sylvia Posadas · 134 mutual friends

    There’s a reasonable deconstruction of Mullins’ pathetic conspiracy theory on the Fed reserve here: http://www.publiceye.org/conspire/flaherty/flaherty5.html
  • Sylvia Posadas · 134 mutual friends

    Of course, O’Keefe shares this ridiculous conspiracist belief as well.
  • Akashma Marivel Guzman Read the originals documents that lead him to write his books,..mostly from the Library of Congress, where was researcher…and from documents from the digital library of any main library……..He was hunt by the government (bankers) for his revelations…
  • Akashma Marivel Guzman Read the British White paper that I m citing in Akashma..it is original document from 1939, there is also the British white paper of 1918…
  • Akashma Marivel Guzman There is the book I just cite to you previous, with testimonies from witnesses of the time, where documents were cross checked…They called conspiracy when they challenge the “official” story…eventually all the conspiracies has been proven truth…almost all of them so far..,
  • Sylvia Posadas · 134 mutual friends

    Marivel, you can’t sanitise Mullins’ bigotry by referring to other sources. Do the Palestinians a favour and get a clue. Reject antisemitism, it belongs to the zionist side.
  • Akashma Marivel Guzman Subscribe yourself to the library of congress, or too any University and you can also access most of the official documents that now are declassified, ..when he access those he had direct access because he was working there, he has friends..
    What can I say, I have been researcher for few years now..once you start digging in history, you can not stop..you keep reading…
    I m sorry, nobody is trying to make him Saint…I do not agree with some of the points of his works, Like blaming “Jews” as a group…and not just the Radical Political Zionism…but most of his works I agree with…..you get a clue…you belong to the Zionist Side…you do not even entertain the idea of finding the truth…
  • Sylvia Posadas · 134 mutual friends

    ‘Like blaming “Jews” as a group.’ – yeah, that’s classical antisemitism. Mullins belongs to the zionist side, with all the other conspiracy nuts.
  • Akashma Marivel Guzman The only Anti Semitics are the Israeli and its supporters..
  • Akashma Marivel Guzman and you insist on defending the other side of the story…Israel side of the story…..Eustace Millins was on the other side,,and So am I…and I do not care if people call me Anti Semitic because I read authors that Israel branded Anti Semitcs…….
  • Sylvia Posadas · 134 mutual friends

    Actually, there’s a lot of useful idjits who claim to be in solidarity with Palestinians who are rabid antisemites as well, and hover round the cause because they hate jews. They do the zionists’ work for them.
  • Akashma Marivel Guzman and I stay away from themm
  • Sylvia Posadas · 134 mutual friends

    Marivel, it isn’t just Israel who defines antisemitism. When people are grouped in boxes all the better to throw rocks at them, as Mullins does, we learn that white supremacists define antisemitism as well.
  • Akashma Marivel Guzman I do not hate nobody….I do not care whose religion or race people is ….I do care for Palestine..and Justice ..and thats all..
  • Akashma Marivel Guzman and I will fight my way, until my children can go freely to Palestine without being interrogated for 14 hours in a room..
  • Akashma Marivel Guzman and It final Sylvia..My opinions matter to me..and I do not get to easy to them…..
  • Akashma Marivel Guzman So please if you insist in calling me Zionist worker, please go away from my wall…I do not need people to come to tell me how I m going to activate for Palestine……
  • Sylvia Posadas · 134 mutual friends

    The more people admit racism and bigotry into Palestinian solidarity, the more sustenance they give to the zionists, who use it to discredit the movement. Conspiracy thinking, racism and bigotry have no part to play in human rights movements.
  • Akashma Marivel Guzman I really wish you have your own opinions and not Ali Abuminah wordings..
  • Sylvia Posadas · 134 mutual friends

    You have a problem with people sharing the rational views of respected Palestinians, do you, Marivel? why is this so?
  • Akashma Marivel Guzman Please go away, I do not want you to come back to my wall..I ask you politely..Please do not come to my wall…I m not racist, and bigotry belong to people that do not know what they are fighting for, today they support the Palestinian cause, tomorrow they support an Activist…..my problem is people like you…that insist on forcing your opinion…what you believe to be the truth…it is you..and only you..and you can not come to tell me that I have to change my opinion because you say so……
  • Akashma Marivel Guzman Rational???? what you call rational respected Palestinians?…Respected Palestinians do not gang to attack others. like Ali is doing…I donot like his tactics..and you have no opinion on your own, but repeating what Ali Abuminah writes……..So please again, very politely ask you…Do not come back to my wall….Thanks for the conversation was very instructive >>>It is noted that you like baseless arguments as a defense….Good night Sylvia ..which by the way..it give me chills to see a Rat on my wall…….
  • Sylvia Posadas · 134 mutual friends

    It seems to me, Marivel, that it is you who is rejecting the views of respected Palestinians and those who share their principled positions.
  • Akashma Marivel Guzman Those are their views, not mine..I do not like their views..Actually I do not think those 122 Respected Palestinians knew what they were signing….Ali Abuminah..have problems with other activists, as I seen it too often…I do not like the his tactic…and for respected Palestinian views, I have my own view…and They are respected Palestinian views also…they are different..sorry big world..
  • Akashma Marivel Guzman And I see you deleted me and you keep coming to my wall, that tells me that you like me…you like my conversation..OH well..nothing I can do…My wall is open for all opinions…ok..you can come back…
  • Karen MacRae · 27 mutual friends

    it is indeed a big world. But I have no idea why a big world means you have to excuse obvious racism. Or what that has to do with anything. Obviously Ali Abunimah knew what he was signing. What an absolute ludicrous statement. He’s not an illiterate and obviously can spot a racist a mile away. So sad most of the commenters here seem to struggle with a very basic concept.
  • Karen MacRae · 27 mutual friends

    Anyway, you just keep supporting this racist nonsense and when it’s all said and done, the history books won’t be good to you. And you’ll live with this the rest of your life as well as live with the public shame.
  • Sylvia Posadas · 134 mutual friends

    “Actually I do not think those 122 Respected Palestinians knew what they were signing”

    What an incredibly white supremacist, patronising point of view.

  • Akashma Marivel Guzman OH Bravo Sylvia ..you brought cheer leaders! …what a wonderful conversation…follow the leader, leader.. ladies …I need to go sleep..but if you come back tomorrow, we can discuss more white supremacist point of views, and more Anti Semitic Rhetoric..now..if you allow me…I need to rest…Good night..Karen and Sylvia…
  • Akashma Marivel Guzman And bring more people, we can make a party.
  • Ursula Keller · Friends with Yani Haigh and 17 others

    The discussion should ONLY be about the best way to reach a mutual goal…..and NOT about the “intentions of others”, as these can only be assumed. The discussions about Gilad, Greta and Ken are ridiculous, as all of them have proven to support the palestinian cause in the most serious way.Even, if one might not always agree on the “best way to succeed”, to label them as bigots, antisemites is stupid , unintelligent and unjustified . The fear about “how to be perceived by others” obviously in some people is much stronger than the feeling of loyality and solidarity.May this be “induced” or simply a trait of personal insecurity….it is counterproductive at a moment where even more courage and solidarity would be needed.
  • Brian Curdy · Friends with John Jones and 12 others

    End the blockade. End the occupation and apartheid. Abolish or abandon the racialist (zionist) notion of a “Jewish” (ethnocentric) state. Demilitarize the region. Cut US military aid to the illegitimate zionist entity that has been outside of international law for over 60 years. Remove illegal nuclear weapons and stop zionist nuclear weapons production under the supervision of the IAEA (Vienna), Restore the right of return to Palestinian refugee populations. FREE PALESTINE NOW !!
  • Sylvia Posadas · 134 mutual friends

    ‘The discussions about Gilad, Greta and Ken are ridiculous’

    Of course people who make excuses for racism and bigotry try to throw the discussion away from them. Sorry, no banana. People who embrace racism and bigotry have no part to play in human rights movements. No matter how their apologists whine and scream, they cannot sweep this simple fact under the carpet.

  • Ursula Keller · Friends with Yani Haigh and 17 others

    Sylvia…you are claiming the monopoly for deciding about the “racist” character of a person ? You are not even willing to change arguments,to take the whole range of people’s activities , past statements/actions into account ?.The whole “history” doesn’t matter anymore, if you find something, which sounds suspicious ? I would rather say, people with such simple views of other human beings are no valuable representatives for human rights movements.
  • Sylvia Posadas · 134 mutual friends

    Ursula, are you saying you are unable to understand what is racist and bigoted about Eustace Mullins, David Duke and Atzmoan’s drivel? those who give these a free pass on the backs of the Palestinian solidarity movement are contemptible.
  • Ursula Keller · Friends with Yani Haigh and 17 others

    I cannot find any racism in Gilad’s publications (don’t know though, what drivel means ).His analysis is bright,totally logic and courageous. I deeply respect Greta for her long and effective engagement. ONE fault doesn’t change that…and it doesn’t make her a racist, or would it reveal any “long hidden racism” :)Concerning Ken, I would like to know more about HIS arguments…..so far…again,I cannot detect any racism in HIS work. One has to be careful, when judging others….and analyse with intellectual integrity.
  • Sylvia Posadas · 134 mutual friends

    So, Ursula, you don’t find Atzmoan’s distaste for Jewishness as ‘racially supremacist’ problematic? you don’t find Greta’s embrace of Yani “jews suck” Haigh a problem either? and you don’t think Ken’s embrace of the white supremacist David Duke a problem?
  • Ursula Keller · Friends with Yani Haigh and 17 others

    Sylvia…you may argue with Gilad about his book. Look at his analysis and his arguments….tell him, you think, they are not logic…and prove it to him via argument. It is NOT enough to NOT like the outcome of an analysis. Whom Greta and Ken are “embracing” that is their business, as long, as they do not act in a racist way themselves. One can critically discuss these things in a movement, which exists of many complex personalities, but has no right to dismiss somebody with a long history of brave engagement for these kind of accusations.
  • Sylvia Posadas · 134 mutual friends

    Ursula, perhaps you don’t realise that who one endorses taints oneself. Atzmon has touted Holocaust deniers. You don’t find his view of ‘Jewishness’ as ‘racially supremacist’ problematic, so I doubt you are capable of working out why his pseudo-philosophy is racist in the first place. His system of black box bigotry, which attempts to disguise his antisemitic views by claiming he’s only impugning ‘jewishness’ is pathetic. If one says one dislikes ‘blackness’ and not ‘blacks’ do we really take such an individual at their word? Ken O’Keefe has brazenly endorsed white supremacist David Duke and follows the Mullins antisemitic blaming of the world’s woes on Rothschilds and the Fed Reserve conspiracies. Greta has called Ali Abunimah racist names which along with her several changing stories in her desperate attempt to cover up her posting of racist vids is revolting. We also know that her behaviour is far from unusual in the the groups she frequents, and in particular due to Bekah Wolf’s and others’ direct observations. I myself have witnessed her tolerating antisemitism on her wall, when Yani ‘Jews suck’ Haigh made the post which delivered his now famous epithet. If people lie down with fleas, they get up with them.
  • Gail Baker all this infighting, judging, attacking, is divisive and useless to the Palestinian cause. The whole post is about rising above divisions & differences of opinions. For my own part, I’m not going to judge any of these high profile people because I do not know for certain what the motives or intentions are. & at this point, it shouldn’t be the issue. Now more than ever it’s about support of Palestine, which at the pace Israel is going, will be wiped off the map soon. So focus on this. The movement & the cause is bigger than these few individuals named on the post.
  • Sylvia Posadas · 134 mutual friends

    Gail, those who wish to be in solidarity with Palestinians should put the principles which leading Palestinians embrace before attempting to cover up for vile individuals who leach off them. If racism, bigotry and deceit are not called out, if individuals who practise these are accepted as worthy leaders of Palestinian solidarity, then frankly, the movement becomes no better than the racist zionists who are opposed. No hypocrisy. Demand accountability.
  • Ursula Keller · Friends with Yani Haigh and 17 others

    Sylvia again…where some detect “racism, bigotry and deceit”…others don’t ….We here are not talking about the qualification for a political position, but simply about members of a broad movement, which contains the most different and complex personalities. And I honestly cannot see any qualification on your or Ali’s side to determine, who is “worth” to fight for the palestinian cause and who is not. Gail is 100% right, and I therefore will not discuss this any further.
  • Marivel Guzman This is informational videos for Israel supporters, Wake UP. to the Palestinian supporters siding with activists and blinding attacking other activists with out even giving a thought on the information given. Wake UP..you are dividing the Movement, not doing a favor to Palestine or to the world for that matter.
    Before you yell Anti-Semitic, and supremacist, please take an hour of your time and watch the video..do not come to conclusions without watching the video, cross checking references, checking peoples works and behavior…Please do not assume you know everything because you watch one video….This is just one of hundred worth watching.
    The person being interview is death now (Eustace Mullins RIP), when he was young and stupid he was ignorant and made few statements regarding the Jews, regarding women, and he grew up and dedicated his life to truth and Justice.. To bring us the truth covered by our governments.
    The people that he bring out of their dents scream “Anti Semitic”, “Supremacist” …”Racist”…and those three words are used against his work to discredit his long life as historical researcher and eye opener.
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    And I m sorry any comment after this video will be deleted, so I ask my friend not to make comments. This is my wall and reserve the rights to delete posted on it. Of course this video for most of the part reflect my own opinions, you do not have to agree with me or the video.
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nni9MIPTmfs&feature=related

    The late Eustace Mullins and Randy Atkins with Daryl Bradford Smith, December 8, 2005. Dr. Henry Makow in ‘Illuminati, The Cult that Hijacked the World’ (p. …

The Activists of Palestine and the Hasbarist Machine


Posted on October 11, 2012 by Akashma Online News

The Mission is the Estelle Freedom Boat, sailing to Gaza! 🙂

By Marivel Guzman

Let me first tell you something that I have noticed in the world of activism, specially in facebook community.
There is jealousy, ego centrism, and  love for audiences, specially the guys that are in the business of selling books, conferences and travels around the world activating for a cause.
In the case of Palestine, had been a fertile ground for writers and University Professors to make a name out of themselves discussing Palestine/Israeli Conflict. The aware knows that there is not about strategy, not about “Peace Talks”, we know the peace talks are conducted by the guilty party of the Conflict, and by the supporters of this Party, namely Israel.
The case of Finkelstain, Chomsky and others that are public figures, they are being using Palestine as trampoline, they may be sincere in their support for Palestine but lately I starting to doubt the end goal of this public support. I have to apology if I m wrong, specially in the case of Norman Finkelstain that it is known for 30 years to be a Palestinian supporter. Sometimes I think that these heavy weight Professors in their integrity as a humans being they have to support the cause because it is Just, but in their inner heart, the Noblezed idea of the chosen land for the Jews still permeates out and they can not really decide when it comes to radical positions in favor of Palestine. If they were put  in the position  to vote to dismantle Israel, would they be able to give that vote and walk away confident that they did the right thing? ..Sometimes I wonder the same for every Israeli Jew that support Palestine, but that came whose ancestry is from Europe or else where, Would they be able to vote for the dismantleling of Israel and go back to their original mother lands? I have asked myself these questions many times.
Now Palestinians; like Abu Abuminah, Omar Bargoutti and other important figures of the movement are being continuously attacked by other activists, and attacking each other as well. If they know that Unity is the key for a stronger movement, I asked them why do they engage in this back and forth attacking each other and dividing the International community with their arguments?…
Now, the latest  controversy arises when Greta Berlin which it is a very respected activist, not only in the Palestinian Movement but also in other areas of peace, well she got publicly defended by Gilad Atmoz, which by the way it is kind of close supporter of Ken O’keefe,  (which it is a key player in the Palestinian Solidarity) Movement.
Now let’s back up a little..Ali Abuminah wrote an article and got the support of almost hundreds schoolars and activists around the world against Gilad Atmoz..
Now…Gilad Atmoz has been activating for Palestine..but he has a flaw…his approach to the Jewish indentiry has created lots of revolt in the Zionist and Palestinian Movement…(controversial) I mot not sure if he is using that made up and purposely controversy to clime in the ranks of popularity and sell books and conferences , which it is very common these days..
On the other side Mr Atzmon also criticized Omar Bargoutti calling him Anti Semitic…By now I see that Mr Atmoz is being caught up in two instances of Palestinians Activist having to defend themselves instead to concentrating on the Palestinian issue..media attack, need to respond to media inquires, to make articles in response to the public attacks..
Also Mr Atzmon was in the need to ask media inquires, and make many articles defending his position when he was “attacked” by Ali Abuminah and the schoolars, that went to the extent to sign a letter of Disavowing Gilad Atzmon, which made headlines all over England and inside the Palestinian Solidarity Movement, which conveniently made Gilad Atzmon sell more books of his Title “The Wonderering Who” .
Now, we have 3 actors in scene, Gilad Atzmon, Ali Abuminah, Omar Bargoutti..
Then it came a heavy weight actor to the scene Prof Norman Finkelstain, making the argument that the BDS movement was a self cheer leading movements with shaky basis,  using a no no go strategy that will have no support from the International organizations and Jews around the world.
At this point we have a mix of controversies all clashing each other..
So we have the enemies of the BDS against Omar Bargoutti, the supporters of Gilad Atzmon with internal conflict with Alu Abuminah supporters, Norman Finkelstain supporters against Omar Bargoutti supporters..so at this point we have a Chaos inside the Palestinian Solidarity Movement that have not help at all..Well good for the books writers that most probably saw their sales raised, and the Pubic speakers saw their conferences booked ..
Then we have this charismatic long time activist that is known to be integral part of the Palestinian Movement and more specially in the Gaza Flotillas Voyages, but here we have another controversy arising. Greta Berlin say few statements about Ken O’keefe when the Road to Hope got stranded in Libya for weeks and end up in the MV Strobes Greek boat kidnapped at sea.
Immediately the controversy started against Ken O’keefe, and the statements of Greta Berlin did not help at all, they made the rumors run wild in between the Palestinian activist community, not only her statements, there were other 2 statements, and a variety of rumors without facts that almost killed the mission.
So by now we have Gilad Atzmon, Ali Abuminah, Omar Bargoutti, Greta Berlin and Ken O’keefe all of them peace activists, some of them published authors, public speakers and Mr. O’keefe that have not published works but has been invited to dozens of TV and Radio shows to speak about Palestine-Israel Conflict..
Now, what happen last week it is unfortunately because again as it has been a trend now, every time that one of this controversies arises in the media, is when there is a Palestinian Mission in the making.
Now as I write this notes, The Estelle Freedom Boat is at sea in its mission to reach Gaza and break the illegal Israel Blockade..
So, how is this started, well nothing really important happened to start this show. But a video that has been controversial in nature is the center of this Media Frenzy.
Greta Berlin shared something in this lines that Zionist were to be blame for the holocaust in a tweeter, but in the National Post appears by Triten Hopper, “Gaza flotilla sponsor publishes tweet blaming Jews for Holocaust”, off course that was not what was tweeted that it is the “Catchy” Headlines that Mr Hopper used to make big fuzz and headlines and divert the attention of Greta Berlin’s Gaza Sailors Greta Berlin Talks About “Freedom Sailors” and the Story of the Free Gaza Movement and its tour promoting the book  in Californian and her role behind the Gaza Flotillas, and the most important the Estella Freedom Boat Voyage.
WE know the hasbaras trick of the Israel Paid Media, they distorted anything that needs to be twisted to serve their propaganda..I saw it since the first article..but what made the thing worse at least in facebook was the article of Gilad Atzmon defending Greta Berlin, 3 days later Gilad Atzmon distributed his article “Abuminah Did It Again”, off course Gilad Atzmon enjoy of great readership in his blogs, and that was another started controversy that span wild in the internet. By now we have all the Israel Propaganda Machine making headlines of something without merit..The video that had so much horrorized the Israel supporters is ProffesorEustace Mullin RIP, a well respected Professor, journalist that dedicated his life

As far as Zionism is concerned, the founder of Zionism and apostate, Theodor Herzl, sought to intensify hatred of the Jew in order to enhance the cause of political Zionism and with this advance with the plan to transfer the great majority of Jew to Palestine. In essence this is what is stated in the video and that is not Anti semitic, but the uncover truth

Going back to Greta Berlin, according to Avi Mayer “discovery” on freegaza tweeter she saw this tweet: ““Zionists operated the concentration camps and helped murder millions of innocent Jews,” read a Tweet posted Sunday to @freegazaorg, the official Twitter feed of the group, which includes Canadian author Naomi Klein and Bishop Desmond Tutu on its board of advisers.

WOW, the end of the world, the world Jew and Zionists in the same statement rang the bells of the internet filters and in no time the whole Israel hasbara propaganda machine raise their antennas and started working round the clock..
I do not understand why the Free Gaza Movement had to publish an apology for what Greta Berlin tweeted, I believe that the video it is worth to be analyzed, and raising issues that we think could be possible than have happened is not a crime or reason to call any one Anti Semitic, Besides we all know that this is the hasbara way to operate why give them time and space and with this making bigger something that is not…besides Greta Berlin did not blame jews for the holocaust as the Headline title of Tristan Hopper advertised “Gaza flotilla sponsor publishes tweet blaming Jews for Holocaust” , I m not even going to cite the source of his article, because he did it with the purpose to inflame the Jews Community, and that it is wrong. So I refuse to send one reader to his publication.

1933 connection between Jews and Zionists to transfer the Jews to Palestine…The transfer Agreement the book.Edwin Black Author.

Now, we have another person Greta Berlin, Pro Palestinian, and according to Gilad Atzmon article Ali Abuminah did it again “Is it really possible that not a single Palestinian or Palestinian solidarity activist would stand for Greta Berlin, one of the founders of the Free Gaza Movement and its spokesperson for the last several years? Is it possible that not a single peace activist would rush to defend the person who was directly and physically involved in every naval attempt to break the siege on Gaza? Gilat Atzmon in its vendetta with Ali Abuminah again bring the sour wound that Ali Abuminah opened with that letter…Ay Ay Ay! this look like a soup opera of activist fighting for ratings..

So as you see in this Note, we have Gilad Atmzon against Ali Abuminah, and Omar bargoutti and at the same time against the BDS movement.
We have Greta Berlin against Ken O’keefe, but we have Gilat Atzom in the middle because Gilat Atzmon wrote an article defending Greta Berlin of the Israel Mad Machine of Hasbarists and none of the  Palestinians and Palestinians Activists are coming in her defense. Well he deserve merit for defending Greta but at the moments when the Estelle is sailing alone without any exposure from the Media and absent from facebook walls, and people in facebook posting only about Greta Berlin being slandered, he completely took the attention away from the Gaza Flotilla Mission, and in doing this way,  Gilad  make mention of Ali Abuminah it looks illogical, I do not want to discredit Gilad Atzmon but he chosen the wrong issue, at the wrong time to try to get even with Abuminah.
Then we have Greta Berlin endorsing Gilad Atzmon book, ‘The Wondering Who”, but we know by now that Ken O’keefe have some resentment with Greta Berlin for her statements regarding Ken O’keefe during some Gaza missions that they were part activists.
Now when Ken O’keefe was cleaning his name after being slandered by some activists, and some hasbarists, the old scars surface again on the social networks whole thing seems as being purposely scripted to derail the mission of the Samouni Project that again is being revived, the Estelle Mission and The publication of Gaza Sailors of Greta Berlin.
So what this left us?, A triangle of three loving and hardworking Peace activists divided by the support and nonsupport of each other..
On the other hand, he have Gilad Atzmon and Omar Bargoutti defending their opinion of the BDS, which by the way needs to defense because the BDS Movement is so gigantic and have moved so well that at this pace the Israel boycott will be total in few years, and with this the dismantlement of the Apartheid State. And make sure not to twist these words, I did not say the destruction of the State of Israel, NO! Israel will self destruct very soon, not by the BDS or the global Palestinian Solidarity Movement, or the Palestinian Resistance inside and outside of Palestine, but own Israel hands, her arrogance have no name, and the leaders will have no other but to cut ties with Israel, and Israel with no International support and no free money is nothing but I bunch of guys yelling “Anti Semitic” …

Well I think I have summarized what it is going on in the Activist Community of the Palestinian Solidarity Movement.

Please remember all the blood spilled in Palestine, the thousands of ancients olive tress uprooted, the destruction of ancients Palestinian homes, the millions of Palestinians exiles in other countries, the millions living in refugee camps, the Palestinian children tortured in Israel Jails, the thousands in Israel Jail, the hunger strikers, the Besiege Gaza, All the Palestinian Martyrs. Remember Palestine is still occupied.

 It is not about me, about you, is not about Ken O’keefe, Gilad Atzmon, Omar Bargoutti, Ali Abuminah, Greta Berlin, Norman Finkelstain, is not about selling books, about popularity, facebook buddy support, is not about selling conferences, is not about making money blogging, or selling the stories to the Big Media, is not about being on TV or Radio…is about PALESTINE, is about Free Palestine, about Justice, Fairness, Truth, and above all and all is about PEACE, not just in Palestine but in the whole world, because by this time many have come to the conclusion that unless Israel be brought to justice and in the road to justice Israel be completely disarmed, and stop creating conflict around the world, not before all that happen there won’t be World Peace.

Now I leave you with The Video that have Israel hasbarists fuming in the Internet. Please take the time to watch it and make your own mind. At the End the readers are the opinion makers.
And this little excerpt of Eustace Mullins Ideas on Israel and the Federal Reserve

Many of Mullins’ writings show a preoccupation with the idea that the Jews of the world are in a state of war with Christianity and Western civilization, and that Communism, Zionism, and International finance were Jewish tools to subjugate gentile populations. He also believed that in general the interaction between Jews and gentiles was parasitic. He believed that the Rockefellers were also parasitic, but that ultimately the World Order was controlled by Jews and that the end goal of this Jewish oligarchy is “World Zionism.”

Mullins believed that the French Revolution and the Congress of Vienna were key events in which Jews, via conspiratorial machinations, overpowered Gentile governments. He believed that other key moments in the establishment of Jewish power were the creation of the Federal Reserve, the Bolshevik Revolution, and the establishment of the state of Israel.

Whose Cause!? The BDS Controversy!


Posted on April 29, 2012 by Akashma Online News

By Marivel Guzman Edited by  Gail Baker

BDS The Non Violent Movement That Can Change The Odds

Whose Cause!.. Gilad Atzmon, Norman Finkelstein, Ali Abunimah, Omar Barghouti or Palestine? The BDS Controversy!

 

What Does it mean to be a Pro Palestinian Activist?

– To be pro-Palestinian does not necessarily mean you want the state of Israel to be wiped off the map; nor does it imply that you agree with either the two-state or one- state solution. The pro-Palestinian movement embraces many ideas and offers much diversity in way of critique and pro-active solutions.  For instance, some activists take a stand, drawing upon the premise of Human Rights and International Law while others pursue different strategies outside of U.N. sanctions, precisely because the legal precepts have never been enforced. Similarly, it is with this context in mind,  that we can view the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement where we witness much diversity in terms of strategy and goals.  The international community of peace activists has been preoccupied with boycotting Israeli products, goods, and services;  and also, has taken up the campaign for Cultural/Academic Boycott.  However, some blocks of the solidarity movement participate only if the products were exported from the settlements inside the occupied territories, namely the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Essentially, BDS is not a uniform or homogenous movement with a strict set of standards which would end up being restrictive and narrow in focus.  Some may view this as a weakness. And yet many others put another spin on it where the BDS is seen as holding out much promise due to its open, versatile, and dynamic appeal to a diverse range of groups. It is this versatility that allows for broad-based support that can only strengthen the movement all the more. As such, it would be a mistake to think that the BDS has to strike a consensus in order to work.  We really cannot expect such a consensus since the movement has so many different branches, strategies, goals, and supporters.  Nonetheless, one thing is clear in the minds of all supporters:  inspired by the South African  BDS campaign,  most people simply want to put an abrupt halt to the apartheid practices of Israel!  On this, I believe, there is a consensus and so it represents the rallying point that shall galvanize the movement into a potent force.

So it is we witness various scenarios where you have Israel citizens who support BDS because they want peace and know that for this to happen, there needs to be compliance with international law to the extent that rights of Palestinians within occupied territories are upheld. Therefore, they will not engage in talks or entertain the ideas of one or two-state solution. Their main concern is to maintain stability within Israel. Meanwhile, other activists take the stance that it is morally wrong to purchase any Israeli-made products;  simultaneously, they will target any companies known to have ties with the apartheid state, especially those corporations associated with providing arsenal and weaponry which are used to kill Palestinians.  This in turn will weaken the financial empire that continues to support Israel.  Whatever the goal of the BDS participants,  I personally think that it is a moral duty of every citizen in the world to support the BDS movement! This movement is not exclusive to any one leader or faction.  Even Omar Barghouti, often credited as the founder, does not claim a monopoly on BDS;  he does not own the movement but prefers to follow and act on the direction of the Palestinian BDS factions.  This in no way diminishes the value of the BDS movement!  On the contrary, BDS has become massive and global in it’s appeal and  should inspire us all the more as active participants, realizing that each and everyone of us has an important integral role to play.

We are already observing the inroads made.  Not only has BDS tarnished the false image of Israel as a progressive democratic state,  but it has been successful in financially crippling certain sectors of the economy.  Furthermore,  every time a company comes public in its support of BDS and severes its economic ties with Israel,  this captures the attention of the media and serves to act as counter-propaganda to that once-well oiled Zionist machine.  Every time we hear of these BDS triumphs,  awareness is stepped up a notch or two so that more is known about how Israel’s apartheid system really operates.  Subsequently, we cannot discount the achievements nor diminish the value of this campaign based on the opinion of one group, organization, or a handful of high profile activists.  While everyone is entitled to their opinion and deserves to be heard, we should take precautions not to restrict our own perspective to one particular position when it comes to BDS, or any issue for that matter.  It would help to put the movement, itself, in proper context and consider the implications.  For instance, recall that in South Africa it took more than 20 years for the BDS to gain some recognition around the world until finally it did take root as to have moral effect on the conscience of the people. Compare this to the contemporary situation where, with the assistance of technology, the Palestinian BDS campaign, since it’s inception, took only 5 or 6 years to be known at a global level.  By this time,  the BDS already has taken on a life of its own;  the ideology of the founders and/or their political aspirations have nothing to do with BDS anymore. There is no office at this point that can control or organize what people around the world do to support Palestine, so the rhetorical question of the two -state solution that some want to use against the founders or against the movement, itself, cannot undermine the global support for Palestine that BDS is awakening in the people of conscience.

WHAT IS BDS

BDS stands for Boycott and Disinvestment Sanctions and it is aimed primarily at Israel. This movement is intended to pressure Israel economically, financially, and culturally.  By no means was it created with the intention to undermine Israel’s legal status as an official recognized State. But as the movement has grown and thousands of organizations and universities across the globe are being more and more involved in the BDS movement, the perception of Israel is changing rapidly and many important academic figures that have been following the development of the conflict over the years are drawing the conclusion that Israel  is losing its legal status in the world.

In 2005 the Civil Society of Palestine called the attention of the world when they founded a movement that is known globally simply as BDS and every sector of the population is participating, whether on a small or a grand scale.

“Boycott – basically is a tool of the weak, who individually are weak but collectively can have some strength against overweening power. The first use of the word [originated] with tenant farmers in Ireland against their land agent.  Famous cases are the Montgomery Bus boycott and, more recently, the sporting boycott and other boycotts against South Africa. There are differences between all these boycotts, and I would stress that by taking the archetypal case of that of the tenant farmers who resisted the land agent Charles Boycott, who gave his name to the whole process, in the 1880s in Ireland.  Boycott was the land agent for an absentee English noble. And what they did, when he became too domineering, is they denied him labour to save the harvest, they put him into isolation -refused to talk to him under any circumstances, the shops wouldn’t serve him, the workers wouldn’t go and look after his house for him, and the person wouldn’t deliver him letters. And in reasonably short order, by the end of the year Boycott had been forced out and returned to England. So very direct.” Professor Jonathan Rosenhead, Novemeber11, 2011

Professor Jonathan Rosenhead is chair of the British Committee for the Universities of Palestine (BRICUP) which is the main organization in the UK supporting the academic and cultural boycotts of Israel, it parallels PACBI in Palestine. Professor Rosenhead is also an activist, took part in the flotilla, sailing to Gaza to break the Israeli siege.

If we take this case as an archetype, or at least one standard by which to view the BDS movement in general, it reminds us to use our own critical thinking whenever high-profile people as intellectuals, writers, emeritus, professors, Nobel Prize laureates, politicians, scholars, and internationally-acclaimed activists speak on a issue.  Many of us may be tempted to automatically think and feel that our support for an issue is validated merely because someone of high stature takes a stand in favor. On the other hand, if these same people speak against a campaign that we support, we may feel betrayed and angry. Some of us even go to the extreme of doubting our own convictions and moral standing and then we prematurely switch sides.  It is, at that moment, we become followers and lose our ability to think independently for ourselves. This should be taken as a precautionary note, especially when we are addressing the issue of the BDS movement since the campaign is so immense and, therefore, cannot be accepted as a uniform doctrine expected to fit all necessities. Rather it is versatile, diverse, and dynamic in appeal. What we can say in terms of technicalities, it is not a movement that necessarily seeks the liberation of Palestine, because at its CORE, it was founded on 3 main premises:  rights of return for refugees, equality for Arabs in Israel, and the end of occupation. These three points, if satisfied, will comply with international law! Even as we consider this official position, it is important to realize that the movement, itself, has evolved, the ideas have evolved as well, and by natural effect, the goals have changed, at least for some.

For pro-Palestinians that seek the liberation of Palestine, it is not enough to satisfy the 3 points, because such according to their interpretation would be akin to recognizing and legalizing Israel as a one-state solution. Palestinians and non- Palestinians alike, who take this line of reasoning, refer to the partition of

Palestine as illegal and thereby,  will never accept Israel as legitimate state. While we may understand this position, the concern and grievances are misplaced:  the original founders of BDS and the fulfillment of the three premises, does not entail  debating the one or two-state solution; nor does it imply recognition of Israel as either legal/legitimate or illegitimate.  One could argue to the contrary, that the original founders of the movement,  whether they accept Israel as legitimate or not, nonetheless view the BDS goals as a beginning for a broader movement with effective outcomes that perhaps could eventually lead to dissipation of Israel. Consider the various variables at work here,  such that the population growth of Palestinians is on the rise and could imply the best tool to defeat Israel.

Norm Finkelstein’s Position on BDS:

On his Interview with Frank Baratta, a well known Human Rights Activist, on February 9, 2012 attended the Imperial college London,  and delivered astonishing statements that left us all surprised and wondering “what got into him????”.

Norm Finkelstein is now famous for repeating The Law is Clear, and he shields his views on BDS charging the founders of the movement as dishonest that Israel it is a State and that it is the law, but sadly he forgets easily how Israel had disregarded the law thousands of times when it comes to respect the life and property of Native Palestinians.

“When the law is criminal, you must break it to be human.” – FendLOTRO youtube user responded to Norman Finkelstein

Norman G. Finkelstein received his doctorate in 1988 from the Department of Politics at Princeton University.For many years he taught political theory and the Israel-Palestine conflict. He currently writes and lectures.

The controversy arose when Professor Finkelstein slammed the BDS movement as a cult!  I heard his argument and he does not mean the literal definition of a cult;  but rather is referring to the centralized idea that forcing Israel to comply with the 3 points of the BDS movement will destroy Israel. He goes on to say that he will support the BDS movement if the organizers will honestly speak on their goals, because he senses that they are not being genuine due to what he considers “vague” statements made by Barghouti. In this sense, Finkelstein’s interpretation imparts a misleading and inaccurate appraisal of the BDS movement.  Meanwhile, Ali Abu Nimahk, from the electronic intifada who has been a harsh critic of  Finkelstein, started a campaign against him by drawing the line on disinformation coming from Finkelstain side, accusing Finkelstain on supporting Israel on the two state solution.  When every body knows that it is not possible, but this point does not discredit Finkelstain as a pro-Justice man,  Subsequently, Ali Abu Nimahk supporters,  fell for his arguments, without question, and failed to seriously consider the words of Finkelstein where he stated  “I support the BDS, but I said that it will never reach a broad public, until and unless they’re explicit on their goal, and their goal has to include recognition of Israel, or it is no starter. It won’t reach the public, because the moment it goes out there, Israel will start to say, what about us? and they won’t recognize our right, and it fact that is correct, you can’t answer the Israelis on that, because they are making a statement that is factually correct. It is not an accident and unwitting omission that BDS does not mention Israel….you know that and I know that…is not that OH! we forgot to mention Israel!”  Professor Norman Finkelstein.

I highly respect the point of view of these personalities and their approach to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict because each of them have worked tirelessly for the Palestinian cause! Nonetheless, all of them have their own goals, and because their goals differ in nature, their arguments also differ. It becomes problematic, however, where this turns into a “mud-slinging” fest and divides the various supporters affiliated with each of these high-profile personalities, as those aforementioned. We all can be peace activists and be pro-Palestinians and not have an opinion on the one or two-state solution – that has been the center point for Ali Abu Minah. Yet when he criticizes Finkelstein, he ignores the position regarding the legal question  of Israeli actions against occupied territories. Furthermore, he fails to pursue the probable outcome of the BDS movement where we could envision the prospect of an eventual dissipation of Israel as a legitimate state according to international law.

Ali Hasan Abunimah is a Palestinian American journalist and co-founder of Electronic Intifada, a not-for-profit, independent online publication about the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

I make mention of these disparate views above because they have played a role in disseminating rumors regarding the BDS. Furthermore, it would be unfair to give credit to or to discredit the words of any of these heavy-weights, without first analyzing their background, their profession, their nationality, and ultimately, the real motives behind the positions they promote in public forums.  Take the case of Norman Finkelstein where many questions arise regarding his recent, often contradictory and confusing arguments.  What goals does he have in mind?  He has been a peace activist for years and out of moral duty has stood firmly behind the Palestinian cause to defend truth, justice, and law.  He has in the past taken enormous professional risks to do this.  But now he is in the process of selling his image as a writer, political scientist, scholar, and activist, as well as his books.  This means his integrity is at stake and once again he is taking a risk and has to step cautiously into the Mid East arena regarding BDS. When he bashes Israel, we give him credit for his courage. And yet, we must be skeptical here since, of recent, he has taken the position that “the law, it is clear.  We cannot be selective with the law”. Moreover, he slams the BDS for not staying within the bounds of the law because the movement doesn’t explicitly give recognition to the state of Israel.

Did Finkelstein forget the stipulations placed on Israel by the League of Nations during the time that Palestine was partitioned to create Israel?  And it isn’t it true that Israel, in order to have legitimacy, would have to respect the rights of the inhabitants of the land with particular emphasis on all groups including Palestinians  Muslims, and Palestinians Christians?  Now it is obvious to human rights watch groups and it should be obvious to Finkelstein, himself,  that since the moment of it’s inception,  Israel has violated every international law in the books and was never held accountable! Due to this violations, it’s status as a legitimate/legal state should be considered dubious, at best.  Ironic it is, then, that Finkelstein criticizes the BDS movement due to it’s failure to make an official statement in recognition of Israel.   Why should the founder/s be pressured to do so, in the first place?  especially when Finkelstein stresses the idea that “the law is clear and is not selective”?  What he fails to address is the obvious –  why when it comes to Palestine, is the law selective and why are those legally-binding resolutions (in favor of Palestinians rights) NOT enforced?  Disturbing about this is the fact that he takes a legal stance against BDS, but in this case he appears to use it selectively in favor of Israel. Below I provide two screen shots of the original documents of the United Nations – Resolution 194-8 and 194-11 agreed and signed

All things being equal, the truth will prevail. When given a fair chance, the truth should survive, because it is more natural, more attractive, and less contrived than falsehood. In a democracy, certain rights are inalienable, so that all men are equal before the law. On that assumption we must pressure Israel to adhere to it’s own propagated idea that as “the only democracy in the Middle East”, it must abide by the law. Since this stands as a fundamental principle of democracy, defending the truth will reach a conclusion.  The anti-BDS propaganda must be challenged at it’s source.  The fact that such heavy-weights as Ali Abu Nimah, Omar Barghouti, Norm Finkelstein, and Gilad Atzman have all entered the fray and media frenzy,  opinions have likely been taken out of context and the issues have  been blown out of proportion.

Gilad Atzmon’s Position on the BDS:

Gilad Atzmon: “For more than a while, myself and others are very suspicious of the BDS. For some peculiar reason the BDS in the West is dominated by Jewish activists. Though the BDS’ principle is valid and worth a fight, it has become clear to many of us that something went wrong along the way. Last month we have seen BDS calls to stop Norman Finkelstein; this month we see BDS calls to stop me. Great, isn’t it. The BDS is now used to stifle freedom within the solidarity discourse.”

I m not blaming Gilad Atzmon for the anti-BDS sentiment that is circulating! Rather, I am quoting those words that were picked up by media and likely contributed to the the controversy that arose following the interview of Norman Finkelstein,  as well as, Ali Abu Nimah‘s heated debate on the issue. I think we can trace the roots here. In addition, the people pushing hard on the surface of the BDS movement, are hijacking the campaign where we observe attempts to silence the dissident Jews as Gilad Atzmon and Norman Finkelstein. Because they are taking center stage in the Palestine Justice Movement, many people followed the line being pushed by an anonymous group that seems to operate behind the scenes, implying that there may well be a few spy rings. (Where these spy rings arise, they can do damage because they plant “ideas” that are hurting the BDS). Many of the same dynamics mentioned above were also witnessed during the Jewish global boycott of Germany goods to weaken Hitler’s economic power during WWII, as well, to force the government to finance the Jewish Transfer to Palestine. Additionally, we saw similar factors at work in South Africa during the horrible apartheid era.
I  agree with Gilad Atzmon where he criticizes certain groups that have infiltrated the BDS and have been used to silence Jewish dissidents as himself.  Unfortunately, though, his defensive position has become offensive and imparts a false impression that the BDS campaign in general is not trustworthy. Sadly, I have seen good friends and pro-Palestinian activists write against BDS,  without considering the consequences of doing so. We must put this in a broader perspective and push aside the infighting upon realizing that this is an immense movement in which millions of people are doing their level best to keep up the campaign against apartheid.  Meanwhile, I can only hope that those people of high-profile who have great influence over public opinion reflect upon the damage that could be done to Palestine whenever they overgeneralize their personal opinions in attempt to defend themselves against rogue BDS elements/agents.

With this in mind, I cite Gilad’s own words to remind us to stay focused on the real issues:

“For more than ten years I have been writing about Israel, Zionism and Jewish identity. I am engaged in a process of deconstruction and critique of different Jewish texts, ideas, politics and practice. My intent is aiming towards some deeper realization of what Zionism is. In my opinion, Zionism is one of the most dangerous political movements. It is a global operation that threatens world peace on a daily basis.” Gilad Atzmon

 

When citing any position, it is important to keep in mind that the BDS movement is not the property of few persons. This is a global campaign of awareness, to pressure Israel to end her apartheid practices inside the occupied territories and to force Israel to respect the human rights of Palestinians that live in West Jerusalem, Gaza and West Bank.

Boycott is a real complicated issue. For years we’ve been arguing in favour of divestment and boycott. At the time I supported any form of boycott in Israel, its products and its culture.There are some elements in the boycott that are obviously very welcome. For instance, the fact that UK unions are standing up against Zionist evil is a major shift in the very right direction. The Boycott is certainly bad news for Israel and this is wonderful news in itself. Yesterday, I went to a reading of a play, it was actually a theatrical adaptation my latest book. The producer is Jewish, and at a certain stage when we were discussing the meaning of the play he stood up and said. “You see, we had a Jewish State, it is now sixty years later, and it is a very horrible place, it is so horrible that it has now been boycotted. And this is there to make us think, where did it go wrong?” This is the most positive impact of the boycott. It makes people reflect.” Gilad Atzmon July 2007

Gilad Atzmon is an Israeli-born British jazz saxophonist, novelist, political activist, Pro Palestinian Peace Activist, and writer. Atzmon’s album Exile was BBC jazz album of the year in 2003.

When Gilad Atzmon refers to the Jewish, you have to understand his philosophy and point of view regarding the modern Jewish sentiment of ” the chosen ones”. This mentality is more intrinsic and is best exemplified by the Jewish Only political spectrum in Israel, as well as, powerful Jewish lobby groups around the world. But let us not confuse Israel Jewish Only Policies with Judaism. “Jewish” refers primarily to ethnicity while “Judaism” refers to religion. For instance,  those who support “Jewish only” policies in line with apartheid, play upon the concept “the chosen few”, not as  a matter of religious principles, but more so, a matter of political arrogance. Furthermore, it is notable that there are a number of Jewish groups of orthodox faith who take offense to Israeli Zionist practices of apartheid and occupation. Neturei Karta Orthodox Jews are but an example.

Recently a group of intellectuals, and pro-Palestinians endorsed Ali Abu Minah in a letter against Gilad Atzmon. I think that some people are using the spotlight of others to upstage their popularity within the Palestinian movement. Meanwhile, there are thousands of pro-Palestinians who have invested their time and sometimes their money without thinking twice. Additionally, there are those who have and continue to make a profession out of the Palestinian cause, dedicating much of their life to this. Such is to be respected where and when these people are clearly focused on the objectives to serve justice. Moreover, it is only fair that they be paid for their time and service since they, as anyone else, need money to live and support themselves and families. Sometimes the tasks do involve various campaigns for private donations, or setting up Non-Profit Organizations where the structure is similar to the official NGO’s that participate in charities (unlike many NGO’s, this participation in charities is not merely a means to deduct taxes). Then, too, there is a group of individuals who have thrown their support behind Palestine, not out of love for Palestine, but more so as a matter of fighting injustice due to violation of human rights. Chomsky and Finkelstein may very well fall into this camp since they do not want to see Israel wiped off the map; rather, they would prefer to see an Israel that behaves democratically by working inside the parameters of international law. Like Professor Horowitz,  Finkelstein engages in discussions with pro-Israeli supporters. BUT UNLIKE Horowitz, Finkelstein cites factual information regarding atrocities against Palestinians and also clearly recognizes the need for Israel to put an end to human rights abuses. As mentioned earlier, the argument may initially sound appealing. However, delving further into Finkelstein’s various discussions and interviews,  many contradictions arise and are worthy of further examination if we are to assess his position on BDS.

Assessing the Implications of the Key Players Involved in the Controversy:

On February 2012 a video clip was released on youtube entitled “Arguing the BDS Movement: Interview with Frank Barata and political Scientist, Writer, and Activist Norman Finkelstein“.  According to Finkelstein,  international law is unambiguous and could be used as a tool to compel Israel to adhere to human rights.  Meanwhile, he sees little value in the so called Palestinian Authority’s efforts to conduct peace talks and negotiations that have led nowhere, and also implies  that the P.A. is a collaborator of Israel since the leaders often strike bargains that actually come at the expense of the Palestinians, themselves. In a sense, he is right!  This rather cozy relationship became more evident especially after Abbas’ presidency. For instance, corruption is observed in many instances, among all things, the criminalization of protests against the occupation.  Given the P.A.’s collaboration with Israel,  along with U.S. aid to the Zionist entity, it is hard to envision the possibility of a peaceful outcome. According to Finkelstein, Palestine will never win the conflict since it is inconceivable that Israel will give an inch.  Not only is it equipped with one of the most technologically advanced military and powerful armies, Israel too has the moral and financial backing of the United Sates, as well as other nations.  The fact that the U.S. provides more than 3 billion dollars a year in military aid and loan guarantees makes the prospects for Palestine look all the more bleak, especially considering this one-sided war, if it can even can be called a war.  In reality this is unprecedented and unwarranted aggression against the virtually defenseless Palestinian population. As such,  Israel would have to be extracted by force,  either through the Palestinians use of militancy or through strict judicial procedures within the bounds of international law.

It is on the point of international law that Finkelstein makes his case for Palestine, but in the meantime, also applies the argument to undermine the legitimacy of the BDS campaign. What unravels in his position, is an argument replete with serious  flaws, contradictions, assumptions, and confusion.  It is no wonder then that many of his own supporters have been left bewildered. The major criticism regards the three  strategies put forth by the BDS. To Finkelstein,  while these may be “ideologically possible”, on pragmatic terms and according to international law, the three-pronged approach can’t work since it excludes Israel as a viable state.  Even if these strategies did have effect,  eventually this would culminate in the end of Israel.  This is particularly problematic to Finkelstein because the scenario is feasible given that the return of 6 to 7 million Palestinian refugees will shift the balance of power due to disproportionate representation in terms of a diminished Israeli population. This prospect, accompanied by the BDS’ call for equal rights to Arabs within Israel will quite likely result in a panorama view where Palestinians as majority will be the major political players. On these grounds,  Finkelstein accuses the BDS of being dishonest since it does not acknowledge this possibility nor officially claim it as a goal.  Subsequently, he believes the campaign will never take root because the international community simply will not accept these terms, whether they are explicitly stated or not.

The bewilderment and confusion arising out of Finkelstein’s stance can be traced to the manner in which he takes comfort in citing the 1967 borders that are supposedly the legal borders of Israel!  Disturbing about this argument is the failure on behalf of Finkelstein to acknowledge those disenfranchised Palestinians who were illegally driven and forced out of their homeland prior to 1967.  Did he forget the history,  the Nakba for instance, which violated international law prior to 1967?  Did he forget how the so The State of Israel was created through war crimes when it was violently inserted into the heart of the Middle East?  There is reason for concern insofar he draws scarce attention to and virtually ignores the atrocities and plight forced upon Palestinians who became refugees in neighboring countries where they are not accepted as citizens, and on the other hand Majority of Israelis enjoyed double Nationality.  If it is so as Finkelstein reiterates over and over that “the law is clear”,  why is it that he ignores the resolutions adopted by the General Assembly at it’s third session on  November 27, 1948? (refer to illustration 1 and 2). Moreover, if he is going to use the stance that “the law is clear”,  it is incumbent on him as a political scholar, to admit that Israel violated most of the U.N. resolutions and was never held accountable since the moment of it’s inception.

Yes, the law in this case is clear, but it is unfair and unjust, because it has not been enforced!!!!  By all standards then,  Israel’s legitimacy as a state, is dubious and up for question.  So we are left to ponder why Finkelstein places the burden of proof upon the Palestinians rather than on Israel.   And why does he uses such a flawed argument to slam the BDS campaign?  If anything, one could turn the tables here and apply “the law is clear” premise to work in favor of the BDS.  Finkelstein’s argument would be far more credible had he used it to acknowledge that, by all international standards/UN resolutions,  Israel technically is  not a legal nor legitimate state.  In this sense, the BDS movement, could satisfy the three pillars, and could very well become a potent force enough to garner the attention of the international and global community.  It could reach a climax of mass proportions in which the international players will no longer have the luxury of appeasing Israel.  The world will soon become weary and tired of Israel arrogance and impunity.  Sooner or later, Israel will be forced to follow the path of South Africa!

Upon revisiting controversy surrounding Gilad Atzmon’s position, it is important to note that he is very critical of the Zionist ideology,  insisting with reason, that the state of Israel has instilled exclusivity of “the chosen few” in the minds of Jewish citizens to advance colonial rule in Palestine.

Meanwhile, Atzmon’s detractors are working hard to undo the work that he has done on behalf of Palestine. They are using the wrong arguments for the wrong reasons for the right cause, that is Palestine. Some of these people get entangled in the criticism,  some are genuine pro-Palestinians, and some are misled by the well- oiled Zionist propaganda that is trying to destroy the career of Gilad Atzmon, that it is being cemented on the Palestine Conflict and Zionism. It is no secret, after all, that

has published in favor of the Palestinian cause and due to his fame and popularity, has much influence. Subsequently, Zionist groups have an obvious motive for bashing his work.  But the move to do so may be premature, ill-conceived, and in fact, may backfire.  As with any issues that come under the spotlight due to controversy, the media attention can serve both sides of the divide: on one hand it reinforces arguments by the detractors, and on the other, it inspires greater interest and curiosity in Atzmon’s work. The same could be said of  Finkelstein as well. So the question comes to mind, whether or not this anti-BDS campaign is actually a stunt employed to sell books, or at the very least, an  opportunistic ploy conveniently playing in the hands of the authors and publishers.

The claims articulated by both Finkelstein and Atzmon, strongly suggest both are pro-justice, pro-peace, and ultimately, pro-Palestine.

“For me to be Jewish is, above all, to be preoccupied with overcoming injustice and thirsting for justice in the world, and that means being respectful toward other peoples regardless of their nationality or religion, and empathetic in the face of human suffering whoever and wherever victimization is encountered” (Gilad Atzmon, “On Jewish Identity,” 1/15/2011).

In Atzmon’s words, we find credibility in his cause and struggle for justice. However, if this trumped up anti-BDS campaign has been used as a propaganda scheme to gain free advertizement for books recently published, then this is disturbing, to say the least. To attack the BDS campaign as a means of serving one’s own interests is beyond irresponsible and irreproachable since authors of high stature have great influence on the pro-Palestinians.  I would hope that these are not the motives here. Whatever the case, there is no doubt that the controversy did have spin-off effects that have undermined BDS proponents and, meanwhile, divided the solidarity movement. For instance, I recently heard some statements against the BDS movement asserting that the strategies have not worked since Israel’s economy is more “economically solvent than ever”.  Yet pursuing this at greater length,  tells us that nothing can be farther from the truth –  the economic meltdown is a global phenomenon and it’s to a point where even Israel is not immune. Taken in this context, we can quite confidently assume that certain sectors of the economy will inevitably be hurt, as some already have suffered losses. Add to this, the Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel.   Many high-profile personalities, as internationally-acclaimed author and activist Alice Walker,  have already entered the fray, inspiring the BDS campaign once again with enthusiasm and optimism; meanwhile, striking fear into the heart of Zionist lobby groups. Indeed Zionist Israel has reason for concern; and it is high time that the key political players are shaken enough to take note!  Economic collapse may be more imminent than they are willing to admit! And if this is what it takes to put an end to apartheid, occupation, and genocide; then we owe at least some credit to the BDS movement.

Consider too, how the average Israeli citizen is impacted by the government’s heavy investment into security and weaponry used against Palestinians. Simultaneously, the middle class is beginning to feel the crunch as elsewhere in the world. Growing inequality, in terms of both socioeconomic status and political policies, is the first sign spotted by the ordinary citizen.  The Occupy movement has actually reached the Holy Land and has stirred up protests. Change is on the horizon. Even Israel can no longer afford it’s own arrogance. Moreover, there is no magical wand that can grant them immunity from global or economic evolution where society is evermore awakening to mass consciousness. The conditions exist and the time is ripe for the BDS to make inroads and impact enough to dismantle apartheid Israel.  On this optimistic note,  it is relevant to examine the ideas of Omar Barghouti.

Revisiting the Controversy Surrounding Omar Barghouti’s Position on BDS:

It would be remiss not to assess the credibility of Omar Barghouti also,  since he too has become central to this BDS debate and as mentioned earlier,  he did emerge on the scene to espouse the values and the 3 main objectives of the campaign against apartheid Israel: right of return for refugees, equal rights for Arabs within Israel, and termination of the occupation. Barghouti, also emphasizes that the direction of  this movement is to be in the hands of the Palestinians themselves.  While other affiliated groups and participants across the globe are recognized as major players, the movement must not be monopolized by any set of elites.  It belongs to the grassroots people, particularly guided by the Palestinians. While statements have been embraced by most in the BDS movement, he too has come under attack by both Finkelstein and Atzmon. According to Finkelstein, the goals are too vague and cannot work. Atzmon makes similar claims but stepped it up a notch when he unfairly referred to Barghouti as a racist against whites . Such an accusation, however, should not be taken seriously since Atzmon took Barghouti’s words out of context without giving accurate representation to the postmodern argument from which Barghouti implied that those of Euro centric ethnicity/background have no right to dictate the terms or set the agenda for the Palestinians. Here, Barghouti was making reference to the colonial mentality where white supremacy is still very much a denominator in international relations between the imperialistic “colonizers/occupiers” and the “colonized/occupied”.

In yet another instance, March 7/2011, the London Review Bookshop was host to Barghouti’s launch of the work entitled “BDS: Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions – The Global Struggle for Palestinian Rights”. Here Barghouti again came under attack, accused of taking a “hypocritical position on academic boycott” simply because he had attended an “Israeli University” to obtain his Ph.D.. Even so, Barghouti’s rebuttal was swift, to the point, and “very rational” which according to staff of Inminds.com suggests “that unless someone is being dishonest with themselves, they will have no choice but to accept the arguments”. The integrity with which Barghouti replied is nicely captured in the following excerpt:

 

Audience Question: Omar, you are living in Israel, you are doing a PhD, you are

studying in an Israeli university. How does that equate with your boycott campaign, isn’t that hypocritical to live in Israel and consume everything Israeli, then call for a boycott of Israel? And secondly, if God forbid, you ever needed a life saving medicine, or a member of your family in Israel, would you accept that medicine or would you reject that life saving medicine?

Omar Barghouti: I think Mandela went to an apartheid university, when you are living under apartheid you have no choice. You pay taxes to the apartheid regime, you accept services from the apartheid regime, how else can you survive? You go to hospitals, you go to universities, you go to the post office, you go to government offices in the apartheid regime. You are a ‘subject’ of that colonial system, there is no other way. Gandhi studied at a British university as well. The point is that when you are under occupation, when you are under apartheid, you have no moral choice. There is no choice. We ask people from outside to boycott because they have a moral choice. Responsibility comes with choice. Germans under Nazi rule who couldn’t open their mouths were cowards; but we can perhaps forgive them for not opening their mouths when you think you would be shot by the Nazi genocidal regime if they opened their mouths. Israelis that stay silent are far more cowardly because they do have a choice and they wont get shot if they stand up against the occupation. So we measure this with how much choice you have. When you have no choice what do you do? So there is absolutely no double standard for people under oppression to call on people who are not under oppression, standing in solidarity with them, to oppose and boycott a completely the oppressive regime. What we cannot do, you can do in the UK.  The second part of your question.. of course we do not boycott Israeli medicines in Israel. What else can we buy? We are not irrational. I don’t know your view of the Arabs.. but you know we are not suicidal..

A Q. [interrupts]: Why do you live there if you don’t like it there?

Omar Barghouti: Its my country, I’m a Palestinian.

A Q: You were brought up in Egypt

Omar Barghouti: I’m a refugee. Refugee’s have a right to go home. I’m a Palestinian. The two-state solution, besides having passed its expiry date, it was never a moral solution to start with. In the best-case scenario, if UN resolution 242 were meticulously implemented, it would have addressed most of the legitimate rights of less than a third of the Palestinian people over less than a fifth of their ancestral land. More than two thirds of the Palestinians, refugees plus the Palestinian citizens of Israel, have been dubiously and shortsightedly expunged out of the definition of the Palestinians. Such exclusion can only guarantee the perpetuation of conflict.”

If Israel doesn’t want to obey international law then why should Israel be recognized as a legitimate state? Israel can’t have it both ways! The Case for BDS:

Reflecting upon the controversies, debates, and the infighting, we are left to assess and evaluate the merits of the BDS campaign. Essentially, we need to do some of our own soul-searching, put aside petty disputes, and ask the key question: What variables  should we consider in using our discretion either in favor or against the BDS? Because Omar Barghouti says we should? because Ali Abu Minah says it is the right thing to do?  because Gilad Atzmon has been unfairly accused of anti-Semitic by some rogue boycott members? or because Gilad Atzmon has unfairly accused Barghouti of racism? or because the highly respected Norman Finkelstein suggests that the boycott has no clear goals and is unworkable?  Do these questions make your head spin,  and confuse the issue rather than clarify it?  If so, then we need to get beyond the ambiguity and propaganda that the infighting and divisiveness has created.  If we really are focused on the goal of serving the interests of Palestine, then it is necessary to put an end to the “mudslinging” and dirty politicking.  After all, this is playing into the hands of Zionist tactics of divide and conquer.  Wouldn’t we fair much better if we refused to be followers,  used our own critical thinking, and put an abrupt stop to the ungrounded attacks that deflect from the goal to end injustice?  The BDS campaign, in a sense, has become a battleground, a war zone.  And now is the time when we can refuse to enlist in that war and instead, become conscientious objectors as we collaborate under the banner of BDS to restore justice to Palestinians.  By doing so, we shall partake in the movement, doing so for Palestine only for Palestine! To restore their rights, to help them to be heard by a world that for years has turned its back and failed to listen.

Letter from Palestinians To the World

“The goal of the Palestinian people has always been clear: self determination. And we can only exercise that inalienable right through liberation, the return of our refugees (the absolute majority of our people) and achieving equal rights to all through decolonization. As such, we stand with all and any movements that call for justice, human dignity, equality, and social, economic, cultural and political rights. We will never compromise the principles and spirit of our liberation struggle. We will not allow a false sense of expediency to drive us into alliance with those who attack, malign, or otherwise attempt to target our political fraternity with all liberation struggles and movements for justice.

As Palestinians, it is our collective responsibility, whether we are in Palestine or in exile, to assert our guidance of our grassroots liberation struggle. We must protect the integrity of our movement, and to do so we must continue to remain vigilant that those for whom we provide platforms actually speak to its principles.

When the Palestinian people call for self-determination and decolonization of our homeland, we do so in the promise and hope of a community founded on justice, where all are free, all are equal and all are welcome”.
Until Liberation and Return

Signed:

  • Ali Abunimah, Naseer Aruri, Professor Emeritus, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, Omar Barghouti, human rights activist
  • Hatem Bazian, Chair, American Muslims for Palestine, Andrew Dalack, National Coordinating Committee, US Palestinian Community Network, Haidar Eid, Gaza. Nada Elia, US Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel. Toufic Haddad, Kathryn Hamoudah
  • Adam Hanieh, Lecturer, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London, Mostafa Henaway, Tadamon! Canada
  • Monadel Herzallah, National Coordinating Committee, US Palestinian Community Network, Nadia Hijab, author and human rights advocate. Andrew Kadi, Hanna Kawas, Chair person, Canada Palestine Association and Co-Host Voice of Palestine
  • Abir Kobty, Palestinian blogger and activist, Joseph Massad, Professor, Columbia University, NY, Danya Mustafa, Israeli Apartheid Week US National Co-Coordinator & Students for Justice in Palestine- University of New Mexico
  • Dina Omar, Columbia Students for Justice in Palestine, Haitham Salawdeh, National Coordinating Committee, US Palestinian Community Network, Sobhi Samour, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London
  • Khaled Ziada, SOAS Palestine Society, London, Rafeef Ziadah, poet and human rights advocate

Other Voices

It is my hope that the non-violent BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) movement, of which I am part, will have enough of an impact on Israeli civilian society to change the situation. In that regard, I offer an earlier example of THE COLOR PURPLE’s engagement in the world-wide effort to rid humanity of its self-destructive habit of dehumanizing whole populations. When the film of The Color Purple was finished, and all of us who made it decided we loved it, Steven Spielberg, the director, was faced with the decision of whether it should be permitted to travel to and be offered to the South African public. I lobbied against this idea because, as with Israel today, there was a civil society movement of BDS aimed at changing South Africa’s apartheid policies and, in fact, transforming the government. Alice Walker

Israelis have many other ways to show their dissatisfaction with the status quo: They can boycott institutions that profit or take part in the occupation, avoid the draft, take part in Palestinian-led protests or lead their own demonstrations. Ultimately, this debate will also lead to dealing with the question of BDS, though it’s clear that actual support for BDS will remain very marginal in Israeli society. Still, as long as no real alternative for the occupation is brought from the Israeli side, I think it’s very important not to oppose any form of Palestinian non-violent resistance, even if one is not taking part in it personally. Noam Sheizaf

In the frenzy to discredit BDS, it’s perversely easy for critics to forget these facts, to get lost in the abstraction (and sometimes distraction) of arguments about the uplifting effects of transnational corporations, the benevolence of 1948 Israel and the lurking anti-Semitism of the BDS agenda. These arguments are not just misleading but often downright dangerous and offensive; the anti-Semitism charge in particular is probably the most often cited and potent. So let’s be clear: vile and frightening anti-Semitism certainly exists, but BDS is not an example of it. As a nonviolent movement dedicated to human rights and nondiscrimination it is, in many ways, its opposite: the lesson of “Never Again” interpreted universally, a reminder that in the face of extreme horror, it is incumbent upon people of conscience to rally around the inalienable rights of the abused. Lizzy Ratner

Some BDS Triumphs

250 European academics call for exclusion of Ahava and Israeli arms companies from EU research projects – Article 3 of the Treaty on European Union obliges the EU to uphold human rights and to strictly observe and support the development of international law in all of its external
relations.

The largest Presbyterian group in the US is considering divesting from three major global companies over the Israeli military’s use of their products in the Palestinian territories.Pension funds in Norway and Sweden have divested themselves of holdings in some firms involved in building settlements or helping to erect Israel’s contentious West Bank separation barrier. European activists have stepped up pressure on companies by exposing their West Bank ties and picketing stores that sell goods produced in Israeli settlements.

Last week, the US investment firm MSCI Inc. announced it had removed Caterpillar from three of its popular indexes that track socially responsible investments, leading mutual fund giant TIAA-CREF to divest $72 million in Caterpillar stock.

Israel cited in Caterpillar’s delisting from influential investment index – The sale of Caterpillar tractors to Israel was a factor, but not the determining one, in the delisting of the company from an influential index that prioritizes good governance and human rights.The move, however, is poised to further complicate the difficult ongoing conversation about Israel taking place between American Jewish gruops and the Presbyterian Church (USA).

BDS it is the Only Hope For Palestine to Become Independent

Palestine Treasure Land; Holy Land Economic Independence

Do you know that Palestine will be self sufficient if Israel stopped stealing the natural resources?

Palestine will be rich if allowed access and control over the minerals in the Dead Sea or the Natural Gas recently discovered in Gaza Shores?

If Israel would stop uprooting The Olive Trees that have been one of the sources of income for Palestinians – they have commercialized the olive oil and olives for hundreds of years.

If Israel would would remove the physical barrier that separated Palestinians from their farms and business, this alone will save them thousands of hours that are wasted on walking great distances to cross the check points illegally installed by Israel in Palestine.

Just the time saved in removing barriers and checkpoints, itself means money. Ultimately, efforts and resources to be fighting a worthless occupation will be employed to restore people’s  properties and revive the Palestinian economy. Just Imagine the possibilities!!!! These are just some of the issues that the BDS is trying to resolve for Palestinians.  Of course, there are more pressing  issues yet that need to be acknowledged by the international community;  but we should not underestimate the capacity of BDS to play a pivotal role in these very factors.


Right now under apartheid Israel, Palestine loses close to 7 billion dollars every year:

“The economy of the Palestinian suffers annual losses of seven billion dollars because of the occupation, which has turned these territories into one of the most aid-dependent economies in the world. In this respect, the ambassador of PNA in the UN, Riyad Mansour, said in an interview with Prensa Latina that the cost of domination is easily quantifiable, so that if this policyends, “we will be able to be self-sufficient and not need external help.”The seven billion dollars lost to the Palestinian economy in 2010 amounts to almost the entire Gross Domestic Product (GDP) annually, and this damage was produced by depriving the residents in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza from using their natural resources.” Correspondent for Prensa Latina in Egypt.Palestinian numbers, a despicable occupation – Translated from the Portuguese version by: Lisa

KarpovaPravda.Ru

 

Follow your conscience. Follow what you feel is right. Propaganda is cheap and costs great division. Use your own mind, heart, judgement on this matter and try not pin your hopes and faith exclusively on one source or person of influence. What ever works to create awareness counts; any efforts aimed to let the world know that Palestine has been suffering under apartheid for 60 plus years.  We know BDS is working. We know that boycotting Israel is one means of reigning in this rogue state! It is a human duty and obligation to rally together against any state that continually uses brutality and violates human rights and international law, in the manner that Israel has done, to the point of genocide. The BDS is beyond reproach, and trying to stop us from exercising a rightful humanitarian cause is a treason against our own human nature.

“The end of the Cold War, moreover, changed the West’s attitudes towards Africa. Western governments no longer had strategic interests in propping up repressive regimes merely because they were friendly to the west. Along with the World Bank, they concluded that one party regimes lacking popular participation constituted a serious hindrance to economic development and placed new emphasis on the need for democratic reform” The Struggles for Democracy- Martin Meredith -The Fate of Africa

At The End The US and Britain were forced to Boycott South Africa Apartheid: Library of Congress 1987

References

The Fate of AFRICA – Martin Meredith -Public Affairs Series – 2005

How Israel was won – – June 17, 1999

Palestinians Civil Society Calls for BDS- BDS National Committee- July 9, 2005 –

BDSmovement.net

Gilad Atzmon Interviewed: Each Village is a Reminder by Brian Lenzo- July 13. 2010 –

Palestine Chronicle

Why Is BDS a Moral Duty Today? A Response to Bernard-Henri Levy – Omar Barghouti

– January 11, 2011- Huffington Post The Blog

Boycott Divides Jews In Britain, The New York Times, March 26, 1983 -0 Pasadena Library

Opening Chris Hedges-Norman Finkelstein, Talk, 6 December 2011 – Video-Cultural

Freedom,Nonfiction,Video-Recorded at the James A. Little Theater in Santa Fe, New

Mexico on December 6, 2011.

Alice Walker Stand on BDS: She has visited many places that have suffered injustices like Post Apartheid South Africa and knows of the terrible life the Afrikaans had it, and because she knows thru her own experiences the real story, she adds her voice to the people of Palestine, which sufferings are very similar to the blacks of the south where she grew up, or the South Africans of the Apartheid Era.

On Gilad Atzmon-Disavowal: “…a mental act that consists in rejecting the reality of

a perception.”by William A. Cook

The Zionist Story Not Like Any Other


Posted by Marivel Guzmanfrom original posted on
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 at 8:55PM Gilad
Atzmon

The Zionist Story is an independent film by Ronen Berelovich. It tells the story of the ethnic cleansing of the indigenous Palestinians and the creation of the Jews Only State. This is an incredible documentary. You want to find the time to watch it from beginning to end.

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