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American Jews Spread BDS Message at the Kotel

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

(JNi.media) The Wailing Wall wailed just a little louder on Tuesday, when two Jewish American, Code Pink activists Ariel Gold, of Ithaca, NY and Ariel Vegosen, of Oakland, CA, unfurled a banner at the old Wall that read, “American Jews support BDS.” It may have been a historic low for the Kotel, built in the first century by a grandson of Herod, to support the Temple Mount compound above, which burned to the ground shortly after the construction was concluded.

Representing the women’s peace organization, Code Pink, the two activists—both named after an angel, a modern Jewish city in Samaria, and a Disney mermaid—proudly expressed their “Jewish opposition to the Israeli occupation of Palestine” and endorsed “the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement as a nonviolent strategy to bring about a just peace in Palestine and Israel.”

Last September 18, the third grade classes at the Beverly J. Martin School in Ithaca, NY, heard a presentation on human rights by Ariel Gold and Palestinian activist Bassem Tamimi, as well as the local chapter of the anti-Israel Jewish Voice for Peace. Tamimi is the Arab lady who sends children, especially her own video star daughter, in front of unsuspecting Israeli soldiers, to scream at, punch and even bite them — and then she films their reaction, proving the cruelty of the occupation.

The Kotel has seen many sad things since that terrible fire in the year 70, saw poet Yehuda Halevi killed by an Arab horseman right by its ancient stones, and it has seen many tears and felt millions of hopes, in the form of notes to God that were tucked in its crevices. And now it witnessed two Jewish women who came over just to teach Israelis about justice and non-violence:

“At this moment of escalated violence in Palestine and Israel, we are here at the Kotel to pray for an end to the occupation, the root cause of the violence. … We support of the boycott, divestment, and sanctions as a nonviolent strategy to bring about a just peace and full equality for all people in Palestine and Israel. We call on all people to stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people and boycott Israel until Palestinians have equal rights and occupied lands are returned by Israel.”

During their visit, while helping Palestinian farmers with their olive harvest (always a good time to visit), the two Ariels “experienced major restrictions on Palestinian freedom of movement … and numerous human rights abuses against Palestinians.”

Incidentally, Code Pink is involved in campaigns to bring peace elsewhere in the region, although their message is somewhat more abbreviated on those. For instance, their message regarding the civil war in Syria does not involve tales of helping downtrodden Syrian farmers with the olive harvest, it merely states: ” Code Pink and a coalition of women’s groups launched Women Lead to Peace, a global alliance of women and male allies calling for an immediate ceasefire in Syria, an embargo on arms sales, greater humanitarian aid for the refugees and displaced, and the full participation of women at the peace negotiations.”

That should do the trick.

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London Mayor Hunts Hi-Tech, Slams Anti-Israel Boycotters

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

London Mayor Boris Johnson had harsh criticism Monday for people who boycott the Jewish State, during a recruiting visit to Israel.

Johnson told an audience in Tel Aviv it is “foolish” to boycott “a country that when all is said and done is the only democracy in the region.”

However, in a possible effort to minimize the damage being done by the BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) movement in Britain, Johnson said that boycotters in London are “a very small minority.”

The London mayor and Conservative MP is on a mission to connect with Israeli hi-tech business owners and bring them to his city.

Israel, he said, is “the only place that has — in my view — a pluralist, open society.”

It has been 10 years since Johnson last had dinner in Tel Aviv, he told Britain’s newspaper, The Guardian, but added he had enjoyed that experience very much.

US Senators: ‘EU Plans to Label Israeli Products Mere Figleaf for Boycott’

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

Sometime in the near future the EU is expected to publish guidelines on consumer labeling of all Israeli products produced over the so-called “Green Line,” the armistice line created when the war against the nascent Jewish State ended.

The EU considers all Jewish cities and towns over the pre-1967 lines to be illegal. As such, anything produced, grown or packaged in either eastern Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria or the Golan Heights will be labeled so that consumers can more easily boycott those products.

The guidelines will be published by the office of Federica Mogherini, the EU foreign policy chief. No vote is required for this measure to be taken.

There is pushback to that labeling plan coming not only from Israel, but also from many members of the U.S. Senate.

Three dozen U.S. Senators sent a letter to Mogherini, decrying the decision of the European Union to place labels on all those products imported into the EU which are produced beyond the “Green Line.”

The bipartisan letter, co-sponsored by Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), calls on the EU to refrain from this labeling effort which, they explained, is a mere cover for boycotting Israeli products.

“As allies, elected representatives of the American people, and strong supporters of Israel, we urge you not to implement this labeling policy, which appears intended to discourage Europeans from purchasing these products and promote a de-facto boycott of Israel, a key ally and the only true democracy in the Middle East,” the letter states.

“We believe strongly that these efforts are unwarranted, dangerous, and damaging to the prospects of a negotiated solution to [the Israeli-Palestinian] conflict.”

The full text of the letter and all the names of the 36 signers follows:

November 9, 2015

Ms. Federica Mogherini High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/ Vice-President of the European Commission (HRVP) Delegation of the European Union to the United States Suite 800 2175 K Street NW Washington, DC 20037

Dear High Representative Mogherini,

We write to express our concern over reports that the European Union (EU) intends to move forward with new guidelines to label certain products made by Israeli companies imported into the EU. In April, more than half of the foreign ministers of EU member states sent a letter encouraging you to proceed with this policy, and members of the EU Parliament subsequently voted to endorse this initiative in September. As allies, elected representatives of the American people, and strong supporters of Israel, we urge you not to implement this labeling policy, which appears intended to discourage Europeans from purchasing these products and promote a de-facto boycott of Israel, a key ally and the only true democracy in the Middle East. We believe strongly that these efforts are unwarranted, dangerous, and damaging to the prospects of a negotiated solution to this conflict.

We are also deeply concerned that enacting this policy would lead to the broader boycott of Israel. For decades, it has been the policy of the United States to oppose economic boycotts by other countries against Israel. In the 1970s, the United States Congress enacted legislation making it illegal for a U.S. company to comply with the Arab League boycott of Israel. This year, Congress has passed Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation requiring the United States to discourage Europe from enacting any politically motivated policies that would boycott, divest from, or sanction Israel when negotiating the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. Differentiating between products made by Israeli companies creates a troubling precedent that could eventually lead to the type of activities that the TPA provisions aim to address.

Fake Bomb Discovered in Israeli Embassy in Uruguay

Saturday, November 7th, 2015

Police found a fake bomb, complete with cables, at the Israeli Embassy in Uruguay this week, for the third time this year, according to Breitbart News.

An official of the fire department, which deployed bomb-sniffing dogs to the embassy, said at a press conference:

Due to the element’s external physical attributes, we have identified batteries and electric conductors that make one assume this is an explosive device.

It was discovered in front of the embassy, located near Montovideo’s World Trade Center complex, at the same time of a Boycott Israel protest outside the building. Approximately 30 people attended the rally with Palestinian Authority flags.

Three other fake bombs have been planted at the embassy, one of them, last November and two of them this year that were placed n a supermarket bag and a sardine can.

No one has been arrested, but one suspect fled to Iran after being ordered to appear for questioning. Iran accused Israel of planting the bomb to create “Iranophobia.”

Knesset Bill Would Label Products from EU Boycotters

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, and a label for a label.

Likud Knesset Member Miki Zohar has introduced a bill that would require importers to label all products from European Union countries that stamp goods from Judea and Samaria in an effort to discourage people from buying them.

The European Union two months ago overwhelmingly voted for labeling products from Judea and Samaria, “East Jerusalem” and the Golan Heights, distinguishing them from the rest of Israel. EU officials claimed that the labeling is not a boycott but only implements EU policy that considers those areas as “occupied territory” and not a part of Israel.

Under provisions in MK Zohar’s bill, anyone who does not label goods from European countries would face six months in prison or pay a fine of $3,700 (14.400 shekels)

He said:

Boycott Israel groups in Europe cynically use expressions such as ‘human rights’ and ‘war against the Israeli occupation,’ but their political agenda is to boycott Israel and undermine the country as a Jewish state.

If the European Union countries label pour predicts, we should take the same step so that the Israeli consumer can choose if he wants to buy predicts from countries that boycott us and instead can boycott in return.

He added that the EU policy is “gross hypocrisy” that is two-faced because the Boycott Israel movement ignores other countries such as China and Turkey that rule areas that are considered “‘occupied territory.”

MK Michael Oren of the Kulanu party carried out his own “label for a label” action Wednesday by placing “Made in Europe” stickers on European-made products sold in stores a Jerusalem neighborhood.

France Outlaws BDS Anti-Semitism

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

The highest court in France this week upheld the criminal conviction of 12 political activists for the crime of advocating sanctions and a boycott against Israel.

“BDS is illegal in France,” announced Pascal Markowicz, head attorney for CRIF, the umbrella organization for Jewish communities in France. Any actions to promote the movement, he added, “are completely illegal. If [BDS activists] say their freedom of expression has been violated, now the highest legal instance in France has ruled otherwise.”

The group was arrested for distributing anti-Israel material in a supermarket under the French law on Freedom of the Press.

Twelve activists wearing shirts that bore the words, “Long live Palestine, Boycott Israel” entered the store and began passing out flyers from the BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) movement.

The flyers said: “buying Israeli products means legitimizing crimes in Gaza.”

The law imposes a prison term and/or fine of up to $50,000 for those who “provoke discrimination, hatred or violence toward a person or group of people on grounds of their origin, their belonging or their not belonging to an ethnic group, a nation, a race or a certain religion.”

The court ruled that BDS is inherently discriminatory and thus outlawed its promotion.

Harry Potter Author Defends Anti-BDS Campaign

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

“Harry Potter” author J. K. Rowling tweeted some of her fans, angry at her opposition to the Boycott Israel movement, that she had “never heard of a cultural boycott ending a bloody and prolonged conflict.”

Rowling is far from a pro-Israel advocate, but her joining 150 other British artists to sign a published letter opposing BDS raised the hackles of the anti-Israel crowd.

Her tweet was a reply to “a number of readers asking for more information about why I am not joining a cultural boycott of Israel, “which she said would be felt by the Israeli government but not by “ordinary Israelis.”

Have no fears that Rowling actually is pro-Israel.

She tweeted that she has “deplored most of Mr. Netanyahu’s actions in office.”

In reply to the anti-boycott letter published in the Guardian, approximately 35 British scholars bought space for a full-page advertisement in the newspaper to state they are “deeply disturbed by Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestinian land, the intolerable human rights violations that it inflicts on all sections of the Palestinian people…”

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