Criticism of Israel is not anti-Semitism. Against Amnesia: The Cultural Boycott of Israel Matters. Brooklyn Bridge, 2014 (all images provided by MTL Collective) Editor’s Note: The following article, written by Amin Husain, Nicholas Mirzoeff, and Nitasha Dhillon as MTL Collective, is a response to the “Report on the Cultural Boycott of Israel,” which we published last week.
This is the second in a continuing series exploring BDS and its connection to the art world. We write today from a place of love, as well as hurt, for an art world to which we in part belong. We write for and with our community of friends, colleagues, and mentors — as a Palestinian artist and activist, a British-Jewish Asian professor, and an Indian artist and PhD student, who have been actively involved in two widely reported cultural boycotts. It feels to us as if we have traveled back in time to a moment before the most recent Gaza war and before #BlackLivesMatter. In this gloomy twilight, it feels as if we are marooned in a sea of hatred, killing, and sadness. Manhattan Bridge, 2014 February 3, 2015.
Free Ebook on Palestine. Download and Read a Free PDF book on Palestine and the Palestinians. Palestine Books. U.K. anti-Semitism report highlights disturbing trend - among British Jews - Jewish World NewsIsrael News. Log In. As threats to Jews said to mount in Europe, Israeli minister gets “excited” In a year-end joint media release, Israel’s Government Press Office and the Jewish Agency trumpet that “aliyah” has hit a “ten-year high.”
According to the emailed release, more than 26,500 Jews moved to Israel in 2014, up about a third from the previous year. The surge represented a huge increase in “the number of Jews who reached the conclusion that they have no other country,” according to Sofa Landver, minister of “aliyah and immigrant absorption.” “Aliyah” is the term Israel uses for when Jews emigrate to historic Palestine (Israel and the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip) under the racist “Law of Return” which benefits only Jews and excludes indigenous Palestinians displaced in and since 1948 from returning home. “I am excited to see the fruits of our many efforts to encourage aliyah, but we have not yet reached our goal,” the Russian-born Landver adds. Why are they coming? Weapons of mass distraction - OpinionIsrael News - Haaretz Israeli News source. Photo-Book: Occupied Palestine Through My Lens… To the family of the one thousandth victim of Israel's genocidal slaughter in Gaza.
I do not know yet who your loved one was.
She might have been a baby a few months old, or a young boy, a grandfather or one of your children or parents. I heard about your loved one’s death from Chico Menashe, a political commentator on Reshet Bet, Israel’s main radio station. He explained that the killing of your loved one, as well as turning Gaza neighborhoods to rubble and driving 150,000 people from their homes, is part of a well-calculated Israeli strategy: this carnage will destroy the impulse of Palestinians in Gaza to resist Israeli policies. Revealed: Gaza orphans Israel trip was government-backed PR stunt. An Israeli initiative to exploit a group of Palestinian orphans from Gaza to burnish Israel’s blood-soaked image backfired on Sunday when Hamas, the Palestinian political and military resistance movement, put a stop to it.
A group of children whose parents were killed in the Israeli assault on Gaza last summer and several adult chaperones were about to pass through the Erez crossing into Israel on Sunday to be greeted by Israeli officials and a media throng. But Hamas officials halted the visit. According to a statement posted on Facebook by the interior ministry in Gaza, security services stopped “37 children of martyrs from departing to the lands occupied in 1948 [Israel] for a suspicious visit to several settlements and occupied cities.” It said the step was taken “to protect the culture of our children and our people and protect them from the policy of normalization.” But it appears the children – though they were the props – were not the target. 6 Reasons 'Pinkwashing' Israel on Gay Rights Is So Wrong.
Published Tuesday, December 30, 2014.
Jerusalem: Don't call it a religious conflict. They are horrifying images of a house of prayer drenched in blood.
That an ultra-orthodox synagogue in West Jerusalem was chosen for this latest, gruesome attack, in which four Jewish-Israeli men were killed by two knife-wielding Palestinians, has detonated appalling historic associations and has been widely condemned. This attack has also, inevitably, sparked descriptions of a "religious war" in the region - depicted in media headlines as being in various stages of development: either a current reality or an unavoidably impending one. Those who insist on stressing the religious dimension are bolstered by the reaction from Hamas to this attack, as the Islamist group has, with bleak predictability, praised and celebrated it.
And once again the media framing designates the starting point - and therefore, implicitly, the causes - of the current bloodshed between Israelis and Palestinians. The Israeli government has repeatedly blamed the Palestinian Authority president, Mahmoud Abbas. Writing History: "The Pen Is Dipped In Palestinian Blood" Writing History: "The Pen Is Dipped In Palestinian Blood" Otherwise Occupied / The genius of Israeli evil: It poses as concern - NationalIsrael News - Haaretz Israeli News source. Europol Report: All Terrorists are Muslims...Except the 99.6% that Aren't.
Europol releases an annual study of terrorism; the results do not support claims that "(nearly) all Muslims are terrorists" Islamophobes have been popularizing the claim that “not all Muslims are terrorists, but (nearly) all terrorists are Muslims.”
Despite this idea becoming axiomatic in some circles, it is quite simply not factual. Poll: 24 percent of Jewish Israelis boycott Arab businesses - NationalIsrael News - Haaretz Israeli News source. Helpful Hints for Zionists: How to Advocate for Israel without Being Antisemitic « Meldungen aus dem Exil. In recent years, the Palestinian solidarity movement has made great progress towards ridding itself of the assorted antisemites and racists who had sought to exploit the Palestinian struggle for their own bigoted ends.
Alas, whilst the Palestinian solidarity movement has been making these strides, it is hard not to notice that Israel’s apologists are scarcely willing to acknowledge that they have an antisemitism problem, let alone do anything about it. Because I know how daunting it can be to confront an issue like this, I would like to offer Israel’s supporters the following helpful hints on how to support Israel without being antisemitic.
Here are just a few examples of the terms Israel’s apologists should avoid if they do not want to subject themselves to the accusation of antisemitism. Gateway. Russell Tribunal finds evidence of incitement to genocide crimes against humanity in Gaza. Www.russelltribunalonpalestine.com/en September 25th 2014 For Immediate Release The Russell Tribunal on Palestine's Emergency Session on Israel's Operation Protective Edge held yesterday in Brussels has found evidence of war crimes, crimes against humanity, crimes of murder, extermination and persecution and also incitement to genocide.
The Jury  reported: 'The cumulative effect of the long-standing regime of collective punishment in Gaza appears to inflict conditions of life calculated to bring about the incremental destruction of the Palestinians as a group in Gaza.' The Jury heard evidence from eyewitnesses to Israeli attacks during the Gaza war 2014 including journalists Mohammed Omer, Max Blumenthal, David Sheen, Martin Lejeune, Eran Efrati and Paul Mason, as well as surgeons Mads Gilbert, Mohammed Abou Arab, Genocide Expert Paul Behrens, Col Desmond Travers and Ivan Karakashian, Head of Advocacy and Defence for Children International.
Gaza's children paint a grim future. In the wake of Operation Protective Edge, Israel’s latest onslaught on the Gaza Strip, I acquired a series of photographs of drawings by children in the town of Khuza’a in southern Gaza.
Khuza’a had played unwilling host to one of the Israeli army’s many attempts to outdo itself in terms of brutality, with success measurable, perhaps, in the amount of rubble and massacred bodies left behind. The photographs were passed along to me by the Barcelona-based psychoanalyst Lluis Isern, whose colleague in Gaza had sent them to him. Everyone Of Us Is A Palestinian. The Man Who Wants To Smash My Face With A Baseball Bat. Michael – you are a fucking idiot and I’d love to smash your face with a baseball bat. Self-hating Jew, you are worse than the terrorists themselves. - Jarryd Rubinstein I’m pretty used to people disagreeing with me about Israel.
I first got into angry arguments about Israel in high school. The anger in those arguments came from people furious that I didn’t accept official dogmas about Israel. But even at Moriah – the Jewish school I went for all 13 of my schooling years – there were always people who didn’t want arguments to go too far. When a tall boy pushed me around, another boy stood up for me. The tall boy wound up apologising to me, because he thought he’d gone too far.
There were other occasions where I was called an Arab, where people expressed disgust at my views. It was disheartening and awful to be surrounded by such a chauvinistic atmosphere, but even so, it was within certain limits, which everyone seemed to understand. I responded with laughter. Palestinian Christians attacked for challenging Christian Zionism. “Christ at the Checkpoint: Hope in the Midst of Conflict” was a five-day event organized by Bethlehem Bible College earlier this month. Christian theologians, academics and church leaders were invited to meet with the local Palestinian church and challenge the Christian Zionist influence within the evangelical movement. The conference attracted major speakers both from within the Palestinian Christian community as well as international evangelicals, including Tony Campolo, Gary Burge, Stephen Sizer, John Ortberg and Shane Claiborne.
‘Suspects in brutal beating of two Palestinians tied to anti-miscegenation group’ Ten Jewish Israelis are suspected of severely beating two Palestinian men from Jerusalem in a wartime hate crime. Police believe some of the suspects are tied to right-wing anti-Arab group Lehava, Walla reports. The U.S. Jewish Community, Amoral Familism and the Crisis of Palestine We're all thankful for a truce in Gaza as long as it lasts. Five hundred children have been killed in the last few weeks. A similar number of Palestinians have been killed in this round as Israelis killed by Arab terrorism in the history of the State of Israel. A traditional Jewish response to this would be: "He who destroys a human life is as if he had destroyed the whole world. " My own rabbi said a few weeks ago in this forum he was "done apologizing" for Israel, in a view that seemed to articulate the position of what is sometimes called "the organized Jewish community.
" Israel tech site paying “interns” to covertly plant stories in social media. An investigation by The Electronic Intifada has revealed that the online publication Israel21c is hiring students as “digital ambassadors” to plant its stories in online discussion forums and social media without revealing that they work for the publication. Israel21c is part of propaganda efforts aimed to improve Israel’s image and distract from Israel’s occupation, abuse and massacres of Palestinians. The grand failure of Israeli hasbara. SLIDESHOW: Palestinians in Gaza say #StopArmingIsrael. How many Palestinian civilians is a single militant worth? - Diplomacy and DefenseIsrael News - Haaretz Israeli News source. Goldstone Repents « Meldungen aus dem Exil. In what some had initially assumed was an April Fool’s joke from the Washington Post, Richard Goldstone, former chair of the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict, published an op-ed 1 April entitled Reconsidering the Goldstone Report on Israel and War Crimes.
Palestinian farmers lose land for failed economic zones. A Dear Jon (Voight) Letter About Gaza and the History of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Dear Jon Voight, Gaza: Whole Villages Have Been Wiped Off the Map - Intifada Palestine. I’m writing now from my home, but I still feel dizzy from shock and nauseated by the sights and smells on my visit to Khan Younis and Khuza’a.
Israel’s cultural diversions are never normal, never neutral. Two cancelled shows at the Edinburgh fringe, a theatre in London refusing to host a film festival while it was partly funded by the Israeli Embassy and now, on the other side of the spectrum, Belfast City Council is seeking legal advice about an event featuring Respect MP George Galloway, after he urged people in Bradford to reject all Israeli goods, services, academics and tourists. Tony Greenstein's Blog: Gaza Reveals the Empty and Vacuous Heart of Owen Jones’s writing. Israel, Gaza, War & Data — i ❤ data. Social networks and the art of personalizing propaganda It’s hard to shake away the utterly depressing feeling that comes with news coverage these days. IDF and Hamas are at it again, a vicious cycle of violence, but this time it feels much more intense. Why the US has the most pro-Israel foreign policy in the world. Everyone knows the United States is Israel's best friend. To the family of the one thousandth victim of Israel's genocidal slaughter in Gaza.
In a hospital. At the beach. Hamas, Israel tells us, is hiding among civilians. Israel-Gaza conflict: The secret report that helps Israelis to hide facts - Comment. Two Palestinian teenagers were murdered by an Israeli settler and an Israeli soldier in separate incidents in Huwwara. We are Israeli reservists. We refuse to serve. In Tel Aviv, thousands protest against the Gaza operation - NationalIsrael News - Haaretz Israeli News source. If we can have just war, why not just terrorism? Israel-Gaza conflict: The secret report that helps Israelis to hide facts - Comment. Terrorist! How your Facebook posts will get you on watchlist. Israel Murders IDF Soldier to Prevent His Capture Tikun-Olam Tikun Olam-תיקון עולם.
Anti-Semitism has no place in Palestine advocacy. Israel in 2014 Is Like Germany in 1933—Can the Madness Be Stopped? Israel's War Against Gaza's Women & Their Bodies » Muftah. Israel student union sets up “war room” to sell Gaza massacre on Facebook. I have never been more conscious of my womanhood than right now in Jerusalem. Israeli calls for Palestinian blood ring at fever pitch. In Photos: Worldwide Protest Against Israeli Attack on Gaza. Jews sans frontieres: Total Ethnic Cleansing of Gaza proposed by Israeli Parliament's Deputy Speaker. NYT Rewrites Gaza Headline: Was It Too Accurate? Gaza protests: Thousands attend pro-Palestinian London demo. Russia preparing to develop Gaza gas field. Video: Israeli soldiers use handcuffed Palestinian teen as human shield as they fire at protestors. Israeli 'massacre' in Gaza City kills at least 66. Breaking the Silence › Israeli soldiers talk about the occupied territories.
Renouncing my Israeli citizenship. The truth about Israel's new war on Gaza – the energy rush. Khaled Meshal: Hamas Accepts ‘Palestinian State Based on 1967 Borders’ Tikun-Olam Tikun Olam-תיקון עולם. The occupation will last forever, Netanyahu clarifies. Understand the Israeli - Palestinian Apartheid In 11 Images » ThrivalRoom. Shalom Modi: India and Israel look to deepen ties following victory of the Hindu right. Does the term 'apartheid' fit Israel? Of course it does. - Los Angeles Times. Tony Blair just endorsed Benjamin Netanyahu's worldview - Diplomacy and DefenseIsrael News - Haaretz Israeli News source. Kerry Is wrong: Israel is already an apartheid state.
Unrecognized in the Negev. Zionism-in-the-age-of-the-dictators-lenni-brenner-1983. Jewish state and egalitarian Zionism - OpinionIsrael News - Haaretz Israeli News source. Israel’s Uncomfortable History of Racist Engineering. Haaretz Promo for IDF Cyber-War Unit 8200 Tikun. Taking the mask off: Asylum seekers in Israel.