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24 Feb Posted by | Comments

Does Israeli Apartheid Week Benefit Anyone?

Posted in: Israel Activism
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Those behind this week’s activities on campuses and elsewhere: your role doesn’t help anyone, neither Palestinians nor Israelis who are working to build trust on the ground, writes Ishmael Khaldi, Counsellor for Civil Society Affairs at the Israeli Embassy in London. Ishmael Khaldi was the first Bedouin in Israel’s foreign service. He has served as Israel’s deputy consul general in the US Pacific Northwest and has been Middle East and Arab affairs adviser for Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman since August 2009.  He has recently been appointed the Counsellor for Civil Society Affairs at the Israeli Embassy in London. To read the full post, please visit http://www.thecommentator.com/

03 Feb Posted by | 2 comments

Occupy Oakland Adopts Outrageous BDS Resolution

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As reported yesterday by Electronic Intifada  (http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/nora/bds-proposal-wins-big-occupy-oakland) Occupy Oakland passed a proposal yesterday to support the movement for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel (BDS). You can view the statement here – http://occupyoakland.org/2012/01/proposal-occupy-wallstreet-not-palestine/ As a radical leftist and a Zionist, I am not surprised by this development, but I am nonetheless upset. I won’t even get into my feelings about whether one can reconcile being Leftist and a Zionist in America today. You can read my earlier blog post for that (http://vizionsofzionism.org/liberalism-zionism). Here are some of the seriously problematic elements (from the of slightly bothersome to completely outrageous and Anti-Semitic) of the resolution that passed yesterday: 1. This movement claims to be “Anchored in universal principles of human rights”. While groups like this will often support policies like affirmative action, or indigenous rights which provide support to a previously oppressed...