BDS Receives Unprecedented Support from Academia this week!

Wading through the flood’s of bad news this week coming from Palestine, there were two major pieces of news that gave pause and reason for hope, and have the potential to tip the scale as we know it. This week, two very serious academic institutions: the American Studies Association (ASA) and the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA), declared their support for the Palestinian call for the boycott of Israeli academic institutions, or BDS.

Based on the model used to end Apartheid in South Africa, in July 2005, Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) put forward the following statement:

We, Palestinian academics and intellectuals, call upon our colleagues in the international community to comprehensively and consistently boycott all Israeli academic and cultural institutions as a contribution to the struggle to end Israel’s occupation, colonization and system of apartheid. Read more

In a democratic election that engaged the largest number of members in the organization’s history, 66.05% of ASA voters endorsed the resolution, while 30.5% of voters voted no.

It is resolved that the American Studies Association (ASA) endorses and will honor the call of Palestinian civil society for a boycott of Israeli academic institutions. It is also resolved that the ASA supports the protected rights of students and scholars everywhere to engage in research and public speaking about Israel-Palestine and in support of the boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement.

And the Indigenous Studies NAISA’s governing body announced in a

“Declaration of Support for the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions. As the elected council of an international community of Indigenous and allied non-Indigenous scholars, students, and public intellectuals who have studied and resisted the colonization and domination of Indigenous lands via settler state structures throughout the world, we strongly protest the illegal occupation of Palestinian lands and the legal structures of the Israeli state that systematically discriminate against Palestinians and other Indigenous peoples.

This recognition is particularly significant because it aligns the indigenous people of the Americas, with those of the Arab world to stand together in a powerful act of solidarity.

As a Palestinian commentator Yousef Munayyer wrote, regarding the expected and considerable backlash by the establishment: “Years from now, we will look back at moments, such as the American Studies Association’s decision, just as we can look back today on the 1979 argument against fighting South African apartheid. And we’ll remember who chose to be on the right side of history.” Boycott a sting to Israeli apartheid

Boycotts are the weapons of the dispossessed; they are pleas for global solidarity from people who have few other forms of power. They are peaceful attempts to disrupt business as usual by setting up a global picket-line and by asking us not to cross that picket line. The ASA National Council has heeded Palestinians’ call for an academic boycott, and ASA members have been asked to give their endorsement.

The boycott movement has clearly defined goals of ending the occupation, ending discrimination against Palestinians with Israeli citizenship and ending forced exile and ongoing expulsion of Palestinians from their homes. All three of these place profound restrictions on Palestinian academic life.

Meanwhile while in South Africa this week, the so-called President of the Palestinian Authority (whose term expired in January 2009) Abbas, perhaps missing the irony took a stand against BDS. By doing so he has exposed himself as the antithesis of being in touch with (reality!) or the grassroots. The global grassroots movement have lost all hope in a political solution and will not wait around for him and his ilk to come around. He and his PA cronies have revealed their true allegiance, to the demands of international donors and Israel than to those of Palestinians.

BDS is a growing global grassroots movement that unites Palestinians and their supporters across the world.

BE IT RESOLVED that every massacre, and each barbaric, cruel turning up of the notch of occupation – only strengthens our power, our numbers and our resolve. Just as in South Africa, BDS is the only and best hope to end the tyranny of the zionist occupation – AND strangle hold on US academia and institutions worldwide, and is simply unstoppable.

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Gaza Updates

EMERGENCY AID ALERT: PLEASE DONATE TO MECA: to purchase and distribute food, milk, plastic sheets to cover roofs and windows, powdered milk for children, blankets, socks, pajamas and jackets.

Approximately 10,000 people have been forced to flee their homes due to widespread flooding in the Gaza Strip, according to a report released Saturday evening by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

11OCHA: Number of displaced tops 10,000 in Gaza

Gaza this weekend. UNRWA, the UN agency for Palestine refugees, yesterday called for “effective pressure to end the blockade of Gaza” so that Palestinians can deal effectively with this crisis and rebuild.

Gaza this weekend.
UNRWA, the UN agency for Palestine refugees, yesterday called for “effective pressure to end the blockade of Gaza” so that Palestinians can deal effectively with this crisis and rebuild.

HISTORIC: The New York Times reports – Scholars’ Group Endorses an Academic Boycott of Israel
By RICHARD PÉREZ-PEÑA- December 16, 2013

An association of American professors with almost 5,000 members has voted to endorse an academic boycott of Israeli colleges and universities, the group announced Monday, making it the largest academic group in the United States to back a growing movement to isolate Israel over its treatment of Palestinians.

GAZA IS NOT A HUMANITARIAN DISASTER: IT’S A ZIONIST MADE CATASTROPHE

Please write, share and take action against “Hunger Games” Gaza!!

The situation in Gaza is literally sinking, to filthy new depths. A zionist-made humanitarian crisis; created by an illegal but internationally accepted ‘siege’, held in place by an apartheid regime, fully supported and financed by the U.S., made possible by Egypt and the corporate media’s silence/complicity.

Judging by media sources, the unknowing observer might think a typhoon hit the Gaza Strip last week, causing extreme and severe levels of flooding, damage and suffering – and that there’s actually help on the way! You can’t blame them though, after reading such headlines (IF it even makes it into “mainstream” press): from the Washington Post Gaza Strip receives fuel after battered by storm OR CBC: Gaza receives first fuel shipment in weeks as storm causes havoc . In fact, not only would one not know it is a zionist made catastrophe, one might even believe that those responsible for creating it, are actually doing something to ease the suffering…

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BUT ONE WOULD BE SERIOUSLY MISTAKEN! NOT ONLY DO ZIONISTS NOT CARE TO REDUCE SUFFERING, THEY ACTUALLY CREATED THE WORLD’S LARGEST PRISON, WHICH IS GAZA AND NOW TO TOP IF OFF: ISRAEL OPENS THE DAMS FLOODING ADDING TO THE CRISIS NOW AS A RESULT OF THE SIEGE, AND BLOCKADE 1.5 MILLION PEOPLE ARE TRAPPED, LITERALLY DROWNING IN FLOOD WATER OF SEWAGE, TRASH AND FILTH – AT MAJOR RISK OF DISEASE.

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Gaza government estimated initial material losses at 64 million dollars and according to Maan News:

UNRWA spokesperson said that large regions of the Gaza Strip are a “disaster area” and called on the world community to lift the Israeli blockade in order to allow recovery efforts to proceed, in a statement sent to Ma’an. Areas around Jabalia have become a massive lake with two meter high waters engulfing homes and stranding thousands. Thousands have been displaced into freezing died Gaza has been unable to pump sewage for more than a month, as power plants have shut down for lack of fuel. The fuel shortages – which were causing daily power cuts of 12-16 hours even before the crisis caused by storm Alexa – are mainly a result of the Egyptian authorities’ destruction of most of the smuggling tunnels between Gaza and Egypt.

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HUNGER GAMES – GAZA EDITION

The “blockade” which began in 2006 – is really collective punishment of 1.7 million people, for the crime of participating in democratic elections, which results are unfavorable to zionists. Since then Gaza has become the world’s largest open air prison, much like a “hunger games” or survival experiment in pushing people to their limits. In some room with a large glass ceiling, I can practically hear military and political elite asking questions like: how far can we turn up the pressure cooker before reaching the boiling point? What are the newest tactics and techniques we can use to do so, what weapons should we test, and how much humiliation can we enact before the whole world wakes up. Because, at the end of the day this ‘conflict’ is ultimately a war of public opinion.

Upon learning about the insidious hidden nature of zionism, well intentioned observers often say things like: “I don’t understand how, after what Jews have suffered as a people, they can be so cruel and unfeeling.”

Ultimately those that care to dig further, begin to see the stark comparison between zionism and nazism. Today the US, and Europe unconditionally support zionism, just like they did with other morally and politically bankrupt systems – that practice white supremacy before it. The US supported apartheid in South Africa, until the very end – which is why it’s nauseating to hear all the official tributes to Mandela, after the same criminals labeled him a terrorist until 2008. The US and Europe also supported Nazism in Germany until the bitter end–before they were shamed, or forced to stand against it.

Recently musician Roger Waters, formerly of Pink Floyd earned the ire of zionists because he dared to state what is obvious to those ‘in the know’: “Israeli treatment of the Palestinians can be compared to the atrocities of Nazi Germany. “The parallels with what went on in the 1930s in Germany are so crushingly obvious.”

For anyone intimately aware of the current situation on the ground in Palestine, the similarities are crushingly obvious: they are both exclusive European political ideologies, premised on the notion of a superior race, with the goal of eliminating the rest. They both come from settler colonial mentalities, both seek to control the resources and land over the indigenous people and they will both go to any lengths necessary, to fulfill what they see as their divine destiny.

Some of the differences of Zionism is that Nazism headed by Hitler lasted from 1921-1945, and zionism has been the political system in Palestine for more than 65 years. Ironically, the current system of apartheid officially began (it was another type of colonialism form before that), for Afrikans under apartheid in 1948 (same time the zionist state was created), and ended in 1994. Of course all of those racist systems and regimes had intricate ties to each other, were selling and/or receiving weapons and learning from one other.

In order to reverse the situation from going from catastrophic to worse in Gaza, we must address the root cause of the problem. Unless we look at the political and economic systems that ultimately drive the agenda, at the end of the day no amount of “peace talks”, negotiations or humanitarian aid, will change a thing.

Today the growing global movement for justice has removed all hope from political leaders, and taken matters into our own hands. BDS undermines this inherently corrupt and racist system at its most vulnerable areas, economically, culturally and politically.

Information is severely lacking, but I will try to post updates of the deteriorating crisis here.

MEANWHILE, PLEASE HELP BY DEMANDING AN END TO THE SIEGE OF GAZA AND DONATING IF YOU CAN!

Sign this petition: Calling on the United Nations to investigate and hold Israel to account for the war crimes & crimes against humanity they commit on a daily basis

Call, email, fax:
1 The U.S. State Department. Insist it tell Israel and Egypt to Open the Crossings to the Gaza Strip. Call 202-647-4000; select option 4 and ask the operator for the comment line. (You get one minute to record your message.)

2. The White House at http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/ Alternatively, write to: President Barack Obama, The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20500 Call: 202-456-1414 Fax: 202-456-2461

3. The Office of Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations at sgcentral@un.org

4. Contact the Near and Middle East Desk at The International Committee of the Red Cross Ms. Dibeh FAKHR Tel: +41 22 730 37 23 Mobile: +41 79 447 37 26 or fill out the form at http://www.icrc.org/eng/directory/?contactId=303023

4. Contact the Near and Middle East Desk at The International Committee of the Red Cross Ms. Dibeh FAKHR Tel: +41 22 730 37 23 Mobile: +41 79 447 37 26 or fill out the form at http://www.icrc.org/eng/directory/?contactId=303023

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Palestinian Refugees Right to Return, Al-Awda wants to HELP PALESTINIANS IN GAZA URGENTLY