There is news from Israel then there is NEWS from Israel….and most times the news we get here in the US is so sanitized that it borders on propaganda……
For instance these stories…….
Israel is ALWAYS prefaced with “the only democracy” in the Middle East….but that is pure propaganda…..what makes a country a democracy? Freedom of religion? Illegal detention without charges? Or maybe it is equality of all citizens?
If you picked the later then maybe you should rethink the whole Israel thing…..
The Knesset yesterday voted against a draft bill proposed by MK Jamal Zahalka of the Joint Arab List, which stipulates the inclusion of an equality clause in Israel’s Basic Law: Human Dignity and Liberty.
The majority of the Likud bloc, the Haredi parties and Kulanu party voted against the proposal. They were joined by Yesh Atid, led by Yair Lapid. However, the Joint List, Meretz and the Labour parties all supported the bill.
During his proposal, Zahalka said: “All constitutions in modern countries begin with stressing the principle of equality amongst their citizens. Even undemocratic countries adopt this principle legally, considering it a cornerstone for any modern political system, including democracy, which seems impossible and meaningless without equality.”
Source: Knesset rejects bill for equality for all citizens
Maybe now would be a good time to stop calling Israel a democracy……sounds more like an authoritarian regime than a democracy……
The biggest bone of contention in the Israel-Palestine conflict is the building of Israeli settlements on Palestinian land…..every American prez since Johnson has made it clear that the US dopes not consider these settlements as legit……now it looks like the Congress may be actually going to address this situation……
For as long as Israel has been building settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories, the U.S. has expressed unequivocal opposition to them.
The Johnson White House called settlements “contrary to the Geneva Conventions.” Former Secretary of State James Baker said they “violate United States policy.” Former President George W. Bush demanded “settlement activity in occupied territories must stop.” And the Obama Administration has said repeatedly that settlements are “illegitimate.” The fact that American opprobrium hasn’t slowed Israel’s land grab — that, indeed, the U.S. government has tacitly encouraged settlement expansion by failing to exact a diplomatic price for its continuation — doesn’t change the policy.
Source: Congress is sneakily trying to rewrite American policy on Israeli settlements. It must be stopped.
But doing the right thing will be difficult….the Israeli Lobby will work overtime and spend lots of cash on the people that represent us to see that this is NEVER put into place…..
American travel website has been offering accommodations in settlements in the West Bank…..it must stop……
Airbnb, the popular travel website, is the target of a new campaign against its listings of accommodation in the settlements built by Israel in the occupied West Bank.
Five organizations launched a campaign called Stolen Homes on Wednesday calling on Airbnb “to immediately stop listing vacation rentals in Israeli settlements, all of which were built on stolen Palestinian land and deemed illegal under international law.”
A petition notes that “through earning fees from settlement vacation rentals, Airbnb is directly profiting from the continuing occupation and dispossession of Palestinians.”
Source: Airbnb told to cease profiting from Israel’s war crimes | The Electronic Intifada
One of our rights here in the US is that if we do not like the actions of a certain entity we may boycott that entity as they did back in the Civil Rights days…..But that right may be soon only a memory if the state of New York gets its way…….
A law being proposed in New York would create an official blacklist of supporters of the Palestinian-led boycott, divestment and sanctions movement.
Legal experts and activists say the measure is reminiscent of the McCarthy era and could have drastic consequences for individuals, organizations or firms who engage with the campaign to pressure Israel to respect Palestinian rights.
Anti-BDS legislation was also introduced this week in California.
Source: New York bill would create official blacklist of Israel boycott supporters | The Electronic Intifada
Wonder how much cash that is costing the Jewish lobby? If this is successful what will be next for the rights we have?
As much as I do not like the idea of losing my right to boycott…….it could be a good thing in the long run….it would focus more attention on the movement and the actions of Israel which could lead to improvements in the way Israel does business…..(that is just a thought)…..
All the news you will probably never hear about the doings in Israel…..
Finally, if you are interested in learning more about the BDS Movement…….
Source: BDSmovement.net | The Palestinian BDS National Committee website
Your thoughts would be appreciated……..