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The Methodist conference: Let’s call this victory what it is

Congregants gather outside the Church of Saint Porphyrius, Gaza, Palestine (Photo: Joe Catron)

“Step by step the longest march can be won …”

A song I remember from my United Methodist Sunday school


It says a lot about Israel’s declining status, and the rising influence of Palestinian-led civil society efforts to demand accountability for its crimes, that a boycott measure like the one United Methodists adopted  at their General Conference 2012 this week could pass a major church body in the United States with minimal notice.

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Beinart’s Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Proposal Leaves Out Palestinian Refugees

A young boy in the Palestinian refugee camp of Talbieh in Jordan

A young boy in the Palestinian refugee camp of Talbieh in Jordan / Omar Chatriwala, Flickr

Writing in the New York Times, author Peter Beinart writes in support of a boycott and divestment campaign against illegal settlements in the West Bank.  His proposal is to boycott the products of settlements but to strongly support Israel proper and to oppose efforts to boycott Israel within the green line.

Beinart sees Israel’s expansion into the West Bank as creating “an entity of dubious democratic legitimacy, given that millions of West Bank Palestinians are barred from citizenship and the right to vote in the state that controls their lives.”  He proposes calling the occupied territories “non-democratic” Israel, in distinction to the “democratic” Israel inside the Green Line.  Thus, he favors boycott and divestment against settlements, but not against what he terms “democratic” Israel.  Beinart is right that it is time for pressure on the non-democratic elements of Israel.  But Beinart doesn’t go far enough in recognizing what those non-democratic elements are.

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Gaza activists prepare for Israeli Apartheid Week

Rana Baker and Joe Catron - After two successful Israeli Apartheid Weeks (IAWs) in 2010 and 2011, the Palestinian Students’ Campaign for the Academic Boycott of Israel (PSCABI), together with the One Democratic State Group (ODSG) and  the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI),  are gearing up for Gaza’s third IAW.

PSCABI is a group of young Gaza students and recent graduates who are highly committed to thePalestinian civil society call for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel. They founded the organization early in 2009, shortly after Operation Cast Lead, on their belief that Gaza should encourage and further inspire international solidarity groups around the world.

PSCABI has established links with numerous universities and student groups in many countries including the United States, Great Britain, and Italy, and will hold joint events with several over Skype during IAW, which begins Monday in Gaza. And members of the Gaza-based IAW organizing committee are working around the clock, both with each other, and with authors, poets, and activist groups worldwide, on a schedule that will reflect quickly-growing BDS successes and developments.

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Why is Alan Dershowitz still talking?

I am constantly perplexed by Alan Dershowitz’s ability to maintain his respectable status in spite of his extensive record of intellectual dishonesty. Despite his history, he’s still being published in major outlets, joining the drumbeat for an attack on Iran, and is taken seriously as the “go-to” guy for so-called “pro-Israel” groups seeking to counter the growing BDS movement. Is he really so brilliant that no one has caught on to his fraudulent “scholarship” yet?

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Week in Review, Feb 10th

Khader Adnan Solidarity Protest

Protest in solidarity with hunger striker Khader Adnan at Ofer prison / activestills, Flickr

Fatah and Hamas finally sign unity government agreement, hunger striker brings greater attention to IDF administrative detention, Hamas’ “waning” relationship with Iran and more this week’s top #Palestine stories.

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