Des accusations d’antisémitisme sont utilisées en Allemagne pour intimider et criminaliser les opposants à la guerre

 


Israël-AllemagneAlors que des millions de gens sont profondément choqués par le bombardement brutal le Gaza par l’armée israélienne, en Allemagne, les politiciens et les journalistes s’en prennent aux opposants à la guerre. Quelques slogans anti-juifs isolés ont été mis en évidence pour qualifier les manifestations d’antisémites et pour les condamner.

Après que des milliers de personnes ont manifesté la semaine passée dans le monde entier contre la guerre, l’armée israélienne a intensifié lundi soir ses attaques sur Gaza. Des articles de presse ont parlé d’une nuit d’épouvante avec des bombardements et des tirs d’artillerie sans répit.

La veille à la télévision, le premier ministre Benjamin Netanyahou avait prévenu la population de se préparer à une opération militaire qui ne cesserait pas tant que le Hamas n’aurait pas été entièrement désarmé.

La brutale guerre aérienne, navale et terrestre menée contre Gaza est un crime de guerre monstrueux. Trois semaines durant, l’armée israélienne a bombardé à l’aide d’une technologie de dernier cri des quartiers résidentiels palestiniens densément peuplés. Mardi, le nombre de Palestiniens tués était passé à 1.110, dont de nombreux enfants figurant parmi les victimes. C’est le chiffre officiel et personne ne sait combien de morts sont ensevelis sous les décombres. Le nombre de blessés se chiffre à 6.000 dont un grand nombre grièvement.

Le gouvernement allemand craint que les crimes horribles commis par le gouvernement israélien ne provoquent un mouvement anti-guerre qui ne se limiterait pas qu’à une simple critique du gouvernement Netanyahou mais viserait également le soutien que Berlin apporte à Israël ainsi que le retour du militarisme allemand. Pour cette raison, ils sont en train de gonfler la menace de l’antisémitisme dans le but de réprimer toute opposition à la guerre.

Au milieu de la semaine passée, le journal allemand Frankfurt Allgemeine Zeitung écrivait, « Après des jours de propagande antisémite durant les manifestations contre l’offensive militaire israélienne, le président allemand Joachim Gauck a lancé un signal fort. » Gauck avait exhorté tous les Allemands à manifester contre l’antisémitisme et non contre le gouvernement israélien.

Le ministre allemand de l’Intérieur, Thomas de Maizière (chrétien démocrate, CDU) a dit qu’Israël avait le droit de se défendre, ce qui ne tolérait « en aucun cas » une remise en cause. Il a dit que le ministère public, la police et les autorités devaient prendre des mesures fortes contre toute forme d’antisémitisme explicite ou caché.

Le ministre allemand de la Justice Heiko Maas (social-démocrate, SPD) a déclaré qu’un « discours de haine contre les Juifs » était absolument inacceptable et que rien ne saurait le justifier. Il a dit que l’antisémitisme ne pourrait jamais de nouveau être toléré en Allemagne et que la liberté d’expression ne justifiait pas l’incitation à la haine raciale et encore moins à la violence. Le ministre de la Justice a remarqué que les slogans anti-juifs devaient entraîner des poursuites pénales. Quiconque s’attaquait de cette manière au judaïsme, s’en prenait aussi à l’Etat de droit allemand.

Le ministre allemand des Affaires étrangères, Frank-Walter Steinmeier (SPD) a aussi, aux côtés de ses collègues de France et d’Italie, mis en garde contre le fait de scander des slogans anti-juifs en Europe. Il a dit que rien, ni même le conflit de Gaza, ne justifiait la diabolisation des Juifs.

Un simple regard sur l’Ukraine montre à quel point cette campagne est malhonnête. Là-bas, le gouvernement allemand coopère étroitement avec des organisations antisémites et fascistes. Svoboda, un parti qui fait l’éloge de Hitler et du régime nazi, a été la force politique la plus significative lors des protestations de Maïdan qui contribuèrent à renverser au début de l’année le président ukrainien Viktor Ianoukovitch.

L’année dernière, le Congrès juif mondial avait demandé que le parti Svoboda soit interdit. Mais cela n’avait pas empêché Steinmeier ou des représentants de l’Union européenne (UE) et des Etats-Unis de collaborer étroitement avec Oleg Tiagnibok, le fondateur du parti. A plusieurs reprises, Tiagnibok a fait connaître sa détermination à anéantir la « mafia judéo-russe qui contrôle l’Ukraine. » Lorsqu’il avait pris la présidence de Svoboda il y a dix ans, il avait dit dans un discours devant ses partisans, « prenez vos armes, combattez ces porcs de Russes, les Allemands, ces porcs de Juifs et autres sous-hommes. »

Tiagnibok avait qualifié de héros John Demjanjuk qui avait été condamné pour le meurtre de plus de 30.000 personnes, principalement des prisonniers juifs dans le camp de concentration de Sobibor. Son adjoint, Iouri Michaltchisin, a fondé le groupe de réflexion appelé Josef Goebbels Political Research Centre.

Bien que tous ces faits soient connus, d’importants postes ministériels ont été attribués à Svoboda en échange de troupes de choc pour le coup d’Etat en Ukraine. Celles-ci jouent actuellement un rôle crucial en terrorisant la population en Ukraine orientale.

Lorsque cela profite aux intérêts allemands, le gouvernement n’éprouve pas le moindre scrupule à coopérer avec des antisémites et des fascistes. Il le fait aussi en Hongrie où le parti néofasciste Jobbik a obtenu 20 pour cent des voix en avril. Partout en Europe, des partis droitiers sont en train d’émerger en réponse directe à la politique antisociale poursuivie par le gouvernement allemand et l’UE.

La campagne actuelle relative à l’antisémitisme n’a donc absolument rien à voir avec les préoccupations légitimes concernant l’éventuelle menace à l’égard des citoyens juifs. Au contraire, elle vise à criminaliser les manifestations contre la guerre et les crimes impérialistes, à limiter le droit de se réunir et à intensifier les mesures d’Etat policier.

De la même manière cynique que l’appel « Plus jamais Auschwitz ! » avait été utilisé dans les années 1990 pour justifier l’intervention de l’armée allemande hors du territoire de l’OTAN, la soi-disant lutte contre l’antisémitisme est un prétexte pour abolir les droits démocratiques et renforcer l’Etat.

Ces derniers jours, lors de certaines manifestations des milliers de policiers en uniforme et en civil étaient de service. La semaine passée à Berlin, la proportion de policiers par rapport aux manifestants était de un pour un. Avant le début de la manifestation, la police s’est arrogé le droit de vérifier les pancartes et les bannières pour ensuite décider d’autoriser ou non les slogans.

Selon un article paru dans le journal Stuttgarter Zeitung, un avocat général et un interprète étaient présents lors de la récente manifestation à Stuttgart, aux côtés d’une vaste présence policière afin de pouvoir intervenir immédiatement et prendre des mesures judiciaires.

Si on laisse de côté la campagne mensongère sur la question de l’antisémitisme, il est évident que les attaques menées par les politiciens et les médias visent directement le caractère anti-guerre des manifestations. En début d’année, Gauck, Steinmeier et la ministre de la Défense, Ursula von der Leyen avaient déclaré que l’époque de la retenue militaire allemande était révolue et qu’à l’avenir l’Allemagne interviendrait de nouveau militairement dans les régions de crise de par le monde, de manière indépendante et avec assurance.

Le soutien apporté au gouvernement à Kiev et à Jérusalem montre ce que cela signifie. Le gouvernement allemand se prépare à des crimes de guerre comparables et envisage de réprimer toute opposition dès le début.

Le retour du militarisme allemand ne vise pas seulement des cibles à l’étranger mais aussi à l’intérieur du pays, c’est-à-dire qu’il est lié à l’abolition des droits démocratiques. Il y a un siècle, avant la Première Guerre mondiale, les opposants à la guerre étaient emprisonnés. En prévision de la Deuxième Guerre mondiale, les structures démocratiques avaient été entièrement détruites et une dictature fasciste établie.

Un rôle clé dans cette campagne de mensonges relative à l’antisémitisme et aux attaques contre les manifestants est joué par le parti Die Linke (La Gauche – homologue allemand du Parti de Gauche de Jean-Luc Mélenchon).

Immédiatement après le début du bombardement de Gaza, le trio dirigeant de Die Linke, Gregor Gysi, Katja Kipping et Bernd Riexinger, avait mis en garde contre une critique tendancieuse. « La communauté internationale serait bien inspirée de ne pas encourager à tort l’un ou l’autre camp en formulant des accusations unilatérales, » ont-ils dit. Ceci reviendrait à n’être « rien d’autre qu’un encouragement à refuser la paix. Personne ne mène une guerre juste dans cette guerre. »

Cet appel à s’abstenir dans un conflit entre une armée dotée d’armes puissantes et une population quasi sans défense qui meurt de faim, qui est privé d’électricité et d’eau et qui est bombardée en permanence, signifie tolérer et soutenir des crimes de guerre.

Le dirigeant de Die Linke à Berlin, Klaus Lederer, est allé encore plus loin vendredi. Il a participé de manière démonstrative au rassemblement pro-Israël à Berlin. Il a affirmé rejeter résolument dans le conflit actuel la condamnation unilatérale d’Israël. Le fait que les appels à manifester contre la guerre actuelle rendent Israël unilatéralement responsable a eu pour conséquence de rallier toutes sortes d’organisations anti-israéliennes et antisémites, a-t-il déclaré. Indépendamment des propos tenus par les organisateurs, il s’agissait de protestations de droite.

Le soutien à la politique belliqueuse d’Israël et au régime de terreur du dirigeant de Die Linke à Berlin montre clairement à quel point Die Linke se situe à droite.

Lundi, l’organe du parti, Neues Deutschland, a publié une interview du politologue Rafael Seligmann sur les manifestations. Elle s’intitulait, « C’est de la haine pure et c’est vil. »

Die Linke se sert de la situation actuelle pour signifier son soutien inconditionnel au gouvernement.

Ulrich Rippert

Article original, WSWS,paru le 1er août 2014

 

Articles Par :Ulrich Rippert

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FOLLOW THE MONEY, NOT THE DOLLAR…

big-reset-300x180It’s Over Baby, it’s Over …

Why the Impact of U.S. Sanctions on Russia Is Going to Be Exactly Zero
Europe’s dependency on Russian energy supplies make for an easy target in response to U.S. moves.

 

No less than 68 major Russian companies do a roaring business in the London Stock Exchange. BP is Rosneft’s largest foreign shareholder after the Russian state. Morgan Stanley is very close to Rosneft; former boss John Mack is on the board of Rosneft. London’s high-end real estate boom would go bust without Russians – as well as the Gulf oil and gas mafia.

“Sanctions”? What a joke!

It Has Begun- Germany to Break From US/UK, Join Russia/China Alliance!

It is finally happening in full view, in unmistakable manner, in a way that the awake, the aware, and the conscious can perceive in alarming stunning terms.
The central force of Europe, the industrial juggernaut, the stable core, has begun to pivot East.
The Germans have had enough, fed up with destructive US activities of all kinds.   For the last few months, they have been laying out their indictment, their justification, their reasons to abandon the corrupt US-UK crowd.   The bank wreckage, the market rigging, the endless wars, the sanctions which backfire, the sham monetary policy, the economic sabotage, the spying, the gold gimmicks, it has finally reached a critical level.

Germany has begun to move East in full view.   Only the deaf dumb and blind cannot notice, and they will probably never notice. They are fodder.
The awaited signals seen by the Jackass have finally arrived.
Berlin is outraged by clear USGovt spying, and in process of conducting a Gold audit among their population. Germany is building motives to split from the Euro Monetary Union (common Euro currency) by forging stronger open ties with Russia & China. The justification is becoming plainly laid out, in four perceived indictment charges.

 

Germany will break from US/UK and its US Dollar fiat currency regime over four primary thorny issues:

Yet again the West misinterpreted China’s abstention from the U.N. Security Council vote on a U.S.-backed resolution condemning the Crimea referendum. The spin was that Russia — which vetoed the resolution — was “isolated.” It’s not. And the way Beijing plays geopolitics shows it’s not.

The grand stage leans East for the European players, with steps taken to the right, the weight having shifted, the messages suddenly more angry, more filled with disgust, more loaded with open confrontation. The commercial forces aligned with Russia are coming to the fore. The departure after a recent re-election by Chancellor Merkel should serve as the final slam of the hammer. She stood in the wrong camp, the banker and politician camp. They do not run Germany.

The marriage is over, the glow gone, the lawyers in the room, the bitterness in the open.   Those exciting Saturday nights with the Germans and French enjoying a good ride with Mustang Sally are over.   The once vivacious peppery exhilarating relationship with steamy back room sessions has turned ugly, old, nasty. She has lost her appeal, and worse, has turned vicious and destructive. Sally has stolen the jewelry, wrecked the credit lines, undermined the day job, and backstabbed the neighbors. As time passes, more joint accounts are seen as drained. Sally must go.   The once thrilling tosses replete with the excitement of a bucking mare have turned into a kick to the head, a broken bed, as the acidic Buck has fallen from grace and burns holes everywhere.   The lascivious flow has turned blood red, hardly a monthly matter.

The only thing holding the relationship and tight liaison together is the heavy narcotics flow through NATO bases and major European banks. Regardless, Sally must go.  Her devious devices, tools, ploys, nasty friends, and antics threaten to wreck the European industry supply lines and heated homes. The nation’s accounts are depleted. Sally must go. Her ride is more like a kicking old hag with warts where a sexy smile once resided. Her trust is nowhere. She is wrecking the European house. Sally must go. When Germany turns away from Sally, and shows her the door, it will be clear in the global country club that Sally is gone.

Then eastern winds will blow some fresh air on the putrid parlors.

While the Western dogs bark …

US Congressional Black Caucus Endorses Israeli Apartheid and Current War Crimes in Gaza

By Bruce A. Dixon
Global Research, August 04, 2014
Black Agenda Report 30 July 2014

Region: Middle East & North Africa, USA
Theme: Crimes against Humanity
In-depth Report: PALESTINE

jeffries_endorses_apartheidOnly 2 of over 40 Congressional Black Caucus members voted against legitimizing the 2009 Israeli massacre of 1400 mostly civilians in Gaza, with seven CBC members abstaining. Last week, with the Gaza death toll climbing toward 1,000 not a single CBC member could be bothered to lift a voice against Israel’s genocidal assault of the moment or its ongoing apartheid state in general. Black America should hang our collective heads in shame.

Back in the 1970s, when the Congressional Black Caucus began calling itself “the conscience of the Congress,” that was almost literally true. CBC members could be relied upon not just to reliably vote for raising wages and expenditures on housing, health care and education, but to keep the issues of full employment and opposition to unjust war near the front of their public agendas.

By the late 1980s, a gaggle of former CBC staffers had moved through the revolving doors of elite affirmative action to become corporate lobbyists, with the same ethics and table manners as their white colleagues, but with black faces. Thanks in large part to their efforts, by 2000 a tsunami of corporate cash began filling up the coffers of incumbent CBC members, their black replacements, or in the cases of Alabama’s Earl Hilliard and Georgia’s Cynthia McKinney, their black opponents.

Only a single member of the CBC, Rep. Barabra Lee opposed President Bush’s blank check for invading anywhere he pleased in Septermber of 2001, and by the 2003 invasion of Iraq, four CBC members, some of them swimming in donations from military contractors, raced down to the White House to have their pictures taken with Bush as the bombs were about to explode over Baghdad.

By the 109th Congress of 2005-2006 the CBC’s political compass had been decisively reset. 2005 was the year of Katrina. For decades there had been predictions that whenever “the big one” hit New Orleans, a city where a majority of residents didn’t even own cars, thousands or tens of thousands would perish. I lived in Chicago and read those predictions in the papers there several times during the 80s and 90s. Katrina ultimately proved to be the excuse for authorities to permanently expel more than a hundred thousand African Americans, mostly renters but also entire neighborhoods of black homeowners and black owned local businesses as well. As the highest ranking black politicians in the nation, the Congressional Black Caucus could have demanded and held federal hearings on every aspect of the Katrina disaster and its aftermath, ensuring a real public debate on how the region would be rebuilt and for whom.

But House Democrats were focused narrowly on winning the 2006 election, and in their political calculus, having Democrats identified as the party of black people was not a winning strategy. Democratic House leader Nancy Pelosi forbade the Congressional Black Caucus from demanding or holding hearings. Only Georgia’s Cynthia McKinney defied her, and was forced to partner with House Republicans for the hearings to take place at all. The only CBC member Pelosi allowed to take part in the Katrina hearings was the lazy and corrupt “Dollar Bill” Jefferson who nominally represented black New Orleans. The rest of the supposedly powerful and influential CBC, from its deans Conyers and Rangel on down stayed away.

If they were still the conscience of the Congress the CBC would have called together some of the nation’s black civil engineers, architects, urban planners and others to articulate a vision of a rebuilt Gulf Coast for the people who lived there before. Instead the vision of the Heritage Foundation prevailed. A hundred thousand black New Orleans residents were deported to the four corners of the continental US, their public school system privatized, their rental apartments razed, their health care systems shut down, and the water, electric and gas grids not reactivated for the entire sections of town where they once lived. Thanks to the hands-off attitude of the CBC, President Bush was even able to exclude all journalists from the teams which recovered bodies or the places where remains were assembled, so there is no independent verification of the government’s suspiciously small count of fatalities.

That was when Democrats were still the minority in Congress. We’re always told how important it is for Democrats to gain or maintain control of the House. They got that in the 2006 elections, and Democrats have had the White House since the 2008 election as well, though they handed the House back at the end of 2010. Has all that extra power made them bolder in the pursuit of justice? Sadly, no.

Israel’s vicious apartheid regime celebrated Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration with the massacre of 1400 people in Gaza, mostly civilians, and the destruction of a great part of the enclave’s infrastructure, down to chicken farms and water systems. The new Congress called it righteous self-defense, with 390 yeas, 5 nays and 22 “present”. The CBC was 2 of those nays, Gwen Moore (WI) and Maxine Waters (CA), and 7 of the “presents”, Edwards (MD), Ellison (MN), Johnson (GA), Lee (TX), Payne (NJ), Kilpatrick (MI), and Watson (CA).

This month, as the civilian death toll in the latest Israeli criminal orgy of collective punishment mounted toward 1,000, the US House passed a nearly identical resolution, calling this massacre legitimate “self-defense” as well. This time the House vote, including that of the Congressional Black Caucus wasunanimous. Not a single member of the CBC, despite their much heralded brand of standing for civil rights and against apartheid here and around the world, bothered to publicly question the racist ethnocracy that is the Israeli state. After signing the blank check with the rest of their colleagues, CBC members Conyers (MI), Lee (CA), Johnson (GA) and Ellison (MN) tried to cover their shame with a letter to Secretary of State Kerry urging a cease-fire, something which Kerry claims to have been doing anyway.

All CBC members absolutely know that Israel is an apartheid society, with one set of laws applying to Jews, a second to Israeli Arabs and a third to Palestinians. Congressional Black Caucus members know that Israel requires different colored license plates for non-Jews so their vehicles can be profiled at a distance, and Jewish-only roads between settlements carved from the villages of Palestinians and watched voer by military garrisons. They know that Israel refuses to recognize mixed marriages, or even marriages between Palestinians in Gaza and those on the West Bank. Black members of Congress know what an ethnocracy is, and even though they claim to have opposed it in South Africa and here at home, they choose to endorse it in Israel, out of greed and subservience.

As we wrote in BAR back in 2012…

“Whatever its root cause, the current support of the black political class for Israel’s maintenance of a colonial settler state constitutes a massive, hypocritical hole in their collective souls. Most of the world backed our own struggle against Jim Crow, and we congratulated ourselves for contributing to the downfall of the old regime in South Africa. And now, when our turn comes round again, when the United States is the only government capable of restraining the vicious Israeli onslaught, just by the threat of its disapproval, its non-renewal of loan guarantees or weapons giveways or military contracts —- we are silent.

“For African Americans, our hypocrisy goes deeper and further than our leaders. It filters all the way down to ordinary people whose attachment to their First Black President is so uncritical that they decouple their FBP from any responsibility for his policies. Many Obama supporters say they oppose Israeli aggression and wring their hands wishing the president they voted for and hustled others into voting for would do something different. In the eyes of the rest of the world, as Margaret Kimberley points out, they are as guilty of abetting Israeli atrocities as the rabid partisans of AIPAC…”

What would one of our glittering and supposedly powerful members of the Congressional Black Caucus tell a child in Gaza today? What would they tell a parent whose children have been maimed or murdered, with weaponry probably designed and/or manufactured in the US?

Our nation is the armorer, financier and protector of Israel’s savage ethnocracy. We are all compromised, we are all implicated in its crimes. It’s time to call our black political class, and each other to account. In the coming week, Black Agenda Report will reach out to our friends and colleagues and try to find some new ways to do exactly that.

Bruce A. Dixon is managing editor at Black Agenda Report, and a state committee member of the GA Green Party. He lives and works near Marietta GA, and can be reached via this site’s contact page or at bruce.dixon(at)blackagendareport.com.

Articles by: Bruce A. Dixon

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How Does It Feel To Be killed by a Bomb… More Musicians Cancel Performances in Israel

 

Wait... Bobby lives in Israel!

How does it feeeeel… to be killed by a bomb…. when you’re 4 yrs old…

Add two more names to the list of performers who’ve decided to cancel their  concerts in Israel amid the recent Israel invasion of Gaza where thousands of civilians, including children, women, and the elderly were massacre.  Already, Neil Young, the Backstreet Boys and Paul Anka had pulled out of scheduled dates in the Israel.  Cee Lo Green and Megadeth have also changed their touring routes because this is not the right time to advertise and push a concert and also because Israel Defense Forces’ regional Home Front Command allows gathering of up to a thousand people only.”

Megadeth — whose frontman, Dave Mustaine, told Israel’s Mako TV just after the latest conflict began (via The Jerusalem Post), “Anyone who doesn’t come to Israel now is a coward” — canceled a scheduled August 6 show at the Tel Aviv Exhibition Center.

The thrash metal band said on its website: “Due to an inability to confirm the guaranteed passage of the band and their gear into Tel Aviv in time for the show, the upcoming Megadeth concert, scheduled for Wednesday, August 6, 2014, has been canceled.

The BoomBox Festival in Hadera, Israel, originally set for August 14 with Wyclef Jean as a headliner, has also been postponed to an unspecified date. Previously, Talib Kweli backed out of the festival, citing “solidarity with Palestinians.” Other upcoming Israel tour dates by American acts include Lana Del Rey on August 20 and Lady Gaga on September 13, both in Tel Aviv. A rep for Del Rey confirmed her show is currently “still on.”

Roger Waters calls on fellow musicians to boycott Israel

Roger Waters - Frontman of Pink Floyd

British musician Roger Waters, one of the founders of Pink Floyd

 

British rocker Roger Waters published an open letter calling on fellow musicians to join a boycott of Israel.

Roger Waters calls on fellow musicians to boycott Israel. In an open letter, former Pink Floyd front man urges his ‘brothers and sisters in the family of Rock and Roll’ to reject ‘apartheid’ by pledging not to perform in Israel.

The letter, which condemns Israel for apartheid and ethnic cleansing,  according to the Electronic Intifada, which first reported on its existence.

“I write to you now, my brothers and sisters in the family of Rock and Roll, to ask you to join with me, and thousands of other artists around the world, to declare a cultural boycott on Israel,” Waters wrote in the letter dated Aug. 18. The letter was previously drafted in July.

Former Pink Floyd star Roger Waters attempted to deflect accusations of anti-Semitism and defend his decision to use a pig-shaped balloon emblazoned with the Star of David, among other symbols, during a concert in Belgium.

Waters, who last year voiced support for the boycott of Israeli goods, came under fire for the use of the inflatable pig, which was destroyed by the audience at the end of the show. Apart from anti-Semitism claims, some accused him of being a Jew hater and Nazi supporter.

In a response posted on Facebook, Waters denied the allegations and said the Star of David represents Israel and its policies, and not Judaism.

“[I]n a functioning theocracy it is almost inevitable that the symbol of the religion becomes confused with the symbol of the state, in this case the State of Israel, a state that operates apartheid both within its own borders and also in the territories it has occupied and colonized since 1967,” wrote Waters. “Like it or not, the Star of David represents Israel and its policies.”

The statement said Waters is regularly criticized by pro-Israel groups for his support of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.

As for the inflatable pig, the musician argued that it represents “the evil of errant government.” Waters said the balloon was used in 193 shows since 2010 and that it was destroyed by the audience at the end of each one.

Waters noted that the show also uses other religious and commercial symbols such as the Crucifix, the Crescent and Star, the Shell Oil logo, the McDonald’s sign and a dollar sign.

The show, Waters concluded, “is many things. It is thoughtful, life affirming, ecumenical, humane, loving, anti-war, anti-colonial, pro universal access to the law, pro liberty, pro collaboration, pro dialogue, pro peace, anti-authoritarian, anti-fascist, anti-apartheid, anti-dogma, international in spirit, musical and satirical. It is not anti-Semitic or pro-Nazi.”

Waters pointed out that the Anti-Defamation League said it does not believe he had anti-Semitic intent, although it did regret the use of the Star of David.

Boycotts of Israel are economic and political cultural campaigns or actions that seek a selective or total cutting of ties with the State of Israel, Israelis or Israeli corporations. Such campaigns are employed by those who oppose Israel’s policies or actions over the course of the Arab-Israeli conflict, in order to not show support for Israel in general, or the Israeli economy or military in particular.

Arab boycotts of Zionist institutions and Jewish businesses began before Israel’s founding as a state. An official boycott was adopted by the Arab League almost immediately after the formation of the state of Israel in 1948. Following the Oslo Peace Accords, the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC) states ended their participation in the boycott, and stated that total elimination of the boycott is a necessary step for peace and economic development in the region. In present days, the Arab boycott is rarely applied, and has minimal effect on the Israeli economy.

Similar boycotts have been proposed outside the Arab world and the Muslim world. These boycotts comprise economic measures such as divestment; a consumer boycotts of Israeli products or businesses that operate in Israel; a proposed academic boycott of Israeli universities and scholars; and a proposed boycott of Israeli cultural institutions or Israeli sport venues. Some advocates of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign use the 1980s movement against South African apartheid as a model.

According to a ruling by the French Supreme Court, publicly calling for a boycott of Israeli products constitutes discrimination and as such is illegal under French law.  However, France is boycotting Russia for a criminal act that didn’t commit.  The Malaysian MH17 commercial jet was not downed by Russia or the Anti-Neo-Nazi Kiev Junta rebels installed by the United States,  but by two Ukrainian military war jets that machine-gunned the pilot of the MH17 jet.   The latest report from the intelligence community was headlined on August 3rd by Robert Parry, “Flight 17 Shoot-Down Scenario Shifts,” and he revealed there that, “Contrary to the Obama administration’s public claims blaming eastern Ukrainian rebels and Russia for the shoot-down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, some U.S. intelligence analysts have concluded that the rebels and Russia were likely not at fault and that it appears Ukrainian government forces were to blame, according to a source briefed on these findings. This judgment — at odds with what President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry have expressed publicly — is based largely on the absence of U.S. government evidence that Russia supplied the rebels with a Buk anti-aircraft missile system that would be needed to hit a civilian jetliner flying at 33,000 feet, said the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity.”

In 2010, Noam Chomsky was interviewed regarding the boycott movement against Israel. He said that while he supported correctly targeted boycott calls, he called inaccurately targeted boycott calls hypocritical. According to Chomsky, boycotting Israeli settlements or arms sales made sense but calling for a boycott of anything Israeli, or demanding for the Right of Return, would be hypocritical and play into the hands of hardliners in the United States and Israel. In July 2014, Noam Chomsky warns that the boycott, divestment, and sanctions campaign could end up harming the Palestinian cause since the demand for a “right of return” for Palestinian refugees has failed to muster significant international support. He also said “if we boycott Tel Aviv University because Israel violates human rights at home, then why not boycott Harvard because of far greater violations by the United States?”.

 

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“Refuse to finance the occupation – Boycott Israel”— A Swedish poster calls for a boycott of Israel.

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Haredi Jew in Jerusalem holding a Palestinian flag with the text, “Boycott Israel”.

 

Haredi Jew in Jerusalem holding a Palestinian flag with the text, "Boycott Israel". Haredi Jew holding a Palestinian flag with the text "Boycott Israel".

Haredi Jew in Jerusalem holding a Palestinian flag with the text, “Boycott Israel”.
Haredi Jew holding a Palestinian flag with the text “Boycott Israel”.

“Israel has launched a terror bombing against the people of Gaza, with over 300 hundred dead and many hundreds more injured. Not content after three days of devastating slaughter, the Israeli government promises more barbarity to come. The head of the Israeli military says, “This is only the beginning”. The people of Gaza are asking, if this is only the beginning, what will the end look like?

An eye witness describes what happens when the world’s fourth most heavily armed nation rains down such devastation on the civilians of the world’s most densely populated area:

‘People are going through the dead terrified of recognizing a family member among them. The streets are strewn with their bodies, their arms, legs, feet, some with shoes and some without… Hospitals and morgues cannot cope and some of the dead are still lying in the streets with their families gathered around them, kissing their faces, holding on to them. Outside the destroyed buildings old men are kneeling on the floor weeping. Their slim hopes of finding their sons still alive vanished after taking one look at what had become of their office buildings.’ (See tinyurl.com/82fuho )

We need to mobilize in the largest possible numbers for the emergency demonstration. Gordon Brown needs to be reminded that Tony Blair’s support for Israel’s attack on Lebanon in 2006 lead to him being forced from office. The British government must call for the bombing to stop now and for an end to Israel’s illegal blockade of Gaza over the past year, which has inflicted near starvation and lack of essential resources on its people.”