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This Looks Promising: Harvard Divests from Israel

Here’s the report.  Though no reason is given, it’s a good start.  As with the former Apartheid nation, South Africa (which Israel offered nuclear weapons to and Israel propped up the diamond trade of during apartheid) widespread divestment in the 198o ‘s and against Reagan’s free market nonsense, finally brought down that regime and can bring this apartheid system down as well.

“the Turkish-Syrian-Iranian axis”

The hell?  Per Liz Crazy, oh, I mean Cheney.

I know that Turkey is struggling with their secular/religious issues, but last I checked they were on our side and are NATO members.  And that goes back further than the existence of Israel.

Turkey has been restrained in its criticism.  Israel has been bellicose in its own defense.

Perhaps we can get the peace processes going.

I won’t buy anything from Israel and I applaud the efforts that Palestinians are making to enforce a ban.  It was the most effective way for the South Africans.

And that the Israelis propped up the apartheid regime in South Africa to the end because of diamonds just plays to type at this point.

Israel is our friend

Turkey is as well, but Turkey is a reasonable friend, unlike Israel.

We have to stay friends with Israel just so they won’t start nuking the neighborhood.  I understand that.

It’s another sort of Nixon-to-China thing: the only country that has dropped nukes on a country is the only one who can stop another from doing it.

And think about that.

Perhaps this is a language problem

Reuters:  Israel Navy commandos:  Gaza flotilla activists tried to lynch us

I read the entire article and have read other articles and blogs and nothing, nothing that happened on that boat approached lynching.

A less charitable view is that the IDF chose the most offensive and pejorative words to describe the actions of the people on the ship.  The Israeli government is known for blaming their victims and never ever admitting fault.

Turkey can use its membership in NATO to try to address this and I hope they do.  I hope President Obama chooses to use this in a positive way to get the two-state talks back on track.  Israel should be punished, just like other states are punished we they act recklessly.  Either that, or we can just go ahead and put them in the same category as Burma and North Korea.

Perhaps we can resolve this once and for all.   Perhaps, now that Israel has deployed nuclear subs in the Persian Gulf, we can force them to allow inspections.  Israel doesn’t deserve special treatment.

Some sanity from Israel is here.

To Continue with a Theme

This evening on NPR’s All Things Considered:

In the occupied West Bank this week, Israeli authorities forcibly evacuated an illegal outpost established by a group of Jewish settlers. The settlers responded with an attack on nearby Palestinian land.

It’s a tactic extremist settler groups are calling “the price tag.” Each time settlers are evicted from an illegal outpost, they retaliate with an attack on Palestinian property.

In this case, some 20 settlers set fire to Ahmed Ghanem’s orchard a few hours after Israeli police evacuated a small outpost on Sunday, he says. The Palestinian farmer’s field and olive orchard lie just between the Jewish settlements of Kedumim and Yitzhar, in the northern part of the West Bank.

Let’s be clear.  It’s meant to provoke.  Our government subsidizes the people doing this with billions of dollars.  Their country has nuclear weapons that they won’t admit to.  Given the pressure on Iran — which is only suspected of developing nukes — shouldn’t we just go with Olmert and look at Israel as a nuclear power?  I mean, why not?  Money . . . .

Michael Sfard, a lawyer who works with Israeli human rights group Yesh Din, says the group has been monitoring the “price tag” tactic for at least a year.

“It’s quite smart but evil,” he says. “The security forces will have to divert the resources, manpower and energy to deal with the new problem.”

According to a Palestinian Authority official who deals with the settlements issue, 3,400 trees have been destroyed in settler attacks in just this part of the West Bank since the beginning of the year.

Yay for Israeli settlers!  They pissed off the Palestinians even more!  It’s a win!!!!!!

Sfard says the tactic works. Because of the settler attacks, he says, Israeli courts are now more reluctant to approve petitions for the evacuation of illegal outposts.

“I mean, the court tells me time and again, ‘You know that it’s not that simple to do what you are asking.’ And I’m always saying, ‘Well, it means that being violent turns out to be a very clever thing to do,’ ” he says.

SEE!!!!! It works!  It’s a very clever thing to do.  Of course none of those involved will connect this in any way to attacks on “innocent” Israelis.  No.

Yishai Gilad, 19, says the Jews have the right to the land here.

“We are here to show that we can build freely,” he says. “The land of Israel belongs to the Jewish people. We are settling here and in other places because it’s our right.”

He’s just displaying the merits of a theocracy, much like our own theocrats want this to be a judeo christian nation, founded by god, by god!!!!

Some in the settler movement are questioning the “price tag” tactic. Daniela Weiss says she doesn’t think it’s the right way forward.

“I’m not interested in how to retaliate, what to do to this Arab or what to do to this soldier,” she says. “And I’m not interested in it, and I do not believe in it. I believe that sitting in the night on a hilltop with five boys and encourage them to cling hard to that soil, to that hill is the No. 1 effort that needs my support, and to this I dedicate myself every day, every night, every second of my life.”

Yes, Daniela, let’s take over all the land and leave “them” with nothing.  They can go live in Iraq or Iran or Afghanistan — like the non-Han in China.  Hopefully the U.S. will pick them up and put them in Gitmo.  There they will trouble you never again.