Divest From the Illegal Military Occupation of Palestine

Thursday, May 1, 2014

We are excited to urge Wesleyan students and Wesleyan Student Assembly members to support, and vote yes on, Resolution X.35: Wesleyan Divestment from Companies Profiting from or Contributing to Illegal Occupation of Palestine. At a pivotal moment when many people and institutions are promoting divestment, the WSA will be voting on Sunday whether to stop investing in companies that profit from the illegal military occupation of Palestine.

Why divest? Divestment is one of the tactics of the international Boycott, Divest, and Sanction movement. BDS is a peaceful campaign of “non-violent punitive measures” meant to pressure the Israeli government to comply with international law and “to recognize the Palestinian people’s inalienable right to self-determination.” This movement is directly inspired by the international movement against South African apartheid [1]. “Not only is Israel harming Palestinians, but it is harming itself,” Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a South African leader against apartheid in his own county, wrote two years ago. “Israel becoming an apartheid state or like South Africa in its denial of equal rights is not a future danger, as three former Israeli prime ministers — Ehud Barak, Ehud Olmert and David Ben Gurion — have warned, but a present-day reality. This harsh reality endured by millions of Palestinians requires people and organizations of conscience to divest from thos e companies...profiting from the occupation and subjugation of Palestinians” [2]. As students at a university in the United States, divestment is a tool we have to make ourselves neutral in this situation: we will no longer be financially supporting the military occupation.

BDS is a nonviolent means for ordinary people, beyond the national representatives in negotiations, to address the ongoing human rights abuses in the occupied territories. The ongoing blockade against Gaza by the Israeli government has prevented people from having access to food, fuel, building materials, medical care, and the basic economic, physical, and psychological wellbeing that all people deserve. The small strip of land is becoming “uninhabitable” for the almost two million people that live there [2][3]. In the West Bank, “the Israeli military has issued directives prohibiting any Palestinian presence on land within Gaza abutting the territory’s perimeter fence, currently up to 300 meters from the fence, but Israeli forces have frequently shot at Palestinians beyond that distance. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs estimates that Israeli forces’ use of live ammunition has placed up to 35 percent of Gaza’s agricultural land off-limits to farmers” [4]. Construction of Israeli settlements—which necessitates the violent eviction of Palestinians who had been living there—is happening at an increasing rate, with almost 2,000 settlement housing units built in the first half of 2013 alone. Israel continues to limit the freedom of movement of Palestinians with checkpoints and a border wall. Israel also holds hundreds of Palestinian prisoners without charge, many of them children, and many of them arrested at gunpoint for nothing more than throwing stones [5]. It is a situation described as “apartheid, colonization, and occupation” [6] and there is a clear path to addressing it.

At Wesleyan, we are working for divestment. This resolution is asking for a stance of neutrality from the WSA. As it stands now, the investments of the University and the WSA materially support ongoing human rights abuses. Whether we like it or not, that is taking a stand. This resolution is an opportunity to retract our support of those human rights abuses and be neutral as to the ultimate outcome.

The WSA will be deciding on whether to ask the administration to divest the endowment from these companies. If that does not occur in a transparent manner, the WSA has the agency to remove the money in its own endowment from investments in the occupation. The WSA will also move its money that is held within Wesleyan's endowment so that none of the Student Assembly's money is invested in companies profiting from human rights abuses in Palestine.

The resolution is narrowly focused on companies profiting from the military occupation, modelled off of a similar resolution that passed recently at University of California Irvine. The criteria, as written in the resolution, are:

a) provide weaponry, security systems, prisons, or other military support for the illegal occupation of the Palestinian territories; or

b) facilitate the building or maintenance of the illegal Separation Wall or the demolition of Palestinian homes; or

c) facilitate the building, maintenance, or economic development of illegal Israeli settlements, outposts, and segregated roads and transportation systems on the occupied Palestinian territory (Gaza Strip, West Bank, and annexed East Jerusalem);

for the purpose of removing the financial incentive to participate in the illegal occupation and exploitation of indigenous Palestinians and their land.

We urge a yes vote on these criteria. In the words of Judith Butler, “The withdrawal of investments from companies that actively support the military or that build on occupied lands… a message that a growing number of people in the international community will not be complicit with the occupation…BDS focuses on state agencies and corporations that build machinery designed to destroy homes, that build military materiel that targets populations, that profit from the occupation, that are situated illegally on Palestinian lands, to name a few” [7].

This resolution has the capacity to effect concrete change--the transparent divestment of money controlled by our student representatives. It is inspiring that 600 students have signed the petition asking the WSA to divest. The number of students that recognize how important it is for the WSA to pass a resolution like this is unprecedented. We encourage as many of these 600 students as are able to attend the meeting on Sunday to come and advocate for socially responsible investment.

[1] http://www.bdsmovement.net/call
[2] http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/columns/justice-requires-action-to-stop-subjugation-of-palestinians/1227722
[3] http://www.amnesty.org.uk/life-under-blockade#.U2KrsIFdV8E
[4] http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/22/gaza-uninhabitable-blockade-united-nations
[5] https://www.hrw.org/news/2014/04/24/israel-stop-shooting-gaza-civilians
[6] http://www.hrw.org/world-report/2014/country-chapters/israel-and-palestine?page=2
[7] http://www.bdsmovement.net/apartheid-colonisation-occupation
[8] http://www.thenation.com/article/172752/judith-butlers-remarks-brooklyn-college-bds

Levin, White, and Mitchell are members of the class of 2015; Eversley is a member of the class of 2014; Russell is a member of the class of 2016.

  • ThisIsPalestine

    What law does the "illegal occupation of Palestine" break, exactly?

  • Anonymous

    The Nazi propagandist Josef Goebbels is repeatedly quoted because his words have proved to be so true: “If you tell a lie big enough and
    keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.” Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinians have perfected the art of big lying and the Europeans -motivated by latent anti-Semitism, cowardice, and an eagerness to appease their violent and growing Muslim minorities have shown themselves to be more than willing to buy the lie despite the existence of readily available evidence that disproves the Palestinian lies.

  • Anonymous

    I think we should help Abbas and his dear friends and allies Hamas create a Palestinian state. Since Hamas is more popular than Abbas let’s call it Hamasistan. It could be based on all the other Islamist states. Women would have zero rights. Gays would be hung. Jews would be verboten. Non-Muslims would be killed unless they convert to Islam or pay a crippling tax that is designed just for them.

    I think this makes a lot of sense and is something college punks should march for, shout about, and pretend they care about. The world needs another Islamist state. What will we do without another one?

    In Hamasistan criminals will be punished by being tied to the back of jeeps and skinned to death on dirt roads until they die. The lucky criminals will simply be pushed off rooftops, and if they’re really lucky the rooftop will be very high.

    In Hamasistan they will blame all their problems on Israel that way the politicians can line their Swiss Vaults with endless international aid money and not be held accountable.

    In Hamasistan they will shoot rockets into Israel during rush hour and when schools get out. That’s the way they do things in Hamasistan. Then they will blame Israel for making them do it.

    Yes, this will solve all the problems just ask any leftist, liberal, dreaming moron and he will scream it at you as if there is no doubt about it.

  • Anonymous

    ·
    Since the Palestinians were never Israeli citizens, and never wanted to be Israeli citizens, there's really no question of Apartheid here.

    The Palestinians' disenfranchisement comes out of their own rejection of UNGAR 181, which advocated the establishment of one Jewish state (Israel) and one Arab state (Palestine, or whatever they might have wanted to call it) on the land of the Palestine Mandate. Had they accepted the resolution and established their own state on the land allocated by the UN, there would be no Palestinian refugees today.

    No country in the world can be forced to accept a belligerent population whose
    manifesto includes the destruction of the would-be host country. Neither
    democracy nor membership in the UN requires any country to commit suicide,
    which is what you seem to be advocating.

    If you really want an example of an Apartheid state, examine the laws of the
    Palestinian Authority-- it is a criminal offense to sell Palestinian land to a
    Jew, and the maximum penalty for someone selling land to a Jew is death.
    Mahmoud Abbas has already declared on more than one occasion that "No Jew will be allowed to live in the new Palestine".

    How's that for Apartheid?

  • Anonymous

    Tutu has a right to his opinions; he doesn't have the right to his own facts. Anyone who studied apartheid in South Africa should easily see that Israel bears no resemblance to South Africa. Israeli citizens vote, hold any public office (an Arab even sits on the Supreme Court), enter any profession, use the same facilities and hospitals. The Israeli Constitution guarantees everyone the same rights. South Africa's laws specifically denied equal rights to Blacks. Perhaps Tutu should visit Israel. For all we know, his knowledge of Israel is based on the propaganda he reads on his computer.

    If you want to act against anti-Palestinian apartheid in the Middle East, start
    with the fact that every Arab country except Jordan denies Palestinians
    citizenship. They cannot enter certain professions. Their land ownership is
    widely restricted. They cannot hold public office, even if they have lived in
    those Arab countries for generations. Palestinians may not complain so much
    publicly about this, because it is not politically or financially expedient for
    them to do so. But they will privately admit that they hate how they are
    treated by their brother Arabs.

  • Anonymous

    Written by Steven Plaut (pg.1)

    Professor Judith Butler
    from Berkeley’s Department of Rhetoric and Comparative Literature is
    not just your ordinary deconstructionist feminist anti-Semite. A
    self-proclaimed leading scholar in the pseudo-discipline of “Queer
    Studies,” she is also one of the leading academic defenders of
    anti-Semitism, which she insists is not anti-Semitic at all. She has
    devoted much of her academic career to the struggle to see Israel
    eliminated. While often posturing as a free speech absolutist, she is
    also absolutely opposed to Israelis having any academic freedom and is a
    leader in the attempt to impose a world boycott
    against Israeli universities. Naturally, she has never come out in
    favor of an academic boycott of Syria, Libya, Iran, Cuba, or the Hamas.
    Hamas and Hezbollah may seek the extermination of every Jew on the
    planet and not just of Israel, but Butler still likes to wave her
    “Jewish roots” when she serves as an apologist for them.

    Butler is perhaps best remembered as one of the most strident
    attackers against Lawrence Summers, the ex-President of Harvard. She was
    horrified when Summers proclaimed: “Profoundly anti-Israel views are
    increasingly finding support in progressive intellectual communities.
    Serious and thoughtful people are advocating and taking actions that are
    anti-Semitic in their effect if not their intent (September 17,
    2002).” Butler venomously denounced Summers for telling the truth,
    arguing that telling the truth threatens academic freedom: “Summers has struck a blow against academic freedom, in effect, if not in intent.”

    Edward Alexander, who is also a professor of comparative literature, explains that Butler’s hysterical attacks on Summers stemmed from something more than her girlish enthusiasm:

    “Butler had herself signed the divestment (against
    Israel) petition at its place of origin, Berkeley, where it had
    circulated in February 2001. She therefore found Summers’ remarks not
    only wrong but personally ‘hurtful’ since they implicated Judith Butler
    herself in the newly resurgent campus anti-Semitism. Butler could
    hardly have failed to notice that the Berkeley divestment petition had
    supplied the impetus and inspiration for anti-Israel mob violence on her
    own campus on 24 April 2001, a few weeks after it had been circulated,
    and for more explicitly anti-Jewish mobs at San Francisco State
    University in May of the following year.”

    Summers insists that people who oppose Israel’s very existence are
    anti-Semitic. The fact that a second Jewish Holocaust would result from
    Israel’s annihilation does not seem to matter to his attackers like
    Butler. She writes,
    “A challenge to the right of Israel to exist can be construed as a
    challenge to the existence of the Jewish people only if one believes
    that Israel alone keeps the Jewish people alive or that all Jews invest
    their sense of perpetuity in the state of Israel in its current or
    traditional forms.” The fact that the very people calling for Israel
    to be annihilated are not calling for the
    elimination of any other country, not even a single one of the 22
    fascist Arab states, cannot possibly have anything to do with
    anti-Semitism, she insists.

    Butler’s proof that anti-Israel radicals are not really anti-Semites?
    It is that she manages to find some anti-Israel extremists among
    Israelis, the Israeli equivalents to Taliban John, Lord Haw-Haw, and
    Noam Chomsky. She writes, “Identifying Israel with Jewry obscures the
    existence of the small but important post-Zionist movement in Israel,
    including the philosophers Adi Ophir and Anat Biletzki, the sociologist
    Uri Ram, the professor of theatre Avraham Oz and the poet Yitzhak Laor.
    Are we to say that Israelis who are critical of Israeli policy are
    self-hating Jews, or insensitive to the ways in which criticism may fan
    the flames of anti-Semitism?” The proper answer to her question is
    often: yes.

  • Anonymous

    (pg. 2)

    Butler recently showed up in the Middle East, to strut her support for the intifada.
    As a militant feminist, however, she was on a bizarre mission. In
    February, 2010, she spent her time in the West Bank shilling for the
    very same Palestinian Islamic terrorist groups who make a point out of
    torturing and murdering homosexuals and who insist that the place of
    women in Muslim society is somewhere out back and out of sight, barefoot
    and scarved. Like so many apologists for Islamofascism, the only
    “oppression” of Palestinian women Butler could find was their supposed
    mistreatment by the Zionist “occupiers.” You know, the same ones who
    have a woman Chief Justice in their Supreme Court, who have more women
    doctors than men, and who have elected a woman as Prime Minister.
    Butler denounced Israel at length for its “mistreatment” of Arab women,
    and never mind that they are treated at least a thousand times better
    by Israel than they are inside any Arab regime. Meanwhile, Islamic
    religious figures in Egypt have been proclaiming that Muslims have the
    natural right to rape all Jewish women. Butler has yet to issue a
    response to that.

    To remove all doubt, Butler made it clear that she objects to Israel’s presence not only
    in the West Bank, where she was doing her Terrorism Grand Tour. She
    also wants Israel removed from within Israel’s pre-1967 borders. Butler
    has long supported a worldwide boycott of Israel, and not simply
    because Israel “occupies” the West Bank. She has made it clear that she
    demands that Israel allow millions of Arabs claiming to be Palestinian
    “refugees” to flood into Israel and convert it into yet another
    Palestinian Arab state. She wants this even after the creation of some Palestinian state.

    While in the West Bank, Butler went to visit a “theater” in the
    terrorist stronghold of Jenin. Theatrics is largely what Jenin is all
    about. During Israel’s battle against terrorists there in April of
    2002, the Bash-Israel Left invented fictional tales about Israel
    carrying out a “massacre,” some even calling it a “genocide.” As it
    turned out, after days of Jenin street-to-street gun battles, launched
    by the Palestinians intentionally in built-up urban areas, 23 Israeli
    soldiers were killed along with a few dozen terrorists. Less than 20
    Palestinian civilians died in the intense urban firefight, largely
    because Israel foreswore reducing the town to rubble using artillery to
    spare civilian collateral damage. It sacrificed the lives of its own
    soldiers for that reason. And this was called “genocide.” A propaganda
    film about the battle called “Jenin, Jenin” was later produced by
    Israeli Arab pro-terror director Mohammed Bakri, who himself publicly
    admitted that his film was a tissue of lies. Bakri is now being sued by
    some Israeli soldiers for libel.

    Butler explained to her terrorist hosts
    that she opposes the existence of a Jewish state even alongside some
    future Palestinian Arab state. Instead, she favors what she calls a
    bi-national state, something along the lines of Rwanda. She claims to
    be some sort of authority on Hannah Arendt and promotes her anti-Israel “bi-nationalism” by obsessively citing
    Arendt’s ancient writings on bi-nationalism (at Berkeley Butler is
    officially the “Hannah Arendt Professor”). Of course, no one knows just
    what Arendt would have to say about the Arab-Israeli conflict in the
    twenty-first century. But one suspects that anyone like Arendt who
    spent so much time studying the totalitarian mindset would retch at the
    willingness of people like Butler to vouch and shill for Palestinian
     violence.

    Butler writes:
    “And if we have a bi-national state, it’s expressing two nations. Only
    when bi-nationalism deconstructs the idea of a nation can we hope to
    think about what a state, what a polity might look like that would
    actually extend equality.” Come to think of it, the genocidal
    consequences of bi-nationalism in Rwanda are pretty close to what Butler
    seems to have in mind for the Israeli Jews. Among the terrorists who
    hosted her in Jenin was Zakaria Zabeidi, a head of the genocidal “Al Aqsa” Brigades. Assaf Wohl, a columnist in Israel’s leading daily Yediot Ahronot, dismissed Butler as a Jewish anti-Semite.

  • Anonymous

    (pg. 3)

    According to Professor Edward Alexander,

    “Prior to the autumn of 2003, this University of
    California professor of rhetoric and comparative literature was, like
    many members of Berkeley’s ‘progressive’ Jewish community with which she
    habitually identifies herself, somebody who defined her ‘Jewishness’
    (not exactly Judaism) in opposition to the State of Israel. She was
    mainly a signer of petitions harshly critical of the Jewish state, full
    of mean spite towards its alleged ‘apartheid’ and ‘bantustan’ practices,
    oily sycophancy towards such Palestinian figures as Sari Nusseibeh, and
    a habit of covering over the brutality of Arab terror with the soft
    snow of Latinized euphemisms. She was one of the 3700 American Jews
    opposed to ‘occupation’ (Israeli, not Syrian or Chinese or any other)
    who signed an ‘Open Letter’ urging the American government to cut
    financial aid to Israel; later she expressed misgiving about signing
    that particular petition–it ‘was not nearly strong enough…it did not
    call for the end of Zionism.’”

    Butler, whose PhD is actually in philosophy, is a walking
    illustration of the very worst things wrong with the humanities. She is
    a leading American proponent of “Queer Theory” (which is what she calls
    it.) You will never discover in “Queer Theory” any scientific
    hypotheses about what produces homosexuality. Instead, it serves as the
    umbrella term for politicized militant homosexuals seeking the
    annihilation of America, Israel, and capitalism. Whether such people
    seriously think that homosexuals are treated better in non-capitalist
    regimes and in the Islamic sections of the Third World is doubtful.

    Butler’s favorite prefix is “post.” She uses it more often than the
    Cliff-the-Mailman character on “Cheers.” She proudly describes herself a
    “Post-Zionist,” by which she means she is anti-Zionist. Butler likes to describe herself as a “poststructuralist,” and sometimes also as a “Post-Marxist,” which – as far as we can tell – seems to mean a Marxist. (The Marxist New Left Review
    is one of Butler’s favorite venues.) She claims to reject
    “dialectics” as her political theology because it is too
    “phallogocentric,” and that has upset some of the members of the academic Comintern.

    Like so many members of the tenured Left – her favorite methodology of analysis is the silly polysyllable. Her writings ooze “Deconstructionist” jive and are exercises in the worst forms of pseudo-academic NewSpeak. And that
    is when she is sticking to her actual “discipline,” not pontificating
    about the Middle East, about which she has no expertise or training at
    all. “Deconstruction” is the nonsensical infantile “philosophy” that
    argues that words have no meaning, there are no facts nor truth, and the
    only thing we can really be absolutely certain about are that
    the US and capitalism and Israel are evil and must be eliminated.
    Language is the ultimate form of tyranny and source of control over us
    oppressed folks by those evil elites. There are no false narratives,
    just different subjectivities. Deconstructionism has become something
    of a pseudo-intellectual orthodoxy among certain of our academic
    colleagues, especially those in the academic professions that never
    quite found out where’s the beef.

    Butler’s “theories” about feminism include her argument that sexual
    relations are “performative,” and are based on “regulatory discourse.”
    The “system” attempts to impose “constructions of binary asymmetric
    gender.” She has even devoted time to celebrating drag queens:
    “There is no original or primary gender a drag imitates, but gender is a
    kind of imitation for which there is no original.” A fuller collection
    of some of her bizarre pronouncements can be read here.
    She insists, “Masculine and feminine roles are not biologically fixed
    but socially constructed,” which seems to prove that she never took any
    biology courses back at Yale.

  • Anonymous

    (pg. 4)

    A typical Butler bloviation is this:

    “Performativity cannot be understood outside of a process
    of iterability, a regularized and constrained repetition of norms. And
    this repetition is not performed by a subject; this repetition
    is what enables a subject and constitutes the temporal condition for the
    subject. This iterability implies that ‘performance’ is not a singular
    ‘act’ or event, but a ritualized production, a ritual reiterated under
    and through constraint, under and through the force of prohibition and
    taboo, with the threat of ostracism and even death controlling and
    compelling the shape of the production, but not, I will insist,
    determining it fully in advance.” (From Butler, Judith 1993; Bodies That Matter: On the Discursive Limits of “Sex”. New York: Routledge. pp. 95. )

    It is almost impossible to read a sentence by Butler without reacting
    with a loud “Huh?” So much of it sounds like a parody of an academic
    being concocted by “The Onion” or “National Lampoon.” In 1998 she won first-prize in the Bad Writing Contest sponsored by the academic journal Philosophy and Literature. She won for this sentence:

    “The move from a structuralist account in which capital
    is understood to structure social relations in relatively homologous
    ways to a view of hegemony in which power relations are subject to
    repetition, convergence, and rearticulation brought the question of
    temporality into the thinking of structure, and marked a shift from a
    form of Althusserian theory that takes structural totalities as
    theoretical objects to one in which the insights into the contingent
    possibility of structure inaugurate a renewed conception of hegemony as
    bound up with the contingent sites and strategies of the rearticulation of power.”

    So much of what Butler writes is so mindless and filled with so many
    grammatical flaws that one wonders how her text survives a word
    processing program. Butler’s take on the 9-11
    attacks on America was that “the violent acts of 9/11 is (sic)
    exacerbated by the inability of Americans to recognize the
    precariousness of non-American (particularly Muslim) lives. They are
    always already dead, and therefore cannot be killed.” Huh? She insists
    that the West is guilty
    of this: “These excluded are brutally subjected to the “violence of
    derealization.” Huh? She “claims that the War on Terror has provided a
    climate where the sexual freedoms she and others fought for are now
    misused to symbolize (sic) the shining, gleaming modernity of the West.
    The backwardness and inferiority of ‘others’ is counterposed (sic) and
    underscored against this.” Huh?

    In an interview she explains
    how her feminism differs from that of some of the others, like
    Catharine MacKinnon or Andrea Dworkin: “I’m not always calling into
    question who’s a man and who’s not, and am I a man? Maybe I’m a man
    [laughs].” She is not one of those folks in favor of homosexual
    marriage, by the way. In fact she is opposed to marriage:
    “It’s very hard to speak freely right now, but many gay people are
    uncomfortable with all this, because they feel their sense of an
    alternative movement is dying. Sexual politics was supposed to be about
    finding alternatives to marriage.”

    Butler was one of the noisiest people denouncing the Campus-Watch
    website for daring to criticize anti-Israel radical Middle East Studies
    faculty members. Naturally, Butler thinks that critics of anti-Israel
    radicals are not entitled to freedom of speech and that their criticism is “McCarthyism.”

    While she likes to beat on her drum about supposedly growing up in a
    Jewish home, there is no evidence that she knows the slightest thing
    about Judaism. She claims her “Jewish values” are what drive her to
    embrace Palestinian anti-Semites and barbarians. Here she sums up her own
    knowledge of Judaism: “As a Jew, I was taught that it was ethically
    imperative to speak up and to speak out against arbitrary state
    violence.” There is no such Jewish ethical imperative. She clarifies:
    “There were those who would and could speak out against state racism and
    state violence, and it was imperative that we be able to speak out. Not
    just for Jews, but for any number of people.” Needless to say, the
    only “state violence” she feels obliged to denounce is that supposedly
    practiced by Israel when it defends its civilians. She is not exactly
    outspoken when it comes to the state violence practiced by Iran or
     Syria.

    As part of Butler’s campaign on behalf of Palestinian terrorism, she
    likes to wave about the fact that she herself grew up as a “Reform”
    Jew. There are very few things wrong with the world that she does not
    attribute to the unforgivable desire by Jews for self-determination.
    Her attitude towards the Jewish homeland was summed up by her thus:
    “The argument that all Jews have a heartfelt investment in the state of
    Israel is untrue. Some have a heartfelt investment in corned beef
     sandwiches.”

    When it comes to academic streetwalking on behalf of anti-Semitism
    and Palestinian violence, that old adage is true: the Butler did it.

  • About time

    Yes to BDS! Enough of Wesleyan's complicity in the racist domination and exploitation of poor brown people

  • ThisIsPalestine

    BDS is 100% fine with racist domination and exploitation of brown people, just as long as it doesn't done by Jews.

  • Anonymous

    By far the biggest exploiters of poor brown people are Muslims.

    In Sudan Muslims killed about one million poor brown people.

    So far in 2014 Muslims have killed almost 3,000 poor brown people in Nigeria.

    In the last five years Muslims have killed 5,000 poor brown Buddhists in southern Thailand.

    In Syria where Muslims are participating in their usual practice of killing one another something like 200,000 poor brown people have been killed.

    But let's focus on Israel because Jews are so easy to pick on compared to the oil-rich Muslims.

  • Anonymous

    Gosh, I almost forgot, just yesterday the Arab Spring led Egyptian power-brokers announced the death sentence of some 700 poor brown Muslim Brotherhood members.

  • Shein Ariely

    United world hypocrites'-who are you for real?- bellow is your mirror
    (you see the 3 famous monkeys: see nothing- hear nothing-talk-nothings)ornonsence

    Compare between Palestine-Arabs+Iran and between Israel

    !!!!!!!!! PALESTINE !!!!!!

    You support the Palestinians that contribut to world culture the followings:

    1:Educational:-hate- Palestineschool's curriculum and official TV channels
    promote mass hate teaching and preaching. Funded by western countries.

    2:Scientific:- death- How to improve the suicide belts to kill maximum civilians

    3: Cultural- demolish- :How to destroy archeological treasures dating 3000
    years ago of the Jewish independence and culture in Israeland get UNESCO blind eye and silence.

    4:Crimes against humanity- Hide among civilians, dressed civilian,
    commit terror against civilians, use of children for terror attacks and still
    get international immunity.
    Use of ambulances and international press symbol for terror activities.

    5:Nontolerance--Christian population dropped from about 140,000 in 1967 to 51,000

    !!!!! You don't hear-don't see -don't speak and don’t act against the above !!!!
    **** **Boycott the defending Israel! ******
    -----
    !!!!! Arabs+ Iran status !!!!!!

    1:In Lebanon: By law Palestinians cannot work in over 50 professions.

    2:In Saud Arabia:
    Deny:Women equality-human rights-religious freedom-fund hate preaching and teaching of infidels worldwide

    3:In Iran:
    Gays are executed-Teachers of Bahai religion are hanged-husband can kill his
    adulterous wife without punishment-a woman is punishable by death.

    4:In Jordan:
    Punishing by death sailing land to Jew

    5:Christians in Arab states:
    *Christians now make up 5% of the population,down from 20% in the early 20th century mainly because emigration due ethnic,religious persecution and
     killings.

    6:Millions flee away from Muslim countries. Not a single person immigrates to
    Muslim countries.

    7: Women rights in Arabs and Iran ranked lowest between 137 countries comparing study:
    - starting from place 107(the United Arab Emirates) up to Yemen place 135. (Morocco place 129, Saud Arabia place 131,Jordan place 121, Lebanon place 122, Syria place 132)
     http://www3.weforum.org/docs/WEF_GenderGap_Report_2012.pdf

    8: Internet usage:
    Homemade bombs free guidelines used by terrorists worldwide.
    Hate indoctrination free articles and books of all non Muslim cultures.
    Masking Islamists agenda by laying to infidels in all languages- the truth
    Islamist over all agenda is published in Arabic and Iranian languages>

    !!!You don't hear-don't see -don't speak and don’t act against the above!!!!!
    *****boycott the defending Israel *******
    -----
    !!!!!!!!! Israel !!!!!!!:

    1:Al-Jazeera about IDF.
    ""why the Syrian army,Hezbollah and other Islamic military groups
    cannot be more humane like the Israeli. ""
     http://www.tomgrossmedia.com/mideastdispatches/archives/001423.html

    2:Israeli doctors fixed the reversed ventricles-a 4-year boy - his father said,
    "We always heard in the Arab media how children from the Gaza Strip and
    the West Bank were receiving medical treatment in Israel."
     http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=14173

    Palestinians and Hisbula are firing rockets targeting Israelhospitals.

    3: Israel provided medical treatment in Israelihospitals to 700 Syrians.
    Israel provided food and winter closes to Syrian villages nearby Israeli
    border>
    What the so called human rights organization and boycotters have done?
    Many words however little help

    4: Teaching Arab children to love reading.Israel’s Education Ministry has launched a national program to encourage pre-school children in Arab communities to read.Maktabat al-Fanoos (“Lantern Library”)will deliver 4 free books to over 45,000 children in 1,750 kindergartens to bring home and read with their families.
     http://www.jpost.com/National-News/New-program-aims-to-teach-love-of-reading-to-Arab-kindergarten-children-341861

    5: Christians Israel:
    Israel is the one country in the Middle East where the Christian population has
    grown from 34,000 in 1948 to more than 155,000 in 2014.

    6:Illegal work infiltrators from Muslim countries in Israeldemonstrate demanding permanent visa in Israel>
    They don’t want to be returned to any of the Muslim countries

    7LThe best country for women in the Middle East. Israel the best country in the Middle East for women's rights and freedoms and received the “Reducing the Gender Gap” prize in 2013 from the European Parliament for championing women's rights.http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/178504#.Uy3gd86oVez

    8:""The best ethics papers and debates on terror issues are inIsrael""
    Ref: BBC ethics program, Beyond belief
     http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006s6p6.

    9:SPECTATOR.CO.UK
    ""WHERE ELSE WOULD MEMBERS OF AN ENEMY CONDUCTIONG
    A NOT STOP WAR OF DISTRUCTION AND TERRORISM GET SUCT TREATMENT? ISRAELHAS NOT MODIFIED ITS HUMANTARIAN""

    10: Internet usage:
    Academic degree people can get by free tuition over internet.
    Founded by Israeli Shai Reshef.
    University of the People is the world’s first non-profit, tuition-free,
    accredited online academic institution opening access to higher education
    globally for all, despite financial, geographic orsocietal constraints.
    Students listed from 141 countries.

    !!!You don't hear-don't see -don't speak and you act against the above!!!!!
    *****However you promote --boycott the defending Israel*******

    ----------------------------------------------------
    ******* Although the above facts the boycotters support the Palestinian ******
    !!!!!!! Mirror-mirror tell me who are the unmasked boycotters!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Great stuff Shein, but shame on you for confusing the BDS Nazis with facts.

    For the BDS'ers really are like the Nazi drones - simple, stupid soldiers following orders (and often giving the orders) of the utmost evil regardless of the glaring facts that they turned upside-down. And like Nazis they actually are so blind - so without the ability to see into a mirror of themselves clearly - that they actually have convinced themselves that evil is good.

    It is amazing what a liberal education will make possible. Nice job Wesleyan's liberal art's department for enabling this generation's Nazi-think.

  • anti-colonialist

    IT PASSEDDDDDDDDDD!!!!!! go wsa!

  • anti-racist

    wooooooooo! Wesleyan has divested@!!!!!

  • Please watch this video
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  • http://wesleying.org/2014/05/07/wsa-passes-resolution-12-35-wesleyan-divestment-from-companies-profiting-from-or-contributing-to-illegal-occupation-of-palestine/ WSA Passes Resolution 12.35: Wesleyan Divestment from Companies Profiting from or Contributing to Illegal Occupation of Palestine | Wesleying

    [...] Media Center (IMEMC) and Electronic Intifada. The issue has generated a many people, include a spate of recent Wespeaks both for and against the divestment: this, this, this, this, and [...]

  • BigSticksWalkSoftly

    Palestinians deserve full civil and human rights and freedom from outside oppression and subjugation.
    Palestinians on diaspora have a right to return to their homes, schools, businesses and neighborhoods.
    Palestinians don't deserve to be dehumanized by hasbara propaganda.
    I support Palestinian freedom because I believe in what Einstein, Mandela, MLK, Tutu, Gandhi and Jimmy Carter have written about in regards to freedom and justice for Palestinians.
    Einstein, Gandhi, Mandela, Tutu, Carter. That is quite a list.
    Who is the most famous supporter of Zionism?
    None other than Hitler himself.
    The atrocious thinking of Hitler led him to sign off on the Haavara agreement in 1933.
    I believe in Gandhi and Einstein, not Hitler.
    Peace, not apartheid