SeaMAC bus ad that was censored in Seattle is running on buses in Portland

Written by AUPHR and others!   
Thursday, 23 October 2014 10:18



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 23, 2014
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Edward Mast   206 633-1086  (Seattle)
Rod Such   971 322-4237 (Portland)
Ned Rosch  503 381-7011  (Portland - Jewish Voice for Peace)

SeaMAC bus ad that was censored in Seattle is running on buses in Portland

Seattle Mideast Awareness Campaign (SeaMAC) is running an ad on Portland’s TriMet buses with the slogan ISRAEL’S WAR CRIMES: YOUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK.  Photo available on request.  The ads will run for four weeks and are also funded by Portland groups Americans United for Palestinian Human Rights and Jewish Voice for Peace - Portland.

“SeaMAC had moved on to the message of Equal Rights for Palestinians, but this recent escalation of Israel’s war crimes against Palestinians made our original message urgent once more,” said Edward Mast, volunteer board member with SeaMAC.

The ad calls attention to Israel’s ongoing violations of human rights and international law, including Israel’s recent assault on the captive population of Gaza, during which Israel bombed schools, hospitals, UN-designated shelters, Gaza’s only power plant, and Gaza’s water purification system.  More than 2000 Palestinians, mostly civilians and including over 500 children, were killed during the fifty days of Israel’s assault.

The slogan of the current ad is almost the same that was approved and printed to run on King County Metro buses in 2010 but was then censored by King County.  That original Seattle ad, which used the word “Israeli” instead of “Israel’s”, was created to call attention in particular to war crimes committed against the captive population of Gaza during Israel’s Operation Cast Lead in 2008-2009.  These violations were documented by the United Nations Human Rights Commission, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and the International Red Cross.  

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SodaStream boycott - Your chance to complain and feel great about it!

Written by Portland SodaStream Boycott Planning Team   
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 10:37


SodaStream boycott - Your chance to complain and feel great about it! 

 

SodaStream Boycott Advocates,

We’re writing to ask that you stop by a local Kitchen Kaboodle store to request that they stop selling SodaStream products.  You won’t be the only one stopping by to register your complaint.  We’re asking all SodaStream boycott advocates to join in a Marathon Complaint Session in late October & early November.  For three days, we’ll flood Kitchen Kaboodle with personal requests to stop selling SodaStream products.  We’re doing this to send the store owners a strong message about the importance of de-shelving SodaStream products, and a strong message about our ability to mount a serious public boycott effort should they continue selling SodaStream products. 

The Marathon Complaint Session is scheduled for Friday, October 31st, Saturday, November 1st and Monday, November 3rd.  

To participate in the Marathon Complaint Session, simply decide which Kitchen Kaboodle store you wish to visit, then click on the link for that store:

Ø  To select the Northeast Portland Store at 1520 N.E. Broadway Street at 16thAvenue,   click here:  Sign-up sheet for Northeast Portland Store

Ø  To select the Northwest Portland Store at 404 N.W. 23rd Avenue at Flanders Street,  click here:  Sign-up sheet for the Northwest Portland Store

After you register for a time slot at one of these stores, we’ll send you specific instructions for the event, including suggested wording for your verbal complaint. 

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Survey: Nearly one-quarter of Jewish-Israelis boycotting Arab businesses

Written by JTA   
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 10:21


Some 51 percent of those surveyed also said that businesses that do not fire employees who criticize the Israel Defense Forces should be boycotted

JERUSALEM (JTA) — One in four Jewish-Israeli consumers is boycotting Arab businesses in the wake of the summer’s Gaza conflict, according to an Israeli business daily.
The 24 percent is down from the 29 percent who said they were boycotting Arab-owned businesses during the 50-day Operation Protective Edge, Globes reported, citing a telephone survey by the Tel Aviv-based Geocartography Knowledge Group research institute. The number was down significantly from the 47 percent of Jewish-Israelis who said during the operation that they planned to boycott such businesses.
Some 51 percent of those surveyed also said that businesses that do not fire employees who criticize the Israel Defense Forces should be boycotted, and that some 11 percent of Jewish-Israelis are boycotting such businesses. Another 40 percent said they would boycott such businesses if they could identify them, the survey found.
Globes quoted unnamed sources among suppliers who said that sales to Arab-owned markets are down substantially in recent months.


Read more: http://www.jta.org/2014/10/01/news-opinion/israel-middle-east/survey-nearly-one-quarter-of-jewish-israelis-boycotting-arab-businesses

 
   

Move on? Work to reclaim Univ. of Illinois has has only just begun

Written by Vicente M. Diaz   
Monday, 29 September 2014 02:51

Opinion/Editorial
The Electronic Intifada
26 September 2014

 
Students and faculty are determined to keep challenging University of Illinois administrators’ decision to fire Steven Salaita. (Jeffrey Putney/Flickr)

This is the testimony given by Professor Vicente M. Diaz before the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Faculty Senate on 22 September 2014. Diaz spoke about the matter of Steven Salaita, whose hiring by the American Indian Studies program was formally rejected by the university’s board of trustees earlier this month after a sustained smear campaign by pro-Israel donors, organizations, faculty and students:

My name is Vicente M. Diaz. I am an Associate Professor in American Indian Studies and Anthropology. I am also an affiliate faculty member in History and Asian American Studies. I represent American Indian Studies; in fact, I co-chaired the search committee that recommended the hire of Steven Salaita.

I’m here to express moral indignation and outrage at the University of Illinois Board of Trustees’ denial of Professor Salaita’s hiring.

Far from over, and even further from correct, our leadership’s decision is a wrongheaded and misguided action that has tarnished our university’s reputation among academics who know and understand how academia is supposed to work.
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Israel’s N.S.A. Scandal

Written by JAMES BAMFORD   
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 08:06

[Americans and Palestinians have something in common: Israel is spying on us both!]

WASHINGTON — IN Moscow this summer, while reporting a story for Wired magazine, I had the rare opportunity to hang out for three days with Edward J. Snowden. It gave me a chance to get a deeper understanding of who he is and why, as a National Security Agency contractor, he took the momentous step of leaking hundreds of thousands of classified documents.

Among his most shocking discoveries, he told me, was the fact that the N.S.A. was routinely passing along the private communications of Americans to a large and very secretive Israeli military organization known as Unit 8200. This transfer of intercepts, he said, included the contents of the communications as well as metadata such as who was calling whom.

Typically, when such sensitive information is transferred to another country, it would first be “minimized,” meaning that names and other personally identifiable information would be removed. But when sharing with Israel, the N.S.A. evidently did not ensure that the data was modified in this way.

Mr. Snowden stressed that the transfer of intercepts to Israel contained the communications — email as well as phone calls — of countless Arab- and Palestinian-Americans whose relatives in Israel and the Palestinian territories could become targets based on the communications. “I think that’s amazing,” he told me. “It’s one of the biggest abuses we’ve seen.”

It appears that Mr. Snowden’s fears were warranted. Last week, 43 veterans of Unit 8200 — many still serving in the reserves — accused the organization of startling abuses. In a letter to their commanders, to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and to the head of the Israeli army, they charged that Israel used information collected against innocent Palestinians for “political persecution.” In testimonies and interviews given to the media, they specified that data were gathered on Palestinians’ sexual orientations, infidelities, money problems, family medical conditions and other private matters that could be used to coerce Palestinians into becoming collaborators or create divisions in their society.

Read more on the NY Times


 
   

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