Three motions are being put forward to the Norwegian LO (TUC) Congress to sever relations with Israel’s labour organisation, the Histadrut. The claim is backed by LO in Oslo, Bergen, Trondheim, Stavanger, Tromso and Mo i Rana; plus the Norwegian Electrician and IT Workers' Union (EL&IT Forbundet), several locals of the Norwegian United Federation of Trade Unions (Fellesforbundet) and other federations. It is time for the LO Congress to support the demand, and for the leadership of LO to critically examine their grounds for rejecting it.
"PASSPORT!" demanded the Israeli security guard in English as he approached demonstrators at the Latin American Aerospace and Defense (LAAD) fair, which took place April 9-12 at the RioCentro Convention Center in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
This surreal scene unfolded as a tiny group of activists entered the fair's exhibition space, which contained a number of Israeli arms in
The schedule for President Barack Obama's first visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories next week has just been released and it is no surprise that the occupied Syrian Golan Heights is not on his travel agenda.
And yet Israel put it on the international agenda less than a month ago with its award of a licence to a US energy firm to explore for oil in the Golan Heights.
"Boycott" is a term as old as political Zionism. As is commonly known, it came into circulation in 1880, starting out as an Irish peasant action to prevent peasant evictions from the land by landlords and their agents - in that inaugural case an agent named Charles Boycott. This is not to say that this was the first time such a tactic had been used.
In many media reports on the recent panel held at Brooklyn College on the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel, BDS was subjected to relentless vilification and unfounded allegations.
This was yet another ruthless campaign to demonize and shut down all criticism of Israel.
When New York public officials criticized Brooklyn College for hosting a BDS event with Judith Butler and Omar Barghouti, their claimed interest in the matter was that the college was a public, taxpayer-funded institution and that, at best, the event was “one-sided” and needed “balance.” Yet this wasn’t the first time New York officials had mobilized against BDS.
As soon as it was clear that the pro-Israel forces opposed to the forum on boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) held at Brooklyn College on 7 February had badly overreached, and that their crude invective and histrionic behavior was alienating broad sectors of mainstream intelligentsia, liberal Zionist writers and activists injected what seemed like a much more sensible narrative into the debate.
A friend shared a New Year’s resolution card with me (pictured); it was originally published in 1946 in an Argentinian Jewish newspaper in the Yiddish language. It features a bandaged figure labelled “the world” (die velt), shaking hands with an angel labelled “Peace” (frieden). The card read: A New Year Blessing! It is the will of all that lives forever: This year, you shall make peace with each other! Amen!”
This old card my friend sent tells me only one thing; 66 years later, Palestinian suffering continues, and peace has not yet been realized in the region.