Global BDS Against Israel Is Working

In July 2005, a coalition of 171 Palestinian Civil Society organizations created the Global BDS movement for “Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel Until it Complies with International Law and Universal Principles of Human Rights” for Occupied Palestinians, Israeli Arabs, and Palestinian diaspora refugees.

The Tel Aviv-based Reut Institute (RI) provides “real-time strategic decision-making” support in areas of national security and socioeconomic policy. Its new report titled “The Gaza Flotilla: The Collapse of Israel’s Political Firewall” suggests it’s working. It followed an earlier one on “creating a political firewall” against Israel’s “delegitimization challenge,” recommending sabotage and subterfuge against growing global forces it fears, not an equitable solution it rejects.

Focusing now on the Gaza Flotilla, it called it “the tip of the iceberg” attempt along with the BDS movement and Durban conference against racism to cause “tangible and significant damage to Israel.” Unmentioned was how expert Israel is in self-inflicting it by decades of occupation and crimes of war and against humanity.

Clearly they’re having an effect, RI saying opposition “momentum is gaining,” its aim “to delegitimize Israel in order to precipitate its implosion, inspired by the collapses of” apartheid South Africa and the Soviet Union. Calling the challenge global, systemic and political, RI blames two cooperating forces:

— the Iran/Hamas/Hezbollah “Resistance Network;” and

— the “Delegimization Network” based in cities like London, Brussels and San Francisco.

Their “constantly adapting” strategy requires Israel to adopt “a comprehensive systemic treatment” of the challenge it faces.

RI gave its version of the Gaza Flotilla interdiction, specifically against the Mavi Marmara mother ship, a “grave incident devlop(ing) during the takeover (when) Members of the Turkish IHH organization attacked Israeli forces with knives and metal bars, and in some cases with live fire. In the ensuing confrontation, nine Israeli soldiers were injured and nine Turkish activists killed.”

An earlier article discussed the truth, not RI’s revisionism.

Israeli commandos (trained killers), planned and executed a premeditated attack in international waters against nonviolent, unarmed humanitarian activists, trying to deliver essential to life aid to besieged Gazans — to break Israel’s attempt to suffocate and starve them.

RI ignored the crime, focusing instead on world outrage, including anti-Israeli demonstrations in dozens of major cities, increased BDS efforts, international investigations, and the “stronger perception of cooperation between Israel’s Arab citizens and the Resistance and Delegitimization Networks.” Turkey also “exploited” the incident, “deepen(ing) the crisis with Israel.”

Israel followed with two inquiry commissions, an IDF one under reserve Major General Giora Eiland and another under retired Supreme Court Judge Jacob Turkel, both mandated to whitewash the crime, what RI won’t admit, instead saying:

The mandates of both commissions reflect the mindset that mistakes surrounding the Gaza Flotilla were technical-operational or tactical-political in nature. The commissions are thus focused on the reasonableness of the actions taken by decision-makers on existing laws, regulations, and accepted practices.

In addition, RI is conducting its own inquiry, “based on a methodology of systemic policy analysis and on its conceptual framework for confronting the delegitimization challenge… to contribute to understanding the strategic significance of the event and to suggest principles for preventing similar occurrences in the future.”

RI, of course, means preventing world outrage from boiling over, followed by actions harming Israeli interests, not its repeated crimes of war, against humanity, and high seas outrages. It worries instead about a new challenge because of two developments:

— Hamas’ “increased sophistication and efficiency and the Resistance Network’s ‘Logic of Implosion.’ ” It aims to precipitate Israel’s collapse from overstretch, benefitting from the unpopular occupation, promoting its delegitimization, and engaging in asymmetric tactics against Israeli civilians; and

— the Delegitimization Network’s evolution, aiming to portray Israeli as a pariah state, gaining support from “the Western liberal progressive elite (through) a variety of means aimed at blurring its true intentions.”

In recent years, the Resistance and Delegitimization Networks have created connections able to accelerate the following dynamics:

— “Promoting the one-state paradigm;” and

— Foiling Israel’s ability to contain or deny legitimacy to Hamas and Hezbollah.

Both lead “a systemic and systematic attack against Israel’s political and economic model, which has already had strategic consequences and may become existential if ignored or inadequately addressed.” In addition, Israel hasn’t developed an effective response to this challenge.

Hamas gained “agility” from 2006 electoral victory. Israeli “rigidity” followed – policies unable to change Hamas’ positions or precipitate its demise. “On the contrary, Hamas went from strength to strength” despite Israel’s imposed siege and Cast Lead. It continually adapts to new circumstances, “demonstrating a relatively clear strategic logic… while strengthening its domestic and international status” and ability to promote Israeli delegitimization.

The Gaza Flotilla and others planned are “the latest manifestation of a systemic and systematic attack” to undermine Israel’s legitimacy with considerable support from the BDS campaign, the “lawfare” war against senior Israeli officials, and effect of the Goldstone Commission.

The Flotilla was “a first-of-its-kind collaboration” between Hamas and the Resistance and Delegitimization Networks. Turkey’s involvement was the “difference that made the difference.” In addition, its organizers’ ability to gain Western progressive elite support turned Israel’s interdiction into a “global and politically explosive event.” RI called it a “clash of brands,” Israel tarnished and defeated in the eyes of world public opinion.

Indeed so but not enough. Still RI concludes that Israel’s firewall is eroding because it’s increasingly viewed as not “genuinely striving for peace, consistently and honestly committed to ending control over the Palestinians, or concerned with alleviating the humanitarian situation in Gaza.”

Israel doesn’t understand the gravity of the delegitimization threat, and hasn’t addressed it effectively. The campaign promoting it will continue, perhaps in new forms. RI urges confronting it strategically by “systematically collect(ing) intelligence (and) identif(ing) key (delegitimization) catalysts,” as well as adopting a:

“consistent and honest… commitment to end… control over the Palestinians, advance human rights (at least rhetorically), and promote greater integration and equality for its Arab citizens….”

“It takes a network to fight” one, says RI. Disrupting it is job one by training Israeli diplomats to work in delegitimization hubs, developing its own network, re-branding itself to promote a new image, and engaging “liberal progressive elite(s).” The objective — delegitimize, isolate and marginalize the delegitimizers and BDS movement.

Its earlier “delegitimize challenge” report recommended sabotage and subterfuge against growing forces it fears. Perhaps now it’s softening but not enough. It omitted the right of return, East Jerusalem as Palestine’s capital, the logic of a one-state solution, the renunciation of conflict, an admission of Israeli crimes of war and against humanity, accountability for those responsible, demilitarization as a show of good faith, legislation granting all Israeli citizens equal rights, an occupation end date, a full commitment to the rule of law, and restitution to compensate victims for decades of crimes and destructive harm for starters.

Short of fundamental change, Israeli delegitimization will prevail over half-hearted measures, more rhetorical than substantive the way they’ve always been for decades.

Stephen Lendman wrote How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War. Contact him at: Also visit his blog site and listen to The Global Research News Hour on Mondays from 11AM-1PM US Central time for cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests. All programs are archived for easy listening. Read other articles by Stephen.

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  1. bozh said on September 7th, 2010 at 7:56am #

    Another writer, this time lendman, takes a swipe at people building a society of whatever kind, but not like the one in US.

    SU and its experiment or process of building, seems, of an egalitarian society ended because of nato’s military superiority and its emplacement of missiles around its borders and not because US or nato structure of society or idelogy was more humane.

    In fact, ‘nam, korea, cuba, palestina, nicaragua, chile, venezuella, bolivia, angola, afpak, afgh’n. yemen, somalia, et al prove that west’s idelogy is more vitiating and barbarous than socialistic thinking-doings. tnx

  2. mary said on September 7th, 2010 at 9:40am #

    E=mail to Simon Kellner, Editor The Independent, London from Tony Greenstein dated 3 September 2010:
    Mr Kelner,

    I e-mailed you 2 weeks ago regarding an advert signed by over 200 people criticising the BBC’s coverage of the Mavi Marmara and the subsequent Panorama programme. I faxed you two days ago. I know others have done the same. There hasn’t been a squeak out of you. Not even an acknowledgement.

    Having spoken to your PA today, it is clear that you are determined to hide behind your legal department, as a pretext to protect your contempt for freedom of speech and the airing of democratic criticism.

    Clearly if people like you had been around at the time, then freedom of the press would have been a mere phrase. However it would be more honest of you to now change the title of the paper from ‘Independent’ to ‘Lickspittle’.

    Since you are known to be a Zionist supporter and clearly have no problem supporting the most outrageous of their acts of murder, no doubt you will greet with approval the acquittal of an Israeli army officer guilty of pouring his magazine into a young girl who strayed too near the fence.* After all isn’t that what they did in Auschwitz?

    Tony Greenstein

    The rejected advertisement was signed by 207 people who contributed to the cost..

    The Campaign to End BBC Bias on Palestine
    PO Box 164, Brighton BN1 7WB
    email: ku.oc.oohaynull@saib_em_cbb_tsniaga_ngiapmac
    ( 01273-540717/07843350343 Fax 01273-540797

    The BBC’s Biased & Shameful Coverage of the Attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla is a Betrayal of its Charter

    On 16th August BBC Panorama’s ‘Death on the Med’ was, in its own words, ‘given unique access to Israel’s Naval Commando 13, the unit which seized a ship in the Gaza flotilla in May resulting in the deaths of nine activists. In return, the BBC broadcast a half hour justification of the murder of 9 humanitarian aid workers and the wounding of 50 more aboard the Gaza Freedom Flotilla. The BBC’s Orwellian production portrayed the victims of Israel’s premeditated attack on the ships as the ones guilty of violence. The BBC even broadcast an obviously faked voice, purporting to come from the Mavi Marmara, saying ‘go back to Auschwitz’. Even the IDF admitted on June 5th that this had been ‘edited’ and was not from the MM.

    Whilst the rest of the world expressed incredulity at Israel’s claim that its commandos had acted in self defence, BBC’s radio and TV news broadcast, without comment, Benjamin Netanyahu’s absurd claim that “Israel did all it could to avoid violence”. Likewise Mark Regev, Israeli government PR chief, went unchallenged as he justified the murders and vilified the victims.

    For the BBC to broadcast Israel’s own doctored and faked “evidence”, when it was fully aware that Israel’s military had stolen all photographic evidence to the contrary, as well as the recording equipment and personal possessions of those it had illegally detained, witnesses to Israel’s attack, was both unethical and immoral. It is an incentive to other states to behave similarly.

    By the time the flotilla survivors were free to tell their side of the story, the BBC news agenda had conveniently moved on, leaving imprinted on the minds of their viewers and listeners Israel’s fable of the aggressor having become the victim.

    Anyone relying on BBC news would not have heard world famous Swedish novelist Henning Mankell explain the beatings inflicted on activists after they were detained. They would also have missed the photographs smuggled past Israel’s pirates, showing activists giving medical treatment to those aboard the Mavi Marmara.

    Nor did the BBC’s viewers hear about the American Jewish student, Emily Henochowicz, who lost an eye on May 31 during a protest against the attack on the Flotilla, when Israeli soldiers fired a teargas canister directly at her.

    Emily has now been told that the Israeli Army refuses to pay for her medical treatment because she ‘put(ting) herself at risk by voluntarily participating in a breach of the peace’.

    Knowledge of Israel’s routinely violent attacks on Palestinians and their Jewish supporters would provide meaningful context to its news reports. Instead a BBC correspondent fatuously stated on May 31st: ‘Of course the Israeli military is very well experienced at dealing with crowd control.”

    If Iranian, North Korean or Somali pirates had carried out an attack, in international waters, on a ship flying another country’s flag, can one imagine BBC broadcasting uncritical interviews with apologists for the murderers?

    The BBC’s decision to broadcast uncritically Israeli propaganda film reflects a consistently pro-Israeli bias in its coverage of the Israel-Palestinian conflict, something highlighted in a report presented to the corporation’s Governors in April 2006. The report stated that “BBC coverage does not consistently constitute a full and fair account of the conflict but rather, in important respects, presents an incomplete and in that sense misleading picture.”

    The Report noted that historical and other context was frequently absent and coverage failed to reflect “the fact that one side is in control and the other lives under occupation.” It also found that “the death of an Israeli killed by the Palestinian side was more likely to be reported by the BBC than the death of a Palestinian killed by the Israeli side.” These failings have been highlighted by the BBC’s coverage of the siege of Gaza

    There needs to be a fundamental sea change in the BBC’s news coverage in order that the context of events is always present in its coverage. For example Israel’s habitual violence against and repression of peaceful protest should have served as the backdrop to its coverage of Israel’s murderous attack on the Mavi Marmara. Why did Panorama not investigate the attack from the standpoint of those who were killed and injured instead of allowing itself to be bought off with ‘unique access’ to the killers?

    And how was Panorama’s ‘Death on the Med’ able to gain exclusive interviews with Israel’s naval commandos when the Israeli government has told the UN inquiry and their own Turkel Commission into the attack that they will not allow them to testify? Why is it that the BBC is trusted more than its own tame inquiry?

    We wish to see the BBC stand up to threats from Israel instead of caving in, as occurred when the government of Ariel Sharon targeted correspondents Orla Guerin and Jeremy Bowen. (BBC Says Sorry to Israel, 12.3.05. The Guardian, BBC appoints Middle East tsar, 11.11.03.)

    Let us see no more of the blatant bias exhibited by the BBC’s refusal, in January 2009, to broadcast the Disasters Emergency Committee appeal for Gaza.

  3. teafoe2 said on September 7th, 2010 at 10:01am #


    Does anybody know if the Green Party is paying attention to the BDS campaign?

    Whichever “3rd Party” first latches onto BDS & puts it near the top of their Platform will set themselves apart from and a long step ahead of rival parties.

    To stay ahead, they’ll have to actively engage with BDS activity in their respective jurisdictions.

  4. teafoe2 said on September 7th, 2010 at 10:59am #

    San Francisco Green Party Calls for Boycott of Israel
    Posted by RORCoalition on Mon, 05/31/2010 – 21:00
    [SF Green Party] 1 June 2010 – Because all other nonviolent and diplomatic means of resolving the crisis in Palestine/Israel have consistently failed for over four decades, the San Francisco Green Party sees a worldwide boycott and divestment of Israel as the only remaining viable option to bringing an end to the crisis.

    Therefore the San Francisco Green Party is now actively engaging in a full boycott of all purchases of products and services, the financial gains of which will accrue to any individual or entity within Israel, until Israel is in compliance with all United Nations-recognized international laws; all resolutions of the United Nations General Assembly and Security Council; and, all decisions and directions by all United Nations-recognized international courts, regardless of Israel’s participation in or ratification of such courts.

    The San Francisco Green Party calls upon all of its members, and all San Francisco residents, businesses, nonprofits, educational institutions, and political parties to join in the worldwide boycott and divestment of Israel.

    The San Francisco Green Party calls upon the City and County of San Francisco, by action of its Board of Supervisors and Mayor, to likewise engage in a full boycott and divestment of Israel.

    The San Francisco Green Party also calls upon the United States government to immediately cease all civilian economic and material support to Israel until Israel complies with all international laws, resolutions,and court decisions.

    Finally, the San Francisco Green Party demands that the United States government immediately and permanently cease all funding and material support to the Israel military.

  5. Deadbeat said on September 7th, 2010 at 3:49pm #

    The San Francisco Green Party calls upon all of its members, and all San Francisco residents, businesses, nonprofits, educational institutions, and political parties to join in the worldwide boycott and divestment of Israel.

    This is great news. A whole lot more sensible then “TOSCA”. 🙂

  6. shabnam said on September 7th, 2010 at 4:02pm #

    Mearsheimer: There will be no two-state soultion, only A GREATER ISRAEL, and Palestinians will need the Int’t community in the coming fight against apartheid.

  7. teafoe2 said on September 7th, 2010 at 4:07pm #

    Now what the GP needs to act on is making BDS a top priority national focus. To get actively involved preparing resolutions/petitions to be presented to specific bodies/organizations. At both the National level and also State and Local levels.

    It’s one thing to say “we support this”; it’s another to put your energy/time/$$ where your Platform Statement is.

    BTW Joe Walsh not only writes good stuff, he’s a hell of a grassroots organizer/anti-ZPC rabblerouser. My sister sent me a weekly paper from Portland, coverage of him getting hisself busted picketing an AIPAC banquet, all the while breathing oxygen from the bottle he has to carry around.
    Way to go JOE!

  8. teafoe2 said on September 7th, 2010 at 4:46pm #

    I acted on Shabnam’s suggestion and opened Mondoweiss, where I found this:

    Much info on Ziocon funding of rightwing anti-Muslim campaign, horse’s mouth admissions “we’re trashing Islam because we think it helps Israel”.

  9. teafoe2 said on September 7th, 2010 at 5:51pm #

    the link I posted an hour ago suddenly takes on exponentially increased urgency with the appearance of the lead story in tonight’s network news: Burn A Koran for Jesus!

    It is important to realize just how much of all this “Hate Muslims” campaign is funded by pro-Isreal US Jewish billionaires as part of a deliberate strategy they think will lessen opposition to Isreali crimes and increase support for US military adventures demanded by Netanyahu & the ZPC.

  10. teafoe2 said on September 7th, 2010 at 6:02pm #

    US Fears Planned Holy Quran Burning, Muslims Warn
    Posted on September 7, 2010 by uprootedpalestinians
    NATO chief: Please don’t burn the Quran in Florida…SNIP

    US Fears Planned Holy Quran Burning, Muslims Warn
    07/09/2010 US military commanders in Afghanistan denounced a Florida church’s plan…

    …The centre, calling itself a “New Testament, Charismatic, Non-Denominational Church”, says it will go ahead with the “torching” of the Quran on Saturday to mark the ninth anniversary of the 2001 attacks against the US.

    Commander of the NATO training mission in Afghanistan Lieutenant-General William Caldwell also told CNN that news of the planned Quran burning was already provoking popular anger in Afghanistan.

    The US embassy in Kabul said the “United States government in no way condones such acts of disrespect against the religion of Islam, and is deeply concerned about deliberate attempts to offend members of religious or ethnic groups”.

    The warnings come amid angry protests by several hundred people in the Afghan capital, Kabul, who chanted “Death to America” as they condemned the planned burning event by the Dove World Outreach Centre church in Gainesville, Florida.

    Iran warned on Tuesday that burning the Quran could lead to an uncontrolled Muslim response. “We advise Western countries to prevent the exploitation of freedom of expression to insult religious sanctities, otherwise the emotions of Muslim nations cannot be controlled,” foreign ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast told reporters.

    Mainstream Muslim groups have also denounced the plan and lamented the sentiments promoted by the Gainesville church. Two days earlier, thousands of Indonesian Muslims rallied outside the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta and in five other cities to protest the church’s plans.

    Several religious organizations have joined with US Muslim groups to oppose the Quran-burning. The National Association of Evangelicals is urging the Florida church to cancel the event, warning it could cause worldwide tension between the two religions.

    Christian, Muslim, Jewish and Hindu leaders in Gainesville have organized a ‘Gathering for Peace, Understanding and Hope’ the night before the scheduled Quran burning.

    With many American Muslims already feeling intense scrutiny over the controversy surrounding a proposed Islamic centre and mosque near New York’s ground zero, many mosques and Islamic groups are dramatically altering their usual plans for Eid El-Fitr, the end of the holy month of Ramadan, CNN said.SNIP///

  11. teafoe2 said on September 7th, 2010 at 6:06pm #

    “Uprooted” article, continued:

    In comments broadcast on CNN, Terry Jones, pastor of the Dove World Outreach Centre, said it would be “tragic” if anybody’s life was lost as a result of the planned Quran burning. But he said: “Still, I must say that we feel that we must sooner or later stand up to Islam, and if we don’t, it’s not going to go away.”

    The church’s website says it seeks to “expose Islam” as a “violent and oppressive religion”. It displays a sign reading “Islam of the Devil”.

    Now where else have DV readers come across this kind of rhetoric recently?

  12. teafoe2 said on September 7th, 2010 at 6:18pm #

    At baseball games, when idiots do stupid things like come onto the field naked or start fights in an attempt to get attention, get on TV etc., the camera people never show what the idiots are doing, lest by giving them coverage others could be encouraged to engage in similar idiocy.

    So notice, everybody from Petraeus to Hillary to all the Anchors & Punditutes keep making politically correct critical statements about this Florida Christian nutcase. But they keep showing the nutcase, nice shots of his church and congregation, and shots of his signs & the audio portion keep propagating his message.

    By tomorrow there’ll be dozens of copycat perps all over the country, probably in France as well…

  13. shabnam said on September 7th, 2010 at 6:21pm #

    {Iran warned on Tuesday that burning the Quran could lead to an uncontrolled Muslim response. “We advise Western countries to prevent the exploitation of freedom of expression to insult religious sanctities, otherwise the emotions of Muslim nations cannot be controlled,” foreign ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast told reporters.}

    I agree with Iran. The whole thing is very suspicious. It seems to me there is an organized plan behind it , like 9/11, to use the moment to kill more Muslims in the occupied countries and elsewhere to terrorize them into submission.

  14. mary said on September 8th, 2010 at 12:33am #

    Boycotting Ariel: Missing the Forest for the Trees

    This piece was published as the PACBI Column in the September 2010 issue of the BRICUP Newsletter.

    Provoked by the recent announcement of the inauguration of a cultural center in Ariel, the fourth largest Jewish colony in the occupied Palestinian territory, 150 prominent Israeli academics, writers, and cultural figures have declared that they “will not take part in any kind of cultural activity beyond the Green Line, take part in discussions and seminars, or lecture in any kind of academic setting in these settlements” . A few protestors went as far as reiterating the fact that all Israeli colonies built on occupied Palestinian land are in violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention and thus constitute a war crime.


    Stephen Sondheim, Julianne Moore and others are joining in support of this boycott.

  15. Don Hawkins said on September 8th, 2010 at 2:50am #

    Fahrenheit 451 takes place in an unspecified future time (some dialogue places it after 1990)[4] in a hedonistic anti-intellectual America that has completely abandoned self-control. This America is filled with lawlessness in the streets ranging from teenagers crashing cars into people to firemen at a station who set their ‘mechanical hound’ to hunt various animals by their scent for the simple and grotesque pleasure of watching them die. Anyone caught reading or possessing illegal books is, at the minimum, confined to a mental hospital while the books are burned by the firemen. Illegal books mainly include famous works of literature, such as Walt Whitman and William Faulkner, as well as the Bible and all historical texts. Wiki

    “Where they have burned books,
    they will end in burning human beings.”
    Heinrich Heine

    Hedonistic anti-intellectual America that has completely abandoned self-control and anyone caught reading or possessing illegal books is, at the minimum, confined to a mental hospital while the books are burned well Ray Bradbury I’ll bet wasn’t from Texas. Book’s don’t kill people, people kill people and this evening am going to watch Glenn Beck and see if there are any book’s I shouldn’t read. Oh just on the off chance Beck and a few more read DV you do know there are many of us who do have a mind and can make up our own mind just fine.

    Oh the games people play now
    Ev’ry night and ev’ry day now
    Never meaning what they say, yeah
    Never saying what they mean.

    People walking up to you
    Singing glory hallelujah
    Then thy try to sock it to you, oh
    In the name of the Lord

    In a mad world only the mad are sane well darn it where do I check in.

  16. The Evil One said on September 8th, 2010 at 3:03am #


    ABC (Australian Broadcasting Commission) TV broadcast the BBC Panorama program last night 7/09/2010 at 20:00.

    I agree that there was some pro-Israeli bias, but the film can only be interpreted as being favourable to the Israeli narrative by people who already accept that the blockade of Gaza is legitimate. If one starts from the position that Israel has no right to prevent communications by sea with Gaza then the people fighting off the Israeli commandos with iron bars and wooden staves are perfectly justified in doing so, and if the Israelis refused to back off then they can be validly criticized for excessive force. The fact is that if Israel is determined to prevent people who are not going to back down to non lethal force then Israeli must use lethal force and this tarnishes their image with many people. All injustices require martyrs if they are to be reversed and some protesters dead at the hands of Israeli thugs is a necessary price for the eventual lifting of the Gaza blockade.

    I am aware that Israel confiscated all recordings that they could find and have no doubt that none were made available to Panorama that contradicted the Israeli narrative. Seen by a person whose crap detector is fully functioning the Panorama program pro Israel biased though it is still shows this as a public relations disaster for Israeli and a public relations triumph for the protesters.

  17. Don Hawkins said on September 8th, 2010 at 4:04am #

    Am watching CNBC The Capitalist New’s Broadcasting Company this morning and the talk is of tax cut’s or not for people making over 250 thousand a year. I mean they even have a little box with the number of day’s before the tax cut’s expire yes they take this very seriously. Now the last time I checked we all and all being about 6.8 billion people human’s and most other life forms are well going down the drain in not such slow motion. This down the drain part is at about 100% certainty granted it will take the Earth a few more years before shifting into second gear so to speak but will on the way. It does seem strange to me this talk about tax breaks with the other part happening. Do they know about the other part oh they probably have a fairly good idea and yet it’s still BAU better known as business as usual now some just might call that thinking a prison for the mind don’t you think are they the only people who think this is very important well no there’s a few more and many of them have new book’s out.

  18. Don Hawkins said on September 8th, 2010 at 5:33am #

    Let’s see these few who some say are rich don’t want the tax cut’s to expire and not all but a good part of these few with the help of black box’s and lot’s of bullshit speeded up the collapse of World economy’s now they want to do it again oh and as they were bringing down world economies they also stopped any progress on that little problem called climate change with some of the money I guess they got out of one of those black box’s. Of course they are still doing this and could be why they don’t want the tax cut’s to expire they need the money still to keep the rest of us in that prison of the mind they seem to enjoy. I think the whole damn thing is nut’s if you ask me. It does appear it started at the top and trickled down and a rising tide raises all boats that’s part of the bullshit part. Please Congress don’t let this injustice happen please for the good of the country our children there children don’t let the tax cut’s to expire in the greatest nation on Earth what will the rest of the World think?

  19. mary said on September 8th, 2010 at 7:02am #

    The Evil One (what a handle!) Do I detect a suggestion of support for Zionist Israel in that reply?

  20. JoeJ said on September 8th, 2010 at 2:57pm #

    San Francisco Green Party Calls for Boycott of Israel

    I did not know about this support for Palestine by the SF Green Party.

    This is another example of the blackout of any news that goes counter to Zionist interests.

    Face it – the US Zionist Jews control our culture!

  21. teafoe2 said on September 8th, 2010 at 3:49pm #

    Thank you Joe, glad to know posting that wasn’t just spinning my wheels again.

    However, one reason neither of us had heard about the GP’s support for BDS is that once they officially got themselves on record as lined up with the Angels, that seems to be as far as they plan to go.

    Talk is cheap. Now if the SF GP was to mount a picket line around the biggest Izzy-owned bidness in the town, or maybe around the Izzy consulate, maybe set a garbage can on fire, something like that might generate some Coverage?

    Isn’t there a Vegetarian Food Coop in SF? No?

  22. brookse32 said on September 30th, 2010 at 11:33pm #

    The Green Party U.S.A. joined the Israel boycott all the way back in 2003.

    See the web page recording the decision at:

  23. mary said on October 5th, 2010 at 2:21pm #

    I trust that Mr Chomsky will approve of this call for a boycott from the PALESTINIANS.

    Palestine boycott committee calls on US pension fund to divest from Israel
    Press release, Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee
    October 5, 2010

    The Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC), on behalf of its constituent organizations and unions representing the majority of Palestinian civil society, calls upon the US non-profit pension fund TIAA-CREF to live up to its motto of providing “Financial Services for the Greater Good” by divesting its funds from companies that profit from Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories and violation of Palestinian rights. As in the struggle to end South African apartheid, divestment from wrongdoing companies is not just a moral obligation; it is a time-honored, particularly effective, non-violent form of pressure that can significantly contribute to ending Israel’s occupation, racial discrimination and denial of refugee rights.