Wisconsin Becomes Latest State to Enact Anti-BDS Measure

[ Ed. note – A few days ago I reported that Maryland Governor Larry Hogan had signed into law an executive order barring state contracts for any firm supporting a boycott of Israel. Now Governor Scott Walker has done likewise in Wisconsin. It is Orwellian that the politicians pushing these measures justify their actions on the putative premise that they are opposed to “discrimination.” Many of them, however, do just exactly that.

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Walls and Iron Curtains

By Richard Edmondson

A week or so back when news was first breaking about hurricane victims in Texas being required to sign papers renouncing support for a boycott of Israel, a friend of mine commented, “To paraphrase a Limey war criminal’s famous words,  ‘a heavy Iron Curtain adorned with 6-pointed stars is descending upon America.'”

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Report: 16 Palestinian Children Arrested, Beaten, and Confined to Cage By Israeli Soldiers

“On October 13th, 2017, 16 children and 2 adults were ambushed and arrested by the Israeli soldiers from the Givati Brigade. The 18 arrested were initially detained in a cage in checkpoint 56,  cable-tied,  kicked, and hit. 2 were released, whilst the remaining 16 were transferred to an Israeli police station where they were subjected to further physical and psychological violence. All 16 were eventually released without charge, but not before threats were made to their families and the safety of their homes.”

The above is reported by Christian Peacemaker Teams, which maintains a team of international observers in the occupied West Bank…

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Philip Giraldi: ‘The Lobby’ British Style

[ Ed. note – In the article below former CIA Officer Philip Giraldi discusses an undercover investigation launched by Al Jazeera last year into the pro-Israel lobby in Britain. The four-part series aired in January of this year, and I put up posts about it at the time, which you can access here and here.

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Palestinian NGO Issues Communique to Churches, Palestine Solidarity Groups

Below I am posting the latest newsletter, emailed out on Thursday, of the Alternative Tourism Group. The ATG is a Palestinian NGO founded in 1995 and based in Bethlehem whose mission is to promote what might be thought of as “justice tourism.” That is to say, it facilitates tours and Holy Land pilgrimages  so that visitors from abroad might see for themselves the realities of the Israeli occupation.

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