Tabboun: Israelis seeking to defend Netanyahu’s Mandela snub
Many Israelis are irked over the fact that so much attention has been put on rightwing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Netanyahu has been criticized roundly for deciding not to attend the memorial service in Soweto, South Africa for anti-Apartheid iconic leader Nelson Mandela. Israel sent a lower ranking delegation in the Prime Minister’s place, even though heads of states from 100 other countries including President Barack Obamaattended and spoke passionately about Mandela’s fight against racism.
The truth is Israel had been very close to the Apartheid Republic of South Africa which had imprisoned Mandela for 25 years for his armed struggle against the racist colony. And many compare Israel to Apartheid South Africa because of their discriminatory policies against non-Jews, Palestinian Christians and Muslims in the Occupied Territories.
But now to help the image struggling Netanyahu, many Israelis are asking why no one is criticizing Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, did not attend the memorial either. Of course, no one has ever compared Turkey to Apartheid South Africa the way they do with Israel.
Activists target products sold in US that are made in the Israeli occupied West Bank
The Committee for a Just Peace in Israel and Palestine is urging followers to boycott SodaStream. Here is the release they put out:
Looking for some occupation-free holiday cheer? We’ll be singing alternative carols and educating consumers outside Target on the corner of State and Madison in Chicago. Why? Because SodaStream is produced in an illegal settlement on occupied Palestinian land. We – and activists in 50 other cities -are raising our voices to ask Target and other retailers to take SodaStream off their shelves. We are also asking consumers not to buy SodaStream as a holiday gift – or any other time of the year.
SodaStream’s main production site is in Mishor Edomim, an Israeli settlement industrial park located in the West Bank. The land where the SodaStream factory is located was illegally confiscated by the Israeli military occupation authorities from Palestinian owners. SodaStream conceals that it is made in settlements by using the “Made in Israel” label.
Israeli settlements are an impediment to peace and violate international law. Since 1968, the US government has called on Israel to stop building and expanding settlements in the West Bank.
Hope to see you Saturday for an “occupation-free” holiday celebration.
You can support the effort by LIKING their Facebook Page. Click here to go there.
ADC is in shock over extremist assault
The biggest mistake ADC National has made is not standing up to the fanatics who have been bashing it now for more than three years. It was ADC National’s bad luck that during those three years, the sexual harassment charges surfaced in Michigan against Imad Hamad, who was the executive director of ADC’s largest and most effective and profitable chapter in the United States. Some believed ADC Michigan under Hamad was in fact more powerful than ADC National. But when Hamad came under attack from political foes, and was accused of sexually harassing women in the past (four years ago and 15 years ago — charges that raised questions about the motives behind the assaults), ADC National reacted with Arrogance.
The pummeling began in 2010 when Ray Hanania was named to the ADC National Board. Hanania, who had been active in Chicago since ADC’s founding in 1980, had declined national appointments in the past but was urged to help re-active Chicago’s sleepy chapter. That year, under Hanania’s leadership, ADC Chicago raised more than $25,000 at one fundraiser, more than the chapter had raised for the organizations in all of the past six years before. But Hanania became a target of the extremists because he has been a stalwart moderate voice urging reconciliation between Palestinians and Israelis. Most annoying to the fanatics is the fact that Hanania’s wife and son are Jewish. (Hanania’s mentor was Professor Ibrahim Abu-Lughod, whose wife also was Jewish.)
It was Hanania who nominated Warren David to become ADC’s new President.
After Hanania declined re-appointment to a second term, Safa Rifka, ADC National Board Chairman became the target of the fanatics. One of the most vocal critics happened to be a relative of Warren David and clearly the relationship was never sealed. David was fired Dec. 1 on orders from Rifka, according to David’s wife, activist Amal David.
After David’s firing, a small handful of extremists threatened to protest at ADC Michigan’s annual dinner banquet which was to be held this Friday, Dec. 13. Rather than standup to the fanatics, ADC decided to cancel the dinner, another major misstep on ADC National’s part. The cancellation of the dinner will cost ADC’s fundraising efforts significantly.
ADC is the most important organization defending the rights of American Arabs. It is the ONLY organization that battles anti-Arab discrimination, although the activists wanted to drag the organization into political battles and to become more virulently anti-Israel.
Another major factor is the divisions that exist in the American Arab community over the civil war in Syria. The most anti-Israel activists who oppose peace based on compromise, are diehard supporters of Syria’s tyrant Bashar al-Assad, who is an ally of Iran and Hezbollah. They wanted to silence the critics of Syria and use ADC as a foundation to strengthen ties with Syria. (Ironically, the original criticism of Rifka from the activists was that he had allegedly tried to censor a musician who planned to play a song some saw as being anti-Assad at an ADC convention a few years back.
The fanatics don’t care about ethics or hypocrisy. They have one goal. They want to be the loudest voices of hatred against Israel and in support of Assad. And they are willing to tear down any organization that tries to get int heir way. ADC National and its chapters were an obstacle. The cancellation of the dinner banquet is a blow to moderation and a sign that the fanatics are gaining ground in America.
AND FINALLY …
At the biggest event of the decade, the memorial service honoring the late Nelson Mandela held at FNB Stadium in Soweto, South Africa, featured hundreds of the world’s most influential leaders speaking to hundreds of millions of viewers on television and cable broadcasts and online around the world. And next to the speaker was a man who turns out was a fake sign language professional who was making up hand gestures as speakers spoke. The sign language interpreter at the Mandela Memorial in Soweto was a fake. Broadcast to millions. Click here to view story from ABC
Here is the CNN Video. Amazing and disgraceful. The faker should be arrested and jailed for 25 years!
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