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Protecting Americans’ Right to Hear from the Leader of BDS, the Palestinian Non-Violent Campaign for Human Rights


Protecting Americans’ Right to Hear from the Leader of BDS, the Palestinian Non-Violent Campaign for Human Rights

James Zogby

I awakened early Wednesday to listen to a voicemail message from Omar Barghouti, a leading member of the Palestinian movement to Boycott, Divest, and Sanction (BDS) Israel. In the message, Omar told me that he was at Ben Gurion Airport and despite holding a valid US visa and a boarding pass for his flight to Washington, D.C., the airline would not let him board the plane. He was informed that American immigration officials had notified the airline that he was being barred from entry into the US.



BDS the hell out of the fucking ZioFascists! Reveal the true definition of Semite (a member of any of the peoples who speak or spoke a Semitic language, including in particular the Jews and Arabs). Let’s educate and activate ourselves and others out of this Orwellian hellscape.



Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) issued a release that applauded the barring of Mr. Barghouti, denouncing him in especially harsh language. Zeldin’s statement said: “We have witnessed the rise of anti-Semitism and anti-Israel hate throughout the world, in our nation, on college campuses and within the halls of Congress, and whether this bigotry is brazen or shamefully masked as ‘legitimate’ we must reject it…Barghouti’s anti-Israel and anti-Semetic hate must not be tolerated, empowered or embraced and I applaud the Administration’s denial of his entry to the United States.” Well Rep. Lee Zeldin what are your views on Mr. Trump tweeting propaganda regarding Rep Iihan Omar? His hate speech is apparently acceptable to you since you’ve not issued a release condemning him, nor called for Twitter and Facebook to delete his account. You appear to be a hypocrite. So sad!



Illhan Omar is heroic, more power to her. Jeremy Corbyn in the UK was also smeared as anti-Semitic - the favorite tactic of the Zionists. Never mind that your friends are Jewish, if you support the rights of Palestinian people - you are anti-Semitic.

If you are a Hewlett Packard - HP customer, contact/urge them to stop facilitating the systematic oppression of the Palestinian people with their ID scanners. HP like to portray an enlightened image. BDS will work to stop Israeli apartheid - that is why the Zionists fear it.



Yet despite actually barring an advocate for peaceful pressure from even entering our country, the US Gov has the unmitigated gall to portray itself as an honest broker for a negotiated peace.

Meanwhile, I’ll wait for Rep. Zeldin to attack the synagogue and left-leaning Jewish groups who invited Barghouti to speak for being anti-Semitic.

On the bright side, I guarantee this: Every time this kind of crap happens, BDS remains front and center in the news and grows stronger as a result.



I’ve been reading an old English history by Macauley, and a friend here recommended a new one by Gerald Horne (his Apocalypse), both focused on the year 1688, the “Glorious Revolution”, when, from Home’s angle, the supercharged preindustrial apocalypse for African and American Indigenes really took off.

There’s a true commentary – not so much from Horne as, I’d say, strongly implied by his posing white power as the source of that predatory surge. In a context where whiteness is everything – including whether your whole town should be reduced to dust – it is neither absurd nor offensive, only the plain truth, to observe that what we call antisemitism has been a very long argument about whether Jews quality as white. Back in 1688, Iberian Jews wound up owning (and trading) black slaves in Barbados, and so won some conditional membership in the brotherhood of whites.

That’s why the term antisemitism doesn’t have anything to do with non-Jewish (presumably non-white) semites. That argument is what the puzzling (official AP style) capital “H” in the Holocaust which pertains to the shoah is about. The holocausts of non-whites don’t qualify for that exceptional capital H. The whole unspoken context is everywhere so drenched in racism – even to the point of what’s considered acceptable language – that it’s hard to find a place to shake off and get dry.



A charge of anti-Semitism is not an answer to any charge. It’s just name calling, a rhetorical control device to end any consideration of the merits of a charge.



We have to remember there’s very real, violent hatred of both Jews and Arabs (technically, both semites), escalated into a campaign of synagogue and mosque attacks today. When we equate antisemitism with anti-Zionism, we confuse and exacerbate the problem.



Yes, I think we agree. There should be a clear distinction between the abominable, bigoted Antisemitism (hatred of Jews per se) and being anti some Jewish actions (perhaps the actions of the self-described Jewish State of Israel). When the latter is referred to as anti-Semitic, it is an abuse , and a calumny.



This is slightly off topic:
Everyone catch what AO-C did today? I love this woman !

She’s going to need more security, wish I could volunteer.

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 Barghouti makes it three: Manning, Assange, now Omar;

silenced for truth telling. Not that for our corporate elite’s global MIC
fanatical supporters suppressing truth is anything to be surprised about, they
also murder Palestinians for entertainment (Israeli’s cheering at Gaza bombings).
What is surprisingly depressing is that, especially at this time of year,
Christian churches are silent about the injustice being done to the truth:
considering they say they believe in him who said he was that.



Hi WiseOwl and yes, the Middle East is made up of semitic people. Perhaps NOW is the time to drop the word Semite or semitic, and of course anti-Semitic would have to go too.Again, Mr Netanyahu is Polish–so the use of semite for him is ridiculous.

Secondly, we seem to have many in Congress who seek to limit free speech----and what a crime that is to see so many in Congress willing and able to diss the First Amendment. Funny how anti -apartheid movements worked in South Africa----but somehow —not in the American Senate.
The world is changing Israel, and sadly while the words, " Never Forget" used to refer to the holocaust— those words now make more citizens of the world see that the place called Israel has now become the world’s biggest Hypocrisy."



More than three…Marc Lamont Hill lost his job as did Bahia Amani in Texas. I’m sure there are others. Sieg Heil, der Hairer… Roy Cohn and Joseph McCarthy redux…Dump, Pompeo,Bolton, Miller…and the beat goes on…



Mr Netanyahu is Polish

Sort of.

From Wikipedia

Netanyahu was born in 1949 in Tel Aviv, Israel, to Tzila Segal (28 August 1912 – 31 January 2000) who had been born in Petah Tikva in the Ottoman Empire’s Mutasarrifate of Jerusalem, and a Warsaw-born father, Prof. Benzion Netanyahu (1910–2012). He was the middle of three children. He discovered via a DNA test that he is of part Sephardi Jewish ancestry.[14] He was initially raised and educated in Jerusalem, where he attended Henrietta Szold Elementary School. A copy of his evaluation from his 6th grade teacher Ruth Rubenstein indicated that Netanyahu was courteous, polite, and helpful; that his work was “responsible and punctual”; and that Netanyahu was friendly, disciplined, cheerful, brave, active and obedient.[15]

Between 1956 and 1958, and again from 1963 to 1967,[16] his family lived in the United States in Cheltenham Township, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia, where he attended and graduated from Cheltenham High School and was active in a debate club. To this day, he speaks fluent English, with a noticeable Philadelphia accent.17

After completing his army service in 1972, Netanyahu returned to the United States in late 1972 to study architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_Netanyahu)



Hi Mr Peabody: the current Netanyahu’s father was Benzion Milejkowski , as this was his Polish birth name. He did come to Palestine and met his wife in Palestine. They had 3 boys and 1949 was the birthdate of the current P.M. Netanyahu. However, the patriarch of the family in Palestine changed his name to Netanyahu, as many did—who arrived in Palestine and wanted to reflect their roots with ancient names —and this was very common for those who immigrated and felt a name change was reflected of a new Israel. Many did research ancient names to find their name of choice. Yes the Netanyahu family did live in America where the first Netanyahu one was a professor-- and American schooling for the sons.



The criminal actions of the state that claims to speak for all Jews are doing great damage to the Jewish people.