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Palestinians’ Settlement Boycott

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Posted on Jan 16, 2010
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Israeli settlements in the West Bank have been declared illegal by international bodies, and the Palestinian National Authority has launched a campaign to boycott products made in those settlements.

Palestinian tactics against Israeli occupation can range from demonstrations to boycotts. Take the recent campaign to boycott products made in Israeli settlements, a symbolic and economic protest against the creeping encroachment of these settlements in the West Bank. —JCL

Xinhua:

The Palestinian National Authority (PNA), who has launched last month a campaign to boycott products made in Israeli settlements, said it would compensate the Palestinian merchants who obey the government’s instruction.

PNA Minister of Economy Hassan Abu Lebda said Saturday the Fund of National Dignity, inaugurated by Prime Minister Salam Fayyad to fight products made in Israeli settlements, would be able to compensate Palestinian merchants and distributors for the loss they get from not dealing with products made in Israeli settlements.

Fayyad and the PNA had decided that by the end of 2010, the West Bank will not deal with any product made in the settlements. Since the decision was made, PNA customs officers have carried out daily campaigns of searching into shops, stores, groceries and supermarkets for products made in Israeli settlements, and confiscated and destroyed them.

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By NZDoug, February 2, 2010 at 3:38 pm Link to this comment

Best not to buy products from USA and/or Israel.

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By Alice de Tocqueville, January 18, 2010 at 10:13 am Link to this comment

By wildflower, January 17 at 3:14 pm #


RE Alice de Tocqueville: “So Eisenhower threatened legislative action to block private aid from Americans to Israel? Wow! Imagine a Congress with those cojones! Sorry, I can’t; but what a nice thought!”

So where have all the cojones gone?

Seriously? Have you ever talked to your Congressperson, or their staff?
They have balls of steel, and backbones to match, when it comes to NOT hearing what their constituents have to say. Barbara Boxer, for instance, according to the staffer we met with, “holds all her face-to-face meetings w/constituents in Washington”. When I commented that that’s kinda hard on people who can’t afford to go there, she seemed as if it had never occurred to them. My Congressman, George Miller, told us we needed to go out and agitate against the Iraq “war” but when we actually did that, we were persona non grata in his office.
They and their staffs refuse to hear anything except the party line, and will do whatever it takes to keep their careers humming along, and keep that money flowing to the Party and themselves.

For that, they’ve got the cojones of steel.

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By wildflower, January 17, 2010 at 11:14 am Link to this comment

RE Alice de Tocqueville: “So Eisenhower threatened legislative action to block private aid from Americans to Israel? Wow! Imagine a Congress with those cojones! Sorry, I can’t; but what a nice thought!”

So where have all the cojones gone?

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By PatrickHenry, January 17, 2010 at 11:07 am Link to this comment

Turkey is now comming in on the side of the Palestinians by releasing a film on Israeli war crimes in Gaza. 

The Issies are hopping mad over it and the American jewish nexus will soon follow.

http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=116311&sectionid=351020204

Imagine, a film being made without any jewish control in its creation or distribution.

There wouldn’t be a chance in hell of this kind of film being made in hollywood.

I hope its a trend.

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By Thong-girl, January 17, 2010 at 9:51 am Link to this comment

Boycott things made in settlements?  Unless you include the lower 48 as settlements, this sounds like more corrupt spin from the Jews.  It has been widely accepted that without JDL, AIPAC and other U.S. Jews behind it, nothing happens in Israel?  Why is TD attempting to spin this some other way?

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By DieDaily, January 17, 2010 at 8:22 am Link to this comment

AIPAC. The American-Israeli Palestinian Annihilation Commission. Or would that be the American Insubordinator Punishment Action Comittee? Man it would sure be nice to get the Zionist monkey off our backs. Nice for the whole world. These elites are a bunch of genocidal nutcases. And we’re complicit until we put and end to it.

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By john from ojai, January 17, 2010 at 12:50 am Link to this comment
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Everyone who is concerned about justice and the well being of 800,000 children in Gaza who are dying from polluted water and a brutal blockade, should BDS anyone who profits from Israeli occupation. Boycott, Divest, and Sanction products made in Israel as well as Motorola, Caterpillar, Starbucks and more. South Africans who worked on ending apartheid there will soon cross the country to end Israeli apartheid and war crimes. Please support BDS.

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By Alice de Tocqueville, January 17, 2010 at 12:29 am Link to this comment

So Eisenhower threatened legislative action to block private aid from Americans to Israel? Wow! Imagine a Congress with those cojones! Sorry, I can’t; but what a nice thought!

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By wildflower, January 16, 2010 at 1:58 pm Link to this comment

Still believe the U. S. should withhold support on loan guarantees to Israel. This approach has met with success particularly under President Eisenhower:

“. . . Jordan River canal dispute- In 1953, Israel began a canal project on the Jordan River that Syria and other Arab neighbors worried would divert significant amounts of water for Israeli use. After Israel ignored US and United Nation’s demands that year that it halt work on the canal, then-US Secretary of State John Foster Dulles said in September 1953 that the US was suspending foreign assistance to Israel. Work on the canal stopped that October, and US aid flows soon resumed.

Suez Crisis disagreement - In 1956, Israel attacked Egypt with French and British backing in a dispute over control of the Suez Canal. . . Dwight Eisenhower, president at the time, threatened to cut off US government aid to Israel and to take legislative action to block private aid by US citizens to the Jewish state if Israel did not return the peninsula to Egypt. Israel withdraw from the Sinai and other conquered territories in the Spring of 1957 in exchange for US border security guarantees.

President Bush and loan guarantees - In late 1990, Israel requested $10 billion in loan guarantees from the US, mostly to finance the resettlement of Soviet Jews in the country. . . . In early 1992, then-Secretary of State James Baker said the president would not approve the loan guarantees unless Israel promised to halt settlement expansion. . . While this would appear to be a success for financial diplomacy, settlement expansion was never truly “frozen.” Settlements expanded in 1992 and in each intervening year until 1996, when that particular guarantee program ended. . . ”

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Global-News/2010/0111/US-says-no-plan-to-cut-Israel-loan-guarantees-but-it-s-been-tried-before

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