Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Muslim Student Association resolution asks for boycott against "goods and services that maintain business with Israel."


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"MSA submits boycott call to ASI"

by Randi Johns, Staff Writer


Associated Students Inc. listened to the first reading, as well as passionate public comments, of a new resolution regarding the Gaza Strip at Wednesday’s ASI Senate meeting.

The Muslim Student Association (MSA) brought to the senate a resolution calling for an end to the Israeli/Palestinian situation in Gaza. It asks for ASI to boycott goods and services that maintain business with Israel.

Sen. Avis Atkins gave notice to the rest of the senate that the resolution is from a humanitarian point of view, not a political one.

A few senators and members of the MSA proposed voting on a second reading, as well as the first. The senate voted down the proposal and continued with only the first reading of the resolution. Most senators wanted time to acquire more information about what the passing of the resolution will affect before the next reading.

MSA members expressed enthusiasm about the resolution they have been working on for so long.

Members of MSA explained the resolution’s request for a boycott was to get something tangible out of condemning violent acts of aggression against a defenseless population. They have collected more than 300 student signatures and ID numbers in support of their proposal.

“We’re not asking you to decide with a nation versus another nation. We’re asking you to decide with humanity,” said Maral Sabebjame, on behalf of MSA.

The resolution addresses the ties ASI may or may not have with the state of Israel.

“How will a boycott benefit students at Cal State Long beach?” asked Sen. Everett Bryant of the College of Engineering.

Sabebjame informed the senate about a list MSA compiled of six companies that they say have ties with the state of Israel, including Caterpillar, Motorola and General Electric. Caterpillar, for example, supplies Israel with bulldozers that demolish homes of civilians in the West Bank, Sabebjame said.

MSA is continuing research of business done by ASI or CSULB with companies that support Israel.


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Thursday, April 2, 2009

World Social Forum will ostracize Israel, with boycotts and other means:



"International campaign calls for boycott of Israel:


"Traditional marches, rallies mark 33rd Land Day as Union of Arab Community-Based Associations, World Social Forum call on all affiliates to usher mass ostracism against Jewish state
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March 30, 2009

On YNet at:

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3694471,00.html



by Sharon Roffe-Ofir



"The 33rd Land Day marked Monday was held under the banner of ostracizing Israel, as over 100 groups adhered a call by Ittijah – the Union of Arab Community-Based Associations – and marched against what they called 'the growing sense of fascism in Israel.'


"Land Day is an annual day of commemoration in the Israeli Arab community and in Arab communities worldwide, meant to protest the 1976 killing of six Arab citizens during an Israeli government's bid to confiscate Arab lands. It is usually marked by general strikes and mass marches...


" 'Excommunicate Israel'


"Meanwhile, the World Social Forum (WSF) – an umbrella group for hundreds of social, anti-globalization and rights groups worldwide – announced it would be launching a campaign calling on all of its affiliates to excommunicate Israel.


"The WSF, said Makhoul, 'has adopted our call to have Israel ostracized in various arenas, starting with rescinding various privileges and applying financial, professional and academic boycotts. The fact that the campaign is launched on Land Day is important since it proves that Israel still views the Palestinians – in and out of the Green Line – as a strategic threat....'



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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Video: The biggest obstacle to a total, worldwide boycott of Israel is...


The biggest obstacle to a total, worldwide boycott of Israel is...

...your fear of publicly demanding action against Israel.


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See the attached video.


Israel massacres Gaza-- 1400 Palestinians are suddenly dead, a million face starvation, Gaza is in ruins.

But the caller, on this tape, does not publicly call for boycott against Israel.

No, he CALLS THE POLICE, to report what REALLY bothers him:




A sign that says "Fuck Israel", outside the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor.


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The caller piteously begs the police, saying "I just didn't know where to call."

He identifies himself to the police as "Hani Bawardi".

You can hear him informing on the person carrying the "Fuck Israel" sign, in as much detail as he can.


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Click on the "play" button to see the video, below:



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