San Francisco, CA – WikiLeaks has called for a “global blockade” against Coinbase, the largest bitcoin brokerage of cryptocurrency in the world, after they effectively suspended the WikiLeaks Shop’s account for allegedly being in violation of the platform’s terms of agreements—although Coinbase has refused to specify what took place to prompt the suspension.
“To protect the privacy of our customers, we do not comment on individual accounts,” a Coinbase spokesperson told The Independent.
After the suspension, the WikiLeaks Shop published a screenshot of a message received from Coinbase.
“Upon careful review, we believe your account has engaged in prohibited use in violation of our Terms of Service and we regret to inform you that we can no longer provide you with access to our service,” the message states. “We respectfully request that you follow the on-screen instructions presented when you log into your Coinbase account to send any remaining balance offsite to an external address.”
ANNOUNCE: Coinbase has blocked the official @WikiLeaks shop from its platform without notice or explanation. You can continue to donate #Bitcoin to WikiLeaks at https://t.co/lvhoyhlqUa. #Coinbase #DefendWL #Cryptocurrency #Ethereum #BitcoinCash #ReconnectJulian pic.twitter.com/4BSS023OOk
— WikiLeaks Shop (@WikiLeaksShop) April 21, 2018
In response to Coinbase banning WikiLeaks’ online store from using its service, the organization has called for a “global blockade” of the cryptocurrency brokerage. Additionally, WikiLeaks highlighted the fact that there was “concealed influence” behind the suspension, as the transparency organization’s finances have continually been targeted by the U.S.
WikiLeaks will call for a global blockade of Coinbase next week as an unfit member of the crypto community. Coinbase, a large Californian Bitcoin processor, responding to a concealed influence, has blocked the entirely harmless @WikiLeaksShop in a decision approved by management. https://t.co/PAldF8b12P
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) April 21, 2018
Ironically, the reason WikiLeaks first began accepting cryptocurrency donations in 2010 was due to a previous concealed influence operation that saw the U.S. government push Visa, MasterCard, and PayPal to engage in an extrajudicial financial embargo by cutting off all avenues of financial support for WikiLeaks.
A report by Fortune reveals how the recent move by Coinbase sounds eerily similar to that undertaken by Visa and MasterCard in 2010:
Neither Visa or MasterCard has revealed any political pressure behind their move to cut off WikiLeaks. But the two firms no doubt felt that pressure from both sides of the political aisle, as Attorney General Eric Holder has promised to explore all legal options against WikiLeaks and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and others have branded him a “terrorist.”
Despite the financial blockade, WikiLeaks’ early adoption of bitcoin allowed the whistleblowing organization to continue to fund operations, with the bitcoin address used to accept donations having received more than 4,000 bitcoins to date, which today is worth more than $36 million.
WikiLeaks has accused Coinbase of essentially joining the financial blockade against the transparency organization at the behest of the U.S. government—and the lack of any reasonable explanation by Coinbase seems to clearly bolster that position.
While Coinbase has refused to provide any rationale for its decision to suspend the WikiLeaks Shop, a hint as to the “concealed influence” being applied by the U.S. government is the statement regarding honoring “regulatory compliance mechanisms” set forth by the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, under which the platform is regulated.
The timing of these events is interesting, as the suspension of the WikiLeaks Store comes only one week after the New York Attorney General Schneiderman launched an investigation into Coinbase and 12 other major cryptocurrency exchanges.
While the New York AG’s investigation is almost certain to be a precursor to increased financial regulation of cryptocurrency exchanges, under the auspices of increased protection and security of customers, the reality is likely that jettisoning the major funding mechanism for WikiLeaks is part of some quid pro quo by Coinbase in hopes of keeping tighter regulation at bay.
“With cryptocurrency on the rise, consumers in New York and across the country have a right to transparency and accountability when they invest their money,” Attorney General Schneiderman said. “Yet too often, consumers don’t have the basic facts they need to assess the fairness, integrity, and security of these trading platforms. Our Virtual Markets Integrity Initiative sets out to change that, promoting the accountability and transparency in the virtual currency marketplace that investors and consumers deserve.”
The Guardian reported that in 2010, “US financial institutions including Visa, Bank of America, Mastercard, PayPal and Western Union, stopped accepting or handling payments intended for WikiLeaks in December 2010, after the site began leaking US diplomatic cables from a cache of nearly 250,000 it had acquired.”
At the time, both MasterCard and Visa said that they were cutting the links because WikiLeaks was “engaging in or facilitating” illegal activity, while a PayPal vice president actually admitted that he had come under pressure from the US State Department to cut payment links with the site.
While there is currently no evidence to directly suggest that Coinbase is capitulating to government overlords pressing the company to compliance under threat of investigation, regulation and/or prosecution—given the facts surrounding how events have transpired regarding the vast effort to sway financial companies to sever providing services to WikiLeaks—it is certainly not out of the question, and in fact, quite likely to be going on.
DASH cryptocurrency and The Free Thought Project have formed a partnership that will continue to spread the ideas of peace and freedom while simultaneously teaching people how to operate outside of the establishment systems of control like using cryptocurrency instead of dollars. Winning this battle is as simple as choosing to abstain from the violent corrupt old system and participating in the new and peaceful system that hands the power back to the people. DASH is this system.
DASH digital cash takes the control the banking elite has over money and gives it back to the people. It is the ultimate weapon in the battle against the money changers and information controllers.
If you’d like to start your own DASH wallet and be a part of this change and battle for peace and freedom, you can start right here. DASH is already accepted by vendors all across the world so you can begin using it immediately.
If the Deep State is not careful, their crafted boycott against Ann Coulter could backfire and do so with a vengeance. We need to help her and here is what we can do.
Source Article from http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/DaveHodges-TheCommonSenseShow/~3/E1rc0XJkFPA/
It’s that time again – hearts, flowers, candy, cupid and enough lovey dovey stuff in your face to make you sick – yep, it’s Valentine’s Day. This is a holiday that can definitely bring up a lot of emotion for people, generally depending on their romantic relationship or, lack thereof. For many it is filled with high expectations – mainly from what we see in the media. Like, if there was one day out of the year for your partner to muster up all of the romance they can possibly produce, this is definitely the day to do it. And if they can’t? Well, then perhaps they failed at living up to the intense expectations that this holiday often portrays.
What if you are single? I won’t lie, in years past it has been slightly depressing because for the month leading up to this holiday and the day of, love and romance in your face everywhere you turn can remind you that you don’t have that special someone to cuddle up to and act like a total weirdo with… I feel that I never felt more alone than on the day when all of the coupled friends are busy celebrating their love for each other.
Where Did This Holiday Even Come From?
Like many Hallmark holidays, the story of how Valentine’s Day came to be is a strange one. According to NPR.com,
“From Feb. 13 to 15, the Romans celebrated the feast of Lupercalia. The men sacrificed a goat and a dog, then whipped women with the hides of the animals they had just slain.
The Roman romantics “were drunk. They were naked,” says Noel Lenski, a historian at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Young women would actually line up for the men to hit them, Lenski says. They believed this would make them fertile. The brutal fete included a matchmaking lottery, in which young men drew the names of women from a jar. The couple would then be, um, coupled up for the duration of the festival — or longer, if the match was right.
The ancient Romans may also be responsible for the name of our modern day of love. Emperor Claudius II executed two men — both named Valentine — on Feb. 14 of different years in the 3rd century A.D. Their martyrdom was honored by the Catholic Church with the celebration of St. Valentine’s Day. Later, Pope Gelasius I muddled things in the 5th century by combining St. Valentine’s Day with Lupercalia to expel the pagan rituals. But the festival was more of a theatrical interpretation of what it had once been. Lenski adds, “It was a little more of a drunken revel, but the Christians put clothes back on it. That didn’t stop it from being a day of fertility and love.
Around the same time, the Normans celebrated Galatin’s Day. Galatin meant “lover of women.” That was likely confused with St. Valentine’s Day at some point, in part because they sound alike.”
I told you, it was strange. But, how did this holiday become one that is celebrated almost religiously in so many Western cultures around the world? The works of Shakespeare and Chaucer romanticized Valentine’s Day, and it started to gain popularity in Britain and the rest of Europe, eventually making its way to the New World. With the industrial revolution in the 19th century came factory made cards. In 1913, Hallmark Cards of Kansas City began mass producing these cards and promoting this holiday and ever since, February 14th has never seen so much action.
Valentine’s Day, Today
Today, Valentine’s Day is a corporate money making machine, research provided by IBIS World says that sales on this day reached $17.6 billion last year, and sales for this year are expected to total $18.6 billion – cray.
So, Why Buy Into What We Know Is Just A Money Making Marketing Ploy?
As I’ve shared before, and you might remember from my previous articles my friends often say, “Alanna Ruins Everything” because I’m often full of facts that can take the fun out of things, but I strongly believe knowledge is power and I will not be silenced! When we have awareness of why we do the things we do and why things are a certain way we become empowered to then make our own decisions as to whether or not we want to participate in certain aspects of society. Believe it or not, we do have a choice, but without the awareness, we wouldn’t know any better. So! You like Valentine’s day? Think it’s fun? Like any excuse to show your love, dress up, go on a date or do something special with your significant other? Go for it! If you recognize that it is just a money making scheme, then you can choose to do with it as you wish.
I guess I will state the obvious here and say that we don’t need a special day of the year to show our love, and that things like presents really aren’t needed to show our love. This is a materialistic idea of love and unconditional love means loving no matter what, without expectation and regardless of how much romance your partner could muster up. Of course, these things are nice from time to time and in no way am I suggesting that we don’t show our love in this way, but it is important to observe why we do the things we do. Are we doing it out of obligation or because we genuinely want to?
Related CE Article: 5 Phrases More Important Than I love You
Inspiration and all our best content, straight to your inbox.
Single? Be Your Own Valentine
A couple of years ago I wrote an article, “Single This Valentine’s Day? Be Your Own Damn Valentine.” It was about the importance of loving ourselves first and foremost and how important it is to give yourself your love care and attention. I feel this is just as important today. This year, I am in a relationship after 3 years of being single, and guess what? We are going out for dinner, just for the fun of it. We are traveling and with each other daily so we basically just thought, meh, why not?
No matter what you decide to do – or not do – this Valentine’s Day, just remember to choose love, everyday.
Your life path number can tell you A LOT about you.
With the ancient science of Numerology you can find out accurate and revealing information just from your name and birth date.
Get your free numerology reading and learn more about how you can use numerology in your life to find out more about your path and journey. Get Your free reading.
Source Article from http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Collective-evolution/~3/bD-tabHGsdA/
A FEDERAL JUDGE on Tuesday ruled that a Kansas law designed to punish people who boycott Israel is an unconstitutional denial of free speech. The ruling is a significant victory for free speech rights because the global campaign to criminalize, or otherwise legally outlaw, the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement has been spreading rapidly in numerous political and academic centers in the U.S. This judicial decision definitively declares those efforts — when they manifest in the U.S. — to be a direct infringement of basic First Amendment rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.
The enjoined law, enacted last year by the Kansas legislature, requires all state contractors — as a prerequisite to receiving any paid work from the state — “to certify that they are not engaged in a boycott of Israel.” The month before the law was implemented, Esther Koontz, a Mennonite who works as a curriculum teacher for the Kansas public school system, decided that she would boycott goods made in Israel, motivated in part by a film she had seen detailing the abuse of Palestinians by the occupying Israeli government, and in part by a resolution enacted by the national Mennonite Church.
The resolution acknowledged “the cry for justice of Palestinians, especially those living under oppressive military occupation for fifty years”; vowed to “oppose military occupation and seek a just peace in Israel and Palestine”; and urged “individuals and congregations to avoid the purchase of products associated with acts of violence or policies of military occupation, including items produced in [Israeli] settlements.”
A month after this law became effective, Koontz, having just completed a training program to teach new courses, was offered a position at a new Kansas school. But, as the court recounts, “the program director asked Ms. Koontz to sign a certification confirming that she was not participating in a boycott of Israel, as the Kansas Law requires.” Koontz ultimately replied that she was unable and unwilling to sign such an oath because she is, in fact, participating in a boycott of Israel. As a result, she was told that no contract could be signed with her.
In response to being denied this job due to her political views, Koontz retained the American Civil Liberties Union, which sued the commissioner of education, asking a federal court to enjoin enforcement of the law on the grounds that denying Koontz a job due to her boycotting of Israel violates her First Amendment rights. The court on Tuesday agreed and preliminarily enjoined enforcement of the law.
The ruling is significant for two independent reasons. The first is the definitive and emphatic nature of the ruling. The court dispensed with an oft-repeated but mythical belief about free speech rights: namely, that they only bar the government from imprisoning or otherwise actively punishing someone for their views, but do not bar them from withholding optional benefits (such as an employment contract) as retaliation for those views.
Very little effort is required to see why such a proposition is wrong:
Just imagine a law which provided that only people who believe in liberalism (or conservatism) will be eligible for unemployment benefits or college loans. Few would have trouble understanding the direct assault on free speech guarantees posed by such a law; the same is true of a law that denies any other benefits (including employment contracts) based on the state’s disapproval of one’s political views, as the court explained in its ruling (emphasis added):
Even more important is the court’s categorical decree that participating in boycotts is absolutely protected by the First Amendment’s guarantee of free speech and petition rights. Citing the 1982 U.S. Supreme Court case that invoked free speech rights to protect members of the NAACP from punishment by the state of Mississippi for boycotting white-owned stores, the court in the Kansas case pointedly ruled that “the First Amendment protects the right to participate in a boycott.” In doing so, it explained that the core purpose of the Kansas law is to punish those who are critical of Israeli occupation and are working to end it:
“The Kansas Law’s legislative history reveals that its goal is to undermine the message of those participating in a boycott of Israel. This is either viewpoint discrimination against the opinion that Israel mistreats Palestinians or subject matter discrimination on the topic of Israel.”
Indeed, it’s hard to imagine a law that more directly violates the First Amendment’s guarantee of free speech than one that seeks to deny people benefits for which everyone else is eligible due solely to the state’s disapproval of their political views and activism. Since that’s exactly what this Kansas law did, the court concluded that it was unconstitutional.
BEYOND THE COURT’S emphatic rationale, the decision is significant because repressive measures like this have spread, and continue to spread, far beyond Kansas. Indeed, as we have repeatedly reported and documented, the single greatest threat to free speech in the West — and in the U.S. — is the coordinated, growing campaign to outlaw and punish those who advocate for or participate in activism to end the Israeli occupation.
Numerous other U.S. states have implemented similar measures as the one in Kansas — including New York, where, as we previously reported, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order directing all agencies “to terminate any and all business with companies or organizations that support a boycott of Israel” and “requiring that one of his commissioners compile ‘a list of institutions and companies’ that — ‘either directly or through a parent or subsidiary’ — support a boycott.” As the New York Civil Liberties Union told The Intercept at the time about Cuomo’s order: “Whenever the government creates a blacklist based on political views it raises serious First Amendment concerns and this is no exception.”
Last year, a measure sponsored by Benjamin Cardin, a Democratic senator from Maryland and an AIPAC loyalist, joined by 43 other senators, went even further, purporting to impose prison sentences and large fines for anyone working with international organizations to boycott Israel. Only after the ACLU vehemently denounced the bill as a grave First Amendment attack that “would punish individuals for no reason other than their political beliefs” did several senators say they were re-considering their support.
Indeed, it’s hard to overstate how pervasive and mainstream these attempts to legally [though Unconstitutionally] suppress criticisms of Israel have become, including in the U.S. As the legal advocacy organization Palestine Legal told The Intercept yesterday,
“Since 2014, over 100 anti-boycott measures (similar to the one blocked in Kansas) have been introduced in the U.S., at least 24 of them enacted. Palestine Legal responded to 308 suppression incidents in 2017 and nearly 1,000 in the last four years.”
The report issued by the group this week details just some of those efforts:
- Hurricane Harvey victims were required to pledge not to boycott Israel to receive relief aid;
- An NYC bookstore hid a children’s book about Palestine after calls for censorship;
- A Palestinian American professor at San Francisco State was sued for researching and teaching about Palestine;
- A Black student leader at the University of Wisconsin was condemned for speaking out against the connections between white supremacy and Zionism by Trump’s nominee to head the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights.
- Hungary Joins Russia In Campaign Against Soros: Israel Calls It An Anti Semitic Campaign
So widespread are attempts to punish and repress speech and activism aimed at ending the Israeli occupation that the Center for Constitutional Rights has dubbed this movement “the Palestine Exception” to free speech rights in the U.S.
The federal court ruling from yesterday is a ringing endorsement of the vital constitutional principle that people cannot be punished by the U.S. government or state governments due to disapproval of their political activism and viewpoints — even if the goal is to protect the Israeli government and its decadeslong illegal occupation from criticism and activism.
The direct result of this ruling is that the Kansas state government is barred from continuing to force teachers and other state residents to take an oath to refrain from boycotting Israel upon pain of being denied contracts, but the broader and more enduring effect may be to emphasize just how authoritarian, repressive, and contrary to core civil liberties the global attempt to abuse the power of law to criminalize or suppress this free expression in the name of protecting Israeli occupation is.
- Rothschild’s State Of Israel: The Midnight Cowboy
- America’s CIA & Israel’s Mossad Created Al-Qaeda and the ISIS Terror Group
- Netanyahu’s Big Whopper: The State Of Israel’s Role In The Cataclysm To Come
- Russian Airstrikes Kill 304 US Israeli ISIS Terrorists On Euphrates Eastern Bank
- Updated Death Toll & Devastation By The Illegal Occupation Of Palestine By Israel
- Vengeance Fire Destroys $800 Million Worth Of Israeli Financed Weapons At Ukraine’s Munitions Depots
- Trump & Tillerson’s “Newer Plan” To Violate International Law Against Syria For Banker’s Greater Israel Project aka Promised Land
Source Article from https://politicalvelcraft.org/2018/02/04/u-s-federal-court-strikes-down-hate-law-that-attempts-to-punish-americans-who-boycott-corporate-israel-texas-governor-greg-abbot-was-overturned/
New Zealand Grammy-winning pop star Lorde has been blasted as a “bigot” by a controversial U.S. rabbi for dropping a planned concert in Israel to protest the nation’s treatment of Palestinians.
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach and his World Values Network harshly criticized the 21-year-old singer in a full-page ad in The Washington Post that appeared Sunday, saying she was joining a “global anti-Semitic boycott of Israel.” The New Jersey-based Orthodox rabbi — who’s a regular contributor to Breitbart News and once served as Michael Jackson’s spiritual adviser — added that “21 is young to be a bigot.” The ad states: “Tell Lorde and her fellow bigots that Jew-hatred has no place” in the 21st century.
The ad also accuses “New Zealand and Lorde” of ignoring Syria “to attack Israel” because the singer will perform in Russia, which backs Syria’s Assad regime.
The ad claims that a “growing prejudice against the Jewish state” in New Zealand is “trickling down to its youth.” As evidence, Boteach pointed to a United Nations resolution last month backed by 127 countries — including New Zealand — calling on the U.S. to rescind its recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Lorde last month canceled a concert she had planned in Tel Aviv for June after she was contacted by two New Zealand activists, one Jewish and one Palestinian, who urged her to do so to press for Palestinian rights as part of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel founded in 2005.
“I have had a lot of discussions with people holding many views, and I think the right decision at this time is to cancel the show,” Lorde wrote last month. “I’m not too proud to admit I didn’t make the right call on this one. Tel Aviv … I’m truly sorry to reverse my commitment to come play for you. I hope one day we can all dance.”
Lorde hasn’t yet responded to Boteach’s ad.
Israeli Culture Minister Miri Regev last month also urged Lorde to reconsider her decision to cancel the concert.
Boteach, who calls himself “America’s rabbi,” said in a video on his Facebook page defending the ad that “Israel’s not perfect.” But given its situation, it’s “arguably the most just and most humanitarian country in the world,” he said.
In 2015, Boteach (who has written for The Blog in HuffPost) also took out a full-page ad in The New York Times accusing then-national security adviser Susan Rice of having a “blind spot” concerning genocide — both the “Jewish people’s and Rwanda’s” genocide. The ad was blasted by several Jewish groups, and Boteach later apologized.
The rabbi, whose organization receives funds from right-wing Donald Trump backer and casino owner Sheldon Adelson, has defended former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon against charges of anti-Semitism by the CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, Jonathan Greenblatt.
- This article originally appeared on HuffPost.
Source Article from https://www.yahoo.com/news/u-rabbi-rips-lorde-apos-045401018.html
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has been preparing a list of some 150 companies which operate in Israel’s illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank. Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein has been leading the effort to document Israeli and international businesses which provide services and products to Israelis living in the occupied territory, which Israel has dominated for 50 years now. The UN Human Rights Council agreed to create the list last year.
Since Israel invaded the remaining parts of Palestine in 1967, it has embarked on a project of colonisation of the West Bank, demolishing Palestinian homes and stealing Palestinian agricultural lands. In their place, Israel builds colonies in which only Jews are permitted to live, and Palestinians are driven into increasingly smaller areas or compelled to flee overseas.
As renowned Palestinian historian Nur Masalha has put it, the Israeli policy has always been “maximum land, minimum Arabs.” All Israeli governments, of both the Labour and Likud tendencies, have driven this policy forward. In fact, it was the “labour Zionist” tendency which first initiated the settlement-building regime, literally days after Israel invaded in June 1967, with colony-settlements in the Jordan Valley.
The settlement blocs are considered important to Israel’s “security” and Labour governments have been at the forefront of driving this policy forward, despite deceptive propaganda which aims to portray the party as the Israeli “peace camp” which supposedly wants a “two-state solution”, something that is delayed perpetually to an unspecified point far in the future. However, the Labour Party’s new leader, Avi Gabbay, threw cold water on such hasbara recently when he enthusiastically endorsed Israel’s ethnic cleansing settler regime in the West Bank.
At an event to celebrate the Jordan Valley settlements – built on stolen Palestinian land in an area where Israel habitually demolishes Palestinian homes and schools – he claimed that the settlements represent the “beautiful face of Zionism”. He had also said that Israel would not have to evacuate a single settlement from the West Bank under any peace deal.
So much, then, for the “two-state solution”.
Israel’s “friends” in Britain’s Labour Party will probably see such candour as damaging. The Labour Friends of Israel have for the past year or so been emphasising a claim that they are “pro-Israel, pro-Palestine, pro-peace.” Gabbay’s crass remarks – no doubt aimed at appealing to an increasingly right-wing Israeli electorate – will make such dishonest propaganda harder to give a pass to.
All Israeli settlements, by the way, are illegal under international law. The US, European countries and the EU all technically have policies condemning these settlements and the occupation of the West Bank. For example, the US and all other embassies to Israel are maintained in Tel Aviv, so as not to recognise the Israeli annexation of Jerusalem as its capital; “East Jerusalem” is recognised as part of the West Bank and thus under Israeli occupation.
In reality, though, the US and EU are staunch backers of Israel and its crimes against the Palestinians, including settlements. The US provides billions in military aid to Israel every year; EU countries permit weapons sales to Israel; and the EU gives hundreds of millions to Israel in the form of “research” funding for Israeli technology, often to arms firms. Furthermore, the European countries’ toothless “condemnations” of settlements while refusing to hold Israel acountable amount to an endorsement of the colonies.
The list being prepared by the UN human rights chief embodies the prospect of Israel actually being held to account for once. That’s why it is being so bitterly opposed by Israel and the US, who are reportedly desperate for it not to see the light of day.
Although we don’t yet know the full set of company names on the list, some have been reported in the press. As part of the process of compiling it, Al-Hussein sent out letters to the companies in question warning them ahead of publication that they are set to be included.
The list is said to include household names such as Caterpillar, TripAdvisor, Priceline.com and Airbnb. About 30 of the 150 companies are reportedly American while others are from Germany, South Korea and Norway.
As my colleague at The Electronic Intifada Adri Nieuwhof has pointed out, similar UN lists published in the 1980s had a massive positive impact on the boycott of South Africa. Singers and other global artists who broke the boycott and performed in apartheid South Africa were included on the list, which made it easier for supporters of the boycott to target them for campaigning action.
As Nieuwholf, a veteran of the anti-apartheid campaign over South Africa, explained: “Some public authorities in Britain used that register to ban musicians whose name appeared on it from appearing in venues they administered. The register listed such stars as Rod Stewart, Liza Minnelli, Dolly Parton and Elton John. Yet the UN committee made a point of removing entertainers who had performed in South Africa from the register if they pledged not to play there again.”
Corporations are rarely moral actors. They tend not to be persuaded by appeals to their better nature and arguments about human rights, but threats to their bottom line are another story. As an anonymous Israeli official told Haaretz, “Foreign companies will not invest in something that reeks of political problems – this [list] could snowball.”
It seems that US and Israeli pressure on the UN not to publish the list is having an effect. With the origins of the list originally conceived last year, its publication has already been delayed. The latest news appears to be that, according to the Associated Press, “After an earlier delay, [Zeid Al-Hussein’s] office said the release of the ‘report’ has been pushed back again, from December to early next year.”
Israel must be held to account for its crimes using concrete measures. Words alone are not enough. Talk of a “two-state solution” is just talk. Politicians’ platitudes about a “peace process” mean nothing without action to force Israel to end its violations of Palestinian rights. The list of companies benefiting from Israel’s occupation of Palestine could go some way towards doing just that. It must be published without further delay.
November 27, 2017
Source Article from https://www.henrymakow.com/2017/11/boycott-racist-illuminati%20.html
Dr. Duke & Eric Striker – Expose the New Jewish Law – “Boycott Israel Go to Prison!”
Today Dr. Duke and Daily Stormer journalist Eric Striker discussed the amazing legislation before Congress that criminalizes participation in the international boycott against Israel. There have long been laws penalizing corporations for participating in the international boycott started by the Arab League in the wake of the 1973 war by making them ineligible for government contracts. But this new legislation criminalizes behavior that is already very common on college campuses and elsewhere known as the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement (BDS).
Imagine the surprise for young university lefties when they find themselves in the next cell to Chris Cantwell and other Alt-right human rights activists whose imprisonment they cheered. Only the maximum penalty for boycotting Israel will be 20 years in prison or a million dollar fine! This should open the eyes of anyone not blinded by Zionist mind controll.
This is another powerful show filled with information. Please share this show widely.
Please keep us on the air and on-line. Please visit our contribution page or send your contribution to:
P.O. Box 188, Mandeville, LA 70470
Click here and look for the show dated 11-15-17.
Our show is aired live at 11 am replayed at ET 4pm Eastern
Below is a Duke Video that exposes the impact of Jews such as Weinstein on the mores and values of the West.
Here is Mark Collett’s latest video (Currently banned for violating YouTube rules on frankly discussing obvious events going on before our very eyes):
A high official in the Israeli government says that the groups supporting BDS, or Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel, are doing a “great job,” and Israel has to come up with more aggressive ways to counter them. “If you want to promote boycotts against Israel, be my guest, it’s your right. But there will be a price tag,” Ron Brummer said last week.
The new battlefield for BDS is in Europe, where companies are under growing pressure to divest from the West Bank. The way to counter that pressure is to pass anti-BDS legislation in American states (as state legislatures and governors have done in Texas, California, Maryland, New York, and other states), so that if a company boycotts the West Bank, it loses 10’s of millions in U.S. contracts, said Brummer, the executive director for operations of the Israeli Ministry for Strategic Affairs and Public Diplomacy.
And Israel advocates must explain that there is no distinction between boycotting the West Bank and boycotting Israel. There is only one economy between the river and the sea, Brummer said. “If you want to divest from the West Bank, Judea and Samaria, you have to divest from Israel, which means you boycott Israel completely,” he said.
Brummer also called on American Jews to give money to Jewish groups in Europe and South American to fight BDS, because throughout history, Jews have always helped each other.
Brummer spoke at the Israeli American Council last Sunday, November 5— an organization funded by Sheldon Adelson– in a panel titled “The Real BDS: Bigotry, Discrimination and Slander.” The room was jammed with about 150 people, many young activists. The panel featured Shilo Adler, a leader from an illegal Israeli settlement in the West Bank, Eli.
Let me go through Brummer’s points and then the points of two other pro-Israel advocates who are fighting BDS.
BDS groups are doing a “great job,” Brummer said:
The BDS organizations or the delegitimization organizations have evolved. They have improved. They are doing a great job on the other side and we have to adapt ourselves.
But BDS is really anti-Semitism:
BDS as we see it is only the symptom, the current face of something much, much, much deeper, much more established, much more ancient, and that is, the delegitimization of Israel as the Jewish state, as the homeland of the Jewish people. During history, many forces have tried to delegitimize us. Maybe through endless wars, terror, guerrilla, unilateral moves in the U.N. and other institutions. And the current face of the delegitimization campaign is the BDS.
If you support BDS, Israel will take you on:
Delegitimization is the problem we deal with, not BDS. BDS is just a symptom…. If you want to promote boycotts against Israel, be my guest, it’s your right. But there will be a price tag.
Brummer said that Israel had traditionally been too reactive. “We have to move from defense to offense.” That means being aggressive.
With BDS promoters… You always have to use the stick and carrot theory. First you hit them with the stick then you hit them with the carrot.
BDS has been contained in the U.S. but the real danger is Europe. BDS 2.0 is in the U.S. campuses and capitals.
BDS 3.0 is happening as we speak, and this is a much more severe danger to Israel…. I’m talking about the economic divestment…. What is happening now in Europe might be ground zero for the next stage of BDS. Promoting divestment from Israel based on the alleged saying that companies who operate in the West Bank, over the Green Line, are violating human rights– this is the narrative that BDS organizations are trying to implement in the U.N., in different institutions, but mainly when they encounter European companies.
Think about the process. I’m CEO of a company. I’m being approached time and time, over and over again by those BDS organizations, who claim that “Because you operate in the West Bank, you are violating human rights.” If I want to react and I want to do something–and all of us don’t want to be considered as violators of human rights– I might just consider stop working in the West Bank.
But Brummer said there is no difference between the West Bank and Israel (and so no point in the Peace Now/Beinart program of boycotting just the settlements).
But you cannot stop working in the West Bank. Israel does not have two different economic ecosystems, like, Israel within the green line and Israel over the green line. If you want to divest from the West Bank, Judea and Samaria, you have to divest from Israel, which means you boycott Israel completely. This is exactly what the BDS delegitimization organizations are trying to do these days.
The European front is the reason pro-Israel groups are pushing legislation in 24 U.S. states to punish those who support BDS. The Israeli government is cheering from the sidelines:
It is extremely, super important to confront this new reality. Because eventually when a CEO of a company let’s say in Denmark, has to decide, Does he listen to any kind of UN institution or any kind of human rights report that is being published, or does he want to lose 10’s of millions of contracts in Texas or in Florida?– most of the CEOs will decide not to lose those 10’s of millions of dollars.
So when we talk about … how do we try to move from defense to offense? The legislation piece, which obviously the Israeli government has nothing to do with but we look at it from the side, and we think this is a very good process.
BDS is on the verge of scoring a big success, he warned, “in the real ground zero of BDS, which is South Africa.” The African National Congress is considering a resolution to lower the country’s level of diplomatic relations with Israel. If that passes, there will no longer be an embassy in tel aviv.
If that will happen, this might be one of the biggest successes of the BDS movement ever.
Jews need to stick together. Brummer called on the wealthy and powerful American Jewish community to help Jewish communities in Europe, South Africa and Latin America to fight BDS.
That takes me to one of my bottom lines… Through history the Jewish people have always assisted and helped the weaker part or, to be more correct, the more needy parts of world Jewry. I think that in the United States, once again, due to the amazing work IAC [Israeli American Council] and other organizations are doing, and the great support of many philanthropists here, there is a good answer to BDS. What is needed now is to shift the efforts to the other side of the ocean.
The Jewish communities and the pro Israel communities in Europe, in South Africa, a little bit in Latin America as well– they need the help now. They don’t have the tools, they don’t have the money, they don’t have the resources. They don’t have the political support that you have here, and you take it maybe, sometimes you take it for granted.
This is the time to shift the efforts from what’s going on here which is well treated– it cannot be treated better than it is today, I think, and to shift the efforts to where it is really needed and that is in Europe and South Africa and other places of the world.
Brummer stressed the idea of Jewish cohesion. BDS is failing around the world, he asserted. But its aim was “to drive a wedge between the state of Israel and the Jewish diaspora. I think this will fail because Israel is the glue that keeps us together. In LA or Beersheva. The amazing work that you are doing, and others, will be the glue that keeps us together.”
For almost a decade Gov’t Slaves has worked tirelessly to bring its readers the most critical news the corporate media does not want you to see. We have no intrusive ads, pop-ups or clickbait, just NEWS. If you happen to be in a position to support my work, PLEASE consider making a one-time donation to fund the site. Your support is humbly appreciated. Thomas @ Gov’t Slaves