Is anti-BDS group Sawtona impersonating Palestinians?

by Charlotte Silver, Electronic Intifada

Claiming to be a group of Palestinians opposed to the growing boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement in the US, an organization calling itself Sawtona – “our voice” in Arabic – has emerged over the last two months.

But the organization does not appear to be what it says it is.

The group first emerged at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) last month when faculty and students were meeting to discuss BDS and support for Palestinians.

It then popped up at City University of New York (CUNY), just ahead of today’s scheduled graduate student council vote on a resolution to boycott Israeli academic institutions.

The group claims to be a voice “from the ground” in Palestine that is dedicated to ending Israel’s occupation. But so far the only objective Sawtona has in fact pursued is to stop BDS, claiming it does more harm than good for Palestinians.

And some evidence – including fraudulent postings on Facebook – cast significant doubt on the group’s central claim that it is run by Palestinians.

Rather, the group would appear to be based in present-day Israel – not Palestinian cities in the occupied West Bank where people representing Sawtona claim to live.

Sawtona has emerged at a moment when Israel has greatly stepped up its efforts to sabotage and attack the BDS movement, including efforts to undermine it by Israeli intelligence agencies.

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Glenn Greenwald: Hillary Clinton Has Embraced Some of the Most Brutal Dictators in the World (video)

(Yeah, Glenn has his issues, but he’s right on this one)

How the New York Times Whitewashed a Gruesome Videotaped Israeli Execution (B’tselem video included)

(Could you imagine how much coverage this would have received from the MSM had the soldier been Iranian, North Korean or Syrian? For the record, this is what a real execution video looks like so compare it to the fake “ISIS” ones if you like.)

from Alter Net

…The NYT chose this headline “Israel Soldier Detained in Shooting of Palestinian” to cover a crime that was filmed—and, had it not been recorded, one that would otherwise likely have gone unnoticed. The crime is composed of two disturbing scenes, both equally severe (and painful): In the first, an Israeli soldier executes a motionless and injured young Palestinian man in Hebron by a bullet in the head from point zero, and the other soldiers carry on as if nothing happened. And in the second, Israeli medics and soldiers ignore the injured Palestinian (before he was shot the second time) and leave him lying on the ground as if he were a piece of trash.

(video after break. It is disturbing)

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Bernie Sanders Gives Tepid/Measured Speech on Israeli/Palestinian Conflict (video and partial transcript)

by Scott Creighton

UPDATE: For comparison purposes, you can read the transcript of Donald Trump’s war-mongering, sycophantic pandering speech to AIPAC, here.

Bernie Sanders politely declined an invitation to speak at this year’s AIPAC convention in D.C. yesterday. The other presidential candidates went there and pandered to the Likudnik Lobby as if their professional lives depended on it, slandering everyone from Iran to Palestinian children “being taught to hate” the Jewish state for no other reason than… Muslims.

Bernie gave a lengthy stump speech in Utah then he gave a little press conference type address in which he delivered what he claims would have been his AIPAC speech. It is notable for a number of reasons but the most obvious is… he chose not to give it to the AIPAC crowd… which probably would have booed him off the stage if he gave it there or physically dragged him off the stage, exposing AIPAC and it’s rabid followers for what it and they really are.

So, was his decision to give this speech half a country away a decision he made in his best interests or in theirs? Hard too say. My guess is “both”

I have copied part of the transcript of his speech from his website and posted the full video below my comments.

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45,000 demand Israel PM Netanyahu’s arrest for ‘war crimes’ during UK state visit

UPDATE: I am told it is nearly 54,000 at this point

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from RT

A petition calling for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to be arrested for ‘war crimes’ when he arrives in London next month has been signed by over 45,000 people.

Netanyahu will arrive in London on a state visit in September and meet with British Prime Minister David Cameron.

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Israeli Military Conducts Another Successful Operation Against More Unarmed People

by Scott Creighton

UPDATE: And now… Israel Cracks Down on Children’s Theater… yes, children’s theater folks.

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When it comes to defending the Jewish State against unarmed civilians or peace activists, the Israeli military stands at the top of the dung heap in not only their ability to mount such operations but also in their skill to spin them afterward as “heroic”.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a statement congratulating troops for seizing the ship he said was involved in “a demonstration of hypocrisy” and support for Hamas, and said Israel’s actions were in accordance with international law. Reuters

Rushing out to deliver his statement, Bibi was full of pride this morning. His devoted army of Jews went forward in the night with all the technology ‘Merika! could give them and put it all to use against this band of murderous thugs.

Pro-Palestinian activists aboard one of the boats.

What Bibi should have said was:

“Not since Kent State have so many heavily armed men taught such a valuable lesson to so few unarmed peaceniks!”

That at least would have been a bit more honest and in keeping with the spirit of the moment.

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Historic Vote in House of Commons: ‘The Israeli government has lost the support of the House’

UPDATE: White House official supposedly said this: “The thing about Bibi is, he’s a chickenshit,”

UPDATE: Israeli president recently said “Israel is a sick society“, the guy is even a Likud party member.

(Absolutely stunning. This is a MUST READ. The British lower house of parliament, the House of Commons, voted by an overwhelming majority, 274 to 12, to recognize the state of Palestine alongside Israel back on Oct. 13th of this year. As stated in the following article, that vote followed a similar result in Swedish parliament and will probably help inspire the Spaniards to do the same. What is even more shocking is how the MPs debated the issue, bringing up things that websites like mine and activists like Chomsky and Finklestein and many others have been saying for decades. This statement was made in the House of Commons not a month ago in Britain:

 “[Since] the triumph of military Zionism and the Likud-run governments we have seen a new barbarism in that country. We have seen it in the Lebanon invasion, in the attack on the Mavi Marmara and the flotilla, and, above all, in the three attacks on Gaza —Operation Protective Edge, Operation Pillars of Defence,Operation Cast Lead.. ” Labour MP for Hammersmith Andy Slaughter

Like I said, this is a must read. You won’t see this on Prison Planet that’s for sure)

by Amira Howeidy, al-Ahram from Oct. 23, 2014

‘The Israeli government has lost the support of the House’

Following in the Swedish parliament’s footsteps in recognising Palestinian statehood, the British House of Commons voted yes for Palestine 13 October. The Spanish Socialist Party now wants the Madrid parliament to do the same.

A staggering 274 British MPs voted for and 12 against this motion:

This House believes that the Government should recognise the State of Palestine alongside the State of Israel, as a contribution to securing a negotiated two state solution.”

While this largely symbolic recognition is unbinding on the government and will not bring a Palestinian state into fruition, the moral and political significance of the arguments put forth by British MPs in debate far outweigh the importance of the motion itself. At the same time, the motion made the lengthy four-hour long debate —largely in favour of Palestinian rights — possible. And this couldn’t have been done without pointing out, in the words of MPs, Israel’s “bullying”,  its violations, illegal settlement expansion, repeated wars on Gaza, and subsequent “humanitarian crisis of catastrophic.

The debate clearly reflected growing frustration with Israel, with its latest war on Gaza proving to be a turning point. “The Israeli government has lost the support of the House,” precisely because of Gaza, concluded Conservative MP Andrew Griffiths for Burton and Uttoxeter.

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