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drive-by planet: ‘Zionism is the problem’: new Presbyterian study guide takes a criticial look at Zionist ideology

A recent post on Electronic Intifada discusses a new study guide published by the Presbyterian Church in the U.S. titled Zionism Unsettled. It takes a critical look at Zionist ideology that has influenced many of the unjust Israeli policies targeted by the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

In an upcoming General Assembly in Detroit, the Church will consider divesting from three U.S. companies with Israeli military contracts.

The Presbyterian Church may not have acted as assertively as many of us would have liked when it comes to boycott and divestment initiatives, but to its credit it has (Read more…)

drive-by planet: Calls by Jewish groups for removal of Translink ‘Disappearing Palestine’ ads is an attack on free speech

Beneath left: Martha Roth of the Palestine Awareness Coalition

An ad appearing on a dozen or more Vancouver buses and in the City Center SkyTrain station has been the target of criticism by some Jewish groups. The four-panel ad shows a map of Israel over the last six decades – from 1946 through to 2012. Each successive panel shows how Palestinian territory has shrunk with the passage of time. 

The chair of the Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver called for Translink to remove the ad. Objections have been raised by The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA), Friends (Read more…)

drive-by planet: Purim hoax: Rolling Stones ‘Israel performance’ story reported as real news by a few pundits

Mondoweiss has a post about a prank story that ran in the Jewish Press over the Purim holiday. Under the headline – “Defying Boycotts, Jagger, Stones, to Honor Israel’s 65th Birthday” – the JPress article makes the hoax claim that the Rolling Stones are scheduled to perform in Israel in April.

A badly photoshopped pic that accompanies the article shows Keith Richards with an arm around Ronnie Wood’s shoulder, awkwardly displaying Israel’s state symbol.

The way the article tells it, the Stones got savaged on Twitter and elsewhere for agreeing to perform in Jerusalem in honor of Israel Independence Day:

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drive-by planet: BDS event at Brooklyn College goes as planned despite backlash by Israel supporters

 Standing for Free Speech: Students for Justice in Palestine at Brooklyn College  in the run-up to the BDS event

The BDS panel discussion at Brooklyn College went ahead Thursday. It proceeded as planned despite efforts to discredit the event and intimidate the College in what really amounted to an attack on academic freedom. The detractors as mentioned in my previous post included NYC politicos and even a few Democratic members of Congress.

The backlash by Israel supporters to the event was over-the-top – driven in more than a few cases by a hardline pro-Israel mindset that brooks little or no

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drive-by planet: South Africa’s ANC makes support for BDS part of official policy: ‘Roadmap to Apartheid’ released

At its 53rd National Conference, South Africa’s ruling ANC affirmed support for the Palestinian call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel. It is now part of official ANC policy.

Mbuyiseni Ndlozi of BDS South Africa welcomed the ANC move:

“This reaffirmation by the ANC’s National Conference, its highest decision making body, is by far the most authoritative endorsement of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel campaign. The ANC has now taken its international conference resolutions, and officially made it the policy of the ANC. We look forward to working with the ANC and

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