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Chris Hedges Supports BDS + Aftermath of Assault on Gaza Worse Than Operation Cast Lead

Massive DC Rally And March For Gaza 35

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Updated: Aug. 9, 2014

with Chris Hedges

Caleb Maupin on Aug 7, 2014

In St. Peters Church on the upper east side of Manhattan, a group of nearly a hundred leading organizers and activists gathered to discuss the upcoming protests in support of Palestine.

At the meeting activists reviewed strategy and tactics for building an effective protest movement against Israel’s crimes. Imani Henry, a leader of the International Action Center, says that the recent wave of protests against Israel is of historic proportions. The forum was called by the International Action Center, an organization founded by former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark, whose stated goal is “to work towards the liberation and freedom of all peoples living in the U.S. and around the world.” Chris Hedges, former Middle East Bureau Chief of the New York Times, also attended the meeting, putting forward a different perspective. Hedges told PressTV that he felt economic boycotts should be the primary tactic. Hedges also highlighted the poor quality of US media’s coverage of the situation in Gaza. The organizers have set August 9th for the upcoming march to the United Nations headquarters. Palestine activists from all across the United States are expected to participate in the rally.


Aftermath of Assault on Gaza Worse Than Operation Cast Lead

TheRealNews on Aug 7, 2014

Journalist Samer Badawi describes the scene in Gaza as “apocalyptic” as the 72-hour ceasefire holds



Updated: Aug. 8, 2014

BDS protest movement takes on Israeli economy

RT America on Aug 8, 2014

Boycott, divest and sanction: The three tenants of the BDS movement protesting what many perceive as the Israeli occupation of Gaza. As the conflict with Hamas grows and civilians continue to be killed and displaced, some of are considering these tactics to pressure Israel into reversing its longstanding policies. Billionaire Georges Soros, trade unions, retailers and a select few governments have all stepped up their participation in the mass protest movement, as RT’s Ameera David explains.


Updated: Aug. 9, 2014

Biggest ever UK demonstration for Gaza

Stop the War Coalition on Aug 9, 2014

150,000 take to London’s streets on 9 August 2014 to protest against four weeks of Israeli barbarism that killed 2000 Palestinians, including over 430 children. And we were there to say to the people of Gaza facing such horrific crimes against humanity: You are not alone. http://stopwar.org.uk/


#GazaDayofRage: Tens of thousands march worldwide in support of Palestinians

RT America on Aug 8, 2014

People across the globe have gathered to support the plight of Gaza, with the most impressive turnout taking place in London. Since the start of the Israel-Hamas conflict a month ago, over 1,800 Palestinians, mostly civilians, have been killed. READ MORE: http://on.rt.com/329tul


Updated: Aug. 11, 2014

From BDS Italy

Press Release

BDS Italy condemns fascist exploitation of Palestinian victims

BDS Italy expresses its unequivocal and absolute condemnation of the shameful posters plastered around the city of Rome by the neo-fascist group Militia, as well as the general cooptation of the Palestinian cause ​​by the extreme right to spread anti-Semitism. BDS Italy denounces anti-Semitism as racist and reactionary ideology and condemns the use of Palestinian suffering as a pretext and tool for spreading this vile ideology. In particular, we condemn the fascist call to boycott Jewish-owned businesses, a call which includes an appalling “blacklist”.

BDS Italy notes that the campaign for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel [1] is a strategy of nonviolent struggle, formulated by Palestinian civil society drawing inspiration from the anti-Apartheid movement in South Africa, to put pressure on a State responsible for violations of international law and human rights humans. It has nothing to do with the odious and despicable maneuvers of fascists new and old.

BDS Italy also stresses that the global movement for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions refuses all forms of racism, including Islamophobia and anti-Semitism.

While the posters are the work of a small group of Nazi-Fascists, the BDS movement is supported by solidarity groups, including Jewish groups, NGOs, trade unions, churches, artists and intellectuals throughout the world, including in Israel. [2]

These far right groups, while at present a minority, should, however, not be underestimated. It is important to remain vigilant against them and their attempts at resurgence and expansion.

BDS Italy calls on all people of conscience to denounce these despicable attempts to manipulate the Palestinian struggle and solidarity movements and to join the Palestinian-led campaign for BDS, committing to boycott Israel until it respects human rights and international law.

Now more than ever Palestine needs genuine and effective solidarity.

BDS Italy

BDS Italy is a movement supporting boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel, comprised of associations and groups throughout Italy, who endorse the 2005 call from Palestinian civil society and work to promote BDS campaigns and initiatives locally and nationally

[1] The Palestinian call for BDS including the list of Italian endorsements: http://bdsitalia.org/index.php/campagna-bds/77-appello-bds
[2] Examples of support for BDS:

see also:

International March for Gaza Called August 9, 2014 Organizations can endorse at tinyurl.com/od94t8j or at facebook.com/events/744268822285936/.

If Palestinians Were Human Beings by Shourideh C. Molavi


Chris Hedges, Gaza Rally in NYC: God’s Covenant in the Promised Land + #GazaDayofRage Protests

Noam Chomsky: Hideous. Sadistic. Vicious. Murderous. + Transcript

Chris Hedges and Linda Sarsour: Examining the “Israel Has A Right to Defend Itself” Narrative + Israel relies on NSA intel for assaults on Palestinians + Rania Masri: Mr. Obama, What is Barbaric? + Greenwald: US Intelligence Supports Israeli Attacks

Noam Chomsky: Israel Committing Major War Crimes In Gaza

John Pilger: Western media has ‘worthy victims and unworthy victims’ + Israeli Truce to ‘Improve’ Killing Op by Finian Cunningham

Alison Weir: The Hidden History of How the U.S. Was Used to Create Israel (must-see)

A War Crime In Progress by Jason Farbma

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8 Responses

  1. […] Chris Hedges Supports BDS + Aftermath of Assault on Gaza Worse Than Operation Cast Lead […]

  2. […] Chris Hedges Supports BDS + Aftermath of Assault on Gaza Worse Than Operation Cast Lead […]

  3. Winnipeg, August 9, 2014: Louay Alghoul, the keynote speaker at this rally, lost 10 members of his family on August 2nd to Israeli bombs. Of these, six were children, the youngest a 10-month-old infant. Mr. Alghoul reflects on what it feels like to suffer such a tragedy and urges his fellow Winnipeggers to increase their efforts in support of ending Israel’s oppression of the people of Gaza. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnfV3cdNyBs

  4. Updated: Aug. 11, 2014; added a press release from BDS Italy, “BDS Italy condemns fascist exploitation of Palestinian victims.”

  5. […] Chris Hedges Supports BDS + Aftermath of Assault on Gaza Worse Than Operation Cast Lead […]

  6. BDS was used effectively against South African apartheid, which the US also supported till near the end (the apartheid not the BDS.)

  7. Updated: Aug. 9, 2014: added short video report. “Biggest ever UK demonstration for Gaza.”

  8. Updated: Aug. 8, 2014 added a short video report with very good details on BDS: “BDS protest movement takes on Israeli economy.”

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