Archive for September, 2014

Threats Against Our Friend

September 11, 2014 1 comment


WHAT I WITNESSED LAST NIGHT @ OHIO UNIVERSITY STUDENT SENATE: A man in Bobcats For Israel who was protesting the Blood Bucket Challenge video by interrupting the meeting before it was called to order strode up to Megan Marzec aggressively and started screaming the text he was reading in her face. He carried himself in a menacing manner. It is widely known that Marazec has received death threats and rape threats from around the country in response to the video.
Like many universities, OU has a problem with sexual assault on campus and an active rape culture. In Ohio, the statute on “menacing” reads “No person shall knowingly cause another to believe that the offender will cause physical harm to the person or property of the other person, the other person’s unborn, or a member of the other person’s immediate family.”
Though the police were called, they did not arrest said Bobcat because the was not interrupting “a lawful meeting:” the organized action by Bobcats For Israel had prevented President Marzec from calling the meeting to order.
Everyone knows by now that I find the law and police useless as best, this is part of the reason why. I was told police were trying to “help out” by someone who seemed to be a faculty colleague (I did not know the person, he seemed connected to the senate somehow.) The police are NEVER on our side. The law is only applied to certain people. I don’t understand why this man was not arrested. Was family privilege somehow in play? Are his parents major donors to OU? Was it only political?
More importantly, what are we going to do as a community about threats of assault against our friend? A reverend spoke about how what he wanted most from a discussion of BDS was for OU to be able to look back and feel pride at how we discussed it. That is utter nonsense. What matters is DECOLONIZING PALESTINE, not how we feel about ourselves. There is not much we can do directly but pass BDS toward that end. Meanwhile, we need to protect our friends when they are menaced, What will we do?

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Cooperating Council On Constitutional Rights Title VI Letter to OU President on Marzec

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DOE-OCR-Letter advisory Ohio U Sept 2014.Public

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A Call From Gaza

A call from Gaza: Make Israel Accountable for its Crimes in Gaza – Intensify BDS!

in Action Alerts, Gaza September 5, 2014

5th September | BDS Movement | Occupied Palestine

From the ruins of our towns and cities in Gaza, we send our heartfelt appreciation to all those who stood with us and mobilized during the latest Israeli massacre. In the occupied West Bank, Israel has embarked on one of its largest illegal land grabs in decades by confiscating another 1000 acres of Palestinian land to expand its illegal colonies. Now, our battle to hold Israel accountable for its fresh war crimes and crimes against humanity has begun. The outcome of this battle to end Israeli impunity will determine whether Israel’s latest assault will be yet another stage in Israel’s “incremental genocide” of Palestinians or the turning point that will bring an end to Israel’s status as an entity above the law—the world’s dangerous pariah. The outcome of this battle depends on you.

Two months after its 2008-09 massacre in Gaza, Israel’s prize was an upgrade in trade relations with the European Union. By 2012, western powers in cooperation with the UN Secretary General had effectively prevented all investigation by the United Nations and the International Criminal Court (ICC) into the war crimes and crimes against humanity that Israel committed during the attack.

During the most recent massacre, on August 2nd 2014, three days after the occupation forces bombed the designated UN humanitarian shelter in Jabalya refugee camp, killing 20 civilians and wounding at least 150 people as they slept, the US Congress approved $225 million in additional military aid to Israel. The following day, the occupation forces bombed another UN shelter in Rafah killing ten civilians and injuring dozens. Also during the massacre, Germany sold Israel an attack submarine with nuclear capability, and Britain refused to freeze its arms sales to Israel. These and other forms of criminal complicity from world governments and official bodies pave the way for Israel’s ongoing genocidal attacks. It is up to people of conscience and all those who seek peace with justice worldwide to make sure this complicity ends now.

We urge you to stand with the Palestinian people in its entirety and to demand that Israel be held accountable for the war crimes and crimes against humanity it has committed and continues to commit against the Palestinian people everywhere. We urge you to intensify boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaigns to further isolate Israel economically, militarily, academically and culturally.

Intensify BDS against Israel in all fields, including by taking the following actions:

1. Working to have arrest warrants issued against Israeli war criminals and for them to be tried before your courts.

2. Pressuring governments to impose a comprehensive military embargo on Israel.

3. Pressuring governments to suspend all free trade and bilateral agreements with Israel until it complies with international law.

4. Building effective direct action against Israel and Israeli companies, such as the inspiring Block the Boat actions that prevented Israeli ships from unloading in California and Seattle, and the occupations of Israeli weapons company Elbit Systems’ factories in the UK and Australia.

5. Working within trade unions to raise awareness about Israel’s regime of oppression and engaging in effective BDS measures such as stopping handling of Israeli goods, divesting trade union funds from Israel and complicit companies, and boycotting complicit Israel trade unions. The trade union movement has a proud history of successful campaigning against apartheid in South Africa, and the Congress of South African Trade Unions has joined Palestinian trade unions in calling for trade union action to end Israel’s impunity.

6. Holding to account those corporations and retailers that support and profit from Israel’s regime of occupation, colonialism and apartheid, including by boycotting their products and taking creative and direct action. The Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) has suggested a list of corporate criminals to target:

The majority of the world’s people are waking up to the reality of Israel’s rogue regime of oppression and racism. For the rest of what is supposed to be the International year of solidarity with the Palestinian people, demand an end to Israel’s criminal impunity. Stand with Gaza, and act for freedom, justice and peace in Palestine.

Issued the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) and the following Gaza organizations/unions:

Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions
University Teachers’ Association in Palestine
Palestinian Non-Governmental Organizations Network (Umbrella for 133 orgs)
Medical Democratic Assembly
General Union of Palestine Workers
General Union for Health Services Workers
General Union for Public Services Workers
General Union for Petrochemical and Gas Workers
General Union for Agricultural Workers
Union of Women’s Work Committees
Pal-Cinema (Palestine Cinema Forum)
Herak Youth Movement
Union of Women’s Struggle Committees
Union of Synergies—Women Unit
Union of Palestinian Women Committees
Women’s Studies Society
Working Woman’s Society
Palestinian Students’ Campaign for the Academic Boycott of Israel
Gaza BDS Working Group
One Democratic State Group

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A Note On BDS @ Ohio University

I teach at Ohio University where Jewish Anti-Zionists students face extreme bullying and all #BDS activists are being intimidated by those who claim to speak and act for ALL Jews. I am named after two great Uncles who were killed in Auschwitz. For many reasons I don’t usually claim or care about my “identity” as a Jew, but I have been asked to stand with the threatened activists. I stand with them. I say unequivocally that those who threaten anti-racists in the name of “THE Jews” do not speak for me, and they dishonor my ancestors. I say unequivocally that those who support the murderous state dominating the territory of Palestine do not speak for me. I feel that vile behavior towards vulnerable people has forced me to speak in a way that I normally would not. I post this here because I will have to make some public statements in the coming week in which I invoke the history of my family and I want it understood that this is a tactical position. I will be speaking with an awareness that in a situation of real anti-semitism, I would be in danger and from within a context in which authorities take it upon themselves to speak for “THE Jews.” These people do not speak for “THE Jews” because there is no such thing as “THE Jews.” These same people are the first to make claims about incivility in the #BDS movement. Speaking for “THE Jews” is violent, uncivil speech, especially considering that many of the speakers actively practice Ashkenazi Suprematism and support the state that does so . Let there be no mistake, however, the real problem here is not “Jewishness” it is nothing other than the abjecting brutality of Capital and the need of the bourgeoisie to regulate speech and behavior through completely artificial racial identities in order to to articulate it’s colonial project. Those whose violence have forced me to assert this position are agents of a structure that created THE Jews and contemporary forms of racialized identity as part of the process of dispossession through genocide, more formally known as primitive accumulation. That process continues in Palestine today and has also produced “THE” Palestinians as a completely abjected race that exists in relation to the Bourgeois need for labor, land, and resources and which Capital feels free to exterminate. My opposition to Zionism is in every instance an opposition to Capitalism, and a form of class war.

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