Judith Butler on how attempts to label Palestinian human rights activism (such as #BDS ) as antisemitic is done to "de-legitimize" activism.
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Richard Spencer Tells Israelis They 'Should Respect' Him: 'I'm a White Zionist'
Decree approved by Palestinian president provides for prison terms of up to life for using digital means to harm 'national unity' or 'social fabric'
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has clamped down on social media and news websites - the main outlets for debate and dissent in the West Bank - with a vaguely worded decree that critics say allows his government to jail anyone on charges of harming "national unity" or the "social fabric."
Rights activists say the edict, issued without prior public debate last month, is perhaps the most significant step yet by Abbas' government to restrict freedom of expression in areas of the West Bank controlled by the Palestinian Authority. A Palestinian prosecutor denied the decree is being used to stifle dissent and insisted that a new law on electronic crimes was needed to close legal loopholes that in the past allowed offenders, such as hackers, to go unpunished.
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That the Zionist and the Saudi regime are cooperating very closely and intensively is all over town. They have a common enemy: Iran. So, Israel doesn’t mind supporting the most radical, anti-democratic, fundamentalist, and repressive regime on the face of the earth. Besides that, both regimes are not that different. In the last decade under the Netanyahu reign, Israel has become so fundamentalist that one can hardly differentiate this government from the Iranian one, not to speak of the Saudi regime. Radical Jewish right-wing extremists infiltrating all ranks of the state, especially the military, and have hijacked the Netanyahu government through the Bennett’s Jewish Home party.
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With the rightward swing of British politics at full tilt, human rights is going out of fashion. That shining moral ideal, which emerged from two world wars and, through universal declarations and legal conventions underpinned an entirely new and hopeful world order is now being viewed in many quarters as just another "politically correct" indulgence of the privileged liberal elite.
But if your belief in fundamental freedom and dignity for all people extends to the Palestinians then it is not just the risk of ridicule which hangs in the balance, but your livelihood and reputation too.
Although only scantily reported, and even more poorly analysed, a wholesale attack on freedom of expression is taking place right now, here in the democracy-loving UK. It is malicious, it is strategic, and it is well-funded. Public life, in all its many civic and institutional forms is being slowly and not always so subtly bound into an intimidated silence about one of the most systematically and criminally racist regimes of the modern world.
This short films summarises some of the key issues arising from this dangerous development through the work of, and by way of introduction to, the Jewish-led campaign group, Free Speech on Israel.
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The state Down Under recently revoked the visa of a noted Palestinian activist - the long arm of Israel is most apparent
Why is the Australian government afraid of Bassem Tamimi, a Palestinian from the village Nabi Saleh? Last Wednesday, Australia’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection revoked the entry visa it had given him a day earlier.
Tamimi, who with other popular resistance activists in his village and across the West Bank have managed to focus international attention on the evils of the Israeli occupation, was invited by a left-wing organization and some pro-Palestinian groups to hold a series of lectures and meetings in Australia. No less than Tamimi, they were shocked by the hysterical revocation of his visa. As expected, pro-occupation and pro-expulsion websites were delighted.
The revocation document, posted on the website of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), says “the [immigration] department has recently been made aware of information that indicates there is a risk that members of the public will react adversely to Mr. Tamimi’s presence in Australia regarding his views of the ongoing political tensions in the Middle East. his presence in Australia would or might pose a risk to the good order of the Australian community."
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