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Roger Waters’ Jewish Problem Catches Eye of Award-Winning Filmmaker – Observer

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Pink Floyd founding member and former bassist Roger Waters has spent the last decade disparaging the Jewish state. Labeled an anti-Semite by the Anti-Defamation League, Waters compares Jews to Nazi collaborators and claims Israel is a racist apartheid regime that practices ethnic cleansing.

As the de facto international spokesman for the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign, Waters contempt for Israel and the Jewish people is often on full display at his concerts, which feature visuals such as a flying pig emblazoned with a Star of David and anti-Israel rants. When big-name performers announce concerts in Israel, Waters publicly pleads with them to cancel and join the boycott.

Waters has failed to garner support from the music industry. Nevertheless, pro-Israel advocates and anti-Semitism watchdog groups such as StandWithUs and Creative Community For Peace have never taken it lightly when the classic rock icon exhorts fans to boycott Israel.

Waters himself is now the subject of a boycott campaign and a documentary film made by award-winning filmmaker and New York Times bestselling author Ian Halperin.

Halperins work includes documentaries on Kurt Cobain, Michael Jackson and Lady Gaga. For the past two years, the investigative journalist has been making Wish You Werent Here, a documentary examining contemporary anti-Semitism and Waters efforts to make Israel a global pariah.

I started traveling, meeting with different leaders throughout Europe. I didnt know how bad the problem is with contemporary anti-Semitism there, Halperin told the Observer.There are less than 2 million Jews left in Europe, which is very alarminga place where Jews have long been an integral part of society and whose valuable contributions to the culture are immeasurable.

During my research, Halperin continued, I came upon Roger Waters, and I couldnt believe he was singling out Israel when there are so many truly egregious violators of human rights in the world. Why is he going after Israel? So, I began asking people what this guy has against Israel. To me, an attack on Israel is an attack against the Jewish people.

Halperin met with psychologists who work with Holocaust survivors and their families. He described the effect of Waters floating pig bearing the Star of David as unforgiveable for survivors, comparing it to a scene in his film where a three-year-old Palestinian girl is brainwashed into believing Jews are pigs.

In preparation for the documentary, Halperin interviewed leaders in the South African anti-apartheid struggle. They found Waters comparison to Israel offensive and demeaning to their peoples suffering.

Ive met Mandela, said Halperin. Ive met all the leaders who fought to liberate South Africa. Waters doesnt know what hes talking about. South Africans are insulted by his claims. You can argue with some of Israels policies, no problem. But to call for a universal boycott of Israel is deplorable, baseless and unfounded. Its an anti-Semitic attack.

The son of a Holocaust survivor, Halperin was inspired to produce this film by his childhood friend, Dr. Charles Small.

Charles was aware my father was a Holocaust survivor. My dad hid in a cave from age 6 to age 13. His mother and sister died of starvation. Growing up, in my family you werent supposed to talk about any of this and just try to move forward, recalled Halperin. It was Dr. Small who woke me up. And in the course of my research and investigation, Ive never come across a story more filled with hate, prejudice and misinformation than the vitriol that Roger Waters is spewing to the world.

Small is a senior research fellow at the Moshe Dayan Centre for Middle East and African Studies, Tel Aviv University and founding director and president of the Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy.

ISGAP recently launched a petition drive, Boycott Roger WatersStop BDS.

With over 3,500 signatures at the time of this publishing, the petition reads in part: While Waters speaks about tear[ing] down wall[s], he is one of the leading musicians today erecting the very walls that hinder peace in the region and fuel hatred. This hatred not only affects the state of Israel, but Jewish communities worldwide, as well as all those who care about human rights and democratic principles.

BDS leaders often claim that the purpose of the BDS movement is to champion Palestinian rights. However, this is highly misleading. As illustrated by extensive research and documentation, the objective of BDS is the complete elimination of the state of Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people. It seeks not to condemn specific Israeli government policies, but to unjustly target Israelis, Jews, and all those worldwide who stand in support of the Jewish state. The tactics of utilizing immoral double standards and strategies of demonization and delegitimization are all expressions of contemporary antisemitism.

We are in a very confused time now, Small explained to the Observer. The old religious forms of anti-Semitism and the racist nationalist forms of anti-Semitism are, for the most part, problems of the past. There are three forms of anti-Semitism, and the new one is the demonization and delegitimization of Israel and Jewish peoplehoodand that has become acceptable.

Small continued, We have to unpack it for scholars and intellectuals but also for popular culture, and that is why Ians work is so important. Through the film and through this project, were trying to wake people up to contemporary antisemitism and get them to stand up against all forms of hatred as well.

Halperins documentaries have been aired on CNN and in over 160 countries. Wish You Werent Here features interviews and remarks by intellectuals and entertainers such as Alan Dershowitz and Howard Stern and will be released late this summer.

Paul Miller is president and executive director of the news and public policy group Haym Salomon Center. Follow him on twitter @pauliespoint.

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North Carolina Passes Measure Opposing anti-Israel BDS Movement – Breitbart News

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A bill titled Divestment from Companies That Boycott Israel requires North Carolina state institutions to cease all contracts with companies that boycott Israeli companies and/or products made in Israel. The bill passed the North Carolina House of Representatives 96-19 following a 45-3 vote in the states senate. Governor Roy Cooper is expected to sign the legislation.

The state of North Carolina has long been a trading partner with Israel and thanks to this legislation, that connection will not be hindered. North Carolina businesses conduct $140 million per year in exports and commerce with Israel, said a joint statement from North Carolinas Jewish Federations.

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US Jews must support Israel against Palestinian human rights movement, but boycott Israel over prayer at western wall – Mondoweiss

We have closely tracked the divorce proceedings going on between American Jews and Israel; and the decision by the Netanyahu government under pressure from its religious wing not to open prayer space at the Western Wall to non-orthodox Jews is exhibit A. Suddenly were seeing an open break between largely-liberal American Jewish groups and the Taliban-style government that Netanyahu leads.

American Jewish groups are furious about the decision; the top story on NPR this last hour was that leading Jewish philanthropist Ike Fisher has demanded back $1 million he spent on Israel Bonds. As Isabel Kershner reports at the Times:

A group of Jewish leaders canceled a dinner with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem. The president of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the powerful pro-Israel lobby, flew to Jerusalem for an emergency meeting with the prime minister.

But the issue is especially piquant for the growing movement of Jews supporting Palestinian rights. Where have all these liberal Jewish institutions been when Palestinians were getting pushed off their land, shot at, and imprisoned?

Why are the religious rights of conservative and Reform Jewish men and women so much more important than Palestinian human rights? Rabbi Brant Rosen asked on his blog yesterday. Rosen detailed suffering in Gaza and asked:

[W]here is the moral outrage in liberal Jewish establishment over these cruel human rights abuses? While I certainly believe in the cause of religious freedom, I find it stunning that so many liberal-minded members of the Jewish community are more concerned with Jewish rights in a Jewish state than the basic human rights of non-Jewish children who live under its control. Such are the sorrows of Jewish political nationalism: even the more liberal among us seem only to be able to express that tolerance selectively.

Rosen makes an important point about what Jewish nationalism has done to Jewish political culture, turned all concerns inward.

Those values are expressed more pointedly by Daniel Gordis, a conservative Jew and rightwing Zionist, writing an open letter to American Jews, in the Times of Israel. Gordis wants American Jews to get angry about the religious access question and even boycott El Al airlines but to keep their mouths shut about the occupation.

Your job, more than anything else, is to help us stay safe and alive.

Gordis says Israelis dont care what Americans think about the occupation.

You can call it the conflict. You can call it the occupation. Whatever. Your righteous indignation will get you nowhere. Israelis dont care that youre insulted.

Because American Jews have nothing at stake:

You dont have skin in the game. I know you dont like to hear it, but (with a few exceptions) you and your kids dont assume the risks that we do. And that matters. Your kids dont go charging into tunnels risking their lives to protect kibbutzim. You dont lie awake at night waiting for your soldier-kid to get home from whatever s/he is doing, knowing that the only thing you know is that you cant protect them its a horrible feeling for a parent, and youve never felt it and never will.

This is of course the traditional bargain. Israeli Jews have greater weight than American Jews. As Bill Kristol said, who am I to cavalierly criticize Israeli policies on the Upper West Side when theres no physical risk to me? Stand by your man.

As Gordis reminds us, we have to keep lobbying our government:

American Jews ought to recognize that the State of Israel is by far the most extraordinary Jewish accomplishment of the past 2,000 years, and that it has changed the existential condition of being Jewish everywhere. It also faces existential threats. Your job, more than anything else, is to help us stay safe and alive. [W]hat you owe the Jewish people is to help us keep the bad guys at bay. Help us make sure that members of Congress understand what Israel is, the values that it shares with American democracy, the fact that the Arabs and then the Palestinians turned down peace offers time and again.

But when it comes to the Western Wall decision, Gordis wants American Jews to use the boycott tool, even to the point of refusing to normalize the Netanyahu government and threatening the existence of Israels air line:

I called for American Jews to begin to use the power of their purse. Im told that American Jewish money flowing to Israel amounts to more than 5% of Israels GDP. Thats a huge amount of leverage. Before the government arrived at an interim solution to the crisis, I proposed that American Jews consider withholding money they give to Israeli hospitals

If [Netanyahu and his consuls] are part of a coalition that is willing to say that you dont matter, why would you possibly so much as sit in the same room with them? Its time for you to be serious. Which is why I thought that the Chicago Federations decision to do just that was fabulous.

I also pointed out that just by refusing to fly El Al, American Jews could bring the airline to its knees El Al is a critical security issue for Israel. No Prime Minister can let it fail, and El Al survives only on the margins. Simply by buying tickets with United or Delta, American Jews can create a huge problem for any Prime Minister.

This is today the peculiar situation of American Jews and Israel. The lobby is essential to Israels survival. We are never to deploy that power in criticism of Israeli foreign policy. Even when the country practices Jim Crow across the West Bank and slaughters thousands in Gaza, we should fight the Palestinian-led boycott movement against Israel hammer and tongs. But if American Jews freedom to worship at the western wall is compromised, then we should use our boycott power mercilessly.

As Rosen writes, these narrow nationalist values are not liberal. They are why young Jews are so weary of the Jewish establishment. They want a less parochial understanding of what it means to be Jewish in the 21st century.

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North Carolina state legislature passes anti-BDS bill – The Times of Israel

The North Carolina state legislature passed a bill that would bar the state from doing business with companies that boycott Israel.

The bill passed last week by both houses of the General Assembly has been sent to state Gov. Roy Cooper for his signature.

The bill titled Divestment from Companies That Boycott Israel passed the state House of Representatives by a vote of 96 in favor and 19 against, and passed the state Senate by a vote of 45 in favor to 3 against.

The legislation required state institutions to stop contracts with companies that boycott Israeli companies or products made in Israel. The bill also prohibits future work with such companies.

North Carolina businesses conduct nearly $140 million per year in exports and commerce with Israel, according to the North Carolina Jewish Federation.

North Carolina will become at least the 22nd state with laws or executive orders banning state business with companies that support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, or BDS, against Israel.

Among the states that have passed anti-BDS legislation in recent months are: Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.

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Ready for some new laws, Minnesota? These began Saturday … – TwinCities.com-Pioneer Press

Yes, for the first time in state history, Minnesota liquor stores will have Sunday hours starting July 2.

But July 1 also brings into effect a slew of other new laws, including benefits for adults diagnosed with autism, a ban on state vendors who boycott Israel and a technology update for credit unions.

Read on for a selection of ways the Legislature and the governor changed life in Minnesota this year:

Children and teens with autism spectrum disorders have had access to intensive treatment since the Minnesota Legislature passed a law in 2013. Now, adults younger than 21 with either autism or a related condition have access to those same benefits.

Medically necessary services most of whats included are eligible for reimbursement by medical assistance.

The program aims to develop the behavior, comprehension, communication, support, safety and social interaction of people diagnosed with autism disorders or related conditions.

As of 2011, about 9 percent of children in the state ages 3 to 21 with disabilities are autistic, according to data from the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Data Center.

Vendors who discriminate against Israel wont be selling to the Minnesota Legislature or state agencies anymore. State contracts even require a certification of compliance as proof.

If larger businesses discriminate by actions intended to limit commercial relations with Israel, or persons or entities doing business in Israel or in Israeli-controlled territories, their business is not welcome with Minnesota state agencies or the Legislature.

Vendors are exempt if sales are less than $1,000 or if the boycotts stems from a valid business reason.

Earlier this year, all 50 state governors denounced Israel boycotts. Minnesota is joining the ranks of about 20 other states with similar legislation.

It took only a five-word change in state law to allow credit unions to use technology to communicate with their members.

Now, credit unions can electronically notify their members about meetings rather than mailing or handing them notices and members are no longer required to vote by a mail-in ballot.

RELATED: Compilation of new laws assembled by the Minnesota House Public Information Services

Foreign medical faculty physicians licenses were set to expire July 2018. The Legislature repealed that, making the licenses permanent.

The law essentially enables foreign doctors of eminent qualifications to have provisional licenses to practice medicine at either the University of Minnesota or Mayo Clinic, according to Rep. Matt Dean, one of the sponsors of the bill.

We want to make sure any changes to licensing are to protect safety, but also we want to allow people who are really uniquely gifted and skilled to come to Minnesota to teach and practice, said Dean, R-Dellwood.

A couple of years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that during a DWI arrest, it is illegal to force the person involved to take a blood or urine test without a search warrant.

The Minnesota Supreme Court reaffirmed this decision with two more cases.

Now, Minnesota has changed its state law in light of the decisions. A person can still be required to use a Breathalyzer, however.

A new state budget that spends about 10 percent more on programs and services in the next two years than the state spent in the last two years.

New tax cuts for farmers, Social Security recipients and heirs of large estates.

Real estate appraisers have to disclose new crimes involving moral turpitude or otherwise related to the job when they renew their licenses. However, disciplinary data against appraisers will be public for only five years before it is made private, and partial or informal complaints cannot count as formal complaints.

More money to manage plant pests and noxious weeds.

More than $500 million will be appropriated toward improving the states water quality.

Permit for annual use of state parks increases from $25 to $35, and state park day passes increase from $5 to $7, among other fee increases.

Next month, the state will add some new crimes to the list, so dont think about doing any of these things:

Imitate any military member or veteran. That became a misdemeanor.

While imitating, try to order someone around, obtain access to a public building thats supposed to be closed, or operate a vehicle that looks like a public safety vehicle. Thats a gross misdemeanor.

Damage a public safety vehicle. Thats a gross misdemeanor with felony penalties.

Board a loaded or moving school bus and then refuse to leave when ordered by the driver. Thats a misdemeanor.

Enter an area that courts or officials have specified as off-limits called geographic restriction. That will carry a misdemeanor penalty starting next month.

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North Carolina becomes latest state to pass measure opposing BDS movement – JNS.org

A bill titled Divestment from Companies That Boycott Israel requires North Carolina state institutions to cease all contracts with companies that boycott Israeli companies and/or products made in Israel. The bill passed the North Carolina House of Representatives 96-19 following a45-3 vote in the states senate. Governor Roy Cooper is expected to sign the legislation.

The state of North Carolina has long been a trading partner with Israel and thanks to this legislation, that connection will not be hindered. North Carolina businesses conduct $140 million per year in exports and commerce with Israel, said a joint statement from North Carolinas Jewish Federations.

Josh Block, president and CEO of The Israel Project, praised North Carolina lawmakers for standing up against anti-Semitism.

And make no mistake, though BDS poses as a human rights movement, in truth, it is nothing more than an attempt to sow anti-Israel hate, he said. Hiding behind laudable rhetoric on human rights, boycott advocates single out the Jewish state for special punishment. In fact, Israel is the only nation in the Middle East that universally protects these values.

More than 20 U.S. states have passed similar anti-BDS legislation.

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Arab artists pull out of exhibition in northern Israel – The Times of Israel

The third Mediterranean Biennale in the northern Arab town of Sakhnin opened Thursday evening, but missing were several works whose creatures asked to have them removed from the exhibition because it is taking place in Israel.

The exhibition, which is also being shown in the nearby Arab and Jewish towns of Misgav, Arrabeh and Deir Hanna until December 15, features works by 60 artists from 25 countries, including some who hail from Arab nations that have no diplomatic relations with Israel, such as Kuwait, Morocco, Algeria and Lebanon.

The artists who asked to have their works removed are of Algerian, Moroccan and Lebanese descent, though they currently reside in France and England. Some said they hadnt been informed that their pieces were to be shown in Israel.

According to a spokesperson for the Mediterranean Biennale, the works in question are part of the collection of the FRAC Museum in Marseilles, which has been working with the Biennale for the past year and a half.

In adherence with the standard operating protocol, the museum forwarded the Biennales loan request to its art committee, which agreed to lend the works from the collection. The Biennale was required to pay a standard fee for the loan.

But the artists didnt learn their works would be appearing in Israel until earlier this week, and several said they wouldnt cooperate with an Israeli institution due to their support of the Palestinian cause.

A spokesperson for the Biennale accused the international Boycott Divestment and Sanctions movement of being behind the decision to remove the artists works from the Israeli-run event.

This is a political decision supported by the BDS movement, whose goal is to boycott Israel in every possible area, including art, as an expression of the new anti-Semitism rising in France and Europe in recent years, Israeli sculptor Belu-Simion Fainaru, the Biennale curator and founder, said in a statement. The organization works to spread anti-Semitism around the world by damaging Israel, slandering and promoting an international boycott against Israel. There is a call to action in social networks, tagged by BDS, to boycott the event and refuse to participate.

A map of where to see art at the third Mediterranean Biennale in Sakhnin (Courtesy The Mediterranean Biennale in Sakhnin)

The goal of the Mediterranean Biennale as an art event is to create a platform for dialogue and coexistence through art, while opposing the boycotts and the hate and animosity they breed, he wrote, pointing out that the works were being exhibited to a Palestinian Arab population.

Fainaru is also a co-founder of the Arab Museum of Contemporary Art and Heritage, established in Sakhnin two years ago, and has long been a proponent of coexistence through art.

The other co-founder of AMOCA, Avital Bar-Shay, came up with the idea for the museum after seeing the success of the first Mediterranean Biennale in 2013.

The museum, which houses 200 works of contemporary art created by local and international artists, is intended to demonstrate a new kind of cultural cooperation between Arabs and Jews.

One of this years Biennale participants, local Haifa artist Nardeena Mogezel-Shammas, told The Times of Israel that it marks the first time her work is being shown to an Arabic-speaking audience.

All of the galleries are scared of my work, said Mogezel-Shammas, referring to what she termed its extremist nature, due to nudity, not politics. I got excited to show my work here because Im speaking to my viewers, Im talking about all of the Middle East with my work.

A work by Nardeena Mogezel-Shammas, a Haifa artist appearing in The Third Mediterranean Biennale (Courtesy Nardeena Mogezel-Shammas)

Mogezel-Shammas creates art installations about social issues, the treatment of women, and the schisms between tradition and progress. She often works with nudes, but refrained from those pieces for this particular exhibition.

Her first connection with the Biennale was forged when Fainaru came to see her works in the Haifa Artists House.

I also wanted to get out of the box, to be with 60 artists from 25 countries thats fascinating, she said. Youre showing your work with so many artists and you still have your own stage.

But she wasnt surprised when she heard that several artists were pulling out.

Its legitimate, she said. Were in Israel, and if these artists had known their work was going to be shown here, they wouldnt have agreed. I get it: If these artists show in Israel, and their friends find out, theyll ask questions.

She was disappointed to have missed out on showing her works alongside theirs.

Theyre free to think what they want, but its not what I think, said Mogezel-Shammas. I live here and show here, and theres a place for all of us here.

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This ruling allows councils to boycott Israel. It’s a crucial victory | Ben … – The Guardian

On 11 June Avigdor Lieberman proudly announced that Israel was planning its greatest expansion of settlement homes since 1992. Ramot in the occupied West Bank. Photograph: Ronen Zvulun/Reuters

Two weeks ago I found myself in a sweaty room in the Royal Courts of Justice, packed with fellow Palestine activists, listening to detailed and sometimes arcane legal arguments about pension law. The journey that ended in that courtroom began in September last year when the government announced new guidance intended to prohibit local government pension schemes from pursuing divestment and sanctions against foreign nations and UK defence industries other than where formal legal sanctions, embargoes and restrictions have been put in place by the government.

The key target of these new rules was made clear in the government press release about the decision. This was the government acting to place a ban on boycotting Israel. The regulations were introduced in November 2016 despite a public consultation indicating that 98% of respondents thought this was the wrong thing to do, and a wider public outcry.

The Palestine Solidarity Campaign, of which Im the director, decided to take the government on. We launched a judicial review supported with witness statements from War on Want, Campaign Against the Arms Trade and the Quakers. Finally, on 22 June, we got the verdict we won! Judge Sir Ross Cranston ruled the guidance was unlawful and that the government had acted for an improper purpose.

This is a victory for the rule of law, for local democracy and for freedom of expression. But it is also a crucial moment in the campaign for Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel until it complies with international law. This campaign emerged in 2005 in answer to a call from 170 Palestinian civil society organisations, frustrated by the decades in which international governments and bodies had issued condemnations of Israels oppression of the Palestinian people but refused to impose meaningful pressure.

The consequences of this failed policy were underlined in the last month, during which Israels illegal occupation of East Jerusalem, the West bank and Gaza entered its 50th year. On 11 June the countrys foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, proudly announced that Israel was planning its greatest expansion of settlement homes since 1992, one year before the Oslo accords launched the so-called peace process. During that time the number of illegal settlers occupying the West Bank and East Jerusalem has grown by nearly half a million. On 20 June ,as work started on the first illegal settlement to be built outside the existing settlement blocks in 25 years, Benjamin Netanyahu tweeted After decades, I have the privilege to be the prime minister who is building a new community in Judea and Samaria. Or to put it in clearer language , here is a prime minster who feels privileged to be violating international law.

The BDS movement is a response to Israels confidence that it can act with impunity. Modelled on the same tactics used so successfully against apartheid South Africa, it calls on all actors to end economic support for Israels illegal actions.

The UK governments attempts to force though the pension regulations were part and parcel of a wider attempt by Israel and its supporters to push back against the growing success of the BDS campaign. In April a leaked joint report from the Israeli thinktank the Reut Institute and the US Anti-Defamation League boasted of the success since 2010 in establishing a global pro-Israel network to suppress BDS activity, and the use of anti-BDS laws as a key tactic: 14 US states have introduced such legislation.

Theresa May must listen to the growing chorus of voices calling for an approach that truly holds Israel to account

Sir Ross Cranstons judgment last week draws a line in the sand against the attempts to introduce such measures in the UK. It upholds the basic right to invest money on ethical principles.

For BDS campaigners in the UK this gives a huge boost to our work. A recent YouGov poll showed that public opinion is on our side with 43% of the public seeing BDS as a reasonable response to Israels policies and only 13% opposed. This judgment tells us that the law is with us as well. With this legal impediment removed, we will take forward the campaign to persuade all relevant bodies, including pension-fund holders, not to invest money in supporting activities that are illegal and violate human rights.

Margaret Thatcher found herself on the wrong side of history in the 1980s when she tried to prevent boycotts of apartheid South Africa. Last week, Theresa May told us that her government recognised the need to be humble, to listen to public opinion and rethink its approach to a range of issues. Its time for her to acknowledge that current policy in the Middle East has failed and to listen to the growing chorus of voices calling for an approach that truly holds Israel to account.

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Mariah Carey hits Israel to push cosmetics – The Times of Israel

During a quick promotional visit to Israel, Mariah Carey said on Monday in Tel Aviv that her One Sweet Day had finally arrived for her first dip in the Dead Sea. It may not be all she wants for Christmas, but the Always Be My Baby singer is in Israel to promote her new deal with Dead Sea-based Premier Cosmetics.

Carey, the third-best-selling female artist of all time, dismissed the concern that being associated with an Israeli company could trigger protests from the boycott Israel set.

Im not a political person, said the singer, bedecked in many diamonds at a press conference in Tel Aviv on Monday. I dont care what other people say about different political things that dont pertain to my life. I dont think its my place to act like a political figure. Thats not who I am.

Carey brought her six-year-old twins, Monroe and Moroccan, along to Israel, where she will stay for a week. It will be their first trip to the Dead Sea.

Im hoping theyll have a good time and wont get salt in their eyes, Carey said. She declined to give parenting tips to new celebrity twin parents Beyonce and George Clooney, respectively, saying the birth was one of the hardest parts for her.

Carey reportedly got NIS 5 million ($1.4 million) to be the new face of Premier.

Mariah Carey gets a kiss at the Kotel during a visit to Jerusalem on June 29, 2015. (Maria Carey, Instagram)

During Careys previous visit to Israel in 2015, she had dinner with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sara. Her partner at the time, casino mogul James Packer, was a big donor to Netanyahu and has been linked to a corruption investigation against him. She also visited the Western Wall.

Carey played down the importance of that meeting, saying it was just dinner. What, I cant eat anymore? she joked.

Carey said she sees herself as primarily a songwriter and is back in the studio for an additional album, her 15th. She has no concrete plans for a future concert in Israel, but hopes to return in the near future for a show or a visit, she said.

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Roger Waters’ Jewish Problem Catches Eye of Award-Winning Filmmaker – Observer

Roger Waters. LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images Pink Floyd founding member and former bassist Roger Waters has spent the last decade disparaging the Jewish state. Labeled an anti-Semite by the Anti-Defamation League, Waters compares Jews to Nazi collaborators and claims Israel is a racist apartheid regime that practices ethnic cleansing. As the de facto international spokesman for the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign, Waters contempt for Israel and the Jewish people is often on full display at his concerts, which feature visuals such as a flying pig emblazoned with a Star of David and anti-Israel rants. When big-name performers announce concerts in Israel, Waters publicly pleads with them to cancel and join the boycott. Waters has failed to garner support from the music industry. Nevertheless, pro-Israel advocates and anti-Semitism watchdog groups such as StandWithUs and Creative Community For Peace have never taken it lightly when the classic rock icon exhorts fans to boycott Israel. Waters himself is now the subject of a boycott campaign and a documentary film made by award-winning filmmaker and New York Times bestselling author Ian Halperin. Halperins work includes documentaries on Kurt Cobain, Michael Jackson and Lady Gaga. For the past two years, the investigative journalist has been making Wish You Werent Here, a documentary examining contemporary anti-Semitism and Waters efforts to make Israel a global pariah. I started traveling, meeting with different leaders throughout Europe. I didnt know how bad the problem is with contemporary anti-Semitism there, Halperin told the Observer.There are less than 2 million Jews left in Europe, which is very alarminga place where Jews have long been an integral part of society and whose valuable contributions to the culture are immeasurable. During my research, Halperin continued, I came upon Roger Waters, and I couldnt believe he was singling out Israel when there are so many truly egregious violators of human rights in the world. Why is he going after Israel? So, I began asking people what this guy has against Israel. To me, an attack on Israel is an attack against the Jewish people. Halperin met with psychologists who work with Holocaust survivors and their families. He described the effect of Waters floating pig bearing the Star of David as unforgiveable for survivors, comparing it to a scene in his film where a three-year-old Palestinian girl is brainwashed into believing Jews are pigs. In preparation for the documentary, Halperin interviewed leaders in the South African anti-apartheid struggle. They found Waters comparison to Israel offensive and demeaning to their peoples suffering. Ive met Mandela, said Halperin. Ive met all the leaders who fought to liberate South Africa. Waters doesnt know what hes talking about. South Africans are insulted by his claims. You can argue with some of Israels policies, no problem. But to call for a universal boycott of Israel is deplorable, baseless and unfounded. Its an anti-Semitic attack. The son of a Holocaust survivor, Halperin was inspired to produce this film by his childhood friend, Dr. Charles Small. Charles was aware my father was a Holocaust survivor. My dad hid in a cave from age 6 to age 13. His mother and sister died of starvation. Growing up, in my family you werent supposed to talk about any of this and just try to move forward, recalled Halperin. It was Dr. Small who woke me up. And in the course of my research and investigation, Ive never come across a story more filled with hate, prejudice and misinformation than the vitriol that Roger Waters is spewing to the world. Small is a senior research fellow at the Moshe Dayan Centre for Middle East and African Studies, Tel Aviv University and founding director and president of the Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy. ISGAP recently launched a petition drive, Boycott Roger WatersStop BDS. With over 3,500 signatures at the time of this publishing, the petition reads in part: While Waters speaks about tear[ing] down wall[s], he is one of the leading musicians today erecting the very walls that hinder peace in the region and fuel hatred. This hatred not only affects the state of Israel, but Jewish communities worldwide, as well as all those who care about human rights and democratic principles. BDS leaders often claim that the purpose of the BDS movement is to champion Palestinian rights. However, this is highly misleading. As illustrated by extensive research and documentation, the objective of BDS is the complete elimination of the state of Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people. It seeks not to condemn specific Israeli government policies, but to unjustly target Israelis, Jews, and all those worldwide who stand in support of the Jewish state. The tactics of utilizing immoral double standards and strategies of demonization and delegitimization are all expressions of contemporary antisemitism. We are in a very confused time now, Small explained to the Observer. The old religious forms of anti-Semitism and the racist nationalist forms of anti-Semitism are, for the most part, problems of the past. There are three forms of anti-Semitism, and the new one is the demonization and delegitimization of Israel and Jewish peoplehoodand that has become acceptable. Small continued, We have to unpack it for scholars and intellectuals but also for popular culture, and that is why Ians work is so important. Through the film and through this project, were trying to wake people up to contemporary antisemitism and get them to stand up against all forms of hatred as well. Halperins documentaries have been aired on CNN and in over 160 countries. Wish You Werent Here features interviews and remarks by intellectuals and entertainers such as Alan Dershowitz and Howard Stern and will be released late this summer. Paul Miller is president and executive director of the news and public policy group Haym Salomon Center. Follow him on twitter @pauliespoint.

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North Carolina Passes Measure Opposing anti-Israel BDS Movement – Breitbart News

GETTY by Breitbart Jerusalem4 Jul 20170 A bill titled Divestment from Companies That Boycott Israel requires North Carolina state institutions to cease all contracts with companies that boycott Israeli companies and/or products made in Israel. The bill passed the North Carolina House of Representatives 96-19 following a 45-3 vote in the states senate. Governor Roy Cooper is expected to sign the legislation. The state of North Carolina has long been a trading partner with Israel and thanks to this legislation, that connection will not be hindered. North Carolina businesses conduct $140 million per year in exports and commerce with Israel, said a joint statement from North Carolinas Jewish Federations. Read more here. Big Government, Breitbart Jerusalem, National Security, anti-Israel activism, BDS movement, Governor Roy Cooper, Israeli companies, North Carolina, North Carolina House of Representatives, North Carolinas Jewish Federations P.S. DO YOU WANT MORE ARTICLES LIKE THIS ONE DELIVERED RIGHT TO YOUR INBOX?SIGN UP FOR THE DAILY BREITBART NEWSLETTER.

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US Jews must support Israel against Palestinian human rights movement, but boycott Israel over prayer at western wall – Mondoweiss

We have closely tracked the divorce proceedings going on between American Jews and Israel; and the decision by the Netanyahu government under pressure from its religious wing not to open prayer space at the Western Wall to non-orthodox Jews is exhibit A. Suddenly were seeing an open break between largely-liberal American Jewish groups and the Taliban-style government that Netanyahu leads. American Jewish groups are furious about the decision; the top story on NPR this last hour was that leading Jewish philanthropist Ike Fisher has demanded back $1 million he spent on Israel Bonds. As Isabel Kershner reports at the Times: A group of Jewish leaders canceled a dinner with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem. The president of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the powerful pro-Israel lobby, flew to Jerusalem for an emergency meeting with the prime minister. But the issue is especially piquant for the growing movement of Jews supporting Palestinian rights. Where have all these liberal Jewish institutions been when Palestinians were getting pushed off their land, shot at, and imprisoned? Why are the religious rights of conservative and Reform Jewish men and women so much more important than Palestinian human rights? Rabbi Brant Rosen asked on his blog yesterday. Rosen detailed suffering in Gaza and asked: [W]here is the moral outrage in liberal Jewish establishment over these cruel human rights abuses? While I certainly believe in the cause of religious freedom, I find it stunning that so many liberal-minded members of the Jewish community are more concerned with Jewish rights in a Jewish state than the basic human rights of non-Jewish children who live under its control. Such are the sorrows of Jewish political nationalism: even the more liberal among us seem only to be able to express that tolerance selectively. Rosen makes an important point about what Jewish nationalism has done to Jewish political culture, turned all concerns inward. Those values are expressed more pointedly by Daniel Gordis, a conservative Jew and rightwing Zionist, writing an open letter to American Jews, in the Times of Israel. Gordis wants American Jews to get angry about the religious access question and even boycott El Al airlines but to keep their mouths shut about the occupation. Your job, more than anything else, is to help us stay safe and alive. Gordis says Israelis dont care what Americans think about the occupation. You can call it the conflict. You can call it the occupation. Whatever. Your righteous indignation will get you nowhere. Israelis dont care that youre insulted. Because American Jews have nothing at stake: You dont have skin in the game. I know you dont like to hear it, but (with a few exceptions) you and your kids dont assume the risks that we do. And that matters. Your kids dont go charging into tunnels risking their lives to protect kibbutzim. You dont lie awake at night waiting for your soldier-kid to get home from whatever s/he is doing, knowing that the only thing you know is that you cant protect them its a horrible feeling for a parent, and youve never felt it and never will. This is of course the traditional bargain. Israeli Jews have greater weight than American Jews. As Bill Kristol said, who am I to cavalierly criticize Israeli policies on the Upper West Side when theres no physical risk to me? Stand by your man. As Gordis reminds us, we have to keep lobbying our government: American Jews ought to recognize that the State of Israel is by far the most extraordinary Jewish accomplishment of the past 2,000 years, and that it has changed the existential condition of being Jewish everywhere. It also faces existential threats. Your job, more than anything else, is to help us stay safe and alive. [W]hat you owe the Jewish people is to help us keep the bad guys at bay. Help us make sure that members of Congress understand what Israel is, the values that it shares with American democracy, the fact that the Arabs and then the Palestinians turned down peace offers time and again. But when it comes to the Western Wall decision, Gordis wants American Jews to use the boycott tool, even to the point of refusing to normalize the Netanyahu government and threatening the existence of Israels air line: I called for American Jews to begin to use the power of their purse. Im told that American Jewish money flowing to Israel amounts to more than 5% of Israels GDP. Thats a huge amount of leverage. Before the government arrived at an interim solution to the crisis, I proposed that American Jews consider withholding money they give to Israeli hospitals If [Netanyahu and his consuls] are part of a coalition that is willing to say that you dont matter, why would you possibly so much as sit in the same room with them? Its time for you to be serious. Which is why I thought that the Chicago Federations decision to do just that was fabulous. I also pointed out that just by refusing to fly El Al, American Jews could bring the airline to its knees El Al is a critical security issue for Israel. No Prime Minister can let it fail, and El Al survives only on the margins. Simply by buying tickets with United or Delta, American Jews can create a huge problem for any Prime Minister. This is today the peculiar situation of American Jews and Israel. The lobby is essential to Israels survival. We are never to deploy that power in criticism of Israeli foreign policy. Even when the country practices Jim Crow across the West Bank and slaughters thousands in Gaza, we should fight the Palestinian-led boycott movement against Israel hammer and tongs. But if American Jews freedom to worship at the western wall is compromised, then we should use our boycott power mercilessly. As Rosen writes, these narrow nationalist values are not liberal. They are why young Jews are so weary of the Jewish establishment. They want a less parochial understanding of what it means to be Jewish in the 21st century.

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North Carolina state legislature passes anti-BDS bill – The Times of Israel

The North Carolina state legislature passed a bill that would bar the state from doing business with companies that boycott Israel. The bill passed last week by both houses of the General Assembly has been sent to state Gov. Roy Cooper for his signature. The bill titled Divestment from Companies That Boycott Israel passed the state House of Representatives by a vote of 96 in favor and 19 against, and passed the state Senate by a vote of 45 in favor to 3 against. The legislation required state institutions to stop contracts with companies that boycott Israeli companies or products made in Israel. The bill also prohibits future work with such companies. North Carolina businesses conduct nearly $140 million per year in exports and commerce with Israel, according to the North Carolina Jewish Federation. North Carolina will become at least the 22nd state with laws or executive orders banning state business with companies that support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, or BDS, against Israel. Among the states that have passed anti-BDS legislation in recent months are: Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.

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Ready for some new laws, Minnesota? These began Saturday … – TwinCities.com-Pioneer Press

Yes, for the first time in state history, Minnesota liquor stores will have Sunday hours starting July 2. But July 1 also brings into effect a slew of other new laws, including benefits for adults diagnosed with autism, a ban on state vendors who boycott Israel and a technology update for credit unions. Read on for a selection of ways the Legislature and the governor changed life in Minnesota this year: Children and teens with autism spectrum disorders have had access to intensive treatment since the Minnesota Legislature passed a law in 2013. Now, adults younger than 21 with either autism or a related condition have access to those same benefits. Medically necessary services most of whats included are eligible for reimbursement by medical assistance. The program aims to develop the behavior, comprehension, communication, support, safety and social interaction of people diagnosed with autism disorders or related conditions. As of 2011, about 9 percent of children in the state ages 3 to 21 with disabilities are autistic, according to data from the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Data Center. Vendors who discriminate against Israel wont be selling to the Minnesota Legislature or state agencies anymore. State contracts even require a certification of compliance as proof. If larger businesses discriminate by actions intended to limit commercial relations with Israel, or persons or entities doing business in Israel or in Israeli-controlled territories, their business is not welcome with Minnesota state agencies or the Legislature. Vendors are exempt if sales are less than $1,000 or if the boycotts stems from a valid business reason. Earlier this year, all 50 state governors denounced Israel boycotts. Minnesota is joining the ranks of about 20 other states with similar legislation. It took only a five-word change in state law to allow credit unions to use technology to communicate with their members. Now, credit unions can electronically notify their members about meetings rather than mailing or handing them notices and members are no longer required to vote by a mail-in ballot. RELATED: Compilation of new laws assembled by the Minnesota House Public Information Services Foreign medical faculty physicians licenses were set to expire July 2018. The Legislature repealed that, making the licenses permanent. The law essentially enables foreign doctors of eminent qualifications to have provisional licenses to practice medicine at either the University of Minnesota or Mayo Clinic, according to Rep. Matt Dean, one of the sponsors of the bill. We want to make sure any changes to licensing are to protect safety, but also we want to allow people who are really uniquely gifted and skilled to come to Minnesota to teach and practice, said Dean, R-Dellwood. A couple of years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that during a DWI arrest, it is illegal to force the person involved to take a blood or urine test without a search warrant. The Minnesota Supreme Court reaffirmed this decision with two more cases. Now, Minnesota has changed its state law in light of the decisions. A person can still be required to use a Breathalyzer, however. A new state budget that spends about 10 percent more on programs and services in the next two years than the state spent in the last two years. New tax cuts for farmers, Social Security recipients and heirs of large estates. Real estate appraisers have to disclose new crimes involving moral turpitude or otherwise related to the job when they renew their licenses. However, disciplinary data against appraisers will be public for only five years before it is made private, and partial or informal complaints cannot count as formal complaints. More money to manage plant pests and noxious weeds. More than $500 million will be appropriated toward improving the states water quality. Permit for annual use of state parks increases from $25 to $35, and state park day passes increase from $5 to $7, among other fee increases. Next month, the state will add some new crimes to the list, so dont think about doing any of these things: Imitate any military member or veteran. That became a misdemeanor. While imitating, try to order someone around, obtain access to a public building thats supposed to be closed, or operate a vehicle that looks like a public safety vehicle. Thats a gross misdemeanor. Damage a public safety vehicle. Thats a gross misdemeanor with felony penalties. Board a loaded or moving school bus and then refuse to leave when ordered by the driver. Thats a misdemeanor. Enter an area that courts or officials have specified as off-limits called geographic restriction. That will carry a misdemeanor penalty starting next month.

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North Carolina becomes latest state to pass measure opposing BDS movement – JNS.org

A bill titled Divestment from Companies That Boycott Israel requires North Carolina state institutions to cease all contracts with companies that boycott Israeli companies and/or products made in Israel. The bill passed the North Carolina House of Representatives 96-19 following a45-3 vote in the states senate. Governor Roy Cooper is expected to sign the legislation. The state of North Carolina has long been a trading partner with Israel and thanks to this legislation, that connection will not be hindered. North Carolina businesses conduct $140 million per year in exports and commerce with Israel, said a joint statement from North Carolinas Jewish Federations. Josh Block, president and CEO of The Israel Project, praised North Carolina lawmakers for standing up against anti-Semitism. And make no mistake, though BDS poses as a human rights movement, in truth, it is nothing more than an attempt to sow anti-Israel hate, he said. Hiding behind laudable rhetoric on human rights, boycott advocates single out the Jewish state for special punishment. In fact, Israel is the only nation in the Middle East that universally protects these values. More than 20 U.S. states have passed similar anti-BDS legislation.

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Arab artists pull out of exhibition in northern Israel – The Times of Israel

The third Mediterranean Biennale in the northern Arab town of Sakhnin opened Thursday evening, but missing were several works whose creatures asked to have them removed from the exhibition because it is taking place in Israel. The exhibition, which is also being shown in the nearby Arab and Jewish towns of Misgav, Arrabeh and Deir Hanna until December 15, features works by 60 artists from 25 countries, including some who hail from Arab nations that have no diplomatic relations with Israel, such as Kuwait, Morocco, Algeria and Lebanon. The artists who asked to have their works removed are of Algerian, Moroccan and Lebanese descent, though they currently reside in France and England. Some said they hadnt been informed that their pieces were to be shown in Israel. According to a spokesperson for the Mediterranean Biennale, the works in question are part of the collection of the FRAC Museum in Marseilles, which has been working with the Biennale for the past year and a half. In adherence with the standard operating protocol, the museum forwarded the Biennales loan request to its art committee, which agreed to lend the works from the collection. The Biennale was required to pay a standard fee for the loan. But the artists didnt learn their works would be appearing in Israel until earlier this week, and several said they wouldnt cooperate with an Israeli institution due to their support of the Palestinian cause. A spokesperson for the Biennale accused the international Boycott Divestment and Sanctions movement of being behind the decision to remove the artists works from the Israeli-run event. This is a political decision supported by the BDS movement, whose goal is to boycott Israel in every possible area, including art, as an expression of the new anti-Semitism rising in France and Europe in recent years, Israeli sculptor Belu-Simion Fainaru, the Biennale curator and founder, said in a statement. The organization works to spread anti-Semitism around the world by damaging Israel, slandering and promoting an international boycott against Israel. There is a call to action in social networks, tagged by BDS, to boycott the event and refuse to participate. A map of where to see art at the third Mediterranean Biennale in Sakhnin (Courtesy The Mediterranean Biennale in Sakhnin) The goal of the Mediterranean Biennale as an art event is to create a platform for dialogue and coexistence through art, while opposing the boycotts and the hate and animosity they breed, he wrote, pointing out that the works were being exhibited to a Palestinian Arab population. Fainaru is also a co-founder of the Arab Museum of Contemporary Art and Heritage, established in Sakhnin two years ago, and has long been a proponent of coexistence through art. The other co-founder of AMOCA, Avital Bar-Shay, came up with the idea for the museum after seeing the success of the first Mediterranean Biennale in 2013. The museum, which houses 200 works of contemporary art created by local and international artists, is intended to demonstrate a new kind of cultural cooperation between Arabs and Jews. One of this years Biennale participants, local Haifa artist Nardeena Mogezel-Shammas, told The Times of Israel that it marks the first time her work is being shown to an Arabic-speaking audience. All of the galleries are scared of my work, said Mogezel-Shammas, referring to what she termed its extremist nature, due to nudity, not politics. I got excited to show my work here because Im speaking to my viewers, Im talking about all of the Middle East with my work. A work by Nardeena Mogezel-Shammas, a Haifa artist appearing in The Third Mediterranean Biennale (Courtesy Nardeena Mogezel-Shammas) Mogezel-Shammas creates art installations about social issues, the treatment of women, and the schisms between tradition and progress. She often works with nudes, but refrained from those pieces for this particular exhibition. Her first connection with the Biennale was forged when Fainaru came to see her works in the Haifa Artists House. I also wanted to get out of the box, to be with 60 artists from 25 countries thats fascinating, she said. Youre showing your work with so many artists and you still have your own stage. But she wasnt surprised when she heard that several artists were pulling out. Its legitimate, she said. Were in Israel, and if these artists had known their work was going to be shown here, they wouldnt have agreed. I get it: If these artists show in Israel, and their friends find out, theyll ask questions. She was disappointed to have missed out on showing her works alongside theirs. Theyre free to think what they want, but its not what I think, said Mogezel-Shammas. I live here and show here, and theres a place for all of us here.

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This ruling allows councils to boycott Israel. It’s a crucial victory | Ben … – The Guardian

On 11 June Avigdor Lieberman proudly announced that Israel was planning its greatest expansion of settlement homes since 1992. Ramot in the occupied West Bank. Photograph: Ronen Zvulun/Reuters Two weeks ago I found myself in a sweaty room in the Royal Courts of Justice, packed with fellow Palestine activists, listening to detailed and sometimes arcane legal arguments about pension law. The journey that ended in that courtroom began in September last year when the government announced new guidance intended to prohibit local government pension schemes from pursuing divestment and sanctions against foreign nations and UK defence industries other than where formal legal sanctions, embargoes and restrictions have been put in place by the government. The key target of these new rules was made clear in the government press release about the decision. This was the government acting to place a ban on boycotting Israel. The regulations were introduced in November 2016 despite a public consultation indicating that 98% of respondents thought this was the wrong thing to do, and a wider public outcry. The Palestine Solidarity Campaign, of which Im the director, decided to take the government on. We launched a judicial review supported with witness statements from War on Want, Campaign Against the Arms Trade and the Quakers. Finally, on 22 June, we got the verdict we won! Judge Sir Ross Cranston ruled the guidance was unlawful and that the government had acted for an improper purpose. This is a victory for the rule of law, for local democracy and for freedom of expression. But it is also a crucial moment in the campaign for Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel until it complies with international law. This campaign emerged in 2005 in answer to a call from 170 Palestinian civil society organisations, frustrated by the decades in which international governments and bodies had issued condemnations of Israels oppression of the Palestinian people but refused to impose meaningful pressure. The consequences of this failed policy were underlined in the last month, during which Israels illegal occupation of East Jerusalem, the West bank and Gaza entered its 50th year. On 11 June the countrys foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, proudly announced that Israel was planning its greatest expansion of settlement homes since 1992, one year before the Oslo accords launched the so-called peace process. During that time the number of illegal settlers occupying the West Bank and East Jerusalem has grown by nearly half a million. On 20 June ,as work started on the first illegal settlement to be built outside the existing settlement blocks in 25 years, Benjamin Netanyahu tweeted After decades, I have the privilege to be the prime minister who is building a new community in Judea and Samaria. Or to put it in clearer language , here is a prime minster who feels privileged to be violating international law. The BDS movement is a response to Israels confidence that it can act with impunity. Modelled on the same tactics used so successfully against apartheid South Africa, it calls on all actors to end economic support for Israels illegal actions. The UK governments attempts to force though the pension regulations were part and parcel of a wider attempt by Israel and its supporters to push back against the growing success of the BDS campaign. In April a leaked joint report from the Israeli thinktank the Reut Institute and the US Anti-Defamation League boasted of the success since 2010 in establishing a global pro-Israel network to suppress BDS activity, and the use of anti-BDS laws as a key tactic: 14 US states have introduced such legislation. Theresa May must listen to the growing chorus of voices calling for an approach that truly holds Israel to account Sir Ross Cranstons judgment last week draws a line in the sand against the attempts to introduce such measures in the UK. It upholds the basic right to invest money on ethical principles. For BDS campaigners in the UK this gives a huge boost to our work. A recent YouGov poll showed that public opinion is on our side with 43% of the public seeing BDS as a reasonable response to Israels policies and only 13% opposed. This judgment tells us that the law is with us as well. With this legal impediment removed, we will take forward the campaign to persuade all relevant bodies, including pension-fund holders, not to invest money in supporting activities that are illegal and violate human rights. Margaret Thatcher found herself on the wrong side of history in the 1980s when she tried to prevent boycotts of apartheid South Africa. Last week, Theresa May told us that her government recognised the need to be humble, to listen to public opinion and rethink its approach to a range of issues. Its time for her to acknowledge that current policy in the Middle East has failed and to listen to the growing chorus of voices calling for an approach that truly holds Israel to account.

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Mariah Carey hits Israel to push cosmetics – The Times of Israel

During a quick promotional visit to Israel, Mariah Carey said on Monday in Tel Aviv that her One Sweet Day had finally arrived for her first dip in the Dead Sea. It may not be all she wants for Christmas, but the Always Be My Baby singer is in Israel to promote her new deal with Dead Sea-based Premier Cosmetics. Carey, the third-best-selling female artist of all time, dismissed the concern that being associated with an Israeli company could trigger protests from the boycott Israel set. Im not a political person, said the singer, bedecked in many diamonds at a press conference in Tel Aviv on Monday. I dont care what other people say about different political things that dont pertain to my life. I dont think its my place to act like a political figure. Thats not who I am. Carey brought her six-year-old twins, Monroe and Moroccan, along to Israel, where she will stay for a week. It will be their first trip to the Dead Sea. Im hoping theyll have a good time and wont get salt in their eyes, Carey said. She declined to give parenting tips to new celebrity twin parents Beyonce and George Clooney, respectively, saying the birth was one of the hardest parts for her. Carey reportedly got NIS 5 million ($1.4 million) to be the new face of Premier. Mariah Carey gets a kiss at the Kotel during a visit to Jerusalem on June 29, 2015. (Maria Carey, Instagram) During Careys previous visit to Israel in 2015, she had dinner with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sara. Her partner at the time, casino mogul James Packer, was a big donor to Netanyahu and has been linked to a corruption investigation against him. She also visited the Western Wall. Carey played down the importance of that meeting, saying it was just dinner. What, I cant eat anymore? she joked. Carey said she sees herself as primarily a songwriter and is back in the studio for an additional album, her 15th. She has no concrete plans for a future concert in Israel, but hopes to return in the near future for a show or a visit, she said.

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