Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is the Senate majority leader and Kevin McCarthy (Calif.) is the House Republican leader.
Their Washington Post Oped, “Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy: The House must stand against the toxic BDS movement” inspired the following TADN post.
By Eileen Fleming
On Tuesday, the Washington Post published Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy‘s opinion regarding the indigenous Palestinians global call to Boycott, Divest and Sanction Israel until Israel ends their military occupation of the indigenous Palestinians.
By Wednesday morning, nearly two thousand readers had commented with the majority noting the idiot wind blowing from “Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy: The House must stand against the toxic BDS movement”, including this reporter who wrote:
“Last week, people in Israel and around the world celebrated the anniversary of the modern state’s founding in 1948”; while the indigenous Palestinian’s commemorated their exodus, known as the Nakba (Arabic: النكبة, al-Nakbah, literally “disaster”, “catastrophe”, or “cataclysm”), that occurred when more than half of the indigenous Palestinian population were driven from their homes between December 1947 through January 1949, resulting in the destruction of 600 Palestinian villages in the Holy Land.
Blowing like a circle around my skull
From the Grand Coulee Dam to the Capitol
Blowing every time you move your teeth
You’re an idiot, babe
It’s a wonder that you still know how to breathe- Bob Dylan
This American reporter who has experienced life from both sides of Israel’s Wall in Palestine promotes the website AL-BUSHRA
Especially this call to action from ANNA BALTZER:
As we stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people in the face of injustice, it’s important find ways that we, as people who live in the US, can take action.
One way to do this is by challenging Israel’s tourism industry, which quite literally erases Palestinians from the landscape and history, appropriates Palestinian culture and cuisine, and whitewashes the reality of Israel’s state violence.
Palestinians, wherever they are, are denied the freedom to move freely to and within their homeland by Israel while Israel whitewashes their oppression.
There are many ways for you to take action. Whether you are planning to travel to Palestine, are a student considering study abroad, or simply want to take an online action, we’ve compiled a whole host of resources for you to learn (and unlearn!) about ethical travel to Palestine and the Israeli-occupied Syrian Golan Heights.Use these resources to:
- Challenge corporate complicity from companies like Booking.com, Trip Advisor, and Airbnb
- Learn about faithwashing trips and find ethical alternatives for your faith community
- Join the academic (including study abroad!), cultural, and sports boycott
- Learn about and challenge Israel’s attempts at pinkwashing
- Learn about the connections between tourism, colonization, and gentrification
- Learn about how Israel’s tourism industry in the Syrian Golan Heights is used to normalize Israel’s illegal annexation and how to support the native Syrian population
The issues laid out here extend beyond Palestine, and are mirrored in other colonized places like Puerto Rico and Hawaii. Learn more here.
People of conscience are already taking action. Just last week, New York University’s Department of Social and Cultural Analysis voted overwhelmingly to adopt a resolution of non-cooperation with NYU’s study abroad program in Tel Aviv. The department cited Israel’s “longstanding practice of barring entry to persons of Palestinian descent, and its recent amendments to the Law of Entry prohibit entry to members of groups that are critical of government policies” as the reason for their decision.
No matter how much Israel tries to distract from its oppression of the Palestinian people, you know better.
Groups worldwide and people like you have already engaged in this work, from challenging corporate complicity in Israeli tourism to calling on celebrities not to perform in Israel, from boycotting study abroad at Israeli universities to traveling on ethical delegations to Palestine.
Director of Organizing & Advocacy
In solidarity “we have it in our power to begin the world again.”-Thomas Paine
Eileen Fleming writes for TADN: HERE
Eileen Fleming produced: “30 Minutes with Vanunu” AND
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