Luxembourg fund’s announcement came as German chancellor Angela Merkel pledged to oppose “boycotts” targeting Israeli settlements.
No one in the Middle East will be studying Ukraineâs violent tragedy with more fascination â and deeper concern â than President Bashar al-Assad of Syria.
Exclusive: Review finds executions taking up to 20 minutes longer since EU boycott of lethal drugs leads states to employ random methods
The Norwegian government has once again excluded two Israeli occupation-profiteering firms from eligibility to be included in the portfolio of the Nordic nation’s state pension fund.
The decision is based in part on evidence published by The Electronic Intifada last year that the firms were lying about their activities.
Norway’s finance ministry announced today that it accepted a recommendation from the pension fund’s ethics council to “exclude the companies Africa Israel Investments and Danya Cebus from the Fund due to contribution to serious violations of individual rights in war or conflict through the construction of settlements in East Jerusalem.”
The two companies were previously excluded from the pension fund between August 2010 and August 2013 for similar activities.
Last August, however, the Norwegian government ended the exclusion based on the companies’ assurances that they had ended their illegal activities.
However evidence – including videos, photos and documents – uncovered by Who Profits and Ta’ayush and published by The Electronic Intifada last August proved that Africa Israel was lying and was still involved in settlement construction.
Danya Cebus is a subsidiary of Africa Israel.
Electronic Intifada contributor Adri Nieuwhof communicated this evidence to the Norwegian pension fund’s ethics council, which assured her it would be reviewed.
It is based on this review that the council once again recommended that the Israeli firms be excluded and today the government acted.
Typical pandering to the occupiers from one of the least intellectual, pro empire, universities in the country.
New York University (NYU) has refused to comment on reports that a Palestinian student in Gaza has been prevented by Israel from traveling to join one of its “coexistence” programs.
Its silence contrasts with university leaders’ loud condemnations of calls for the academic boycott of Israeli institutions, supposedly in order to defend “academic freedom.”
“Outstanding” Gaza student banned
On 23 January, Haaretz ran a report headlined, “Israel bars Gaza student from travel to U.S. for coexistence program.” It states that the Israeli group [Gisha] “says the refusal to issue a permit to the 21-year-old is indicative of a policy shift that is making it more difficult for Palestinian students to study abroad.”
According to Gisha, as quoted in Haaretz, “It’s not clear why Israel decided to toughen the restrictions on the freedom of movement of Palestinian academics in general, and in particular that of an outstanding student who received academic recognition from an institution as respectable as NYU.”
While the report does not name the student, the rights-monitoring group Gisha adds that Israel’s restriction was especially puzzling “in light of the fact that he was chosen to participate in a program that includes Israeli and Palestinian students who aspire to promote coexistence and reconciliation among the nations.”
Silence from NYU
The Electronic Intifada wrote to NYU president John Sexton, vice president for public affairs John Beckman, and other senior officials asking them for additional information as well as to inquire what steps the university was taking to counter Israeli measures that impede the academic freedom of Palestinians living under Israeli military occupation and siege.
Despite follow up requests in writing and by telephone over several days, the university ignored the inquiries.
According to its website, NYU runs a program called “Paths to Peace” which “brings sixteen students (eight per semester) of different faiths and backgrounds from Israel and Palestine (West Bank and Gaza) to study together for one semester at New York University.”
NYU’s refusal to stand up for the academic freedom of Palestinians – including apparently participants in its own programs – is notable given Sexton’s loud objections to the recent American Studies Association (ASA) vote to endorse the academic boycott of Israeli institutions.
Sexton and university provost David McLaughlin issued a joint statement to the ASA “to express our disappointment, disagreement, and opposition to the boycott advocated by your organization of Israeli academics and academic institutions.”
“This boycott is at heart a disavowal of the free exchange of ideas and the free association of scholars that undergird academic freedom; as such, it is antithetical to the values and tenets of institutions of advanced learning,” the NYU leaders asserted.
The irony of the university’s silence now is not lost on Lisa Duggan, NYU professor of American studies and president-elect of the ASA.
“NYU President John Sexton and Provost David McLaughlin have publicly claimed that the American Studies Association’s academic boycott of Israel is an infringement of academic freedom,” Duggan wrote to The Electronic Intifada.
Yet, “they have nothing to say, not a word of protest, when Israel refuses to allow a student from Gaza to travel to attend an NYU program on reconciliation.”
Duggan noted that the university’s disregard for academic freedom applies not only to Palestinians, but also to scholars in countries such as the United Arab Emirates and China, where NYU has campuses.
“They do not protest myriad reported violations of academic freedom by governments where NYU global campuses are located,” Duggan adds.
“Their opposition to our boycott constitutes cynical pandering to pressure from pro-Israel groups, who wish to obscure that state’s violations of international law and human rights. Those are the all too often invisible violations that our boycott was adopted to protest.”
Duggan is right. If Sexton and NYU were concerned about academic freedom, they would show their courage, at least, on behalf of a student from Gaza.
Instead, they choose silence, a clear form of complicity in Israel’s ongoing assault on Palestinians.
This is what Imperialism looks like. And, on a somewhat less dramatic scale, it’s what neoimperialism and capitalism do every day.
What Really Happened in the Congo: Belgium’s ‘Heart of Darkness’
Leopold famously said when he was forced to hand over the Congo Free State to the Belgian nation: “I will give them my Congo but they have no right to know what I have done there,” and proceeded to burn archives.
Did y’all know about this?
I hate this man with every fibre of my being.
I CANT DEAL WITH THIS.
Yeah. Fuck this shit. Trans-murder being “less than ‘normal’ murder” is the same as black murder. Or gay murder. Or disabled murder. Being less important than ‘normal.’
To be clear. All of the above are true. White Supremacist Capitalist Patriarchy (thanks, bell hooks) at its finest makes sure this is true. But we should stop looking the other way.
New York City: Justice for Islan Nettles protest, January 30, 2013.
Chanting “Not one more!”, over 100 people protested in bitter cold outside New York Police headquarters in lower Manhattan January 30 to demand justice for Islan Nettles.
Nettles, an African American trans woman, was brutally beaten in Harlem on August 17, 2013. She died from her injuries five days later.
Eyewitnesses reported that a man named Paris Wilson attacked Nettles, shouted anti-trans and anti-gay slurs, and beat her while she lay helpless on the ground.
Wilson was charged only with misdemeanor assault. The charges were later dropped.
Trans community activists say the NYPD failed to question witnesses, gather evidence or even check on Nettles’ condition in the five days following the attack.
Community members say this is typical of how police in New York and around the country look the other way in cases involving transphobic violence, especially against trans people of color.
The protesters are demanding answers from District Attorney Cyrus Vance and Police Commissioner William Bratton, including a full report to the community on the status of the investigation and an audit of all NYPD precincts for their conduct in investigating crimes against trans people.
They promised to continue mobilizing to win these demands.
The action was organized by the Transgender/Cisgender Coalition, ACT UP NY, Luz’s Daughter Cares, TWOCC: Trans Women of Color Collective of Greater NY, STARR: Strategic Trans Alliance for Radical Reform, LGBT Faith Leaders of African Descent, and others.
Photos and report by redguard
Hala Jabar’s photos from the beseged Yarmouk Refugee Camp, a mix of Palestinians and Syrians, undergoing hell few of us can imagine. - Via Electronic Intifada
This is outrageous…. someone who claims a dedication to Human Rights drops that at a hat for an opportunity to make money off of ethnic cleansing and Zionism.
Hollywood actress ends role as ambassador for UK charity after endorsing Israeli firm working in the occupied West Bank.
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