Posted by: r.m. | August 20, 2009

My BDS talk, August 19, Chapel Hill

Here is the powerpoint presentation that I gave at the talk tonight entitled: From South Africa to Palestine/Israel: Using Boycott to End Apartheid, co-sponsored by Balance and Accuracy in Journalism, Coalition for Peace with Justice, and Elders for Peace.

The attached presentation does not include my notes – only the slides. So, please, if you’d like any more information, please email me and I’ll add it. here is the presentation –>  bds talk [my email is]

Tomorrow, I’ll respond to the additional questions that were asked.

The books that I suggested were:

– ‘Israeli Apartheid: A Beginner’s Guide.’ by Ben White. Published by Pluto Press. This book is available (in the Triangle) at Quail Ridge Bookstore.  It was suggested that emails be sent to Borders and Barnes and Noble to encourage them to carry the book as well.  You could also order the book from Borders and/or Barnes and Noble. Best is to buy a copy at Quail Ridge Bookstore (and thus support an independent bookstore), and order it from the large bookstore as well.  Here is Ben White’s blog

– Jonathan Cook’s ‘Disappearing Palestine. His website is:

Another resource: . And here’s an interesting article that highlights what is meant by solidarity, buycotting/boycotting, and economic welfare. Decolonizing Israel By SOUSAN HAMMAD

One last point before I go to sleep: Here’s my facebook page ( – as another means of staying in contact



  1. Luckily racists like Mazri and her followers are a minority. Your arguements lack facts, revise history, and continue to hate Jews.

    Debunking racist Jew haters like Rania Masri, Hillary Clinton and Jimmy Carter is so easy! This is about a 2 state illusion.

    The Palestinians have gotten the short end of the historical stick, no
    doubt. (So have the Poles, Kurds, Armenians and Tibetans, to name a
    few.) But the Palestinians have also made and continue to make _huge
    historical blunders_—like refusing to recognize Israel for the last 61
    years and making the expulsion of Jews from the Jewish homeland the core
    purpose of their being.

    It’s time to face the facts: The Palestinians are indeed a defeated
    people, and they have practically zero leverage in suing for peace
    (even if they wanted peace, which they don’t seem to in the least). Palestinian political organizations are involved in murderous factional struggles,
    and governance is in shambles.

    If a Martian were suddenly to land on earth and start listening to and
    reading the mainstream media, he would form the impression that the
    entire Middle East conflict were due to Israel building some settlements
    in land that much of the world thinks should become a Palestinian state.
    A near-consensus exists among the governments of the world and among
    media writers that peace has yet to break out in the Middle East because
    of three principle reasons. The first is that the Jews and the Arabs
    have been unable to agree about whether there should be a Palestinian
    state. The second is because Israel has obstinately refused to withdraw
    its troops from (so-called) “occupied Arab” lands. The third is because
    Israel behaves cruelly towards the Palestinians.

    *The Martian could easily carry these beliefs back* to its home planet,
    as long as it did not bother to learn the background and the history of
    the Middle East conflict. Those three reasons cannot survive an
    antibiotic of familiarity with Middle East history.

    President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton seem to
    think the idea of Palestinian statehood is the most wonderful idea to
    come along since the Thirteenth Amendment. And almost all world
    politicians, along with the Israeli Left, insist that all Israeli
    settlements must be removed from the West Bank because they serve as the
    main obstacle to peace. The reality is that the Middle East conflict has
    very little to do with debate over Palestinian statehood and even less
    to do with Israeli “settlements.” In fact Israel has agreed in
    principle, somewhat foolishly, to the erection of such a Palestinian
    state, at least subject to some security conditions and other
    concessions from the Palestinians — like recognizing Israel’s right to
    exist. As it turns out, even so-called “moderate” Palestinians reject
    any such idea.

    Meanwhile debate about the Middle East conflict is based on an
    incredible absence of historic information and on a series of stylish
    misconceptions about Middle East history. The anti-Israel Lobby, which
    grows by the day in its maliciousness and anti-Semitism, counts on the
    ignorance of much of the public concerning how the Middle East got to
    where it is.

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