Friday, July 24, 2009

Some good blog, media coverage of U.S. involvement in Israeli occupation

This past week we've seen some great blog and media coverage of the U.S. involvement in the Israeli occupation. We were excited to see coverage of the Motorola boycott in the Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz:
"Protesters in the New York borough of Queens held a rally last week to call for a boycott of Motorola over the firm's business dealings with the Israel Defense Forces. At the demonstration, which was organized by the New York Campaign for the Boycott of Israel, protestors waved Palestinian flags and signs saying: "Goodbye Moto, Goodbye Apartheid," and "Boycott Motorola, Free Palestine." The groups the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, the Palestinian National Committee and other organizations worldwide also support a boycott of the phone company"
Rob Browne hits the mark at Mondoweiss with his discussion of the need for Obama to set a deadline on Israeli compliance with a settlement freeze:
"It is now time to for Obama to stop listening and start acting, otherwise these "experts" and "leaders" will continue to find new and destructive ways of playing out the clock."
Helena Cobban engages in an in-depth exploration of "how occupations end" at Talking Points Memo:
"Now, we know much better than we did six years years ago what occupation is, and what it always involves: bullying; mass incarcerations; the sowing of tensions through divide-and-rule policies; and the spreading of hatred, domination, and fear. We are, finally, bringing our occupation of Iraq to an end. Israel needs to end its long-lived attempts to stay in the OPTs and in Syria's Golan."
Also at Talking Points Memo, M.J. Rosenberg has an interesting perspective on the links between Obama's attempts to stand firm on health care and settlements:
"The word from the Israeli right is that their best hope of prevailing over the President is by stalling. They are watching Obama's poll numbers, praying the health reform bill collapses and with it Obama's popularity. Then they will enlist the still reluctant Israel lobby to pressure Congressional Democrats to support Netanyahu."
And John Dugard has a great op-ed in the New York Times on why--and how--the International Criminal Court should take on the case of Israeli war crimes in Gaza:
"A decision by the I.C.C. to investigate whether crimes were committed in Gaza, in the course of Israel's offensive, would... give the I.C.C. an opportunity to show that it is not infected by a double standard and that it is willing to take action against international crimes committed outside Africa."
What could be better than all this great coverage? Eyewitness reporting from the US Campaign/Interfaith Peace-Builders delegation to Israel/Palestine, of course! Stay tuned on the US Campaign blog for reports and posts from delegation members including US Campaign National Organizer Katherine Fuchs.