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  • ACLU launches first major challenge of anti-BDS legislation

    The lawsuit offers the most stark example yet of how anti-BDS legislation threatens Americans' First Amendment rights. The American Civil Liberties Union announced Wednesday that it had filed suit on behalf of a Kansas public school educator who was asked to disavow a boycott of Israel as a condition for payment. The case comes amid growing concerns that recent state-level legislation across the United States is chilling free speech among proponents of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement. [tmwinpost] The Kansas law, which came into effect on July 1 of this year, directs the state to "require written certification from all individuals and companies with which…

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  • StandWithUs to take cash, messaging from Israeli gov't

    The American 'hasbara' organization will disseminate government messages in a contract with the Israeli Prime Minister's Office. By Itamar Bazz / 'The 7th Eye' The Israeli Prime Minister's Office, headed by Benjamin Netanyahu, will fund a hasbara organization to disseminate propaganda on behalf of the Israeli government. The allocation of public funds, over NIS 1 million (over $250,000) in 2015, is intended to fund a joint project by the National Information Directorate and the Israeli branch of StandWithUs, an American hasbara organization. Hasbara is a Hebrew term that refers to public diplomacy efforts on behalf of Israel. The committee in…

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  • First do no harm, J Street

    With nothing left to offer except hollow pep talks about the peace process, the liberal lobby is fighting BDS – together with the pro-Netanyahu, pro-occupation American Zionist right. Next stop: the Presbyterian Church USA's General Assembly. What is J Street doing? Why is it acting in concert with right-wing Zionist organizations like AIPAC and StandWithUs in fighting against boycott, sanctions and divestment, while offering no alternative of its own for ending the occupation? Because the truth is that J Street offers no alternative anymore; now that the Kerry talks have failed, and all the secretary of state has to show…

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  • WATCH: ELAL, Israel's national airline, now part of state PR efforts

    You know a country is in serious trouble when it decides to have its national airline's pilots and flight attendants doing its Hasbara (PR) work for them. El Al "Ambassadors" will now be "at the forefront of Israeli diplomacy in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Los Angeles and Toronto," as part of a joint initiative with the Jewish Agency for Israel, the Foreign Ministry and Stand With US. The latter group is an American organization which is considered "pro-Israel" but certainly does not represent me and what I think the countries' interest are. According to the Israel consulate website in New York: Each…

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