Queen – Another One Bites the Dust (Official Video) – YouTube

The queen of sweet ,sweet charity,as the saying goes charity begins at home. NOT IF YOUR EGO IS BIGGER THAN YOUR ABILITIES AND IT IS TARNISHED,STAINED,BY YOUR SELF IMPORTANCE.Then others have to go away for fear of being tainted,tarred with the same brush.”IT is time to remarket myself as a CORNflake”said he .Yet he has failed to rebrand his product as fresh new and clean,shite sticks and people have long memories .

Nigel Goldman: Justice at last

Nigel Goldman: Justice at last

GUILTY: Goldman
GUILTY: Goldman

CONVICTED pathological fraudster Nigel Goldman, who changed his name to Howard del Monte by deed poll, must be regretting the day he decided to pack his bags and return to England.

In record-breaking time – by Spanish standards – he has been arrested, tried and found guilty on two counts of fraud.

Goldman, who was arrested at his home in Berkshire on May 24, is due to be sentenced next month at Reading Crown Court.

Goldman also faces prosecution in Spain, but the pace of a case through the Spanish courts is a fair bit slower than that in the UK.

Two Spanish criminal cases were opened in January 2014, in which he is accused of running a Ponzi scheme worth hundreds of thousands of euros.

One was dismissed on the grounds that it appeared to be more of a ‘civil’ dispute, but that decision later reversed on appeal.

More embarrassingly, the second case has been travelling from court to court looking for a suitable jurisdiction. It passed from Marbella to Barcelona, from where it was dispatched to Fuengirola, as Goldman had an account there.

Goldman has not been summoned to attend a Police Station of Court, lawyers have not been asked to provide an address for him and the police in Marbella, where the alleged fraud was initially reported, are waiting for an order from whichever court finds the time and interest to deal with the case.

If the “Vinaros” (Castellon province) swindle case is anything to go by, Goldman could be sitting in the dock in 2041: two grey-haired pensioners have just been tried for an alleged real estate fraud that took place in 1989.

For its part, Anthony Muldoon was found guilty of a timeshare scam 10 years after the case started in a case involving hundreds of victims. On average though, five years seems realistic for an open and shut case such as Goldman’s.

Goldman could be imprisoned in the UK following which, he could end up serving time at Alhaurin prison. When that will happen is anyone’s guess but every effort is being made to speed up the ‘investigation’ phase and transfer the case to a criminal judge, or the Court of Appeal, where the possible sentence exceeds five years.

Antonio Flores (Columnist)

Lawyer Antonio Flores is the legal columnist for the Olive Press. Antonio has been practising law since 1997, year in which he began working for a large law firm in Marbella as a Property Lawyer. In 1998 he left the company he had joined a few months earlier, and used his knowledge and the experience gained to build his own practice. He is known throughout the community as independent, reputable and trustworthy. Through a combination of strong work ethics, determination and international exposure, his competence of Spanish Law is unparalleled and demonstrated through his fluency in English and Spanish.

nigel goldman alias howard del monte in court

Kintbury businessman denies running international gold scam

Jury due to be deliberating today (Tuesday)

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Kintbury businessman denies running international gold scam

A KINTBURY businessman has denied cheating customers in an international gold scam.

Howard Del Monte – formerly known as Nigel Goldman – used his High Street home as a base for his online operation called Bensons’ Emporium, Reading Crown Court heard.

But he claimed at least some of the gold, which included valuable South African krugerrands worth more than £11,000, simply went missing after village Post Office staff forgot to put stamps on the parcels.

One angry local customer turned up on Mr Del Monte’s doorstep, where a scuffle broke out after he was taunted for being “stupid” in falling for the scam, jurors were told.

That led to PC Claire Drewitt intervening – and to the start of a fraud investigation that led to the trial.

Nicholas Cooper, opening the prosecution case last Monday, said: “Two gentlemen, Lee Cubit and Leon Shepherd, went about purchasing gold coins in 2014.

“Mr Cubit saw an eBay seller called ‘bensonsemporium1517.’”

In March 5 last year, said Mr Cooper, Lee Cubit in Australia enquired about buying gold krugerrands.

He agreed to buy one for £813.30 and the following day asked if there were more available.

Jurors heard Mr Del Monte contacted Mr Cubit and told him his partner had recently inherited some coins and that they had a selection they could sell.

Mr Cooper added: “He was told: ‘Here are my bank details, send me £1,612.’

“You may already be getting there, members of the jury… the coins didn’t materialise.

“Time passed, correspondence was exchanged and a number of assurances were given by the defendant – but nothing was received.”

Around the same time, Mr Shepherd also visited the online Bensons’ Emporium and saw that the seller, who apparently had 5,000 positive reviews, was local to him.

He paid for, and received the coin he wanted, said Mr Cooper and, as a result, enquired about buying more.

Mr Cooper said: “The defendant wrote back saying he was the executor of a large estate with other gold coins to sell.

“But this time, it would be a private sale, not through eBay.

“The point was to avoid eBay fees – at least that’s what he [Mr Shepherd] was told.”

Mr Shepherd opted to buy 40 Elizabeth II sovereign gold coins and two South African krugerrands, together worth £9,250, and transferred the cash to Mr Del Monte’s Lloyds TSB account in Newbury.

Mr Cooper said: “Mr Shepherd was told he could collect his coins from the defendant after payment.

“It didn’t work like that and it seemed to Mr Shepherd he was being put off. Again a series of emails and correspondence was exchanged.”

Eventually Mr Shepherd called a mobile number he found in their correspondence and spoke to Mr Del Monte.

Mr Cooper said: “I foresee that Mr Shepherd is going to tell you that, during that call, he was told that there never were any coins and that anyone who believed in a family trust is just stupid.”

As a result, the jury heard, Mr Shepherd went to Mr Del Monte’s High Street home at 5.30pm and waited for him.

Mr Cooper said: “The defendant arrived by car but then drove away. Eventually, at almost 9pm, he approached Mr Shepherd, who tried to video record the conversation. There was a scuffle and the police were called by the defendant.”

PC Drewitt began investigating the affair and Mr Del Monte was arrested on suspicion of fraud and taken to Newbury police station where he answered “no comment” to police questions, jurors heard.

But Mr Cooper said that, in a subsequent police interview in May last year, Mr Del Monte offered an explanation, at least where Mr Cubit was concerned.

He added: “He said he had an agreement with staff at Kintbury Post Office.

“He would take parcels down there; they would put on the correct postage then contact him for payment.

“On this occasion they had been sent without stamps and got lost – he had acted properly and had done nothing dishonest. We say: ‘On the contrary.’”

The 57-year-old denies three counts of fraud and the jury was due to begin deliberating its verdict today (Tuesday).

The White Poppy for Peace Campaign A new “Freedom Flotilla” is scheduled to embark for Gaza

A new “Freedom Flotilla” is scheduled to embark for Gaza in two months’ time, organisers said on Tuesday.

The voyage is scheduled to begin in the first half of the year, which means the flotilla could set sail within weeks, Mazen Kahel, an organiser with the European Campaign to end the Siege on Gaza, told MEE.

Like its 2010 predecessor, this year’s flotilla aims to challenge Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip which has been in place since 2007.

Former Tunisian president Moncef Marzouki has given his “full support” to the mission. He is expected to take part and will be on one of the boats, several organisers have confirmed.“Marzouki has always been engaged with the cause and has openly supported the Palestinians in his time of power,” Kahel told MEE.

Negotiations are currently underway with other political, religious and business figures, but their names have yet to be confirmed and will be announced at a later date, Kahel added.

Activists from across Europe, the US and the Middle East will participate in the flotilla, organised by a string of civil society groups and NGOs working under the Freedom Flotilla Coalition.”

Former Tunisian president Moncef Marzouki is expected to take part, organisers said.
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obama says stop occupying Palestine or we stop the billions we give you. SO WHAT YOU SAY TO THAT BIBI?

Well lets see its only took 50 years it….but how far do they mean it ? what say you mobo. am i being anti-ceramic again ?

'" In unusually tough language that underscores the fracture in relations between Washington and Israel, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough said “an occupation that has lasted for almost 50 years must end.”<br /><br /><br /><br />
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 McDonough criticized Netanyahu’s pre-election pledge to block the creation of a Palestinian state — the supposed end goal of decades of fruitless peace talks — and he questioned Netanyahu’s efforts to undo the damage.<br /><br /><br /><br />
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“We cannot simply pretend that those comments were never made, or that they don’t raise questions about the Prime Minister’s commitment to achieving peace through direct negotiations,” he said.<br /><br /><br /><br />
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“The Palestinian people must have the right to live in and govern themselves in their own sovereign state,” he added.<br /><br /><br /><br />
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And there you have it. We are now nearing the end of the race, and the horses of prophecy are about to round the clubhouse turn. Obama wants Jerusalem for the mythical Palestinian people, and he is going to take it.<br /><br /><br /><br />
The battle in the Middle East has always been about one thing, and will always be about one thing: Who owns Jerusalem?<br /><br /><br /><br />
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Why is this of such tantamount importance? Because Jerusalem is where Messiah will return to when the Battle of Armageddon, foretold of by Ezekiel the Prophet, is waged in the valley of Megiddo. Jerusalem is where Messiah will establish His 1,000 reign of the whole earth on the Throne of David. Jerusalem is the “apple of God’s eye”, and soon will command the attention of the whole world.<br /><br /><br /><br />
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It is almost time for events to begin. The bible tells us who will fight this battle, and more importantly, Who will win the battle.<br /><br /><br /><br />
Are you ready for what comes next?"<br /><br /><br /><br />
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From: http://www.nowtheendbegins.com/blog/?p=31917'

” In unusually tough language that underscores the fracture in relations between Washington and Israel, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough said “an occupation that has lasted for almost 50 years must end.”
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McDonough criticized Netanyahu’s pre-election pledge to block the creation of a Palestinian state — the supposed end goal of decades of fruitless peace talks — and he questioned Netanyahu’s efforts to undo the damage.
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“We cannot simply pretend that those comments were never made, or that they don’t raise questions about the Prime Minister’s commitment to achieving peace through direct negotiations,” he said.
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“The Palestinian people must have the right to live in and govern themselves in their own sovereign state,” he added.
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And there you have it. We are now nearing the end of the race, and the horses of prophecy are about to round the clubhouse turn. Obama wants Jerusalem for the mythical Palestinian people, and he is going to take it.
The battle in the Middle East has always been about one thing, and will always be about one thing: Who owns Jerusalem?
.
Why is this of such tantamount importance? Because Jerusalem is where Messiah will return to when the Battle of Armageddon, foretold of by Ezekiel the Prophet, is waged in the valley of Megiddo. Jerusalem is where Messiah will establish His 1,000 reign of the whole earth on the Throne of David. Jerusalem is the “apple of God’s eye”, and soon will command the attention of the whole world.
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It is almost time for events to begin. The bible tells us who will fight this battle, and more importantly, Who will win the battle.
Are you ready for what comes next?”

The Whistle Blower, Gilad Atzmon & The OHE (EPK) – YouTube Anti-Semitism Gilad Atzmon and Nottingham Jazz

 

“while in the past an ‘anti-Semite’ was someone who hated Jews, nowadays it is the other way around, an anti-Semite is someone the Jews hate.”

TOMIE JONES-PLAGUING THOSE WHO WISH TO STOP THE ONWARD MARCH BY ISRAEL ON THE PALESTINIANS OR STATING AN OPINION AGAINST THE ZIONIST JEWS GETS YOU TAGGED AN ANTI-SEMITE. FREEDOM OF SPEECH BEING REPLACED BY ZIONIST CENSORSHIP .

 

The Whistle Blower, Gilad Atzmon & The OHE (EPK) – YouTube.

Anti-Semitism Gilad Atzmon and Nottingham Jazz

I have always considered music a universal language; perhaps the only form of communication that can unite us regardless of creed, race, religion or even species – life connects with the beauty and passion of musical expression.  I was therefore recently very disturbed that, a small number of Nottingham residents succeeded in lobbying Gedling Borough Council to cancel a concert by a popular, critically acclaimed saxophonist who is also an Israeli critic of Jewish Identity Politics and identity in general.

When I heard that just 13 people had managed to cancel the musical performance of Gilad Atzmon, whose band has previously played The Bonington Arts Theatre 9 times to packed houses, without any complaint from audiences or residents, Jewish or Gentile, I balked at what this could mean for freedom of speech, jazz and music in general.

Gilad is critical of ‘Jewish Power’.  He is not alone.  Following last summer’s latest military assault on Gaza by Israel, supported politically and financially by the US and her allies, there has been a profound awakening in the western public’s consciousness that all is not well and good in Palestine and that ‘we’ are complicit in the continued bloodshed and heartache.

Although not directly relevant to Gilad’s music, this campaign against him highlights the subsequent increase in people being labelled as anti-Semitic.  In the wake of operation Protective Edge (which killed around 2200 Gazans and 71 Israelis) I know many people critical of Israel, Zionism and ‘Jewish Power’ globally, have been accused of being anti-Semitic or ‘self-hating Jews’.  The desired result of these accusations is to silence discourse and in this case it went so far as to silence instrumental music.

So is Gilad anti-Semitic, and did Gedling Borough Council have any legal right to cancel his musical performance when he has never had any formal charges relating to anti-Semitism brought against him?

When I meet him he readily admits to being an “arrogant c*nt” but denies being anti-Semitic.  He points out that his latest book, The Wandering Who (within which the complainers site ‘anti-Semitic’ statements) has so far been published within 12 countries, including some who have laws against Holocaust denial. It has received numerous endorsements from leading scholars and eminent global political figures including; Professor Richard Falk (United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Palestine), Professor John J. Mearsheimer, Greta Berlin (Co-Founder, the Free Gaza movement), Professor William A. Cook, Professor Norton Mezvinsky (Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, May 2012) the list goes on and on

Although one of the complainants, Dave Rio emailed and called my attention to an online document wherein 24 Palestinian solidarity activists denounce Atzmon, it rather put me in mind of the adage that ‘you can please some of the people some of the time but not all of the people all of the time’.   Whose list of accreditors/condemners is more worthy or correct?  That is a subjective argument and would still not prove Atzmon is an anti-Semite.  We can only know that his book’s endorsements are by people who have definitely read the work in full.

As Gilad told me, Jews are generally very easily offended.  If his observations and statements are offensive to some, does that mean those few should get to choose for others what they hear – even if those others just wanted to hear jazz music and likely had no interest in politics?  Dave stated to me that “I would not tolerate anyone who made comparable remarks about black people or Muslims playing in Nottingham.” But who is he or the other 12 signatories to ‘tolerate’ or not?  This is a level of presumed moral authority that I’m not sure can be legitimised – they always had the option to boycott the concert themselves.

Gilad has previously questioned the definition of anti-Semitism; “You are either a racist, which I am not, or have an ideological disagreement with Zionism, which I have.” He has also defended himself from being labelled an anti-Semite with the witticism “while in the past an ‘anti-Semite’ was someone who hated Jews, nowadays it is the other way around, an anti-Semite is someone the Jews hate.”

Following the cancellation of his concert at the Bonington on the 15th January (which went ahead at The Five Ways pub), Gilad arranged to come back for a talk, where his accusers could discuss with him their concerns at the Canalhouse, Canal Street, Nottingham on the 2nd February.  I popped there before my gig nearby only to find the whole pub in darkness – it turns out that someone had tipped off the venue and police that the meet could cause trouble and that the safety of the public and staff might be at risk, so they completely closed as a precaution!  Jaw dropping levels of panic!  The talk was moved last minute to the Salutation where around 35 people gathered, none of which were the mysterious 13.  It was calm, ordered and professional consisting mostly of local academics and jazz lovers.  Goodness knows why the venue or police thought it would become violent?

This level of fear surrounding criticism of Israel and Jewish Power to me is the most frightening aspect of this saga.  With new steps being introduced to outlaw anti-Semitism in Canada and elsewhere, the Orwellian thought police are now a reality – but ironically we were actively encouraged to criticise and mock Muslims post Charlie Hebdo by world leaders who marched in Paris on 11th January?  Many have spotted this screaming hypocrisy.

Another irony here is that in trying to destroy Gilad’s music career, the actions of these 13 individuals and Gedling Borough Council have created an enormous amount of publicity for him and his work!  Gigs and talks across the country are now flooding his diary – his band joked that he probably orchestrated the whole thing, but he professes not to be that clever…

Joking aside, I found out recently how unjust and upsetting it is to have your music attacked because of your opinions.  In a small way I experienced this by being outspoken about the detrimental effect of the NET tram construction, which has wreaked havoc on residents and cost many businesses tens of thousands of pounds (including my family’s firm, which did not qualify for compensation). Compounding this misery, it recently became public that local Councillors have been involved in using fake identities to ‘flood the press’ with positive PR.  Aliases and pseudonyms on the Nottingham Post website that had previously only commented on articles about the tram, trolling those who do not adhere to the ‘positive’ light rail narrative, quickly moved across to attack me professionally under the article about my appointment as the new jazz columnist.

However, this new age of poison pen letters merely compels us to continue exposing injustice locally, nationally and internationally; an attack on our music because of our opinions will only succeed in making us more outspoken.  I can only surmise that the nearer the target one gets the more flak you receive and that jazz music has a history of attracting rebels.

 

 

 

 

 

Israel’s desperate new tactic in fighting the growing academic boycotts

7 February 2015

Israel’s desperate new tactic in fighting the growing academic boycotts

Over the last months, Israeli advocacy groups have been scrambling to delegitimize, demobilize, and debunk the fast growing BDS movement with no success.  Through leaked emails between pro-Israel lobbyists and Israeli university administrators, as well as through the diligent work of activist scholars communicating with PACBI, we have learned of one strategy Israel and its extensive lobby network are employing to delegitimize the movement, and specifically on the academic front.  This strategy seeks to instrumentalize the Palestinian citizens of Israel in the service of the Israeli propaganda war on the BDS movement, by cynically – and quite simplistically — employing the fact that this community uses the various services of the state, such as health, educational, social security and other services, to refute the argument that Israel is an apartheid state.

This desperate move by Israel and its academic establishment reflects the by now mainstream recognition among Israeli academic institutions and government circles alike that the academic boycott of Israel, whether announced or “silent,” and BDS in general are reaching a tipping point, as both former prime minister Ehud Barak and former chief of Mossad Shabtai Shavit have recently warned.

Israel lobby groups are employing three relatively new tactics in this strategy, in addition to the battery of older tactics, most prominent of which remain intimidation and bullying.  The first is to collect and disseminate statistics on Palestinian participation in higher education to show how Israeli universities are supposedly “liberal” spaces that do not discriminate against Palestinians, as if mere numbers can cover up the repugnant racist policies and repressive environment that prevail in Israel’s academe.  The second is to have Palestinian academics in Israeli universities invite international scholars to boycottable conferences held in Israel.  Such a tactic makes it more difficult for international academics to decline these invitations on the grounds that it would hurt Palestinian academics.  The third is to ask international scholars to review the works of Palestinian students in Israeli universities.  All three tactics are meant to show the international community that an academic boycott of Israel will “hurt Palestinian scholars and students,” first and foremost.

This Israeli strategy is disingenuous at best, racist at worst.  Largely plagiarizing apartheid South African propaganda, it sets up the Israeli apartheid state as protective of Palestinian interests, concerned with Palestinian higher education, and worried about the harm a boycott might do to those Palestinians.  It plays on the unintended consequences and harm shouldered by Palestinians in order to legitimize Israeli academic institutions.  In this scenario, it is not Israel’s multi-tiered system of colonial oppression, but rather Palestinian resistance to oppression, including BDS, that is harming the Palestinians.  The benevolent Israeli academia is portrayed as the savior, even the civilizer, of those otherwise uncivilized and hapless “Arabs.”

These tactics must be exposed as deeply racist and challenged in order to effectively support Palestinian citizens of Israel, who may be coerced at times, whether directly or indirectly, to undermine the BDS guidelines and act as a fig leaf to cover up Israel’s apartheid universities.  Palestinian failure to do so may invite the full wrath of Israeli institutional power, which today is far more repressive, racist and draconian than ever.

The close to 1.5 million Palestinians who are today citizens of the state of Israel are the indigenous Palestinians who succeeded in being steadfast in their homeland during the well planned and brutally executed campaigns of terror and ethnic cleansing by Zionist militias, and later the state itself, during the 1948 Nakba.  Living under a regime of racial discrimination that is institutionalized and legalized by more than 50 racist laws, and that therefore meets the UN definition of the crime of apartheid, Palestinian citizens of Israel have no choice but to utilize whatever – mostly second-class – services they can obtain from the state and its organs.  The fact that they are citizens and taxpayers entitles them to these services as a right, not a charity from the state.

Like blacks under South African apartheid, and despite the many differences, Palestinian citizens of Israel face entrenched and systematic racial discrimination and disenfranchisement in every vital domain, including education.  In a groundbreaking study in 2001, tellingly titled “Second Class: Discrimination against Palestinian Arab Children in Israel’s Schools,” Human Rights Watch reveals:

“The hurdles Palestinian Arab students face from kindergarten to university function like a series of sieves with sequentially finer holes. At each stage, the education system filters out a higher proportion of Palestinian Arab students than Jewish students. Children denied access to kindergarten do less well in primary school. Children in dilapidated, distant, under-resourced schools have a far higher drop-out rate. Children who opt for vocational programs are often limited to preparation for work as ‘carpenters, machinists, or mechanics in a garage,’ as one school director told Human Rights Watch.”

The gymnastics that Israeli “hasbara” (propaganda) will have to go through to spin the numbers other than what they are will be quite interesting to see.  Adalah, a prominent Palestinian human rights organization in Israel, breaks down the number of graduates by degree, field of study and population group, showing how Palestinians are severely underrepresented in academia, with their numbers decreasing with every subsequent degree.  The following table tells a sad story:

Degree Engineering and architecture Sciences and mathematics Medicine Law
Population group Jews % Arabs % Jews % Arabs % Jews % Arabs % Jews % Arabs %
First degree 90.0% 6.0% 85.3% 9.5% 79.3% 19.7% 92.4% 6.7%
Second degree 91.6% 3.1% 92.9% 3.3% 86.6% 12.3% 94.8% 4.7%
Third degree 91.7% 2.5% 95.1% 2.1% 93.1% 4.1% 96.9% 3.1%

The report goes on to say that as of 2007, Palestinians made up “1.2% of all academics employed by Israeli universities and colleges in tenured or tenure-track positions, and received on average salaries worth 50% less than those of their Jewish counterparts.”

This is only part of the story as the system of apartheid segregates the Palestinian community through land, marriage, and schooling practices, and seeps into every other facet of life.  By the time they enter into academia, Palestinians have already been weeded out of the system.  Allowing this small percentage of Palestinians into higher education is, in fact, part of the complex architecture of apartheid practiced by the Israeli state, which plays on these appearances to hide the oppression and appear democratic.

 

 

 

 

For those who might claim that the boycott harms the few Palestinians at Israeli institutions, PACBI is clear that we call for boycotting Israeli universities and all events and activities organized in or by them, regardless whether those organizing them are Palestinian citizens of Israel or Jewish Israelis.  The boycott that we are calling for is institutional and targets the universities, irrespective of the ethnic, religious or any other identity attribute of those charged with organizing activities that violate the BDS guidelines.  It would be quite peculiar if Israel were to try to use this non-discriminatory position to claim that the boycott is hurting Palestinians.

Indeed, some aspects of the institutional boycott will inadvertently, not intentionally, hurt individual academics, including both Palestinian and Jewish citizens.  This cannot be avoided in any institutional boycott, anywhere.  Contrast this to the apartheid South African blanket boycott of all academics and one can see that the Palestinian call for boycott is clearly more nuanced and decisively less injurious to individuals.  In any case, in South Africa, the argument that apartheid institutions should not be boycotted because such a boycott would hurt black South Africans was squarely rebutted by the black leadership, trade unions and social movements, who argued, in unison, that the real “hurt” to the black community was coming from apartheid, not the boycott or other forms of resistance against it.  If Israel and its apartheid academic institutions were so concerned then they know what they can do to stop “hurting Palestinians”–end the regime of occupation, settler-colonialism and apartheid. That would, indeed, obviate the boycott.

Palestinians to become ICC member from April 1, UN confirms

TOMIE JONES SAYS ,well a step in the right direction some would say , APRIL FOOLS DAY NO LESS ,WHO ARE THE FOOLS ?
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (Reuters / Enrique Castro-Mendivil)

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Palestine will join the International Criminal Court on April 1, announced UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday. The Palestinians will be able to sue Israel for war crimes, a move the Israeli administration has consistently opposed for decades.

 

 

The UN treaty website says that due to the court’s procedures “the statute will enter into force for the State of Palestine on April 1, 2015.”

Along with the ICC application, the UN chief approved other sets of documents, enabling Palestine to join 16 international agreements, conventions and treaties.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas signed the ICC application documents on the last day of 2014, following the UN Security Council’s resolution on December 30, which rejected Palestine’s official bid for statehood, a document vetoed by the US in support of Israel.

 

The Palestinian delegation submitted its ICC application on January 2.

 

Israel’s immediate reaction was negative.

“We will not let Israel Defence Forces (IDF) soldiers and officers be dragged to the International Criminal Court in The Hague,” Netanyahu said at the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting, AFP reported.

Israeli Prime Minister and leader of the ruling rightwing Likud party, Benjamin Netanyahu (AFP Photo / Jack Guez)

Israeli Prime Minister and leader of the ruling rightwing Likud party, Benjamin Netanyahu (AFP Photo / Jack Guez)

 

The Israeli administration immediately applied financial pressure on the Palestinian Authority, freezing the transfer of half a billion shekels (over $127 million) in monthly tax revenues it collected on behalf of the Palestinians.

 

The US joined the financial pressure on the Palestinian Authority on Monday, when the Obama administration announced a review of America’s annual $440 million aid package to the Palestinians. As AP pointed out, once the Palestinian Authority apply any case against Israel to the International Criminal Court, US financial help to Palestine will cease immediately under American law.

Joining the ICC will give the Palestinian Authority new and powerful leverage to make Israel more compliant regarding withdrawal from the occupied territories.

International Criminal Court's building (ICC) in The Hague (AFP Photo / Vincent Jannink)

International Criminal Court’s building (ICC) in The Hague (AFP Photo / Vincent Jannink)

In anticipation of the ICC bid last week, Palestinian Ambassador Riyad Mansour announced the Palestinians will prosecute Israel for crimes committed during the war in Gaza last summer. According to Mansour, Palestinians will also sue Israel for constructing settlements on the occupied Palestinian territory.

In late 2014, the Palestine stepped up its efforts to gain international recognition as a sovereign state. It came following the failure of the latest round of US-brokered peace talks with Israel, which was initiated after the bloody 50-day armed conflict in Gaza that left some 2,120 Palestinians and 68 Israelis dead.

Unlike before, this time around the aspirations of the Palestinians have found much wider international support, as many countries have openly spoken in favor of creating a sovereign Palestinian state.