Tag Archives: BDS

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Benefits, Boycotts, and Bedouin

Benefits, Boycotts, and Bedouin

Listen to Yarden Frankl on the Voice of Israel by clicking on the image above or on this link to play. Is Israel forcing Bedouins off their land, or is there more to the story? The CEO of Orange telecom says he was unaware of the movement to boycott Israel.  A Rand study concludes peace would

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Turkish Voters Bloody Erdogan’s Nose

Today’s Top Stories 1. Elections results are in and Turkey’s ruling AKP Party lost it’s parliamentary majority. As it remains the country’s largest party,  the question is what kind of governing coalition President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu can cobble together. Opposition leaders say they’ll push for early elections if AKP is unable

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Israel and Saudis Disclose Secret Talks on Iran

Today’s Top Stories 1. Orange CEO Stephane Richard walked back his comments about leaving Israel, but his Israeli affiliate, Partner Communications Ltd, called it a “smoke cloud” to win back public support. AFP sums up why Israelis aren’t buying Richard’s regrets Although the Orange boss said earlier this week the move was not political, his

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Cleaning Up a Big Orange Mess

Whether BDS is responsible for the sequence of statements, recriminations, and apologies centered around French telecom company Orange remains disputable. What’s certain, however, is that the matter has given the movement a boost through the reams of publicity Orange has received in recent days. The issue started last week when Orange CEO Stephane Richard declared

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French Telecom Giant Cuts Ties With Israeli Subsidiary

Today’s Top Stories 1. The French telecom giant, Orange, severed ties with its Israeli subsidiary after CEO Stephane Richard provoked a firestorm by saying he’d cut ties with Israel “tomorrow” if not for the huge penalties that would be incurred. Israeli officials demanded the French government denounce Richard’s boycott call. Partner Communications Ltd, which operates Orange’s Israeli

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What Reassurances Did the US Give the PA?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Hamas continues cracking down hard on ISIS supporters. But if ISIS popularity continues to rise in Gaza, it could make for some interesting bedfellows, according to the Financial Times (click via Google News). Some regional analysts now speculate that, were Isis’s influence to expand further in Gaza or Egypt’s adjoining Sinai peninsula,

Palestinians Drop Bid to Kick Israel Out of World Soccer

Today’s Top Stories 1. The Palestinians dropped their bid to kick Israel out of international soccer. Haaretz describes the compromise that was reached with International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) executives: Then, the Congress passed an amended version of the Palestinian proposal, which called for the formation of a committee to look into freedom of

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Some Straight Talk About the BDS

How clear does the BDS have to be about its true intentions before seemingly well-meaning people stop giving it the benefit of the doubt? A case in point is the recent article from Haaretz columnist Bradley Burston, who seems to genuinely want the BDS to come clean about its goals: What does BDS really want

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Netanyahu Offers to Discuss Borders

Today’s Top Stories 1. Haaretz: Prime Minister Netanyahu told the EU’s Federica Mogherini he wants to resume peace talks, with an eye to “reach understandings on the borders of settlement blocs that Israel would annex under any peace agreement.” An Israeli source briefed on Netanyahu’s meeting with Federica Mogherini last Wednesday said the prime minister

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Why is the BDS Afraid of the State Department?

The State Department’s definition of anti-Semitism moved one step closer to widespread adoption this week as University of California President Janet Napolitano endorsed the definition. “I have my own personal view, and my personal view is that we should” accept the State Department’s definition, Napolitano told Boston Public Radio program Hear and Now. The issue,

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