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Academic research collaboration emboldens Israeli apartheid

Posted in Anti-Normalization, Apartheid, Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions, Normalization, Why Boycott?!, Zionism on September 15, 2010 by Marcy Newman

Diane Shammas, The Electronic Intifada, 14 September 2010

In July, Donna Shalala, the president of the University of Miami and former United States Secretary of Health and Human Services during the Clinton administration, joined a 13-member delegation of American university presidents to Israel. The delegation’s main objective was to discuss opportunities for academic collaboration with Israeli universities and reciprocal exchange programs for student and faculty. The majority of these Israeli universities, if not all, have been implicated in war crimes and other human rights violations against Palestinian and Lebanese civilians (“Academic boycott against Israel? Umberto Eco misses the point,” Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, 10 July 2010). Prior to the delegates’ arrival in Israel, they drafted and sent individual letters to their executive counterparts at the Israeli universities, stating that they “clearly denounce[d] the boycott of Israeli academics” (“Shalala among delegation of university presidents to visit Israel,” University of Miami news release, 2 July 2010).

The karmic twist to Shalala’s visit to Israel was that in spite of her obsequious endorsement of the anti-boycott stance, she was not spared from a three-hour, humiliating interrogation and detainment upon her departure from the Ben Gurion Airport. Israel’s Ynet News reported that she was detained because of her Arabic surname (“American VIP humiliated at airport,” 6 August 2010). When later interviewed by the Miami Herald, Shalala dismissed the inconvenience of her detention as purely security protocol to ensure traveler safety. Leaving aside all speculations as to why Shalala, an Arab-American, did not speak out against the indignity of her treatment at the airport, the larger conversation should be the strategic marketing and funding of research partnerships between American and Israeli universities.

Research and development collaboration between higher education institutions amount to billions of dollars annually. In 2008, the federal government alone funded $31 billion for academic research and development expenditures of which $1.6 billion were passed through to other university sub-recipients, domestic and foreign (National Science Foundation). Apart from the steady growth of research collaborations with “Asian 8” countries, such as South Korea and Taiwan, the research partnerships between American and Israel universities have been consistently strong and significant.

Large corporate donors, like Coca-Cola Company and Quaker Oats, a division of Pepsi-Cola, subsidize many of these collaborative research projects between US and Israeli universities, due principally to their robust ties with the American-Israel Chamber of Commerce (“American Israeli Chamber of Commerce promotes academic and research exchanges between University of Minnesota and Israeli educational and research institutions,” American-Israel Chamber of Commerce press release, 10 August 1998).

While the actual number of US-Israeli research partnerships is not readily available, a proxy indicator is the annual percentage of collaborative science and engineering articles between the two countries. Israel has the third-highest percentage of co-authored articles, 52 percent, with American researchers, after South Korea (54 percent) and Taiwan (53 percent). It is important to point out here if the percentage of co-authorship for Israel appears inflated, it is because their co-authorship output with the US is greater than their considerably smaller educational infrastructure. Therefore, the National Science Foundation has corrected for the infrastructural disparities by placing Israel’s rate of co-authorship with US at 1.21, qualitatively speaking, “higher than expected,” along with similar rankings for South Korea and Taiwan. Shalala’s delegation specifically expressed an interest in collaborating with Israeli universities on the application of technological research to the manufacturing of marketable products.

Israel aggressively courts research partnerships with American universities by hosting academic delegations. For example, Project Interchange, an educational organization of the American Jewish Committee, sponsored Shalala’s delegation to participate in their week-long program. A brief portrait of Project Interchange will illustrate that these academic delegations are political-educational junkets, which subliminally promote a Zionist ideology along with coordinating potential partnerships with Israeli universities.

Project Interchange regularly sponsors academic delegations and conducts programs in a seminar format. According to their website, Project Interchange customizes the theme of the seminar to each group’s interest, but all seminars are framed within the broader discourse of Israeli culture, society and politics — with a predominant focus on Israeli foreign policy.

Project Interchange identifies itself as “non-partisan,” “apolitical” and [[an]] “educational organization.” If one carefully deconstructs the language that Project Interchange uses on its website to describe its seminars — “challenging and promoting dialogue” and “offering multiple perspectives on complex issues” — it feigns a non-partisan and apolitical agenda by reducing the Palestinian struggle against occupation and dispossession to mere differences of opinion among ostensibly rival equals — Palestinians and Israelis. The message conveyed, therefore, is deceptive, because it completely denies the existence of the relationship between the colonizer — Israel — and the colonized, the indigenous population. The subordinate reference to “also meeting with Israeli Arabs and Palestinians” blatantly exposes Israel’s relegation of the indigenous population to second class citizens.

Another component of Project Interchange’s seminar program is coordinated site visits to the Israeli and Arab/Palestinian communities. In July, The Chronicle of Higher Education published an account of one site visit by a member of Shalala’s delegation, a president from an elite East coast university, who lauds the multi-cultural efforts of the Jerusalem International YMCA Peace pre-school:

“‘Boker tov!’ ‘Sabaah al-khayr!’ ‘Good morning!’ The excited voices of the kindergarten students and their tri-lingual teachers make us all smile as our group of American academic leaders visit the International Jerusalem YMCA peace pre-school … In the preschool, which serves an equal number of Arab (Christians and Muslims) and Jewish students, young people don’t seem to know they’re from different backgrounds and they are supposed to hate each other but they are friends” (“What we can learn from Children,” 16 July 2010).

Even though the delegate acknowledges the preschool’s diversity, his latter remark about the surprising amity among Arab and Jewish children and declaration that “they do not seem to know that they’re from different backgrounds” demonstrates his racial and religious blindness. He blissfully dismisses this purported hatred between Jews and Palestinian Arabs as if it originates from a historical rivalry on equal footing rather than a deep-rooted power imbalance between occupier and occupied.

Moreover, what is astonishingly naive about his comment is that, as a university president, he is (or should be) cognizant of the racial tensions among minority student populations, and yet, he seems to be taken in by the artificial democratic setting of the Israeli preschool, which is precisely the falsely egalitarian image of Israel that Project Interchange is endeavoring to promote by their site visits.

In the final analysis, Project Interchange’s objective is to transform a research collaboration initiative into a commodified, politicized and hegemonic project that is an extension of the Israeli state apparatus. To this end, American universities’ collaboration with Israel’s educational institutions is complicit in the occupation.

The portrait of Project Interchange lends insight into how a United States-Israeli global network intercedes on behalf of US academic leaders to establish strategic research partnerships with Israeli universities. Because Israeli universities mirror the racist institutional structure of the Israeli government and the US enables the Israeli occupation, it is highly unlikely in the present political environment that any research collaboration between American and Israeli universities would comply with the guidelines outlined by the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI).

In recent months, global boycott, divestment and sanctions have made enormous strides and have reported several victories in the areas of economic and cultural boycotts. To that end, American and Israeli university partnerships merit closer scrutiny in particular, as well as the intermediary organizations and the large corporate and private donors and binational foundations that annually fund billions of dollars to them (e.g., Binational Industrial Research and Development Foundation (BIRD), Binational Science Foundation (BSF) and Binational Agricultural Research and Development Fund (BARD)).

Diane Shammas is of Lebanese/Arab American heritage, and holds a Ph.D in International and Urban Education and Policy, with a specialization in Arab American Studies. She currently teaches a course on social construction of race and citizenship. She recently lived in Gaza City for three months, taught at Al Azhar University (Gaza), and passed through the West Bank on her return to the United States.

Jordanian workers urged not to handle Israeli goods

Posted in Anti-Normalization, Apartheid, Arab Complicity, International BDS Actions, Zionism on July 12, 2010 by Marcy Newman

Mohammad Ben Hussein, Jordan Times
11 July 2010

AMMAN – The national anti-normalisation committee on Saturday called on labourers across the Kingdom to reject companies that handle Israeli goods.

In a letter addressed to the General Federation of Jordanian Trade Unions (GFJTU) released yesterday, the committee urged workers to reject any ships or airplanes carrying goods originating from Israel. The letter, signed by Hamzah Mansour, Islamic Action Front secretary general and president of the national anti-normalisation committee, encouraged Jordanian workers to emulate a number of trade unions across the world that have refused to receive Israeli ships following the attack on the Gaza-bound interna?ional aid flotilla.

“Workers should stop moving Israeli goods by land, sea and air and refuse to deal with ships that travel to Israel,” he said in a letter sent to the GFJTU.

Mansour said workers should be more active in anti-normalisation efforts, urging them to drum up support to end ties with Israel, which he said “represents a great danger to Palestine and Jordan”.

Last month, Swedish dockworkers launched a week-long boycott of cargo to and from Israel following the deadly attack on the aid flotilla.

Reports indicated around 1,500 members of the Swedish Dockworkers Union launched the boycott because of the attack on the aid convoy and the continued siege on the coastal enclave.

Mansour said Jordanians should be at the frontline to confront Israel’s “agenda in the region”.

“We are supposed to be spearheading the anti-Israel campaign. People from across the world already know Israel’s plans in the Arab and Muslim worlds, including Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine, which suffer from occupation,” he added, stressing that Jordan serves as an ideal place to “stand up to Israel and its plans to infiltrate Arab society”.

Original title: Committee urges workers to reject companies that deal with Israeli goods

Source: http://www.jordantimes.com/?news=28197&searchFor=Hamzah%20Mansour

The day the world became Gaza

Posted in Anti-Normalization, Why Boycott?!, Zionism on June 3, 2010 by Marcy Newman

By Ali Abunimah

Since Israel’s invasion and massacre of over 1,400 people in Gaza 18 months ago, dubbed Operation Cast Lead, global civil society movements have stepped up their campaigns for justice and solidarity with Palestinians.

Governments, by contrast, carried on with business as usual, maintaining a complicit silence.

Israel’s lethal attack on the Freedom Flotilla to Gaza may change that, spurring governments to follow the lead of their people and take unprecedented action to check Israel’s growing lawlessness.

Lip service

IN DEPTH

One of the bitterest images from Operation Cast Lead was that of smiling European Union heads of government visiting Jerusalem and patting Ehud Olmert, the then Israeli prime minister, on the back as white phosphorus still seared the flesh of Palestinian children a few miles away.

Western countries sometimes expressed mild dismay at Israel’s “excessive” use of force, but still justified the Gaza massacre as “self-defence” – even though Israel could easily have stopped rocket fire from Gaza, if that was its goal, by returning to the negotiated June 2008 ceasefire it egregiously violated the following November.

When the UN-commissioned Goldstone Report documented the extensive evidence of Israeli war crimes and crimes against humanity, including the willful killings of unarmed civilians, few governments paid more than lip service to seeing justice done.

Even worse, after Cast Lead, EU countries and the US sent their navies to help Israel enforce a blockade on Gaza which amounts to collective punishment of the entire population and thus violates the Fourth Geneva Convention governing Israel’s ongoing occupation.

Not one country sent a hospital ship to help treat or evacuate the thousands of wounded, many with horrific injuries that overwhelmed Gaza’s hospitals.

Carrot and stick

The blockade has never been – as Israel and its apologists claim – to stop the smuggling of weapons into Gaza.

Its goal has always been political: to cause the civilian population as much suffering as possible – while still politically excusable – in order for the Palestinians in Gaza to reject and rise up against the Hamas leadership elected in January 2006.

The withholding of food, medicine, schoolbooks, building supplies, among thousands of other items, as well as the right to enter and leave Gaza for any purpose became a weapon to terrorise the civilian population.

At the same time, Western aid was showered on the occupied West Bank – whose ordinary people are still only barely better off than in Gaza – in a “carrot and stick” policy calculated to shift support away from Hamas and toward the Western-backed, unelected Palestinian Authority leadership affiliated with the rival Fatah faction, who have repeatedly demonstrated their unconditional willingness to collaborate with Israel no matter what it does to their people.

“The idea is to put the Palestinians on a diet, but not to make them die of hunger,” senior Israeli government advisor Dov Weisglass notoriously explained in 2006. By this standard the blockade – supported by several Arab governments and the Quartet (the US, EU, UN secretary-general, and Russia) has been a great success, as numerous studies document alarming increases in child malnutrition as the vast majority of Gaza’s population became dependent on UN food handouts. Hundreds have died for lack of access to proper medical care.

Filling the ‘moral void’

While inaction and complicity characterised the official response, global civil society stepped in to fill the moral and legal void.

In the year and a half since Cast Lead, the global, Palestinian-led campaign for boycott, divestment and sanctions on Israel (BDS) has been racking up impressive victories.

From the decisions by Norway’s pension funds and several European banks to divest from certain Israeli companies, to university divestment initiatives, the refusals by international artists to perform in Israel, or the flashmobs that have brought the consumer boycott to supermarkets around the world, Israel sees BDS as a growing “existential threat”.

At this point, the effect may be more psychological than economic but it is exactly the feeling of increasing isolation and pariah status that helped push South Africa’s apartheid rulers to recognise that their regime was untenable and to seek peaceful change with the very people they had so long demonised, dehumanised and oppressed.

Indeed, the BDS movement is only likely to gather pace: world-best-selling Swedish author Henning Mankell who was among the passengers on the Turkish ship Mavi Marmara kidnapped and taken to Israel, said on being freed: “I think we should use the experience of South Africa, where we know that the sanctions had a great impact.”

The Freedom Flotilla represented the very best, and most courageous of this civil society spirit and determination not to abandon fellow human beings to the cruelty, indifference and self-interest of governments.

The immediate response to Israel’s attack on the Flotilla may indicate that governments too are starting to come out of their slumber and shed the paralysing fear of criticising Israel that has assured its impunity for so long.

Growing gap

Indeed, the global reaction demonstrates the growing gap between the US and Israel on one side and the rest of the world on the other.

While Israeli officials scrambled to offer justifications from the ludicrous (elite commandos armed with paint ball guns) to the benign (the attack was an “inspection”), the US has once again stood behind its ally unconditionally.

As the Obama administration forced a watered-down presidential statement in the UN Security Council, Israeli apologists in the mainstream US media repeatedly attempted to excuse Israel’s actions as lawful and legitimate.

Senior administration officials, including Joe Biden, the vice president, openly began to echo their Israeli counterparts that Israel’s attack was not only legitimate but justified by its security needs.

Despite the predictable and shameless US reaction, international condemnation has been unusually robust.

In his speech to the Turkish parliament following the attack, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish prime minister, denounced Israeli “state terrorism” and demanded that the international community exact a price.

Erdogan vowed that “Turkey will never turn its back on Gaza,” and that it would continue its campaign to lift the blockade and hold Israel accountable even if it had to do so alone.

There are hopeful signs it may not have to.

European and other countries summoned Israeli ambassadors and several recalled their envoys from Tel Aviv.

Franco Frattini, the Italian foreign minister and one of Israel’s staunchest apologists in Europe, said his country “absolutely deplored the slaying of civilians” and demanded that Israel “must give an explanation to the international community” of killings he deemed “absolutely unacceptable, whatever the flotilla’s aims”.

Small countries showed the greatest courage and clarity. Nicaragua suspended diplomatic ties completely, citing Israel’s “illegal attack”. Brian Cowen, Ireland’s prime minister, told parliament in Dublin that his government had “formally requested” of Israel that the vessel Rachel Corrie still heading toward Gaza, be allowed to proceed, and warned of the “most serious consequences” should Israel use violence against it.

The boat – named after the young American peace activist killed by Israeli occupation forces in Gaza in 2003 – is carrying Malaysian and Irish activists and politicians including Nobel Peace Prize winner Mairead Maguire.

Crossed a threshold

These are still small actions, but they indicate Israel may have crossed a threshold where it can no longer take appeasement and complicity for granted.

It is a cumulative process – each successive outrage has diminished the reserve of goodwill and forbearance Israel enjoyed.

Even if most governments are not quite ready to go from words to effective actions, growing public outrage will eventually push them to impose official sanctions.

Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, may have hastened that day with his fulsome pride in, and praise for, the slaughter at sea even after the outpouring of international condemnation.

Despite its intensive efforts to hide and spin what happened aboard the Mavi Marmara in the early hours of May 31, the world saw Israel use exactly the sort of indiscriminate brutality documented in the Goldstone Report.

This time, however, it was not just “expendable” Palestinians or Lebanese who were Israel’s victims – but people from 32 countries and every continent. It was the day the whole world became Gaza. And like the people of Gaza, the world is unlikely to take it lying down.

Ali Abunimah is author of One Country, A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli-Palestinian Impasse and co-founder of The Electronic Intifada (http://www.electronicintifada.net).

الانفتاح والتحضر

Posted in Anti-Normalization, Arab Complicity, Normalization on May 28, 2010 by Marcy Newman

رامي زريق
ما يحصل اليوم مع قضية جائزة سمير قصير، التي تتيح لصحافيين من «إسرائيل» الترشح لنيلها، هو نتيجة متوقعة لحراك الجمعيات غير الحكومية في بلادنا. فبعض هذه الجمعيات تتبنى، بالإكراه أو بالاقتناع، مقاربات مموليها للسياسة والاقتصاد. من الواضح أن الهيئات المانحة الغربية قد قرّرت أن الحل العادل للقضية الفلسطينية يمرّ عبر تطبيع العلاقات مع الكيان الصهيوني وخاصة في أوساط «النخبة» الثقافية. وبالمناسبة، هذا هو تماماً ما يطالب به رئيس وزراء العدو حين يشترط على العرب فتح قنوات العلاقات التجارية والثقافية معه لقاء مفاوضات قد تؤدي إلى إعطاء الفلسطينيين بعض السلطة المشروطة على فتات وطنهم. ويمثّل استبدال مصطلح «البلدان العربية» بآخر مثل «الشرق الأوسط» أو «المتوسط» جسر العبور إلى ما يصفه بعض من لا يزال عقله مُستعمَراً، بـ«الانفتاح والتحضر». تكثر الأمثلة هنا. فقد صرّحت السيدة خوري، رئيسة مؤسسة سمير قصير، أن إدراج إسرائيل ضمن لائحة الدول المشمولة بالجائزة هو شرط وضعته المفوضية الأوروبية المانحة بهدف شمل كل دول «المتوسط». وفي هذا السياق، يجدر الذكر أن الجمعيات البيئية والتنموية اللبنانية تخضع دائماً لهذا النوع من الإغراءات. مثلاً، نظّمت جمعية IUCN البيئية العالمية ورشة عمل في إسبانيا عن التنوع النباتي في المتوسط ضمّت ست دول عربية و… إسرائيل. أما حين تعتذر جمعية ما عن المشاركة بسبب حضور إسرائيل، فتلتفت الجهة المنظمة لأخرى إلى أن توافق إحداها.

إن القطاع المدني هو كناية عن مروحة واسعة من المجموعات قد تختلف مقاربة كل منها للواقع عن الأخرى، إلا أنها مُلزَمة بقانونين أساسيين، أولهما أخلاقي والثاني تشريعي يعود لعام 1959 واسمه قانون مقاطعة إسرائيل.

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بلبلة في «الجوب فاير»: ضد التطبيع

Posted in Actions in Lebanon, Anti-Normalization, Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions, Profiting from Zionism, Zionism on May 15, 2010 by Marcy Newman

معرض وظائف؟ الشباب اللبنانيون في أمسّ الحاجة إلى وظائف. هكذا، تعوّد الطلاب في السنوات الماضية موضة المعارض، التي تأتي فيها الشركات إلى جامعاتهم. لكن، بعض طلاب الجامعة الأميركية أعلنوا، أمس، رفضهم مشاركة الشركات التي تدعم إسرائيل. وفيما «قُمعت» أصواتهم إدارياً، لاقت صدىً طالبياً

أحمد محسن

أهلاً بكم في «الجوب فاير». الشباب سيحظون بالوظائف. هكذا يعتقد الجدد منهم. القدامى لا يعيرون الأمر انتباهاً. لكن على الأقل، هذا هو الهدف المعلن من المعرض، إذ تشترك فيه مئتا مؤسسة متعددة الجنسيات، إضافةً إلى مؤسسات تعمل في ميادين الهندسة والإعلام والتربية والاستشفاء والخدمات. إذاً، كل شيء موجود في المعرض. الطلاب ينتظرونه.

بدأ الأمر بطريقة بديهية. نصبت المنصات، وبدأت الشركات الكبرى بعرض عضلاتها المالية والوظيفية. لكن ثمة جديد هذه المرة في المعرض الخامس عشر. هناك أصوات ترتفع. هناك طلاب يحاولون أن يقولوا أمراً ما. هذه المرة، لم تكن الأصوات المعترضة كلاسيكية. لم يتحدث أحد عن يأسه من هذه المعارض، وفرصة الحصول على وظيفة خلالها، كما درجت العادة في السنوات الفائتة. هذه المرة، كان اعتراضهم جدّياً. وعفويّاً، تجمعت المجموعات الطالبية المعادية للتطبيع، وأطلقت الحملة ضد الشركات المشاركة، التي تتعاون مع إسرائيل، وتدعمها مادياً. الطلاب يقولون إنهم يملكون وثائق عن ذلك، فيما رفض إداريون في الجامعة الحديث عن الموضوع من أساسه. وفي رأيهم، من شأن ذلك التقليل من هيبة الجامعة. استمر الطلاب بمحاولاتهم. أرادو الحوار مع الشركات الآتية. حتى الحوار ممنوع. الشركات باقية كمثيلاتها. لم ييأس الطلاب، وقبل انتصاف الظهيرة، تجمعوا على مقربة من مبنى «الوست هول» الشهير. وهناك أيضاً تعرّضوا لبعض المضايقات. الأمن والإدارة أولاً، ثم بعض «الليبراليين المتحمّسين». أحدهم نعت المعتصمين بغير الحضاريين. وتوالت الاتهامات، فقال آخر إن رافضي التطبيع يشوّهون صورة الجامعة. تناسى أن اعتصام الطلاب كان سلمياً وجدّياً، واقتصر على توزيع بعض المنشورات، ومحاولة الحوار. الحوار وحسب. وفيما تعاطف أغلب الطلاب مع الطروح الرافضة للتطبيع، لم تخلُ بعض التعليقات من الفجاجة. أحد مناصري التيار الوطني الحر، كما يعرفه طلاب في الجامعة، لم يرقه الأمر نهائياً. اقترب من الطلاب المعتصمين، وحاول السخرية منهم. لم يكتفِ بذلك، بل أعلن: «أنا مع إسرائيل». استفزّهم. لكن ثقته الزائدة بنفسه لم تمنعهم من ضبط أعصابهم، ومتابعة اعتصامهم سلمياً.

رغم الشحن الإعلامي، وقمع الإدارة ومجلس الطلاب للمعتصمين والتعرّض لهم بالدفع والركل، نجح هؤلاء في إحداث بلبلة، وفي إبعاد جزء كبير من الطلاب عن الشركات التي يتهمونها بدعم إسرائيل مادياً وعسكرياً. الطلاب لديهم وثائق تفضح رئيس شركة لوريال، جاد بوبر. يتهمونه بأنه رئيس الغرفة التجارية الإسرائيلية ـــــ الأوروبية. وشركة لوريال إسرائيل تصنع مواد بحرية ميتة وتصدّرها إلى 22 بلداً. شركة فيوليا للمياه، افتتحت محطة تحلية المياه في عسقلان جنوبي تل أبيب، بعد توقيع عقد لمدة 25 عاماً في أيلول 2001 مع شركائها الإسرائيليين، في أعقاب دعوة دولية لنشر العطاءات من قبل الحكومة الإسرائيلية. شركة نستلة السويسرية تملك 50.1٪ من صناعة الغذاء الإسرائيلية. وفي كانون الأول 2000، أعلنت أنها ستستثمر ملايين الدولارات لتشغيل مرافق جديدة للبحث والاستثمار في إسرائيل. شركة إيلي ليللي أيضاً قررت إنشاء فرع في إسرائيل. إضافة إلى هؤلاء، هناك جنرال إلكتريك، المتهمة بدعم الاحتلال الإسرائيلي عسكرياً، إلى جانب الدعم الاقتصادي والمالي.

قوم فوت نام

Posted in Anti-Normalization, Arab Complicity, Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions on May 14, 2010 by Marcy Newman

رامي زريق

استفاقت أخيراً مكاتب مقاطعة إسرائيل التابعة لجامعة الدول العربية من غيبوبتها. تثاءبت قليلاً، فتحت أعيناً أعمتها سنوات من النوم العميق، فبهرتها حدة الشمس العربية الساطعة. غسلت وجهها، سرّحت شعرها، ولمّعته بلمسة ناعمة من «البيريانتين». ارتدت ثيابها الرسمية، تعطّرت بأغلى العطور الفرنسية، ثم اعتلت المنصة. انطلقت حفلة زجلية من المزايدات، تخللتها مباراة في إلقاء العتابا الوطنية. اختتم البرنامج بامتحان فردي في إلقاء البيان الصحافي المطنطن، ثم بتناول غذاء سخي عادت من بعده إلى سريرها الدافئ لتتجهز للقائها المقبل في العقد المقبل إن شاء الله. كانت تلك مناسبة فريدة جمعت المصابين بـ«السكيزوفرينيا» من المحيط إلى الخليج: فها هو مندوب المغرب، الدولة التي تمارس تطبيعاً علنياً مع إسرائيل ليتجاوز حجم تبادلهما التجاري 37 مليون دولار سنوياً، يجلس بين المقاطعين ويتحدث عن فلسطين. وها هم مندوبو دول الخليج، ومنها من أغلق مكتب المقاطعة تجاوباً مع تعليمات السيد الأميركي، يصفقون عند سماعهم الميجانا الوطنية.

في سياق متصل، ها هي الأردن، التي تتبادل تجارياً مع إسرائيل على إيقاع 500 مليون دولار سنوياً، توقّع اتفاقيات المقاطعة العربية. وها هي أم الدنيا، التي حكمت بالأمس على حفنة من المقاومين بالسجن المؤبّد، والتي تهب غازها إلى إسرائيل وتحاصر أبناء غزة، تتذكّر فجأة تاريخها العروبي، ويذيّل توقيعها اتفاقية مقاطعة العدو. ما الذي دفع الوفود المهندمة والمعطّرة للخروج من الكوما وإطلاق تصريحات رنانة؟ ما الذي أيقظ المارد العربي من غيبوبته؟ هل يمكن أن يكون صدى التحركات الاجتماعية في مواجهة التطبيع قد اخترق آذانه الصماء؟ عد لنومك يا حبيبي… من الآن فصاعداً، سنتولى الأمر بأيدينا.

فتوى توجب مقاطعة إسرائيل

Posted in Anti-Normalization, Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions on May 13, 2010 by Marcy Newman

محمد النجار-عمّان

أصدر أكثر من خمسين من علماء الشريعة بالأردن فتوى تقضي بوجوب المقاطعة الاقتصادية لإسرائيل، واعتبرت أن عدم الالتزام بواجب المقاطعة “موالاة لأعداء الله”.

وقال بيان وقعه عدد من أساتذة الشريعة الإسلامية البارزين بالمملكة إن “المقاطعة الاقتصادية للعدو الصهيوني والداعمين له دولا ومؤسسات واجبة شرعا”.

وحرم البيان “ممارسة كل النشاطات الاقتصادية مع العدو التي تشمل استيراد بضائعهم أو استهلاكها أو التصدير إليهم، أو بيع العقارات أو تأجيرها إليهم أو القيام بأعمال السمسرة أو الترويج لبضائعهم، أو مشاركتهم في تأسيس الشركات والمصانع أو العمل فيها أو تبادل الخدمات معهم كالسياحة وسائر الأنشطة الاقتصادية التي تعين العدو الصهيوني والداعمين له وتمكن لهم في بلاد المسلمين”.

ووقع على الفتوى وزير الأوقاف الأردني السابق ورئيس مجلس علماء الإخوان المسلمين إبراهيم زيد الكيلاني، وعلماء بارزون من تيارات إخوانية وسلفية وعمداء حاليون وسابقون لكليات الشريعة الإسلامية في الجامعات الأردنية.

وذهبت الفتوى إلى حد اعتبار المقاطعة الاقتصادية “أحد وجوه الجهاد الواجب شرعا وأن عدم الالتزام بمقاطعة العدو اقتصاديا بعد العلم بالحكم من كبائر الذنوب وموالاة أعداء الله”.

واعتبرت أن سلاح المقاطعة الاقتصادية من أهم الأسلحة التي استعملها “الأعداء ضد إخواننا المسلمين في غزة والعراق والسودان وغيرها”، وحثت الفتوى المسلمين على وجوب معاملة الأعداء بالمثل.

كما دعا البيان الأمة حكاما وشعوبا إلى الالتزام بمقاطعة الأعداء اقتصاديا، واعتبار ذلك من باب “أضعف الإيمان”، وقال إن على المسلمين أن يدركوا أن المال الذي يدعمون به العدو يتحول لسلاح يقتل به إخوانهم، واعتبر البيان أن المال الذي يجنيه البعض من التجارة مع العدو “مال حرام”.

وتأتي الفتوى كأول أنشطة حملة مقاطعة البضائع الإسرائيلية التي أطلقتها لجنة مقاومة التطبيع في مجمع النقابات المهنية والتي ستشتمل على إصدار قوائم سوداء للمتعاملين مع إسرائيل، وقوائم شرف لمن رفضوا التعامل الاقتصادي مع إسرائيل.

وستنظم اللجنة يوم السبت المقبل مهرجانا لحرق بضائع إسرائيلية أمام السوق المركزي للخضار والفواكه جنوب العاصمة عمّان.

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