Why Should My Newspaper Pledge Not to Boycott Israel?
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By Alan Leveritt, Publisher, Arkansas Times
Last year, letters from the state of Arkansas began drifting across my desk, demanding that our weekly newspaper, the Arkansas Times, either sign a pledge not to boycott Israel or forfeit all state advertising.
The letters were the result of an obscure, cookie-cutter law passed in 2017 by our Republican-controlled legislature. Specifically, it requires any company entering into a contract with a public entity to certify that it “is not currently engaged in, and agrees for the duration of the contract not to engage in, a boycott of Israel.”
Initially, we and our longtime state agency clients simply ignored it and went about our business of producing a newspaper. But when the University of Arkansas System began strictly enforcing the law last fall, it told us that we had to sign the anti-boycott pledge in order to continue running advertisements for the University of Arkansas-Pulaski Technical College.
January 4, 2019 at 3:15 PM #8498mrdmkParticipant
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Many people who did not give this matter a thought before hand are directly being told how to operate and more importantly what to think. With all of the states (37?, lost count) which have this ‘Legal Cause’ are being called out. It will take time using the court system, the hope is these laws are thrown out never to be seen again. Another hope is people will demand as to how these laws came to be.
One more point, these ‘Legal Cause’ are very similar in multiple states. That cost a lot money to run this type of campaign. The sources of money need to be taken to the woodshed.
If you cannot dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bullshit WC Fields
January 5, 2019 at 12:11 AM #8685Cold Mountain TrailParticipant
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I really don’t get why this would be moving down to the state level, or even what the advantage is for Israel?
January 5, 2019 at 1:58 AM #8702Babel 17Participant
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Nowhere is the influence and power of a political lobby more evident than in the annual Policy Conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).
This year’s Conference takes place in Washington, DC on March 20-22. An event that rivals the President’s annual State of the Union message, the gathering has drawn nearly 400 confirmed speakers, including Vice President Joe Biden and Presidential candidates Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Ted Cruz and John Kasich, who will address more than 15,000 pro-Israel Americans (including 2/3 of the current Members of Congress). According to the Lobby’s website, the event is the “largest gathering of America’s pro-Israel community.”
Among the confirmed speakers are 30 members of the U.S. Congress, 25 of whom received 2016 contributions from pro-Israel PACs and individuals, averaging $36,000 per recipient ($908,000 in total). From each of those speakers, AIPAC gains a public expression of high level support for Israel. [Note: the contribution figures come from opensecrets.org, a project of the nonprofit Center for Responsive Politics.]
Among the presidential candidates for 2015-16, AIPAC generated contributions in the amount of $212,927 for Hillary Clinton and $203,850 for Ted Cruz. Marco Rubio received $132,552 and Lindsey Graham $74,200. No surprise that all of those candidates have pledged “full support” for Israel.
With Israel, it’s more about their internal politics, and the dominant conservative parties don’t want to be getting shamed by the USA, as maintaining their right to keep the occupied lands is part of their appeal to their base. And if moderate Israelis get disgusted by Israel being portrayed as a pariah nation, then that could upset the political balance.
A lot of Jews/Israelis are not amused by the actions of their government.
These young Jews are talking to Birthright participants before they travel to Israel to make sure they know the full truth about the trip
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January 5, 2019 at 1:50 AM #8701Babel 17Participant
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I’ve mentioned this before, but I had to give a pass on a bottle of Cilantro extract that gets processed in Hawaii (Aloha!) but which is sourced from Israel. I admire Israeli farmers, but something like Cilantro would be ideal to grow on land illegally taken from Palestinians.
The bottle only mentioned Israel, and not the region it was from. So I went with the more expensive brand. It’s grown in the USA, and arguably I should have bought it anyway, but it is kind of pricey, and I like to try out new stuff.
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