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Countering Islamophobia One Tweet at a Time

by Oui Fri Nov 3rd, 2023 at 08:40:22 PM EST

Modern Muslims' Online Struggle: Countering Islamophobia One Tweet at a Time | Insight Turkey |

Muslims globally are using the internet, not just as a window to see and be seen by the rest of the world, but also as a tool with which to push back against the many attempts to sideline them, profile them, stigmatize them and silence them.1 Their efforts to deploy digital media as a platform that gives voice to the voiceless, thus helping them to amplify and spread their messages, became particularly important in the midst of the rising wave of Islamophobia after 9/11, especially in the West.

With the alarming increase in incidents of hatred against Muslims worldwide and the dangerous new wave of Islamophobia that has been witnessed more recently, many Muslims have resorted to online campaigns to fight against negative misrepresentations, rectify their images, and spread correct awareness about their faith and traditions, their multifaceted identities and lived realities. This commentary provides various examples illustrating how different groups of Muslims are engaging in tireless online efforts to achieve all of these goals.

Countering the Islamophobia Industry
Toward More Effective Strategies| Carter Center - May 2018 |


By President Jimmy Carter

I have watched with concern the unprecedented rise of anti-Muslim hate crimes and hate speech. From surveillance and imprisonment, with fewer procedural safeguards against anti-Muslim legislation, Muslims have been subjected to discriminatory and unconstitutional practices. Such actions not only infringe on the freedom of Muslims to practice their faith, but also marginalize them as engaged citizens.

Respect for human rights and the elimination of discrimination are essential to advancing global peace and democracy. When we turn a blind eye to discrimination against our Muslim neighbours, we cannot claim to remain true to our American values, and if we tolerate discrimination against those of another faith, we undermine our own cherished religious freedom.

None of us can ignore the challenge that rising Islamophobia presents to our nation. We must resolve to fight fear and abuse with solidarity and a commitment to justice -- especially for those whose communities have suffered oppression and discrimination.

In September of 2017, The Carter Center convened an international symposium of scholars, journalists, civil society actors, and religious leaders to develop a strategic and sustainable response to Islamophobia. We concluded that all people of good will have a responsibility to speak out and hold accountable those who seek to divide us by derogating others. We must use the laws that enshrine human and civil rights to combat Islamophobia as they have been used to combat other forms of discrimination.

It is the Carter Center's mission to wage peace, fight disease, and build hope for all people. In this guidebook we offer strategies, best practices, and toolkits to fight the spread of Islamophobia and to build a culture of respect for universal human rights.

Losing Protest Rights in EU Countries

Burning EU and other flags can now bring German jail term  BBC News - 15 May 2020 |

Germany has made public burning of the EU flag or that of another country punishable by up to three years in jail, classing it as a hate crime. The vote in the Bundestag (parliament) makes defiling foreign flags equal to the crime of defiling the German flag.

The same applies for the EU anthem, Beethoven's Ode to Joy theme.

The move followed Social Democrat (SPD) complaints about protesters' burning of the Israeli flag in Berlin in 2017.

Demonstrators wave Palestinian, Turkish and Syrian flags in front of the Brandenburg Gate, next to the US embassy in Berlin on December 8, 2017. (AFP PHOTO / John MACDOUGALL)

Justice Minister Christine Lambrecht, a member of the centre-left SPD, said "burning flags publicly has nothing to do with peaceful protests". She said it stoked up "hatred, anger and aggression", and hurt many people's feelings. [fu*king ridiculous when a country launches a war with crimes against humanity or as we have seen crimes of genocide ... in 1968 the chant Johnson murderer changed the presidential election outcome in 1968]

The new law also applies to acts of defilement besides burning, such as publicly ripping a flag up. Public display of the Nazi swastika and other Nazi symbols is already banned in Germany.

The far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) has condemned the new law as "excessive interference in free speech and artistic expression".

The act of defiling the Union Flag in the UK is not a crime, but France has made desecration of the tri-color punishable by a fine of up to €7,500 (£6,600; $8,000) or six months in jail.

Spain, Italy and Greece also have laws banning desecration of the national flag.

What rights of Palestinians?

Germany as guarantor of the existence of a Zionist state in the Middle East ... Green Party duo Annalena Baerbock and Robert Habeck.

Burning of Israeli flags during demonstrations and "praising Hamas terror" were criminal offenses.

"Any German citizen who does this will have to answer for such offenses in court. Those who are not German citizens will also risk their residency status."

Recently EC President VDL spoke at the Hudson Institute (19 Oct. 2023) and praised their outstanding job.

There was no limit to the blood, Hamas terrorists wanted to spill. They went home by home. They burned people alive. They mutilated children and babies. Why? Because they were Jews. Because they were living in the State of Israel.

And Hamas' explicit goal is to eradicate Jewish life from the Holy Land. These terrorists, supported by their friends in Tehran will never stop.

Hudson Institute board member and philanthropist Nina Rosenwald, founder of the Gatestone Institute, has used her millions to cement the alliance between the pro-Israel lobby and the Islamophobic fringe. Includes Dutch Islamophobe Geert Wilders who may become part of next Dutch government after 22 November general election.

An American anti-Muslim megadonor is publishing fake news that's giving a boost to a German far-right party in Sunday's election | The Intercept - 22 Sept. 2017 |

Anti-Semitism Extended to Criticism Jerusalem

INRA adopted in European countries

Adoption of anti-Semitism definition curbs free speech: Report | Al Jazeera - 7 June 2023 |

EU nations called out for adopting definition that conflates anti-Semitism with criticism of Israel and fosters 'anti-Palestinian racism'.

The European Union's adoption of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance's (IHRA) working definition of anti-Semitism has led to widespread restrictions on the rights of assembly and freedom of expression, according to research from a rights group.

The European Legal Support Center (ELSC)'s report (PDF), Suppressing Palestinian Rights Advocacy through the IHRA Working Definition of Anti-Semitism, published on Tuesday, describes how the definition has wrongly conflated anti-Semitism with criticism of Israel.

Israel, Hasbara Mission and Disinformation

False Propaganda Says the US Is Out to Destroy Islam | Posted by Oui @BooMan on 30 July 2014 |

From BooMan's fp story - They Drift Apart.

"I encourage (especially) our Jewish members to opine about this observation by Josh Marshall ..."

and combined it with BooMan's earlier story - Can We Just Be Honest for Once?

I love how this country devises new ways to always avoid taking responsibility for its past mistakes. Did we torture people to death for no good reason? Oh well, we can't admit it or our soldiers deployed overseas will be put at risk. This is why we never saw many of the more appalling photos from Abu Ghraib. It would have inflamed international opinion and made people want to kill our troops.

Pentagon generals have preceded my statement, but Netanyahu's Israel is endangering the security of the United States and prevents any attempt to come to a peaceful solution with the Palestinians. It's quite one-sided, having made a full 180º turn in my personal opinion through the last four decades. The assassination of Yitzak Rabin destroyed the Oslo Accords and there has not been a serious attempt to make a deal with the Palestinians.

Deep Fake, Bouncing Kerry As A Terrorist Apologist

U.S., Israel Strongly Decry Obama-Netanyahu Transcript as Crude Fake | NBC News  - 29 July 2014 | Plus video reaction John Kerry

The transcript, reported by Israeli TV, quotes President Barack Obama as dictating terms to Israel's prime minister in a rude and bitter exchange.

Senior U.S. and Israeli officials sharply denounced Tuesday a purported leaked transcript of an allegedly contentious phone call between President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a crude fake.

The alleged transcript, which Israel's Channel 1 said it had obtained from an unidentified "senior American official," quotes the two leaders as arguing bitterly in a phone conversation Sunday over Israel's military actions in Gaza. In its report, Channel 1 characterizes Obama as addressing Netanyahu in a "rude, condescending and hostile manner," and Obama as having cut off Netanyahu mid-sentence:

Netanyahu: I protest because Hamas can continue to launch rockets and use tunnels for terror attacks --

New CAIR Report: $105-Million Donated by Major US Foundations to Islamophobic Groups | Tikun Olam - 13 Jan. 2022 |

Jewish pro-Israel donors gave 20% of overall funding

The American Muslim defense organization, CAIR, published a new account of Islamophobia in America, Islamophobia in the Mainstream.  It reports that wealthy US foundations gave $105-million between 2017-2019 to hate groups with an Islamophobic agenda.  It examined the 50 largest US foundations and focussed on 35 which gave the funds to 26 organizations.  Among the foundations were ones founded by noted far-right fixtures: the late gambling magnate, Sheldon Adelson, Irving Moskowitz, who earned his wealth through a Southern California bingo empire, and Bernie Marcus, founder of Home Depot. The Jewish Communal Fund and Jewish federations in Boston, Los Angeles and San Francisco also donated large sums to these groups via donor-advised funds.

John Bolton chairs the Islamophobic Gatestone Institute

IMPACT: Gatestone has published a steady stream of content aimed at stoking fears of a Muslim takeover of Europe and America. The articles warn that increasing Muslim migration to Europe will lead to the "Islamization" of the continent. Gatestone's pieces have been cited by far-right politicians to justify their anti-Muslim policies.  

Gatestone Institute was founded in 2008 under the name "Hudson New York" by Nina Rosenwald. In 2012, the organization briefly changed its name to Stonegate Institute. Later that year, the organization adopted its current name. Gatestone describes itself as an "international policy council and think tank." The former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and current national security adviser to President Donald Trump, John Bolton, served as the Institute's chairman since 2013.

Rosenwald is the heiress to the Sears Roebuck fortune. A 2011 report by the Center for American Progress found that since 2001, Rosenwald, through her family foundation, the William Rosenwald Family Fund, donated more than $2.8 million to "organizations that fan the flames of Islamophobia." The Center for American Progress identified the family fund as one of the top seven funders of Islamophobia.

Written eons ago ...

Fear Inc: Funding Islamophobia in America | @BooMan on 27 Aug 2011 |

Israeli Ambassador Stepping Over Warm Body Barack Obama | @BooMan on 26 Dec. 2016 |

It is a historical fact the 9/11 attack on America, symbol of the free world, was exploited by the State of Israel to split civilization between "Western culture" and the terrorists "Islamic culture". Fear Inc. 2.0 and Islamophobia is on the rise and created the opening for fascism, populism and nationalism after the banking and financial crisis of 2008. The European far-right and anti-immigration parties developed as anti-establishment voices which led to the LEAVE vote in the UK Brexit referendum and the upset victory for Trumpism in the US presidential election.

Israel and especially PM Netanyahu took this policy one step too far, sticking in to US president Barack Obama. Bibi overplaying his hand which gets him wide criticism from an otherwise tranquille opposition in Israel.

Dutch Intelligence AIVD Manipulation and Propaganda

Jordan says Gulf ministers, Egyptian FM, Palestinians to meet Blinken Saturday | Arab News |

AMMAN: Jordan said on Friday the kingdom will host a meeting on Saturday between US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and his Saudi, Qatari, Emirati and Egyptian counterparts, along with participation of the Palestinians.

The ministers will stress during the talks the "Arab stance calling for an immediate cease-fire, delivering humanitarian aid and ways of ending the dangerous deterioration that threatens the security of the region," a foreign ministry statement said.

Israel has struck Gaza from the air, imposed a siege and launched a ground assault, stirring global alarm over humanitarian conditions in the enclave, with food scarce, medical services collapsing and a civilian death toll that has surpassed 9,000.

Blinken, who arrived on Friday after earlier meeting Israeli leaders, said the US was determined that there not be a second or third front in the conflict. He also appealed to Israel to take steps to protect civilians in Gaza.

The Arab ministers will hold a meeting ahead of their discussions with Blinken as part of their diplomatic drive to lobby with major powers to put pressure on Israel to end its military campaign, officials said.

"This coordination meeting is part of their efforts to bring an end to the Israeli war on Gaza that is causing a humanitarian catastrophe," the statement said.

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Nov 3rd, 2023 at 11:04:36 PM EST
When the wheels came off ...

China, Jerusalem and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict | MEI - 20 Feb. 2018 |

Despite US threats to cut aid to those countries which voted against it, an overwhelming majority of members, including China, voted (128-9, with 35 abstentions) for a resolution demanding that the United States withdraw its December 6 declaration on Jerusalem.

By going against world opinion, the US arguably looked out of step in relation to the conflict. By contrast, China's alignment with international public opinion gave it the aura of a potential mediator --

America shunned multilateralism and tried with bi-lateral agreements to by-pass the global community of the United Nations, specially the two permanent members on the security council Russia and China. ... AmericaFirst!

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Nov 3rd, 2023 at 11:05:21 PM EST
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Prince Faisal bin Farhan, China's FM Wang Yi discuss Gaza crisis | Arab News |

RIYADH: The Saudi foreign minister and his Chinese counterpart held talks over the phone on Friday, the Kingdom's foreign ministry said.

During their call, Prince Faisal bin Farhan thanked Wang Yi for China's support for the UN resolution issued last Friday, which called for an immediate cease-fire in the Gaza Strip and for an urgent humanitarian truce amid Israel's war with Hamas.

According to the foreign ministry, Prince Faisal and Wang discussed the ongoing situation in the Palestinian enclave and the increasing threat to life of civilians.

They also agreed on the need for the international community to fulfil its responsibility to bring an end to all military action in Gaza and return the two sides to a path of just and comprehensive peace, the ministry said.

Prince Faisal and Wang also discussed Saudi-Chinese relations, the ministry added.

Chinese FM says to continue utmost effort to ease crisis in Gaza | Xinhua News - 4 No. 2023 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Nov 3rd, 2023 at 11:05:51 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Nov 3rd, 2023 at 11:17:59 PM EST
by Cat on Sat Nov 4th, 2023 at 03:08:08 AM EST
... to the very last drop of Palestinian blood ... bring our people home 🏡


End the genocide now 🚸 ⁉️

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Nov 4th, 2023 at 07:31:00 AM EST
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The United States continues to believe that the best viable path--indeed, the only path--is through a two-state solution.

Complete bull ... and they know it!

Option died during the Obama administration and his Cairo speech on the Middle East [transcript]... making choices and a recalcitrant presumed "ally" for true peace. The U.S. and Israel are from Mars ... bombing the other side to submission ... has never worked out.

The Forces of Evil were stronger than the man in the White House ... his worst political appointment was Hillary RodhamClinton, Barry Goldwater's girl and cheerleader.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Nov 4th, 2023 at 09:40:09 AM EST
The result a seismic divide in America and rise of white supremacy and ...

Would rise to become Israel's settler Prime Minister leading to further arrogance and rise of extremist right wing pro-settlers like Kahanist Ben Gvir. Hell is coming over us and we are blinded by Jahweh.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Nov 4th, 2023 at 09:41:16 AM EST
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Fear, Loathing and Terror in Israel-Palestine | Tikun Olam - 29 Oct. 2014 |

I gave this talk earlier this week to the Unitarian Universalist Humanists of the Unitarian Universalist Church in Seattle on October 23rd. My talk goes till 42:00 approximately. The rest is Q&A, including a vocal altercation with an obstreperous audience member who thought I gave short shrift to Israelis:

Attack on Ammunition Hill claimed by Hamas - Silwan neighbourhood

The world largely stood by and did nothing. Though U.S., Turkey and Qatar offered to mediate, Israel distrusted all of them as being biased toward Hamas. It preferred the services of the Egyptian military junta with which it has a cozy relationship.

About the best we can say in terms of a 'positive' outcome is that the massacre left a foul taste in most of the world's mouth.   It sank Israel's reputation in the world even lower than it already was.

That's enhanced the stature of both the BDS movement and the Palestinian Authority's campaign for full statehood within the UN. There are only two parties opposed: Israel, as can be expected, and the U.S. We've sided with Israel throughout, vetoing Security Council resolutions opposing settlements and supporting a Palestinian state. For all that, we have precious little to show for it. Even our own leaders, Barack Obama and John Kerry. don't have any faith in Israel's leadership.

But due to the iron grip the Israel Lobby holds on our policy towards Israel-Palestine, we are immobilized. We cannot even be the honest broker between the two sides which we'd like to be.

During Operation Protective Edge we were placed in the awkward role of bystander.  It reminded me of riding in a car on the freeway as you pass a fatal accident.  You feel the horror and dread of death while being helpless to intervene.

The background to all this was the failure of the Israel-Palestine peace talks brokered by John Kerry over the past year. While some had great hopes for a positive outcome, I was sceptical since I didn't see the will for an agreement on the Israeli side, nor the will to exert pressure on the American side.  When those talks died a few months ago amidst much recrimination against Israel by the U.S. negotiators, the stage was set for last summer's war and the subsequent rise in terror attacks on both sides.


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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Nov 4th, 2023 at 01:23:38 PM EST
Braverman's future hangs in balance amid pro-Palestine Armistice Day march row - live

Home secretary accused of putting police at risk of violent attacks by claiming they are biased towards demonstrators

Rishi Sunak is under pressure from opposition MPs and even some Tories to sack Suella Braverman after she defied Downing Street by writing an article accusing police of bias in allowing pro-Palestinian protests.

The home secretary's claim that some senior officers apparently "play favourites" was not signed off by No 10, the prime minister's spokesman made clear.

A home secretary actively undermining public order feels like a dangerous step into Trump territory | The Guardian Opinion |

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Nov 9th, 2023 at 10:58:00 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Nov 9th, 2023 at 10:59:18 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Nov 9th, 2023 at 11:00:08 PM EST
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Rishi Sunak sacks Suella Braverman as Home Secretary | BBC News |

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Nov 13th, 2023 at 09:23:12 AM EST
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Health and schools ministers resign from government | FT |

Two more ministers have announced their departures from the government as Rishi Sunak's reshuffle gathers pace.

Nick Gibb, schools minister, announced he has stepped down from the government and will quit as an MP before the next election to take up an unspecified "diplomatic role".

Neil O'Brien meanwhile quit as a health minister, saying that he wanted to "focus 100 per cent on constituency work" from the backbenches. He added that he wanted to spend more time with his two small children. 

David Cameron seen in Downing street as reshuffle gets under way

David Cameron, the former prime minister, walked into Downing Street this morning prompting speculation he could be given a high-profile job -- such as foreign secretary -- in the reshuffle.

Cameron was premier from 2010 until 2016 when he resigned after initiating the Brexit vote in which he unsuccessfully campaigned for Britain to remain in the European Union.

He was recently caught up at the centre of the biggest lobbying scandal in Britain for decades when the FT revealed that he had secretly lobbied former colleagues in government on behalf of his employer, Greensill Capital.

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Nov 13th, 2023 at 09:45:00 AM EST
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Respect although I'm no Tory or Cameron fan ... after Boris and Lizzy time to get serious and bring back experience and professionalism in Government ... interesting to watch ... in comparison the Dutch are ready for a new generation as the majority of the old garde moves on to a position elsewhere 😂

David Cameron enters Number 10 amid Cabinet reshuffle

Reporters: "New Foreign Secretary David Cameron?"

Reshuffle: Who's in and who's out | Sky News |

Rishi Sunak is reshuffling his cabinet - here are the moves so far:


  • James Cleverly appointed home secretary
  • David Cameron appointed foreign secretary
  • Steve Barclay appointed environment secretary

  • Suella Braverman sacked as home secretary
  • Nick Gibb quits as education minister
  • Neil O'Brien quits as levelling up minister
  • Will Quince quits as health minister
  • Jesse Norman quits as transport minister
  • Rachel Maclean sacked as housing minister
  • Therese Coffey quits as environment secretary
  • Jeremy Quin quits as paymaster general

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Former PvdA leader Asscher: 'red line crossed' with cartoon in De Volkskrant

To everyone his own interpretation ... personally I love excellent political cartoons ... in the complexity of the Israeli-Palestine conflict, I prefer to be explicit and not implicit to one's interpretation.

For me it illustrates clear hypocrisy in Western media choosing a pro-Israel bias with leaders lacking clarity and leadership. The long arm of Israeli propaganda as we have witnessed for decades, especially in the United States where it matters. All lives matter and the Jewish State has been clear, Palestinian lives don't matter. On the West Bank ever since the 1967 war and occupation and illegal settlement became policy to complete the Zionist project.

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Nov 10th, 2023 at 10:40:23 PM EST
Hebrew statement by Israeli pro-Palestine activist, Shiri Eisner:

Public service: "from the river to the sea" is NOT a call for ethnic cleansing of [or genocide against] Jews. It is a call to end the Occupation, apartheid and ethnic cleansing that exists in the State of Israel. And for the creation of a state of all its citizens.

If a "state for all its citizens sounds like "throw the Jews into the sea," I urge you to examine why that is.

[editor: I'm writing here in order to anticipate responses. This is the consensus interpretation of this phrase among activists themselves within the Palestinian and Israeli anti-Zionist groups.]

I know this phrase as well and over many years, as you know your own mothers. If you have only heard it in negative contexts, I guarantee it is because of the way you need to see it and the way it is represented, rather than the way in which it is meant by those who use it.

Shiri Eisner @ShiriEisner


My name is Shiri. I'm 28 years old at the time of this writing, I live in Israel and have been an activist on feminist, queer, antioccupation and animal rights issues for nearly 7 years now. I've been a bisexual activist for almost 3 years.

This text tells my story as a bisexual activist, and through it, I hope, also the story of the bisexual movement in Israel so far. In addition, I hope to show my readers the strands of Israeli militarism and its culture of violent and racist occupation of Palestine and the Palestinian people, which weave through all of our lives and all of our experiences here.

With this I hope to achieve two things: first, to deconstruct the false separation between the two fields of "LGBT rights" and antiwar activism, emphasizing connections between oppressed groups and their struggles; second, to promote the principles of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, encouraging actions of solidarity with the Palestinian people and nonviolent struggle against the Israeli occupation.

The BDS is a call made by more than 60 Palestinian academic, cultural and other civil society federations, unions and organizations (and supported by hundreds of organizations worldwide), for a comprehensive economic, cultural and academic boycott of Israel.

The BDS lists three goals: ending the occupation and colonization of all Arab lands occupied by Israel in June 1967, full equality for Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel, and acknowledging the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN Resolution 1948. The BDS is a global nonviolent movement, opposed to all forms of violence and racism (including anti-Semitism).

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Nov 10th, 2023 at 11:34:17 PM EST

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