During 2015 some writers understandably suggested that the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) was beginning to lose its grip on the U.S. government. It was believed that AIPAC’S waning influence was partly due to its “losing big on the Iran sanctions” and failing “to prevent the Iran nuclear deal.” Such optimism that the American people might be getting back what Abraham Lincoln had termed as “Government of the people, by the people, for the people . . . ” has, regrettably, proved somewhat premature with news that the U.S. — at the urging of 83 of the 100 sitting senators http://www.aipac.org/-/media/website/pdfs/coons-graham-israel-mou-letter.ashx — is ready to offer Israel the largest aid package in history. (http://www.timesofisrael.com/white-house-ready-to-offer-israel-largest-aid-package-in-us-history/)
A further indication that the Jewish lobby led by AIPAC is alive, well, and still in full control, comes with the passing of a Bipartisan Anti-BDS Bill by the California state’s Assembly Accountability Administrative Review Committee. Assemblyman Travis Allen (R-Huntington Beach) issued the following disingenuous statement considering that Israel consistently violates every principle of democracy and human rights which the U.S. hypocritically purports to be upholding and fighting for:
“It is always the right time to fight against discrimination and hate speech, and today the Republicans are honoured to stand strong in this bipartisan fight. California and Israel have historically stood together as allies due to our unique bond founded on shared values, a bilateral trade relationship, and our unwavering commitment to freedom and democracy. It is unconscionable for our state to do business with companies that play politics and boycott our critical allies.”
If instead of getting his facts from The New York Times or Fox News, Assemblyman Allen would instead view some U tube video clips of racist Israeli hordes screaming “death to all Arabs” or of recorded barbaric crimes against humanity including extrajudicial executions of Palestinians, he would perhaps begin to realise that his conception of “unwavering commitment to freedom and democracy,” is irrefutably flawed.
Such developments in the U.S. were preceded in Canada earlier this year when in February the Canadian Parliament passed a historic motion formally condemning the BDS anti-Israel movement. The motion asserted:
“That, given Canada and Israel share a long history of friendship as well as economic and diplomatic relations, the House reject the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which promotes the demonisation and delegitimisation of the State of Israel, and call upon the government to condemn any and all attempts by Canadian organisations, groups or individuals to promote the BDS movement, both here at home and abroad.”
Meanwhile in Britain, the Government has stated that it is banning public boycotts of Israeli goods because the practice undermines “community cohesion” and Britain’s “international security.” Ministers have issued a so-called procurement policy note notifying public authorities that they would face “severe penalties” if they continue procurement boycotts on ethical grounds. In keeping with the best traditions of democracy, the policy has now been implemented without any parliamentary debate or vote. This was presumably because “public procurement should never be used as a tool to boycott tenders from suppliers based in other countries, except where formal legal sanctions, embargoes and restrictions have been put in place by the UK Government,” as was once the case regarding Apartheid in South Africa. (http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/boycott-israel-ban-bds-illegal-british-government-tories-palestine-procurement-a6879421.html)
Not to be outdone by either the U.S. or Britain, France has been equally aggressive in criminalising BDS to the extent that “BDS activists find themselves today having to fight both antisemitic conspiracy theories which take them to be victims, as well as the measures criminalising the BDS movement, which claim that they are antisemitic persecutors. The trap is thus set: what place is left in the debate to criticise Israel? The criminalisation of the BDS movement is essentially the criminalisation of an antiracist and anticapitalist political protest. Those who demonstrate today against the State of Emergency and the banning of demonstrations need to remind themselves that the current French government did not begin banning political demonstrations with the State of Emergency following the attacks Nov. 13, 2015, but during the Israeli assault on Gaza in July 2014. In France too, the repression of pro-Palestinian movements serves as a laboratory of political repression.” (http://www.alternet.org/grayzone-project/frances-shocking-wrong-headed-repression-protests-against-israels-violent-policies)
In Germany, people tend to avoid criticising Israel — a legacy from Nazi Germany — for fear of being perceived as anti-Semitic. Such fear on the part of most Germans who go out of their way to portray a pro-Israel stance, makes it even more difficult for German BDS activists who are regularly accused of being anti-Semitic as well as being physically abused. Consequently, even without a great deal of help from the government, the BDS movement has not yet received recognition as a legitimate form of social protest.
The gradual but incessant and successful criminalisation of criticism of, or opposition to Apartheid Israel — initiated by Jewish lobby groups that operate throughout the world but more so in the West — has without doubt not only infringed on the basic right to free speech, but has also Zionised the government perceptions of most Western democracies where the phantom of anti-Semitism has become the ultimate zionist weapon in coercing most of us to remain subservient and silent because Israel will not be satisfied until every drop of drinkable water which it has not already stolen, becomes too contaminated for Palestinians to drink; Israel will not be satisfied until its air, land and sea blockade of the Occupied territories — that prevents the import of vital food and medical supplies — has induced malnutrition, disease and death amongst the imprisoned and persecuted population; Israel will not be satisfied until all Palestinian children have been traumatised by the experience of seeing their parents being hounded, humiliated, imprisoned without due process, and in many cases simply murdered; Israel will not be satisfied until those same children are further traumatised by being arbitrarily arrested, interrogated without adult or legal council support, beaten, terrorised, and forced into signing confessions (written in a language they do not understand) that incriminate parents and relatives who are then held indefinitely under the misused Administrative Detention Order; Israel will not be satisfied until every Palestinian home, hospital and school has been reduced to rubble with bombs supplied by courtesy of U.S. taxpayers; and Israel will not be satisfied until every drop of Palestinian blood has soaked into the stolen Palestinian lands on which more illegal Jewish settlements will be built.