JAI–Eye on Palestine-May 29, 2015
Monitor Board of Contributors: Arc of justice bends toward Palestine
Since 2005, when Palestinian civil society issued a global call for a nonviolent campaign of Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions to be waged against Israel’s illegal occupation of its territories, the BDS movement has gradually emerged as an international challenge to Israel’s hegemonic authority over the Palestinian people.
Over the years BDS has gained momentum – moving inexorably toward calling upon the global community to pressure and isolate Israel. As it has matured, BDS has morphed into two political tracks – a limited track that calls for the boycott of settlements and settlement products through targeted boycotts and divestment, and a track that calls for total boycott. Read more.
Obama gives $1.9 billion in weapons as welcome gift to Israel’s racist government
The Obama administration approved a $1.9 billion arms sale to Israel in recent days as “compensation” for the US nuclear deal with Iran, which the Israeli regime staunchly opposes.
Among the tens of thousands of bombs included in the weapons package are 3,000 Hellfire missiles, 12,000 general purpose bombs and 750 bunker buster bombs that can penetrate up to twenty feet, or six meters, of reinforced concrete.
This generous weapons gift comes in the wake of Israel’s most ferocious attack on the Gaza Strip to date, in which the Israeli army deliberately targeted civilians, including children, as a matter of policy. Read more.
Gazan boats to receive Flotilla 3 at sea
A number of Gazan boats will sail from Gaza port to receive the Freedom Flotilla 3 on May 31 on the anniversary of the Israeli attack on the Turkish solidarity ship Mavi Marmara, the representative of Miles of Smiles convoys Ali al-Nazli said.
Nazli revealed, in a statement on Sunday, that the Gazan boats will be raising the flag of Palestine along with other flags of the participating countries in Flotilla 3. The boats will raise banners calling for lifting the siege on Gaza as well. Read more.