THE CRIMINALIZATION OF political speech and activism against Israel has become one of the gravest threats to free speech in the West. In France, activists have been arrested and prosecuted for wearing T-shirts advocating a boycott of Israel. The U.K. has enacted a series of measures designed to outlaw such activism. In the U.S., governors compete with one another over who can implement the most extreme regulations to bar businesses from participating in any boycotts aimed even at Israeli settlements, which the world regards as illegal. On U.S. campuses, punishment of pro-Palestinian students for expressing criticisms of Israel is so commonplace that the Center for Constitutional Rights refers to it as “the Palestine Exception” to free speech.But now, a group of 43 senators — 29 Republicans and 14 Democrats — wants to implement a law that would make it a felony for Americans to support the international boycott against Israel, which was launched in protest of that country’s decades-old occupation of Palestine.
Source: U.S. Lawmakers Seek to Criminally Outlaw Support for Boycott Campaign Against Israel
After serving as the key protector of South Africa’s apartheid regime, the U.S. is playing the same role for Israel.
Source: U.S. Admits Israel Is Building Permanent Apartheid Regime — Weeks After Giving It $38 Billion
Formal memorandum of understanding increases the annual military aid package to Israel, rewarding it with a record $38 billion over 10 years.
Source: Benjamin Netanyahu Added 100,000 Settlers. Now the U.S. Rewards Him With Largest Aid Package Ever.
Those who want Silicon Valley tech giants to be arbiters of political speech are playing with fire.
Source: Facebook Is Collaborating With the Israeli Government to Determine What Should Be Censored
“New IDF Chief Rabbi: It is permissible to rape during war”. Under that: “Major Col. Eyal Qarim has declared in the past “draft of girls is totally forbidden” – and claimed that in times of war it is permissible for soldiers to “have sex with comely gentile women against their will”.
Source: Israeli rabbi who advocated rape of ‘comely gentile women’ during war becomes chief army rabbi
On Sunday, the families of several terrorist victims sued Facebook under an American anti-terrorism law. The victims died in multiple terrorist attacks in Israel in 2015 and 2016, and the families are seeking at least $1 billion in damages.
The plaintiffs allege that the social networking giant is liable as it provides “material support” to Hamas—which the United States government considers a terrorist group—by allowing its leaders and followers to openly use the service.
Source: Families: Hamas on Facebook, so firm must pay $1B after terror deaths | Ars Technica
Israel’s racial profiling at its borders has been rife with abuses that stand in contrast with American values of equal treatment and safeguarding personal liberties.
Source: Donald Trump Calls for Israeli-Style Racial Profiling — But Profiling Is a Disaster
Newly disclosed emails show Clinton State Department officials working alongside fossil fuel companies aggressively pushing for fracking even in countries where local objections were growing.
Source: Hillary Clinton’s Energy Initiative Pressed Countries to Embrace Fracking, New Emails Reveal
For more than a year, U.S. intelligence has been monitoring Erik Prince’s communications and movements, probing allegations that he used his company as a cover to set up Blackwater-style operations.
Source: Blackwater’s Founder Is Under Investigation for Money Laundering, Ties to Chinese Intel, and Brokering Mercenary Services
Far away from AIPAC, Bernie Sanders made a dissenting speech in Salt Lake City, where he spoke up for suffering Palestinians. It received little broadcast media attention.
Source: Bernie Sanders Spoke Up for Suffering Palestinians, but Few in Broadcast Media Covered It