-Compiled, Re-Titled & Adapted for Length by Mark Hage, Vermonters for Justice in Palestine

 

Major League Baseball (MLB) Strikes Out: Stops Running Promotions of Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters on its platforms, caving to Jewish group that accuses Waters of anti-Semitism.

In January, Jewish advocacy organization B’nai B’rith International began a campaign to protest ads for Waters’ new tour, ‘This is Not a Drill’, which appeared on MLB platforms. The group claimed that the musician is an “avowed anti-Semite” whose views on Israel “far exceed the boundaries of civil discourse.”

B’nai B’rith sent a letter to MLB, pointing to Waters’ support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, among other things.

In response, the League reached out the organization to assure them that “there are no plans to schedule more ads.”

Waters has denied having any prejudice against Jews (his own daughter-in-law is Jewish), noting in an interview with Democracy Now that pro-Israel groups use the accusation of anti-Semitism against “anybody who supports BDS or anybody who criticizes Israeli foreign policy.”

 

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Maccabee Task Force: Another Brick in the Wall for Palestine BDS Movement

David Brog, executive director of the Maccabee Task Force, emailed supporters on December 26th: “In the spirit of Hanukkah, donate to help us create modern day Maccabees.”

The Maccabee Task Force funds free, propaganda trips for campus leaders to Israel, while obscuring its role and objective in the trips. In his email solicitation for donations, Brog acknowledged his organization’s covert tactics:

 “Many groups like to talk about what they’re doing on campus. We rarely do. You will never see our name on the events we sponsor. You will never see our logo on the buses we send to Israel.

“By the time this academic year is over, we will have funded over 3,200 pro-Israel events on 112 campuses across the country and around the world.  And we will have brought over 2,300 leaders from these campuses on transformative trips to Israel.

“And these efforts are working!  Last year, BDS passed on only one of the 80 campuses on which we were active.  And we intentionally go to the campuses with the most active anti-Israel efforts.

“These efforts are extremely effective — and extremely expensive.  If we’re going to be able to keep growing at this pace, we need your help.  Together, we can ensure that we bring more strategies and support to even more pro-Israel students next year.”

Brog, who is Jewish, is also the founding executive director of “Christians United for Israel (CUFI).”

 

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5-minute video on the new Trump “peace plan”… the history, current context, and who was behind the administration’s proposed “Deal of the Century”

If you would like more detailed information on the peace plan produced by IAK, including a link to the entire document, you’ll find it here.