Friday, August 04, 2006

Settler stop light?

AT LEFT - Photo of a stoplight near Israeli settlements.

I passed by this stop light in front of Hebrew University. Am I hallucinating or is that an armed settler in the "don't walk" sign? See the gun slung over his shoulder? No? hmmm... maybe I am crazy. Anyway, I'm kidding, sort of, but my point is that Hebrew Univerity is one of several Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem. While founded in the 1920s as part of the original Zionist colonial movement, today Hebrew University is expanding through siezures of land from Palestinian families. Many Americans study at this university, never realizing that by participating as students, they are in fact participating in apartheid and occupation. For details see this open letter from the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural boycott of Israel. and remember, boycott Israeli products!!

"The end of apartheid stands as one of the crowning accomplishments of the past century, but we would not have succeeded without the help of international pressure--in particular the divestment movement of the 1980s. Over the past six months, a similar movement has taken shape, this time aiming at an end to the Israeli occupation". Desmond Tutu

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