Today’s news not only brings us this study by Middle East expert, Stephen Zunes, documenting the brazen extent to which Israel continues to act as the world’s most rogue of outlaw nations (see below), but also the following outrage:
Apparently, the Israeli government yesterday enacted a new law that would put the most anti-democratic of Middle East dictators to shame.
It is now a crime for any Israeli citizen to even vocalize support for the boycott of Israeli goods or state institutions, including those within the illegal (as defined by the UN) Israeli settlements in the ‘occupied territories.’
So, as the New York Times reports, this action, which occurred last year, would now be considered criminal activity:
Last year, Israeli theater artists refused to perform at a new cultural center in the urban settlement of Ariel and in other West Bank settlements, causing a public uproar. They were followed by scores of leftist Israeli academics, writers and intellectuals who said that they would not lecture at the center or in any of the settlements.
Imagine if something like this happened in the U.S. (which is unfortunately not too hard to imagine in these post-PATRIOT Act days). All of the Americans who have been calling for a boycott of Arizona, in the wake of that state’s passage of the anti-immigrant SB-1070 law, would now be considered criminals engaging in unlawful activity!
Increasingly, when Israeli advocates claim that it is the only “democracy” in the Middle East, I feel like Inigo Montoya from that incomparable film, The Princess Bride: “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means”
Israel holds the record for ignoring United Nations Security Council resolutions, according to a study by San Francisco University political science professor Steven Zunes.
He systematically went through all the states given instructions by the security council to find out how common a phenomenon it was. His results were somewhat surprising: “Some of the countries are considered and are known to be friendly to the U.S.,” he told Ha’aretz yesterday. “In the vast majority of cases I examined, the governments violating UN Security Council resolutions are countries that receive significant military, diplomatic and financial aid from the U.S.”
Israel leads the list. Since 1968, Israel has violated 32 resolutions that included condemnation or criticism of the governments’ policies and actions.