“…It’s great to have this legal claim made in a very public way by a Palestinian human rights organization [Al Haq], because in the menatime of course, Ahava – and we’ve been dealing with them since June 2009 – they continue to claim that what they do is completely legal, as the Israeli government claims that the quarrying and excavation that they’ve got going on in the West Bank is also legal. But the only ones that think this is legal is the Israeli government – and the rest of the world thinks it’s occupation profiteering – [this] is what we call it.”
This week on The Electronic Intifada podcast:
- Israel and Israeli settlers are committing the crime of pillage in the Dead Sea, according to a new report, we’ll have an interview with Nancy Kricorian of CodePink and the Stolen Beauty campaign targeting Ahava cosmetics which are made in an Israeli settlement colony in the West Bank with materials taken from the Dead Sea;
- Egypt reopens the border crossing with Gaza, for now;
- A pro-Israel platform amendment is forced through at the Democratic National Convention despite failing to achieve a two-thirds majority vote, in what Ali Abunimah says is a “neat summary of how US elites make decisions when it comes to Israel”;
- Civil rights advocates condemn the California Assembly’s passage of a resolution on so-called anti-Semitism on college campuses, seen as a thinly-disguised attempt to curb Palestine solidarity activism at at US universities;
- News from the global boycott, divestment and sanctions movement, including the cancellation of a show by a widely-popular Lebanese band who was supposed to open for the Red Hot Chili Peppers in Beirut, in protest of the Chili Peppers’ commitment to play in Tel Aviv; and more.