Thursday, March 30, 2023







Also see:   International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, Nov. 29.



CONTENTS Israeli BDS Day and Palestinian Land Day, March 30, 2023

Abel Tomlinson 3-12-23

Google Search 3-29-23

UPJ Announces FOR Showing of Documentary Boycott on legislation
    blocking boycotts 3-16-23.  Other ways to see the film.

Americans for Peace Now 3-7-23.
Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP)  2-23-23.

ARKANSAS:  ACLU v. Anti-BDS Bills 7-10-22.

DIVESTMENT:  AFSC Weekend Reading 6-4-22. 




Seeking Student Peace Activists & Upcoming Events

Dear Peace Friends,  3-12-23

We really need help promoting our upcoming antiwar peace events on the U of A campus.  Are any of you still University of Arkansas students that strongly dislike war & strongly care about peace?  Or, do you know any such UA students that would be interested in helping us on campus?  

We need help promoting our monthly No More War Peace Protests calling for No Nuclear War with Russia or China.  We must remind the public that Mutually Assured Destruction means Nobody Wins!  We are also beginning to plan for a roundtable or panel discussion on the Ukraine war & more, and will need help promoting that.


Our next monthly No More War Peace Protest is on March 25th at 11 A.M. in front of the Washington County Courthouse in Fayetteville.   Here is the Facebook event:


For this next protest, we are adding an additional special focus to include peace for Palestine, so this month's title is No More War from Palestine to Ukraine, since that war has recently faced a significant escalation in Huwara, occupied Palestine.  


Major human rights organizations report that over 400 illegal Israeli settlers carried out a pogrom, setting fire to a large number of homes, cars, businesses, etc and injured hundreds of innocent Palestinians. This was done with the support of Israeli Occupation Forces and the Israeli government.

Alarmingly, none of the settlers face any accountability for their violence, and even worse, the Finance Minister of the Israeli government, Bezalel Smotrich, said the entire city of Huwara should be "erased" or "wiped out." This is an open admission of the longstanding Israeli policy of ethnic cleansing, and a powerful incitement for the half million illegal Israeli settlers to engage in more of this vigilante mob violence.

It is especially important for Americans to rise up and say No to the war on Palestinians because it is our U.S. government that sponsors the Israeli occupation, apartheid and ethnic cleansing. Our government gives Israel $3.8 billion per year in foreign military aid, and massive political support by vetoing over 40 U.N. Security Council resolutions over the past 40 years that condemned Israeli crimes and violations of international law.


Thank You & Hope to See You Soon,

Abel Tomlinson   3-12-23

Arkansas Nonviolence Alliance, Founder

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Land Day   BDS Movement | › tags › land-day 

On March 30, Palestinians will commemorate Land day, a day in 1976 when Israeli military forces shot and killed six young Palestinian citizens of Israel. These ...
Palestinians in Gaza call for right of return on Land Day

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Mar 30, 2022 — Palestinians commemorate Land Day on an annual basis, dating back to March 30, 1976, when six unarmed Palestinians were killed by Israeli ... 
Land Day    Wikipedia › wiki › Land_Day

Land Day March 30, is a day of commemoration for Arab citizens of Israel and Palestinians of the events of that date in 1976 in Israel. Land Day.   
Land Day   +972 Magazine › topic › land-day  

Independent commentary and news from Israel & Palestine.
BDS Global Day of Action to mark Land Day on March 30

The Electronic Intifada › blogs › michael-deas   

Campaigners for Palestinian rights are again gearing up for the BDS Global Day of Action, an annual wave of protests, creative actions and media outreach in ...

UPJ 3-16-23
United for Peace & Justice is delighted to spread the word that
the Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR-USA), is hosting a virtual screening of the acclaimed new documentary Boycott on Tuesday, March 21st at 4:00 pm eastern time. Following the virtual screening, FOR-USA Executive Director Ariel Gold will host a live Q&A with the film’s Director Julia Bacha.

Boycott traces the impact of state legislation designed to penalize individuals and companies that choose to boycott Israel due to its human rights record. A legal thriller with “accidental plaintiffs” at the center of the story, Boycott is a bracing look at the far-reaching implications of anti-boycott legislation and an inspiring tale of everyday Americans standing up to protect our rights in an age of shifting politics and threats to freedom of speech. Indeed, the legal debates highlighted by this new film reached the U.S. Supreme Court last month, which on Feb. 21st refused to hear arguments on these threats to our constitutionally-protected free speech rights.

Click here to RSVP. Upon registering, you will receive an email with a unique Zoom link to join the screening and discussion.  

We are too late for this showing, but here are other ways to see it. 
Boycott    Just Vision › boycott   

A legal thriller with “accidental plaintiffs” at the center of the story, Boycott is a bracing look at the far-reaching implications of anti-boycott legislation ...

Synopsis · ‎Our Events · ‎Anti-boycott Legislation Tracker · ‎Protagonists
Boycott (2021)    IMDb › title   

Boycott (2021). Documentary. When a news publisher in Arkansas, an attorney in Arizona and a speech therapist in Texas are told they must choose between ..
Boycott | Human Rights Watch Film Festival  

Human Rights Watch › film › boycott   

In Boycott, award-winning filmmaker Julia Bacha pulls back the curtain on a movement of conservative legislators and lobbyists in the United States who are ...




Emily Tamkin.Can American Jewish Support for Israel Survive This New Government Sukri

 The New Republic.   March 7, 2023.




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Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP)

Washington, D.C. - February 23, 2023 

Media Contact:    202-543-1222 


Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) Condemns Increasing Violence and Calls on the United States and Israel to Address Core Issues of Settlements and State Violence 

Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) condemns the alarming increase in violence against Palestinians in the West Bank by Israeli authorities and settlers. Every day brings news of new violations, killings, and provocations. Core issues–Israeli settlement activities, lack of accountability for settler and state violence, and provocations at Al-Aqsa Mosque–must be solved for cycles of violence to end. CMEP calls on the United States to do everything in its power to intervene to stop violence from both sides. 

On Sunday, February 12, the Israeli cabinet moved to legitimize nine illegal Israeli outposts in the West Bank. These outposts are considered illegal by the international community, international law, and by Israel itself. Finance Minister Betzalel Smotrich, a settler himself, also announced on the same day that plans were moving forward to build 10,000 new residential units in existing settlements, the largest single expansion in years.  

In the past, these kinds of settlement developments have occasionally been challenged by the Supreme Court of Israel, but the new government is advancing laws that would severely curtail needed judicial oversight of Israeli policies in the occupied Palestinian territories (oPt). The massive protests taking place in Israel right now are in opposition to this move to reduce judicial oversight. These cabinet actions are a natural outcome of the radical position the new government expressed late last year to “promote and develop the settlement of all parts of the Land of Israel — in the Galilee, the Negev, the Golan and Judea and Samaria.” This settlement action demonstrates that the new Israeli government is not merely radical in its rhetoric but also in its policies on core issues that fuel violence. 

Wednesday, February 22, brought headlines of further violence. The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) made an incursion into Nablus, killing 11 people and wounding more than 100 others. Settler groups entered and openly prayed at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound. Settlers cut down olive trees owned by Palestinian farmers south of Nablus. 

CMEP’s executive director Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon, said, “I am horrified by the latest flood of violence, the killings, the raids, the provocations. Tensions are overflowing. Families are grieving. People are scared and angry. When will the current US administration wake up and truly engage? We must act to end violence on both sides by addressing the core issues that fuel the conflict.”  

Israel agreed to reduce its raids in West Bank cities last weekend in a negotiation to prevent a UN binding resolution calling for a halt to settlement activities. The raid into Nablus on Wednesday violates the spirit of that agreement. 

On February 14, the U.S. State Department joined with the Foreign Ministers of France, Germany, Italy, and the U.K. to express they “strongly oppose” Israel’s settlement expansions, stating that they “only serve to exacerbate tensions between Israelis and Palestinians.”  

CMEP calls on the United States to follow up on their statement with action. Words are not enough. The United States government and the Biden Administration should take a clear and explicit position that settlements are inconsistent with international law and that the United States will distinguish between settlements and Israel proper in its dealings with Israel. Furthermore, Congress must ensure that no U.S. aid to Israel is used to annex Palestinian land, forcibly remove Palestinians from their land, or demolish Palestinian structures. Only when these and other core issues are addressed can the cycle of violence end. 


As anti-BDS bills become the norm, ACLU takes free speech fight to the Supreme Court.”

Editor. (7-10-22).

In June, a federal appeals court upheld an Arkansas law barring state contractors from boycotting Israel, sparking concerns over First Amendment rights in the United States.

Originally published: MintPress News  on July 7, 2022 by Jessica Buxbaum (more by MintPress News)  |  (Posted Jul 09, 2022)

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In June, a federal appeals court upheld an Arkansas law barring state contractors from boycotting Israel, sparking concerns over First Amendment rights in the United States.

The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a decision made last year by a panel of three judges who found that mandating a pledge to not boycott Israel is unconstitutional.

However, the recent court ruling determined boycotts are not expressive conduct and instead related to commercial activity and therefore the state can regulate such actions.

“It only prohibits economic decisions that discriminate against Israel,” Judge Jonathan Kobes, who was appointed by former President Donald Trump, wrote in the court’s opinion.

Because those commercial decisions are invisible to observers unless explained, they are not inherently expressive and do not implicate the First Amendment.

“By declaring Arkansas’ Anti-BDS Law to be constitutional, the court has tacitly endorsed a Palestine-exception to the First Amendment,” Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) National Litigation Director, Lena Masri, said in a statement.

In 2018, The Arkansas Times sued the state over its Israel boycott law after refusing to sign the pledge. Originally, Arkansas Times publisher Alan Leveritt lost in District Court but won when he appealed to the Eighth Circuit Court. The state then appealed to the full appeals court and was granted a rehearing.

The American Civil Liberties Union, which represented The Arkansas Times, confirmed it plans to appeal to the Supreme Court.   MORE



AFSC Weekend Reading (6-4-22). 

This week we were reminded of the power of people coming together to stand up for human rights. In 2020, AFSC and partners started a campaign calling on General Mills to stop making Pillsbury products on stolen Palestinian land. Just days ago, the company announced it had divested its Israeli business altogether, selling its stake in the subsidiary that manufactures Pillsbury products in an illegal settlement. Read more.


Wednesday, March 29, 2023





Tom Dispatch.  Intro. to Astore’s  “America Hangs from a Cross of Iron.”
JUAN COLE “The American War from Hell, 20 Years Later: How Washington Lost Its Moral Compass in Iraq.”
 Norman Solomon.  “The urbanity of evil: 20 years after the Iraq invasion.”


Tom Dispatch.   “William Astore, [$Costs of War$] ‘America Hangs from a Cross of Iron.’”  March 21, 2023.

Just in case you were wondering where your tax dollars went in this century, consider the American war, now 20 years old, in Iraq (and after 2014 in Syria as well). Neta Crawford of the invaluable Costs of War Project has just released her latest summary of what that invasion and the disaster that followed cost the American taxpayer. Her estimate: $1.79 trillion, if you don't count the future costs of caring for that war's damaged U.S. veterans. If you do, we're talking about $2.89 trillion by 2050. And in case you think that's all so been-there-done-that, don't forget, while this country no longer has 170,000 troops in Iraq as it did in 2007, there are still 2,500 of them there and another 900 or so in Syria. Add in the no less disastrous war in Afghanistan, another $2.3 trillion or so, and you've already made it over the $5-trillion mark before you even include the costs of the rest of the disastrous global war on terror (still ongoing) in places ranging from Somalia to West Africa.

Think of that as the context for the latest Pentagon budget, already larger than those of the next nine countries combined, because here's what couldn't be stranger: the less successful the U.S. military has been globally, the more we, the taxpayers, have to ante up. Yep, the 2023 Pentagon budget, passed late last year, was $858 billion and, if you're talking about the full "national security" budget, including all our intelligence agencies, the Department of Homeland Security, and the like, that figure is closer to $1.5 trillion annually.

In fact, these days, hiking the Pentagon budget may be just about the only thing congressional Republicans and Democrats can actually agree on, which means... yes, as retired Air Force lieutenant colonel, historian, blogger, and TomDispatch regular William Astore makes strikingly clear today, we're still heading for the stratosphere (and I'm not thinking about the U.S. Air Force or even that American drone Russian planes forced down over the Black Sea recently). In fact, when it comes to that budget, the proverbial sky may not be the limit, but outer space itself. Tom


A Highway to Peace or a Highway to Hell?  The Vast Power of the Military-Industrial-Congressional Complex By William J. Astore.

Click here to read more of this dispatch.


 JUAN COLE “The American War from Hell, 20 Years Later: How Washington Lost Its Moral Compass in Iraq.”  [or: Make America Great Again].

Who remembers anymore that, in 2003, we were Vladimir Putin? Today, our cable and social-media news feeds are blanketed with denunciations of the president of the Russian Federation for his lawless and brutal invasion of Ukraine. When Secretary of State Antony Blinken met briefly with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in New Delhi on March 2nd, he told him in no uncertain terms, “End this war of aggression.”

Putin himself, however, has a longer memory. In the speech that launched his “special operation,” he pointedly denounced the U.S. for “the invasion of Iraq without any legal grounds.” Then he added, “We witnessed lies made at the highest state level and voiced from the high U.N. rostrum. As a result, we see a tremendous loss in human life, damage, destruction, and a colossal upsurge of terrorism.”

Yes, it’s true, on the 20th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, that war is long forgotten here. No one in the Biden administration today cares that it ruined what credibility America had as a pillar of international order in the global south and gave Putin cover for his own atrocity. So, sit back for a moment and let me take you on a little trip into a long-lost all-American world.   Read the  full essay:

MICMMC Military -Industrial – Congressional-Mainstream Media Complex (PCCMMC Pentagon-Corporate- etc. ) 
Norman Solomon.  “The urbanity of evil: 20 years after the Iraq invasion, the lies ...” › 2023/03/19 › iraq-anniversary  

Mar 19, 2023 — Vast quantities of lies from top U.S. government officials led up to the Iraq invasion. Now, marking its 20th anniversary, the same media 
The Urbanity of Evil: 20 Years After the US Invasion of Iraq
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Mar 14, 2023 — Norman Solomon is the national director of, executive director of the Institute for Public Accuracy, and author of  War Made Easy.
War Made Easy: Norman Solomon on How Mainstream ...

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5 days ago — As we continue to mark the 20th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, we look now at how the mainstream U.S. media helped to pave the way ...




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