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Wed, 23 Oct 2013
General chronic harassment: Israel military conduct harassment operations, provoke confrontations, assault and injure teenager; kidnap at least 11 Palestinians (inc. 13-year-old). Settlers with military escort brutalize farmers, menace villagers, invade Al Aqsa mosque courtyard
Tue, 22 Oct 2013
General Chronic Harassment: Gaza: Israel military bulldozers raze border area and menace residents. WB: Soldiers conduct large number of harassment operations, provoking confrontations, killing one; kidnapping 15 Palestinians. Settlers dump sewage on farmland; brutalize farmers
Zionist American billionaire funder of Republican Party calls for American nuclear attack on capital of Iran
Mon, 21 Oct 2013
General Chronic Harassment: Gaza: Israel military bulldozers raze border area. WB: Soldiers invade villages, storm houses, disrupt harvest, and kidnap at least 8 Palestinians. Settlers harvest olives from Palestinian land and disrupt harvest; invade Al Aqsa mosque courtyard
Sun, 20 Oct 2013
Israeli warplanes bomb truck convoy between Lebanon and Syria
General chronic harassment: Israel military provoke confrontations, invade towns/villages, suppress non-violent demonstrations, severely injure 5, and kidnap at least 21 Palestinians. Settlers brutalize farmers; invade Al Aqsa courtyard with military escort
Sat, 19 Oct 2013
General chronic harassment: Israel military refuse to return body of shot victim. Settlers invade village and destroy 100+ mature olive trees.
Fri, 18 Oct 2013
General Chronic Harassment: Israel military suppress non-violent demonstrations, storm houses, injure dozens, kill one, and kidnap at least 7 Palestinians. Settlers with military escort storm the Al Aqsa mosque courtyard; settlers steal yet more land.
Thu, 17 Oct 2013
General chronic harassment: Israeli military conducts harassment actions in several towns, provokes confrontations, seriously injures 2 and kidnaps at least one Palestinian. Settlers brutalize farmers, and damage vehicles.
Wed, 16 Oct 2013
General chronic harassment: Israeli military invade various locales, erect checkpoints, provoke confrontations; kidnap at least 7 Palestinians (inc. 12-year-old). Settler car runs over Palestinian crossing a street; settlers stab and seriously injure 3 Palestinians.
Tue, 15 Oct 2013
General chronic harassment: Israeli military invade villages, storm houses; kidnap at least 5 Palestinians. Settlers with military escort throw stones at Palestinian cars; attack car dealership and demolish cars.
Mon, 14 Oct 2013
General chronic harassment: Israeli military invades villages, storm houses, steal vehicles, and kidnap at least 14 Palestinians. Soldiers order evacuation of 9 families to conduct military exercises. Settlers stage provocative action at the Al Aqsa courtyard; brutalize farmers; stab woman
Sun, 13 Oct 2013
General chronic harassment: Israeli military conduct harassment operations in several villages, provoke confrontations, storm houses; kidnap at least 26 Palestinians (inc. 11-year-old). Settlers stone Palestinian cars; steal yet more Palestinian land
Association for Humanist Sociology votes to Support Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel
Sat, 12 Oct 2013
General chronic harassment: Gaza: Israeli warships fire on fishing boats. WB: Soldiers prevent farmers from reaching their fields, and bulldozers raze farmland. At least one Palestinian kidnapped. Settlers brutalize farmers, and run over elderly woman.
Fri, 11 Oct 2013
Libyan gunmen, alledegly coastguard, fire at boat carrying Palestinian refugees from Syria
General chronic harassment: Israeli military suppress several non-violent demonstrations; invade villages, menace residents, kidnap at least 22 Palestinians (inc. dozen children). Settlers set fire to farmland, destroy olive trees; stage provocative actions in villages
Thu, 10 Oct 2013
General chronic harassment: Israeli military invade several towns, menace residents, storm houses and kidnap at least 14 Palestinians (inc. 13-year-old). Settlers stage provocative march through the Al Aqsa courtyard; torch Palestinian cars; steal yet more land.
Wed, 9 Oct 2013
General chronic harassment: Gaza: Israeli navy ships fire on fishing boats. WB: Israeli soldiers conduct harassment operations, provoke confrontations, storm houses; kidnap 19 Palestinians (inc. 12 year-old). Settlers torch farmland (inc 400 olive trees), destroy vehicles; assault students.
Tue, 8 Oct 2013
General chronic harassment: Gaza: Israeli military bulldozers raze border area, and soldiers menace residents. WB: Soldiers conduct harassment operations, storm houses, injure one and kidnap at least 12 Palestinians. Settlers stage provocative action at the Al Aqsa mosque courtyard

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Israel and the erosion of democracy: an Australian story

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Article/book #: 181071
Title: Israel and the erosion of democracy: an Australian story
By: Samah Sabawi  
Published in: Al-Jazeera Online
Date of issue: Thursday, 17 October 2013
Topic(s) addressed: People/entities mentioned in this item: Timeline event(s) mentioned in this item:
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to 09 Jul 2014
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Zionist lawfare suit in Australia against BDS campaigner
Commentary

Abstract:

»Defending the rights of academics to express their views on controversial issues is a basic tenant of democracy. Given that democracies are a work in progress, it is up to us as citizens within democratic nations to use our voice to protect our civil liberties. Part of this means we have to empower those who have been disempowered and stripped of their basic human rights, both at home and abroad. This does not bode well for Israel - a state criticised by UN bodies and reputable human rights organisations for its flagrant human rights violations.

Israel's supporters react to criticism in two ways. The first is by intimidating and slandering critics claiming they are anti-Semitic and/or terrorist sympathisers. The second is by attacking and eroding our democratic rights thus destroying the tools by which we are able to expose its abuses and war crimes.

In this case, Israel's network of supporters has launched all the fire power at their disposal, slandering the academics while pressuring the Australian government to erode our democratic right to dissent. CPACS is now faced with the real threat of losing federal government funding for programs unrelated to the campaign "Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions" (BDS), solely on the basis of the political views held by the Centre's director Jake Lynch.

Academic freedom is hindered when governments interfere with their citizens' right to form and express independent political views. Last year following lobbying by the National Tertiary Education Union, the former Gillard government introduced a proposal to reform the objectives of the Higher Education Support Act making it a condition of funding that higher education institutions uphold academic freedom. Jeannie Rea, the National Tertiary Education Union president told Sydney Morning Herald, "these changes…are an explicit acknowledgment that university staff has a right and a responsibility to exercise free intellectual inquiry, including the right to expression of controversial or unpopular opinions without being disadvantaged or discriminated against."

The significance of this reform was lost on Australia's new government. Before winning the elections, the now Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop promised to deny funding for projects by all academics who voice support for boycotting Israel regardless of whether or not these projects are related to the Palestine/Israel conflict.«











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