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Petition to Angela Merkel, Emmanuel Macron, Theresa May

EU: Say No to U.N.'s Anti-Israel Bigotry

The U.N. is adopting 20 resolutions this year against Israel—and a total of 6 on the rest of the world combined. The bigotry and hypocrisy of singling out the Jewish state for grossly discriminatory treatment must end now. I deeply regret that in the U.N. debate on November 10th, Britain, France, and Germany all voted in favor of 8 Arab-sponsored, one-sided draft resolutions targeting Israel. I urge you to take a principled stance: please VOTE NO in the final vote at the General Assembly in December. As this UN Watch chart shows, the resolutions are irrational: Necessary context is deliberately excluded. Israel is condemned for the Middle East situation while the Palestinians, Arab states, Iran and Hezbollah evade all responsibility. One-sided resolutions are discriminatory. They fail to criticize Palestinian terrorist groups such as Hamas who kill innocent Israelis, and the resolution are equally silent about Palestinians killed or tortured by Hamas or the Palestinian Authority. Twenty resolutions are redundant and excessive. No other country—not Syria, Iran or North Korea—gets more than one resolution each. Only Israel is targeted by twenty resolutions, each of them one-sided. There will actually be two resolutions on the Golan itself. Such irrational excess is tolerated on no other issue. There is no rational purpose in endlessly repeating the same condemnations of Israel. To give one example, it is astonishing that the UK, France, and Germany just voted to condemn Israel for "repressive measures" against Syrians in the Golan Heights. "We cannot accept the perverse message sent out by a Syria Golan resolution that singles out Israel, as Assad continues to slaughter the Syrian people," said British Ambassador Julian Braithwaite before the Human Rights Council in March, after opposing a similar resolution. I agree: your support for these resolutions sends out a perverse message. Therefore, I urge you and other world leaders to change your votes, and help the the U.N. to put an end to its anti-Israeli discrimination and anti-peace practices, as the founding Charter and ideals of the United Nations require.

UN Watch
3,057 supporters
Started 3 weeks ago

Petition to Iain McNicol, John McDonnell, Jeremy Corbyn MP

Defend Moshé Machover: Investigate his Expulsion from the Labour Party!

On October 30, Moshé Machover received notice from the Labour Party's Head of Disputes indicating that his expulsion had been rescinded. This petition's organizers credit the change of heart to unrest within Labour where Machover's defenders have been organizing for such a reversal. But this is only a partial victory. As argued by those Labour Party activists and in the petition below, complete justice will require an inquiry into all the circumstances of the expulsion. To that, we might also add that an apology is in order from the Party officials who entertained such cynical and unfounded allegations. And yet, even in their rescindment, those responsible have not shown remorse, evading queries about the allegations of antisemitism all while continuing to threaten Machover, "cautioning" him against associations deemed incompatible with Labour membership. Unable to prove any violation nor withstand the internal unrest, Machover's accusers want to have their McCarthyism and eat it too.  The statement below began circulating before Machover's reinstatement yet is just as accurate and urgent after this victory as it was before. Add your name to join the growing, international chorus in defense of political freedom: for Moshé and for all of us.  A Science for the People Petition:DEFEND MOSHÉ MACHOVER: INVESTIGATE HIS EXPULSION FROM THE LABOUR PARTYAffiliations listed for identification purposes. To apply to be featured as a Lead Signatory please complete this form here. We, the undersigned mathematicians, scientists, academic philosophers and defenders of free speech and human rights support the call by UK Labour Party members for the establishment of an immediate inquiry to review all the circumstances of Moshé Machover’s expulsion from the Party; and also to investigate the operation of those office holders and units responsible for this and other recent disciplinary actions, including the moral, political and legal implications of their procedures and decisions. As has been detailed in his own defense and in an open letter signed by more than 1250 Labour Party members, Machover--an internationally renowned Israeli mathematical logician based in the UK since 1968--faces a range of politically-motivated and inconsistent accusations. The anonymity of Machover’s original accusers and the sloppy response of Labour’s disciplinary bureaucrats raises doubts about the motivations of all involved. It reads like a smear of advocates of Palestinian human rights as anti-semites in an attempt to relegate criticism of Israel to the margins of UK politics. Under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, the Labour Party has become a beacon of hope to millions around the world animated by the principles of solidarity, freedom, peace and equality. A membership purge which targets a lifelong champion of precisely these principles diminishes that light. The spirit and content of the charges against Machover evoke the shameful tradition of American McCarthyism. Such tactics will inevitably rebound on the integrity and legitimacy of any who tolerate or employ them. As detailed in the historical documentary about Matzpen, the Israeli socialist organization he helped found, Machover is a longtime target of political intimidation and censorship. Machover deserves our solidarity both for his persistent courage and for the political freedoms he has long stood for: his own, Palestinians’ and those of academics around the world. Moshé Machover embodies both the proud Jewish tradition of internationalism and the rigorous intellectual integrity to be expected from a scholar of his stature. We stand with Moshé Machover! Signed, Ahmed Abbes  Directeur de recherche au CNRS, Mathematician, Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques, FranceGadi Algazi  Professor of History, Tel AvivTariq Ali  WriterMerav Amir  School of Natural and Built Environment, Queen's University Belfast, Northern IrelandDr. Shmuel Amir  Israel Agricultural Research Institute, Beit Dagan, Tel AvivSir Michael Atiyah OM FRS  Former President of the Royal Society and Master of Trinity College Cambridge, EdinburghFrank Barat  BelgiumTamar Berger  Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Technion, Tel AvivSir Geoffrey Bindman QC Visiting professor of law, University College LondonKelvin Bland  Royal Institute of British Architects, DorchesterHagit Borer  Professor of Linguistics, Queen Mary University of LondonBill Bowring  Professor of Law, Birkbeck College, University of London; Barrister of Gray's InnNoam Chomsky  Institute Professor (Emeritus), MIT; Laureate Professor, University of ArizonaAlona Cohen  Activist, Yafo-Tel AvivIsaac Cohen  Professor Emeritus San Jose State University, San Jose, California, USAStephen Cragg QC  Barrister, LondonJonathan Crary  Professor of Modern Art and Theory, Columbia UniversityChandler Davis  Professor of Mathematics, University of TorontoNatalie Zemon Davis  Professor Emerita, Princeton UniversitySelma Dabbagh  Novelist, BirminghamDror Dayan  Lecturer, Bournemouth University, UK, and BerlinLaurence Dreyfus FBA  Professor Emeritus of Music, University of Oxford, Emeritus Fellow, Magdalen CollegeJohn Dugard  Professor Emeritus, University of the Witwatersrand & LeidenFreeman Dyson  Professor, Institute of Advanced Study, PrincetonAvishai Ehrlich  Professor, Academic College, Tel Aviv-JaffaAviva Ein-gil  Haaretz, Tel Aviv-JaffaEhud Ein-gil  Matzpen, Tel Aviv-JaffaIvar Ekeland  Emeritus Professor, Mathematics; Former President, Paris-Dauphine University; Former President, Scientific Council, Ecole Normale SupérieureSai Englert  SOAS, LondonBrian Eno  MusicianDavid Epstein FRS  Emeritus Professor, Warwick Mathematics InstituteSam Farber  Emeritus Professor of Political Science, Brooklyn College of CUNYRichard Falk  Professor of International Law, Emeritus, Princeton UniversityEmmanuel Farjoun  Professor of Mathematics, Hebrew University of JerusalemMarilyn Frankenstein  Professor (retired), Quantitative Reasoning and Argument, University of Massachusetts BostonPierre Galand  Former Senator, BelgiumPhil Gasper  Emeritus Professor, Notre Dame de Namur UniversityMartin Golding  Emeritus Fellow of Peterhouse, CambridgeCatherine Goldstein  Historian of Mathematics, Director of Research, Institut de Mathématiques de JussieuNeve Gordon  Professor of Politics & Government, University of the NegevMary Gray  Statistician, American UniversityAdam Hanieh  Reader in Development Studies, SOAS, University of LondonShaun Harkin  People Before Profit Ireland, Derry CityMichael Harris  Professor of Mathematics, Columbia University & Université Paris-DiderotRonnie Kasrils  South AfricaDavid Klein  Professor of Mathematics, California State University NorthridgeNeal Koblitz  Professor of Mathematics, University of WashingtonAllan Kolski Horwitz  South African Jews for Free PalestineGabi Lachman  Programmer, Tel AvivGerardo Leibner  PhD  Historian, Tel Aviv UniversityChava Lerman  Retired Teacher, Tel Aviv-JaffaDavid Letwin  Jews for Palestinian Right of ReturnMichael Letwin  Former President, Association of Legal Aid Attorneys/UAW 2325; Labor for PalestineMalcolm Levitt FRS  Professor of Physical Chemistry, University of SouthamptonKen Loach  Film-makerTim Llewellyn  Journalist, LondonDavid Lloyd  Distinguished Professor of English, University of California RiversideDaniel Machover  Solicitor, co-founder of Lawyers for Palestinian Human RightsMichael Mansfield QC  President of the Haldane SocietyJen Marlowe  Donkeysaddle Projects, Brooklyn, NYNur Masalha  Professor, SOAS, University of LondonAnat Matar  Senior Lecturer, Tel Aviv UniversityIsabelle McCarthy  Labour Party, LeicesterMarcelo Menahem  Weksler Academy, Israel, Tel AvivEsti Micenmacher  Who Profits, Tel AvivRichard Miller  Professor of Philosophy, Cornell University, Ithaca, NYColette Moeglin  Directrice de Recherche, Institut de Mathématiques de Jussieu-Paris Rive Gauche, Centre National de la Recherche ScientifiqueDavid Mumford  Professor Emeritus, Brown UniversityGiyora Neuman  Editor, Tel AvivJonathan Nitzan  Professor of Political Economy, York University, TorontoJoseph Oesterlé  Emeritus Professor of Mathematics, University Paris VI, ParisIlan Pappé  History Professor, University of ExeterGreg Philo  co-founder, Glasgow Media GroupDalia Pilavsky  Matzpen, Tel Aviv-JaffaJonathan Pollak  Tel AvivYisrael Puterman  Anarchists Against The Wall, Tel AvivBruce Robbins  Professor of English & Comparative Literature, Columbia University, New YorkHilary Rose  Feminist Sociologist of Science and Emerita Professor at Bradford UniversitySteven Rose  Emeritus Professor of Neuroscience, The Open UniversityJonathan Rosenhead  Emeritus Professor of Operational Research, London School of EconomicsShlomo Sand  Professor Emeritus Tel Aviv UniversityMichal Sapir  Musician, Writer and Translator, Tel AvivIain Scobbie  Professor of Public International Law, University of ManchesterLynne Segal  Professor, Birkbeck, University of LondonTim Shallice FRS  Emeritus Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College LondonTali Shapiro  Boycott from Within, IsraelAdam Shatz  Contributing Editor, London Review of BooksAhmed Shawki  International Socialist Organization, ChicagoSteve Smale  Mathematics, University of CaliforniaKobi Snitz  Weizmann Institute of Science, Tel AvivAhdaf Soueif  Author, CairoRaji Sourani  Director of the Palestinian Centre for Human RightsEran Torbiner  Documentary film director, Tel AvivTzvia Thier  Jewish Voice for Peace, New JerseyGeorge Wilmers  Mathematical Logician, Retired Lecturer, Manchester UniversityAsa Winstanley  Journalist, The Electronic Intifada, LondonYuval Yonay  Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Haifa Media inquiries can be directed at

Science for the People
634 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Leslie Wong, Timothy P. White, Lou Monville, Anthony Rendin, jose medina

End SFSU cooperation with An-Najah. Universities should not support glorifying terrorism.

We, the undersigned, petition San Francisco State University (SFSU) President Leslie Wong to take immediate action to end SFSU’s memorandum of understanding (MOU) with An-Najah University in the West Bank. Described by Hamas as a “greenhouse for martyrs,” Najah is a Palestinian university where incitement to violence, anti-Semitism, and the glorification of terrorism against Israelis is routine: Matthew Levitt, director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, notes that Najah is known for “terrorist recruitment, indoctrination and radicalization of students.”  According to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), Najah’s student council “glorifies suicide bombings and propagandizes for jihad against Israel.”  At least two events were held on campus to honor “martyred” terrorists in 2016.  In 2015, Najah student Maram Hassoneh was killed attempting her second knife attack on IDF soldiers. Najah suspended its 2015 student elections indefinitely for fear of a Hamas victory. At Najah’s June 2014 graduation ceremony, students held up three fingers to represent Hamas’s kidnapping of three Israeli teens. In 2013, an entire Najah graduating class was named after Abu Jihad, the founder of Fatah and mastermind of countless terror attacks. The names of 19 “shaheeds” (deceased terrorists), all Najah students, appeared on the back cover of a 2004 “information kit.” Najah students constructed a gruesome replica of the 2001 Sbarro pizzeria Jerusalem suicide bombing. Professor Rabab Abdulhadi, director of SFSU’s Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diaspora Initiative (AMED), is the architect of the MOU with Najah. Abdulhadi has a record as an anti-Israel activist and an apologist for Palestinian terrorism:  Abdulhadi is a founding member of the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel. She consorted with individuals affiliated with State Department-designated terrorist organizations during a 2014 “Academic and Labor Delegation to Palestine” to meet with Najah representatives and was accused of improper use of university funds for the trip. Abdulhadi’s service as faculty advisor for SFSU’s General Union of Palestine Students (GUPS) included the display of stencils adorned with the disturbing motto, “My Heroes Have Always Killed Colonizers” and an FBI investigation into former GUPS president Mohammad G. Hammad for making violent online threats against Israelis and Jews. ·Her profile page features a graphic calling for a “Third Palestinian Intifada” (a threat that has metastasized into the current “stabbing intifada”) and a raised fist. Abdulhadi has pledged to set up a student exchange program with Najah, posing a significant security risk to SFSU students, faculty, and the wider community. We, the undersigned, call on President Wong to terminate this relationship with Najah now, and to ensure that no SFSU personnel enter into or support relationships with Najah or similar entities that support Hamas or other terrorist organizations in the future. Furthermore, we, the undersigned, strongly urge the California State University (CSU) system to investigate this infamous MOU and make public its terms. We also call on the California state legislature to conduct hearings into this matter. Tell them what you think!

Middle East Forum
3,186 supporters