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Digest Vol.4 No.5 - 17 January 2006:
NGOs Continue to Push Divestment/Boycott Campaigns (“Durban” strategy)

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Update: Sabeel conferences promote Divestment
In October 2005, the radical Palestinian NGO Sabeel (supported by Christian Aid, MCC, and other groups) held a serious of conferences in North America to raise funds and promote its agenda, in cooperation with ICAHD, as well as members of CPT groups involved in pro-Palestinian activities. The detailed summaries of the issues (such as divestment) discussed at the conference in Chicago, including Naim Ateek's repetition of antisemitic comments, and ICAHD coordinator Jeff Halper's opening speech in Toronto, have been posted on the NGO Monitor website. These documents further illustrate the agendas of these NGOs and their supporters. In response to exposure of these activities by NGO Monitor and growing criticism, Sabeel supporters have attempted to defend their activities through a highly distorted representation, as seen in the letter written by Rev. Canon Dr. Richard K. Toll (chair of Friends of Sabeel North America) posted on the MIFTAH website.

“CJPP Launches Quebec Campaign of Boycott to Israeli Products”, WAFA News Agency, December 22, 2005
”CJPP [Coalition for Justice and Peace in Palestine] said that by launching this campaign, the CJPP answered the international call for boycotts, divestment, and sanctions issued by more than 170 organisations of Palestinian civil society in July 2005.”

Janice Arnold, “20 Quebec groups urge Israel boycott”, Canadian Jewish News, January 5, 2006
Beryl Wajsman, “Boycotting Israel: the hypocrisies of petty narcissisms”, Canada Free Press, January 10, 2006
“Twenty Quebec organizations, including the Fédération des Femmes du Québec (FFQ) and the provincial union of CEGEP teachers, have endorsed a new campaign to boycott Israeli products and companies deemed to be supporting the Jewish state’s ‘apartheid politics.’”

”ADL Troubled by United Church of Christ's Embrace of Radicalized Palestinian Christian Group”, Anti-Defamation League, January 10, 2006

”The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is troubled by the United Church of Christ's continuing partnership with the Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center, a radicalized Palestinian Christian group whose leaders have openly questioned Israel's right to exist.”

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