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Thanx.

We're also discussing BDS at the Park Slope Food 
Coop. The Local Station Boards at Pacifica can 
certainly make their views felt on any issue they 
like, if they so choose. It falls under ensuring 
that programing reflects the interests of 
listening communities -- a very broad "mandate" 
to include those generally left out of the 
mainstream media (which at least in New York and 
Washington D.C. supports Israel's policies and 
U.S. economic and military aid with barely a word allowed in opposition).

In my view, while BDS can apply to commercial 
enterprises, it is more difficult when discussing 
information, via radio stations. The KPFT 
resolution is quite circumspect about this. The 
important excerpt is the following:

a. There will be no form of restriction on the work of individual
Israeli media workers, or on conducting interviews and debates with
people from any institution, but we will not turn over program
production, or enter into collaboration or joint projects with
official Israeli institutions or institutions supported by the Israeli
state.

     b. We will discuss and hold dialogs about BDS on the air.

     c. We will support Palestinian media institutions directly without
requiring them to partner with Israeli counterparts as an explicit or
implicit condition for such support.

     We affirm our commitment to anti-racism by adding that Pacifica
will not turn over program production, or enter into collaboration or
joint projects with anti-Jewish racists, white supremacist, Nazi
Holocaust deniers, as well as Islamophobic, or any other type of
racist groups.

     This proposal is not meant to set up a new review board or
authority, but to establish a new commitment for our programmers,
staff and management in addition to our Mission and Bylaws.

It all seems perfectly reasonable and acceptable to me.


Mitchel


At 10:19 AM 8/7/2011, Michael Balter wrote:
>Community board of leftwing radio station in Houston is so freaked out
>by boycott it calls for boycotting 21 countries, including US
>Aug 06, 2011 10:11 am | Rob Block
>
>Last December the Pacifica radio station in Houston, KPFT, offered a
>programming segment to the Israeli consulate. The move angered
>activists and led to a proposal to join the international boycott call
>against Israel. Rob Block is one of the activists.
>
>We had a really weird meeting at the Houston Pacifica station KPFT
>Thursday night about the BDS resolution we're trying to pass there.
>
>How did a proposal asking for KPFT to support the human rights of
>Palestinian by supporting BDS turn into a resolution that makes no
>mention of the responsibility of Pacifica Radio and instead requests
>the United States government to impose weapons embargoes on 21
>countries in The Middle East, North Africa, South Asia and North
>America-- including itself--as well as call to limit aid to countries
>that don't have a constitutional provision similar to the US First
>amendment against having a state ordered religion?
>
>Here's the story. This was the first meeting of the committee created
>by the Local Station Board [LSB] , early in 2011 (I think March). It
>was represented to some of the people working with the KPFT BDS ad hoc
>committee as follows:
>
>     “After polling the LSB, it looks like everyone who's interested
>can come to a meeting Thurs. of next week to work on the language of
>the BDS resolution: ...
>
>     I hope we don't have to do much to the resolution language,
>although it might help to add some intro language (whereas clauses or
>whatever) that address some of the objections people have offered --
>that BDS is somehow like censorship, that it would turn over decisions
>to some outside BDS organization, etc.
>
>     Thanks again to all of you for your interest and patience.”
>
>Myself and Nick Cooper from the committee went to the meeting
>expecting to talk about the language of the original proposal which we
>had submitted to the Local Station Board and expected a meeting where
>we could try to make the language of the proposal as palatable as
>possible to board members who had concerns about it. Present were
>seven board members (on both sides of the BDS proposal) and seven
>people who came to speak in opposition to the BDS resolution.
>
>The opponents to the resolution were at the meeting to attempt to shut
>down the process and stop a proposal that represented the concerns of
>our group, many KPFT listeners, and human rights activists across the
>world. Some of the people who objected to the proposal acknowledged
>that they were not familiar with Pacifica but still felt that the
>proposal violated our mission. When polled, none of them were members
>of KPFT. Most of them refused to talk about the language of the
>proposal and alleged that the language did not matter and that BDS was
>a either a shadowy secret group or Hamas sponsored.
>
>     Board Member: "Do you have specific concerns with the language of
>the proposal?"
>
>     BDS opponent: "Yes very specific. When I think of BDS I think of
>blood, [unintelligible] and suppression. I think of KPFT adopting BDS,
>I think BDS becoming a governing body for this community, for you to
>signing up to a third party telling us what to do in this country, and
>supporting through the threats and hatred and bigotry of the community
>that launched BDS. When you say no to to BDS what you are doing is
>saying no to; threats, hypocrisy prejudice, suicide bombers.."
>
>Steve Tobias in particular led the apparently faith-based charge that
>there is a BDS central (he repeated this a dozen times, as though
>saying it enough will make it true) and that this proposal will hand
>over editorial control to this “BDS Central.” To support this claim he
>cited an article for the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural
>Boycott. I was able to see this email "from BDS central" and pointed
>out that
>
>1. the US in USCACBI stands for United States, not Palestine.
>
>2. It is a campaign supporting BDS in academic venues, not a “BDS Central”
>
>We also pointed out that the proposal concludes: “This proposal is not
>meant to set up a new review board or authority, but to establish a
>new commitment for our programmers, staff and management in addition
>to our Mission and Bylaws.” Steve maintained that the language did not
>matter, our resolution would be handing over authority to a foreign
>group.
>
>The structure of the meeting was very confusing. I would like to
>commend the chair for trying to get as much feedback as possible, but
>ultimately the mass of people at the meeting demanded a vote on
>substituting a previously-written proposal by LSB chair Robert Marks
>which calls for “BDS” of 21 other countries. Eventually they pushed
>for this vote to be taken, and the majority (most of whom are not
>members or familiar with KPFT), replaced the proposal submitted by our
>group with the one written by Marks. What is wrong with the resolution
>by Marks?
>
>1. It represents itself as a BDS proposal while not addressing the
>demands of the BDS (which are A. an end to occupation and colonization
>of Arab land, B. equal rights for Arab citizens of Israel and C.
>recognition of the right of return as described in UN resolution 194).
>It maintains a sad tradition of American arrogance that we can come up
>with our own ideas about how to solve problems on the other side of
>the world instead on engaging with and supporting the leadership of
>the Palestinian movement and their call for non-violent movements for
>social change.
>
>2. It ignores the responsibility the KPFT has to address this issue,
>making demands on the US government that will obviously not be met,
>like and arms embargo on itself.
>
>3. It jumps into whether or not we give relief aid to countries
>depending on their constitutional provisions, a pretty serious
>digression away for the demands for the human rights of Palestinians
>
>4. It won't work. The objective of the group of people who have
>manipulated the process to stop a BDS resolution will not address the
>concerns of the KPFT community that wants a BDS proposal, and want our
>community radio station to take a stand in support of human rights for
>Palestinians by respecting their just call for non-violent action and
>solidarity.
>
>It is unclear what the fallout of this meeting will be if this outcome
>will stand. But it is clear that the call for BDS at KPFT is just
>starting, and will continue until it gets a fair hearing.
>
>Here are the competing proposals:
>
>Original boycott proposal for KPFT’s Local Station Board KPFT LSB members:
>
>     We ask that you pass this proposal locally and instruct our
>representatives on the National Board to pass this resolution for the
>Pacifica Network:
>
>     ———— Proposal for Pacifica to sign on to the BDS campaign
>
>     Media collaboration boosts Israel’s image on the international
>stage. By refusing to participate in media partnerships, media
>institutions globally can send a clear message to Israel that their
>occupation and discrimination against Palestinians is unacceptable.
>While Israeli media enjoys relatively free global freedom of movement
>and access to well equipped facilities, Israel has subjected
>Palestinians to movement restrictions and a lack of adequate funding,
>economic damage caused by the occupation, and restrictions for media
>facilities.
>
>     Whereas all forms of international intervention have until now
>failed to force Israel to comply with international law or to end its
>repression of the Palestinians, which has manifested itself in many
>forms, including siege, indiscriminate killing, wanton destruction,
>and the separation wall built on occupied land and ruled illegal by
>the International Court of Justice,
>
>     In light of the escalation of human rights violations in the
>Occupied Territories of Palestine,
>
>     And until Israel meets the minimum 
> obligations under international law by:
>
>     1. Ending its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands and
>dismantling the Wall,
>
>     2. Recognizing the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian
>citizens of Israel to full equality, and
>
>     3. Respecting, protecting and promoting the rights of Palestinian
>refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN
>resolution 194,
>
>     KPFT’s LSB recommends Pacifica Radio agree to join AMARC (The
>World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters) in supporting
>Palestinian civil society’s call for Boycott, Divestment, and
>Sanctions; and in particular:
>
>     a. There will be no form of restriction on the work of individual
>Israeli media workers, or on conducting interviews and debates with
>people from any institution, but we will not turn over program
>production, or enter into collaboration or joint projects with
>official Israeli institutions or institutions supported by the Israeli
>state.
>
>     b. We will discuss and hold dialogs about BDS on the air.
>
>     c. We will support Palestinian media institutions directly without
>requiring them to partner with Israeli counterparts as an explicit or
>implicit condition for such support.
>
>     We affirm our commitment to anti-racism by adding that Pacifica
>will not turn over program production, or enter into collaboration or
>joint projects with anti-Jewish racists, white supremacist, Nazi
>Holocaust deniers, as well as Islamophobic, or any other type of
>racist groups.
>
>     This proposal is not meant to set up a new review board or
>authority, but to establish a new commitment for our programmers,
>staff and management in addition to our Mission and Bylaws.
>
>KPFT Pacifica Substitute Resolution on Boycott, Divestment and
>Sanction (Minority Report)
>
>     Whereas, The violence in Israel and Palestine is intolerable and
>must not continue, and
>
>     Whereas, the violence in the Middle East is a threat to the peace
>and security in the entire world and to civilization generally.
>
>     Now Therefore it is resolved that Pacifica Radio should support a
>network wide resolution condemning violence in all forms and on all
>sides of the political conflicts In the middle east generally and to
>Israel/Palestine in particular.
>
>     Further resolved, that Pacifica condemns the import or export of
>weapons and articles of war to or from the following countries: The
>United States of America, The Palestinian Occupied Territories,
>Israel, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Bahrain,
>Qatar, United Arab Emirates. Kuwait, Oman, Pakistan, Afghanistan,
>India. Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, Libya, Tunisia.
>
>     Further resolves, that the United States shall limit any form of
>aid or assistance to any nation of the world that does not have a
>constitution guaranteeing the civil rights of all persons living
>within said nation and which does not have a constitution guaranteeing
>the civil rights of all persons living within said nation and which
>does not have a constitutional protection against State ordered or
>sanctioned religion similar to the first amendment to the United
>States Constitution as interpreted by the United States Supreme Court
>as of the date of passage of this Resolution, exempting disaster
>relief, food, medical supplies and children's educational materials.
>Said relief shall be delivered only in the form of commodities and not
>cash and be administered only by international relief agencies upon a
>demonstration that such aid is being used in those countries for the
>intended purpose of disaster relief, feeding the people, medical
>assistance and education. In no way should any such government of said
>country grant or receive assistance in the form of cash for these
>purposes, and
>
>     Further resolved, that Pacifica calls for a general effort to
>boycott, disinvest from and sanction nations that perpetuate violence
>as a means of resolving political disputes or making profit from war
>across the globe, but specifically by the above nations (including the
>United States of America).





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