Portland's Willamette Week's headlines were:
Portland’s Human Rights Commission Sparks Anger With Vote to Divest of Companies in Israel
Oh, they are so smart, the HRC Human Rights group in City Hall..
Portland is going wild. This Portland government council dumped all their Walmart bonds. Not appropriate for them. Politically incorrect company.
"The idea, championed by City Commissioner Steve Novick, led to Portland City Hall last December expanding its "do not buy" list of corporations in which it refuses to invest its $940 million portfolio. That list currently includes Wal-Mart and fossil-fuel companies such as Chevron and Exxon Mobil.
|Barzeli Medical Center in Ashkelon, Israel, Portland's sister city. This city has suffered greatly from rockets, mortars and missiles from Gaza. They've had to move underground to do surgeries quite often. They care for Arabs as well as Jews.|
As a teacher and student of history and a publisher of 3 blogs defending Israel and her rights to exist, I am appalled!! Their history of Israel and their knowledge is worse than a 1st grader.
Israel is a legitimate state and there NEVER WAS A STATE OF PALESTINE! And these people are making blind votes pertaining to the existence of Israel! Evidently we have several left wing anti-Israel groups in town today. "Bob Horenstein of the Jewish Federation says the true goal of groups such as Occupation-Free Portland", one of them, " is to undermine Israel.
"This has nothing to do with human rights," says Bob Horenstein of the Jewish Federation.. "It is yet another attempt by the boycott/divestment/sanction movement to de-legitimize the state of Israel and demonize the supporters of the state of Israel."
So all the Jews assembled yesterday afternoon at 4pm were demons, to the Human Rights Commission, including a few rabbis. Israel has been legitimate in 1922 to the League of Nations and in 1948 to the United Nations, and yet after 67 years it still has to defend itself.
I was born and raised in Portland, and this is the first time such anti-Semitism has shown itself, to come down on Israel in such a way.
The BDS Movement stands for Boycotting, Divesting and Sanctioning somebody you are tying to control and change. It's an unsuccessful effort to isolate Israel and create new Boycotts against the only democratic state in the Middle East.
The first reference I've noticed is to BDS G4S, a British security company that provides equipment and services to Israel's 5 prisons. Political prisoners are held there. The BDSers claim they are held without trial and are tortured. By being the supplier of goods and service, the demonstrators against this company claim they are participating in Israel's use of torture and holding them in prisons. More than 6,000 Palestinians are held this way to discourage them from resisting Israel's apartheid policies.
None of these claims are true, including the accusation that Israel is an apartheid state. Quite the opposite is true. 1.7 million Arabs are citizens. Arabs serve in the Knesset. Everyone votes.
This is what happens in Israel:
1. Proper custody and internment resources - improvement in the living conditions with the goal of reaching international standards, through optimal utilization of resources and development of alternatives to imprisonment.
2. Corrections - maximum utilization of the period of imprisonment to efficiently treat the offenders in order to enable them to successfully reintegrate into society.
There are some 4,500 security prisoners and detainees incarcerated in the Israel Prison Service, about 50% of whom are considered prisoners “with blood on their hands.” These prisoners include men, women and minors.
Among the security prisoners one finds senior members of Palestinian terrorist organizations, terrorists who were on their way to a suicide mission and were apprehended by the defense forces; dispatchers; attack planners; those responsible for preparing the explosives, etc. As the primary incarceration authority, the Israel Prison Service is responsible for the incarceration of these prisoners, while accommodating their basic needs in accordance with the law.
B'Tselem - The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, tells a more accurate report than the Portland council. Their report is on Gaza of which holds Palestinian terrorists who have been shelling Southern Israel for years, through the past 2 Intifada at least since 2001. Far from being tortured, the criminals; terrorists and all, are paid by the PA for being in prison.
According to the PA more than 4,500 Palestinian prisoners (as of December 2012) serving time for terror-related offenses are recipients of PA salaries. This means that Palestinians convicted of crimes such as theft do not receive a salary, but Hamas and Fatah terrorist murderers do.
|Hamas from Gaza, terrorist|
The Israeli Police noted that since 13 April 2008 the police is no longer responsible for any prison facilities(thereafter, the responsibility of the Prisons Service). The police no longer hold Palestinian detainees, other than for interrogation purposes." They are questioned. That's it. The police are not like those in Syria or any other Middle East country.
"Updated:14 Oct 2015
https://t.e2ma.net/message/gepgq/kxahhk HRC's endorcement of BDS
http://www.palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=1005 Palestinian prisoners being paid by PA
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4454760,00.html PA pays upon release huge sum
http://www.haaretz.com/world-news/1.634334 how other countries keep terrorists