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‘I stopped Netanyahu from catastrophic attack on Iran’ – Peres’ statement concealed ‘til death
Brinn, in a JP article, published some notes from that conversation, which quoted Peres as saying:“I stopped Netanyahu from attacking Iran.”
“I don’t want to go into details, but I can tell you that he was ready to launch an attack and I stopped him. I told him the consequences would be catastrophic,” Peres was quoted as saying.
When asked by the publication if they have his permission to report on the claim, Peres replied: “When I’m dead.”
After suffering a stroke, Peres died on September 28, 2016, near Tel Aviv, allowing his years-long claim to be made public.
The global movement of the academic and cultural boycott of Israel is gaining momentum as the Israeli leaders brand the proponents and advocates of this initiative as “anti-Semites”!
Thus far, more than 1,200 prominent university professors in the United States have officially endorsed the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (USACBI).
This movement is aimed at imposing sanctions on the academic events, including conferences, seminars and student exchange programs organized by the Israeli universities or Israeli academicians in an attempt to compel the leaders of Israel to change their violent treatment of the Palestinian people. There have been several instances where the American, British and European university professors rejected invitations to attend academic and cultural programs in the Occupied Territories. In May 2013, the prominent British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking joined the boycott campaign by refusing to participate in the Israeli Presidential Conference hosted by Shimon Peres held in East Jerusalem (Al-Quds).
The cultural part of the campaign also involves refusing to arrange artistic programs, including music concerts, photo and painting exhibitions and movie screenings in the Occupied Territories. Prominent artists such as British multi-instrumentalist and Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters, director and filmmaker Ken Loach and noted violinist Nigel Kennedy have joined this campaign.
One of the major voices in the academic and cultural boycott of Israel, part of the greater BDS Movement (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) is Prof. Sunaina Maira.
Sunaina Maira is a Professor of Asian American Studies, and is affiliated with the Middle East/South Asia Studies program at the University of California, Davis. Her research and teaching focus on Asian American youth culture as well as political mobilization and transnational movements challenging militarization, imperialism, and settler colonialism.
Prof. Maira is the author of “Desis in the House: Indian American Youth Culture in New York City” and “Missing: Youth, Citizenship, and Empire After 9/11.” She co-edited “Contours of the Heart: South Asians Map North America,” which won the American Book Award in 1997. She is a founding organizer of the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel and has been involved with various civil and human rights campaigns and antiwar groups in the United States.
In an interview with FNA, Prof. Sunaina Maira expounded on the boycott movement and how it is viewed by the Israelis.
“The spurious allegation that supporters of the academic boycott are by definition anti-Semitic is a red herring that serves to divert attention from Israel’s racial violence and discrimination, human rights violations and colonial policies,” she said.
She believes that the policies of Israel, especially in the besieged Gaza Strip, are being criticized globally as they get more aggressive and fierce. ………..The text of FNA’s interview with Prof. Sunaina Maira.