Skip to comments.Nobel Peace Laureates Call for 'Military Embargo Against Israel'
Posted on 11/28/2012 2:20:41 PM PST by Eleutheria5
A group of Nobel peace-prize winners, prominent artists and activists issued a call for a comprehensive military embargo against Israel following the recent hostilities in Gaza.
In a letter, the group denounces the United States, European Union and several developing countries for what it describes as their "complicity" through weapons sales and other military support for the Jewish state, The Guardian reported.
The 52 signatories include the Nobel peace laureates Mairead Maguire and Adolfo Perez Esquivel; film directors Mike Leigh and Ken Loach; author Alice Walker; notorious anti-Israel academic Noam Chomsky; Roger Waters of Pink Floyd; and Stephane Hessel, a former French diplomat and Holocaust survivor who was co-author of the universal declaration of human rights.
Horrified at the latest round of Israeli aggression against the 1.5 million Palestinians in the besieged and occupied Gaza Strip and conscious of the impunity that has enabled this new chapter in Israels decades-old violations of international law and Palestinian rights, we believe there is an urgent need for international action towards a mandatory, comprehensive military embargo against Israel, the letter states, according to The Guardian.
Such a measure has been subject to several UN resolutions and is similar to the arms embargo imposed against apartheid South Africa in the past, it continues.
The letter accuses several countries of providing Israel with military support saying, "While the United States has been the largest sponsor of Israel, supplying billions of dollars of advanced military hardware every year, the role of the European Union must not go unnoticed, in particular its hefty subsidies to Israel's military complex through its research programmes.
"Similarly, the growing military ties between Israel and the emerging economies of Brazil, India and South Korea are unconscionable given their nominal support for Palestinian freedom," it adds. .....
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The only way to get a Nobel Peace Prize these days is be Barack Obama or call for the extermination of Israel and jews.
So fascinating to see prophecy being fulfilled daily.
The world will turn against Israel and seek her total annihilation. The God of Israel, however, will step in and take care of business.
Gaza has not been occupied for how long??
It is the Nobel War Prize!!
You can also speak up for the MB (Mansouri? What was his damned name?) while not inspecting for nuclear weapons, or produce a propaganda film about global warming (Gore). Or you can also be a mass murderer practicing Taqiya (Yassir), or the rube (Rabin) being taken for a ride by said mass murderer. It also helps to be an idiot, a liar, or both.
If a president wanted to enable the destruction of a beloved ally, and the general population became enraged, he might want to empower a paramilitary force within his own country to “deal with” any violent insurrection.
He might want to purchase a lot of ammunition with killing power for his domestic military.
He would want to create large divisions in that society so he could react to the ‘crisis’.
That is, if he was planning something like that.
Years in advance.
I guess they're telling us if you've lost Ken Loach, you've lost America.
War is hell, but it has its honest side. Both sides wear uniforms, carry weapons, and have officers responsible for their men’s actions.
Nobel piece prize winners usually are not that forthright. They are opposed to such forthrightness, and therefore are given an award for opposing war.
But one must remember to differentiate between opposing countries sending people off in uniforms, armed to the teeth to kill or be killed, and opposing the honest side who is trying to stop a bomb disguised as a pregnant woman’s bulge, or hidden under the frock of a bogus Chassidic rabbi, from being deployed on public busses. In the former case, they are opposing war. In the latter case, they are opposing honesty in warfare, but supporting the dishonest side.
WAIT A MINUTE!!!! when did roger waters get a nobel prize?
You would think that Nobel peace prize winners, and activists would want to promote peace. Instead, they are promoting genocide.
Odd world we live in today.
So anyone who is anti-Semitic is eligible for NNP?
No wonder obama, won it.
“wretched hive of scum and villainy”
Actions tend to have unexpected re-actions. For example, the 73 oil embargo, for the rest of the decade, greatly reduced Americas appetite for oil. Israel has been developing military and political relationships with the Chinese, the Indians, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan and Japan. If the US cut off military aide the Israelis could trade nuclear technology, radar technology and advanced rocketry for anything they needed. Much of this technology is stuff the US would like to keep out of the afore-mentioned actors hands. But if were actively injuring Israel what leverage would the US have to stop said exchanges?
BTW, Israel would be much less constrained if it wasnt concerned with protecting the free flow of free military technology.
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Stéphane Frédéric Hessel
20 October 1917 (age 95)
1946 to present
Human rights advocacy
French Resistance fighter
Time for Outrage!
Helen Grund Hessel
Ordre du Mérite
Stéphane Frédéric Hessel (born 20 October 1917) is a diplomat, ambassador, writer, concentration camp survivor, former French Resistance fighter and BCRA agent. Born German, he became a naturalised French citizen in 1939. He participated in the editing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948. In 2011, he was named by Foreign Policy magazine to its list of top global thinkers.
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3 Time for Outrage!
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 Early years
Hessel was born in Berlin, the son of Helen (Grund), a journalist, and writer Franz Hessel, who inspired the characters of Jules and Kathe in Henri-Pierre Roche’s novel Jules and Jim (Kathe was called Catherine in the subsequent film adaptation by François Truffaut). His paternal grandparents were Jewish immigrants who joined the Lutheran church, and his mother was from a Christian family. Hessel emigrated to Paris with his parents in 1924. Having received his baccalauréat when 15 years old, he was admitted in 1937 to the École Normale Supérieure. He became a naturalized French citizen in 1939, before being mobilized later that year into the French army in Saint-Maixent-l’Ecole.
Refusing to adhere to the Vichy government of Marshal Philippe Pétain, Hessel fled to London and joined General Charles de Gaulle’s group of Resistance fighters in 1941, returning to France, to organize Resistance communication networks in advance of the 1944 Allied invasion of France. He was captured by the Gestapo and later deported to the Buchenwald and Dora concentration camps, where he was tortured by waterboarding. Hessel, Forest Yeo-Thomas and Harry Peulevé escaped execution at Buchenwald through the help of Eugen Kogon and Alfred Balachowsky, who exchanged their identities with three prisoners who had died of typhus. Hessel tried unsuccessfully to escape from Dora, but was able to avoid being hanged in reprisal. He later escaped during a transfer to Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, and went to Hannover, where he met the advancing troops of the United States Army.
 Human rights advocate, diplomat
After the war, Hessel was involved with Eleanor Roosevelt in editing the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. In 1962, he created the Association for Training in Africa and Madagascar (AFTAM) and became its first president. In August 1982, Hessel was appointed for three years to the Haute Autorité de la communication audiovisuelle, the French regulatory agency for audio-visual communication. Hessel continues to hold a diplomatic passport, having been named an “ambassador for life”.
He is a member of the French division of the International Decade for the Promotion of a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World and is a founding member of the Collegium International and served as vice president. He was a member of the Commission nationale consultative des droits de l’homme and the Haut Conseil de la coopération internationale.
In 2003, along with other former Resistance fighters, he signed the petition “For a Treaty of a Social Europe” and in August 2006, he was a signatory to an appeal against the Israeli air-strikes in Lebanon. The appeal, made by the French member organization of European Jews for a Just Peace, was published in Libération and other French newspapers.
In 2004, he was awarded the North-South Prize by the Council of Europe. That same year, he participated in the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the National Council of Resistance of 15 March 1944, which urged the younger generations to live by and pass on the legacy of the Resistance and its ideals of economic, social and cultural democracy.
On 14 July 2006, Hessel was made Grand Officier de la Légion d’honneur, having already been given the Grand Cross of the Order of Merit in 1999.
Hessel called for the French government to make funds available to provide housing for the homeless and denounced the French government’s failure to comply with Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights at the Place de la Republique on 21 February 2008.
On the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 10 December 2008, Hessel received the UNESCO/Bilbao Prize for the Promotion of a Culture of Human Rights. Hessel also received the United Nations Association of Spain Peace Prize Award 2008.
On 5 January 2009, Hessel criticized the Israeli military attacks in the Gaza strip, saying “In fact, the word that appliesthat should be appliedis ‘war crime’ and even ‘crime against humanity’. But this word must be used carefully, especially when one is in Geneva, the seat of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, who may have an important opinion on that issue. For my part, having visited Gaza, having seen the refugee camps with thousands of children, the manner in which they are bombed appears as a veritable crime against humanity.”
In 2011, Hessel was named by Foreign Policy magazine to its list of top global thinkers “[f]or bringing the spirit of the French Resistance to a global society that has lost its heart.”
 Time for Outrage!
In October 2010, his essay, Time for Outrage! (original French title: Indignez-vous!), was published in an edition of 6,000 copies (ISBN 978-1455509720 ). It has sold more than 3.5 million copies worldwide and has been translated into Swedish, Danish, Basque, Catalan, Italian, German. Greek, Portuguese, Slovenian, Spanish, Croatian, Hebrew, and Korean. Translations into Japanese, Hungarian, and other languages are planned. In the United States, The Nation magazine’s March 714, 2011 issue published the entire essay in English.
Hessel’s booklet argues that the French need to again become outraged, as were those who participated in the Resistance during World War II. Hessel’s reasons for personal outrage include the growing gap between the very rich and the very poor, France’s treatment of its illegal immigrants, the need to re-establish a free press, the need to protect the environment, importance of protecting the French welfare system, and the plight of Palestinians, recommending that people read the September 2009 Goldstone Report. He calls for peaceful and non-violent insurrection.
In 2011, one of the names given to the Spanish protests against corruption and bipartisan politics was Los Indignados (the outraged), taken from the title of the book’s translation there (¡Indignaos!). These protests, in conjunction with the Arab Spring, later helped to inspire other protests in many countries, including Greece, UK, Chile, Israel, and Occupy Wall Street which began in New York’s financial district, but has now spread across the United States and numerous other countries. Ongoing protests in Mexico challenging corruption, drug cartel violence, economic hardship and policies also have been called the Indignados.
After “Time for Outrage”, Stephane Hessel’s new book “Engagez-vous!” (Get involved!) is published with the young French journalist Gilles Vanderpooten. In it “Stephane Hessel appeals to his readers to save the environment and to embrace the positive. He also emphasizes the importance of good luck in life”. The book was a success in France and became a bestseller. It was translated into 15 foreign languages, from Europe to Asia and South America.
Stéphane Hessel on Occupy Wall Street: Find the Time for Outrage When Your Values Are Not Respected
Does this mean the Gazans will be sanctioned for delivering munitions into Israel via rocket?
Nobel Peace Prize winners are anti-semites? Who knew?
Thanks for the summary. I guess you'd call him a young hero who became an old crank.
IDF kipot and sidelocks:E)
That happens a lot. How fortunate for Joseph Trumpledor that he died young for his country. He might have grown to become a hoary-headed political whore.