Nobel Peace Prize Winners Call for “Military Embargo Against Israel”

November 28, 2012 11:32 am 5 comments

Israeli children take cover from rocket fire under their desks in a classroom.

A group comprised of Nobel peace prize laureates, artists and activists has issued a call for  a “comprehensive military embargo against Israel.”

The 52 signatories include the Nobel peace laureates Mairead Maguire and Adolfo Pérez Esquivel as well as film directors Mike Leigh and Ken Loach, the US academic Noam Chomsky and Roger Waters of Pink Floyd.

“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 Israel’s 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 says.

“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.”

The letter also criticizes those countries which have offered support to Israel.

“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.”

5 Comments

  • These signatories have jumped on the bandwagon. It is alwys easier to be part of a popular majority–and, at the same time, think of oneself as a courageous individual standing up for the rights of the oppressed. However, no country on earth has ever been hated the way Israel is hated. Israel has been threatened for every day of its existence. Despite these threats, it has freedom of speech, as well as Arabs in its Parliament and even its Cabinet.
    There is a Yiddish proverb that explains the actions of these signatories: “Eyn nar makht a sakh naronim” (One fool). When I was a child at P.S. 131 in Brooklyn in the 1940s, we said, “Monkey sees; monkey does. Monkey buys a pair of gloves.”

  • Speaking truth to power honors the artists, Nobel Peace Laureates, and artists who signed this measured and humane request.

  • “Shame on the signatories ”
    Shame on Dan G a Israeli apologist without a strand of compassion or recognition for the genocidel creation of Israel in 1947 and the incredible damage done to the people of the Middle East.
    The incredible selfishness and cruel obsessive desire to create a state in someone else’s homeland.

    • What utter nonsense!

      Jews have been living in Israel for thousands of years. It was the Muslims who invaded! Yes, the Muslims invaded the land. They are the aggressors. They are the occupiers.

      Why not say a word about that? Obviously, you don’t give a damn about historical truth or decency. You are just an ignorant fool, Jew-hater, or both.

  • Shame on the signatories.

    The absence of any concern for the safety and well-being of Israel’s civilians, and condemnation of genocidal talk by Hamas and Hezbolla and the real threats Israel faces, and a historical perspective that reflects any modicum of appreciation for the Palestinians repeated spurning of peace attempts and fomenting violence, and repeated rockets against Israel, and large scale arming by Iran… makes clear to me that these calls are not prompted by a genuine desire for peace, but by age old hatred and scapegoating and prejudice. SHAME.

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