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Wednesday, December 22, 2004

the somerville divestment campaign

the campaign to get the city of somerville to divest from israel came close to succeeding, but was beaten back by a large coordinated campaign.

as tom wallace writes, it's bittersweet. bitter because it ultimately failed, sweet because the campaign shows that efforts to hold israel accountable are making gains.

this battle was lost because the zionists managed to persuade the aldermen that people in the US shouldn't adopt a one-sided approach to the conflict: instead, we should continue our even-handed approach of giving israel billions of dollars a year, investing our savings accounts in israel, and blocking united nations resolutions critical of israel, not to mention peace initiatives.

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