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Part 1 from journalist David Sheen’s lecture “the Bullet, the Ballot, and the Boycott” at
by WTUL News & Views
Saturday Nov 21st, 2015 11:50 AM
19min Part 1 from journalist David Sheen’s lecture “the Bullet, the Ballot, and the Boycott” at University of New Orleans on Tuesday, November 10, 2015.
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19min Part 1 from journalist David Sheen’s lecture “the Bullet, the Ballot, and the Boycott” at University of New Orleans on Tuesday, November 10, 2015.

David Sheen is an independent journalist and filmmaker originally from Toronto, Canada who now lives in Dimona, Israel. Sheen began blogging when he first moved to Israel in 1999 and later went on to work as a reporter and editor at the Israeli daily newspaper Haaretz. He now writes for a variety of local, regional and international outlets including Alternet and Electronic Intifada. Sheen is currently writing a book about African immigrants to Israel and the struggles they face. His website ishttp://www.davidsheen.com and he tweets from @davidsheen

On Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at University of New Orleans, David Sheen presented his lecture “the Bullet, the Ballot, and the Boycott” about Israeli incitement to racist violence, the focus of his on-the-ground reporting for the past five years. The core of the presentation concerns the dehumanizing discourse towards Palestinians, Africans and other non-Jews by top Israeli political and religious leaders, and the vigilante attacks they inspire, which spiked during last summer's assault on the Gaza Strip.

People generally assume by the title “the Bullet, the Ballot and the Boycott” that journalist David Sheen is going to be speaking about boycotting Israel, but in fact, Sheen is speaking about Israel Boycotting. Boycott is defined as a “withdrawal from social or commercial interaction or cooperation with a group,” and David Sheen contends Israel boycotts its non-Jewish residents in many facets of life in this first part of a series that will highlight Sheen’s recent New Orleans stop on his lecture tour of the United States.

In Part 1, Sheen presents the alienation of Palestinians, African, and non-Jewish citizens of Israel from housing, labor, recreation, and politics within the pre-1967 democratic border of Israel. A loophole law is created to justify racist housing policy, the largest market in Jerusalem is surveyed to prevent putting a penny in the pocket of non-Jewish Israelis, families are denied entry to swimming pools and amusement parks, and Palestinian politicians are cropped out of debate photographs and prohibited from political meetings. Through these examples—notice: no mention of Nakba, West Bank, Gaza, houses destroyed, nor 550 youth killed—Sheen exposes the false dichotomy of Democratic and non-Democratic (territories) Israel. Rather, it’s the same system of oppression—manifesting differently in separate places—that is unified by governing structure, banking system, and army.

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