The resolution, which is expected to be signed next week by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, declares that the BDS movement is “one of the main vehicles for spreading anti-Semitism and advocating the elimination of the Jewish state,” adding that BDS activities in Tennessee “undermine the Jewish people’s right to self-determination, which they are fulfilling in the State of Israel.”
Furthermore, the resolution states that the BDS movement and its agenda are “inherently antithetical and deeply damaging to the causes of peace, justice, equality, democracy and human rights for all the peoples in the Middle East.”
It all began as a personal project by a young Israeli Arab who lives in northern Israel. He wanted to use social networking to convince other Israeli Arabs that the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) are not some “army of evil” and that its soldiers are not as bloodthirsty as they tend to be portrayed in Arab propaganda films. He soon learned, however, that in the digital age, there is no end to surprises. Instead of messages and responses from the Israeli Arab audience he was targeting, he began receiving messages of peace and love from young Arab men and women from across the Arab world.
In a world where every day is somewhere a first day, the mind of the world goes through its day magnificently housed in about 7,000 living languages. As it seems to BackChannels easier to lose a language than to invent one, the idea of preserving the library — what constitutes an “us” if not a language? — might come first.
While that sounds delightful — for what dual-language reader would care to be confined to the lingua franca that has been English? — our languages and the spirits represented in them come freighted with some heady components and related cultural ambitions and habits, and not all awake feeling harmonious.
Those that do, however, have some work ahead of them.
One Earth, Many Worlds
The new global intelligentsia — have we not all just shaken virtual hands over the past seven common broadband and about 20 popularly connected years or so? — has now to revisit its multicultural, multilinguistic packages, the beliefs, histories, myths, morals, and values contained within each separable ethnolinguistic enclave, and fundamentally adjust to a true changed revolutionary circumstance.
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