You may recall that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order that directs all state entities to divest from organizations that support the BDS (boycott, divestment, sanctions) movement against Israel. As I said last week, he has the right to do that -- just as we have the right to tell him not to do that, as Jewish Voice for Peace helps you do. Mr. Cuomo's executive order denounces "boycott-related tactics that are used to threaten the sovereignty and security of allies and trade partners of the United States," but how does BDS threaten Israel's sovereignty? His statement essentially equates Israel's occupation of Palestine with its sovereignty, as if without the occupation, Israel literally wouldn't exist. And I don't think boycotts, divestments, and sanctions -- all non-violent methods of protest and pressure -- "threatens" Israel's security, but rather show the way to increase Israeli security. No one argues that Palestinians do not injure Israel; but only a fool argues that occupying Palestine makes Israel more secure.
Meanwhile, several California water districts are still allowing agricultural concerns to use oil wastewater to irrigate their crops. I know there's a drought going on in California (which means I know at least one more thing than Donald Trump does), but this is a desperate way to combat it -- even if the wastewater gets "treated" before being used on crops, that's a lot of carcinogens and other toxins to get rid of, and the state of California hasn't tested the wastewater to ensure it's safe, not just to people who eat food produced in California (which includes, like, almost everyone), but also to the workers who handle the food before it goes to market. So Food and Water Watch helps you tell the government of California to ban the use of oil wastewater on crops. What should California do instead, you ask? Well, San Diego is doing good work purifying sewage into drinkable water. Or maybe California could stop fracking, since that diverts far more water from good Californians than some "three-inch fish" will ever do.