Posted by: r.m. | August 20, 2009

boycott us – says another Israeli

Another Israeli recognizes the strength of the global boycott.

Israeli newspapers this summer are filled with angry articles about the push for an international boycott of Israel. Films have been withdrawn from Israeli film festivals, Leonard Cohen is under fire around the world for his decision to perform in Tel Aviv, and Oxfam has severed ties with a celebrity spokesperson, a British actress who also endorses cosmetics produced in the occupied territories. Clearly, the campaign to use the kind of tactics that helped put an end to the practice of apartheid in South Africa is gaining many followers around the world.

Another Israeli recognizes Israel as an apartheid state.

The most accurate way to describe Israel today is as an apartheid state. For more than 42 years, Israel has controlled the land between the Jordan Valley and the Mediterranean Sea. Within this region about 6 million Jews and close to 5 million Palestinians reside. Out of this population, 3.5 million Palestinians and almost half a million Jews live in the areas Israel occupied in 1967, and yet while these two groups live in the same area, they are subjected to totally different legal systems. The Palestinians are stateless and lack many of the most basic human rights. By sharp contrast, all Jews — whether they live in the occupied territories or in Israel — are citizens of the state of Israel.

Although the writer views a one-state solution as one of two moral solutions, he claims that “the two-state solution is the way to stop the apartheid state…” Here, I disagree – since even with a two-state solution, there would remain discrimination and apartheid against Palestinians citizens of Israel, and would remain discrimination and apartheid against the Palestinian refugees.

His conclusion: support the global boycott divestment sanctions movement against Israel. Another Israeli says – Boycott Israel.

In Bilbao, Spain, in 2008, a coalition of organizations from all over the world formulated the 10-point Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign meant to pressure Israel in a “gradual, sustainable manner that is sensitive to context and capacity.” For example, the effort begins with sanctions on and divestment from Israeli firms operating in the occupied territories, followed by actions against those that help sustain and reinforce the occupation in a visible manner. Along similar lines, artists who come to Israel in order to draw attention to the occupation are welcome, while those who just want to perform are not.


Responses

  1. His views on two-state solution is precisely why i was reluctant to tweet this article. it’s a shame how these israelis cannot see that two-state solution “is” not only apartheid, but a form of legalizing it.

  2. Razan: I say, tweet the article and critique it

  3. Mazri and her followers are dead wrong, full of hate, and are determined to rid the mideast of Jews

    Debunking racist Jew haters like Rania Masri, Hillary Clinton and Jimmy Carter is so easy! This is about a 2 state illusion.

    The Palestinians have gotten the short end of the historical stick, no
    doubt. (So have the Poles, Kurds, Armenians and Tibetans, to name a
    few.) But the Palestinians have also made and continue to make _huge
    historical blunders_—like refusing to recognize Israel for the last 61
    years and making the expulsion of Jews from the Jewish homeland the core
    purpose of their being.

    It’s time to face the facts: The Palestinians are indeed a defeated
    people, and they have practically zero leverage in suing for peace
    (even if they wanted peace, which they don’t seem to in the least). Palestinian political organizations are involved in murderous factional struggles,
    and governance is in shambles.

    If a Martian were suddenly to land on earth and start listening to and
    reading the mainstream media, he would form the impression that the
    entire Middle East conflict were due to Israel building some settlements
    in land that much of the world thinks should become a Palestinian state.
    A near-consensus exists among the governments of the world and among
    media writers that peace has yet to break out in the Middle East because
    of three principle reasons. The first is that the Jews and the Arabs
    have been unable to agree about whether there should be a Palestinian
    state. The second is because Israel has obstinately refused to withdraw
    its troops from (so-called) “occupied Arab” lands. The third is because
    Israel behaves cruelly towards the Palestinians.

    *The Martian could easily carry these beliefs back* to its home planet,
    as long as it did not bother to learn the background and the history of
    the Middle East conflict. Those three reasons cannot survive an
    antibiotic of familiarity with Middle East history.

    President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton seem to
    think the idea of Palestinian statehood is the most wonderful idea to
    come along since the Thirteenth Amendment. And almost all world
    politicians, along with the Israeli Left, insist that all Israeli
    settlements must be removed from the West Bank because they serve as the
    main obstacle to peace. The reality is that the Middle East conflict has
    very little to do with debate over Palestinian statehood and even less
    to do with Israeli “settlements.” In fact Israel has agreed in
    principle, somewhat foolishly, to the erection of such a Palestinian
    state, at least subject to some security conditions and other
    concessions from the Palestinians — like recognizing Israel’s right to
    exist. As it turns out, even so-called “moderate” Palestinians reject
    any such idea.

    Meanwhile debate about the Middle East conflict is based on an
    incredible absence of historic information and on a series of stylish
    misconceptions about Middle East history. The anti-Israel Lobby, which
    grows by the day in its maliciousness and anti-Semitism, counts on the
    ignorance of much of the public concerning how the Middle East got to
    where it is.

    r delavarre
    chapel hill, nc
    fitteryou@hotmail.com


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