‘Balto Jewish Times’ piece calls BDS ‘powerful form of nonviolent resistance…’

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The Jewish community knows something is breaking loose. Thus J Street’s recent statement on BDS that begins to crack open the door on the idea of targeted divestment. Now here is Donna Nevel of Jews Say No! with a piece in the Baltimore Jewish Times that calls upon the Jewish community to engage on the BDS issue. Nevel played a role in the forum on BDS that was held at a Lutheran church two weeks back in NYC.

[U]ntil now, despite the continued devastation of Palestinian society by the Israeli government, the primary response of the Jewish establishment and many Jewish organizations has been to try to discredit, rather than engage with, this call of conscience and those associated with it.

What can we do? Like the group I stand with, many Jewish voices are speaking out and taking action, trying, among other things, to disrupt the normalization of acquiescence and silence of the mainstream Jewish community and of those who claim to speak in our name. As part of this effort, we can join others who are insisting that the Jewish community engage directly and honestly with the BDS campaign. We can challenge Jewish institutions that have consistently blocked this issue from being addressed and insist that BDS, a powerful form of nonviolent resistance, be given the attention it deserves. We can insist that it—and the conditions it is a response to—be pushed to the forefront of the Jewish community for open discussion and serious consideration.

Good, important. Will Jews wake up? I was reading Norman Finkelstein’s book Beyond Chutzpah and seeing the sketches in there of the various tortures used on Palestinian prisoners. Well that didn’t wake anyone up, years ago. I think we’re dealing with one of the most conservative, stiffnecked communities in recent history. Still, I celebrate Nevel’s hopefulness, hard work, and engagement.

13 Responses

  1. potsherd
    June 30, 2010, 10:56 am

    I don’t think anything would shake most of these people short of making them live as Palestinians for a month or so.

  2. Cliff
    June 30, 2010, 11:11 am

    There are a lot of people who are hopelessly nationalistic and tribal.

    Those are not the people to convince.

    It’s nice to see people unafraid of the Zionist Establishment and fully aware of the political capital of ‘Jewish identity’.

    Even Dershowitz is – he even goes on to say that Finkelstein isn’t really a Jew. Just by ‘accident’ of birth.

    So these kinds of Zionists want to define Jewishness by their brand of Zionism.

    That’s where the allegations of antisemitism come from. Very cynical, but expected.

  3. Richard Witty
    June 30, 2010, 11:22 am

    The vagueness of goals and methods remains, as a liability to the goal and to the movement.

    • Avi
      June 30, 2010, 11:51 am

      Neturei Karta were right all along. Israel is antithesis to Judaism.

      • Mooser
        June 30, 2010, 2:03 pm

        Don’t fall for that, Avi. No one has ever demonstarted that Judaism demands a certain kind of politics, which the Israelis fail to adhere to.
        In fact, and this is the point, you can’t get a coherent, workable set of politics out of Judaism. Nor should anyone try, beyond, of course to whatever extent they credit (or blame) their own ethics on Judaism.
        I don’t even want to go down a road which says there is, in fact a way a “Jewish State” could be organised.
        The thing to compare Zionism and Israel to are similiar colonial efforts, not to a mythical better Jewish State (not saying you did that). I’ve always been qeasy about charges that Israel fails Judaism.

      • hayate
        June 30, 2010, 10:38 pm

        Mooser June 30, 2010 at 2:03 pm

        Is that a serious post from mooser?

    • Citizen
      June 30, 2010, 12:25 pm

      Well, yes, Witty, and the clarity and methods of AIPAC remain, as a liability to the US as a whole and ditto to basic core US values.

    • Mooser
      June 30, 2010, 1:56 pm

      “The vagueness of goals and methods remains, as a liability to the goal and to the movement”

      Israel’s goals are pretty out-front, and as far as the methods, not too much is vague about those.

    • Sumud
      June 30, 2010, 8:16 pm

      The goals of the BNC are unambiguous, and have been pointed out to you numerous times, and derive directly from the 2005 call for BDS issued by Palestinian civil society:

      link to bdsmovement.net

      You just have the shits because they don’t endorse a particular political solution (1 or 2 state) which you can object to, and use as an excuse not to support BDS. Why should Palestinians play your and Israel’s rigged game? In opposing BDS you oppose human rights, equality and international law. Your “liberalism” is exposed as fraudulent.

      And BDS is going just *terribly * Richard. Guess you missed Adam and Phil’s article in The Nation on just how badly BDS is going:

      ‘The Boycott Divestment Sanctions Movement’
      link to thenation.com

    • Sumud
      July 1, 2010, 1:35 am

      More evidence of how BDS Movement’s “liabilities” are working out:

      ‘After the Flotilla Massacre: Cultural Boycott of Israel Takes Off’
      link to pacbi.org

  4. decentjew
    June 30, 2010, 12:50 pm

    Avi June 30, 2010 at 11:51 am
    Neturei Karta were right all along. Israel is antithesis to Judaism.

    Actually, Judaism and Zionism are closely related ideologies of racism, phony victimhood and contrived history.

    Each draws its poisonous strength from the other, as we see in the settler movement, the IDF religious lunacy, and Israeli racism in general.

    Zionism’s right to dispossess non-Jews of their land and their lives comes directly from the Talmud and other related items of hebraic lunacy. We have to fight the TWIN scourges of Zionism and Judaism.

  5. hayate
    June 30, 2010, 6:08 pm

    “Well that didn’t wake anyone up, years ago. I think we’re dealing with one of the most conservative, stiffnecked communities in recent history.”


  6. ivangroznie
    June 30, 2010, 9:08 pm

    Anyone have an issue with J Street’s pleasure at the emergence of a non violent Palestinian resistance? As Neve Gordon noted in a 12-23-09 piece in counterpunch.org there has been non violent resistance since the occupation began. This has been stamped out continuously by Israel. Only violent resistance by the Palestinians has been in the mainstream media. Non violent resistance is ignored and is ineffective without media coverage. And why is it that only the Israelis can use violence? An occupied people actually have the right by international law to violent resistance.

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