Westchester legislature prepares bill saying BDS ‘maligns the Jewish people,’ and opponents organize

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Next Monday morning in White Plains, NY, the Westchester County Board of Legislators will consider a resolution against the BDS campaign (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) that concludes in alarmist terms:

we loudly and forcefully reject a movement that seeks to undermine Israel and malign the Jewish people.

The resolution (full draft below) is bipartisan, and is named after board chair Michael Kaplowitz, a Democrat, and vice-chair Jim Maisano, a Republican. It reflects NY Governor Andrew Cuomo’s blacklisting of BDS, which is a nonviolent campaign to put international pressure on Israel to respect Palestinian human rights.

You can be sure that opponents of BDS will be gathering to push the bill. The American Jewish Committee writes, “While ALL 50 states… have now adopted some form of anti-BDS legislation, Westchester has not yet done so. Now is the time to ask our elected officials for their support of this important resolution….”

But supporters of BDS are also organizing. They urge friends of Palestinians to write or call legislators ahead of the meeting on Monday (10 AM, at 148 Martine Avenue in White Plains). Opponents have cited the California Democratic Party’s recent resolution that decries the occupation and does not bar BDS.

Felice Gelman writes at the Wespac Foundation site about the great progressive history of boycott efforts, including in South Africa and North Carolina:

Accusations of anti-Semitism should not to be tossed around lightly by our elected officials.  Anti-Semitism is a real problem – one that was given new momentum by the Trump campaign’s willingness to accept the support of well-known white nationalist anti-Semites. The boycott, divestment, and sanctions campaign in support of Palestinian rights has the support of many American Jews and explicitly disavows anti-Semitism. It is a campaign directed against the repressive and colonialist policies of the Israeli government, not against the Jewish people.

Further, our Democratic legislators seem unaware of the crucial role that the non-violent tactic boycott has played in human rights struggles.  Did any of our legislators support the boycott of South Africa’s apartheid regime?  South Africa is and was an ally of the U.S. and the boycott was a major contributor to the end of apartheid and the liberation of the black majority of that country and made the US a better ally.

Did any of our legislators more recently support the boycott of North Carolina – endorsed by Gov. Cuomo – that protested that state’s laws discriminating against transgender people?

Priscilla Read of Jewish Voice for Peace, which supports BDS, has written a letter to the legislators urging them to defeat the bill.  Here’s an excerpt, documenting Palestinian conditions:

In 1966 when I was a senior in high school, I organized my first day-long discussion of issues related to what was then known as the “Arab-Israeli conflict.” I majored in Near East Studies in college and have been engaged with this subject ever since.

In November 2012, during a tour of the West Bank and East Jerusalem, I observed on the ground what the military occupation looks like. It is unspeakably ugly – physically brutal and psychologically Kafka-esque. It operates through an arbitrary and cruel imposition of unpredictable rules and regulations enforced through overwhelming force against a subject people whose lives have become an unrelenting grind. Some 40% of Palestinian men have been held in Israeli prisons, many of them without charge or trial. Children as young as six have been detained not only without lawyers but also without the presence of their parents. Youths throwing stones confront soldiers carrying heavy arms and driving tanks, radically upending the David-Goliath motif. Houses are demolished, orchards uprooted, access to property and livelihood made difficult if not impossible. Military checkpoints at shifting points and schedules make movement from one community to another endlessly time-consuming. This disrupts jobs, education, family and social life, and access to basic services, including health care.

The Occupation is tantamount to ethnic-cleansing: it makes life so intolerable that people are pressured to emigrate, and a few drift into hopelessness and despair. That the vast majority of Palestinians resist this abusive regime nonviolently day in and day out is testimony to their courage, their humanity, and their steadfastness in the face of injustice.

I was deeply ashamed to see Israeli repression abetted by the United States. Much of the equipment and weaponry used to enforce the occupation is stamped “Made in America.” This association is not lost on the peoples of the surrounding countries, in whose eyes U.S. involvement is linked to repression and violence.

Here is another letter opposing the legislation from Robert Herbst, a Westchester resident and member of Jewish Voice for Peace. Herbst bases his opposition to the bill on the “arbitrary and cruel” form of segregation that he witnessed himself. Note his comments about swimming pools for settlers in the West Bank and the detention of Palestinian children:

On behalf of the members of Jewish Voice for Peace-Westchester, I urge you to withdraw, or vote against, this resolution…

Like many JVP members, I have been to the West Bank and East Jerusalem. In fact, I just returned from two weeks there. I found the racial segregation and domination of Palestinians to be arbitrary and cruel. Since the illegal 1967 annexation of the eastern Jerusalem neighborhoods and the land of 28 Palestinian communities deprived those residents of the protections of the Fourth Geneva Convention, the land expropriation, forced transfer of Palestinians and establishment of settlements has been systematic and premeditated.

There is no public housing for Palestinians, and they are prevented from building homes by the requirement of a permit, which is routinely and arbitrarily withheld from Palestinians, and in the very few cases in which permits are granted, they are very expensive. The 20,000 homes built without permits containing more than 85,000 Palestinians are all subject to demolition, with the cost of demolition imposed on their owners.

There are virtually no parks or swimming pools in East Jerusalem, except in Jewish settlements. “Greater Jerusalem” – the Jewish-Israeli metropolitan area, now extends from Ramallah in the North, to the Dead Sea in the East, and Hebron to the South, facilitated by the Wall and a network of highways that tie the settlements into West Jerusalem and Israel. By building and locating the Wall where it did, Israel effectively confiscated 9-11% of the West Bank and put the water acquifer inside it. Israel now controls 85% of the water in the West Bank. While water is plentiful enough in Jewish West Bank settlements to keep the swimming pools overflowing, Palestinian West Bank residents are often deprived of running water for many hours a day.

In the West Bank, I saw up close how ugly, brutal and implacable the occupation is, enforced by overwhelming force and intimidation of the local population. Many Palestinian families have endured raids of their homes without warning by Israeli soldiers. Children as young as 12 years old have been taken from homes or streets and jailed without charges for weeks or months. Two out of five Palestinian men have been held at one time or another in Israeli prisons, often without charge or trial. Release is often conditioned on agreement to collaborate with authorities, making those released suspect in the eyes of their Palestinian brothers and sisters even if they have not agreed to collaborate. Israeli soldiers, border police and settlers routinely walk around with guns, the latter too-often assaulting or taunting Palestinians children going to or from school.

Tens of thousands of homes have been demolished, olive orchards have been destroyed, much of Palestinian agricultural land has been taken or threatened, while military checkpoints routinely make travel from one Palestinian town to another close by away take hours. The United States has manufactured and delivered much of the military hardware and software used to enforce the occupation, to our shame and in violation of UN Security Council resolutions which call upon all UN member states to refrain from assisting or facilitating these violations of international law.

Herbst, a civil rights lawyer, concludes his letter by saying that BDS supporters are standing up for the principles that the U.S. government claims to adhere to, and that the resolution punishes dissent:

Under international law, the Israeli annexation and occupation of Palestinian lands is considered illegal and Israel’s treatment of Palestinians an abuse of human rights. For decades, the stated policy of the United States Government has been that settlements in the Palestinian territories occupied by Israel are illegal under international law and an obstacle to peace. Americans who support BDS are therefore adhering to the principles to which their government pays lip service.

The anti-BDS initiative before you is wrong-headed. It discourages thinking and action that is humanitarian in outlook by seeking to end grave harm and suffering. It distracts attention from pressing local issues, serves no discernible local interest, and alienates politically active sectors of Westchester’s residents who believe that the freedom to hold dissenting views without government pressure is a foundation of American democracy. It encourages Israel to persist in policies toward the Palestinians that undermine its Jewish values and its claim to democracy, damage its standing in international public opinion and contravene international law and human rights.

What follows is a draft resolution that has been shared with us, titled, “In Support of Israel.”

WHEREAS, the State of Israel is a critical and invaluable ally of the United States;

WHEREAS, the County of Westchester and Israel enjoy a special historical relationship and share a commonly forged cultural bond;

WHEREAS, the County of Westchester does not support boycott related tactics that are used to threaten the sovereignty and security of allies and trade partners of the United States;

WHEREAS, the County of Westchester unequivocally rejects the international BDS movement and stands firmly with Israel;

WHEREAS, the County of Westchester supports interfaith dialogue to address issues;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT at this critical time, in the face of the movement to promote anti-Israel boycotts both in this country and around the globe, we strongly condemn the international BDS movement; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT we reaffirm our support for Israel as a vital U.S. ally, important economic partner and champion of freedom; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT we loudly and forcefully reject a movement that seeks to undermine Israel and malign the Jewish people.

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  1. eljay
    June 9, 2017, 2:03 pm

    Shame on the County of Westchester for:
    – promoting the openly and unapologetically oppressive, colonialist, (war) criminal and religion supremacist “Jewish State” of Israel as a “champion of freedom”;
    – anti-Semitically conflating Israel with all Jews (“the Jewish people”) and all Jews with Israel; and
    – failing to condemn Israel for its past and on-going (war) crimes.

    • hank
      June 10, 2017, 5:46 pm

      As a secular Jew, I have come to the reluctant conclusion that economic pressure, even if largely ineffectual, is the sole remaining option for returning Israel to a virtuous path and providing simple justice to all its inhabitants. However, I regard my view on the subject as totally irrelevant. The decision whether to support or oppose BDS is an unadorned question of free speech. Legislative interference with it is an unequivocal violation of Constitutional protections. Further, the mind reels at Jewish organizational boasting about all fifty states having adopted resolutions condemning BDS. Is this a burning issue for the citizens, say, of Wyoming or Mississippi, few of whom are likely even to have heard of it? What it does bespeak is the stifling uniformity of Hasbara-inspired propaganda, about which Jews should be embarrassed rather than exultant.

      • Mooser
        June 10, 2017, 7:02 pm

        “option for returning Israel to a virtuous path”

        “Returning Israel to a virtuous path” bespeaks the stifling uniformity of Hasbara-inspired propaganda, about which Jews should be embarrassed rather than exultant.

      • Annie Robbins
        June 10, 2017, 7:38 pm

        i had no idea israel was ever on a virtuous path.

      • gamal
        June 10, 2017, 7:36 pm

        “I have come to the reluctant conclusion that economic pressure, even if largely ineffectual, is the sole remaining option”

        you not get the “By any means necessary” memo, odd it was widely circulated, we seconded it.

      • hank
        June 12, 2017, 3:45 pm

        Mooser and Annie: Lacking any strong emotional involvement with this issue (I’ve girded my loins for the inevitable brickbats), at age ninety, I still remember a time when it was possible to be hopeful about Israel’s future, even while acknowledging the injustices its creation inflicted on the Arabs.

  2. Jerry Hirsch
    June 9, 2017, 4:23 pm

    Are the anti Zionsts here aware that Norman Finkelstein, a supporter of BDS in general, does not support the organization that promotes it? That their goal is dishonest, the elimination of Israel, which even Finkelstein does not agree.

    If such a strident critic of Israel doesn’t support this goal, is it any wonder that other government entities do not as well?

    “I’ve earned my right to speak my mind, and I’m not going to tolerate what I think is silliness, childishness, and a lot of leftist posturing.

    …..

    I mean we have to be honest, and I loathe the disingenuous. They don’t want Israel. They think they are being very clever; they call it their three-tier. We want the end of the occupation, the right of return, and we want equal rights for Arabs in Israel. And they think they are very clever because they know the result of implementing all three is what, what is the result?

    You know and I know what the result is. There’s no Israel!

    . . .

    It’s not an accident, an unwitting omission, that BDS does not mention Israel. You know that and I know that. It’s not like they’re “oh we forgot to mention it.” They won’t mention it because they know it will split the movement, ’cause there’s a large segment of the movement which wants to eliminate Israel.

    . . .

    Are you going to reach a broad public which is going to hear the Israeli side ‘they want to destroy us?’ No you’re not. And frankly you know what you shouldn’t. You shouldn’t reach a broad public because you’re dishonest. And I wouldn’t trust those people if I had to live in this state. I wouldn’t. It’s dishonesty.“

    • festus
      June 9, 2017, 7:29 pm

      Using a guy you don’t agree with to support your view on the one topic you agree with what he has to say. Is that really the best you can do?

      The occupation will never be accepted. You either support peaceful means to end it or you get violent ones.

      • Jerry Hirsch
        June 10, 2017, 12:45 am

        Do you agree with the point Finkelstein is making? That many within the BDS movement are not upfront about their motives and are using it to destroy the State of Israel?

      • zaid
        June 10, 2017, 6:38 am

        “I mean we have to be honest, and I loathe the disingenuous ”

        disingenuous what!

        Almost every body here wants Israel gone and dismantled just like South Africa and we are not shy about it.

        Apartheid got to go.

      • Atlantaiconoclast
        June 10, 2017, 9:23 pm

        Jerry, the truth is that most of the opponents of BDS use opposition to it as a way to contine Israel’s destruction of Palestine, and to prevent Palestine from continuing to exist. See, I can play your game too.

    • johneill
      June 9, 2017, 7:48 pm

      which organization, which goal? palestinian civil society? equality?

    • JosephA
      June 9, 2017, 8:28 pm

      Is it possible to support the idea of the modern state of Israel and also simultaneously be an anti-zionist?

      I am an anti-Zionist because definitionally, zionism = racism.

      If Israel were a democracy with equal rights for indigenous Palestinians, it would not cease to exist as a country. Just as in the United States, the racial demographics will cause “white” people to become the minority, this country will also not cease to exist when current minorities are a future majority.

      What would certainly cease to exist if the BDS hopes and dreams were fulfilled would be a negation of the racist, unfair, current system of discriminatory laws and practices in modern Israel.

      • eljay
        June 9, 2017, 10:22 pm

        || JosephA: Is it possible to support the idea of the modern state of Israel and also simultaneously be an anti-zionist? … ||

        IMO it is and I do.

        || … If Israel were a democracy with equal rights for indigenous Palestinians, it would not cease to exist as a country. … ||

        A secular and democratic Israel of and for all of its citizens, immigrants, expats and refugees, equally, would rightly spell the end of religion-supremacist “Jewish State” and Zionists loathe the idea of Jewish Israelis and non-Israeli Jews losing their supremacist status.

        A secular and democratic Israel could cease to exist as a country if, say, its eligible voters were to choose democratically to merge it with with Palestine into a single, larger (Palestinian) state. IMO there would be nothing wrong with such a move – an act of real self-determination, not fraudulent Zionist “self-determination – as long as the new state were to remain secular and democratic and not become a religion-supremacist “Islamic State” of the type Hamas envisions.

    • Mooser
      June 9, 2017, 9:37 pm

      “We want the end of the occupation, the right of return, and we want equal rights for Arabs in Israel. And they think they are very clever because they know the result of implementing all three is what, what is the result?

      You know and I know what the result is. There’s no Israel!”

      Thanks for being so honest about it. You are right, Israel won’t survive without expulsion, discrimination, and occupation. And the power of 180 million Zionist Jews will validate our rights to expel, oppress, and occupy!

    • Donald Johnson
      June 9, 2017, 9:56 pm

      You will find that though people here respect Finkelstein we don’t bow down to him.

      My understanding is that BDS doesn’t take a position between 1 state and two. Of course many Israelis think it would be the end of Israel if they had to live side by side in complete equality with an equal or larger number of Palestinians. Finkelstein’ point is that the 2ss is the one endorsed by the international community. It is up to Palestinians to decide if they care– the rest of the world has allowed Israel to do what it wants.

    • Annie Robbins
      June 10, 2017, 3:19 am

      jerry, could you provide your source link. i recall the interview you’re referencing but i’d like to read the whole thing. thanks.

    • Brewer
      June 10, 2017, 3:53 am

      I can speak only for myself but I suspect many others will agree that if “Israel” is dependent on exclusivity of a race/religion identity and complete denial of the fact that the vast majority of the land it occupies legally belongs to another race/religion identity who have been denied their right, guaranteed by International Law and supported by God knows how many U.N. rulings to return – then maybe it has to go.
      If the alternative, just settlement of the land and refugee condition and a truly democratic Israel for all the resultant populace is unacceptable to you Jerry Hirsch, then you are probably one of those who will find themselves responsible for its inevitable denouement.

      I am concerned about Miko Peled. He seems to have disappeared since his arrest at Nabi Saleh. Does anyone know what has happened to him?

    • Lillian Rosengarten
      June 10, 2017, 6:37 pm

      Dear Jerry,
      It is Zionism and it’s ultra nationalistic, racist, colonialist and genocidal agenda that we who support BDS and a free Palestine/Israel wish to eliminate. To declare Israel as an apartheid state is unbearable for many but it is the truth. To oppose BDS is to be complicit with supporting genocide and opposing dialogue.As long as there is an occupation there will be resistance by Jews who support human rights and by all who support a free Palestine/ Israel.

    • talknic
      June 12, 2017, 5:34 am

      “the end of the occupation, the right of return, and we want equal rights for Arabs in Israel. And they think they are very clever because they know the result of implementing all three is what, what is the result?

      You know and I know what the result is. There’s no Israel!”

      Uh? How do you figure adhering to the law is the end of a state ignoring the law?

      1) UNSC resolutions reminding Israel of binding Law tell us the occupation is illegal and must end. It’s a matter of Israel’s binding commitment to adhere to International Law and the UN Charter. It’s a legal requirement regardless of negotiations

      2) The only people who have legal right of return to Israeli territories are Israeli Arabs dispossessed by Israel. Their number was long ago surpassed by Jewish immigration. For example some 500,000 Arab Jews migrated to Israel between 1948 and 1950 and there have been hundreds of thousands of Jews from all around the world since

      The majority of Palestinians with RoR have RoR to non-Israeli territories. As it now stands Israel prevents ANY RoR to any territories BTW, which is completely illegal.

      3) Rights for Arabs in Israel isn’t going to change any demographic or pose any existential threat to Israel

      You’re spouting typical Zionist twaddle for idiots who don’t think!

    • Talkback
      June 12, 2017, 9:11 am

      Jerry Hirsch quoting: “We want the end of the occupation, the right of return, and we want equal rights for Arabs in Israel. And they think they are very clever because they know the result of implementing all three is what, what is the result? You know and I know what the result is. There’s no Israel!”

      Really? I didn’t know that Israel had no legitimation at all. I mean a state that only exist, if it makes an illegal ocupation permanent and prevents basic human rights like equality and the right to return based on faith/heritage and differentiates between nationals and citizens shouldn’t exist at all, right? At least that’s my lesson from the horrors of the Nazis. GO BDS!

      Jerry Hirsch: “That many within the BDS movement are not upfront about their motives and are using it to destroy the State of Israel?”

      What do you mean by destroying? Like Israel destroyed Palestine in 1948? Or more Israel’s kind of destroying since 1967, especially Gaza? Or are we talking about regime change like in Apartheid South Africa?

  3. Citizen
    June 9, 2017, 4:59 pm

    So the famously-affluent Westchester County residents like to play with Palestinian lives as if they were weeds in a garden. That makes the US military soldiers & diplomatic service, not to mention all 100 US senators, their cheap hired help.

  4. JosephA
    June 9, 2017, 8:23 pm

    “That the vast majority of Palestinians resist this abusive regime nonviolently day in and day out is testimony to their courage, their humanity, and their steadfastness in the face of injustice.”

    Amen.

  5. Ossinev
    June 10, 2017, 6:29 am

    @Jerry
    “It’s not an accidental and unwitting omission that BDS does not mention Israel. You know that and I know that. It’s not like they’re “oh we forgot to mention it.” They won’t mention it because they know it will split the movement. ‘Cause there’s a large segment of the movement that wants to eliminate Israel”

    Sorry could you please clarify the”doesn`t mention Israel” claim. If you look at their website and the movement`s mission statement it quite clearly and repeatedly mentions “Israel”
    https://bdsmovement.net/what-is-bds

    As for the large segment that wants to “eliminate” Israel – the use of the word”elimination” and such like is IMO a fairly basic predictable and tedious Zionist hark back to the Holocaust tactic to retain the classic eternally threatened victimhood status.

    Going back to the alleged”large segment ” could you please provide name,statements,quotes (preferably in context).

    As for NF this is the same NF who referred to Israel as being a lunatic state and one which is heading towards “national suicide”.

    It`s simply a question of when not if Israel tips over into being an overtly Apartheid State with or without pressure from BDS and the Biblical fantasy”Jewish” State in due course implodes.

  6. Kay24
    June 10, 2017, 7:03 am

    I guess where there are many American Jews living, and many of them wealthy, there is a higher chance of passing anti BDS resolutions. Obviously there is a push for this resolution from a more powerful source, and since many of those in the Board of Legislators, are Jewish, representing the community, this will be passed easily. Again, it comes down to the strategy, money, and the fact that the US is used by zionists, to protect, promote, and support the zionist’s evil causes. How can a small percentage of people have such a powerful hold over this large nation, and be able to control US laws, regulations, and policies, and be the extended arm of a violent occupier?

    • Citizen
      June 12, 2017, 4:40 pm

      Answer: US campaign finance laws + tons of $, focused like a laser on a single issue: Israel + complicity of US MSM in selling Israel as just like a US state in its values + conflation of all Jews with Zionist Jews + manipulated Holocaust guilt of the Goys + Hagee cult.

  7. JLewisDickerson
    June 11, 2017, 6:38 pm

    RE: “Next Monday morning in White Plains, NY, the Westchester County Board of Legislators will consider a resolution against the BDS campaign that concludes in alarmist terms . . .” ~ Weiss

    MY FREAKOUT*:
    OMD! OMG! OMG! Buddy and Sally: don’t tell me that Rob, Laura and Richie’s pristine, white, suburban NYC hometown has become “Occupied Israeli Territory” (to borrow from Pat Buchanan, circa 1970s). Say it ain’t so, Mel! I beg of you!

    What’s next, Aunt Bee’s Mayberry?

    OMG, not Andy’s Mount Airy too!

    Somebody do something!

    How about you, Putin?

    Please save us!

    MEANWHILE, REMEMBER WHITE PLAINS THE WAY IT USED TO BE – http://www.imdb.com/videoplayer/vi35562521?ref_=tt_pv_vi_aiv_1

    • JLewisDickerson
      June 11, 2017, 6:48 pm


      * ALRIGHT Y’ALL, IT’S TIME TO FREAK OUT! AND THAT MEANS EVERYBODY! THIS IS A MANDATORY FREAK OUT! NO EXCEPTIONS! I’M NOT EVEN GOING TO LISTEN TO ANY EXCUSES!

      • Annie Robbins
        June 11, 2017, 9:15 pm

        o … kay! i am freaking out!

        we loudly and forcefully reject a movement that seeks to undermine Israel and malign the Jewish people.

        but but why shouldn’t we undermine the apartheid state of israel aaaand bds does not malign “the Jewish people”, because israel doesn’t represent “the Jewish people”. frrrrreakout.

  8. jon s
    June 12, 2017, 3:12 am

    The BDS campaign hasn’t had much impact on the Israeli economy . At least not yet. But if, in the future, it will cause harm – it won’t be good news for the Palestinians. This is not a zero-sum game. It’s not that what’s bad for Israel is good for the Palestinians and vice versa. The Israeli and Palestinian economies are inseperable and what’s bad for one is bad for the other. A healthy Israeli economy is in the Palestinian’s best interest and it’s in the Israeli interest for the Palestinian economy to thrive. And this will remain true when , hopefully , peace is achieved in the context of the two state solution.

    • Mooser
      June 12, 2017, 12:52 pm

      Shorter “Jon s”: ‘Buy settlement products or we will kill the Palestinians.’

      Why not go the more positive route, “Jon s”? Just tell us how many cases of hummus we have to buy to save a Palestinians life?

    • hank
      June 12, 2017, 4:31 pm

      Supporters of BDS are rational actors who recognize that the destruction of Israel would hardly serve their own long-run interests. Their goal – even if Pollyanish – is to compel Israel to change its behavior. Further, the assertion that they are even remotely capable of inflicting the apocalyptic outcome is, well, preposterous. Israel’s obsession with this apparent fleabite results from the conviction that even the smallest leak in their massive propaganda dike is intolerable. The scale of the counterattack reflects weakness, rather than strength. As for the two-state solution, forget it: ain’t gonna happen.

      • Mooser
        June 12, 2017, 5:58 pm

        “Supporters of BDS are rational actors who recognize that the destruction of Israel would hardly serve their own long-run interests.”

        Except that a lot of BDS supporters might see a distinction between “the destruction of Israel” and, say ‘dis-empowering, to the greatest extent possible, the Zionist project in Palestine’.

      • echinococcus
        June 12, 2017, 7:21 pm

        Supporters of BDS are rational actors who recognize that the destruction of Israel would hardly serve their own long-run interests

        Speak for yourself, Hank. Everyone is free to boycott (or try to call for divestment and sanction) as long as heshe feels like it.

        Some Zionists are calling for boycott of post-1967 settlements only in the hope of salvaging some of their colonial conquest.

        BDS organizations based under the thumb of the Zionist military occupation are in principle for a boycott of the Zionist entity but not in practice calling for more than a boycott of post-1967 occupation. Others are boycotting all Zionist entity products. Others yet are boycotting all Zionist entity products, all known Zionist products worldwide and all cultural exchange with Zionist entity citizens (except known deserters.)

        This supporter of BDS is not going to stop before justice is done, ie until either the utter destruction of the Zionist entity or a formal authorization, by a proper Palestinian plebiscite, to some Zionist invaders to remain. Whichever the earlier. That’s at least as rational as the nonsense single-aim propaganda. We may be few today, but you never know.

    • Citizen
      June 12, 2017, 4:51 pm

      How can the two economies be inseparable when they are already separated by the Israeli siege and boycott & an avalanche of permits going mostly to one side?

    • talknic
      June 13, 2017, 1:58 am

      @ Jon s June 12, 2017, 3:12 am

      “The BDS campaign … The Israeli and Palestinian economies are inseperable and what’s bad for one is bad for the other.”

      Only while there is occupation. In fact without occupation, Palestine has no need what so ever for Israeli goods, trade or for that matter industrial or business cooperation.

      “A healthy Israeli economy is in the Palestinian’s best interest and it’s in the Israeli interest for the Palestinian economy to thrive. And this will remain true when , hopefully , peace is achieved in the context of the two state solution.”

      Bullshit Jon s. Israel is a little sh*t hole state with f*ck all in the way of resources. Israel continues the occupation, because it can not now nor could it ever afford to pay the compensations due for the illegal acquisition of non-Israeli territories in it’s 1948-49 land grab war and in its land grab wars since. Israel cannot afford to compensate and resettle Israeli citizens it illegally settled then or now.

      The Zionist Movement’s state has dug itself a cat hole from which there is no legal escape except to either accept the generous offer afforded thru the Palestinian declaration of statehood or thru a plea bargain with the Palestinians, who BTW have no legal obligation what so ever to give up ANY of their legal rights in negotiations or for any other reason with any state, not even a Jewish one.

      Israel’s reply has been to build more illegal settlements, thereby embroiling Israeli Jews ever deeper in a vile money grubbing scheme that endangers more and more poor Jews, no different from the Zionist Federation’s Colonial Trust plan of 1897, loaning them money at interest specifically on condition they place themselves on the front lines, thereby endangering themselves and their families.

      You’re backing an evil, completely corrupt project that specifically targets Jews at great cost to EVERYONE in the region

      • Mooser
        June 13, 2017, 12:43 pm

        “You’re backing an evil, completely corrupt project that specifically targets Jews at great cost to EVERYONE in the region”

        That’s why “Jon s” has American citizenship and a passport in his pocket.
        Why not double down, why not push it til it explodes, if you’ve got an escape ticket in your pocket?

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