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Haaretz warns ‘Israel is facing its moment of truth’ as Europe explores sanctions against companies tied to the occupation

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Even though government minister, and occupation denier, Naftali Bennett has claimed that talk of boycotts against Israel is absurd, it seems other officials in Israel are in fact worried and there is growing “concern” over the possibility of an international economic boycott of Israel.

Investment committees for European banks are considering recommending their institutions bar loans to Israeli companies that have economic links with the Palestinian occupied territories. Check that wording, “economic links” — this ensnares many more businesses than those directly operating within the territories. Last week, Haaretz reporter Yossi Verter referenced this as “ the mother of all fears” a “nightmare scenario” and warned of an “economic tsunami”. 

Bluntly titled “Danger ahead: an Israel boycott“, today’s Haaretz editorial does not mince words:

In Friday’s Haaretz, Yossi Verter reported that the relevant government ministries had recently received disturbing news. Major banks in Europe with operations around the world have been exploring the possibility of barring loans to Israeli companies that have a business or economic link with the occupied territories. According to the information received, these banks’ investment committees have been considering recommending barring their institutions from providing loans, or any other assistance, to Israeli companies that manufacture, build or conduct commerce in the territories, or to banks that provide mortgage lending or loans to builders or buyers of housing in the territories.

Although the recommendations have been rejected for the time being − after an Israeli lobbying campaign that came against the backdrop of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s diplomatic initiative in the region − the proposal will continue to hover over Israel.

The magnitude of the danger this poses to the Israeli economy is hard to overstate. A European economic boycott of those with any connection to the occupied territories would be very broad. And Livni is warning that it would spread way beyond that. Even at this point, the worldwide Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement ‏(BDS‏) has chalked up a not-inconsiderable number of achievements.

As a result, Israel is facing its moment of truth. Is it prepared to pay a steep economic price for its continued occupation of the West Bank and for its diplomatic inaction? Is it ready to pay the price of the government’s refusal to work for the establishment of a Palestinian state, to which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu committed back in 2009, with the economic implications that such a boycott entails?

And yesterday Gideon Levy endorsed the BDS campaign. From his article, “The Israeli patriot’s final refuge: boycott“:

We have considered the alternatives. A boycott is the least of all evils, and it could produce historic benefits. It is the least violent of the options and the one least likely to result in bloodshed. It would be painful like the others, but the others would be worse.

On the assumption that the current status quo cannot continue forever, it is the most reasonable option to convince Israel to change. Its effectiveness has already been proven. More and more Israelis have become concerned recently about the threat of the boycott. When Justice Minister Tzipi Livni warns about it spreading and calls as a result for the diplomatic deadlock to be broken, she provides proof of the need for a boycott. She and others are therefore joining the boycott, divestment and sanction movement. Welcome to the club.

The change won’t come from within. That has been clear for a long time. As long as Israelis don’t pay a price for the occupation, or at least don’t make the connection between cause and effect, they have no incentive to bring it to an end…… As long as the arrogance and self-victimization continue among the Chosen People, the most chosen in the world, always the only victim, the world’s explicit stance won’t change a thing.

……..

Change will only come from the outside…….The distinction between products from the occupation and Israeli products is an artificial creation. It’s not the settlers who are the primary culprits but rather those who cultivate their existence. All of Israel is immersed in the settlement enterprise, so all of Israel must take responsibility for it and pay the price for it. There is no one unaffected by the occupation, including those who fancy looking the other way and steering clear of it. We are all settlers.

……

And it can happen here too. Israel’s economy will not withstand a boycott. It is true that at the beginning it will enhance the sense of victimhood, isolationism and nationalism, but not in the long run. It could result in a major change in attitude. When the business community approaches the government, the government will listen and also perhaps act. When the damage is to every citizen’s pocketbook, more Israelis will ask themselves, maybe for the first time, what it’s all about and why it’s happening.

It’s difficult and painful, almost impossibly so, for an Israeli who has lived his whole life here, who has not boycotted it, who has never considered emigrating and feels connected to this country with all his being, to call for such a boycott. I have never done so. I have understood what motivated the boycott and was able to provide justification for such motives. But I never preached for others to take such a step. However, with Israel getting itself into another round of deep stalemate, both diplomatic and ideological, the call for a boycott is required as the last refuge of a patriot.

Update: In ‘earthquake’ diplomatic move, EU calls on Israel to ‘recognize in writing that the West Bank settlements are not part of Israel’.

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  1. Justpassingby
    Justpassingby
    July 15, 2013, 4:20 pm

    EU nor US would NEVER put sanctions on Israel. EU dont even dare putting a small sticker on settlement goods sold in the EU.

  2. seafoid
    seafoid
    July 15, 2013, 5:11 pm

    Israeli jews are brainwashed to think they have a free pass over the palestinian issue. That the idf and the lobby give 100% coverage and that if enough time passes the land is theirs. That is what their elite believes too. Enough ambiguity and they”ll pull it off, the old shoah magic victimhood ensuring that YESHA prevails.

    Disaster approaching. And when TSHTF I don’t expect the dersh or the diaspora will be anywhere to be seen.
    Apartheid really sucks even if it is run by soi disant victims. Dehumanisation is a very hard sell and israel has nobody competent to sell it to us.

    It would be deeply fitting if it all blew up during bibi’s latest administration. This schmuck has been in charge since 94 more or less continuously and diplomatic procrastination and settlement building have been his babies. Facts on the ground are going to come back to haunt him.

  3. American
    American
    July 15, 2013, 5:44 pm

    ”The change won’t come from within. That has been clear for a long time. As long as Israelis don’t pay a price for the occupation, or at least don’t make the connection between cause and effect, they have no incentive to bring it to an end.”

    Behold –another sign of intelligent life still on earth. All of us not infected by the zio zombie brain eating virus must group together.

    Realistically however, how serious are the Europeans about the loan ban? Do we have any statements from any of their officers?
    What are chances when Kerry fails, as he will if Palestine doesnt cave, that the Europeans will proceed with this?

    • annie
      annie
      July 15, 2013, 6:20 pm

      Realistically however, how serious are the Europeans about the loan ban?

      big banks, just like retirement funds, rely on independent consulting firms which advise investment committee to make wise financial decisions. have you opened the Yossi Verter link?

      “sources in Jerusalem say threat of European boycotts on Israel is real ”

      Bennett’s remarks severely rankled a very important person in a very important bureau in Jerusalem, someone who is highly knowledgeable about developments in the international community and the business world, and about the intricacies of the effort to kick-start peace talks with the Palestinians. Here’s what he has to tell us − and through us, the minister who is in charge of industry, trade and employment.

      A few weeks ago, the relevant departments at the highest levels of the Israeli government received a disturbing report. The report began by noting that large banks in Europe that operate globally draw on the aid of consultaning firms known as “investment committees.” Every so often, these committees submit a report to their clients with recommendations about where to invest − and where not to invest. The process of examining the Israeli companies that operate in West Bank settlements involved the exercise of due diligence.

      According to the report that landed on the relevant desks here, a large number of those investment committees considered recommending to the banks to prohibit loans or aid of any kind to Israeli companies that operate in the West Bank − manufacturing there, selling their products, building homes and so forth − and also to Israeli banks that grant mortgages to home builders or buyers across the Green Line. For Mr. Bennett’s information, the rationale for this far-reaching step is the protracted deadlock in the non-process, the continued occupation and the construction that never stops for a moment, though it might sometimes slow down a little, in both the settlement blocs and isolated settlements.

      my hunch is that kerry’s ‘progress’, the one the WH press briefing kept secret, is that he succeeded in staving off the european banks. his whole package is ‘economic opportunity’ for palestine but that would rely on robust investment. if banks are reluctant to gamble with this investment (which they likely will be) everything will remain clogged, a stagnation which will get worse and worse as it has been. and another thing in that article:

      This is the nightmare scenario, this is the economic tsunami that has been talked about in the past, the mother of all fears. And this even before the Palestinians make good on their threat, which continues to hover above the empty negotiating table: to request admission to some 15 international judiciary bodies, such as the International Criminal Court − a move that would have serious implications for Israel’s judicial status in the world, to put it mildly.

      Returning to the story of the banks from about a month ago: After the relevant individuals in Israel fully grasped the implications, feverish but quiet activity was launched, through the Israeli officials’ European counterparts, to prevent the appearance of these recommendations in the reports of the investment committees that apparently were considering formulating them. One of the arguments put forward by the Israelis was that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was just then shuttling between Jerusalem and Ramallah in an effort to get the talks restarted. Dropping an economic bomb of that size onto the diplomatic arena, it was argued, would doom Kerry’s efforts to certain failure.

      iow, there is a window on all this which butts up against the palestinians carrying through on their threat of going back to the UN in september and the wheels moving forward. once that happens the looming threat of international sanctions becomes more real, and all those investors investments are at risk.

      and where’s mike w/his “The Game is over. BDS is too little, too late” schpeel? seems to me the BDS campaign is looking pretty up beat right around now.

      • ritzl
        ritzl
        July 15, 2013, 6:57 pm

        @Annie

        From your cite:

        One of the arguments put forward by the Israelis was that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was just then shuttling between Jerusalem and Ramallah in an effort to get the talks restarted. Dropping an economic bomb of that size onto the diplomatic arena, it was argued, would doom Kerry’s efforts to certain failure.

        The cynic might read into that description an open ended rationalization for more process as a defense against adverse recommendations by these committees. As long as Kerry is nominally or even notionally “engaged” in a “process” these committees will be discouraged to submit recommendations adverse to Israel’s interests.

        It’ll be interesting to see if floating the existence of this internal discussion has signaled the start of some sort of timer for Kerry’s continuous process-making efforts.

      • American
        American
        July 15, 2013, 10:54 pm

        I have long predicted that businesses would get nervous about Israel itself and I have posted a few items here some time back about specific corporations that rebuffed and clx’ed Israeli deals last year.
        I am not or would not be surprised if this has spread to banks….Im just not gonna get excited about it yet—– the US will go to extreme lenghts to try t0 stop it.

      • seafoid
        seafoid
        July 16, 2013, 5:22 am

        McDonalds must have had a heads up on this euro move. Soon the only friendly space israel has will be in dc.

    • Dutch
      Dutch
      July 15, 2013, 6:35 pm

      Let’s not bet on it, but the news that banks get nervous is encouraging. They have a major image problem, and any scandal could be one too many. So they are checking their operations.

      As for the Netherlands, the Dutch Advisory Council on Int’l Affairs recently published a report that warns companies to stay away from the settlement business. It has not been debated in government yet, but it sure has (inter)national impact.

      Here’s their website: http://www.aiv-advies.nl
      Select English > follow ‘Publications AIV’ > ‘Advisory Reports’ > nr. 83 (Between Words and Deeds)

  4. DICKERSON3870
    DICKERSON3870
    July 15, 2013, 9:45 pm

    RE: “As long as the arrogance and self-victimization continue among the Chosen People, the most chosen in the world, always the only victim, the world’s explicit stance won’t change a thing.” ~ Gideon Levy

    MY COMMENT: This sounds a lot like “the illusory self”*! ! !

    * SEE: “Is There a Way Beyond Israeli Madness?” [Will the Chosen People and the Exceptional People Go Down Together?] ~ by John Grant, Counterpunch, 8/31/12

    [EXCERPTS]

    The patient, by the name of Israel, walks into the room and instantly bursts into a tirade of arguments conclusively proving his credentials, and says that he is better than everyone else.
    – Ofer Grosbard, “Israel On The Couch: The Psychology of the Peace Process”

    The problem Americans have with Israel is that the region it exists in is in the midst of a major political sea change, while Israel is frozen in time and holding on to its militarist, right-wing policies of extending settlements in the West Bank. It’s a policy that harks back to the ideas of the British-trained militarist Ze’ev Jabotinsky’s Iron Wall, which is based on the idea a live-and-let-live policy between Jews and Arabs is impossible and, thus, Jews must militarily control and repress Palestinians [i.e. the mindset of the “pale” – J.L.D.] . . .
    . . . How does a people turn back a racially-oriented demonization program with roots that extend back many decades? How do you ratchet down a nation’s narcissism so people are able to simply see the other as a human being? . . .
    . . . On our part, Americans and the United States need to stop being a permissive yes-man and begin to show Israel some tough love. We need more US criticism of Israel. No doubt this approach will be received with gales of cynical laughter from hardliners … but so what?
    In my mind, the Israeli narcissistic and arrogant mindset would benefit from a little Buddhist detachment, more of the posture that sees the world not of separate individual selves and egos but of human beings as part of a larger flow of life. The Buddhists call the self-obsessed, separatist state-of-mind [i.e. the “pale” of Israel surrounded by Ze’ev Jabotinsky’s Iron Wall – J.L.D.] that Israel thrives on and defends with weapons as “the illusory self.”
    “Once one identifies with a permanent self-concept, the pride and craving adhering to this become the pivot from which an egocentric world arises,” writes Gay Watson, a psychotherapist attuned to Buddhism.
    David Loy puts it this way: “To become completely groundless is also to become completely grounded, not in some particular, but in the whole network of interdependent relations that constitute the world.”
    I’m not suggesting Israel become a Buddhist nation. The point is for Israelis, and more important Americans, to figure a way out of the worsening condition of “us versus them” to avoid the need to obliterate them and set off a war that no one really wants. The point is to re-shape our minds to make “the other” less threatening to permit talking.
    I’m not holding my breath that Benjamin Netanyahu and Avigdor Lieberman are going to become peace activists. But I’m done as an American being a silent stooge while Israeli militarist madness fuels hatred and sets the stage for war.

    ENTIRE COMMENTARY – http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/08/31/is-there-a-way-beyond-israeli-madness/

    • piotr
      piotr
      July 16, 2013, 11:00 pm

      Just a little aside, when Buddhists are in power then often exhibit very little of “detachment”, e.g. in Sri Lanka and Myammar. And making a psychotherapist a head of government does not help much (the closest I know is Karadjic who was a psychiatrist).

  5. Philip Munger
    Philip Munger
    July 16, 2013, 1:28 am

    Someone has probably already linked to this here @ MW, but just in case:

    The European Union has published a binding directive to all 28 member states forbidding any funding, cooperation, awarding of scholarships, research funds or prizes to anyone residing in the Jewish settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. The regulation, which goes into effect on Friday, requires that any agreement or contract signed by an EU country with Israel include a clause stating that the settlements are not part of the State of Israel and therefore are not part of the agreement.

    A senior Israeli official, speaking on condition of anonymity, described the new ruling, which was published on June 30, as an “earthquake.”

    “This is the first time such an official, explicit directive has been published by the European Union bodies,” the senior official said. “Until today there were understandings and quiet agreements that the Union does not work beyond the Green Line [the pre-1967-war border]; now this has become a formal, binding policy.”

    The official noted that the significance of the regulation is both practical and political: From now on, if the Israeli government wants to sign agreements with the European Union or one of its member states, it will have to recognize in writing that the West Bank settlements are not part of Israel.

    The first commenter noted that this is a sure sign of Kerry’s utter failure.

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/eu-orders-member-states-exclude-west-bank-settlements-from-any-future-deals-with-israel.premium-1.535952

  6. seafoid
    seafoid
    July 16, 2013, 3:24 am

    Thanks Philip. Israel has nothing to offer. They probably told Kerry to talk to Aipac. The Middle east is more important than the Israel project but they still don’t get it.

  7. mcohen
    mcohen
    July 16, 2013, 4:11 am

    based on what happened in south Africa to bring about regime change the path taken was

    1.low level border skirmishes
    2.disrupting fuel supplies and all out boycott
    3.loans stopped by American banks

    1.Kerry has got the eu behind him.the snowden affair might have driven a wedge between western countries but that looks like it will not happen.
    2.Christine lagarde replacing whatshisname cut off the imf loans
    3.america replacing morsi with the generals and promising them “aid” to pressure Israel-Egyptian army has now moved right up to the border supposedly fighting “rebels”

    Israel can either make a deal with the arabs or kill the golden goose and wipeout the arab oil fields and destroy the suez canal
    that would serve 2 purposes
    it would get iran and Russia on-side and sink the the eu which they rightly deserve for creating the mess in the first place
    lets see now————[…………]

    • seafoid
      seafoid
      July 16, 2013, 3:15 pm

      @mcohen

      Destroy the canal? Are you nuts? If Israel sets off a global slump it will lose even the plutocrats.

      • mcohen
        mcohen
        July 16, 2013, 6:16 pm

        seafoid says:

        Destroy the canal? Are you nuts?

        nuts? I eat them, especially the pistachios from iran …my favourite

        global slump at the pump would be the best thing that ever happened to the human race—
        the middle east will be the starting place for the war of resources
        both water and grain

      • piotr
        piotr
        July 17, 2013, 1:42 am

        “Are you nuts?” Are you asking?

  8. seafoid
    seafoid
    July 16, 2013, 4:29 am

    This could be the beginning of the end for the status quo. 48 years never legalised gilo. The 1980 annexation of east jerusalem remains meaningless.
    All those years reformatting international law – pointless. The notion that israel can go it alone- deluded.

  9. Citizen
    Citizen
    July 16, 2013, 6:41 am

    If memory serves, last time, in 2011, Obama’s veto was the the sole vote against the GA’s latest attempt to hold Israel accountable for something. Maybe the GA should send such resolutions every month, to put by way of repitition a glaring klieg light on this lop-sided situation, one even the US mainstream media will have to address? Maybe Chris Matthews or Chris Hayes would then actually chat with their audience why this is so…

    • talknic
      talknic
      July 16, 2013, 12:04 pm

      @ Citizen “Obama’s veto was the the sole vote against the GA’s latest attempt to hold Israel accountable for something

      In the interests of clarity and broadly as I understand it

      UNGA resolutions: Members can vote against, for or abstain. There’s no veto. UNGA resolutions are basically non-binding. However the already adopted binding Laws, Charter Chapters and Conventions they reaffirm, recall and/or otherwise mention are binding on Members even though the resolution is not. They don’t disappear.

      UNSC Chapt VI resolutions: usually remind parties of already adopted binding Law, UN Charter (binding in its entirety on all Members) and relevant binding conventions and reminds parties they are to settle the matter according to those binding criteria.

      As all Members are bound to adhere to already adopted Law, UN Charter and/or relevant conventions they cannot be vetoed, it would be completely against the UN Charter. UNSC Members can only abstain from voting on Chapt VI resolutions. I.e., not have any say what so ever in reminding the parties of their legal obligations, leaving the decision to the other Members.

      Again tho, already adopted binding Laws, Charter Chapters and Conventions Chapt VI resolutions reaffirmed, recalled and/or otherwise restated still exist and are still binding on the parties

      UNSC Chapt VII resolutions: are to determine what actions might be taken against offenders. Unlike already adopted Law/UNCharter/Conventions, the actions which might be taken are not ‘written in stone’ and can be vetoed even though the already adopted binding Laws, Charter Chapters and Conventions are still binding on the parties

      BTW Veto is not really a vote in as much as it automatically overrides the majority vote.

  10. gingershot
    gingershot
    July 16, 2013, 7:20 am

    Analysis || Israeli economy at stake as EU takes stand on settlements

    “…..now they have tightened the rules. From now on, the EU will demand that in every agreement, Israel recognize the areas over the Green Line in the West Bank and East Jerusalem are occupied territory. The demand will affect all areas of life for the average Israeli — scientific cooperation, youth exchanges, culture, agriculture, sports, tourism. The list goes on”

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/middle-east/.premium-1.536050

    “In wake of EU decision, settler leaders calls to end projects with Europe

    This is the response to the EU decision as just reported. If this is the government’s decision, I wonder who will miss whom more? ”

    PERFECT!!!

    • gingershot
      gingershot
      July 16, 2013, 7:33 am

      MK Ariel: Decision tainted with racism

      Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office MK Ofir Akunis said in response that “it’s a wrong and regrettable decision. Such steps – even before the Palestinians announced they are even ready to return to the negotiation table – are pushing the peace talks away, not drawing them closer.

      “Let them know even in Europe – Judea and Samaria are not ‘occupied,’ they’re the homeland of the Jewish nation.”

      Housing Minister Uri Ariel (Habayit Hayehudi) said in response to the decree: “This decision is tainted by racism and discrimination against the Jewish people which is reminiscent of the bans against Jews in Europe over 66 years ago,”

      • seafoid
        seafoid
        July 16, 2013, 7:59 am

        Homeland of the jewish nation or 30k gdp per head. Let Israelis decide. Yossi Israeli may be poorly served by the media but he does understand money.

        Btw “moment of truth” is an unfortunate phrase to use in the context of Zionism.

      • Sumud
        Sumud
        July 16, 2013, 10:07 pm

        racism and discrimination against the Jewish people which is reminiscent of the bans against Jews in Europe over 66 years ago,”

        This ridiculous accusation is the desperate last gasp of zionists – similar things said about BDS’ers in Melbourne, and it sounded equally silly then.

        When all else fails the impulse seems to be to accuse everybody of being nazis and see what happens next.

  11. Tom Suarez
    Tom Suarez
    July 16, 2013, 10:28 am

    The latest news includes this fascinating tidbit:
    “The Israeli government will be required to state in any future agreements with the EU that settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem are outside the state of Israel.” (emphasis mine)
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jul/16/eu-israel-settlement-exclusion-clause

    • annie
      annie
      July 16, 2013, 11:52 am

      hi tom, yeah..quite explosive news out of europe this morning imho. we’ve got a draft on this and it should be published soon.

      • seafoid
        seafoid
        July 16, 2013, 12:11 pm

        Haaretz now reporting there will be more action from the eu when the kerry talks fail including visas for settlers and labelling of settler produce. So much for Israeli ambiguity.

      • annie
        annie
        July 16, 2013, 12:57 pm

        i knooooow..(and it’s on haaretz’s front page) i’m just sort of waiting crossing my fingers til my new post gets published.

  12. American
    American
    July 16, 2013, 12:19 pm

    Of interest Isr $$$ wise also.

    ‘Gantz: IDF in 20 billion deficit, I don’t recall a time like this’

    http://www.jpost.com/Defense/Gantz-IDF-in-20-billion-deficit-I-dont-recall-a-time-like-this-319896

    If this is true it adds to my contention that Isr’s economic viability is similar to a giant ponzi scheme…despite the massive amounts of aid and outside money they cant make it as long as they are shuffling money into the settlements and keep up their religious based welfare system for one set of religious Jews.

  13. jon s
    jon s
    July 16, 2013, 12:21 pm

    This is the kind of action which I’ve always advocated, focuses on the settlements and the occupation and not a blanket boycott of Israel. It’s about time.

    By the way, has anyone noticed that today both Jews and Moslems are fasting?

    • Shmuel
      Shmuel
      July 16, 2013, 1:37 pm

      This is the kind of action which I’ve always advocated

      Really? This is not a boycott of settlement produce or industry per se, but of “Israeli companies that have economic links with the Palestinian occupied territories”. What about Israeli universities or cultural institutions “that have economic [and other] links with the Palestinian occupied territories”? Or the big daddy of them all: the Israeli government that not only has “economic links with the Palestinian occupied territories” but is directly responsible for the entire occupation/settlement project.

      Direct involvement in the occupation has always been the primary focus of BDS and PACBI (with the notable exception of “normalising apartheid” events, such as foreign artist performances). Neither BDS nor PACBI have ever called for a “blanket boycott of Israel”. Had they done so, there would be no point in their messing around over Ahava, Soda Stream or correct labelling.

      • jon s
        jon s
        July 17, 2013, 1:01 am

        Shmuel, so are you saying that I should reconsider?

        Seriously, I think that it’s about time that those companies and institutions involved in the settlements be made to pay a price. The focus is against the settlements , building in them, investing in them, normalising them – and that’s what I’m in agreement with. Zehava Galon was just on TV saying essentially the same, so I’m not even out of step with the party I voted for.
        PACBI stands for Palestinian Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel and supports the BDS call for a “comprehensive economic, cultural and academic boycott of Israel”. That’s pretty much “blanket”.

      • Shmuel
        Shmuel
        July 17, 2013, 3:10 am

        Shmuel, so are you saying that I should reconsider?

        I’m saying you should be consistent and support the Palestinian BDS movement. I’m also saying (not for the first time) that you should stop misrepresenting Palestinian BDS. As I and others have explained numerous times (I can repost the links, if you like), the Palestinian academic and cultural boycott is institutional and relates specifically to involvement in the occupation. It does not target individual Israelis or Israel as a whole – with the exception of “business as usual” events (“normalising apartheid”), in the spirit of the Sun City boycott.

        You are, of course, free to support any part of the boycott you like, but for boycott to have any effect, a single, concerted (Palestinian-initiated and led) campaign is crucial. I can also repost the links (specifically to Magnes Zionist) I have cited on that score. If you are serious about supporting a settlement-linked (and not just Beinart-style settlements only) boycott, it’s time to stop misrepresenting and attacking BDS, and to start supporting it wherever you can.

        If you haven’t already read Gideon Levy’s call for boycott, I suggest you do, keeping in mind that it must be made as effective as possible. I also suggest getting in touch with the Israeli group Boycott from Within (חרם מבפנים): http://boycottisrael.info/content/%D7%A9%D7%90%D7%9C%D7%95%D7%AA-%D7%95%D7%AA%D7%A9%D7%95%D7%91%D7%95%D7%AA

    • Woody Tanaka
      Woody Tanaka
      July 16, 2013, 1:55 pm

      “This is the kind of action which I’ve always advocated, focuses on the settlements and the occupation and not a blanket boycott of Israel.”

      That’s like advocating peeing in only one end of a pool. And about as useful.

      The boycott must include not only israel, but those non-israelis companies and individuals who support it.

    • talknic
      talknic
      July 16, 2013, 7:43 pm

      jon s “This is the kind of action which I’ve always advocated”

      Care to quote yourself, verbatim, with a link ….. thx

  14. amigo
    amigo
    July 16, 2013, 12:28 pm

    Will it be possible to force the illegal settler thieves to wear special armbands when they are traveling through EU airports or other entry points.

    Perhaps we should “detain ” them for special treatment or better still put them right back on a plane with the excuse we do not allow criminals into the EU.

    The fun is just about to begin.

  15. mijj
    mijj
    July 16, 2013, 1:34 pm

    Perhaps the Israeli government could replace the lack of investment money with winning money in European game shows.

  16. piotr
    piotr
    July 16, 2013, 11:07 pm

    Actually, what I like about the new rule is their wispy character. Nothing is really imposed on Israel except that to get a certain type of funding they have to fill a declaration. One can imagine that similar rules can pass in the future as being sufficiently mild.

    For example, suppose that to get a loan from a chartered European institution an Israeli company has to fill a little questionnaire: does it perform any business that supports the settlements in the occupied territories defined according to 1966 control lines. I imagine that the response of GoI would be to prohibit filling such questionnaires, thus leading to a slow escalation.

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