On the question of the validity of boycott actions, it is interesting to note that in May 1939, the Jewish settlers in Palestine staged a violent riot protesting British policies, which they viewed as more favourable to the Arab population (specifically to the MacDonald White Paper of 1939, which proposed proportional partition of Palestine and limited immigration). The Jewish settlers in Palestine then adopted a policy of non-cooperation, defying limits on immigration, holding a boycott of British goods, refusing to pay British taxes, and seeking $4.7 million in loans from America to finance the bold new Jewish policies intended to impose their will on the native Arabs and the British who held governance in Palestine. See for example reports: “Jews Map Boycott as Protest Against Palestine Plan,” San Jose Evening News, 20 May 1939, and “Jews Assail British Plan,” Reading Eagle, 19 May 1939.
And yet former PM Gordon Brown in his current position as the UN Special Envoy for Global Education, failed to mention Palestinian children as he expressed his concern for those in nine other countries:
Brown: "This is not the year of the child but the year of fear, with 2015 already the worst year since 1945 for children being displaced, the worst year for children becoming refugees, the worst year for children seeing their schools attacked,” said Gordon Brown, the UN Special Envoy for Global Education, “with rising numbers of girls and boys at risk from conflict in Syria, Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Burundi, South Soudan, northern Nigerian and from natural disasters in Nepal.”
Refugees? Their schools being attacked? Does that not ring any bells?
I appreciate his concern for the children at risk in those countries named (and there are no doubt others around the world). But in Palestine, every year is a year of fear for its children.
Thanks, Annie, for sharing this on Mondoweiss. And thanks for pointing out that Hezbollah and its Resistance have keen support in Lebanon and amongst the many Lebanese expats around the world. This fact is not portrayed in mainstream media, for fairly obvious reasons, but it is indeed the reality. Also contrary to the narrative delivered by mainstream media, the raison d'etre of Hezbollah is defence. It "serves" neither Iran, nor President Assad. Its "mission" is in the name: Party of God. Hezbollah serves God. It defends, protects and nurtures the dignity and well-being of the Lebanese people. Just as importantly to note, we need to remember that Hezbollah doesn't merely receive the support of the Lebanese people, it IS the Lebanese people. Granted not all the Lebanese people support Hezbollah, but Hezbollah is (and always has been) made up of Lebanese people who work to defend their own rights to be the Lebanese people as they themselves choose to be.