Bargouti seems to think that he has some type of right to claim what the message or goal of BDS should be. He doesn’t. A boycott movement consists of a multitude of actors refraining from purchasing from , doing business with, or interacting with Israel and Israelis in order to apply pressure. The vision of what might be accomplished with that pressure, or how Israel “should” respond to it, or how we hope Israel would respond to it…. well that belongs to each individual actor. Bargouti does not get to call the shots on the vision thing.
The Zionist idea of a state with a Jewish demographic majority, that can act as a home for Jews suffering persecution elsewhere, that is democratic, and provides equal protection for all citizens of that state, is not “irredeemably racist.” I’m not sure it’s racist at all in that it does not contend Jews of the state are better than non-Jews in any way. [Not that there isn’t real racism on the ground, and not that the idea of a Jewish state doesn’t present risks of institutionalizing racism; but a Jewish demographic majority and a Hebrew Republic in the Avishai sense, aren’t per se racist]
Bargouti doesn’t want to divide the land. He rejects UN Resolution 181. He suggests the Palestinians have a fundamental right to self-determination in all the land. What is a Palestinian “fundamental right of self-determination” if not to establish a Palestinian state? Would such a state be run like 2015 Germany or the U.S., or more like 2015 Syria or Lybia? I’m not sure where he gets the idea that the former is more likely than the latter. Would such a state be better at respecting the equal rights of all citizens than a Jewish Democratic state inside the green line, with no occupation? I’m not sure why Bargouti would think that.
If BDS pressure resulted in Israel committing to dividing the land (e.g. as in declaring borders along the ’67 lines) and ending the occupation, and started to take concrete steps to implement that commitment, …. that would be a huge accomplishment for BDS, I would think.
For Bargouti to spit on that goal is a bit naive, and arrogant.