Nathan: “The last section of the article … is about “strengthening public and popular opposition to any possible change of policies towards normalizing relations with Israel in the region”. There is no indication whatsoever that this might mean that there will be no normalization with Israel until she meets the demands of BDS.”
That is clearly implied. Israel has made no moves to end its apartheid policies, hence no normalization. Once Israel begins complying with international law and makes tangible moves towards respecting Palestinians’ rights, then we will talk about normalization and shutting down the boycotts, just like the South African boycott campaign didn’t start talking about normalization or ending the boycotts until the South African government started inching towards allowing majority rule.
“There is no connection between the demands of the BDS movement and ending the conflict with Israel.”
That’s just stupid. BDS’ demands are the conditio sine qua non of any just peace: compliance with international law and respect for the rights of all peoples in I/P. If Israel agreed to the 3 demands of BDS and international law, they would have peaceful relations with all the neighboring states and would no longer be in conflict with any of the major Palestinian factions.
“The Arab Peace Proposal is conditionalized by there being an agreement on the issue of refugees. ”
Actually, the Arab Peace Proposal is purposefully vague about the refugees to allow Israel as much wiggle room as possible. International law and basic morality, however, are much clearer: the Right to Return is a fundamental legal and moral right.
“The Palestinians, however, have no intention of renewing peace talks with Israel, ”
That’s actually the exact opposite of the truth, but whatever.