As I understand it, Boycott is something we can do as individuals. Divestment has to be done by groups such as corporations, church investments committees or unions. Sanctions are the responsibility of governments.
proudly proclaim that there is “no daylight” between the US and , two groups of people are
reacting to the truth of that statement.
First is the vast majority of people all around the globe who identify
the Israel US government and its citizens
with the atrocities committed by the Zionist government of . And why
not? We finance Israel ’s
military and expansionist agenda. We ignore Israel Israel’s
crimes and veto UN sanctions calling for to abide by international
law. What little credibility the Israel has had in the past is melting
away faster than the ice glaciers of the North Pole. Our claim to be an “honest
broker” is a joke. Most of the world is not laughing. US
But, there is another group of people watching our relationship with
It is a smaller group. They are made up of Jews, Christians and Muslims,
generally called “people of conscience,” who simply recognize that wrong is not
right and silence is not acceptable. Their
only authority is a voice and their weapon of choice is BDS. Israel
Omar Barghouti explains:
The BDS movement has dragged
Israel and its well-financed, bullying groups
into a confrontation on a battlefield where the moral superiority of the
Palestinian quest for self-determination, justice, freedom, and equality
neutralizes and outweighs ’s
military power and financial prowess. It is the classic right-over-might
paradigm, with the right being recognized by an international public that is
increasingly fed up with Israel’s criminality and impunity and is realizing
that Israel’s slow, gradual genocide places a heavy moral burden on all people
of conscience to act, to act fast, and to act with unquestionable
effectiveness, political suaveness, and nuance, and above all else with
consistent, untarnished moral clarity.  Israel
But, why BDS? The simple answer is because life in
is a nightmare. Palestine
BDS attracted little attention until 2009. Two things happened that year.
Next, Israel’s inexcusable attack on the humanitarian flotilla brought to public attention the deplorable conditions forced on the people of Gaza, most of them living in refugee camps having been driven out at gun point by Israel in 1948 and then again in 1967.
We hear people say such things as “Well, what’s new. Jews and Arabs have been fighting each other for thousands of years. Let them sort it out.” Well, “what’s new” is the imbalance of power and our responsibility for it.
“According to Israeli statistics, four days of Israeli violence have created many more victims on our side than forty years of Palestinian violence against Israeli targets. Yet, every casualty is one casualty too any”
gets away with it. The Israel US has proven that it is not going to pressure,
criticize or even publically admit the crimes of . We have had 62 years to
take a moral stand and consistently we have chosen to either look the other way
or support Israel ’s
brutal threat to the life and liberty of Palestinians. Israel
Let me be clear, I support the call to BDS Israel, but not just a few companies or products. People of conscience must BDS Israel, all of it, no exceptions. Someone has said, “In a democracy, if a few are guilty, all are responsible.” No dominant nation in history has ever given up power without being pressured to do so. Thus, I support BDS until
does three things: Israel
One - Withdraw from all occupied territory: West Bank,
Gaza, East Jerusalem and the Golan
Heights. Many groups, including Jewish organization, call for a
withdrawal, but this only addresses the injustice committed since 1967.
Two - Offer full rights under the law to its non Jewish citizens. As it is, Palestinians live as second class citizens within
Three - Allow the return of refugees or pay compensation to those driven out in 1948 and 1967. Some are calling for the return of only those who were alive and displaced in 1948, a number which is rapidly decreasing due to age.
BDS must be total and complete.
When reading aboutWe need to change our stance to, “I don’t like it, therefore…”
, many American
say, “I don’t like it, but….” Israel
I will not buy Sodastream, Caterpillar shoes, Ahava Cosmetics or Hewlett-Packard ink for my computer.
I will write my church representatives who will be voting in our national assembly or conference urging them to vote for divestment.
I will write congress people urging them to vote for sanctions against
Israel until becomes
a democratic nation for all its citizens. Israel
And having done all that, I will send a little money to JVP and Sabeel.
December 19, 2013
 Omar Barghouti, BDS, The Global Struggle for Palestinian Rights. (Haymarket Books, Chicago. 2011) p.62.
 Testimony of Afif Safieh before the British House of Commons April 21, 1991. Cited in Afif Safieh, The Peace Process, From Breakthrough to Breakdown, (Saqi Books, 2010) p.144.