To BDS or not to BDS? That is the question. What is Borgen’s answer?

As furious frustration with the Israel-Palestine massacre engulfs us all, it is too easy to feel helpless and hopeless. But every single one of us can change the picture in the conflict by refusing to tacitly take part in it. BDS finally ended Apartheid in South Africa and it will ultimately end Apartheid in Israel-Palestine. This post was originally published in August 2013. Tragically, it is still all too relevant.

WHAT WOULD BORGEN DO?

The European Union has finally voted to apply Boycott, Divestment and SanctionsImage to any trade with Israel’s illegal settlements, thus joining the growing number of countries who have already taken action.

And they’re in distinguished company; Desmond Tutu, and Roger Waters, and Alice Walker, and Stephen Hawking and the Bishops of Guildford and Exeter … and … and … and – the list goes on and is getting longer by the day.

Israel variously hold such actions to be either Anti Semitic or, latterly, harming Palestinian workers more than they harm Israel.

In fact, aside from the parallel with the South African Apartheid era, those attacking the boycott in the name of “Palestinian workers” also echo those companies that defend sweatshop labour on the grounds of “Well at least they have a job!” – a justification rightly rejected by campaigners and rights groups.

The concept that…

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