Saturday, January 10, 2009

Naomi Klein article about Israel -- Enough. It's time for a boycott

I saw this article today while reading different news websites . . . Naomi Klein is one of my favorite authors. I've read "No Logo," "Fences and Windows: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Globalization Debate," and "The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism." Each of these books complicated and enriched my awareness of global issues, and contributed to my own perspectives on political topics and issues.

The article below presents a very different view of Israel's attempts to commit genocide as a form of self-defense based on the model of US international policy, disregard for international laws, and general disregard for the human rights of other people in other nations.

It's time to stop looking at the issue in a myopic non-contextualized, non-historical manner and see the bigger picture . . . I think this article is worth a read through, and it will generate a lot of discussion, and I'm sure a lot of heated debates . . . if it didn't do those things it wouldn't be worth reading.


Enough. It's time for a boycott

The best way to end the bloody occupation is to target Israel with the kind of movement that ended apartheid in South Africa

It's time. Long past time. The best strategy to end the increasingly bloody occupation is for Israel to become the target of the kind of global movement that put an end to apartheid in South Africa. In July 2005 a huge coalition of Palestinian groups laid out plans to do just that. They called on "people of conscience all over the world to impose broad boycotts and implement divestment initiatives against Israel similar to those applied to South Africa in the apartheid era". The campaign Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions was born.

Every day that Israel pounds Gaza brings more converts to the BDS cause - even among Israeli Jews. In the midst of the assault roughly 500 Israelis, dozens of them well-known artists and scholars, sent a letter to foreign ambassadors in Israel. It calls for "the adoption of immediate restrictive measures and sanctions" and draws a clear parallel with the anti-apartheid struggle. "The boycott on South Africa was effective, but Israel is handled with kid gloves ... This international backing must stop."

Click on the title link to read the rest of the article . . .


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