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November 22, 2013 2:20 pm

When Palestinians Violate the Boycott of Israel

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Omar Barghouti. Photo: usacbi.org

Imagine a movement called Movement X. The movement is simple: it is calling for a boycott of a country of alleged oppressors. The movement is constantly gaining traction, mostly promoted by devotees that would do anything for it. Daily, thousands of people are impacted by its principles, pounded at them by those religiously adhering to the mantras it dictates. Movement X is meant to impact a people — a people who allegedly have no voice to fight their own battle. Now, take those people and imagine that they refuse to follow Movement X.

That would be a failure of Movement X, no?

That’s just what is happening with the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement against Israel, which calls for a complete economic boycott of anything made in Israel, including its educational resources and medical and scientific inventions.

Although it is consistently gaining global traction among those who are not impacted by its results, those directly impacted have refused to comply with the movement’s calls. Examples of this range from the head of Hamas transporting his own granddaughter to Schneider Medical Center, an Israeli hospital in Petah Tikvah, to receive treatment for her illness, to the founder of the BDS movement, Omar Barghouti, getting his masters in philosophy (ethics) from Tel Aviv University.

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Granted, it can be said that these figures needed to go to Israel for medical help and education, since the Palestinian territories are unable to provide adequate resources for both. However, Israel cannot be blamed for this inadequacy. Rather, when Israel gave up the Gaza Strip in 2005 in pursuit of peace with the Palestinians, it gave up its ability to facilitate medical care and education in the strip to the elected governing body, which ironically is Hamas.

Apparently, eight years is not enough time for them to gain a handle on managing the needs of their people.

Movements have become the atheists’ religion. In a time of religious downturn, people have turned to new venues to unite themselves with a cause. That is all well and good when it means the Salvation Army ringing bells on every corner of Manhattan during the holiday season, or when Facebook calls for you to donate to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan every time you visit your homepage.

But when people are calling for a boycott of a country that is not even being boycotted by those it allegedly oppresses? There is something very very wrong with such a movement. And something even more wrong with promoting only one side of it to impressionable students in the name of academic freedom.

This article was originally published by The Times of Israel.

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  • Sensei2004

    Very well said. Yishar Koach!

  • Paul la Demain

    “And something even more wrong with promoting only one side of it (BDS) to impressionable students in the name of academic freedom.”

    “Wrong” you say? It’s not “wrong” It is EVIL! Evil writ large by murderous agit-props usually in thrall to arab oil stipends or bound in servitude to the British Foreign Office that still functions in league with some of the most vile forces and old fascist relics still found burrowed deep inside British society. The fact that “prince” Harry thought it was amusing to costume himself in an SS uniform speaks volumes about the depravity of certain British social circles. Just too bad this self-indulgent over-privileged punk didn’t live through the nazi bombardment of London. Euroids who indulge in BDS thereby justify doing the very same thing to their own economies. It wouldn’t be too difficult to make Catherine Ashton’s entire nation pay for her slanderous remarks about Israel.

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