Friday, August 31, 2012

Boycotting Israel

You’ve read about the suffering of the Palestinian people on my blog – the things they have to put up with in their daily lives – apartheid, ethnic cleansing, the bulldozing of their houses, the destruction of their olive trees, the stealing of their land and water and other resources by Israeli settlers, the restriction of their liberty, the racial discrimination. The United Nations has made many resolutions against the Israeli government which have been ignored. The Israeli government has broken international laws. And the international community lets them get away with murder.

If you care about the injustice and suffering of Palestinians, there is something  you can do. You can boycott Israeli goods.

This is not being anti-semitic. Criticising the behaviour of a government is not the same as criticising Jews for being Jewish. There are many people in Israel who do not agree with the policies of their government. There are peace organisations within Israel which try to hold their government to account for the way they treat Palestinians. e.g. The Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) which is a human rights and peace organization established to end Israel’s Occupation over the Palestinians, taking as its main focus, as its vehicle for resistance, Israel’s policy of demolishing Palestinian homes.

Please think about these issues.

1 comment:

di mcd said...


I do so agree with you re this matter! It seems to me that because there is a fear of sounding anti semitic one does not speak out about the human rights violations of palestinian civilians. I respect your courage in raising this