Citizen Action Monitor

Life and Death in Palestine: Information gift for a Premier — Day 14

Premier Wynne, your trade mission enables Israel to persist in its crimes against Palestinians.

No 1664 Posted by fw, May 6, 2016

Friday, May 6, 2016

Dear Premier Wynne,

Below is my information gift for you on this, Day 14, of my intended 19-day project to fill in some possible gaps in your knowledge base with respect to life and death in the Israeli Occupied Territories.

Today’s article was published by Haaretz, Israel’s oldest daily newspaper. Columnist Gideon Levy, whose life has been repeatedly threatened for telling the truth about the Occupation, describes himself as a “patriotic Israeli”. His mission is to prevent a situation in which many Israelis will be able to say “We didn’t know.”

Introduction to today’s information gift –

Gideon Levy

Gideon Levy

According to Levy, even if Israelis are not enthusiastic about it they have no choice but to recognize that boycott, divestment and sanctions is the only game in town, the last hope for the change. This is the only means to stop Israel from persisting in its crimes. The only alternative is bloodshed, which no one wants.

Premier, your trade mission will, without fail, undermine the Palestinian’s non-violent international BDS movement, thereby enabling Israel to persist in its crimes against Palestinians trapped in the Occupied Territories. I repeat, your wilful ignorance of the history of this conflict is inexcusable. Will you be among those who, too late, say: “I didn’t know.”?

Reposted below is an edited version of the article. To read the original piece, click on the following linked title.

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Boycott Is the Only Way to Stop the Israeli Occupation  by Gideon Levy, Haaretz (Israel), May 1, 2016

Haaretz Editor-in-Chief Aluf Benn calls on us not to get too enthusiastic about the effects of a boycott of Israel (Haaretz, April 28). I agree with him, but even if we are not enthusiastic about it we have no choice but to recognize that boycott, divestment and sanctions is the only game in town, the last hope for the change that Benn also wants. This is the only means to stop Israel from persisting in its crimes. The only alternative is bloodshed, which no one wants.

Sanctions and boycott are the most non-violent, legitimate means there are (Israel constantly preaches to the world to use them against its enemies) and have been proven effective. Even people who share Benn’s reservations, and I share some of his doubts, must concede that he doesn’t offer a more certain alternative. His proposal for the left to establish a base of domestic support for its positions is hopeless considering the brainwashing, ignorance, blindness, the good life, lack of opposition and increasing extremism of Israeli society.

Because this is a criminal situation, which must not be allowed to persist, we cannot leave it alone until public opinion has the good grace to change. It will never do so of its own accord, it has no reason to do so as long as it is not paying for its crimes and being punished for them. People who claim this have reached a new height of Israeli chutzpah: to allow tyranny, abuse and oppression to go on in the name of democracy.

When Border Police personnel execute a pregnant woman and her brother claiming that they “threw a knife,” and society yawns in boredom, the desire awakens to shake and punish it. This is not a desire for revenge, but rather for change. Benn believes that a boycott will make Israel harden its position. The past has shown that the opposite is true. Israel has always made the few concessions it did after it paid a heavy price, or in the face of an overt threat.

And we haven’t even begun to talk about ongoing conditions of shortages and economic crisis that will require Israel to finally ask: Is all this really worthwhile to satisfy an appetite for real estate, is all this worthwhile for the caprice of the occupation, are they prepared to pay out of their own pocket and lifestyle for regions of the country that most people have never even seen and have no real interest in their fate?

The first response to the boycott will be banding together, taking a harder line. But in the blink of an eye the questions will start mounting, followed by protest. Israelis of 2016 are not built to live in Sparta. BDS has not yet begun to lick at our lives here.

Meanwhile there is no real economic warfare, rather only movements that are only gradually changing international discourse about Israel. On the edges there are perhaps some elements of anti-Semitism, but it is basically a protest movement by people of conscience who want to do something. Economic decline as a result of it might occur quickly, not necessarily gradually.

In South Africa the business community came to the government and said: Enough, this cannot go on. That could happen here too. That actually imbues me with great hope, Benn, I don’t see any other alternative.

END OF EDITED REPOST — To read the original article, click on the above linked title…

Response to my emails are always welcome.

Kindest regards,

Frank White, etc.

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Previous posts in this series –

Life and Death in Palestine: Information gift for a Premier — Day 13: Israeli soldier who executed wounded Palestinian gets hero’s welcome and calls for his release.

Life and Death in Palestine: Information gift for a Premier — Day 12: Israeli soldiers shoot at Palestinian family harvesting crops, driving them from their fields.

Life and Death in Palestine: Information gift for a Premier — Day 11: Planning international conference in locked down Gaza Strip keeps sliver of hope alive

Life and Death in Palestine: Information gift for a Premier — Day 10: Israeli moral compass so twisted that even most decent people now justify ruthless killing of Palestinians.

Life and Death in Palestine: Information gift for a Premier — Day 9: Ignoring its own founding rights, U.S. has aided Israel in denying those same human rights and dignity to Palestinians.

Life and Death in Palestine: Information gift for a Premier — Day 8: Open season on Palestinians — pregnant mother of two and brother, 16, gunned down at Israeli checkpoint.

Life and Death in Palestine: Information gift for a Premier — Day 7: Palestinian youth reportedly in critical condition after being run down by young Israeli settler.

Life and Death in Palestine: Information gift for a Premier — Day 6: Alarming rise in Palestinian children seized and prosecuted by Israel.

Life and Death in Palestine: Information gift for a Premier — Day 5: Survivor of 1948 Israeli-led expulsion of Palestinians to tell her story in upcoming Canadian tour.

Life and Death in Palestine: Information gift for a Premier — Day 4: Israelis and their supporters are in the process of learning the price of following the dictates of “Netanyahu’s mind.”

Life and Death in Palestine: Information gift for a Premier — Day 3: US accuses Israel of ‘excessive use of force’ in human rights report

Life and Death in Palestine: Information gift for a Premier — Day 2: Israeli Minster Calls for “Civil Targeted Killings” of BDS Leaders

Life and death in Palestine: Information gift for a Premier — Day 1: Israel policy of expelling Palestinians from West Bank

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