WHY THE BOYCOTT IS A MUST


The killing continues, the lies continue, the threats continue.
Every day now Palestinian children are left to be orphans, or worse… killed themselves. This, due to missle strikes by the Israeli Defense Forces. To date, Washington has been silent on these attacks, despite appeals from President Abbas to Ms. Rice.

The ElectronicIntifada had the following report on their site..

Opposition leader and Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu told the 35th Zionist Congress in Jerusalem on Thursday that the Israel Defense Forces has the operational capability to wipe out the Gaza Strip, but chose not to do so. The full report can be seen here in an article from HaAretz.

Anyone, anywhere, that considers themselves to be a person of peace or justice has but one choice… BOYCOTT ISRAEL!
Maybe then they will listen.

4 Comments

  1. Oleh Yahshan said,

    June 25, 2006 at 17:00

    How does boycotting Israel help achieve Peace??

  2. DesertPeace said,

    June 25, 2006 at 17:11

    By the world letting Israel know that their policies are not acceptable. Boycotts helped bring down the apartheid system in South Africa… it will help here as well.

  3. Scottage said,

    June 25, 2006 at 17:23

    I take a very different view on this, Desert (I know, you’re shocked!).

    Whe I was in Israel, I helped found something called the Israel Export Institute , which helps both the Israeli and Palestinian people sell goods outside fo the country. Why is this important? Because, when I got there, over 90% of all goods produced in Israel and Palestine were sold in Israel and Palestine, and over 80% of the Palestinian people worked in Israel.

    If there is any hope for peace, both the Israeli and Palestinian people need autonomous, self-sufficient economies that can support a reasonable lifestyle for its citizens. Then, and only then, can two individual countries grow, and peace be achieved. I fought hard for that cause while in the country, my organization continues to work on that effort today, and from here I work towards that end as well.

    It should also be noted that any boycott of Israeli goods also winds up boycotting Palestinian goods, because there are no only-Palestinian exports. Why would that be true, you may ask? Because at present Palestine has no exporting facility of its own, and thus the boxes and shipping labels all wind up being Israeli. Even the most careful boycotts carried out by Syria and Iran have wound up boycotting Palestinian goods as well because of this issue.

    Thus, I would tell you that a boycott of Israeli goods actually pulls us farther away from the peace we all long for, much farther away that you may believe. The boycott has existed for over 50 years, and when creating the institute, and 5 years in, we determined empirically that the easing of the boycott really did have a direct correlation with the easing of hostilities between the two people. I would urge you to rethink your position on this issue, because while I always applaud your goal of peace, I think this takes the wrong roads towards it.

  4. DesertPeace said,

    June 25, 2006 at 17:29

    I’m not shocked that you disagree with me Scott… You raise valid points, but I still feel that a boycott is one way of letting Israel know that what it is doing is not supported.
    It’s not the first time that we will have to agree to disagree on an issue…
    Shalom!
    BTW… looking forward to meeting you this summer if you get here.


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