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I think that it is one thing to boycott or divest from the illegal Israeli occuption of the West Bank, and siege over Gaza. But I feel that it's another thing to divest/boycott from Israel as a whole-- how is that helpful?! There are several other countries that are huge human rights abusesers-- Saudi Arabia, China, God Forbid the United States!! I think to focus on Israel as a whole is wrong. There have been so many other greater conflicts that have been ignored, due to all of the attention on Israel

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3628618,00.html
UN Assembly President Calls for Boycott of Israel
by Yitzhak Benhorin
WASHINGTON - Israel filed a formal complaint with the United Nations on Tuesday over statements made by UN General Assembly President, Father Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann of Nicaragua, who called for an international boycott of Israel after accusing it of being an apartheid regime. D'Escoto went on to decry the
'Our Greatest Failure'
UN: Support Palestinians' rights to self-determination, statehood / Deutsche Presse-Agentur
'It has been 60 years since some 800,000 Palestinians were driven out of their homes becoming refugees and an uprooted and marginalized people,' General Assembly president says, adding that the fact that Palestinians still have no state represents UN's 'single greatest failure'
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plight of the Palestinians, describing the failure to create a Palestinian state as "the single greatest failure in the history of the United Nations."

The United Nations is currently marking its annual International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, which is set on the anniversary of the 1947 date it adopted Resolution 181, calling for the partition of the land under British control into two states – Jewish and Arab.

Over the course of two days the General Assembly will host a series of anti-Israel venues, including exhibits on Palestinian suffering and films comparing Israel to the Nazi regime.

The pinnacle of the event will come in the form of a marathon of discussions, to culminate with the passing of six resolutions against Israel. These include ones calling for the return of the Golan Heights to Syria and the division of Jerusalem.

In his address on Monday d'Escoto said: "Although different, what is being done against the Palestinian people seems to me to be a version of the highest policy of apartheid." D'Escoto said the fact that Palestinians still had no statehood represents the "single greatest failure" of the UN.

The General Assembly president called on international institutions to boycott Israel and sever its financial ties to the world, and for the imposing of sanctions against Jerusalem.

Until last year Israel had usually chosen to abstain from taking part in the annual solidarity day. And so Tuesday saw Ambassador Gabriella Shalev take the podium and ask her colleagues how the day the UN voted on the establishment of the State of Israel had become a day of mourning and grief.

Shalev slammed the UN as being disconnected from reality, calling it an organization "that does not




represent or reflect what is truly happening. The real things happen outside the UN."

Shalev lamented the anti-Israel tone of the United Nations at a time when it is engaged in peace talks with the Palestinian Authority, and said if the discussions were to focus on the Middle East they should also touch on Iran's repeated threats to destroy Israel, Syria's armament of terrorists, Hamas' rocket attacks on Israeli towns and Hizbullah's growing strength.

"We will not allow this lowest common denominator, of bashing Israel, to dictate these discussions," the ambassador said.

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Has he actually said verbatum verbatum that he hates Israel?!
The Palestinian call for Boycott/Divestment/Sanctions is a non-violent movement directed at Israel until it complies with international law. So many people against boycotting ask, "Why are you picking on poor little Israel?" Omar Barghouti (who I had the pleasure of meeting) summarizes the main arguments and counterarguments for B/D/S (Boycott/Divestment/Sanctions):

Main Arguments Against Boycott I

Some distinguished supporters of the Palestinian cause [16] have argued against applying South-Africa style sanctions and boycotts to Israel for various reasons, most significant of which are:

(A) The Holocaust's memory makes calls for boycotting Israel widely detested and prohibitively unpopular.

(B) Israel is essentially a democratic country with a vibrant civil society, and therefore it can be convinced to end its oppression without sanctions.

(C) Unlike in South Africa during apartheid, the majority in Israel is opposed to sanctions.

(D) Israeli academics are largely progressive and at the vanguard of the peace movement, and therefore they must be supported not boycotted.

Counter Arguments I

(A) As Etienne Balibar says, "Israel should not be allowed to instrumentalize the genocide of European Jews to put [itself] above the law of nations."[17] Beyond that, by turning a blind eye to Israel's oppression, as the U.S. and most of official Europe often do, the west has in fact perpetuated the misery, the human suffering and the injustice that have ensued since the Holocaust. Only the oppressed are different now; they are "the victims of the victims," as Edward Said said.

As for the unpopularity argument, recent breakthroughs in the positions of the US Presbyterian church, the Anglican church and some progressive Jewish-American organizations -- not to mention the fast spreading grassroots boycott movement in Europe -- indicate that there is an encouragingly growing acceptance of the need to boycott Israel in western countries. Those who were active in the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa often remind us that also they faced what seemed like insurmountable hurdles when they first started in the late 1950s.

(B) How can an ethno-religious supremacy that is also a colonial power ever qualify as a democracy? Israel may be a democracy for its Jewish citizens, but it is an apartheid for its Palestinian citizens, as argued earlier. New York University professor Tony Judt, for instance, calls Israel a "dysfunctional anachronism," categorizing it among the "belligerently intolerant, faith-driven ethno states."[18]

(C) Of all the anti-boycott arguments, this one reflects either surprising naivete or deliberate intellectual dishonesty. Are we to judge whether to apply sanctions on a colonial power based on the opinion of the majority in the oppressors' community? Does the oppressed community count at all?

(D) This is simply a myth propagated and maintained by Israeli academics who count themselves in the "left." The vast majority of Israeli academics serves in the army's reserve forces, and therefore directly knows of and participates in the daily crimes. Moreover, with the exception of a tiny yet crucial minority, Israeli academics are largely supportive of their state's oppression or are acquiescently silent about it.

......Hope this answers a few of your questions. I encourage you to read the full article: http://www.zmag.org/znet/viewArticle/7206
Hi Hannah,

Do you think that Omar Barghouti's article at http://www.zmag.org/znet/viewArticle/7206 is intellectually honest?

You (glibly?) wrote: The Palestinian call for Boycott/Divestment/Sanctions is a non-violent movement directed at Israel until it complies with international law.

To begin with please list The International Laws Israel does not comply with.

Thanks...
==PmR
Paul, check out these sources for lists of international laws that Israel is in violation of:

http://www.geocities.com/savepalestinenow/internationallaw/studygui... (Israel Law Resource Center)
http://www.jfjfp.org/factsheets/geneva4.htm (Jews for Justice for Palestinians)
http://www.amnesty.org.uk/news_details.asp?NewsID=17362 (Amnesty International)

I wouldn't be saying it if it weren't true.
Thanks Hannah

They all sound and seem very profound. I do not have the time or patience now to address the lovingly compiled lists and to rebut most of them in detail. Besides arguing any of that here will change nothing.

Facts:
  1. The suggested partition in 1947/48 was and is not law.
  2. Israel was, is and will be.
  3. People of the immediate region are not living optomal lives now. We have to find practical ways to improve that now

Be well...
==PmR

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