Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Mustafa Barghouti: "When Washington fails to act decisively towards this festering conflict, it is in fact acting decisively"

Independent Palestinian politician Mustafa Barghouti has a blistering op-ed in the Financial Times entitled "Israel knows apartheid has no future." Arguing that "apartheid is here" and the boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) can end it, Barghouti highlights the importance of real action:
"When Washington fails to act decisively towards this festering conflict, it is in fact acting decisively. Billions of American taxpayers’ dollars continue to flow to Israeli coffers. And American diplomatic capital is still spent to shield Israel from world censure....We are now in the early stages of a campaign of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions directed at this Israeli government for its refusal to abide by international law. Such action successfully overturned Jim Crow laws in the American South and apartheid in South Africa, and we are slowly applying it to Israeli occupation and apartheid. But until students seize on it with the same moral fervency as earlier generations did against Jim Crow and South African apartheid, we will achieve only marginal success. That day of student engagement is coming."
Find out more about campus BDS and how you can support student BDS at UC Berkeley.