Wednesday, June 13, 2012

How exactly is Israel supposed to change its behavior?

Yousef Munayyer, Executive Director of our member group The Palestine Center, writes this piece on why BDS is the way to bring about peace and justice in Palestine/Israel: 

Last week the Israeli prime minister, with the help of Washington, made one of the strongest cases for the need for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) in the wake of an Israeli court decision regarding an illegal Israeli settlement in the occupied West Bank. By demonstrating that twenty years of ‘peace process’ policies have yielded an Israeli government drunk on settlements, Netanyahu’s statement and the United States’ reaction should convince any remaining doubters that BDS is an urgently necessary alternative. 
Netanyahu laid bare to the world precisely why negotiations with his government are a colossal and counterproductive waste of time and anyone—namely the United States government—supporting such a path might well be delusional: "The State of Israel is a law-abiding democracy and as the Prime Minister of Israel I am committed to upholding the law and am I committed to uphold the settlement enterprise, and I tell you that there is no contradiction between the two." 
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Munayyer concludes that it "defies logic to expect Israel’s colonialist behavior to change without pressure and it is more evident than ever that the Israeli government is perfectly comfortable with colonialism and that Washington doesn’t have a problem with it either. Nonetheless, the pressure must come from somewhere." 

We at the US Campaign fully agree that as long as the U.S. government continues funding Israel's occupation and apartheid policies against Palestinians, it is up to us to engage in grassroots efforts like BDS to pressure Israel to change its behavior. There are several ways you can help out:

1. Check out the various BDS campaigns you can join

2. Sign up to help organize opposition to military aid for Israel

3. Join us in St. Louis September 21-23, 2012 for our 11th Annual National 
    Organizers' Conference.