BDS and Its Agenda

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Speaking at a conference on Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) in Stuttgart, I came to realize that the movement is growing although it still faces many obstacles. The BDS movement is growing in the Western world and may have become more mainstream than its enemies may have imagined, as was revealed from the recent stance of Stephen Hawking.

The Zionists have striven to conflate boycotts with – you guessed it – anti-Semitism, hatred, and sectarianism. But the tasks and agenda of Zionism are way too clear: Zionists wish to delegitimize and even criminalize all acts of peaceful resistance against Israel, just as they have succeeded in criminalizing all acts of non-peaceful resistance against Israel.

But the movement has to face a series of challenges:

1) The movement has to take a clear, categorical stance against the very existence of Israel. The deliberate decision to suspend the agreement on the political goal is rather hypocritical as it allows friends of Zionism to infiltrate the movement and to sabotage its mission.

2) The movement has to include in its boycott agenda all the vestiges of Zionism, including the structures and tools of occupation like the Palestinian Authority and all of its unrepresentative bodies.

3) The BDS worldwide movement should feel free to participate in the dynamic process of criticism and self-criticism that the Palestinian national movement needs and deserves.

4) The BDS movement should not succumb to the vulgar forms of Palestinian nationalism in which Yasser Arafat is treated as a symbol and icon when he did more than any other Palestinian leader in history to bestow (fake) legitimacy on the occupation and aggression of Israel.

5) The BDS movement in Europe, the US, and elsewhere should launch and spearhead a campaign of democratization in those countries in order to steer away Western foreign policies from the sphere of US empire, and to bridge the gap between public opinion and the monopolistic and unrepresentative (except in the US) foreign policies of those governments.

6) BDS should bridge college campuses and civil society organizations, except in developing countries where civil society organizations are held hostage by Western funding to US political and economic agendas.

7) BDS should be treated as a temporary movement and not as an eternal movement lest it unwittingly accords acceptance to the Zionist entity. It is a complementary movement – complementary to other forms of struggle – and not an end in itself.

8) BDS represents one strand of struggle among many that include armed struggle, as enshrined in the Palestine Liberation Organization charter of 1968 (long before it was amended by Bill Clinton in the 1990s).

The BDS is growing and its effectiveness is going to be measured by its radicalization.

Comments

Tell us,what is your agenda? To divide the Arab nation therefore we have a tendency to square measure weak and dominated by outsiders? very, what reasonably Arab seeks to divide United States of America and criticises a staunch Palestinian supporter like Abukhalil?

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The real apartheid is in Syria and Lebanon where a Palestinians can't get a job, can't go to universities, can't buy real estate, can't get a passport - they are all second class citizens.

Why can't a Palestinian who was born in Syria or in Lebanon and his parents were born in Syria or Lebanon get a full citizenship and full rights?

What kind of people inherit refugee status from their parents?
Why doesn't anyone talk about that?

The truth is simple - Arabs don't really give a damn about the Palestinians.
They use the Palestinians as a political tool.
That goes also to Hizbullah and the Iranians.
And that goes to people like As'ad Abukhalil.

"Why can't a Palestinian who was born in Syria or in Lebanon and his parents were born in Syria or Lebanon get a full citizenship and full rights?"

While I support giving Palestinian refugees more rights to work/live/etc, you are misrepresenting reality. In reality MOST COUNTRIES do NOT give citizenship based on birth in the country:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jus_soli#Jus_soli_around_the_world

Syria gives many rights to Palestinian refugees. Its very telling that you only call out the countries that remotely resist Israel, and not Egypt for example.

And nice criticizing Hizbullah and Iran with no basis or reasoning. That's really intellectually grounded of you. Spending money, blood, and political capital to support the liberation of Lebanon and Palestine is a funny way of using Palestinian refugees as tools.

As a "lazy Zionist" by Lidia's definition of anyone who disagrees with her,once again , as In every morning after reading Al Akbar headlines and "Top News", I wonder why Is It that Muslims and Arabs set to kill anything with a pulse from Mauritania to the Philippines?But one dare criticize or express an unflattering opinion of Hizballah ,Palestinians or Iran , then they are labeled Zionists, lazy, uninformed etc.
An air of elitism and righteousness, such as some posters , leads to the Impression ,that yes! the Palestinians are a tool and not a cause.
Btw, when Is the aid flotilla leaving for Syria?

"lazy" is too charitable word for this Zionist. He cannot see mass murders by Zionists and their backers the Western imperialism. He only sees what his racism lets him see.
It was not Arabs or Muslims. by the way, who mass-murdered Jews in Europe, it was white Europeans (many of the Christians) with the collaboration of Zionists, of course.

The BDS acronym is just a pointless stumbling block to popular awareness. "Boycott Israel" sounds great! And, like "Boycott Apartheid Israel" said, till the movement can speak its real name it will not gain mass traction. Stephen Hawking, for example, was not boycotting 'the illegal occupation of the Palestinian territories' or whatever, he was boycotting Israel. And, on why people should boycott Israel it's because of the injustice. Boycotting does not necessitate wanting Israel to cease existence; the movement can include those who want two or one democratic states in the Palestine-Israel geographical space. But I realize folks _love_ to fight about that even though its counterproductive to the movement.

If the goal of the BDS movement is the eradication of Israel, they ought not complain if Israel fights back.

I do find it odd the obsession with Israel odd, given that in two years Assad has killed more Arabs than has Israel in 65 years- and it is true of virtually every Arab state, More have died at the hands of these leaders.than Israel, yet Israel remains the problem.

Cognitive dissonance of the highest order

"I do find it odd the obsession with Israel odd, given that in two years Assad has killed more Arabs than has Israel in 65 years"

Israel should still be boycotted even if it didn't kill anyone. This argument is like saying we're obsessed with Jim Crow when Stalin killed millions of Soviet nationals. You pick causes based on your own proximity to the source of the problem, not on ranking of fatalities.

If Stalin was alive and actively killing, while Jim Crow is getting an orgenized public attantion your point could be valid.

The difference is Syria's case is *indigenous* oppression, whereas the zionist apartheid state is a settler colony that has no business being there in the first place. Filthy zionists always try to use the suffering of Arabs (except the Palestinians of course) as a propaganda tool, but we see right through it.

What about the "cognitive dissonance" of the Zionists and their ridiculous cliched lies, "a land without a people for a people without a land", "make the desert bloom", "Palestinians are savages for refusing to become refugees in their own land", or the biggest lie of all, the bogus partition plan which Ben Gurion and other Zionist leaders had no plan of implementing. The "Cognitive dissonance of the highest order" are retarded Zionists who think they can direct their pathetic hasbara intended for ignorant Western goyim towards Palestinians and Arabs.

An historical point- the phrase "land without people for people without land " was coined by British Evangelicals In the 1840-50tees, part of a program to convert all Jews and "restore" them to their ancient land. It received a positive ear with the British governments of the time , because Palestine was Important bridge between Europe and India.
The only Zionist to repeat this phrase was Israel Zangvil . It actually did not catch and stick to Zionist literature.
It Is the uninformed and biased who attach this phrase to Jews and Zionists. Up to 1948, every Dunam owned and cultivated by Jews, In Palestine, was bought and paid for, fair and square.
The fact that the ones living on the land were sometimes vassals of Arab and Muslim land owners, was not the Jews doing, but a result of the Ottoman way of life. If one has a problem, then take It up with Sultan Erdogan.

So what? Zionists did not see natives as people, they saw them as obstacle for land thief and robbery. For Zionists, Palestinians are non-people and even this Zionist would have a hard time denying it, Just like every colonizers, Zionists are not going to let "savages" to have land Zionists want to themselves - no matter what silly pretext they use - from god as a real estate agent to the claims that Palestinians were not really natives of Palestine. Incidentally, the same "arguments" were used by aparteid SA whites.

Israel will always be the obsessive problem for Imperialistic Arabs who can't stand the thought of Dhimmis owning what Arabs once owned. Especially when the new owners are Jews. They can dress it up any way they want but that's the dry truth.

Zionist colony on Palestinian lands will be an object of anti-colonial struggle till the victory of Palestinians over colonizers. Boers colonizers were defeated, the same will be a case with Zionist ones.

The most stupid racism of anon is clear here: as far as it make any sense, "Dhimmis" was NOT about "Arabs", but about Muslims. Christian Arabs were "Dhimmis" as well. Zionist hasbarists are lazy and no wonder - racism is very bad for one's brains.

The main problem is not Zionists infiltrating the boycott movement.

The problem is that there is no boycott-Israel movement.

Almost no one will publicly demand that their university boycott Israel.

Even As'ad will not do it, when he is invited to speak at a U.S. university. Perhaps it seems like bad manners to him.

Once you see students publicly insisting on boycott-Israel resolutions at many student governments, that will be a real "BDS Movement".

Until then, BDS is just a few people emailing each other.

Either As'ad ignores the current BDS dynamics, or he want to destroy the movement. The current growth of BDS is due to (1) its rights based approach that is inclusive of all people of conscious and (2) of its Palestinian inclusive approach that does not alienate any Palestinian. As'ad first two points are the exact opposite to what the BDS movement has achieved and seeks to keep doing.
Furthermore, the assumption that "civil society organizations are held hostage by Western funding to US political and economic agendas" would alienate a large constituency of civil society in the Arab World that is not US funded, or could be US funded but would support BDS.

"(1) its rights based approach that is inclusive of all people of conscious and (2) of its Palestinian inclusive approach that does not alienate any Palestinian."
Double-dipping.

Abu Umar

What is your agenda? To divide the Arab nation so we are weak and ruled by outsiders? Really, what kind of Arab seeks to divide us and criticises a staunch Palestinian supporter such as Abukhalil? What kind of Arab wants to lynch his fellow Arabs? Are you an Arab Abu Umar or just a nasty, viscious sectarian?

"What is your agenda?"

Sunni sectarian

"To divide the Arab nation so we are weak and ruled by outsiders?

Go tell that to Iran's poodles, thuwar Nato and the utter lack of takhween from Iran and Hezbollah towards them.

"Really, what kind of Arab seeks to divide us and criticises a staunch Palestinian supporter such as Abukhalil?"

What kind of charlatan is As'ad to call Izz ad-Deen al-Qassam, "haraka sibyaniyyah'?!

"What kind of Arab wants to lynch his fellow Arabs?"

Preaching pacifism for one side?

" Are you an Arab Abu Umar or just a nasty, viscious sectarian?"

Kama tudeen tudaan

Yes, AU is sectarian, just as in Syria pawns of NATO/Zionists and GCC royals aka "rebels"are sectarian. It is something to be proud about, sure....

The Palestinian cause isn't a tool to be used by the hypocrites of the mumana'a to advance their hegemonic and sectarian agendas, nor did anyone designate you As'ad to pontificate hypocritically about the Palestinian cause as if you were the sole arbiter while dismissing anyone who doesn't subscribe to your sectarian agenda like Izz al-Deen Qassam whom you ridiculed as "harakah sibyaniyah"!

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