In his address to the pro-Israel lobbying group AIPAC last month, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took special care to condemn the growing international movement for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel.
As frequent readers of this blog will recall, BDS has three core demands: an end to Israel’s illegal military occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip; an end to ethnic discrimination against Palestinian citizens of Israel; and recognition of the right of Palestinian refugees to return to their homeland.
In short, the goal of BDS is the nonviolent dismantling of Israeli apartheid, a system of segregation and discriminatory laws that (not just in the Occupied Territories, but also in Israel proper) guarantees special rights for Jews, at the expense of an indigenous population. As I’ve written previously, BDS provides a crucial alternative to the rigged “peace process”, in which the rights of the majority of…
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