Did anyone notice how some of the so-called “pro-Palestinians” activists, such as, Noam Chomsky, Norman Finkelstein, Max Blumenthal, Rabbi David Lerner, Omar Barghouti, Bishop Tutu, Winnie Mandela, Richard Falk, Roger Waters, Jewish Voice for Peace, etc. all have different opinions about the “BDS: Non-violent Resistance to Israeli Occupation. Benjamin Netanyahu is on record for equating BDS with Holocaust.
Now, if one reads BDS Declaration, he will find to his surprise that BDS is not against the Jewish occupation of 78% of the historic Palestine. BDS uses the word “occupation” for the West Bank and Gaza Strip but not even for East Jerusalem which all were occupied by Israel as result of its 1967 War of Aggression. The BDS demands from Israel; 1) Ending its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands occupied in June 1967 and dismantling the wall, 2) Recognizing the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality (meaning Israel has the right to exist within pre-1967 borders); and 3) Respecting, protecting and promoting the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN Resolution 194.
Zionist Jew writer David Cohen boasted at Jewish site algemeiner on December 23, 2013 that BDS is not anti-Israel but against world Jewish power.
On February 18, 2014, Emily L. Hauser claimed at the Jewish Daily Forward that BDS is not antisemitism. “Though I boycott the settlements, I don’t personally support BDS, and I do not doubt that some members of that movement are unrepentant antisemites – just a some member of the Greater Israel movement are unrepentant racist and Islamophobe,” she wrote.
Kashif Iqbal, a postgraduate student at University of London, in a recent article has also claimed that BDS is detrimental to long term Palestinian interests.
Firstly, the BDS people are normalizers of Zionism within its 1967 borders – their whole approach is one of de-legitimizing Israel only outside of its pre-1967 occupation, suggesting that if Zionism left Gaza and the West Bank they would accept the Zionist entity.
In other words BDS is not an anti-Zionist organization on Palestinian/Arab terms, it is a “lefty” organization which has no problem with Israel as long as it is only occupying 80% of Palestine.
Secondly, the whole approach of western lefties seems to reinforce the Zionist system, suggesting the only path to resistance is not only to get “white lefties” on your side, but to pander to their values of fighting anti-semitism, homophobia and advocating non-violence etc. In other words they condemn the actual Palestinian resistance in exchange for begging the white man to be nice to the Palestinians!
This not only reinforces the problem, but allows only for a solution which is acceptable to white lefties and the white mainstream. I call this the “internationalization of the conflict” … or better, the de-localization, de-indigenization and westernization of the conflict, positing “western lefty” values as superior and hence condemning most organic Palestinian views as “extremist.”
In other words, the BDS movement aims for a purely symbolic political solution in Palestine, yet will never address the real problem of redistributing resources, banks, corporations, land, tax revenue etc back to Palestinians.
This is similar to what happened in South Africa, where a de-localization and “western hippification” of the conflict led to a purely political solution, when the actual solution must be economic … i.e. who controls the resources, land, corporations, economy.