I found this article to be very informative and thought-provoking, especially from my perspective as a nascent activist. Chomsky gives historical background on some international efforts to stop the prolonged and ongoing colonization of Palestine by Israel. He summarizes the demands of the BDS (Boycott, Divest, and Sanction) movement, which are the following: "(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; and (3) Respecting, protecting, and promoting the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN Resolution 194." In his analysis of which BDS demands are realistic and those that are not, Chomsky has special focus on the role of the United States support for Israel. He compares and contrasts the situation in Israel to the history of South Africa’s apartheid state, emphasizing the influential role that support from the U.S. has played in both instances.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014