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VP Paper 12 Boycotting Israel

VP Paper 12 Boycotting Israel

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Published by: The Veritas Handbook on Jan 07, 2012
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International Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Campaign
against Israel(known in short as
) has become an increasingly popular and controversialsubject of discussion. Its efficacy has been debated, but its sheer boldness andunapologetic nature has been seen as the most threatening aspect of theresistance movement. The campaign officially began in 2005 with Palestinian civilsociety calling upon the world to join them in a boycott, divestment, and sanctionscampaign against Israel, in order to mount pressure on Israel to end its violationsof Palestinian human rights. It was the boycott that led South Africa to dismantleapartheid, and in this path, the BDS movement hopes to end Israeli apartheid andthe occupation of Palestine.The occupation of Palestine has lasted roughly half a century and remains to bethe longest modern-day occupation. Israel continues to enjoy the benefits ofunconditional support from America and has not been punished for its disregardof international law. Its nuclear arsenal is never discussed, and it was found guiltyof war-crimes in both 2006 in Lebanon and 2008 in Gaza. Despite this, Israel hasnever been sanctioned or punished for its crimes against humanity. Thus,Palestinian civil society has called on individuals and groups worldwide to takematters into their own hands.
It’s time to alienate Israel and call it out for what it
is: an apartheid state.
Throughout the years, various victories have been gained in the BDS movementand many campaigns are underway. As Israel continues to act with disregard for international law, the BDS movement continues to gain momentum. The strategyis simple: Israel must be forced to end its aggressions, and this can only comefrom mounted pressure. The movement is seen as a threat and attempts havebeen made to illegalize the boycott. The boycott movement can be separated intothree parts: academic, cultural, and consumer.
The academic boycott aims to academically isolateIsraeli universities and academia as they are an integralpart to the occupation and continued subjugation ofthe Palestinian people. This boycott includes any andall co-operation with any and all Israeli institutions.
The cultural boycott of Israel promotes the alienationof Israel in terms of culture and art in order to mountpressure and put an end to apartheid. Artists havebeen called on to boycott the region and not play inIsrael. Artists like
Elvis Costello
haverefused to play in Israel due to their treatment of thePalestinian people. The academic and cultural boycottswere also integral parts of ending apartheid in SouthAfrica and it is from this example that the movementdraws inspiration.
 The consumer boycott is the individual and groupeffort to boycott companies and Israeli products. Thisalso includes boycotting companies who openlysupport Israeli policy, and boycotting products madeboth in Israel and in the illegal settlements of the WestBank. Numerous campaigns against companiescomplicit in Israeli war crimes have been successfuland bold moves by activists worldwide continue to putpressure on the state to end its disregard for humanrights. Companies targeted include (but are not limitedto):
H&M, Hewlett-Packard, Motorola, Chapters/Indigo,Estee Lauder, AHAVA, SodaStream, Carmel-Agrexco(recently bankrupted), and Sabra.See The Veritas Papers Addendum: Companies toBoycott for more.
The divestment and sanctions campaigns encourage companies to completely divestfrom its Israeli counterparts, and to sanction Israel until demands to justice are met.The ultimate aim is to economically and socially isolate Israel using a strategic form ofresistance.
The simple answer is yes! The strongest evidence for this lies in the very fact thatIsrael itself sees the boycott movement as a huge threat. Although the BDSmovement has a long way to
go in terms of stunting Israel’s economic growth, strong

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