Sunday, July 11, 2010

The campaign against Israel: epic fail

Robert Fulford has a great piece on the lefy campaign againsy Israel. The Israeli economy is doing just fine. There is very little divestment, so Israel's enemies can just cntinue to gnash their teeth.

Shahid Alam, writing this week in a Cairo magazine, Al-Ahram, declared that “slowly but steadily, the Western people are throwing their support behind the campaign to divest from, boycott and impose sanctions on Israel.” It certainly seems that way. I’ve read often, over many years, about students demanding that their universities sell whatever stocks they own in Israeli companies and in corporations supporting the defence of Israel. I’ve read, too, about boycotts of Israeli products and attempts to get churches and corporations to sell Israel-connected stocks.

In Canada, a union proposed that Israeli professors not be allowed to lecture here. And of course, everyone knows that Elvis Costello recently deprived Israelis of the two performances he was scheduled to give in Israel, on grounds of “conscience.”

This is all part of a plan co-ordinated by Palestinian leaders and activists to pressure Israel with boycotts, divestment and sanctions (routinely abbreviated on websites and placards as “BDS”). The more mild-mannered supporters of BDS say they want to encourage Israel to improve its treatment of Palestinians and seek peace. It seems clear to me that their main goal is to destroy Israel.

1 comment:

CanadianSense said...

It would be interesting if groups proposed to adopt the same tactics of the left with moves to decertify CUPE and organizations that were politically dangerous to democratic governments.

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