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The misery caused by Israel’s actions in the occupied territories has elicited serious concern among at least some Israelis. One of the most outspoken, for many years, has been Gideon Levy, a columnist for Haaretz, who writes that “Israel should be condemned and punished for creating insufferable life under occupation, [and] for the fact that a country that claims to be among the enlightened nations continues abusing an entire people, day and night.”

On Israel-Palestine and BDS

Those dedicated to the Palestinian cause should think carefully about the tactics they choose.

Noam Chomsky
The Nation
July 2, 2014

The misery caused by Israel’s actions in the occupied territories has elicited serious concern among at least some Israelis. One of the most outspoken, for many years, has been Gideon Levy, a columnist for Haaretz, who writes that “Israel should be condemned and punished for creating insufferable life under occupation, [and] for the fact that a country that claims to be among the enlightened nations continues abusing an entire people, day and night.”

He is surely correct, and we should add something more: the United States should also be condemned and punished for providing the decisive military, economic, diplomatic and even ideological support for these crimes. So long as it continues to do so, there is little reason to expect Israel to relent in its brutal policies.

The distinguished Israeli scholar Zeev Sternhell, reviewing the reactionary nationalist tide in his country, writes that “the occupation will continue, land will be confiscated from its owners to expand the settlements, the Jordan Valley will be cleansed of Arabs, Arab Jerusalem will be strangled by Jewish neighborhoods, and any act of robbery and foolishness that serves Jewish expansion in the city will be welcomed by the High Court of Justice. The road to South Africa has been paved and will not be blocked until the Western world presents Israel with an unequivocal choice: Stop the annexation and dismantle most of the colonies and the settler state, or be an outcast.”

One crucial question is whether the United States will stop undermining the international consensus, which favors a two-state settlement along the internationally recognized border (the Green Line established in the 1949 ceasefire agreements), with guarantees for “the sovereignty, territorial integrity and political independence of all states in the area and their right to live in peace within secure and recognized boundaries.” That was the wording of a resolution brought to the UN Security Council in January 1976 by Egypt, Syria and Jordan, supported by the Arab states—and vetoed by the United States.

This was not the first time Washington had barred a peaceful diplomatic settlement. The prize for that goes to Henry Kissinger, who supported Israel’s 1971 decision to reject a settlement offered by Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, choosing expansion over security—a course that Israel has followed with US support ever since. Sometimes Washington’s position becomes almost comical, as in February 2011, when the Obama administration vetoed a UN resolution that supported official US policy: opposition to Israel’s settlement expansion, which continues (also with US support) despite some whispers of disapproval.

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On Israel-Palestine and BDS
Authored by: nali on Saturday, July 05 2014 @ 01:57 AM CDT

Noam Chomsky who was radical Zionist in his youth - even contemplating joinjng a Zionist settler colonialist commune in Palestine-Israel got disilusioned during the year... but still have a soft place for Israel. When asked in the early 2000s to join an international Jewery anti authoritarian anti capitalist and anti Zionist initiative of the Matzpen circle he refused claiming it was too early.
In his presnt article he deliberate a lot about the difference between the Israeli case and the South African one missing the main point: The South African white elite wanted to exploit the non white, while the Zionist ruling elite did its best to expel and transfer the Palestinians.
In his efforts to sabotage the B.D.S. - which is the only mean at present that can defeat the continue of the presure of the expanding Zionist project, he collect lot of wrong claims: beginning with "inefficiensy" and "suffering to the Palestinians" and wrong analisis of the international arena. Though the 2005 Palestinian initiative is developing slowly, it is the only thing that frighten the Israeli elite. The gradual advance which found its expression with the European states to issue warning about economic relations with Israeli businesses involving with the settlement in the west bank already started a split within the Israeli capitalist elite with many expressions of fear bordering panic.

A 10% drop in Israeli export to Europe last few months may be the "first sparrows that bring the spring".

Edited on Saturday, July 05 2014 @ 01:58 AM CDT by nali