Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu devoted more attention to the boycott, divestment, and sanctions movement (BDS) than he did to John Kerry’s peace plans in his speech this morning.
If BDS didn’t work it wouldn’t be scaring Netanyahu shitless.
OUR CAMPUS JUST PASSED BDS!!!!
UWindsor students’ alliance just passed a BDS motion in a referendum, 798 to 585 against. So they join the Regina, York, Carleton, Trent and UToronto in Canadian schools that have passed BDS in one form or another.
This is great news that isn’t getting enough attention congrats all.
So a bunch of leftists believe that boycotts and shit are useless because they are ‘ethical capitalism’, and that they just normalize capitalism and economic systems of oppression. I actually used to believe that, but today I learned about a really good counter-example: the BDS-movement. (yeah I know I’m a shitty leftist for just now learning about the BDS-movement)
the BDS-movement advocates for boycotts, divestments and sanctions against israel in opposition to occupation and apartheid. And this movement is been quite successful in crippling quite a few Israeli corporations and is gaining momentum.
I think the idea that boycotting and such is ineffective is just an excuse for shitty leftists to avoid doing anything productive so they can continue to say “oh I can’t help but take part in this oppressive industry because capitalism is overwhelming”. There are ways for you to make change within capitalism. the BDS-movement proves it. Now shut up and stop being lazy.
Vikas, you bring up an excellent point. The BDS-movement is an ineffective way to demonstrate against the apartheid going on against Palestinians in Israel. But these zealous pompous self rightenous ‘Leftists’ have a convoluted, vauge understanding of the capitalist mode of production, which is why they end up bring staunch defenders of the movement. The movement brings a huge amount of awareness and proliferates this type of definace against the Israeli government but boycott is a petty bourgeois action.
The BDS movement is very similar to the situation in Africa—it is generally assumed that it was this mass sanction that actually was able to extripate the South African regime, but the truth is that the boycott played a diminitutive role—the role of the black working class, who had to face not only economic barriers but also the results of bourgeois decadence. It was the role of the black working class, who place their faith in the COSATU, the South African Communist party, and the ANC who was able to conflagrate this resistance. Unfortunately, due to the concilatotory polciies of the ANC, the nation still remained in the clutches of capital, just with a black president. Still, what happened to South Africa? Racism is even more prevalent than the apartheid, just on a subtle scale. Black workers are treatly with amonistory and are underpaid, under-appercrated, etc.
In a way, the BDS movement strengthens Zionism and the Israeli bureaucracy. The BDS movement treats Israel as one entity—all the Jewish workers, bosses, leaders, masses, etc. as advocates of oppressing Palestinians. Furthermore, the logic made behind this is that it is necessary to boycott the whole economy—the whole commodity production in Israel in order to actually fight against apartheid. The Jewish working class has no interest in desecrating Palestinians—nor do they want to actually support the bosses, who cut from their checks, their pensions, etc., in waging war on these helpless people—who may also be their co-workers as well! The body of the working class in Israel is either Jewish or Arab workers!
When Marx talked about the “Irish question”, he basically said that the Irish worker was a supplement to the English worker—the capitalist uses the former for cheap labor for a perennial production of capital. As a result of the Great Famine that occurred in Ireland (and wiped out the majority of the peasants while the rich man lived in luxury), they were inclined to come to England or America. The capitalist class—who is in fact a monolithic group, with having no race or ethnicity, are pander for the desire of capital—a plethora of it as well. Thus, the capitalist class intensifies the hatred between the English and the Irish workers; you are probably wondering why I am bringing up something like this is because this question is applicable to the settings in Israel. The capitalist class—who are Jewish and Arabs—also even Americans (lol), is there to mitigate and spill the fuel in intensifying hatred between these two groups—although at the end, both the Jewish and Arab workers are being plundered by this class. At the end of the day, they both see that most of their checks goes towards igniting war under the false premise of ‘security’.
The BDS movement does not understand that. Boycotting is ineffective because you are boycotting goods—this is indeed an ethical, moralistic approach towards consumerism. Those products are made by the hands of the Jewish and Arab workers. Hate or love them, those academics are being paid every week for their jobs. This blanket boycott is ridiculous; it is a petty bourgeois moralist understanding of the economy and leads to dire consequences. Some of those dire consequences is alleviating and stimulating hatred and animosity between two groups who are disillusioned in their situations.
Instead of boycotting commodities, there needs to be a complete workers’ boycott of the Israeli regime—a total defiance against the caricatures, the bosses and the puppets of the state apparatus. The only answer to an end of this apartheid is not the BDS movement, but a revolutionary liberation of the Jewish and Arab working class and negating the mode of production into socialism.
look at how these tumblr leftists pull theory out of their worthless asses in order berate and lecture oppressed peoples on the proper way to liberate themselves.
this jayaprada actually claims that bds strengthens zionism because something called “the jewish working class” doesn’t want to desecrate palestinians. to support their claim, they don’t cite anything specifically about the situation in palestine. no, they turn to some white dude who lived in the 1800s talking about a completely different situation. i’m sorry but just because marx said it, doesn’t make it universally applicable biblical truth.
unfortunately, this narrow, myopic lens in which ethnicity, religion, and other sociopolitical interests are thrown out the window in favor of a simplistic class analysis has dire consequences. consequence such as claiming that bds increases hatred, which places the blame on the palestinians for daring to create a grassroots movement to highlight and resist against the normalization of their occupation.
it wouldn’t be nearly as bad if the alternative solution weren’t such pig-ignorant bullshit. jayaprada wants palestinian and jewish workers to UNITE against the capitalist bosses. are they aware of hadash, the arab-jewish communist party? are they aware that this party has existed in some form or another since the beginning of the state of israel? are they aware that this party currently holds only four seats in the knesset out of 120? obviously it hasn’t worked. and palestinians are under precisely zero obligation to wait around for your ideologically correct solutions to magically start working.
the next time, you pieces of shit decide to pontificate about issues you clearly have no fucking clue about, don’t. if this is the type of bullshit you’re all gonna spew, keep palestine out of your filthy mouths.
This also does not take into account that the Israeli Jewish working force HAS and still DOES help in the dispossession and ethnic cleansing of Palestinians.
The Haganah was practically built from the Histadrut (Israeli trade union federation), David Ben Gurion was a prominent leader in the Histadrut, a hero of the Israeli working class. I don’t even need to say anything about him and his cherished legacy.
The Histadrut was also well known for their role in recruiting members to join the Israeli military, and has produced many a commander that would later on go to further oppress Palestinians.
Other “admirable” actions carried out by them includes the ban on Arab labor and the penalization (often violently) of anyone hiring an Arab. This actually caused displacement among Arabs pre-1948 as they were forced to leave to find work, due to demographic shifts and racist discriminatory policies encouraged by the Histadrut.
As a response, the Arabs attempted to form their own unions. For this they of course needed permission from the mandate government, and you know who stood there in opposition and lobbied against them? The Histadrut.
Why did they lobby against them? Oh because it’s sectarian and against the spirit of worker solidarity, meanwhile Arab workers were still banned from working in any Jewish area.
So please, spare me any talk about worker solidarity between Israelis and Palestinians. Every single Jewish Israeli worker out there benefits from Apartheid and ethnic cleansing. It’s ignorant and naive to think otherwise.
I just wanted the full text of this on my tumblr.
The following is a collection of articles, essays, and books on Palestine. These are not introduction texts to the question of Palestine or the Palestinain-Israeli “conflict”. If you need one read The Palestine-Israel Conflict by Gregory Harms and Todd Fery. Further, this is not an “unbiased” or “neutral” readng list. Everything listed below is counter-hegemonic. I feel absolutely no need to provide anything from the Zionist or Israeli point-of-view when that is the dominant narrative. With that said, I believe this provides a diverse, but in no means comprehensive, overview of the discourse on Palestine. A continuously updated page of this list can be found here.
- Orientalism by Edward Said
- Orientalism Reconsidered by Edward Said
- The Question of Palestine by Edward Said
- Reading Said in Hebrew by Ella Shohat
- Notes on the “Post-Colonial” by Ella Shohat
- History of Palestine by Dr. Mohsen Mohammed Saleh
- Sabra and Shatila: September 1982 by Bayan Nuwayhed al-Hout
- Peace and its Discontents by Edward Said
On Being Palestinian
- What It Means to be Palestinian by Dina Matar
- A Narrative of Palestinian Dispossession by Samia Costandi
- The Palestinian Exile as Writer by Jabra I. Jabra
- My People Shall Live by Leila Khaled
- Memoirs, 1948 Part I by Fauzi Al-Qawuqji
- Memoirs, 1948 Part II
- Palestinian Identity and the Performance of Catastrophe by Ihab Saloul
- Zionism from the Standpoint of its Victims by Edward Said
- Zionism from the Standpoint of its Jewish Victims by Ella Shohat
- Jewishness and the Critique of Zionism by Judith Butler
- The Invention of the Mizrahim by Ella Shohat
- Jewish Fundamentalism in Israel by Israel Shahak and Norton Mezvinsky
- Jewish History, Jewish Religion by Israel Shahak
- The Ends of Zionism by Joseph Massad
- The Persistence of the Palestinian Question by Joseph Massad
- On Imperialism and Settler Colonialism in West Asia by Jamil Hilal
- The Hidden History of Zionism by Ralph Schoenman
- How the Zionists Took Over Palestine by Adel Safty
- Imperial Israel and the Palestinians by Nur Masalha
- After Zionism by Antony Loewenstein and Ahmed Moor
On the Holocaust
- Respecting the Holocaust by Howard Zinn
- The Holocaust: Learning the Wrong Lessons by Boaz Evron
- The Victimhood of the Powerful by Jennifer Peto
- Propaganda, Perception, and Reality by William A. Cook
- Israeli Cinema an interview with Ella Shohat
- Israeli Cinema by Ella Shohat
- Palestinian Cinema by Nurith Gertz and George Khleifi
On Al Nakba
- The 1948 Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine by Ilan Pappe
- The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine by Ilan Pappe
- The Saga of Deir Yassin
- The Fall of Lydda by Spiro Munayyer
- Returning to Kafr Bir’im
- How Palestine became Israel by Stephen Hallbrook
- The Palestinian Exodus of 1948 by Simha Flapan
- Why Did the Palestinians Leave by Walid Khalidi
- Selected Documents on 1948
- The Limits of the New Israeli History by Joel Beinin
- Genocide or Erasure of Palestinians by Kathleen and Bill Christison
- Israel’s Slow-Motion Genocide in Occupied Palestine by Steve Lendman
- Ongoing Palestinian Genocide by Gideon Polya
- The Lessons of Violence by Chris Hedges
- The Brutal Siege of Gaza Can Only Breed Violence by Karen Koning AbuZayd
- The Olive Trees of Palestine Weep by Sonja Karkar
- Slouching toward a Palestinian Holocaust by Richard Falk
- Gaza is Dying by Patrick Cockburn
- Israeli Immunity for Genocide by Andrea Howard
- Palestinian Misery in Perspective by Paul De Rooij
- A Slow, Steady Genocide an interview with Tanya Reinhart
- Gaza’s Holocaust by Dr. Elias Akleh
- Genocide Hides Behind Expulsion by Adi Ophir
- The British in Palestine, A Conveniently Forgotten Holocaust by Robert Fisk
- European Collusion in Israel’s Slow Genocide by Omar Barghouti
- Genocide in Gaza by Ilan Pappe
- Genocide Among Us by Curtis F. J. Doebbler
- Bleaching the Attrocities of Genocide by Kim Petersen
- The Rape of Palestine by William A. Cook
- Israel Plots Another Palestinian Exodus by Jonathan Cook
- Slow Motion Ethnic Cleansing by Uri Avnery
- Disappearing Palestine by Jonathan Cook
- The Problem With Israel by Jeff Halper
- Gaza in Crisis by Noam Chomsky and Ilan Pappe
- Drying Out the Palestinians
- Israel’s Latest Assault on Gaza by Norman Finkelstein
- To Gaza I Did Not Go by Gideon Levy
- Gaza, the World’s Largest Open-Air Prison by Noam Chomsky
- The Most Humane Little Checkpoint by Amira Hass
- BDS: Winning Justice for the Palestinian People
- Why Boycott Israeli Universities?
- The Necessity of Cultural Boycott by Ilan Pappe
- Companies Supporting Israeli Occupation
- Two-State Illusion by Ian S. Lustick
- Relative Humanity: The Essential Obstacle to a One-State Solution by Omar Barghouti
- Where Now For Palestine? by Jamil Hilal
via The Huffington Post / human rights abuses committed by the Golani Brigade
The Strauss Group is well known for its vigorous support of the Israeli Army. A statement on their website read:
Our connection with soldiers goes as far back as the country, and even further. We see a mission and need to continue to provide our soldiers with support, to enhance their quality of life and service conditions, and sweeten their special moments. We have adopted the Golani reconnaissance platoon for over 30 years and provide them with an ongoing variety of food products for their training or missions, and provide personal care packages for each soldier that completes the path. We have also adopted the Southern Shualei Shimshon troops from the Givati platoon with the goal of improving their service conditions and being there at the front to spoil them with our best products.