The boycott is earmarked for November 26, and is aimed specifically at Israeli goods
, but it is doubtful if it will stop there.
This is a sensitive subject, to put it midly, but not quite as sensitive as it used to be. At one time, Americans in particular were terrified of being branded anti-Semitic. The Jewish Gestapo known as the ADL routinely branded and continues to brand 15% or more of all Americans anti-Semitic to some degree
, but even American goyim
aren't so dumb they can be fooled all the time, as Abraham Lincoln noted. Not only has the ADL attempted both to justify the Gaza Massacre and whitewash the Flotilla Massacre but it has been attempting to censor the Internet
Censorship has long been second nature to International Zionism and its apologists, as have boycotts and every other dirty trick in the book. Now though, the boot is on the other foot because Kosher Red Riding Hood has been caught with her hand in the heimische pickle jar up to her elbow once too often, and Israel is equated daily with the old Apartheid régime in South Africa. The comparison though is invidious, because under Apartheid black kids were not routinely shot and killed by white soldiers, as happens regularly in Gaza
. Nor did they dynamite black homes.
Having said all that, is a boycott the right way to deal with this looming crisis? The charity War on Want seems to think so, and has even published a report on in called Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions
. What though has boycotting Israel or anywhere to do with a war on want? Well, according to its About Us page
"We campaign for human rights and against the root causes of global poverty, inequality and injustice."
So War on Want is not really a charity but a not-for-profit lobbying group, glad we sorted that out. In its pamphlet PROFITS OUT OF POVERTY? British banks and Latin America's debt crisis
, it argues that "It is essential that the transfer of wealth from the developing countries to the advanced industrial countries is stopped". This is pure socialist rhetoric, and if ever such a transfer existed, which is doubtful, it ended long ago.
The latest wheeze of the boycott campaign is to show Israel the red card
, which sounds suspiciously like a re-run of the John Terry affair
on the international stage.
So what is to be done? Firstly, all the missiles have to stop, both ways. Yes, we know the Palestinians are the underdogs, and that they are living under an occupation, but...and this is something that all champions of the oppressed (real and imagined) seem always to miss...however poor, exploited and downtrodden a people or a class, they can somehow always afford to buy guns, or in this case missiles. Every gangsta from da hood can find the wherewithal for a gun; the IRA, fighting for the rights of oppressed
Catholics in Northern Ireland were never short of semtex or Armalite rifles, and by the same token, Palestinian kids may be malnourished, but Hamas and others can afford missiles and other weapons.
Secondly, as Haaretz
columnist Gideon Levy
told BBC Television today, the Israeli Government must recognise Hamas and do business with it.
Let's put aside all this misguided rhetoric about Apartheid for the moment. In his 1966 book Bondage Of The Free
, Kent Steffgen pointed out that at that time, American blacks owned 4.5 million automobiles - almost one in every four persons - while in the predominantly white Soviet Union there was one car for every 350 people. For that and for many other reasons, it was better to be a black man in even the Deep South of America than a white man in Mother Russia.
Most people, be they Palestinian, Israeli, Arab, Jew or Gentile, will be satisfied with a better standard of living, freedom from arbitrary government, and being able to walk down the street without being shot or bombed. We don't need laws compelling us to live with each other, racial quotas, anti-discrimination laws, or anything else of that nature.
Gaza has a coast, but no meaningful natural resources or industry in the proper sense of the word, and in recent years has suffered serious damage to what little infrastructure it has. So what is to be done?
The one man who can stop a repetition of Operation Cast Lead is Barack Obama, but his pronouncements so far have been disappointing. If he had not yet been re-elected, one would have expected him to be coy about this issue
, but now that he has another four years in the White House, he should take a more bullish line with the war criminal Netanyahu. He is not able to exert such pressure on the so-called militants who are firing missiles into Israel, but these people may just take the hint and stop if they see the US acting in a positive manner. As usual, the death toll
on the Palestinian side far outweighs that on the Israeli side.
At the end of the day though, the blockade of Gaza must be lifted, and the way to bring this about is not by a counter-blockade but by pressure on our own governments, especially the governments of the US and the UK. The lobby we are all supposed to pretend does not really exist is still there, but it is by no means as powerful as it once was, because among things it has increasingly lost the bedrock of American Jewish support that it could once take for granted, as Norman Finkelstein
has pointed out consistently over the past few years .