I have a short piece on the ethics of boycotting settlement businesses over at Norman Finkelstein’s site.

In the absence of a mass Palestinian movement, substantially reversing Israel’s policies is impossible; while in the absence of representative Palestinian organisations, it is difficult to establish whether Palestinian workers support boycotts at the price of their jobs. The lack of potential compensatory gain on the one hand, and the lack of authoritative Palestinian legitimisation on the other, mean that, at this point, boycotts that lead to Palestinian unemployment cannot be defended. Resolving the dilemmas involved must await the emergence of a representative Palestinian leadership.

You can read the rest here.


  1. It’s a great piece. Very substantial and should be widely read. I hope lots of people read it.



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