Category Solidarity movement

THE PARAMETERS OF MAINSTREAM DEBATE (IV)

[[Are you a Zionist in believing that Israel has the right to exist?]] Yes, Israel does have the right to exist and there has to be a two-state solution . . . I support the right of the State of Israel to exist . . . I do want there to be a long term […]

Boycotting Palestinian workers: update

I have written before about the ethics of boycotting settlement businesses that employ Palestinians. Data from a recent UNCTAD report ought to give advocates of such boycotts pause: In 2015, nearly 12 per cent of employed Palestinians worked in Israel and in settlements . . . Employment in Israel and Israeli settlements accounted for 16 per cent […]

THE POLITICS OF ISRAEL’S ‘EXISTENTIAL THREATS’

Moshe Ya’alon, then-Israeli defence minister (February 2016): Israeli defense minister Moshe Ya’alon told defense officials attending the Munich global security conference this weekend that Iran is the ‘biggest generator of terrorism in the world’, and saying that the recently implemented nuclear deal with Iran posed an ‘existential threat’ to Israel. Moshe Ya’alon, now out of […]

THE ‘ANTISEMITISM’ SMEAR CAMPAIGN AGAINST MALIA BOUATTIA

I have a piece up at openDemocracy pushing back against the thuggish smear campaign against new NUS president Malia Bouattia. One of the most inspiring aspects of Bernie Sanders’s campaign for the Democratic Party nomination has been the level of support he has attracted from Arab and Muslim Americans. The New York primary may have ended […]

LOSE-LOSE DEBATES

Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and Gaza is approaching its half-century. Gaza has been under brutal siege for nearly a decade; life there has become almost unbearable. Palestinians’ human rights are being systematically violated with impunity. The International Court of Justice’s finding that (inter alia) the settlements are illegal was published more than a decade ago, and remains to […]

ON BOYCOTTING PALESTINIAN WORKERS

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. […]

WHAT RESONATES

Some years back I argued in Mondoweiss that the case for Palestine ought to be made on the basis of justice rather than national interest. This position received empirical support in a November 2015 U.S. poll, which found that respondents’ concerns about Israel-Palestine were principally related to ‘human rights or international law’ rather than ‘America’s interests’. This was particularly true of […]