Saturday, February 09, 2013

Haba, Haba, Haber

Here is Jerry Haber explaining Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions from his liberal political position (JH is aka Charles Mannekin, U of Maryland:

The global BDS movement has adopted three goals (rarely mentioned by its critics):  ending the occupation and colonization of all Arab lands and dismantling the separation barrier; granting full civil rights and equality to the Arab minority within Israel; and respecting, protecting and promoting the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in U.N. resolution 194.

And he presumes to know that this is not anti-Israel.  Why?

To the claim that the BDS movement is anti-Israeli I pose the question,  “Was the BDS movement in South Africa anti-South African?” For many whites and most Afrikaaners, and the South African government at the time, the answer would have been yes. For them, apartheid was an essential part of the South African regime. Dismantle apartheid, and the country, no matter what its name, would never be the same. Yet it was possible for those who opposed apartheid to contemplate a better place for all South Africans, blacks, whites, and colored. For them the BDS movement against apartheid was not directed against the South African people but against the policies of its government.

But is there "apartheid"?


Worse, those "three" above are all anti-Israel and anti-Zionist.

"All Arab lands" is all of "Palestine".  After all, the PLO was founded before the post-1967 occupation (in truth, all Zionist activity is ipso facto "occupation" al la Arabs).

Full civil rights would mean national service by Arabs as part of the responsibility of a citizen but they reject that.

"Right of return" is the demographic weapon to destroy Israel from within, besides ignoring who started the hostilities that led to the situation of people, Jews and Arabs, having to leave their homes.

And Haber is a professor of Jewish Studies.


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