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Say NO to BDS - Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions

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The Palestinian cause has long been synonymous with violence terrorism, and Islamic fundamentalism. A new generation of pro-Palestinian activists are working to change that image. These young, eloquent speakers, educated in Western universities, are making the rounds on youth programs and on university campuses advocating their vision for Palestine. They're part of the BDS movement "The boycott, divestment, and sanctions movement" and their message is clear. "We need to boycott Israel." "No one should buy Israeli products." They invoke humanist, progressive, and socialist values. "equality, freedom, and dignity." "justice in Palestine." "a Democratic movement based on the struggle for human rights!" and aim to garner the support of students, trade unionists, and even Jewish civil rights activists. BDS is particularly vigilant against any form of Palestinian- Israeli collaboration. "The end of a collaborationist Palestinian leadership..." In January 2010, Palestinian and Israeli filmmakers joined together to produce a series of films for the 13th annual Tel Aviv University film festival. Murad Nasser is a Palestinian director. The BDS leadership quickly denounced this collaboration and imposed a Palestinian boycott. In 2008, the Palestinian and Israeli trade unions signed a historic cooperation agreement. Shaher Saeed, General Secretary of the Palestinian Trade Union, praised the agreement for promoting the rights of Palestinian workers. BDS leadership, however, was outraged. Saeed was promptly forced to retract his statements, and denounce any possible cooperation. Palestinian Al Quds university, signed a statement of academic collaboration with Israel's Hebrew University, committing to a pursuit of knowledge through cooperation rather than boycotts. Al Quds University president Sari Nusseibeh explains "It is very important, in fact, to create tolerance, "pluralism, the ability to listen to the other, and this can be done through this kind of education." Yet last year, under pressure from the BDS movement, the university's board severed all ties with Israeli academic institutions. "Maybe, the only way to get that peace is through having cooperation." "It's extremely important, an institution of boycott of Israeli academic and cultural institutions." Incidentally, Omar is a student at Tel Aviv University. The moderates; Israelis, Palestinians, doctors, academics, artists, and peace activists, are, in fact, the principal victims of this self labeled progressive social movement. What is it about Israeli- Palestinian collaboration that so threatens BDS? Moderates have been working towards a peaceful solution to the conflict since the 90's under the guidelines of the widely accepted two state solution. "The only resolution is for the aspirations of both sides" "to be met" "through two states where Israelis and Palestinians each live" "in peace and security." "A two state solution" "Now that's the only solution to this issue." "Two states, where Israelis and Palestinians each live "in peace and security." "I clearly do not buy into the two state solution" "I clearly do not buy into the two state solution" "The two state solution" "is typically expressed" "as nothing more than a last ditch plan to save Zionism." "So BDS isn't about peaceful coexistence" "or ending the occupation," "If the occupation ends, lets say," "would that end your call for BDS? No it wouldn't." No. BDS moves beyond ending the occupation to place demands on what they term"The Right of Return." the relocation of millions of Palestinians from around the world into Israel. "This is the most basic fundamental right that we cannot negotiate" "This is something that we cannot compromise on." "The right of return would extinguish Israel as a Jewish state" "and that's not an option." This implication is not lost on Barghouti. "If the refugees were to return we would not have a two state solution" "We will have a Palestine next to a Palestine." "Rather than a Palestine next to Israel." "Yes, the one state solution means the end of Zionism" Or as BDS activist Ronnie Kasrils puts it, "BDS will help bring about the defeat of Zionist Israel and victory for Palestine." These figments, irrevocably shatter the veneer of progressive, liberal language to reveal the true nature of BDS, A venomous, deceitful, anti-peace, anti-coexistence movement that will settle for nothing short of the annihilation of the Jewish State.

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Duration: 5 minutes and 51 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
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Posted by: roys on Nov 27, 2012

Say NO to BDS - Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions

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