Guardian: People of conscience, Palestinians ask you to boycott Israel

Inspired by the South African anti-apartheid struggle, the nonviolent BDS movement needs your support, writes BDS co-founder Omar Barghouti


Guardian: Toni Morrison wrote in her novel Beloved, “Definitions belong to the definers, not the defined.” Palestinians have learned the hard way that unless we clearly define ourselves, our oppression, and our aspirations, the hegemonic oppressor will do it, erasing our history and subjugating our future.

Sometimes our definitions emerge when unexpected. Three days ago, following a nearby Israeli airstrike targeting a residential neighborhood in Gaza city that shook their building, my friend’s young daughter ran terrified to her mother’s arms shivering. She asked, “I want to be courageous, mama, but I don’t know how when death is so near?” Her question itself, during a televised massacredefines courage. Palestinians are shattering our fear every day and hoping, and working to ensure, that this courage inspires millions to speak out and act in an effective way to end complicity in Israel’s oppression.

The current Israeli war against Palestinians – in Gaza, Jerusalem, Lydd, Acre, Haifa and elsewhere – and the Palestinian resistance evoke multiple definitions. Conflict, apartheid, resistance, retaliation, self-defense, ethical journalism, co-existence, and justice are among the definitions that are hotly contested. Sometimes the debate itself is used to justify an immoral both-sides-ing that stymies indignation and the duty to act.

To remind the world of this duty, and to protest Israel’s horrific attacks, part of what many Palestinians define as an ongoing Nakba, Palestinians everywhere observed a general strike on Tuesday. Through it, we asserted our unity as an Indigenous people with an overarching quest for liberation, and reiterated our appeal for meaningful international solidarity, especially in the form of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS).

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  1. There is no ‘Red Line’ for the Zionist Apartheid Talmudic-Supremacist TERROR State of Israel! They use Assassinations and ‘False Flag’ attacks to advance their Demonic UNDERTAKING of ‘Ethnic Cleansing of PALESTINE’, while the Leaders of the Governments of the World and the ‘UN’ all are paralyzed by ‘FEAR” for getting called an ‘Anti-Semite’! I would ware that label with PRIDE and Flaunt it, show it for ALL to see, that I am an Honest, Decent Loving Individual who, Stands for the TRUTH, and cares for His/Her Fellow Men, Women and Children! Try to be an “MENSCH’ be an ‘ANTI-SEMITE”! Be PROUD of that Glorious TITLE! AMEN! I Imre ‘James’ Tihanyi am a PROUD Anti-Semite!

  2. The war with Iran is around the corner, US has deployed aircraft carrier to the PG. Even Israel is starting to bomb certain targets in Iran, using US EW from ships and neighboring countries. The time has come – I think – for “to be or not to be”. This can start well for US but end bad or vice versa. Israel, being the villain will do its utmost to kill, destroy and maim and it will be hit very badly too. It will be like a bad dream for the world which is already bearing the brunt of the pandemic – China and Russia will not be far behind.

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