The Case For Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions

No, this isn't a War Diary.  So you can feel free to read on.

If anything, this is a Peace Diary.  Because it explains how you can help to be a force for Peace, Human Rights, and Dignity for an oppressed People who have been forced to live as stateless persons for almost 70 years.

This diary lays out the case for the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement which has the goal of forcing Israel to end its Apartheid practices, negotiate in good faith with the Palestinian People, and bring an end to the status-quo situation which permits the continuing theft of Palestinian land and resources by the occupier of those people.

Since the start of the current massacre, I have seen lots of people asking “How can I help?”  Of course, helping with the current Humanitarian Crisis should be done through the International Committee of the Red Cross, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, and/or the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East.  Good, honest, and hard-working groups are these.

The most immediate and pressing need is to alleviate the suffering of the Palestinians who have been bombed, rocketed, and shelled out of their homes, refugee camps, and UN-designated shelters.  The attackers have destroyed hospitals, UN facilities, the one (inadequate) power station in Gaza, water treatment facilities, sewage treatment facilities, and anything else which would give the ordinary Palestinian living in Gaza the most basic needs of human life.

And, given time and enough money from everybody else in the world, these facilities will likely be restored some day.  Until the next time Netanyahu needs to whip up fear and nationalism in the Israeli people and blows all that new infrastructure to smithereens again.



BUT!

There is a peaceful way to help prevent such a disaster from happening yet a fourth (fifth?) time.  Let's explore that idea together in the next part of this.