A new Jewish voice for BDS
Now is the time for Jews to embrace the campaign for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS).
So argues Robert Cohen in his blog, Micah’s Paradigm Shift, explaining his own shift away from Zionism and towards embracing the campaign for Palestinian rights.
“The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign has the advantage of being led by a broad, representative, cross-section of Palestinian society. It is not the strategy of a narrow, unelected elite. It is peaceful and it is pro-active, putting Palestinians, and the international solidarity movement, on the front foot while raising awareness and education in the process,” Cohen writes.
He argues that BDS has no need to ‘delegitimise’ Israel or Israelis, as is often alleged. It is a campaign that “takes us to the heart of the conflict, not simply an argument about real estate, but a campaign for human rights.”
At the same time, Cohen says, achieving the peaceful goals of BDS will “call[s] into question the entire Zionist project since Theodor Herzl and will demand a monumental change in mainstream Jewish thinking.”
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