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What Does a Jew Want?On Binationalism and Other Specters$
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Udi Aloni

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780231157599

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231157599.001.0001

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Why We Support Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions

Why We Support Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions

(p.19) Why We Support Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions
What Does a Jew Want?

Aloni Udi

Columbia University Press

This chapter discusses the Israeli public's support for the movement called Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions against Israel (BDS). BDS has moved from the circles of the radical Western left to the circles of the bourgeois center, and is also gaining ground among Israel-loving Jews. This shift is taking place against the backdrop of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict and the local strain of apartheid policy nurtured by Israel. Human rights violations are the main reason why many Jews all over the world have joined the BDS campaign, a key issue for those who are trying to prevent violence against Israel while simultaneously countering its arrogant and aggressive policies against the Palestinians living under its rule. The rest of this chapter considers the BDS's policy of nonviolent resistance based on three basic principles: an immediate end of the Occupation, full equality to all Palestinian citizens of the state of Israel, and legal and moral recognition of the Palestinian refugees' right of return.

Keywords:   violence, Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions against Israel, Jews, Israel, Palestine, human rights violations, nonviolent resistance, Israeli–Palestinian conflict

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