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The Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement

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  • Strongly Liberal
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    A Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement was started back in 2005 by coalition of Palestine-based social and economic organizations.

    It was a movement that seemed hopeless at first because Israel has support from all over the world from both Jewish Zionists and Christian Zionists groups, especially those in America. In fact, in Europe and North America the belief in modern Israel and the Jews “right of return” was accepted as valid and legitimate beyond question.

    In addition, the Jewish Anti-Defamation League, along with all the American Pro-Zionist lobbying groups and PACs such as "Z Street"; the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA); the pro-Israeli front group Stand With Us; the American Israel Education Foundation; The Israel Project (TIP); and of course the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), are the reason Israel has been supported by the U.S. to the tune of $3 Billion per year.

    That’s why the Palestinian BDS movement seemed hopeless, at first. But, due to a lot of hard work and efforts to educate and inform the Western world, not only about the plight of the Palestinians but also of the actual history of the area from Palestine in 1917 to what it is today, their movement has gained traction.

    The BDS movement has spent a lot of time since 2005 to coordinate efforts to convince private-sector consumers, businesses, academics and artists to boycott the State of Israel with the goal of stopping its expansionist colonial activities and its violation of U.N. resolutions. And those efforts have steadily begun to pay off, and more and more people have become aware of the reality (as opposed to Zionist propaganda and spin).

    While Zionists have been doing everything they could to control the narrative and spread their historical interpretation of events from World War I and the Balfour Declaration to the creation of Israel in 1948 to the present, the truth has come out and it is spreading.

    For example, articles like The Palestinian Conflict and Zion vs Zionism reveal the history of the conflict since 1917, and the actual meaning of the prophecies in the Hebrew Bible (Tanakh).

    Such truth is what the world needs to know, because while boycotts are helping and will help considerably, they are not enough. While exposing the Israeli government's iniquity and defiance is also helping, that is not enough. And while exposing the growing theocratic influence of Orthodox Jewish extremists is perhaps helping even more, that is not enough either.

    What will also help, perhaps even more, is when the "scriptural justification" for Zionism is exposed as wrong -- because it is based on an erroneous, misguided interpretation of prophecies in the Hebrew Bible.

    Nowhere in the Hebrew Bible does it say that Jewish people from Europe, America and elsewhere would be able to take land and property away from Palestinians and make millions of them refugees, as was allowed by the U.S. and the U.N. in 1948.

    What the Hebrew Bible (O.T.) does say is part of what has happened, that Jewish people from different places in the world would be able to return to Jerusalem and surrounding areas -- but there is no kind of mandate in scriptures that justifies what happened in 1948 or what has been happening ever since based on the phony idea of a "right of return," which is what gave rise to Zionism.

    There is no "right of return." The prophecies say that during the lifetime of the modern Messiah Jews would be able to go back the homeland of their ancestors and even become leaders in Jerusalem. That has come to pass. But it was and is wrong to assume that it would be or had to be at the expense of and to the detriment of the people who have had been living there for countless generations (like the Palestinians).

    The modern Messiah says Israel's iniquity will not be pardoned until she repents and makes amends.

    And I believe it.
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  • Center Left
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    Guy,
    I appreciate this post. I have long been on the side of the Palestinians. I have nothing against the Jews but I do feel that the have been too aggressive in expansion onto Palestinian land. They fight their battles with US weapons bought with US funds. I enjoyed your post.
  • Strongly Liberal
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    TJ Wrote: Guy,
    I appreciate this post. I have long been on the side of the Palestinians. I have nothing against the Jews but I do feel that the have been too aggressive in expansion onto Palestinian land. They fight their battles with US weapons bought with US funds. I enjoyed your post.
    Thanks, Tony.

    Yes, the problem is not the Jews, because like any other people or segment of humanity, most are good and serve in the best interests of humanity. But the problem in Israel, as in other places in the world, is the ones who think they are superior because of their religion or race or culture or wealth, etc.

    To me, Zionism is merely one of the many indicators of how and why religion is distorted and used to justify wrongdoing, and it is also an indicator of how and why some governments think that military might and the use of force is absolutely necessary, and that they must use it or the threat of it to gain and maintain superiority.

    In my view, the dependence on use of police and military force is an indicator of a government that lacks reasonable, moral, ethical, fair leadership -- because might does not make right, and two wrongs don't make a right.