I don’t know enough about the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians to have an informed point of view, so I didn’t want to attempt to comment. My purpose for this post is to provide my point of view for the proposed anti “BDS” boycott legislation.
I am a black woman, desendant of enslaved Africans, born a few months after the enactment of The Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Pub.L. 88–352, 78 Stat. 241, enacted July 2, 1964). I have experience #Discrimination, #RacialProfiling, #Busing, #EducationalTracking, #Racism, etc during my lifetime.
The thought that there are people arguing for current legislation blocking the ability of the “BDS” to advocate for boycotting Isreal for me stinks of Nazi tactis and #WhitePrivilege.
For the white people of Isreal to be attempting to violently suppress and take over lands from the indigenous people of Palestine to me is testimony of their demonstrating similar racist tactics utilized during European colonization of the world the as well as Nazis ethics. Personally, I have always questioned how European countries could mandate the formation of the country, Israel, in the Middle East at all when the countries in the area where not in support. To me it spoke too much of allowing a person’s desendants to claim land that they had never set foot upon from someone who currently lived there. If the European countries were justified with this move then land in the Pacific, the Americas and the Caribbean to name a few places should immediately be turned back over to indigenous populations.
Social Protests -The modern civil rights movement grew out of a long history of social protest. In the South, any protest risked violent retaliation. Even so, between 1900 and 1950, community leaders in many Southern cities protested segregation. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the leading civil rights organization of this era, battled racism by lobbying for federal anti-lynching legislation and challenging segregation laws in court.
ACLU LETTER OPPOSING ANTI-BDS AMENDMENTS TO HOUSE STATE-FOREIGN OPERATIONS
Boycotts are an essential form of democratic protest — don’t ban them
The Two Apartheids
What are the similarities and differences between South African apartheid and the Israeli system?
Angela Davis: ‘This is the South Africa moment for the Palestinian people’ #Boycott
Renowned activist tells students at George Washington University that Palestinian BDS movement is reaching turning point
The new McCarthyism is pro-Israel: Legal groups slam NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo for creating “unconstitutional” blacklist of BDS supporters
The Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) of the US Department of the Treasury administers and enforces economic and trade sanctions based on US foreign policy and national security goals against targeted foreign countries and regimes, terrorists, international narcotics traffickers, those engaged in activities related to the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and other threats to the national security, foreign policy or economy of the United States.
Countries Sanctioned by the U.S. and Why
The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement (also known as BDS and the BDS Movement) is a global campaign attempting to increase economic and political pressure on Israel to end what it describes as violations of international law. The BDS campaign calls for “various forms of boycott against Israel until it meets its obligations under international law”. The stated goals of BDS are: the end of Israel’s occupation and settler colonization of Palestinian land and the Golan Heights, full equality for Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel, and acknowledgement of the right of return of Palestinian refugees.
Legislation Criminalizing ‘BDS’ Boycott of Palestinian Occupation Has Implications For Black Protest Movements