[Marxism] # Re: A response to Blankfort's hatchet job on Chomsky

Ralph Johansen mdriscollrj at charter.net
Tue Jul 27 20:14:03 MDT 2010

  Manuel Barrera wrote:

I am frankly baffled by this seeming nuance; that one should not 
"boycott Israel", but promote divestment of U.S. corporations who 
support Israel. How does one not promote the oppression of the 
Palestinian people by supporting in any way for Israeli society to 
continue existing?


1/4 of Israelis are non-Jewish (mostly Arab) and there is a sizable 
Jewish contingent in Israel who oppose the present Zionist government's 
policies with respect to Palestinians, and they get a hearing to some 
extent in the Israeli and international media. One obvious problem with 
boycott is it hurts the working class most, and that includes most Arabs 
in Israel. They would be far more impacted by an effective boycott than 
by a divestment campaign against US corporations. Divestment, as was the 
case with South Africa, affects the moving parties most directly. But 
notwithstanding, if there is a viable Palestinian movement for BDS, then 
the question of support for that movement may be evaluated positively. 
But certainly, emphasis should be on divestment, as Chomsky says. Agree?

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