Sunday 29 November will be International Day of Solidarity with Palestinians. The UN have marked this date since 1977! But it is not an anniversary we can celebrate.
Palestinians are not only facing extreme restrictions on their freedoms but fear for themselves and their loved ones. According the UN, during October 69 Palestinians were killed and 7,392 injured. During the same month 8 Israelis were killed and 115 injured. All of these deaths are a tragedy.
Campaigners want to support boycott, divestment and sanctions but I do not. Also the Corbynistas who use the plight of the Palestinians for their own twisted agenda, are claiming that the Conservatives are forcing councils to ignore our collective obligations under international law and remain complicit in the ongoing occupation of Palestine. You see, the left insist that sanctions on Iran affect the most vulnerable and will say that sanctions on Iraq affected the most vulnerable but they insist that sanctions on Israel won’t hurt the people they claim to support and can not see the glaring contradiction in their position.
But when it comes down to it, the BDS movement is a lot of nonsense and I’ll leave it to Norman Finkelstien to say it how it is.