March 3, 2016
Author: Tyler Levitan
Re: Boycotting Israel Doesn’t Help Palestinians, Feb. 25
Terry Glavin resorts to name-calling in an effort to disparage those who advocate for the human rights of Palestinians. We should strive for more civility than that.
The BDS movement began in 2005, following a ruling by the International Court of Justice that Israel’s separation barrier jutting through occupied Palestinian territory was illegal. Since the international community has failed to place pressure on Israel to refrain from demolishing tens of thousands of Palestinians’ homes, uprooting hundreds of thousands of Palestinians’ olive trees and appropriating Palestinians’ lands and resources, more than 170 Palestinian civil society organizations banded together to request that non-violent tactics of boycotts and divestment be used until Israel respects Palestinians’ rights.
Demanding that Palestinians’ rights be recognized isn’t a call to “destroy Israel” but a call to transform it from being a discriminatory and expansionist state into a state that abides by international law and respects the human rights of Palestinians.
Tyler Levitan, campaigns co-ordinator for Independent Jewish Voices Canada, Ottawa