Israeli prime minister Netanyahu’s October 20 speech claiming that Hitler had not planned to exterminate Jews until a prominent Palestinian cleric pressured him to do so, while outrageous, is consistent with the longstanding narrative of the right-wing government and its U.S. supporters.
Israeli apartheid will not end voluntarily. Concerted, widespread, sustained nonviolent pressure that is anchored in international law and universal principles of human rights is needed.
By stalling while deepening the occupation, successive Israeli leaders have dragged Israelis and Palestinians into a dance of death.
The tactic of boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS) has been used for years to pressure U.S. companies to stop illegally profiting from foreign occupations. In the case of the Israeli occupation, however, supporters of the Israeli occupation and the right-wing Israeli government have mounted a strong counter-attack.
Rivlin said, “For me, our right to this land is not a matter of political debate. It is a basic fact of modern Zionism."
The sole mechanism left to ensure justice for Palestine is the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel. Sanctions brought down the apartheid regime of South Africa. And they are what will bring down the apartheid regime of Israel. BDS is nonviolent. It appeals to conscience. And it works.
One year after Operation Protective Edge, a group of 30 women are fasting for the next 50 days to pressure Prime Minister Netanyahu to return to negotiations.
While Israelis water their lawns and swim in Olympic-sized pools, Palestinians a few kilometers away are literally dying of thirst.
The Facebook page serves as an online tool to help Israel present a more positive and “benevolent” image of Israel’s control of the occupied territories.