THE GOLDEN RULE IS THE MOST EFFECTIVE ACTION

Concerning the linked and partially quoted article below, I say be selective. Be discriminating. Discern. Distinguish between those who are for ethnic Apartheid (radical Jewish nationalism) versus those who are against it. Don't give your financial support to those who are for ethnic Apartheid, but don't starve or otherwise punish them. Don't coerce them. Let them have their say. Do to them what you would have others do to you. Warm them of their error of not following the Golden Rule. Keep to the moral high ground. Don't stoop to using their wicked methods. Your means are your ends.

Israel: Why a Cultural Boycott is Necessary

by Remi Kanazi

Global Research, June 3, 2008

At what point does rhetoric stop and effective action begin? For Palestinians, decades of dialogue and supposed peace overtures have proved fruitless, only serving to protect the status quo: sixty years of continual dispossession, forty years of occupation, and a systematic repudiation of international and humanitarian law. The situation for Palestinians will not improve without constructive movement forward—which rejects collusion with the Israeli government by exercising boycott, divestment and sanctions (known as BDS).

During the 1980's, BDS of South Africa included a cultural boycott whereby musicians and artists from around the world were prohibited from performing in the apartheid state.

In addition to internationally supporting the subjugated black population, this policy was instituted to express that no real dialogue—economic, academic, or cultural—could take place in concert with the atrocities of apartheid. With regard to Israel, the implementation of international BDS is but one necessary measure to shift the balance away from the oppressor and help place it in the hands of the oppressed.
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After traveling to the occupied Palestinian territories, a host of individuals have asserted that Israeli occupation is in fact worse than South African apartheid. Among these people are highly esteemed anti-apartheid advocate Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Jewish South African Minister of Intelligence Ronnie Kasrils. In an effort to pressure Israel to abort its destructive policies, both argue that the international community should impose a boycott on Israel, analogous to the one imposed on South Africa.
...There are countless other stories of hip hop artists, theater groups, and debke troupes not being able to travel to the West Bank from Gaza, and vice versa, never mind exiting the prison walls of the Occupied Territories. Moreover, one cannot downplay the multitude of instances where Palestinians—using means of non-violent protest—have been arrested, beaten, or shot by Israeli soldiers.
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Furthermore, those in a position to boycott must recognize the effects of Israel's policies on the 1.3 million Palestinian citizens of Israel who have become relegated to third class status and have seen their own art and film community attacked by Israel's discriminatory legal system.
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Tutu once declared, "If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor."

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