Dr. Neve Gordon, political science lecturer, Ben-Gurion University, Israel:

3.5 million Palestinians and almost half a million Jews live in the areas Israel occupied in 1967, and yet while these two groups live in the same area, they are subjected to totally different legal systems. The Palestinians are stateless and lack many of the most basic human rights. By sharp contrast, all Jews - whether they live in the occupied territories or in Israel - are citizens of the state of Israel.

It is indeed not a simple matter for me as an Israeli citizen to call to suspend cooperation with Israel. The words and condemnations from the Obama administration and the European Union have yielded no results, not even a settlement freeze, let alone a decision to withdraw from the occupied territories.

Los Angeles Times op-ed, August 21, 2009.

He called Israel an "apartheid state" and said that Israel should be boycotted. He was met by the label "anti-Semitic." His university in Israel is being threatened with a funding cutoff by some Jews in America.

Well, the only thing is that everything in the quote above is true. What part isn't true? Everyone knows it's true. Obviously, the Israelis and American Likudniks are having a very difficult time following Frank Luntz's secret, leaked advice to them to stop denying the obvious, that it only makes those Likudniks look stupid.

As for boycotts, the Israelis are mulling over boycotting Swedish goods over allegations by Palestinians that Israel may be harvesting body parts from Palestinians they murder for that purpose. [UPDATE: Israelis are signing an online petition to boycott IKEA, which is a Swedish furniture retailer.] See my post from yesterday: CIA AND IDF MONSTERS FOR HIRE?

The whole affair is so sad. Why did any Jews ever want to return to Palestine only to use terrorism to ethnically clean the area of Arabs so those Jews could takeover? It was so wrong. Anyone who doesn't think so is sick. That's a fact.

What's the Christian position on economic boycotts? Everyone is free to buy or not to buy from whomever. It is up to the individual to decide as guided by the Holy Spirit. If the decision is to punish, it's not Christian.

No Christian for instance is under obligation to buy pornography just because some pornographer would be less well off financially.

Should the world starve the Israelis into submission? They would do that to others. In fact, many Iraqis, mostly children, perhaps as many as 500 thousand by some accounts, died on account of the Food for Oil economic sanctions against Iraq, which sanctions were supported by the Israeli government. The Israeli government right now believes that Iran should be cutoff, blockaded from trade including in food. Nevertheless, the world should not do to Israel what Israel is willing and desirous to do to others. It's not Christian.

Can a person stop buying Israeli goods from rightwing Israeli businesses? Yes they can, not to punish or to starve or the like but to disassociate.

By the way, the Wikipedia statement as follows:

Under 1977 amendments to the Export Administration Act (EAA), it is illegal for US citizens to participate in boycotts imposed by foreign countries that are not sanctioned by the United States. Accordingly, the Arab League boycott of Israel is illegal for U.S. citizens.[2]

is incorrect, as the amendment is unconstitutional. Anyone in the United States is free to buy or not to buy from any "legal" company anywhere in the world as his or her conscience sees fit. The United States can stop someone from buying illegal goods, but it cannot force the purchase of legal goods based solely upon the country of origin. If you don't want to buy French wine, no one can make you regardless of whether any other nation boycotts French wine or not. The same holds for Israeli goods.

If you don't want to buy Israeli goods for religious reasons, there is nothing the U.S. federal government can do to legally force you or to punish you for not doing so. Don't listen to fascist interpretations of the Bill of Rights.

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    Employment: 2008 - present, website developer and writer. 2015 - present, insurance broker. Education: Arizona State University, Bachelor of Science in Political Science. City University of Seattle, graduate studies in Public Administration. Volunteerism: 2007 - present, president of the Real Liberal Christian Church and Christian Commons Project.
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