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Main Zionism Boycotts Page European comment: boycotts and Nazis The Anti Israel Academic Boycott Divestment Initiatives
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This is ADL's case against divestment. What ADL fails to say in so many words is that divestment is aimed at destroying Israel and denying self-determination to the Jewish people. However, the facts should be obvious from what they write:
They argue that just as the anti-apartheid campaign helped to bring down not only the South African regime but also the ideology and political morals that governed it, divestment from Israel will further the struggle against what they call an inherently racist system that needs to be abolished.
The "racist system" that needs to be "abolished" according to divestment advocates is not the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, but the Jewish state of Israel, which should become a "secular democratic state" by allowing the "return" of over four million Arab Palestinian refugees. That would create an Arab Palestinian majority in Israel, and turn it into yet another Arab country in the Middle East.
Since the outbreak of Palestinian violence in September 2000, organized campaigns have promoted the "divestment" of university, municipal, and church investment portfolios from Israeli companies and from companies that do business with Israel, as a punitive measure against Israel for its policies in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
The divestment campaign aims to emulate the 1980s campaigns against South African apartheid. Its advocates claim that the political situation in Israel, Gaza Strip and the West Bank is comparable to that which existed in South Africa. They argue that just as the anti-apartheid campaign helped to bring down not only the South African regime but also the ideology and political morals that governed it, divestment from Israel will further the struggle against what they call an inherently racist system that needs to be abolished.
Yet, despite the best efforts of activists, the divestment campaign in the U.S. has been largely unsuccessful. To date, it has failed to bring its primary targeted institutions— academic institutions, city councils and mainline protestant churches— to divest from Israel or from U.S. companies doing business with Israel.
The South African divestment campaign targeted companies who were exploiting black labor. In contrast, Israeli and Palestinian workers have both suffered enormously from the economic downturn brought about by the four years of violence and conflict. Moreover, while South African apartheid had no popular support here in America, according to public opinion polls Israel enjoys the support of the overwhelming majority of Americans and of the U.S. political leadership. Even those who are not outright supporters of Israel refuse to subscribe to the anti-Israel activists' black-and-white portrayal of the conflict or to automatically support the Palestinian cause and tactics as the boycott supporters do.
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