In a sometimes heated meeting on September 21st, the board of directors rejected the proposed boycott of Israel on the grounds of it being inconsistent with co-op policy. In doing so, they brushed aside the petition by 361 members, and can probably expect to hear from many of them.
So, do we stop our effort? NO WAY!
We’re already working on our next BDS activity.
Meanwhile, watch Linda Frank and Kit Kittredge being interviewed about what brought them to this issue. They’re speaking on PTTV with interviewer Jim Rough, who later facilitated a panel discussion.
Scroll all the way down to the bottom of this story. What do you see?
With bullhorns and flags and block-letter signs, Gaza farmers ask that we boycott Israel so they can go back to their farms and houses, and no longer suffer attacks.
Los Angeles Launches Nation’s First Israel Divestment Campaign also has a link to an interview with Jonathan Ben Artzi, an Israeli peace activist who is also Netanyahu’s nephew, from the Christian Science Monitor. Mr. Ben Artzi supports the BDS campaign. It is a particular joy to see the endorsements page grow.
Kit Kittredge came back from Gaza with a great deal of children’s art. And she shares! Watch this site for 15 additional works by children who are trying to come to terms with being alive – and in Gaza – and growing up in the sights of warplanes.
Then take action. We can’t help those kids soon enough, but we sure can try.
One of the greatest services that boycotting does to a community is opening up the conversation inside it – this is an effect we see again and again as group after group speaks up against the occupation and the apartheid involved in it.
The latest group to join the boycott (albeit in a limited way, banning only the illegal Jewish settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories on the West Bank of the Jordan River) is a contingent of stars and performers, who join to support the Israeli theater artists who refuse to perform in the newly-constructed Ariel Culture Hall.
Who’s boycotting and way? Read all about it!
Added on 9 September: Theodor Bikel wrote a wonderful piece about the implications of performing in the Occupied Territories.
Haaretz finance and business writer Nehemia Shtrasler knows what’s up: “The sums involved are not large, but their international significance is huge. Boycotts by governments gives a boost to boycotts by non-government bodies around the world.”
In his piece in Israel’s paper of record, Shtrasler grapples with the reality of the unthinkable: Israel losing its free pass.
BDS, though not huge in dollar terms, has been a giant step forwards because the very discussion Shtrasler engages in was impossible even a few months ago. BDS gets the system moving. And the mention of “a chain in Washington” is most gratifying. You rock, OlympiaBDS!
BDS will help bring health, liberty, dignity, and safety for Palestine. Who are we doing it for?
And we’re in great company! Here’s CODEPINK, always outrageous fun, this time rocking it in Gaza, in a playground raising:
Every one of those kids is as valuable and worthwhile as their counterparts, anywhere in the world. So we’ll BDS and rock on, until these kids have a fair shake at NOT going to bed hungry due to a siege.