Ali Abunimah

With their call for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS), Palestinians are seeking global solidarity in their struggle for an end to Israeli occupation and apartheid, and respect for universal human rights for all people. It’s a struggle that has been endorsed across Palestinian civil society, in many countries around the world and by a small but growing number of courageous Israelis who understand that international solidarity and action is the best way to support their own struggle for justice from within. By passing a boycott initiative banning Israeli goods from its shelves until Israel respects human rights, the Port Townsend Food Co-Op would show that even a small number of people in a small town are far from powerless on the world stage. It was just such actions across the world that helped end apartheid in South Africa. I hope the people of Port Townsend will be able to look back a few years from now and say that when they were called upon to act for human rights, justice and equality, they did so, and that their example encouraged many others to do the same.

Ali Abunimah, co-founder of the Electronic Intifada

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