“Captain Israel” comic by Stand With US
Last week’s Logophere post looked at the way Israel has been targeting American Jews for not being Israeli Jews. In this post we want to examine what looks like Israel working with – i.e., funding – pro-Israeli American Jews who subject American citizens to SLAPP suits in order to discourage or prohibit Americans from participating in BDS actions – boycott, divestment, and sanctions of Israel and its goods.
The new BDS movement
You may recall the BDS movement. This was the strategy that worked so effectively to end South African apartheid. Twenty years later it is Israel that has won the Monsanto Pariah Award, and BDS is being brought out of retirement and turned loose on Israel.
The Israel BDS movement has three objectives: 1) ending Israel’s occupation of Palestinian lands, including dismantling the separation barrier, 2) insuring equality for Palestinian citizens of Israel, and 3) insuring the right of return for Palestinian refugees. To meet these goals, the BDS movement advocates boycotting Israeli products and services, divesting ownership of stocks from companies profiting from the occupation, and calling for government sanctions against Israel. More info.
As Israel cements its pariah status with continued self-serving lies, violence, and deceit, the BDS movement can only gain momentum. As with the South Africa boycott, BDS gets its best traction in the US on campuses and local co-operatives, both of which have more than your average density of conscientious people.
Which brings us to the Olympia Food Co-op in Olympia, Washington.