Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Israel deals with Boycott, divest and shame
Once again the Palestine Israel situation has taken another twist. I have put many words towards this relationship and still I feel as though it would be more comforting to just smash my head against a brick wall. The fact of the matter is that human right violations are a reality and both sides have acted shamefully. There is no one side that is more guilty or less guilty. A crime is a crime is a crime no matter who has done the act. What needs to be done is for both sides to stand up and acknowledge the reality of their actions. It is time for both to show true leadership and be accountable for their actions. No more of this garbage of saying that there are far worse acts of criminality to focus on. That statement only supports the knowledge of your criminality and the continued use of such tactics. It is utter hypocrisy to use such a statement while calling for peace at the same time. Each of us knows that organizations are fraught with members that are regrettable. In the founding statements of the Boycott, Divest and Shame movement, the analogy of Apartheid is made. It was a great moment when the system of Apartheid was ended. It will be an even greater moment when we defeat the hatred that is stopping peace in the Middle East. However, we are in a situation where hypocrisy is rampant. The Boycott, Divest and Shame movement speaks of peace yet have members who are not peaceful. It is that simple. We are in a spiral of hatred that is growing due to hypocrisy. Speak against Israel and you are an anti-semite, speak against Palestine and you are a Zionist. Well for the record I am in favour of peace and will call out those that act with complete disregard for peace. In this case of Israel and Palestine neither one can stand up and say they have acted with honour. Each have used every tool at their disposal to destroy each other. Both have engaged in grand hypocrisy to the point where nothing is to be believed that is said or argued. In short – neither has a leg to stand on when it comes to justification of their actions. The only actions that needs to take place now is to put the entire region under international guardianship, completely disarm the entire region, and then let the talks begin. I am not interested in how long this will take because the time factor will be as long as it has to be. If you are serious about peace you will see the need for such a process.