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Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions [Paperback]

Omar Barghouti
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26 May 2011
From ''Operation Cast Lead'' to the recent assault on the Gaza flotilla, both the severity and the notoriety of Israel's many human rights abuses have begun to seep into the public consciousness and convince a growing international audience of the apartheid nature of Israel as a Jewish state. Boycott, divestment and sanctions efforts (BDS) helped topple South Africa's brutal apartheid regime. In this timely collection, Palestinian writer Omar Barghouti makes the case for a renewed campaign to force the state of Israel to uphold international law and universal human rights.

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  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: HAYMARKET BOOKS (26 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608461149
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608461141
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 12.5 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 377,584 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Decent but repetative 23 Sep 2013
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This is an informative look at the aims of BDS and the progress of the movement. I reckon it's readable for all sides of the debate since at its core it's a call for human rights. Well worth a look.
It does have one small issue though; the book is structured as a collection of essays and articles published in various times and places. This means that some of the background information is repeated in every chapter before anything new is said. This slows the book down a bit but I personally don't think it drags too much.
Overall, worth reading.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars clear, intelligent and compelling 16 Oct 2012
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Omar Barghouti can fairly be described as the main figurehead of the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement and anyone reading this book will understand why. Barghouti argues the case for BDS with intelligence, passion, and compelling moral force. After briefly reminding us of the sad state of affairs whereby the US consistently provides Israel with complete impunity from consequences for its on-going oppression and ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians, Barghouti introduces boycott as a tactic whereby citizens of conscience throughout the world can seek to put pressure upon Israel to respect the legal and human rights of the indigenous people of that land.

Barghouti then goes on to discuss the concern already generated within Israel by the call for boycott, and the fear evidenced by politicians and commentators of Israel becoming a pariah state. Israel, it seems wants the best of both worlds (in its own terms) - permission to oppress and dispossess the Palestinians and still be held up as a bastion of culture and civilisation! Therein lies its 'weakness' (or perhaps its saving grace) as the possibility exists, through boycott and divestment, to persuade the Israeli politicians and the Israeli public who vote for them that continuing along the path of oppression and discrimination just isn't worth it.

This is no more oppressive than the actions of a caring parent who withholds a privilege from a young child who has hit another child. The aim is not to punish them for its own sake, but to educate them that violence towards other children is not acceptable. Similarly the aim of BDS is simply to teach Israeli politicians and the public who support them that they must start to treat the indigenous population of the land they are occupying with respect and dignity.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Vile campaign to starve out the Jews 31 Aug 2012
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Another foul rant by a child-killing terrorist aimed at stamping out a democratic micro-state and it's five million people, through starving out the Jews. Omar Bhargoutti has said himself that the aim of BDS is the 'euthanasia of Israel' in other words a second holocaust.
Nazi Germany also began it's campaign to annihilate the Jews of Europe by economic boycotts of Jewish businesses and today the modern day equivalents of the Nazis wear not brown shirts but keffiyahs and red, white, green and black colours as they try to terrorize shoppers and shop workers in London, Paris, New York, Los Angeles, Sidney and Cape Town not to buy or sell Israeli goods.
Stave out the Jews. Make sure the will of the Jewish people is sapped by seeing their children go hungry.
Ironically the same people who urge boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel also caterwauled against sanctions on Iraq during the bloody rule of their hero Saddam Hussein. Crying that it caused starvation of children. They were enraged by the hunger of Iraqi children but support the starvation of Israeli children

But we not allowed to call them anti-Semitic.

The enemies of Israel want the physical elimination of the Jewish people from the Land of Israel. This constitutes anti-Semitism. The point is that they want a Judenreihn "Palestine" the same way that Hitler wanted a Judenreihn Europe. The anti-Zionists claim that they are not anti-Semites but that think the only country on the earth that must be annihilated is Israel. The anti-Zionists claim that they are not anti-Semites but that think the only country on the earth that must be annihilated is Israel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars clear, intelligent and compelling 16 Oct 2012
By Adam A. Waterhouse - Published on Amazon.com
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Omar Barghouti can fairly be described as the main figurehead of the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement and anyone reading this book will understand why. Barghouti argues the case for BDS with intelligence, passion, and compelling moral force. After briefly reminding us of the sad state of affairs whereby the US consistently provides Israel with complete impunity from consequences for its on-going oppression and ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians, Barghouti introduces boycott as a tactic whereby citizens of conscience throughout the world can seek to put pressure upon Israel to respect the legal and human rights of the indigenous people of that land.

Barghouti then goes on to discuss the concern already generated within Israel by the call for boycott, and the fear evidenced by politicians and commentators of Israel becoming a pariah state. Israel, it seems wants the best of both worlds (in its own terms) - permission to oppress and dispossess the Palestinians and still be held up as a bastion of culture and civilisation! Therein lies its 'weakness' (or perhaps its saving grace) as the possibility exists, through boycott and divestment, to persuade the Israeli politicians and the Israeli public who vote for them that continuing along the path of oppression and discrimination just isn't worth it.

This is no more oppressive than the actions of a caring parent who withholds a privilege from a young child who has hit another child. The aim is not to punish them for its own sake, but to educate them that violence towards other children is not acceptable. Similarly the aim of BDS is simply to teach Israeli politicians and the public who support them that they must start to treat the indigenous population of the land they are occupying with respect and dignity. Nothing less will be acceptable. Treating the Palestinians with respect and dignity will not signal the death or destruction of Israel or Israelis (let along 'the Jews') but rather the birth of Israel as a decent and responsible nation which promotes and respects the rights of all people.

The book includes individual chapters on the lessons drawn from the struggle against apartheid in South Africa, the call for an academic boycott, the call for a cultural boycott, and responses to anti-boycott arguments. Barghouti demonstrates an impressive awareness of the areas of ambiguity and confusion generated by these issues and does his best to address them. With respect to the cultural and academic boycott the point is made that this does not apply to individual Israeli artists or academics but only to artistic or academic institutions which can be fairly considered to be complicit in Israeli apartheid through their tacit or explicit support for the status quo. It should be noted that this includes theatre and dance companies which accept state funding on the basis that they will "promote the policy interests of the State of Israel via culture and art, including contributing to creating a positive image for Israel" and academic institutions providing Israel's military intelligence establishment with indispensible research on demography, geography, and hydrology which is used by the Israeli military to plan and carry out the theft of Palestinian land and water resources, and the slow-paced ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians from their land.

The book is a little bit disjointed in the later chapters which don't seem to follow on from one another in any particular order. However, I did not feel that this detracted from the quality of the book, for me, since each of these later chapters is self-contained and the quality of Barghouti's commentary and analysis is consistently high.

I would not recommend this book to someone new to this topic. This is a book that seems to assumes a certain amount of background knowledge. For anyone new or relatively new to this issue I would recommend `Israeli Apartheid A Beginner's Guide' by Ben White, `Peace not Apartheid' by Jimmy Carter, or `Politicide: Ariel Sharon's War Against the Palestinians' by Baruch Kimmerling - which although a bit dated now gives a particularly clear picture of the dynamic that have shaped and created this sad and regrettable situation.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Last Best Hope for Peace and Ending the Conflict 13 Aug 2014
By Jabra Ghneim - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Bargouthi is the driving force behind the BDS movement which I believe to be the last best hope to force Israel into good-faith peace negotiations leading to a just and final peace based on equality for all. His voice is one that should be encouraged and supported. If you care about stopping the bloodshed on both sides then you should read this book.
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift 4 April 2014
By sp - Published on Amazon.com
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Brother-in-law was delighted with it. Still haven't seen the book, but it arrived before his Birthday & that's what mattered.
11 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BDS THE GLOBAL STRUGGLE FOR PALESTINIAN RIGHTS 25 Aug 2011
By Ishak27 - Published on Amazon.com
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It's a great disclosure of injustice experience by Palestinian, which all the western world try to hide it.
Double standard of human right by western in defense of zionist racism and inhuman treatment to Palestinian
8 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars So much potential, so little follow through 15 Aug 2011
By Christopher M. Whitman Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
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This book reads like a collection of editorials instead of a fluid operational text of how to start a BDS movement. He says all the "right" things for his readers, South Africa this, peace that, but misses many fundamentals. He ignores the American involvement in the debate completely. If you are interested for a critique of the BDS movement, here it is
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Mr Barghouti falls under the same problems as are mentioned here, just spanned over 300pgs.
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