June 29, 2010

BECAUSE ISRAEL IS ANGLOSPHERIC IT CAN NOT WITHSTAND NONVIOLENCE:

Palestinian boycott of Israeli settlement goods starts to bite: Campaign to clear supermarket shelves of West Bank settlement wares forces Israeli factories to cut production (Harriet Sherwood, 6/29/10, guardian.co.uk)

"The objective is to ensure the Palestinian market is free of Israeli settlement produce by the end of this year," the Palestinian prime minister, Salam Fayyad, said at the launch of the Store to Store campaign at the Alameen supermarket.

A team of volunteers will inspect 66,000 stores across the West Bank in the coming weeks, awarding certificates and window stickers to those free of settlement produce. [...]

The pro-boycott campaigners are careful to draw a distinction between produce from West Bank settlements, which are illegal under international law, and produce originating from within Israel. The latter will continue to be sold in Palestinian shops.

The campaign has been attacked by Israeli politicians, businesses and commentators. "The Palestinians are opposing economic peace and are taking steps that in the end hurt themselves," the Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, said last month.

The West Bank market is worth around $200m (£133m) a year to Israeli businesses. But some settlement factories sell about 30% of their output to the Palestinian market, and the boycott is already having an impact on them.

Seventeen factories in Mishor Adumim, a large industrial estate between East Jerusalem and Jericho, have reportedly closed since the boycott campaign began. Some settlement factories are reported to be considering moving back into Israel.


Palestinian terrorism was good for Israel, turning it into the victim. But just as the American South, the Raj, and the Boers all folded in the face of civil disobedience, boycotts and the like, so too is recent Palestinian strategy a threat that is backfooting Israel. And, of course, the big enchilada would be Palestinian rejection of the two-state solution, acceptance of Eretz Israel, and a demand for full rights as Israeli citizens.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 29, 2010 8:34 PM
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