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    • arieh zimmerman
    • 14.07.10 | 20:08 (IDT)

    As a rule I am against boycotts, BDS and the like, whether of Iran, Israel, Turkey or any other Nation is of no matter. I think that if collective guilt cannot be shown, then collective punishment is not justifiable; it never seems to hurt the people who have earned the anger of the boycotters but only the innocent around them; collateral damage I believe it is called. On the other hand, the proposed Palestinian BDS of Jewish West Bank industry and produce is clearly aimed at the settlers whose theft of Palestinian land has earned them this apparently absolutely appropriate response. As for our Knesset legislating against individuals who propose actions against our homeland because they hold our government responsible for its stupidity and power mad application of force many times what is necessary, it is no more than any of us should expect from the worst government, minus the judiciary, since Saul tried to have David murdered. The application of BDS is largely a ethical difference of opinion regarding punishing the innocent with the guilty; I do not agree with its application, but I can understand the frustration of Israelis, (and others), when faced with the moral blindness of most Knesset Members in regard to human rights of the Palestinian peoples. The thought of our positions punishing anybody for bringing our nation into disrepute is farcical to the point of tears.

    from the article: Israelis inciting anti-Israel boycotts could soon be forced to pay dearly
    First published 18:42 14.07.10 | Last updated 18:42 14.07.10
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