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    • Noru Tsalic
    • 22.02.14 | 15:50 (IST)

    Mr. Sarid, Since you live in democratic Israel -- rather than any of the countries that surround it -- you have the democratic right to boycott whoever you bloody want. Settlements, towns whose names start with aleph. people with red hair, whatever. You even have the right to call other Israelis to boycott the same things you boycott. You have the right to write articles, grant interviews, call press conferences, even run to the Knesset on a platform calling for boycott. If that's what you did, though I strongly disagree with you, I would fight for your democratic right to do so. Those rights are, however, subject to one obligation: that you respect the democratic rights of your fellow nationals, the very ones who allow you your rights. When you call for boycotts in English, in a newspaper widely quoted by Israel's enemies, you not only spit in the well you drink from; you behave in a shamefully undemocratic manner -- basically calling on foreigners to forcibly override the democratically-expressed will of Israel's citizens. As soon as you do that, you place yourself outside the legitimate democratic debate. As soon as you do that, not only am I not going to fight for your right, but I won't utter a word of protest if they fine or put you in prison. Those who resort to undemocratic means cannot in honesty claim democratic privileges.

    from the article: Yes to a boycott
    First published 15:38 21.02.14 | Last updated 06:23 21.02.14
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