Palestinian drivers wait in their cars next to the separation barrier
Palestinian drivers wait in their cars next to the separation barrier, ahead of crossing through the Qalandia checkpoint. February 9, 2014. Photo by AFP
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In response to Moshe Arens’ “Delegitimizing Israel,” February 10

The arguments concerning the rights and wrongs of both sides in the Israeli-Palestinian dispute are endless. What is indisputable, however, is that the Israeli army and border police, commit daily acts of violence and trample on the basic human rights of the Palestinian population. These violations include : Denial of Palestinian farmers’ access to their fields and orchards; sickening acts of violence and destruction of property perpetrated by the settlers, which are largely condoned de facto by the Israeli occupying forces; the use of such stratagems as declaring the area of even a peaceful demonstration a “closed military area”, and the arrest and detention of civilians for long periods for undefined “security reasons.”

These and other violations of human rights are documented in detail by Yesh Din (“There Is Justice”), MachsomWatch which monitors the army’s activities at the numerous checkpoints on the West Bank, and several other voluntary monitoring organizations. The accuracy and objectivity of their reports are proved by the fact that they are very rarely contested by the Shin Bet security service.

As an Israeli citizen it hurts me to have to express the opinion that these continuing gross violations of the Palestinians’ basic human rights, which continue to cause immense suffering to the whole population during the 46 years of the West Bank occupation, do indeed justify the Boycott Disinvestment Sanctions.

The attempt by the writer of the article to discredit them by crying “Anti-Semitism!” is, in my opinion, both misguided and hypocritical.

Mike Shalit