The divestment debate taking place at Berkeley is creating waves. It is not only helping to build diverse and powerful coalitions on campus, but it is also sparking conversations in places that have, at least to this point, been allergic to BDS.
Jerry Haber has an important post over at his blog The Magnes Zionist appealing to liberal Zionists as to why they should give guarded support to the BDS movement. He lists 13 reasons, they are:
1. You already support two of the three central aims of the movement, which are
Where you may disagree is over:
But note that the phrase “as stipulated in UN resolution 194” weakens the statement since even Israel never rejected 194. And even if you don’t recognize the right of return, you recognize the importance to the Palestinians of claiming that right. And haven’t you have signed petitions with which you are not in complete agreement because you beiieve in the broader goal? There are many people who agree with you here who support the tactics of BDS.
Tomorrow the American Friends Service Committee in Chicago will hold a mock Congressional Hearing on US foreign policy in Israel/Palestine to look at the question – “Does US Policy on Israel/Palestine uphold our values?” The event will take place 1:30 – 5:30 p.m. Central Daylight Time (GMT -5) at the University of Chicago, but anyone can watch online at the website www.chicagohearing.org.
Event organizer Jennifer Bing-Canar explained, “We hope this Hearing will bring the question of values into the discussion about US policy. The American people voted for “hope and change”, and we see neither when it comes to US policy towards Israel and Palestine. It’s critical that people around the world see that ordinary Americans — as well as our elected officials — care about the lives of people who are affected daily by US policies in the Middle East.”