Analyzing the accomplishments of BDS Movement + video
In the ninth episode of the second season of The Fact, we analyzed the reasons, accomplishments and the future of the global boycott Israel campaign in the presence of experts from US and Mexico.
MWFpress - In the ninth episode of the second season of The Fact, we analyzed the reasons, accomplishments and the future of the global boycott Israel campaign in the presence of experts from US and Mexico.
The guests: Raúl Fernández-Berriozábal Human right and social activist Mexico
Faith Laugier Political and human right activist USA
Questions asked at the conference: 1- what was the initial intention behind the boycott against Israel and its products? 2- do you think this movement has declined or it got stronger? 3- how much do you think cultural and scientific boycott can be effective aside from economic boycott? 4- what s your analysis about the results of this movement? 5- what has Israel done for confronting this movement? 6- what's your suggestion for improving the activities regarding the boycott? 7- what and how will be the future of Israel?
View full conference video on YouTube
Following is a summary of the questions and answers which are raised in this webinar.
Faith Laugier Political and human right activist / USA What was the initial intention behind the boycott against Israel and its products? BDS movement (boycott divestment and sanctions) seeks the freedom justice and basic human rights and self-determination of the Palestinian people. Israel's incrementally stealing land, killing thousands of people and children every year. I mean look in the last year over 220 Palestinians were killed during the great March of Return protests well; that's why BDS movement was created.
How much do you think cultural and scientific boycott can be effective aside from economic boycott? In my opinion, it's necessary to boycott Israel on all levels economically, culturally, academically, scientifically, and boycotting even all products, boycotting institutions and companies and organizations that support the right-wing government and won't stand up for Palestinian rights. People need to make clear their complete objection and it needs to be done in a manner that really shows that the world is watching and will not allow this to occur any longer.
What has Israel done for confronting this movement? I can definitely say from what I've seen in the last years, the Israeli Lobby has most definitely ramped up; its work in the US with the U.S. acquiescing to the most unbelievable abrogation of the rights of US citizens with the certain laws that have been passed more recently. I believe it was either January or February of this year legislation was passed in the U.S. called the anti BDS act. Basically, in the United States presently there are 26 states in which it's illegal to boycott the State of Israel. Now this is insane because American citizens have the right to boycott any American company any company in the world. They can lose their job. They use fear tactics. That just goes to show the collusion between the states of how desperate th e State of Israel is and what a lackey the politicians of the United States are willing to be for the State of Israel to sell out their own citizens and their right.
Raúl Fernández-Berriozábal Human right and social activist / Mexico Do you think this movement has declined or it got stronger? There's been over 70 years of Israel's illegal occupation, ethnic cleansing and apartheid and genocide conducted in historical Palestine. I see the BDS movement as a continuation of what happened in South Africa. Israel Minister of Finance has admitted that Israel is much more at risk through the boycotts that the BDS movement is promoting than under any military intervention.
What’s your analysis about the results of this movement? We can do what is in our hands the cultural boycott of Israel. I do believe there is a lot of future in this movement. Marches, rallies, peaceful manifestations of that kind have very limited effect. I don't get me wrong I've been an activist all my life but at the end of the day these marches and rallies they only make you feel better; that's where it starts, that's where it ends. On the other end, economic boycott has an effect. I don't believe this movement is going anywhere; it's only going to get stronger.
What’s your suggestion for improving the activities regarding the boycott? My advice is you have to put this fight you have to make this war happen. This is like a long-term race. This is not going to get solved in 2019 probably not in 2020 either so this is a long run. We have to put this fight. We have to be constant in it and we have to do it without attachment. We don't need necessarily to see the end result because somebody will see the end result or just planting the seeds that somebody else will harvest in the world or in the universe. I believe that the end of this state is going to come through implosion because this is an arbitrary state that exists in the Middle East created by white European Jews.
What and how will be the future of Israel? What is happening in Israel they're like having to import Jewish from other parts of the world from Argentina from Uruguay from every part of the world from India. So here we have a state that is artificially created and like anything that has been artificially created, it's not sustainable. It's just a matter of time before they accept true democracy in which every person regardless of race regardless of religion ethnic background is guaranteed 100% of the obligations and 100% of the constitutional rights as everyone else, 100 percent of access to the law to the land and that includes not only the people currently living in occupied historical Palestine.