What’s the “only question” about Israel that we must ask now?

In its pseudo-liberal brave vein of being the “fourth power” in an Apartheid state, Haaretz has a running series of opinion pieces, mostly written by Jews, weighing the pros and cons of the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement.  This is probably a tricky undertaking for the English/Hebrew Israeli newspaper, as legislation in Israel against those backing BDS is a burgeoning reality and activists can be punished on “suspicion of incitement” if they possess BDS materials.

The latest such opinion is the carefully phrased piece by veteran leftist Haaretz reporter Gideon Levy, in which he poses the following questions about BDS:

“…The only question is whether Israel deserves such a punishment, like the one imposed on apartheid South Africa in an earlier era, and whether such steps are effective. And one more question: What other means have not been tried against the occupation and haven’t failed?”

It is so sad that Levy and people like him are still phrasing “questions” about Israel in this way – by confining Israel’s misdeeds to the “occupation” and by framing BDS activism as “punishment” to Israel rather than as a fight for justice in Palestine.

The “only question” about Israel that we should ask is this:  Is Israel’s “right” to exist as a Jewish state legitimate?

For so long, Zionist myths have erased Palestinians just as they propped up a false vision of Jewish “reclamation, triumph and hope” in Palestine.  The lies behind that unconscionable vision are now tumbling down and we should hurry up Zionism’s demise by finally asking the right question.

Author: mypalestinianscrapbook

I am an activist for justice in Palestine, researcher and retired professor of English literature at Al-Quds University in the occupied West Bank, Palestine.  My father’s side of the family comes from the forcibly depopulated village of Lifta on the western outskirts of Jerusalem and my mother's family is from the depopulated village of Ijzim, Haifa.  

One thought on “What’s the “only question” about Israel that we must ask now?”

  1. No nation should be based on religion. Secularism is the basis of any democracy, which protects minotorities and freedom of any religion. Israel is not a democracy and should not be an exception. Having a democracy for Jews only is like saying Iran is democratic.


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