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.