Sanctions are a legitimate non violent protest against unacceptable government actions and policies. For years Israel has been violating international law with few repercussions because governments do not have the courage to stand up to powerful lobby groups.
Recently Foreign Minister Julie Bishop read a statement in Parliament announcing Australian Government sanctions against Russia. Governments impose sanctions when it suits their allies or their own national interest. More rarely, they do so on principle and after pressure mounting in their own community as we saw during the Apartheid era.
We need to defend courageous, principled individuals and organizations that take the lead. The BDS is a growing international movement targeting Israeli government policy, a policy also unacceptable to many Israelis and Jewish people around the world.
BDS is a growing global movement in holding Israel to account for its daily crimes against the Palestinians. As an Australian Jew, I support BDS because it is based in international law and justice for the occupied Palestinians.
We have called on the people of the world to boycott Israel until it ends its oppression and discrimination against the Palestinian people. Those who oppose our call and our demands for equality justice and freedom are clearly in favour of protecting Israel’s racist and flagrant violations of human rights.
The case against me is a despicable attack on political freedom in Australia, and an attempt to stifle debate. When there is debate, and when people are properly informed, they are incredulous at what Israel gets away with. That is why the BDS movement is growing so rapidly around the world.
Associate Professor CPACS