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Kerry’s Israel Boycott Talk Will Backfire – Bloomberg

John Kerry is quite obviously a friend of Israel. He was a friend in the Senate, and he is one as U.S. secretary of state. His work on behalf of a two-state solution seems motivated by a deep love for Israel and a fear that Israel will cease to be a democratic haven for the Jewish people — the worlds only Jewish-majority country, its first in 2,000 years — if it cannot disentangle itself from the lives of the Palestinians, who seek a country of their own. Israeli politicians on the extreme right who suggest that Kerry is anti-Semite, or a hater of Zionism, or the spawn of Satan, or whatever, are idiots.

Kerrys strategy in the Middle East is quite clever; he is systematically addressing every worry articulated by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in an effort to neutralize Israeli anxiety. But I think that Kerry has been making one mistake in his approach to these negotiations: His need to publicly invoke — repeatedly — the specter of an international campaign to boycott Israel is not helping advance his cause.

Kerry makes the argument that Israel will face new, and intensified, boycott pressure if peace talks fail, and he may be right. But by publicly discussing this possibility, he is providing fuel to the forces aligned against Israel (and keep in mind that most boycotters are not opposed to Israels occupation of the West Bank, but instead to the idea of a country for the Jewish people). He is also terrifying Israelis, and terrified Israelis are not the sort of people who will make dangerous compromises for peace. Hunkering-down and waiting for Kerrys ship to sail back to the U.S. is a more predictable outcome.

I dont believe that Kerry is making a blackmailish, Nice-Jewish-state-you-got-there-Id hate-to-see-anything-happen-to-it sort of threat, but many people are taking it this way, in part because the boycott movement is having its moment.

The recent controversy over the company SodaStream, which operates a factory in a West Bank settlement, has drawn attention to anti-Israel activism, in part because the companys celebrity spokeswoman, Scarlett Johannson, chose to stay with the company after demands that she quit. (In an unusual turnaround, Johannson decided, in essence, to boycott Oxfam, the British aid group, for which she previously volunteered.) The decision by two small American academic associations to boycott Israel (alone among the nations of the world), is also giving the impression that the idea of boycotting Israel is gaining traction.

At the Munich Security Conference last weekend, Kerry did it again. In the midst of a long peroration on the benefits of a final settlement between Israel and the Palestinians, he raised the specter of boycotts. You see for Israel theres an increasing de-legitimization campaign that has been building up, he said. People are very sensitive to it. There are talk of boycotts and other kinds of things. Are we all going to be better with all of that?

I was sitting in the audience as Kerry said this, and I suddenly felt queasy. I imagine it was more the setting than his actual words. Germany, and Munich, in particular, is not the best place to raise the threat of a boycott that targets Jews. Munich is certainly the right place to discuss the essential perniciousness of such boycotts, but Kerry didnt denounce the notion, he analyzed it.

As someone who is opposed to the settlement of the West Bank by Israelis (not because the land isnt historically Jewish, as well as Arab, but because reality dictates that the West Bank should be the core of the Palestinian national home), Im worried about the impact of long-term colonization. Ive argued that the settlers are not the Zionist pioneers of their collective imagination, but instead the vanguard of binationalism. If their cause succeeds, and they somehow manage to keep Israel in functional control of the West Bank forever, then Israel will cease to be a Jewish democratic state, which would be a tragedy.

(And, by the way, should SodaStream move its plant a few miles down the road, into Israel proper? Yes, so long as it didnt have to fire its many Palestinian employees in the process. It wouldnt have to do a thing, of course, if the two-state solution is enacted, because it is located in an area that will probably be attached to Israel in a negotiated land-swap.)

So why do I oppose a boycott of even settler-made products? Its a good question. Maybe one day I wont. But I find the idea of a modern-day economic boycott that targets Jews viscerally offensive. Boycotts have been used throughout history to punish Jews, not just in Germany, and not just in the 1930s. They do not rise in perniciousness to the level of pogroms, but they can often be located on the same continuum. If the so-called Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement had any targets other than Israel — and Israel, of course, has one of the best human rights records in the Middle East, so there are certainly candidates for boycott in its immediate vicinity — then it might be possible to ascribe more benevolent intentions to its leaders. But this movement only has one scapegoat.

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Growing "Boycott Israel Movement" – Scarlett Controversy Highlights Solidarity for Palestinian Cause – Video



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US Jewish leader criticizes Israel boycott drive – Chicago …

By ARON HELLER Associated Press February 6, 2014 1:08PM

FILE – In this Feb. 21, 2012 file photo, Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press after returning from a meeting with Jordan’s King Abdullah II, in Jerusalem. Hoenlein told the AP on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, the boycott movement, along with Irans nuclear program, poses one of the greatest challenges to Israel. (AP Photo/Maya Hasson, File)

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JERUSALEM (AP) A top American Jewish leader on Thursday called on Western governments to combat the growing international campaign to boycott Israel over its settlement activities, saying the phenomenon is one of the greatest challenges facing Israel.

Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, told The Associated Press that the drive masks a politically correct form of anti-Semitism and urged zero tolerance of the boycott.

His comments came just days after warnings by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry that Israel could find itself increasingly targeted by a boycott if it fails to reach a peace deal with the Palestinians. Kerry is mediating Israeli-Palestinian talks and is to present his vision soon for a deal, at least in its outlines.

Wide gaps remain between the sides on all key issues, including the fate of some 550,000 Israeli settlers who live on war-won land in east Jerusalem and the West Bank, two territories the Palestinians seek for their state, along with the Gaza Strip.

In recent months, concerns about a widening boycott of Israel over its continued settlement activities have moved to center stage in the Israeli public discourse.

A small but growing number of European businesses and pension funds have dropped investments or limited trade recently with Israeli firms involved in West Bank settlements. At the same time, a Palestinian-led movement of boycott, divestment and sanctions knows by its acronym, BDS has scored some successes.

Israeli officials hold different views on the boycott issue, depending on their political position.

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ISSUE 2! BOYCOTT ISRAEL! Sec. of State John F. Kerry threatens Israel with boycotts economically if Israel does not agree to peace deal . As the BDS movement gains traction, how will… By: mertkan ataman

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Before you boycott Israel: Watch this video please Israel is one of the leading countries in the field of biotech research, standing side by side with the European nations and the US. This phenomenon is stran… By: Technology – New Scientist

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Kerry’s Israel Boycott Talk Will Backfire – Bloomberg

John Kerry is quite obviously a friend of Israel. He was a friend in the Senate, and he is one as U.S. secretary of state. His work on behalf of a two-state solution seems motivated by a deep love for Israel and a fear that Israel will cease to be a democratic haven for the Jewish people — the worlds only Jewish-majority country, its first in 2,000 years — if it cannot disentangle itself from the lives of the Palestinians, who seek a country of their own. Israeli politicians on the extreme right who suggest that Kerry is anti-Semite, or a hater of Zionism, or the spawn of Satan, or whatever, are idiots. Kerrys strategy in the Middle East is quite clever; he is systematically addressing every worry articulated by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in an effort to neutralize Israeli anxiety. But I think that Kerry has been making one mistake in his approach to these negotiations: His need to publicly invoke — repeatedly — the specter of an international campaign to boycott Israel is not helping advance his cause. Kerry makes the argument that Israel will face new, and intensified, boycott pressure if peace talks fail, and he may be right. But by publicly discussing this possibility, he is providing fuel to the forces aligned against Israel (and keep in mind that most boycotters are not opposed to Israels occupation of the West Bank, but instead to the idea of a country for the Jewish people). He is also terrifying Israelis, and terrified Israelis are not the sort of people who will make dangerous compromises for peace. Hunkering-down and waiting for Kerrys ship to sail back to the U.S. is a more predictable outcome. I dont believe that Kerry is making a blackmailish, Nice-Jewish-state-you-got-there-Id hate-to-see-anything-happen-to-it sort of threat, but many people are taking it this way, in part because the boycott movement is having its moment. The recent controversy over the company SodaStream, which operates a factory in a West Bank settlement, has drawn attention to anti-Israel activism, in part because the companys celebrity spokeswoman, Scarlett Johannson, chose to stay with the company after demands that she quit. (In an unusual turnaround, Johannson decided, in essence, to boycott Oxfam, the British aid group, for which she previously volunteered.) The decision by two small American academic associations to boycott Israel (alone among the nations of the world), is also giving the impression that the idea of boycotting Israel is gaining traction. At the Munich Security Conference last weekend, Kerry did it again. In the midst of a long peroration on the benefits of a final settlement between Israel and the Palestinians, he raised the specter of boycotts. You see for Israel theres an increasing de-legitimization campaign that has been building up, he said. People are very sensitive to it. There are talk of boycotts and other kinds of things. Are we all going to be better with all of that? I was sitting in the audience as Kerry said this, and I suddenly felt queasy. I imagine it was more the setting than his actual words. Germany, and Munich, in particular, is not the best place to raise the threat of a boycott that targets Jews. Munich is certainly the right place to discuss the essential perniciousness of such boycotts, but Kerry didnt denounce the notion, he analyzed it. As someone who is opposed to the settlement of the West Bank by Israelis (not because the land isnt historically Jewish, as well as Arab, but because reality dictates that the West Bank should be the core of the Palestinian national home), Im worried about the impact of long-term colonization. Ive argued that the settlers are not the Zionist pioneers of their collective imagination, but instead the vanguard of binationalism. If their cause succeeds, and they somehow manage to keep Israel in functional control of the West Bank forever, then Israel will cease to be a Jewish democratic state, which would be a tragedy. (And, by the way, should SodaStream move its plant a few miles down the road, into Israel proper? Yes, so long as it didnt have to fire its many Palestinian employees in the process. It wouldnt have to do a thing, of course, if the two-state solution is enacted, because it is located in an area that will probably be attached to Israel in a negotiated land-swap.) So why do I oppose a boycott of even settler-made products? Its a good question. Maybe one day I wont. But I find the idea of a modern-day economic boycott that targets Jews viscerally offensive. Boycotts have been used throughout history to punish Jews, not just in Germany, and not just in the 1930s. They do not rise in perniciousness to the level of pogroms, but they can often be located on the same continuum. If the so-called Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement had any targets other than Israel — and Israel, of course, has one of the best human rights records in the Middle East, so there are certainly candidates for boycott in its immediate vicinity — then it might be possible to ascribe more benevolent intentions to its leaders. But this movement only has one scapegoat.

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By ARON HELLER Associated Press February 6, 2014 1:08PM FILE – In this Feb. 21, 2012 file photo, Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press after returning from a meeting with Jordan’s King Abdullah II, in Jerusalem. Hoenlein told the AP on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, the boycott movement, along with Irans nuclear program, poses one of the greatest challenges to Israel. (AP Photo/Maya Hasson, File) storyidforme: 61703428 tmspicid: 22292467 fileheaderid: 10602105 JERUSALEM (AP) A top American Jewish leader on Thursday called on Western governments to combat the growing international campaign to boycott Israel over its settlement activities, saying the phenomenon is one of the greatest challenges facing Israel. Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, told The Associated Press that the drive masks a politically correct form of anti-Semitism and urged zero tolerance of the boycott. His comments came just days after warnings by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry that Israel could find itself increasingly targeted by a boycott if it fails to reach a peace deal with the Palestinians. Kerry is mediating Israeli-Palestinian talks and is to present his vision soon for a deal, at least in its outlines. Wide gaps remain between the sides on all key issues, including the fate of some 550,000 Israeli settlers who live on war-won land in east Jerusalem and the West Bank, two territories the Palestinians seek for their state, along with the Gaza Strip. In recent months, concerns about a widening boycott of Israel over its continued settlement activities have moved to center stage in the Israeli public discourse. A small but growing number of European businesses and pension funds have dropped investments or limited trade recently with Israeli firms involved in West Bank settlements. At the same time, a Palestinian-led movement of boycott, divestment and sanctions knows by its acronym, BDS has scored some successes. Israeli officials hold different views on the boycott issue, depending on their political position.

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