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Tuesday, 19 August 2014
ISRAELI ZIONISTS OUT OF IRELAND #BoycottIsrael
There was a Dublin demonstration the other day demanding the expulsion of the Israeli ambassador, and Richard Boyd Barrett, a member of the Irish parliament, called for boycott, divestment and sanctions, and the breaking off of diplomatic relations with Israel, so as to bring justice to Palestinians. At 5:00 he says:
There’s a particular word that they use about us: the people who don’t just come out for big atrocities. They call us the delegitimizers. This is the term that Israel uses. It’s a very accurate term. Because it’s one thing for them to have to deal with occasional mobilizations against this or that atrocity. What they fear most are the people who say, No no no, this isn’t just about this or that assault on Gaza, Israel is a dysfunctional racist apartheid state that needs to be internationally isolated and dismantled. That is what they fear more than anything else.
I appreciate Barrett’s honesty. Many on our side say that Israel has no legitimacy. And while I tend to be more laissez-faire (many states are racist and violent), I would point to Daniel Bell’s Vietnam-era guidelines for when a “political system” loses its legitimacy and stability, becoming dysfunctional. Among the factors: “The existence of an ‘insoluble problem’… The growth of private violence… Multi-racial or multi-tribal conflicts…” Israel meets several of those tests.