Thursday, December 12, 2013

Haaretz: Israel inches closer to 'tipping point' of South Africa-style boycott campaign

 Analogies with apartheid regime in the wake of Mandela’s death could accelerate efforts to ostracize Israel - especially if John Kerry’s peace process collapses.

Boycott Israel flyers on the streets of Paris
Boycott Israel flyers on the streets of Paris Photo by Dreamstime
Chemi Shalev (Haaretz)
 This has happened in recent days: The Dutch water company
 Vitens severed its ties with Israeli counterpart Mekorot; Canada’s
 largest Protestant church decided to boycott three Israeli companies;
 the Romanian government refused to send any more construction workers;
 and American Studies Association academics are voting on a measure
 to sever links with Israeli universities. Coming so shortly after the Israeli
 government effectively succumbed to a boycott of settlements in order to
 be eligible for the EU’s Horizon 2020 scientific cooperation agreement,
 it is hard to avoid the conclusion that the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and
 Sanctions) movement is picking up speed. And the writing on the wall,
 if anyone missed it, only got clearer and sharper in the wake of the death
 of Nelson Mandela.
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