Saturday, March 14, 2015

Jettisoning complicity with Israel's apartheid policies

The ironclad US-Israel alliance is the stuff of legend.  And no wonder.  For the US, Israel is a military platform in the Mid-East.  In exchange, Israel uses US money, weapons and political cover to continue its occupation and colonization activities with impunity.

Undeterred, Palestinians requested that the UN Security Council support a one-year deadline for a two-state settlement.  US representative Samantha Power claims that the US, too, yearns for a two-state solution but nevertheless orchestrated a defeat of the proposal in favor of more negotiations, during which time ever more Jewish only settlements will be built and ever more Palestinian homes will be demolished.

Following the UN vote, the Palestinian Authority immediately moved to join the International Criminal Court, which will allow them to sue Israel for war crimes and violation of international law.  One might wonder why the US-Israel would be so adamantly opposing this move too if they had nothing to fear.

There is another way--Boycott, Divestment  and Sanctions (BDS)--and it's growing.  Right here in Minnesota we can tell the State Board of Investment to stop using Minnesota tax money to pay for Israel bonds when the decision to renew them comes up later this year.  

Jettisoning complicity with Israel's apartheid policies is a moral and political imperative.  Conversely, not doing so would be a violation of the public trust.  State government bodies have made such decisions before; this is another one whose time has come.

> The article above was written by Bob Kosuth, and was originally submitted as a letter to the editor to the Duluth News-Tribune.

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