"I support the boycott and here's the reason why; I can taste Apartheid in an outspan lemon pie.
I can smell the Verwoerd in a Capetown Sherry wine; I support the boycott all along the line"
I sang the above anti Apartheid song along with millions around the world when we campaigned against Apartheid in our youth and we won; international solidarity won; oh yes we did!
Israeli settlers are certainly not short of chutzpah, first they steal the homes; farms and land of the Palestinians by force, and then they mislead the world into buying their goods when many people think they are purchasing Palestinian produce and helping the Palestinian economy. Illegal Israeli settlers in the “West Bank” have been selling produce around the world including British Supermarkets marked “Produce of the West Bank” people consider the West Bank to be Palestinian which of course it is, except for the Israeli gangsters and fundamentalist nutters who have illegally stolen large areas of it. They are duping people into thinking they are buying Palestinian goods when it is actually Israeli goods; nasty nasty! I wonder why the Palestinians will not give up eh? Just how underhand can these Israeli criminals get?
The dept. of the Environment have now issued voluntary guidelines; they now advise that such goods should clearly be marked “Israeli Settlement Produce” or “Palestinian Produce” half a million Jewish settlers live in the West Bank and East Jerusalem in defiance of UN resolutions; the D of E have stated that traders selling Palestinian goods marked “produce of Israel” when it came from the occupied Territories would be committing an offence. What they should have done is banned the sale of any Israeli product from the West bank because the West Bank is not Israel. If the settlers were right instead of being international criminals they would not be hiding the fact that their goods come from the occupied territories.
It would appear that the settlers are only too well aware of what the rest of the world thinks; they are pariahs who are guilty of crimes against humanity and their treatment of the Palestinians is as bad as any other nasty regime; reminiscent of South Africa under the evil of Apartheid. Here is an opportunity for people who care about their fellow human beings to act; it might seem small but it can grow; just like the South African Boycott grew and eventually made a massive contribution to defeating Apartheid.
Simply read the labels; that’s what millions of us did all over the world to defeat the South African White Govt. it’s that simple and it has to start somewhere. Don’t buy Israeli goods; don’t have dealings with Israel; don’t visit the place; ban sporting contacts with them; shun them for the vile racists they are; force them through an economic blockade to do the decent thing. Force them to act as they once did; when their treatment under the Nazis won them the respect and affection of most of the world; many people like me remain livid at the Behaviour of the Israeli State; behaviour that has made many of us move from being massively sympathetic to the suffering of the Jews to being livid at the way they continue to treat the Palestinians. Conceivably it’s not too late; perhaps it can still be done; the prize is peace in the middle East and fairness for Palestine; for as long as I can remember I have never knowingly bought anything that was from Israel; nor have I ever knowingly given any kind of succour to their settler state; the reason? When an Israeli moves in an Arab has to move out and that is wrong. I urge you to do the same.