Sunday, May 30, 2010

The Truth About South Africa

The Anti-Zionists love to advocate for the BDS movement as a way to stop the Israeli occupation. Depending on how extreme their views are, they also advocate for BDS as a way to "end Israeli apartheid." Here is an example:

In other posts skialethia actually claims that "Sanctions brought down South Africa, they will bring down Israel too." I have neither the time nor inclination to go find it though, you'll have to take my word for it.

Anyway, this whole argument is built around the fact that it was international pressure from the international community (in the form of boycotts) as well as UN sanctions that caused the apartheid regime in South Africa to fall. Is this true? No it's not.

CiFWatch found an article that proves it was in fact not the outside world's boycott movement that brought down South Africa's government but the hard work of the people who actually lived there. Things like the African National Congress and the Durban strikes of 1973 are left out of the anti-Zionist narrative. I suggest you read the whole article, it's quite informative.

What this means for us is that it really shows the failure of the AZ (and the Palestinian) strategy of sitting back and waiting for the outside world to solve their problems and force Israel to make peace. Divestthis has been reporting on the continual failure of the BDS movement, and it looks like even if it did succeed there would still be no more progress toward peace. The Palestinian "waiting" strategy has never brought them anything but misery, and it never will. It's time they started working toward peace and meet the Israelis halfway.

1 comment:

  1. The Palestinians are never going to get off the international welfare dole. They understand if they stop being victims, they'll lose the support of their Western leftist fellow travelers. And not making peace with Israel is a lot more profitable to them than living in a world in which they have no one's sympathy.

    There is not going to be peace in the Middle East in our lifetime.