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Parent Article: Protesters rally against Summers' speech (english)
divestment=anti-semitism? (english)
27 Sep 2002
Modified: 01 Oct 2002
So I suppose that according to the line of thinking that targeting Israel for divestment is anti-Semitic, that the anti-apartheid campaign was guilty of a prejudice against Afrikaaners? Or would it just be all white people?

Also Israel is not the only target for divestment today--Burma is also a target, because of the repressive nature of the Burmese junta.

Israel is not being targeted because of some hatred for Jews, but because under certain circumstances divestment and sanctions can be an effective strategy for helping oppressed people struggling for freedom. The main condition seems to be that the general population has to support the sanctions--as blacks did in South Africa and most Burmese do (and unlike the situation in Iraq or Cuba). Now, someone is going to say most Israelis don't support a divestment campaign--but most Palestinians do, and Israel is the effective government of the Occupied Territories.

As for Israel being a democracy, we'll leave aside the various ways that Jews are privileged as an ethno-religious group, in violation of all democratic principles of pluralism. Israel is a completely militarized society--almost all Jews (with the exception of some religious students and the extremely orthodox) must serve in the military. A basic part of military training is to follow orders without question. This does not exactly encourage the critical thinking necessary for a democracy--and is especially ironic given that this is one of the things that lead to the Holocaust.