[lbo-talk] How BDS has transformed Palestinian and Israeli politics

Marv Gandall marvgand2 at gmail.com
Tue Aug 28 10:34:01 PDT 2018

Long but well worth reading: Nathan Thrall of the International Crisis Group shows how the BDS movement has eclipsed the widely discredited two-state solution in a comprehensive Guardian essay on the history and progress of BDS and Israel’s efforts to discredit it.

By calling for the right of refugees to return home as in other conflicts, the movement has brought to the fore the long neglected issue of “whether Israel, even if it were to cease its occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, can be both a democracy and a Jewish state”, Thrall writes.

"The two-state concept was transformed from a possible solution to Israeli occupation to the primary pretext for depriving Palestinians of equality. It was also the main excuse for keeping the majority of Palestinians in exile: in order to preserve Israel’s Jewish majority, the refugees would have to languish in camps outside Israel’s borders until there was a Palestinian state that could absorb them.”


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