- Even the Palestinian Authority Opposes the Boycott of Israel – Jake Wallis Simons
(dailyalert.org, Jun. 6, 2014)
- In April, four Palestinian protesters – activists in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement – were arrested by the Palestinian police after disrupting a performance by an Indian dance troupe at the Al-Qasaba theatre in Ramallah because the dancers had previously performed in Israel. On May 28 they were formally charged with “provoking riots and the breach of public tranquility.”
- The irony is tangible. All over Britain, the U.S., Europe and Australia, campaigners for the BDS movement are lauded as champions of the Palestinian cause. But the Palestinian leadership views BDS activists as little more than embarrassing troublemakers, and wishes to suppress them.
- Even a boycott of settlement businesses makes little economic sense for Palestinians. There are 14 Israeli industrial parks in the West Bank containing 788 factories. These businesses employ 11,000 Palestinians who are paid in accordance with Israeli labor laws, work side-by-side with 6,000 Israelis, and receive two or three times the average Palestinian salary. (Telegraph-UK)