Sept. 26, 2016
It’s not a monday unless some wealthy intellectuals are singing a petition to do something that they never intend to actually do. The charade this week? According to a report, the letter was published in the New York Review of Books, and “included Bernard Avishai, Michael Walzer, Peter Brooks, Bernard Avishai, Adam Hochschild, Kai Bird and Peter Beinart.”
According to the story, the “intellectuals” are opposed to “settlements and all their produce.” They write that; “We believe that this 1967 armistice line, the so-called Green Line, should be the starting point for negotiations between the Israeli and Palestinian parties on future boundaries between two states.” Furthermore they oppose “any investments that promote the Occupation” and seek to focus on “objects of our call are all commercial and residential Israeli-sponsored entities located outside the 1967 Green Line.”
This seems simple and clean cut. But there is a bit of a problem. Some of the signatories, perhaps most, are Jewish Americans with an attachment to Israel. That attachment often extends across the holy Green Line that they seek to impose a boycott beyond. For instance, when Peter Beinart comes to Israel, doesn’t he stray across the line to go to the Western Wall, the Kotel, the holiest site of the Jewish people. Yet at the same time he seeks to boycott “goods and services” over the line?