Daily Archives: February 2, 2009

Sanctions on Israel: what will they do?

“Let no one say the past is dead.
The past is all about us and within.” —
Oodgeroo Noonuccal (Kath Walker) 1970

Even though 2009 is a long way from 1985 when government sanctions were launched against the apartheid regime in South Africa, what effect economic sanctions had on the apartheid regime should be considered by groups launching boycott campaigns against Israel.

What type of political campaign is required to bring justice to the Palestinian people? An economic sanctions campaign? A cultural (or sporting) sanctions campaign? Sanctions by unions? Sanctions by governments? How, when the Australian electorate and its government are so conservative? Sanctions by private individuals?

If it is a campaign of boycott of Israeli companies as proposed, how should it be targeted, if at all? Will such a campaign hurt Palestinians in the occupied territories?

If there are risks of retaliation and repression by Israel and its supporter (the Australian government), what are they, and how should they be dealt with? Continue reading