At last, a voice of rea­son on the Pales­tinian is­sue

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - LIFE -

HOW GRAT­I­FY­ING to come across a voice of rea­son and plain com­mon sense. In stark con­trast to the neg­a­tive­ac­tions en­cour­aged by the BDS move­ment, the let­ter “Boy­cott won’t help” (Week­end Ar­gus, July 2) from In­sti­tute of Race Re­la­tions chief ex­ec­u­tive Frans Cronje presents ex­actly that.

The fact that the for­mer wishes to dis­cour­age di­a­logue and in­ter­ac­tion be­tween groups which could well play a mean­ing­ful role in pro­mot­ing greater un­der­stand­ing in a re­gion as trou­bled as Is­rael/Palestine proves be­yond doubt their ul­ti­mate goal is not to fa­cil­i­tate change and a bet­ter life for the Pales­tini­ans, but the even­tual destruction of the Jewish state of Is­rael, no mat­ter the cost.

De­spite its ero­sive ef­forts, BDS is as­sailed by Is­rael’s grow­ing in­roads into world mar­kets, strate­gic and com­mer­cial bonds with gi­ants like China, In­dia, South Korea and Europe and the very re­cent ac­com­mo­da­tion with Tur­key, to the ben­e­fit of both coun­tries.

None of this oc­curred with­out di­a­logue, ne­go­ti­a­tion and a mu­tual ac­cep­tance of di­verse po­lit­i­cal ex­pe­ri­ence. From this, all par­ties stand to ben­e­fit. But from the bank­rupt vi­sion of BDS, there is noth­ing to of­fer ex­cept plac­ing pigs’ heads in kosher sec­tions of Wool­worths. How pa­thetic.

The let­ter writer says groups liks BDS don’t of­fer so­lu­tions to prob­lems.

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