At last, a voice of reason on the Palestinian issue
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.