Farewell BDS

By Daniel Mabsout


 The BDS movement of Boycott Divest and Sanction has changed the wording of its amendment without informing the endorsers of BDS who amount to 170 Palestinian organizations, parties , unions and movements of this change or consulting them as is expected .The wording changed from : Israel
“ Ending its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands and dismantling the Wall”.

as it figured in the original text of year 2005 the year BDS was founded
“Ending its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands occupied in June 1967 and dismantling the Wall.”

BDS did this change without consulting its endorsers or conferring with its stirring committee which is the BNC or the Boycott Divest and Sanction National Committee.

Some Palestinian Organizations were shocked and are considering the possibility of withdrawing from BDS like al Awda organization .

This change in wording does not only recognize the right to exist of Israel within the borders of 1948 and seeks the two state solution instead of the one legitimate Palestinian State, but it also jeopardizes the right of all Palestinians to return which constitutes the third amendment of BDS which says:
Respecting, protecting and promoting the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN Resolution 194.

The objection raised by some pro Palestinian activists is in its right place when they say that if Israel still exists on 1948 occupied land then to where the millions of refugees shall return ? They cannot return to their own towns and villages for sure.

This major shift in the BDS policy might be due to the fact that BDS is getting funds from George Soros institutes since Soros believes in the right of Israel to exist , or that BDS is collaborating with Israeli authorities . It is noticeable that BDS refuses to reveal the list of its financers and make public the list of its major financers as transparency requires .

The conclusion about this whole mess is that these organizations like BDS are shady and not only they lack transparency regarding their financing, but they lack transparency regarding their whole position and this goes back to earlier than the recent wording of the first amendment that recognizes the right of Israel to exist within 1948 borders . Because refusing to take a clear political position regarding the issue of Palestine -on behalf of Palestinians like BDS- while at the same time calling for basic Palestinian rights – like the right to return– is in itself suspicious.

This lack of clear stand and this debate over the Palestinian issue sifting between the one state ( Palestinian or Israeli) and the two states ( Palestinian and Israeli ) solution is the matrix where the recognition of Israel has started taking shape to become later a known fact . The recognition of Israel was probably at the origin of all this wavering and fluctuating and debating waiting for the proper time to become known.

This apparent shift in BDS stand coincides with the latest positions of HAMAS whereby Khaled Mash’al – for the first time -has recognized the 1948 borders of Israel . The BDS no doubt has the same sectarian agenda as HAMAS which is implementing the sectarian policy promoted by the world order through Muslim Brotherhood.

It is high time to bid farewell to BDS and give room to a genuine transparent solidarity movement . The BDS has hijacked this movement for too long . the Palestinian Cause is an authentic cause that deserves an authentic transparent solidarity movement.

River to Sea Uprooted Palestinian  
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