Israel boycott needs targeted approach
28 April 2011
"The global movement of Boycott, Disinvestment, and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel is over-broad because by targeting the whole Israeli economy and sporting, cultural and academic institutions, it collectively punishes all Israelis regardless of their responsibility for harming Palestinians," Associate Professor Saul asserts.
"That approach is crude, simplistic, and alienates many in Israel who are sympathetic towards the Palestinian cause.
"I have international law colleagues in Israeli universities, for example, who are often involved in human rights challenges to Israeli actions.
"Isolating them, and others like them, is foolish and counterproductive.
"It is true that the occupation of Palestinian territories is not of itself illegal.
"Under international law, occupation is a question of fact.
"Either a foreign power controls a foreign territory, establishing an occupation, or it does not."
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