The shame of the pro-Palestinian campaign


By richmillett
January 18, 2010
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Imagine for one moment that the nasty Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) supported by the Palestinian Solidarity Campaign and all of its supporters was a success. Israeli industry would be on the verge of bankruptcy and all of the innovations and inventions that are constantly discovered by Israeli scientists would not be discovered for lack of funding and investment.

Like, for example, the Camera in a Pill that travels through the digestive tract sending back photographs of the intestines in someone's body. There is now no need to use cables that are passed into the digestive system through the nose or mouth and which would normally require a patient to be sedated. Patients can now carry on their normal lives while a diagnosis of their condition can take place. All they need do is swallow the "Camera Pill" which is then excreted out after the 24 to 48 hours that the pill takes to go through the digestive system.

You only have to glance briefly at www.israel21c.org to see the range of innovations produced by Israeli scientists that seek to improve people's lives. The many innovations include using music therapy to help deaf and hearing-impaired toddlers, developing alternative energy sources such as solar and hydro power and an Iphone App for finding free Parking in New York.

Yet, a successful boycott, particularly an academic boycott, would stop all this develepment in its tracks. One of the main aims of the sanctions is to "cut off trade and investments". If an academic boycott succeeded then Israeli scientists would not be able to consult with international scientists over crucial developments.

And then there is Haiti. It could not have escaped anyone's notice that the reports on Sky and the BBC have focused mainly on the Israeli rescue team. The pictures and footage coming from this tragedy are too much to bear but Israel is doing its best to save those buried under the buildings and still just about alive.

As soon as the quake struck last tuesday Israel prepared to dispatch a 220 man team on two El Al planes. The entourage brought with them a field hospital that can serve 500 patients a day and includes 40 doctors, 25 nurses, a children's ward and an intensive care unit.

Sanctions would have seriously reduced the effectiveness of Israel's ability to save these lives. The rescue mission should impress on the Palestinians that Israel would go anywhere in the world to improve conditions and health, even as far as Gaza!

The Israeli, British and all the teams are heroes for putting their lives at risk by going into terribly insecure buildings which could collapse any moment especially if the expected aftershocks occur.

Even the church has not been immune from the ignorance. It recently divested from Caterpillar on the basis that Israel uses its bulldozes to demolish illegal Palestinian homes. The church made a recent ineffectual gesture by dumping its shares in Caterpillar even though Caterpillar could now be playing a crucial role in helping Israel's rescue mission by using its equipment to move swathes of rubble to get to the dead and dying.

But even as Israel does good the anti-Israel brigade will again attempt stir up an audience against Israel. In London tomorrow night (tuesday) there is an anti-Israel meeting. It is at Conway Hall, Red Lion Square from 7pm till 9pm.

You would hope that for one night the whole event could be turned into a "Help Haiti" evening. The hostilities against Israel could be resumed once every thing has been done to rescue Haitians.

The combined passion, intelligence and power of these people could be used to such positve effect, instead it will be wasted as Israel once again becomes the target.

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Andrew Sanger

Mon, 01/18/2010 - 20:00

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How right you are. Thank you for writing this piece.

Andrew Sanger


gordon bennett

Mon, 01/18/2010 - 20:50

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I wonder, Rich, whether you are in favour of boycotting goods advertised by Bar Rafaeli?
Also, no doubt the vice chair of the ZF will be at the anti-Israel meeting you mention, drumming up support for the anti-Zionists


Jon_i_Cohen

Mon, 01/18/2010 - 20:58

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Ignore the Troll comment from "Gordon Bennett" or was it "Bennet", he's never sure who he is.

Well done richmillett excellent piece!!


Yvetta

Mon, 01/18/2010 - 20:59

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I couldn't agree more, Rich, except that I haven't noticed the BBC concentrating at all on the Israelis' presence. George Alagiah did mention it en passant last evening (I applauded!), but it was Sky that made the running by showing the El Al plane on the tarmac to illustrate international relief efforts.
The great technologies emanating from Israel deserve more world attention, but the media in general prefer to demonise Israel, one way or another, whether by accident or design.


gordon bennett

Mon, 01/18/2010 - 21:14

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More bullying from the friend of the BNP, eh JIC?
As for Haiti, well if it assuages Israel's guilt opver Gaza...


richmillett

Mon, 01/18/2010 - 21:19

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Yvetta, it was actually the BBC last night that said "today we spent time with the Israeli rescue team" or words to that effect. The BBC was doing so well until tonight's Panorama!

Is Bar Rafaeli a model? Why would anyone boycott goods advertised by her?


richmillett

Mon, 01/18/2010 - 21:24

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Gordon Bennett - Israel saves lives and all you talk of is assuaging guilt over Gaza? You are something else!


Yvetta

Mon, 01/18/2010 - 21:24

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I'm glad to hear of that, Rich. They sometimes surprise!
I saw the doleful "Panorama" piece. I'm uneasy about the settlements, but it was so obviously a "let's kick Israel" piece, and the reporter a Clare Short lookalike, that it antagonised me from virtually the start.


gordon bennett

Mon, 01/18/2010 - 21:26

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Whenever Israel does this sort of thing thousands of miles from home, you have to ask yourself why when it has created humanitarian disasters at home and on its doorstep. It doesn't send the doctors thousands of miles for altruistic reasons and it knows that it can rely on its megaphones abroad to toe the party line.


Yvetta

Mon, 01/18/2010 - 21:28

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Yes, Gordon, you're out of order here - Gaza or no Gaza, Israel always sends rescue teams to earthquake-hit zones, including making preparations to help Iranian victims not so long ago (if you remember Iran perversely wouldn't accept the offer).


gordon bennett

Mon, 01/18/2010 - 21:29

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Ah, Panorama. I was wondering when the first blossom of self-righteousness would show itself. Funny how the mayor of Jerusalem and the Elad people were spoken to and were able to damn themselves with their justification for ethnic cleansing. And since when, Yvetta, do we judge people by the way they look? I bet some people don't think you are much of an oil painting.


gordon bennett

Mon, 01/18/2010 - 21:32

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Yvetta, Israel knows its megaphones will toe the line. But Akiva Eldar has shown the true face when it has a humanitarian disaster on its doorstep, one for which it is largely responsible and to which it needs not send a Jumbo Jet, just allow in aid, then it goes all coy and defensive.


richmillett

Mon, 01/18/2010 - 21:33

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Gordon, you could lay off the insults. You do the anti-Israel lobby a disservice. She wasn't insulting the reporter, but was merely saying she looked like Clare Short, which she did (a bit)!


Yvetta

Mon, 01/18/2010 - 21:36

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Gordon, I meant her resemblance to an ultra-left Israel-basher turned me off; I made no value judgments re her beauty. Now stop scraping the bottom of the barrel.


gordon bennett

Mon, 01/18/2010 - 21:45

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Yvetta, you were still judging her output by her looks. For shame.


Jonathan Hoffman

Mon, 01/18/2010 - 22:35

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"Akiva Eldar has shown the true face ..."

Gordon Bennet/Bennett

What is your true face? We don't know do we - because you are too cowardly to post in your real name. You just lie that Gordon Bennet/Bennett is your real name and then fail to provide a single URL to substantiate it.

Thank heaven that Israel haters like you are so blatantly dishonest. It makes our job a whole lot easier.

Great article Richard


tomeisner2

Mon, 01/18/2010 - 23:27

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The issue as far as I am concerned isn't how kind Israel has been to the Haitins but the ongoing discrimination they show to the Palestinians.
Look we were born Jewish and so we would be treated ok if we had been born in Israel but if you are born as a Pal. you have had it. That is not fair. Are we Jews more important than Palestinians, are we really so special. And please no one accuse me of being a self hating Jew because actually I quite like myself!


richmillett

Mon, 01/18/2010 - 23:41

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Tom, there is discrimination South African style, which was plain wrong and there is discrimination Israel style because they want to stay alive, which is plain right.

If in doubt read the Hamas Charter about killing Jews.


David Whippman

Tue, 01/19/2010 - 20:44

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Great piece Rich. But of course the Israel-bashers don't care how many people would lose out if Israeli ingenuity were lost.
I'm inclined to believe that "gordon bennett" is a wind-up, some naughty little geek who's managed to log on to mummy's computer. But then again, maybe not: the anti-Zionists will turn intellectual back somersaults in their efforts to convince themselves that the Israelis are always in the wrong and Hamas etc are really a bunch of jolly nice chaps who intend nothing but good.

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