The Prospect for Palestinian Economic Boycott of Israel: Forms and Difficulties

Raja Khalidi, author           

Dr. Ghassan Khatib and Mr. Fajr Harb, commentators 

The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement (BDS), a late-comer to the Palestinian struggle for freedom, has garnered much support and attention in the past few years. Having gained much support and fame within the international pro-Palestinian student solidarity and trade union movements, BDS has shown that it can become an efficient tool in resistance against Israel. The successes of boycott policies in other theatres - especially the struggle against Apartheid in South Africa - have proven that under certain conditions, boycott movements are a very effective tool. In the context of searching for new options to return vigor and effectiveness to the Palestine struggle, and in order to build a new collective culture of resistance, it is prudent to study the possibility of adopting a national Palestinian campaign to boycott Israel and its plausible results, as well as its implications for the immediate and medium time-frames....