If you are horrified by the actions of that oppressive regime in Israel then you can make a difference and you can voice your displeasure at the atrocities being carried against the Palestinians. In the 1980s, people of good conscience boycotted all goods from South Africa because of Apartheid. Twelve Dunnes workers stood up and said enough. They refused to have anything to do with produce from South Africa that they took to the streets and went on strike for two and a half years. What is happening today is no different. Israel commits atrocities yet they still sell their products here.
Three key features characterise Israeli apartheid:
* Four million Palestinians in the Occupied Territories lack the right to vote for the government that controls their lives through a military occupation. In addition to controlling the borders, air space, water, tax revenues, and other vital matters pertaining to the Occupied Territories, Israel alone issues the identity cards that determine the ability of Palestinians to work and their freedom of movement.
* About 1.2 million Palestinian Israelis, who make up 20 percent, or one-fifth, of Israel’s population, have second-class citizenship within Israel, which defines itself as a Jewish state rather than a state for all its citizens. More than 20 provisions of Israel’s principal laws discriminate, either directly or indirectly, against non-Jews, according to Adalah: The Legal Center for Minority Rights in Israel.
* Millions of Palestinians remain refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, and elsewhere, unable to return to their former homes and land in present-day Israel, even though the right of return for refugees is enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
We thought it was wrong then and it's wrong now. Israel is carrying out apartheid on Palestinian land, oppressing and terrorising the Palestinian people on a vast scale and it must be stopped.
If you wish to make a stand, a real stand, not like the numpties in the Dáil who say and do nothing, then hit them hardest....
with your wallet....