As somebody who washes with ions on a rinseless cycle, shells out untold amounts of (her boyfriend’s) money on sustainable furniture, decorates with environmentally friendly materials, who is vegan, who never uses plastic bags, holidays train-rides away, walks to get the shopping and everywhere possible – who is, in short, tries hard to be green, and am more Green than I am anything else, anyway – I am deeply turned off about this news from Engage – the Greens have voted to boycott Israel.
…the boycott motion is part of an “internal strategy” and “external strategy” to make the “green redder” and the “red greener”, or, still in Sean’s [proposer of the motion] own words, a strategy to “promote debate and raise awareness among rank and file party members that chime with their level of consciousness but which move them to begin to question some of the fundamental assumptions of bourgeois ideology and which raise demands that cannot be met within the limitations of a capitalist state.”
Red and green is brown. Brown is the colour of turds and Nazi uniforms, which just about sums up that motion.
Debate, again. People call their bad motions ‘debates’ as if the word endows any idea with a halo and a pair of angel wings.
See Engage and its resources section for why this boycott resolution is factually and ethically wrong. It has no aims or endpoints. It treats the conflict with remarkable and condemnable similicity as Israel’s sole problem and responsibility, as if there were no threats of obliteration from Hamas and Hesbollah. It tells lies about Arab Israels – it neglects to mention that, like Arab Israelis, Jewish Israelis only ‘own’ 4% of the land, because 92% is unavailable for private purchase. It is vague about who it means when talking about ‘Palestinians’. It refers to an ‘apartheid wall’ as if Israel and the West Bank were a single country rather than two separate territories, one of which is under occupation. It neglects to count UN resolutions of which Palestinians and states adjoining Israel are also in violation. It lies about ethnic cleansing – in fact the Palestinian and Arab-Israeli population is growing well (notwithstanding the brain-drain from the OPTs). I’d like to know more about the water use, but if it is ‘renewable’ as the motion says, then that raises a lot of questions. It calls Israel ‘supposedly democratic’. Israel has a free press, is less of a surveillance society than either the UK or US, has a legal system which is highly regarded globally and, of course, free and fair elections. In the face of considerable and escalating threats from its neighbours, and in the shadow of a global bid to wipe Jews out, Israel’s successes should be celebrated alongside our criticism of the settlements and the social exclusion of Arab Israelis which remains prevalent.