Posted 8 years ago on March 14, 2012, 8:14 a.m. EST by ShubeLMorgan2
from New York, NY
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Noam sat down for a video recorded chat about Israel and the campaign to boycott, divest from and sanction Israel.Interesting stuff...
Watch the video:
from zero to 1:07 asked about the Palestinian right of return as upheld by international law. First objection he voices "destruction of Israel".
1:13 -1:26 "the hypocrisy rises to heaven you know it's a hundred times worse in the United States or England or other countries" Had this argument held during the international struggle against apartheid there would have been no boycott, no sanctions against South Africa.
1:35 "It's not a call from the Palestinian people, it's a call from groups who call themselves the Palestinian people"
1:58 - 2:16 "Even if it were, let's say it was.......... (Here Noam explains that he knows best what's good for the Palestinian people and for good measure what's best for the Somali people as well.)
2:28 "It's a gift to US and Israeli hardliners"
2:30 "They know perfectly well that there's not gonna be an implementation of the right to return."
International Law demands this implementation.
3:40 he tells us that the call for divestment from Israel is a mistake because it doesn't include a call for divestment from the United States- again with the hypocrisy accusation, again ridiculous and beside the point- the point is struggle against Israel!
I'd say this is really a silly argument on the chompster's part. By this logic, again, the campaign against South Africa was hypocritical. Occupying a Bank Of America but not a Citibank or Fed branch is also hypocritical- after all why should shareholders of one take a loss but not the others?
4:00 to 4:19- an interesting admission by the chompster. He was a professor at MIT which "took part" in the Vietnam war. One could find a lot about that and his own individual role (while he participated to some extent in protests against that war which was buttering his bread) if one wanted to thanks to the miracle of search engines, but no doubt you're not interested.
4:30- 4:40. BDS "could be attacked for pure anti Semitism, now unfortunately that was with justice."