Boycott the Gaza Invasion this Thanksgiving

How not to shop while they drop—bombs

By Chris Iosso, Gen­eral Edi­tor of Unbound
Separation Wall Graffiti, Photo by Madison Munoz

Sep­a­ra­tion Wall Graf­fiti, Photo by Madi­son Munoz

The grim truth about Israel’s cur­rent bomb­ing of Gaza is that the U.S. gov­ern­ment will do very lit­tle to limit the one-sided col­lec­tive pun­ish­ment or cor­rect the claims that this pre-election mil­i­tary cam­paign by the Netanyahu gov­ern­ment is about “defense.” The casu­alty toll already con­firms the vast inequal­ity of power, recall­ing the last inva­sion of Gaza in late 2008 and early 2009 that killed 1400 Pales­tini­ans to 14 Israelis. The con­stant and delib­er­ate cal­i­bra­tion of Israel’s mil­i­tary activ­ity is referred to, accord­ing to The New York Times, as “cut­ting the grass,” a term that denies the peo­ple of Gaza both their rights and their human­ity. Nat­u­rally, Unbound joins all calls for ceasefire—always appropriate—and for UN observers for the Israel/Gaza bor­der on an on-going basis. Human lives are at stake and equal in God’s eyes, despite dif­fer­ences in power, ide­ol­ogy, and faith.

This brief arti­cle has four parts. It will begin by com­ment­ing upon recent church state­ments related to Gaza, based on the con­vic­tions that all peo­ples deserve self-determination and that force alone will always mean injus­tice. Then we look at two aspects of the cur­rent Gaza sit­u­a­tion: inter­na­tional hos­til­ity at the United States as well as Israel and the con­text of unend­ing mil­i­tary occu­pa­tion, of which the cur­rent mas­sive pun­ish­ment bomb­ing is only an inten­si­fi­ca­tion. We will con­clude by reaf­firm­ing the action of boy­cotting the prod­ucts of Israeli set­tle­ments on Pales­tin­ian land, one small way for peo­ple of con­science to resist the con­tin­ued crush­ing of human hope in Palestine.

Arti­cle Structure:

  1. Recent Church Statements/Background
  2. Grow­ing Inter­na­tional Hostility
  3. The On-Going Mil­i­tary Occupation
  4. The logic of non­vi­o­lent eco­nomic pressure

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