Good and bad news today on Palestine

by ray goodlass

The Israelis are attempting to move Bedouin tribes out of their traditional homes to make way for new settlements. So much for US talk about pressuring the Israelis to stop new settlement building. That’s the bad news.

The good news is that the European Union has announced that it will no longer do business with anyone active in Palestinian lands occupied by Israel since the 1967 war. It was also good to see and hear Hanan Ashrawi speaking again on the news about it, as she has been quiet for a number of years, at least as far as the news media I see. As a means of exerting pressure on Israel it is good to hear, though how effective it will be I have my doubts, and it certainly falls far short of a boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS), which is probably all that will have an impact – it worked to help end the apartheid regime in South Africa, after all, and the parallels are very similar.