Academic boneheads, merchants of hate and ignorant thinking……
Both Prof. Emeritus Lauri Hannikainen, and Prof. Jarna Petman, both from the University of Helsinki join the pantheon of miscreants and malcontents signing on to a petition condemning countries/states that have enacted legislation against BDS measures that discriminate against Israel.
The incoherence of the piece is staggering.
Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) is a global, peaceful movement led by Palestinian civil society that seeks to put pressure on Israel to honour its obligations under international humanitarian and human rights law as demanded by numerous UN resolutions, in particular to end the occupation of Palestinian and Syrian territories, stop systemic discrimination against Palestinians in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and Israel itself, and permit the return of Palestinian refugees.
The BDS movement is not peaceful as it claims, nor is it lead by the Arabs entirely, it’s also lead by European Leftists who continue on with their 1960’s struggle against the United States by attacking its closest Middle Eastern state ally, Israel. The only UN resolution tied at the heart of the Arabs’s conflict with Israel, UNSCR242, is a Chapter Six resolution, meaning, the conflict can only be solved through negotiations only. No state nor international body can impose its will on the two parties, the two parties have to reach a mutual agreement between themselves.
As for the refugees, there has already been a population exchange that occurred mostly during the 50’s and 60’s, the lion share of what the Arabs deem as refugees, numbers around 200 000, who can be easily repatriated into the PA/Hamas run areas. There is no such thing as refugees handing down their status from generation to generation.
France, the United Kingdom, Canada and certain state legislatures in the United States, have adopted laws and taken executive action to suppress, outlaw and in some instances, criminalize the advocacy of BDS. Such measures aim to punish individuals, companies and private and public institutions that adopt ethically and legally responsible business, investment and procurement decisions.
These BDS merchants of hate never stop to think, nor would they want to, that the PA and Hamas have never complied with international law, ever since they rejected partion of the land now called Israel, Judea and Samaria. They reject international law, they like the sharia better, for it deems all land deemed by Islam to be Islamic, shall remain so, and therefor reject the Jewish state of Israel. This orwellian measure is nothing but cultural and intellectual terrorism of the first order, and needs to be condemned and its supporters ostracized.