RAMALLAH, March 24 (JMCC) - Palestinian boycott advocate Omar Barghouti writes a
stirring call to the western public, asking them to rise up to fight for social and economic justice. In this, he calls on the public to ask for the rights of Palestinians through boycott, divestment and sanctions.
I wish you Egypt so you can fulfill your countries' legal and moral obligations to help rebuild the ravished, de-developed economies and societies of your former -- or current -- colonies, so that their young men can find their own homelands viable, livable and lovable again, instead of risking death -- or worse -- on the high seas to reach your mirage-washed shores, giving up loved ones and a place they once called home. You see, they're here because you were there... and we all know what you did there!
I wish you Egypt so you can rekindle the spirit of the South African anti-apartheid struggle by holding Israel accountable to international law and universal principles of human rights, by adopting boycott, divestment and sanctions, called for by an overwhelming majority in Palestinian civil society. There is no more effective, non-violent way to end Israel's occupation, racial discrimination and decades-old denial of the UN-sanctioned right of Palestinian refugees to return.