Why Boycott

Why should we boycott* Israel?

:: A boycott against Israeli academic institutions and professional organizations conveys the message that scholars and professionals around the world are strongly concerned about Israeli violations of International Law. Israeli scholars and professionals who are in opposition to such violations should, of course, not be boycotted.

:: Although the KTH Action Group focuses on academic and professional boycott, our activities should be seen within the context of a general boycott of Israel.

:: Israel is violating fundamental human rights of the Palestinian people. The Palestinians are deprived of their land, their real estate property, their freedom of movement, their access to water, to education, and the right to live peacefully in their own country. Israel has a world record in violating International Law.

:: Other means to solve the conflict have proved ineffective. Despite the continuous violation of human rights and international laws, and the refusal to abide by UN resolutions, Israel enjoys lack of diplomatic pressure, great tolerance with the Zionist expansion project and special trade agreements with USA and the European Union.

:: Popular Palestinian organisations demand boycott and sanctions as a way to stop violation of human rights and achieve peace. Also Israeli organisations in opposition to the Israeli government policy are in favour of boycott. Thus boycott actions should be seen as an act of solidarity with those who act against an oppressive system.

:: There is a rapidly growing world-wide movement for boycott of Israel, which means that the boycott has a good chance to make a difference.

:: Boycott actions can be carried out by ordinary citizens at their work places and in their everyday life. One does not have to wait for binding decisions of established organisations in order to contribute to a peaceful settlement of the conflict.

 

*When referring to boycott we also mean disinvestment and various types of sanctions.