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19 November 2014

Many supporters of Zionism react to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign because it actually works. They have every right to be concerned that their carefully customized discourse on Israel’s infallibility (juxtaposed with Palestinian depravity) – which has been promoted for decades in various media and political outlets in the US and Western countries – is now simply falling apart.

The issue is not about hummus, chocolate bars or Dead Sea vacations. It is about civil society taking full responsibility for its own actions (or lack of). The issue is not exactly about Israeli products either, but rather about how even a seemingly innocent decision like buying Israeli dates may enable the continued subjugation of the Palestinian people.

Because the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement highlights this, the reaction it often generates is charged and vehement.

The Media Review Network fully supports this campaign and urges all South Africans of conscience to do likewise. If Apartheid was unacceptable in South Africa for South Africans then it must be unacceptable for all freedom-loving citizens of the world, including Israel.

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The Media Review Network Office

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The aspiration of the Media Review Network is to dispel the myths and stereotypes about Islam and Muslims and to foster bridges of understanding among the diverse people of our country. The Media Review Network believes that Muslim perspectives on issues impacting on South Africans are a prerequisite to a better appreciation of Islam.