Your editorial, “Our Views: Anti-Israel move under false pretenses,” must be labeled a “quick and dirty” laced with expressions of abject ignorance and omission of historic context. You attacked the “resolution” unanimously passed by the New Orleans City Council, failing to identify the resolution as a “Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) initiative proposed by the New Orleans Palestinian Solidarity Committee. Moreover, you and The Advocate’s editorial board neglected to research what the global “Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS)” movement is all about, as stated in the global BDS website:
The New Orleans City Council is expected this week to reconsider its controversial resolutio…
"Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) is a Palestinian-led movement for freedom, justice and equality. BDS upholds the simple principle that Palestinians are entitled to the same rights as the rest of humanity. Israel is occupying and colonizing Palestinian land, discriminating against Palestinian citizens of Israel and denying Palestinian refugees the right to return to their homes. Inspired by the South African anti-apartheid movement, the BDS call urges action to pressure Israel to comply with international law. BDS is now a vibrant global movement made up of unions, academic associations, churches and grassroots movements across the world. Eleven years since its launch, BDS is having a major impact and is effectively challenging international support for Israeli apartheid and settler-colonialism."
Past findings in reports by the U.S. State Department, United Nations reports, Amnesty International, etc. chronicle Israel’s unlawful five-decade occupation of Palestinian territories, including East Jerusalem, West Bank and Gaza and Israel’s many violations of Palestinian human rights over the past five decades.
BDS is a 12-year-old nonviolent movement protesting Israel’s military occupation and continuing human rights violations in Palestine.
Reports from the U.S. State Department, Amnesty International, the United Nations and other human/civil rights organizations acknowledge Israel's "unlawful killings, excessive force, torture and discrimination" against Palestinians, along with Israel's 50-year military occupation of Palestinian territories neighboring Israel that continues to deny Palestine and its people their freedom, justice and equality.
Palestine’s longstanding struggle for freedom, justice and equality should remind you of a similar movement, the Civil Rights Movement, in the United States, including Baton Rouge and the State of Louisiana.
James F. Michie
retired federal employee