Zehava Galon, a member of the Knesset and the chairwoman of the progressive Meretz party, said in a plenary session at the J Street conference that she boycotts the settlements in her own purchases. She also expressed her hope that settlement boycott campaigns could play a role in getting Israelis themselves to consider the economic cost of the Occupation. “There is a welfare state—it’s in the settlements,” she said. “Putting the question of boycotting settlements on the table is important in order to talk about the price we are paying for having the settlements for more than forty years.”
I appreciate Ashley’s focus upon this important issue, and her mention of the Partners for Progressive Israel and of the new Meretz party leader, Zehava Galon, whom we support. ... [T]his settlements-only boycott idea is confusing to the BDS movement[:] Your paragraph on Mario Franssen indicates that he both supports a total boycott against Israel and a settlements-only boycott. ...I share MK Avishai Braverman’s concern that a settlements-only boycott may lead us down a slippery slope to total BDS, which I oppose; but perhaps Franssen’s shift in strategy indicates that it’ll go in the other direction? ... My opposition to total BDS is mostly because this movement only blames Israel for the ongoing conflict, when the Second Intifada and the years of attacks on Israeli civilians from the Gaza Strip, which Israel totally evacuated in 2005 (as well as other historic instances of Arab violence against Israel and Jews) should also be blamed..... But I support as a decision of individual conscience, as well as a teaching tool, the decision of my colleagues in Partners for Progressive Israel to endorse a boycott of “undemocratic Israel” (as Beinart calls the settlements beyond Israel’s pre-1967 border) as distinct from “democratic Israel” within that former boundary.