Jane McClough-Blustein’s letter, “Anti-Israel Event Omits Key Historical Facts,” contains countless historical and factual inaccuracies. Ali Abunimah is a world-renowned journalist and author and is the co-founder of The Electronic Intifada, a respected online journal. He supports the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, a global coalition of Palestinian, Israeli and international grassroots organizations seeking to hold Israel accountable for its human rights abuses and violations of international law.
The referenced event on May 14 commemorated the Palestinian Nakba, when more than 750,000 Palestinians were ethnically cleansed and over 500 villages were destroyed by Zionist militias. Palestinian refugees and their descendants number over 8 million, representing three generations of displaced peoples.
Despite McClough-Blustein’s Islamphobic rhetoric, the responsibility for the suffering of Palestinians belongs to the government of Israel, which continues to occupy and colonize Palestinian lands. Also complicit are those who invest in and profit from Israeli colonization and apartheid.
For that reason, BDS is indispensable in securing the fundamental demands of the BDS call: the end of Israel’s occupation and colonization of all Arab lands and dismantlement of the wall; the recognition of the rights of Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to their full equality, and the respect, promotion and protection of the rights of Palestinian refugees as stipulated by United Resolution 194.
With the U.S.-brokered peace process exposed as a sham, the realization of a just peace largely rests on nonviolent tactics such as BDS, not on McClough-Blustein’s tired practice of revisionist history.