Will Israel Apartheid Week Do More Damage Than Good?

by
Sameera Ehteram
University campuses across North America and the UK kick off “Israel Apartheid Week” (IAW) on the 10th anniversary of the international protest against the Jewish State for its treatment of Palestinians.

Israeli Apartheid Week

University campuses across North America and the UK kick off “Israel Apartheid Week” (IAW) on the 10th anniversary of the international protest against the Jewish State for its treatment of Palestinians.

While many people across the globe are in favor, many believe that initiatives like the IAW do more damage than good.

The week is an international series of events that seeks to ‘raise awareness about Israel’s apartheid policies towards the Palestinians and to build support for the growing Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign.

But does it serve the purpose?

There are three kinds of people out there who have very strong opinions for and against the action.

There are those of course, who are all for it:

And the ones who very vocally disagree with the Apartheid Week and ask to # rethink2014. Their motto: Re-educate. Re-assess. Re-think:

Among these there are the Where-did-that-come-from reactions:

As well as the rational ones:

And then of course, there is a group who has taken the rethinking to another level:

While the atrocities committed by Israel against Palestinians may be true and the country probably needs a lesson on how to treat people, advocating negative sentiments and inciting possible hate against any country can never be the answer.

There has to be a better way of creating awareness and demanding justice.

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