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Mixed Message: PA Arrests BDS Activists in Ramallah

The four Palestinian BDS activists stand during their court appearance in Ramallah.

The four Palestinian BDS activists stand during their court appearance in Ramallah.
Photo Credit: Wattan TV video screenshot

In an unprecedented incident, the Palestinian Authority has arrested four anti-Israel BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) activists in Ramallah about two weeks ago.

The four, Zeid Shuaibi, Abdel Jawad Hamayel, Fadi Quran and Fajr Harb, were arrested on charges of “provoking riots and the breach of public tranquility.” The four demonstrated against an Indian dance group performing in Ramallah that performed in Tel Aviv as well. The protesters accused the Indian dancers of violating their campaign for boycotting Israel, claiming that their appearance in Tel Aviv was a form of “normalization” with Israel. The incident seriously embarrassed the Palestinian Authority leadership and resulted in a decision to prosecute the four BDS activists. The four appeared in court on May 28th to face the charges against them. However, the trial was postponed until July 14th because state witnesses, policemen, failed to appear in court.

Amnesty International has already called on the PA to drop the charges and has stated it will investigate alleged police violence. “The reported treatment of the four men once in custody has undermined their right to a fair trial and raises concerns that they are being punished for their political protest,” the statement read.

Omar Barghouti, one of the leaders of the BDS movement, said that the PA should be put on trial for bringing the four men to court. “If the four men are brought before a court, then we should prosecute the Palestinian Authority for serving the Israeli occupation’s project,” he said. “The decision to prosecute the four men was taken in collusion with the fierce Israeli campaign against the BDS.”

Khaled Abu Toameh, writing for Gatestone, writes that the BDS movement is seen by the PA as trouble-makers and law-breakers. For some PA officials, BDS is a movement that acts against the true interests of the Palestinians. They say that the actions of those promoting BDS make the Palestinians appear as if they are not interested in peace and coexistence with Israel. BDS activists in Ramallah have succeeded in preventing several planned meetings between Israelis and Palestinians in Ramallah and east Jerusalem. The Palestinian Authority is also worried that BDS is harming the Palestinians’ relations with other countries. The disturbance of the Indian dance troupe’s performance is an example. Toameh believes that The PA move against the BDS activists shows that it considers the movement a threat to Palestinian interests.

Gilad Zwick, an analyst at MIDA, explains that the Palestinians are well aware of the extent of the damage the BDS can cause them financially if the boycotters’ ambitions are fully realized.

There are 14 Israeli industrial and agricultural parks in Judea and Samaria, including 788 factories and businesses, employing some 11,000 Palestinian workers, alongside 6,000 Israeli workers. Furthermore, according to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, workers in industrial zones in Judea and Samaria are paid twice and three times the average Palestinian salary and also receive full social benefits as prescribed by Israeli law. In addition, Palestinian businessmen prefer the Israeli economy’s stability and comparative freedom over the corrupt PA’s economy. Thus, according to research conducted at Al–Quds University, the Palestinian volume of investments in the Israeli economy is two times higher than in the Palestinian economy. Approximately 16,000 Palestinian businessmen with entry visas into Israel choose to invest their money there. Therefore, the struggle to boycott Israel further gravely undermines the Palestinian economy, which is dependent on its Israeli neighbor. Israelis can transfer their factories elsewhere, but Palestinians will remain with nothing.

About the Author: Aryeh Savir is director of the International division of Tazpit News Agency.


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16 Responses to “Mixed Message: PA Arrests BDS Activists in Ramallah”

  1. INDONESIA LOVE PALESTINE

  2. Einar Lund says:

    Må jo bare smile litt av denne historien, very funny :)

  3. Bastards of BDS slaved by Muslims

  4. The BDS has no business in Israel. They are not jews. There is no such place named palestine in the koran. But Israel is mentioned many times in the koran stating that Israel if for the Jews. Those who call themselves palestinian are from egypt, jordan, iran, you see the message. They need to go home, back to their own country and stay there.If the muslims would stop their aggression then there would be peace.

  5. Are you sure because Palestine is in Texas, USA.

  6. Michael Hart says:

    Duh … The Palestinians don’t want BDS because it will cripple them …it’s not rocket science, but when you are blinded by your Jew hatred it’s like rocket science.

  7. Brenda, they don’t want peace. They want to kill every Jew between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea. That’s what the conflict has always been about. It’s not about land. It’s about hatred. It always has been.

  8. You are a broken record, Omar. Same BS day after day and you are wasting your breath. Israel will still be thriving while you will,be worm excrement. Save your breath, fool.

  9. Ira Abramson says:

    Even the bad guys do not want the BDS group. They hurt even the Palestinians. Israel is 18% Arab.

  10. GOD BLESS ISRAEL.
    GOD LOVES ISRAEL.
    GOD WILL PROTECT ISRAEL

  11. But also wealth, the wealth that the Jews would leave behind like they did in europe 70years ago. remember this is what their grand mufte promised them and was the reason they left Israel right before the1948 war.

  12. No, they want to kill every Jew and Jewess, regardless of where they are.

  13. Loren Renee says:

    Very interesting analysis.

  14. What a life to always think everyone hates you

  15. Read the Bible not the Koran! The God of Israel destroys those who come against Israel. Ezk 35-38

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