A recent BDS statement claims that Israel’s efforts to improve the environment are only intended to ”greenwash” the Jewish state’s image.
Just when you think you’ve heard of everything, the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement comes up with a new, and even more absurd, accusation blaming Israel for the world’s problems
Now, the BDS movement claims Israel perpetrates “climate apartheid”.
The struggles against racism and militarization, and for climate, economic and social justice are profoundly interconnected.
— BDS movement (@BDSmovement) September 23, 2019
According to this ridiculous statement, the “indigenous Palestinians who live under Israel’s repressive regime have no control over their land or natural resources” and must endure Israel’s ”climate apartheid”. Notwithstanding the BDS movement’s false accusations, the majority of Palestinians are actually governed by Mahmoud Abbas’ autonomous, corruption-plagued Palestinian Authority, which shows little to no regard for environmental conservation.
BDS aslo accuses Israel of destroying Gaza’s agriculture, saying that “Israel destroys hundred-year-old olive trees and solar energy installations’‘. Yet, the statement fails to mention the hundreds of rockets launched from Gaza and arson terror that burned thousands of acres of land in southern Israel.
They also omit the fact that Palestinians destroyed critical agricultural infrastructure, such as state-of-the-art greenhouses, when all Jews were expelled from Gaza in 2005. The Palestinians wrecked the facilities for no other reason than spite, harming themselves when they could have benefited from the infrastructure.
With regard to Israel’s impressive technological advances and environmental contributions to the world, the BDS statement says that Israel only does these things to “greenwash” its image.