Call for an Economic Boycott and Political Non-recognition of the Israeli Settlements in the Occupied Territories

The following statement was written by David Abraham (University of Miami), Kai Bird (Author), and Todd Gitlin (Columbia University) under the auspices of Partners for Progressive Israel.  If you agree with it, please add your name and affiliation as indicated below.

We, the undersigned, oppose an economic, political or cultural boycott of Israel itself as defined by its June 4, 1967 borders. We believe that this Green Line should be the starting point for negotiations between the Israeli and Palestinian parties on future boundaries between two states. To promote such negotiations, we call for a targeted boycott of all goods and services from all Israeli settlements in the Occupied Territories and any investments that promote the Occupation, until such time as a peace settlement is negotiated between the Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority. We further call upon the U. S. government to exclude settlements from trade benefits accorded to Israeli enterprises and to strip all such Israeli entities in the West Bank from the tax exemptions which the Internal Revenue Service currently grants to American non-profit tax-exempt organizations. The objects of our call are all commercial and residential Israeli-sponsored entities located outside the 1967 Green Line. It is our hope that targeted boycotts and changes in American policy, limited to the Israeli settlements in the Occupied Territories, will encourage all parties to negotiate a two-state solution to this longstanding conflict.

The statement has been published in the NYRB (October 13, 2016) and The Nation (October 26, 2016) and reported in the Forward and in Haaretz.

As of November 8, 2016 there are more than 323 signatories. Their names can be found below.