Thursday, July 2, 2009

Naomi Klein on "Rejecting Normalization" with Israel

Author Naomi Klein has been spending time in the Middle East on a "non-conventional" book tour for her book The Shock Doctrine which has recently been translated into Arabic and Hebrew. Here is video of her speaking in Bil'in:

Klein is on this trip to the Middle East continuing her call to boycott Israel in a manner similar to the movement that led to the end of apartheid in South Africa. From an AFP story:

"Boycott is a tactic . . . we're trying to create a dynamic which was the dynamic that ultimately ended apartheid in South Africa," said Klein, the author of "The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism."

"It's an extraordinarily important part of Israel's identity to be able to have the illusion of Western normalcy," the Canadian writer and activist said.

"When that is threatened, when the rock concerts don't come, when the symphonies don't come, when a film you really want to see doesn't play at the Jerusalem film festival . . . then it starts to threaten the very idea of what the Israeli state is."

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