„The PFLP and BDS nexus is not limited to the United States. The group is increasingly active among BDS groups in Europe. In 2013, Shawn Jabarin, the director of the Palestinian NGO Al-Haq, visited France, where he lectured for several organizations and granted interviews about boycotting Israeli goods. Jabarin was denied travel visas by Israel, and was flagged by Israel as being a PFLP activist in the 1980s and 1990s. Recently, the PFLP sent its most famous member, the first woman hijacker in history, Leila Khaled, on speaking tours worldwide. In April 2016, she visited the German organization Falestin Beytona, the Offices of the Communist Party of Sweden in Gothenburg, and the Austrian-Arab Cultural Center (OKAZ) in Vienna – all organizations that support BDS. Khaled was also the guest of the BDS movement of South Africa in 2015.
Khaled position on violence has not changed. She sees BDS as a means to an ends. In a 2015 op-ed, she notes that BDS ‚sustains our resistance and our revolution,‘ But she also notes that, ‚refusing to buy products in a store or cancelling a corporate contract will not liberate Palestine. Nothing but the Palestinian struggle and resistance in all of its forms, from refusing the orders of an occupation soldier to marching in protests to armed struggle, will liberate Palestine.‘ The BDS campaign has always been controversial. It is, in essence, an effort to wage economic warfare against Israel. Whatever legitimacy it has garnered comes largely from claims that it eschews violence. But the campaign’s growing ties to the PFLP tell another story, seemingly validating the harshest accusations leveled against it.“ (Jonathan Schanzer/Kate Havard: „Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement attracting groups with terrorist ties“)
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