Shlomo Swirski, Israel is Paying Heavily for the Occupation

Shlomo Swirski, Israel is Paying Heavily for the Occupation

BDS advocates often argue that Israel has an economic interest in maintaining the occupation: its military tests weapons on Palestinians and markets them as ‘battle proven’; its security companies export knowledge to foreign police and military forces; and its workforce is highly invested in building and protecting the settlements. Therefore, they argue, the only way to force it to leave the West Bank is a boycott. Only when Israelis feel the consequences of the occupation will they choose to end it.

Dr. Shlomo Swirski, the academic director of the Adva Center and one of the most prominent Israeli sociologists, argue that the BDS advocates are wrong. Indeed, some in Israel profit, but such profits are dwarfed by the damage wrought to the Israeli economy as a whole due to the contraction of economic activity. Moreover, the money diverted to settlements is taken out of the budgets of development towns, the education and health systems. Israelis are suffering everyday the cost of the occupation.

So what is the cost of the occupation to Israel’s economy? And if it’s so heavy, why do Israelis continue voting for the Right?

Listen to our conversation with Dr. Shlomo Swirski

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By | 2018-08-28T13:56:26+00:00 September 15th, 2016|Economy, Israeli Left, Palestinians, Podcast, The Occupation|2 Comments


  1. BERNARD AVISHAI October 5, 2016 at 4:10 pm - Reply
  2. Lynda December 28, 2016 at 10:41 am - Reply

    Hello there, just read about the bed rest, I will keep you in my prayers! Do you need some good reading material? I live at the bookstore, lol! Hang in there.Love the note on the chrlobkaad, nice cheery note!

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