BDS: Jew Hatred's Other Face


By mattpryor
January 18, 2011
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This essay was written by the Israeli historian and writer Moshe Dann and first appeared in YNet:

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4013059,00.html

I thought it was excellent and worthy of reposting here, because it shows that Israelis are waking up to the nature of the campaigns waged against them around the world. Let's go to the essay:

Jew Hatred's Other Face
By Moshe Dann

Anti-Semites around the world have found a new and more subtle form of attack: Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) campaigns.

The Ramallah-based Palestinian BDS National Committee, an umbrella organization for dozens of Palestinian organizations supported by the Palestinian Authority, is a global movement. Behind anti-Israel actions by churches, unions and student groups, it is aided by the Muslim Brotherhood, with branches in 70 countries, and hundreds of campus and civic/social organizations and anti-Israel NGOs.

Wielding clichés like “apartheid,” “war crimes,” “stealing Palestinian land,” “oppressing Palestinians,” and “end the occupation,” these groups seek to delegitimize and isolate Israel as part of their program to destroy Israel.

No need for swastikas and terrorism; Arab and Muslim countries and organizations have developed a sophisticated propaganda campaign, joined by Christians, atheists, socialists and anarchists dedicated to Israel’s demise. Bedecked with ethics, law and justice, they insist that Israel withdraw to the 1949 Armistice lines, or 1947 UN proposed boundaries, leaving it vulnerable to terrorists. Their weapons are non-violent resistance that appeals to a sense of idealism and fair play, civil and human rights.

Backed by European governments, the UN, and Arab and Muslim organizations and countries, a host of NGOs condemn Israel as a pariah state, unworthy of existence. Their hate-campaign is currently focused on the Conference on Racism, to be held at the UN in New York City this summer.

If this were just a handful of Islamist fanatics, one might dismiss them; but they have lined up diplomatic and organizational support from many non-Muslims. That’s why the campaign to delegitimize Israel is so unique and dangerous.

Anti-Israel campaigns overlap with anti-Jewish sentiments, bringing together diverse groups that are otherwise ideologically, philosophically and theologically incompatible. Hatred of Israel seems to be the single overriding issue that unites fascists and communists, anarchists and fundamentalists, religious leaders and atheists, rich and poor.

Challenging Israel’s identity as a nominally Jewish state – a form of de-legitimization – seems to be an acceptable way of denying Israel’s right to exist. Objecting to the right of Jews to live in areas acquired in 1967, likewise, ignores Israel’s legal and historical claims, the proven consequences of withdrawal, and the dangers posed by creating another Arab Palestinian state.

Claiming the moral high ground

Paradoxically, a “two-state” plan, instead of reducing resistance to Israel, increases it. The prospect of a Palestinian state and sovereignty only raises expectations that it will replace Israeli sovereignty, and bring Israel’s downfall.

By arguing against what they claim are Israel’s “racist policies,” its “illegal occupation of Arab lands,” its “colonialism,” anti-Israel groups claim moral high ground.

Decrying “the occupation as a moral disaster” for Israel, therefore, identifies Jews as “occupiers,” immoral, backed by a state-sponsored immorality, a legal and historical fraud that sharpens the sword of de-legitimization and justifies BDS campaigns.

When the Gaza Strip is considered “a vast prison,” for example, then attacking those who made that prison is justified.

If a Jewish, democratic state is inherently discriminatory and “racist,” those who oppose it can be honored as “freedom fighters.” If Israel “steals Arab lands,” those who struggle to regain what is rightfully theirs are reasonable and justified. If Israeli settlements are “illegal,” that crime should be punished. This ugly representation of Israel is an intentional, one-dimensional portrait of evil.

The goal of BDS campaigns is not only to remove Jewish/Israeli presence from Judea and Samaria, the Golan and eastern Jerusalem, but total Israeli surrender. Moreover, anti-Israel BDS campaigns can be used on many issues simultaneously, ad infinitum.

This explains the misconception that Palestinian leaders “never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity.” It’s not a mistake; it’s policy – never recognize Israel’s right to exist; never negotiate the refugee issue; never compromise on Jerusalem. The problem, therefore, is not territorial, but existential.

Ironically, BDS campaigns and unilateral Palestinian moves towards UN recognition and statehood sweep away illusions and clarify the real issues: Secure and recognized borders, and ending the conflict.

The convergence of BDS hate-campaigns, de-legitimization efforts, anti-settlement activities, anti-Semitism and a virulently anti-Israel media are not only dangerous to Israel; they are shameful examples of bigotry and intolerance.

COMMENTS

mattpryor

Tue, 01/18/2011 - 18:43

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By the way if I were Israeli and reading some of those comments on the YNet article I'd be quite distressed. The hatred is plain to see.


Armchair Quarterback

Tue, 01/18/2011 - 19:32

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Matt you do come out with a stream of the most geeky inconsequential crap

no offence intended ,hopefully non taken


jose (not verified)

Tue, 01/18/2011 - 19:44

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no offence intended ,hopefully non taken

Coming from Wheelchair, such an accurate charge looks like a compliment!


amber

Tue, 01/18/2011 - 22:53

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armchair, your attack on Matt is ridiculous.

It's called intellectual curiosity and rigour. Have you even read the article?


jose (not verified)

Wed, 01/19/2011 - 07:30

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Have you even read the article?

Read??? Huh, amber, we're talking about Wheelchair....


newsmax

Wed, 01/19/2011 - 08:45

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What was it David Cameron said when referring to Gaza?

"the biggest prison in the world"

or words to that effect.

All those vile 'fascists and communists, anarchists and fundamentalists, religious leaders and atheists, rich and poor' who criticise the occupation of the West Bank and the siege on Gaza . . . B'tslem, ICAHD, Breaking the Silence . . . .


jose (not verified)

Wed, 01/19/2011 - 10:14

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What was it David Cameron said when referring to Gaza?
"the biggest prison in the world"
or words to that effect.

As far as I am concerned, that could be correct. Planet Earth is also the 'prison' of human beings, and it's even bigger.
Also Cameron certainly knows that the guards are not only Israelis but also Egyptians and would not blame one and forgive the other, would he? Because if he did that, it would mean double standards, right? And double standards are a sure sign of antisemitism

The problem is that it is not the size of the prison that matters, but if the inmates are there for a good reason. Having elected a terrorist organisation at their head, and not being able now to oppose them and reject their terror, is a terrible guilt.
Every people has a right and a duty to fight their leaders when they oppress them. The 'Palestinians' in Gaza don't do it. Therefore, they have troubles with Egypt and Israel.

One day, Gaza will be liberated from their HAMAS dictators. They will release Gilad Shalit and life will be as normal as can be.


mattpryor

Wed, 01/19/2011 - 10:20

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I think North Korea beats Gaza in terms of size of "prison camp". But what Cameron failed to mention is that while Gaza may be a prison camp, Hamas is the gaoler.

Then again it may not remain that way for long. If Hamas keep shelling Israeli towns there will be another war. Egypt sent a warning to Hamas last week. And I would bet money that a war led by Netanyahu will be a lot more decisive than one led by Olmert, and it'll be bye-bye Hamas.


amber

Wed, 01/19/2011 - 10:48

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Yes newsmax - he said in in Turkey, the country which is home to the jihadist IHH, an organization you no doubt support.

Cameron's opportunism was disgusting - he simply played up to what the audience wanted to hear in an increasingly Islamist country - and a country which is committing genocide against the Kurds.

Not that you care - can't blame Israel for it.


mattpryor

Wed, 01/19/2011 - 11:10

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I have personally forgiven Cameron for this gaff since he was new to the job and had a lot to learn. I think he'll make a good PM. I listened to Alastair Burt last night on Newsnight talking about the Tunisia crisis and got the impression that this government, unlike the last, will run a very professional and pragmatic foreign office, putting Britain's interests first.

Any idiot can see that a strong and stable Israel will be far better for Britain and for the region than a weak and diminished Israel.

The problem is that the FO has no clue how to help Israel to solve the problem with HAMAS (we still categorize them as a terrorist organisation) and is ideologically committed to the two-state plan, even though it's not longer realistic (i.e. the arabs don't want it, they want Israel gone). It's only a matter of time before politicians catch up with reality.


Yoni1

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 09:41

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"The problem is that the FO has no clue how to help Israel to solve the problem"

The FO is antisemitic to the core: they don't want to HELP Israel do anything.


mattpryor

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 11:11

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I don't like to think that's true Yoni, but as time goes by I'm starting to wonder.


Yoni1

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 16:50

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The FO's Middle East department has been ruled by Arabists for generations.


stellasolomons

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 22:30

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Why is Israel so often discussed by outsiders as if she is public property? I want to understand something as a slavish, occasionaly exhausted Zionist.

I mean, Israel didn't get into international debate over the Elgin Marbles.

Stops typing, hoping no anti-semite answers, preferring an ally here...

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