Warped boycott crowd

Nothing better illustrates the warped mindset of the Jew-haters who push for a boycott of Israel than the experience of the Stills gallery in Edinburgh. Earlier this year, the Israeli embassy handed over a small sum to the gallery to support an exhibition by video artist Yael Bartana. Ms Bartana is a vocal critic of Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians. You might think that the activists who profess their support for the Palestinian cause would welcome such an exhibition. But you would be wrong, because that assumes they are primarily motivated by support for Palestinians. Their actions in Edinburgh show that it is in reality blind hatred for Israel which lies behind their campaign. The Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign told the gallery it would disrupt the exhibition with protests every day unless the Israeli embassy’s money was returned. They would rather prevent an exhibition by a prominent advocate of the Palestinian cause than allow Israel to facilitate such an exhibition. Remember that next time you hear them pretend that this is about aiding the Palestinians rather than attacking Israel.

Last updated: 2:54pm, April 24 2014