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April 26, 2013 3:00 pm

BDS – Belligerent, Disruptive and Silly

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‘Tis the season to cause folly? Hot off the trail of Israel Apartheid Week, a global festival of anti-Israel invective that appears on University campuses around the world that extols the “virtues” of boycotts, has come a flurry of anti-Israel activity, compliments of the BDS movement.

Perhaps the most vocal of all has been former Pink Floyd front man, Roger Waters. Waters has forsaken writing rock classics to concentrate on his campaign of endorsing cultural boycotts against the Jewish State. He felt the bite of the American Jewish community when his plans for a public interview at the Theresa L. Kaufmann Concert Hall was cancelled following outrage from officials at religious group JCC Watch. Waters has done some serious back peddling. He is quoted in the Huffington Post, “I am considering my position. The letter asking my fellow musicians to boycott Israel has never appeared. I am thinking all of this through extremely carefully and I’m thinking it all through extremely carefully because I care more about the outcome, because I care about the people involved, than I do about the moment.” A mea culpa or has sanity prevailed?

While Waters’ previous stance had been comfortably dumb, he is realising that there are repercussions….

While anti-Israelists do have a democratic right to voice their opinions do they have a right to be belligerent and disruptive? BDS supporters have taken their right to protest as meaning a right to do harm. This week, three out of the four Jewish students forcibly removed from an event on campus hosted by Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) at Columbia University formally lodged a complaint. The rationale for their removal? A “plausible inference can be drawn that the removal of the four students was motivated by their political viewpoint.”

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Who can forget BDS poster boy, George Galloway, storming out of a debate at Oxford University because he doesn’t “recognise Israel or debate with Israelis.” Tsk Tsk Georgie, perhaps “Respect” is the wrong word for your political party.

Who can the trolley jockeys in the French town of Carrefour who removed Israeli produce from supermarket shelves or the flash mob in the USA demanding the removal of Israeli hummus to the tune of Lady Gaga’s song “Telephone”. The irony being that Lady Gaga is a recent visitor to Israeli shores…

And then there is South Africa. South Africa is a very important factor in the BDS movement as it is not just the birthplace of Apartheid but the seaside city of Durban was the venue for the UN Conference against Racism in 2001 where a variety of NGO’s unleashed this nefarious campaign. Some of Israel’s greatest detractors hail from the southern Africans state – Desmond Tutu, UNHRC’s Navi Pillay and John Dugard. South Africa is perhaps the most important country when it comes to BDS trend spotting. Over the last two months, BDS activists in South Africa have taken their protesting to another level.

During Israel Apartheid Week held on the campus of the University of the Witwatersrand, Israeli concert pianist, Yossi Reshef, who lives in Berlin, had his concert interrupted by vuvuzela-blowing, screaming protestors. Reshef had been invited as a guest of Tararam, an Israeli culture initiative to showcase the myriad of cultural gifts that the country has to offer. The concert abruptly ended after a short while with Diplomatic guests being hastily removed by their respective security. Members of the audience were traumatised and manhandled.

His crime? Being born in Israel.

This type of action continued at last week’s Yom Ha’atzmaut (Independence Day) celebrations when BDS protestors threw stink bombs and disrupted a performance by Israeli opera singer Yaniv D’or, in Johannesburg. This time they were in for a surprise because the community fought back. Security officials removed hostile protestors and the concert continued.

Yes, something sure smells rotten. In their haste to prove how concerned they are about Palestinian human rights, BDS activists have trampled on the rights of Jews in communities across the world. Our students have a right to protest just like you. Our concert pianists have a right to perform. Our Opera singers have a right to sing. Our community members have a right to decide for themselves. And we all have a right to celebrate our holy and national holidays without intimidation.

While the BDS campaign may have enjoyed minor victories, they have failed to score a major boycott goal. But here is a message to BDS activists:

It is summertime in Israel and apart from expecting the influx of tourists who visit us every year, we are gearing up to welcome a plethora of famous faces that includes Depeche Mode, Cliff Richard, Alicia Keys, Rihanna and another lady you may have heard of (and in my opinion Jewish royalty) Ms Barbra Streisand. We are the start up nation – a natural investment haven for major technology brands like Apple, Google, Microsoft and others who see this as a R&D haven. But don’t take my word for it – ask Warren Buffett or Stephen Hawking…

Perhaps one of our fabulous start ups will invent some technology that will allow BDS activists to hear the anguished cries of our neighbours who wonder why nobody is paying attention to how their autocratic governments are trampling on their human rights…

Their failure to do so and their singling out of Israel for opprobrium just enforces the fact that they are belligerent, disruptive and downright silly!

festival of anti-Israel invective that appears on University campuses around the
world that extols the “virtues” of boycotts, has come a flurry of anti-Israel activity,
compliments of the BDS movement.

Perhaps the most vocal of all has been former Pink Floyd front man, Roger Waters.
Waters has forsaken writing rock classics to concentrate on his campaign of endorsing
cultural boycotts against the Jewish State. He felt the bite of the American Jewish
community when his plans for a public interview at the Theresa L. Kaufmann Concert
Hall was cancelled following outrage from officials at religious group JCC Watch.
Waters has done some serious back peddling. He is quoted in the Huffington Post, “I
am considering my position. The letter asking my fellow musicians to boycott Israel
has never appeared. I am thinking all of this through extremely carefully and I’m
thinking it all through extremely carefully because I care more about the outcome,
because I care about the people involved, than I do about the moment.” A mea culpa
or has sanity prevailed?

While Waters’ previous stance had been comfortably dumb, he is realising that there
are repercussions….

While anti-Israelists do have a democratic right to voice their opinions do they have a
right to be belligerent and disruptive? BDS supporters have taken their right to protest
as meaning a right to do harm. This week, three out of the four Jewish students
forcibly removed from an event on campus hosted by Students for Justice in Palestine
(SJP) at Columbia University formally lodged a complaint. The rationale for their
removal? A “plausible inference can be drawn that the removal of the four students
was motivated by their political viewpoint.”

Who can forget BDS poster boy, George Galloway, storming out of a debate at
Oxford University because he doesn’t “recognise Israel or debate with Israelis.” Tsk
Tsk Georgie, perhaps “Respect” is the wrong word for your political party.

Who can the trolley jockeys in the French town of Carrefour who removed Israeli
produce from supermarket shelves or the flash mob in the USA demanding the
removal of Israeli hummus to the tune of Lady Gaga’s song “Telephone”. The irony
being that Lady Gaga is a recent visitor to Israeli shores…

And then there is South Africa. South Africa is a very important factor in the BDS
movement as it is not just the birthplace of Apartheid but the seaside city of Durban
was the venue for the UN Conference against Racism in 2001 where a variety of
NGO’s unleashed this nefarious campaign. Some of Israel’s greatest detractors hail
from the southern Africans state – Desmond Tutu, UNHRC’s Navi Pillay and John
Dugard. South Africa is perhaps the most important country when it comes to BDS
trend spotting. Over the last two months, BDS activists in South Africa have taken
their protesting to another level.

During Israel Apartheid Week held on the campus of the University of the
Witwatersrand, Israeli concert pianist, Yossi Reshef, who lives in Berlin, had his
concert interrupted by vuvuzela-blowing, screaming protestors. Reshef had been
invited as a guest of Tararam, an Israeli culture initiative to showcase the myriad of
cultural gifts that the country has to offer. The concert abruptly ended after a short
while with Diplomatic guests being hastily removed by their respective security.
Members of the audience were traumatised and manhandled.

His crime? Being born in Israel.

This type of action continued at last week’s Yom Ha’atzmaut (Independence Day)
celebrations when BDS protestors threw stink bombs and disrupted a performance by
Israeli opera singer Yaniv D’or, in Johannesburg. This time they were in for a surprise
because the community fought back. Security officials removed hostile protestors and
the concert continued.

Yes, something sure smells rotten. In their haste to prove how concerned they are
about Palestinian human rights, BDS activists have trampled on the rights of Jews in
communities across the world. Our students have a right to protest just like you. Our
concert pianists have a right to perform. Our Opera singers have a right to sing. Our
community members have a right to decide for themselves. And we all have a right to
celebrate our holy and national holidays without intimidation.

While the BDS campaign may have enjoyed minor victories, they have failed to score
a major boycott goal. But here is a message to BDS activists:

It is summertime in Israel and apart from expecting the influx of tourists who visit
us every year, we are gearing up to welcome a plethora of famous faces that includes
Depeche Mode, Cliff Richard, Alicia Keys, Rihanna and another lady you may have
heard of (and in my opinion Jewish royalty) Ms Barbra Streisand. We are the start up
nation – a natural investment haven for major technology brands like Apple, Google,
Microsoft and others who see this as a R&D haven. But don’t take my word for it –
ask Warren Buffett or Stephen Hawking…

Perhaps one of our fabulous start ups will invent some technology that will allow
BDS activists to hear the anguished cries of our neighbours who wonder why nobody
is paying attention to how their autocratic governments are trampling on their human
rights…

Their failure to do so and their singling out of Israel for opprobrium just enforces the
fact that they are belligerent, disruptive and downright silly!Belligerent, Disruptive and Silly

‘Tis the season to cause folly? Hot off the trail of Israel Apartheid Week, a global

festival of anti-Israel invective that appears on University campuses around the

world that extols the “virtues” of boycotts, has come a flurry of anti-Israel activity,

compliments of the BDS movement.

Perhaps the most vocal of all has been former Pink Floyd front man, Roger Waters.

Waters has forsaken writing rock classics to concentrate on his campaign of endorsing

cultural boycotts against the Jewish State. He felt the bite of the American Jewish

community when his plans for a public interview at the Theresa L. Kaufmann Concert

Hall was cancelled following outrage from officials at religious group JCC Watch.

Waters has done some serious back peddling. He is quoted in the Huffington Post, “I

am considering my position. The letter asking my fellow musicians to boycott Israel

has never appeared. I am thinking all of this through extremely carefully and I’m

thinking it all through extremely carefully because I care more about the outcome,

because I care about the people involved, than I do about the moment.” A mea culpa

or has sanity prevailed?

While Waters’ previous stance had been comfortably dumb, he is realising that there

are repercussions….

While anti-Israelists do have a democratic right to voice their opinions do they have a

right to be belligerent and disruptive? BDS supporters have taken their right to protest

as meaning a right to do harm. This week, three out of the four Jewish students

forcibly removed from an event on campus hosted by Students for Justice in Palestine

(SJP) at Columbia University formally lodged a complaint. The rationale for their

removal? A “plausible inference can be drawn that the removal of the four students

was motivated by their political viewpoint.”

Who can forget BDS poster boy, George Galloway, storming out of a debate at

Oxford University because he doesn’t “recognise Israel or debate with Israelis.” Tsk

Tsk Georgie, perhaps “Respect” is the wrong word for your political party.

Who can the trolley jockeys in the French town of Carrefour who removed Israeli

produce from supermarket shelves or the flash mob in the USA demanding the

removal of Israeli hummus to the tune of Lady Gaga’s song “Telephone”. The irony

being that Lady Gaga is a recent visitor to Israeli shores…

And then there is South Africa. South Africa is a very important factor in the BDS

movement as it is not just the birthplace of Apartheid but the seaside city of Durban

was the venue for the UN Conference against Racism in 2001 where a variety of

NGO’s unleashed this nefarious campaign. Some of Israel’s greatest detractors hail

from the southern Africans state – Desmond Tutu, UNHRC’s Navi Pillay and John

Dugard. South Africa is perhaps the most important country when it comes to BDS

trend spotting. Over the last two months, BDS activists in South Africa have taken

their protesting to another level.

During Israel Apartheid Week held on the campus of the University of the

Witwatersrand, Israeli concert pianist, Yossi Reshef, who lives in Berlin, had his

concert interrupted by vuvuzela-blowing, screaming protestors. Reshef had been

invited as a guest of Tararam, an Israeli culture initiative to showcase the myriad of

cultural gifts that the country has to offer. The concert abruptly ended after a short

while with Diplomatic guests being hastily removed by their respective security.

Members of the audience were traumatised and manhandled.

His crime? Being born in Israel.

This type of action continued at last week’s Yom Ha’atzmaut (Independence Day)

celebrations when BDS protestors threw stink bombs and disrupted a performance by

Israeli opera singer Yaniv D’or, in Johannesburg. This time they were in for a surprise

because the community fought back. Security officials removed hostile protestors and

the concert continued.

Yes, something sure smells rotten. In their haste to prove how concerned they are

about Palestinian human rights, BDS activists have trampled on the rights of Jews in

communities across the world. Our students have a right to protest just like you. Our

concert pianists have a right to perform. Our Opera singers have a right to sing. Our

community members have a right to decide for themselves. And we all have a right to

celebrate our holy and national holidays without intimidation.

While the BDS campaign may have enjoyed minor victories, they have failed to score

a major boycott goal. But here is a message to BDS activists:

It is summertime in Israel and apart from expecting the influx of tourists who visit

us every year, we are gearing up to welcome a plethora of famous faces that includes

Depeche Mode, Cliff Richard, Alicia Keys, Rihanna and another lady you may have

heard of (and in my opinion Jewish royalty) Ms Barbra Streisand. We are the start up

nation – a natural investment haven for major technology brands like Apple, Google,

Microsoft and others who see this as a R&D haven. But don’t take my word for it –

ask Warren Buffett or Stephen Hawking…

Perhaps one of our fabulous start ups will invent some technology that will allow

BDS activists to hear the anguished cries of our neighbours who wonder why nobody

is paying attention to how their autocratic governments are trampling on their human

rights…

Their failure to do so and their singling out of Israel for opprobrium just enforces the

fact that they are belligerent, disruptive and downright silly!

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  • Steven

    Anti-Israel Jewish activits..
    Pro-Israel Jewish activiists.

    # Why are Jews going against their homeland>

  • Ralph Loewenthal

    Hi Rolene, I am sorry you have it wrong. BDS is not beligerent, disruptive, and silly, but Bad mouthing, Diabolical, and Satanic. Their whole format of their campaign is a copy book of what the Nazis did during the 1930’s. Just like Malan, and Verwoerd copied the Nazi’s treatment of the Jews with the treatment of the blacks. Have you read the book “The Yellow Star” Instead of “Nur fur Aryan” on park benches etc., in South Africa it was “Net vir Blankes”. Like in Germany we have these “Liberal Jews” who think they are being PC by supporting these terrorist front organisations. They have such a short memory, after seeing, and hearing how many ended up in the gas chambers. They must wake up, and smell the crematoria.
    I am just praying that this international media campaign against Israel, read Jews, will not lead to another Holocaust. It was said “never again” not only by us, but some of the nations that are vilifying us.

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