Israeli Opposition MK Distributes Hebrew Anti-BDS Flyers in Ben-Gurion Airport
Israeli parliamentarian Yair Lapid brought his campaign against the movement to boycott Israel (BDS) to Tel Aviv’s international airport on Tuesday, distributing Hebrew flyers explaining the Israeli government’s diplomatic battle.
Along with other volunteers from Yesh Atid, the centrist Israeli party chaired by Lapid, the Israeli Knesset member walked around the airport and solicited Israelis to get involved in the cause, which he has also championed among Jews worldwide.
The flyers reportedly said that BDS is an antisemitic movement founded by jihadis, whose activities have been recognized as hate crimes in the US and France. The flyer also apparently attempted to debunk certain common attacks against Israel, such as the claim that Israel’s military presence in the West Bank is the root of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and that Israel is not interested in resolving the peace process, according to the Jerusalem Post.
In June, Lapid called BDS “antisemitism in a modern disguise,” during a policy speech at the Jerusalem Post conference.
Speaking to the Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg, Lapid described the BDS backers’ desire to destroy Israel and replace it with a Palestinian entity:
Here’s the simple version. BDS has three circles to it. The inner circle: Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Qatari money, horrible ideas by horrible people, anti-Semites who hate Jews, people who don’t want a Palestinian state alongside Israel, who want a Palestinian state instead of Israel. The second ring: 171 NGOs, mostly from Europe. They came out of the Durban conference in 2001. They’re, at the core, anti-Israel, but more careful in what they say. Surrounding them is a third circle, which is just some heart-bleeding intellectuals, some well-intended progressive people, some people who sign up for this because it, you know, as it always is with political activists, it tells them something nice about themselves … people who do not know that they are actually being the puppets in somebody’s theater. So when I talk about being more aggressive fighting BDS, it’s first and foremost making sure people understand that they’re being manipulated by forces. I mean, here in the States I’ve been telling people, “Do you understand that this is actually working in the service of the same people and ideas that brought this country 9/11?” This is the most horrible people on Earth. These are the gay-killers, women-bashers, Jew-haters.
Lapid and his party’s campaign against BDS underscores the centrality of the cause among major parties in both the Israeli ruling coalition and opposition, where Yesh Atid has been since its weakened position after the national elections in 2015. Lapid was formerly Israel’s finance minister.
“We mustn’t abandon this arena,” the flyer read, according to nrg. “Not everybody is an antisemite, and everybody is against us. We simply need to explain our side. We have prepared for you a little pamphlet, and for every lie that is promoted we have written down for you the truth. In this war, we are all emissaries.”
Lapid did not say whether the flyers would continue to be available at the airport.