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BDS Targets Not Only Israel, But the US and Entire Democratic World

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A BDS protest in London. Photo: Wiki Commons.

A BDS protest in London. Photo: Wiki Commons.

In recent years, the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement has steadily advanced a poisonous culture of hate and antisemitism in the United States. Across college campuses and in churches, labor unions, academic institutions and shareholder meetings, BDS activists have sought to demonize the state of Israel, with the eventual goal of destroying it.

Yet, the BDS agenda threatens not only Israel — the Middle East’s one democratic state; it threatens the entire democratic world, and America is in the eye of its storm. The tie that binds the radical leftists and radical Islamists driving forward the BDS movement is a common hatred for the Western values and freedoms that America, Europe and Israel share. Indeed, BDS leaders publicly call for the destruction of the very societies that protect their right to free speech.

Don’t believe me? Let’s look at what the most senior BDS leaders have to say about the United States.

In an op-ed for the International Socialist Review, titled “Palestine, BDS, and the battle against US imperialism,” Purdue University professor Bill Mullen, one of the BDS leaders who lobbied the American Studies Association to adopt a boycott of Israel, writes, “We can build a still-stronger BDS movement beginning in the name of Palestinian freedom and ending in a permanent blow against American empire.”

During a rally against the Iraq War in San Francisco, Berkeley Professor Hatem Bazian — one of the primary BDS leaders in the US and the founder of Students for Justice in Palestine — issued a call to action that was nothing short of inciting violence against the American people, saying: “Are you angry? Well, we’ve been watching intifada in Palestine, we’ve been watching an uprising in Iraq, and the question is what are we doing? How come we don’t have an intifada [armed struggle] in this country? …and it’s about time that we have an intifada in this country that change[s] fundamentally the political dynamics in here…They’re going to say [that] some Palestinian are being too radical; well, you haven’t seen radicalism yet!”

At that same rally, Bazian explicitly stated his support for attacks on American troops in Iraq, saying, “The occupation is a source of tremendous violence against Iraqis. I think we’ve got to support the resistance; we’ve got to say that we support attacks against the occupying forces.” Bazian went on to call for an all-out assault on America: “[W]e in this movement [should] support the resistance against American imperialism by any means necessary.”

During the racially charged Ferguson, Missouri, riots, BDS leaders eagerly breached their alleged Israel-focused mandate and reveled in the opportunity to attack the US justice system and police security forces. Brazenly exploiting the tragedy, the BDS Movement released an official statement accusing the US justice system of “racism, racial discrimination and disenfranchisement.” They also condemned police forces for “unbridled violence,” “militarized attack[s],” and “dehumanization” of the Ferguson community.

BDS co-founder Omar Barghouti supports an overthrow of the American economic system. “Opposing the imperial militarization and savage capitalism in this country,” Barghouti said, “directly benefits the peoples of the world, including the Palestinians.”

How do we respond? We must no longer limit our debate on BDS to its repercussions for Israel alone. BDS is not only Israel’s problem, or a Jewish problem; it is a problem for every American who values democratic freedoms.

History shows that what starts with the Jewish people never ends with the Jewish people. Radical Islam and the radical left are targeting Israel now, but — evidenced by their own statements — their bigger target is Europe and the United States.

Today, this hate movement is after Israel. But tomorrow, they’re coming for the entire Western world and our way of life. We must stop them before it is too late.

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  • ira wexler

    I carefully read comments about “BDS” and find virtually none of them address a concern gentiles have expressed: any discussion of BDS (or Israel’s policies regarding the West Bank) is off limits because it is “anti-Semitic.” Few Jewish people know how to respond to this. BDS may be hateful, but to me (I am Jewish) railing about it without willing to engage in a discussion of Israel’s ethical responsibilities in administering captured Arab lands opens Israel in particular and Jews everywhere to criticism.

  • Adam is 100% correct in exposing the ideological link between BDS and the anti-Western, anti-capitalist Left. We need to expose as well their willingness to use our democratic institutions against us, while planning for the day when they can unleash infitata-like violence, using our children as fodder.

  • I look forward to the intelligent comments your articles receive. This article has no comments? or none printed? Where are they and why can I not acces them?

  • Elliott Vizel

    This is the ugly face of “intersectionality” – progressive leftist intellectual style. It was the same when leftists were promoting communist revolution in Western countries during Stalin’s time – still attempting to impose their totalitarian discourse and coercive myth on society, in the paradoxical, mistaken belief that they alone have possession of the “One, True Myth”. Revolution – sure beats trying to discuss your ideas in an open democracy and win an election!

    • Aelfwin

      Elliott Vizel ,

      Considering what $$$ it takes to just run in a US election these days — I would not be surprised if that alone would justify a revolution in the US .

      And while I support Capitalism … , that too has moved away from any comprehensible wealth to proportions that have reached caricature levels .
      Here’s the taste of what the world really looks like :

  • Myron Slater

    The professors at these Universities should be fired and jailed for trying to incite a riot.

  • David Fried

    I’ve said this here before, but I think it bears repeating–BDS has very little to do with Israel, but everything to do with Jews in the Diaspora. The point of BDS is to make every sort of civil organization–universities; student, academic and labor unions; food co-ops; local town and county councils; business corporations; and many more–adopt an anti-Israeli “foreign policy.” The actual effect of this on Israel is virtually nil. The point is to drive local Jewish citizens out of participation in such organizations by demanding of them that they endorse or at least ignore the politicization of the organizations or groups against their interests. Looked at in this way, BDS has been extraordinarily successful.

    To put it differently–yes, BDS is a fundamentally anti-Semitic movement. Israel is the wedge issue it uses to make Jews withdraw from their own societies, making it easier to target them.

  • we all have a taste of isis and the cancer is spreading with bds. wake up people or our world as we used to know it will crumble. is that what you want? we must take action against such cells that want to harm humanity.

    Ruth Vosko

  • Ron

    BDS must be labeled as subversive org and needs to be shut down!

  • nat cheiman

    First Israel, and then the world.