“Anti-Semitic incidents seem to spring up each week on college campuses throughout the United States. According to a study, the strongest predictor of anti-Jewish hostility on campus is the presence of a Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel.” Noah Beck, IPT News, 12 May, 2016.
Out in the streets of Europe and in the academies of the new world, migrants and students bred in cultures that dispute the historical reality of the Holocaust – who are being found in Europe, Canada and America in increasing numbers – bring their undisguised hostility to Jews, fronting as politically-correct anti-Israelism.
For the anti-Israel BDS movement, a kind of extra-mural beer pong prominent on American and Canadian college campuses and beyond, Israel is the nominal target, the vehicle, the actual target is Jews. Oddly, BDS includes, among its supporters, many campus Jews and is supported by the pro-boycott Jewish Voice for Peace, backers of the annual Israel Apartheid Week. For the time being, the predicaments of Tibetans, Kurds, Yazidis, Syrians – 250,000 killed, 12 million displaced – and others attracts little attention on campus.
The goal of BDS is not, as some of its advocates maintain, step one in an Israel-Palestine two-state peace deal. It is a scheme intended, in tandem with organizations dedicated to the implementation of terrorist violence, to terminate the Jewish state because it is a Jewish state. A point even a high-profile detractor of Israel like Norman Finkelstein has recognized.
Rafeef Ziadah, a founder of Israel Apartheid Week, gives the game away. She has claimed that the Israeli “regime” began with the Nakba in 1948. In effect a denial of the state’s right to exist.
Hard-nosed critics of BDS may not adequately credit the role of Jew hatred in dealing with the movement’s evolution.
It is a question whether trade unions, academic institutions and cultural celebrities have in fact
been misled about the true goal of BDS. The oft-repeated Abu Mazen claim that all Israel is occupied Palestine is greeted with a shrug. Hardly a camouflaged endgame.
The chochems of the Jewish Left, Noam Chomsky et al, seem to have persuaded themselves and others that they are engaged in some sort of post-colonial struggle.
They tend to ignore the fact that Jews have been a target of Islam for fourteen centuries. In August 1922, twenty-six years before 1948 and forty-five years before 1967, the Fifth Palestine-Arab Congress met in Shechem (Nablus) to declare a boycott against Jews and Jewish businesses in mandate Palestine – a boycott that remains in effect.
BDS, an internationalization of that longstanding boycott declaration, was conceived at the 2001 World Conference against Racism in Durban, South Africa. The global community was called upon “to impose a policy of complete and total isolation of Israel as an apartheid state.” Western intellectuals and left-wing activists wasted no time heeding the call.
The larger significance of Durban was that it signaled the public migration of anti-Israel Jew hatred from the extremist margins into the politically correct millennial liberal centre.
Up to that time Israel’s enemies received little more than faint applause.
The Durban conference made it clear, without putting it in so many words, that Jew hatred was back in business.
It didn’t seem to matter that, in parallel with the Durban proceedings of August 31—September 8, 2001, Israel was being battered by Intifada 2 (2000-2005) aka the Al-Aksa Intifada, in which 1,137 Israelis were killed, 887 of whom were civilians.
It didn’t seem to matter that three days later, September 11, 2001, al Qaeda terrorists struck Manhattan.
Post-Cold War, far-left, anti-American organizations and Islamic groups perceive shared goals. The Left decided that political Islam was the sole organized force able to confront the post-Cold War American global hegemony. Thus, Noam Chomsky’s meeting with the Hezbollah chief in 2006 in which Chomsky defended Hezbollah’s determination to remain fully armed.
For the Left, antisemitism was never much of an obstacle. As for common Muslim practices – including female genital mutilation, honour killings, public whippings, amputation for theft – one simply held one’s nose. For political Islam, the “useful idiots” of the Left might initially be tolerated, as they were in Iran, till no longer of use. Jew haters taking full advantage of left-wing naiveté.
Noah Beck, “Connecticut College Anti-Semitism Continues; Some Faculty Speak Out,” IPT News, 4 March, 2016.
Dan Diker,”Unmasking BDS: Radical Roots, Extremist Ends,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, December, 2014.
Abigail R. Esman, ”Study Exposes Depth of Muslim Antisemitism in Europe,” Algemeiner, 13 May, 2015.
Caroline B. Glick, “The fruits of subversion,” The Jewish World Review, 13 May 2016.
Alex Grobman, “Breaking the Silence: Sabotaging Israel from Within,” Arutz Sheva, 23 May, 2016.
Jeffery C. Herf, Undeclared Wars with Israel: East Germany and the West German Far Left, 1967-1989. Cambridge University Press, 2016.
Daniel Pipes, “Islamists Penetrate Western Security Services,” Middle East Forum, 24 January, 2005, updated 20 March, 2016.
Cinnamon Stillwell, “In A New Low, Scholars Defend Medieval Blood Libel Charges Against Israel, The Daily Caller, 7 March 2016.
Bruce Thornton, “The Left’s Reticence on Islam,” Frontpage Magazine, 16 August 2016.
Eyal Zisser, “The Pax Americana is Dead. Welcome to the Age of the Godfathers,” Tablet, 22 March 2016.