The BDS Movement’s goal
BDS stands for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions. It is a movement cloaked in the seemingly innocent quest for human rights and social justice, but at its core is a dark and sinister motivation. With all of the human rights violations on the planet, the BDS movement has singled out one country for destruction: Israel. The movement seeks to boycott Israeli products, divest investments in Israeli companies and sanction Israel in the arena of International politics. This effort is designed to cripple the Israeli economy and delegitimize Israel as a nation.
New York Times columnist Roger Cohen, who is often critical of Israeli policy, wrote that the BDS movement’s goal is “the end of Israel as a Jewish state. This is the hidden agenda of BDS, its unacceptable subterfuge: beguile, disguise and suffocate.”
The BDS movement is not new. It has its roots in Nazi Germany. On April 1st, 1933 The Nazis carried out their first boycott of Jewish businesses. Under the Nuremberg laws of 1935, Jews were sanctioned from employment and by the time the Holocaust began, ninety percent of Jews living in Germany were unemployed.
The BDS movement today is boycotting products made in Israel, which has become a hub for technology and life-saving medical resources. Intel Pentium and Celeron computer chips were either developed or manufactured in Israel. Mobile phone chip technology and SMS (texting) technology were designed in Israel. AIDS and HIV drugs were developed at Israel’s Weizmann Institute and Hebrew University. Pharmaceutical breakthroughs in Diabetes, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, heart disease, Epilepsy, Macular Degeneration, and Liver disease have been made in Israel, providing life-saving drugs for patients around the world. Beyond depriving the world of incredible technological and medical breakthroughs, BDS boycotts also suppress the very people the movement says it is trying to help because many Israeli companies employ Palestinian workers. BDS seeks to delegitimize everything about Israel—eventually destroying the nation and its legacy of good works.
There should not be any equivocation on the subject. Justice and freedom for the Palestinians are incompatible with the existence of the State of Israel.
– As’ad AbuKhalil, political science professor and prominent BDS supporter
Britain’s Former Chief Rabbi, Jonathan Sacks on BDS:
BDS is Anti-Semitism
The evidence is clear: the root of the BDS movement is historical anti-Semitism (hostility toward or discrimination against Jews as a religious, ethnic, or racial group). The aim of BDS is to persecute Jews and deny them the same rights as other people.
Whenever you hear human rights invoked to deny Israel’s right to exist, you are hearing the new antisemitism. —Rabbi Jonathan Sacks
For Further Reading:
More on BDS
For further study see:
The Mutation of Antisemitism, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, rabbisacks.org, April 19th, 2017
Alan Dershowitz Talks about BDS, americanthinker.com, April 14, 2016.
Anti-Zionism is the New Anti-Semitism, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, newsweek.com, April 3, 2016
Standing Against the Anti-Israel BDS Movement at the U.N., aclj.org, May 31, 2016
“The goal of the BDS movement is to influence the thinking of those 18, 25, or 27 who will be our leaders in twenty years. We have to make it clear that BDS stands for demonization, double standard, disruption, deception, and defeat of Israel. We need to secure the victory of truths over lies, equality over bigotry, and to have a single standard over the singling out of Israel.”
– Alan Dershowitz, Harvard Law Professor