Nov 23, 2010

#BDS: Signs that the BDS is biting

Signs that the BDS is biting

On November 6th The Jerusalem Post published an article written by G. Steinberg and J. Edelstein titled, 'Turning the Tables on BDS'. The article discusses the need for Israel to implement a counterstrategy to deal with the BDS campaign (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions for Palestine). The article also explains how the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) in partnership with the Jewish Council of Public Affairs (JCPA), has organized an effort designed to discredit the main organizers and actors of BDS.

Steinberg and Edelstein stress how specific directors of some of the NGO's involved in the BDS campaign such as Nigel Parry, Ali Abunimah and Naim Ateek (from Electronic Intifada and Sabeel respectively) are supposedly anti-Semitic and preach for the destruction of Israel. In fact, there is an apparent confusion in the article between anti-Semitism and anti-Israeli commentary in general.

There are few people today who are campaigning in support of Palestinian rights, and who do not differentiate between anti-Semitism and anti-Israeli sentiment. There is a world of difference between the two, but in usual Israeli propaganda fashion, the two are easily confused and become one: anti-Semitism.

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