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Since the launch of this site, we’ve gotten dozens of inquiries as to why we so frequently target the activities of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. With so many hate groups out there, polluting our society with their bullying and intimidation tactics, we simply do not have enough resources to respond to all of them, so for now we can only focus on the ones we find most offensive.
There is a reason our numerous Facebook pages refer to “haters” and bullies. It is one thing to say you disagree with a business, artist or celebrity’s political views. Your right to communicate that is sacrosanct (or at least it is in every civilized country on Earth). But when you launch hate campaigns that feature hate speech and even death threats against the people you disagree with…you cease to be a human rights organization and instead become a hate group.
Supporters of the BDS campaign, which purports to care about rights of Palestinians in the Middle East, likes to compare themselves to the civil rights movement and often tries to partner with organizations that support gay and women’s rights. But when Scarlett Johansson decided to represent SodaStream, a company based in Israel, BDS supporters like Reza Aslan compared her to Adolf Hitler. Others called for her to be boiled in oil and bombarded the internet with nasty images of her.
This is not advocacy, this is simple, unbridled, seething hatred.
All you need to do is do a google image search for “Scarlett Johansson Israel” to see it. And for what? Sodastream, which ended up closing its factory for an unrelated matter, employed nearly 1,000 Palestinians at wages that were significantly higher than what they made elsewhere! Does anyone even know what happened to those factory workers anymore? Do BDS supporters even care?
When the end result of your efforts ends up hurting the very people you purport to care about, you are not an advocacy group. You are nothing more than a gang of bullies.
Nor is that the only example of anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions supporters trampling their way across the line that separates advocacy and hatred. Far from it.
In 2014, after Neil Young’s concert in Israel was cancelled due to rocket fire from the murderous Hamas terrorist group, BDS supporters gleefully celebrated. Here is a supposed human rights group, that tries to ally itself with pro-woman and pro-LGBT groups, celebrating the success of a terrorist organization that regularly murders gays and treats women as non-citizens.
When you align yourself with terrorist organizations and accept violence as a means to reach your goals, you are not an advocacy group. You are a gang of accomplices to murder.
There’s more, much more. When Justin Timberlake posted a picture of himself at the Western Wall with the hashtag of #Israel, BDS supporters left thousands of messages of hatred on his Instagram account. Lady Gaga caught intense heat for her concert in Israel. BDS supporters even tried to intimidate the Rolling Stones into cancelling their concert in Israel. All of these performers explicitly carried a message of unity and love and expressed their wishes for a happy ending to the conflict between Palestinians and Israelis. But that didn’t matter to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions crowd.
When you try to stifle free speech and restrict the ability of artists to express themselves, you are not an advocacy group. You are a gang of intimidators and silencers.
And while many other movements have used these tactics, they were mostly popular during the first half of the 20th century in places like Germany, Italy, Russia and China. Their track records on human rights were…less than stellar.
Finally, the entire concept of “Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions” in general is by nature bullying. Where is the room for dialogue and compromise? Where is the tolerance for the viewpoints of the other side? After all, there are two sides to every conflict and no progress can be made without communication and economic cooperation.
Is it any surprise that as the BDS movement continues to rage, that incidents of hatred and violence against Jews and pro-Israel supporters continues to increase? Recent studies indicate that even in American universities, Jewish students feel targeted by anti-Semitism. Does it surprise anyone that during anti-Israel protests in Europe, chants of “Death to the Jews” are heard regularly? And just last week, we saw the ultimate expression of hatred and bullying, a horrible terrorist attack on the very soul of France, by Israel haters who immediately turned around and murdered Jews before their first victims’ bodies were even cold.
When there is no room for dialogue or compromise and hatred becomes an addiction, it is only a matter of time before “non-violent” actions are no longer enough to satisfy the need of the haters. Bloodshed is inevitable when it is just the next step on the ladder. Violence is much easier to sink into, when you spend so much time adjacent to it.
So while the BDS movement is not the ONLY group of bullies, their hypocrisy, insensitivity, close-mindedness and (most importantly) coziness with violence makes them the worst of the worst. We will continue to hammer them on these issues at every opportunity, as well as any other group that uses the language of “human rights” as a mask for hatred.
In the coming weeks we will be publishing even more information on how the BDS movement is nothing more than a bullying group by taking a look at the terms they use and causes they support as excuses to force their unbridled hatred of Israel on the world. Stay tuned.
And if you’d like to support our continuing efforts to fight back against the BDS bullies and other hate groups the BINTA initiative now accepts PayPal!
We encourage open, civil debate and want to hear from you in the comments below. While there are many conflicts and many reasons to disagree, no matter what the question is, bullying is not the answer.