Guest post from Geoffff:
The BDS movement is "a call for the destruction of Israel". The "hypocrisy rises to heaven". It is an attack "on the little guy" not "because it is principled but because it is easy". Whatever Israel has done, "the US, England, ...France, any other country you care to name is a hundred times worse". BDS is "not a call from Palestinian civil society". It is a call from groups and individuals who "call themselves" Palestinian civil society "some of who are perfectly happy to study at Tel Aviv university". Even if it was such a call, it should be ignored because "it harms the Palestinians" and this is so"obvious" it is probably intentional. It is a gift to the Israeli hardliners" and "their American supporters". "Any call for divestment from Israel [alone] can be attacked as pure antisemitism and unfortunately this is with justice." "If you really hate the Palestinians, BDS is a good first step".
Who said this? A spokesman for AIPAC on acid, right? Wrong.
This is the hugely famous leading left intellectual, Israel and US critic, anti-Zionist theorist and 2011 Sydney Peace Prize recipient, Noam Chomsky, in an interview at MIT Cambridge, a year ago. The video of the great man's spray on BDS is about 15 minutes long but well worth the listen.
Here is the great man again in another unilateral dialectic on the same subject in a classroom. Note the rapt girl in the red top. This is how the radical left like their politics. "Shut up and listen".
Identifying as an antisemite is about as fashionable as toothbrush moustaches and invading Poland. No one admits to it. It's the hate that dares not speak its name. The Israel bashing left especially can get very precious indeed about any suggestion of antisemitism on its part. They complain about it incessantly. They are always compelled to deny it.. "Just because I am a critic of Israel and concerned for the rights of Palestinians does not make me an antisemite!" "The Palestinians are Semites too!". (This is known as the neon sign rhetorical ploy. Anyone who says it may as well carry a neon sign around flashing "Dickhead".) Very occasionally the denial is offensive and faintly threatening. "If you suggest that by standing up for the rights of the Palestinians I am an antisemite, then so be it, I am an antisemite.!" Ahuh. The problem with all of this is that the suggestion is always theirs.
This is called the pre-emptive defensive denial. It is part of the armoury of every typical anti-Zionist or no particular Israel basher in general. The phenomenon is so widespread it is a defining feature of the assault on Israel from Europe and the left and has been for decades. Go to anywhere indulging in a spot of nasty Israel bashing and you will see it. Anywhere in the West that is. They don't bother with the hypocrisy in many countries.
Of course criticism of Israel or Israeli policy, or sympathy for the Palestinians, is not antisemitism. No one serious has ever seriously suggested that. Only the Israel hating left has, on "others'" behalf, and you have to wonder how serious they are about anything at all. On the other hand it is impossible to defend the right of Israel to exist as a Jewish state, and for that state to defend itself like any other state, without being denounced for "racism". Sooner or later it always happens. The "apartheid state" slur is only the latest glib lie deployed in this tradition by the nasty old authoritarian left.
It is beyond argument that antisemitism inflames the debate about Israel/Palestine just as surely as it inflames the dispute itself. This cannot be honestly denied. Why is it denied? It is everywhere. Writing pompous academic treatises about "Jewish exceptionalism" and marching in the streets and calling out about "blood in your hot chocolate", accusing Jews of "genocide" and angrily demanding the destruction of the Jewish state, and only the Jewish state, is not sort of or just "antisemitism". This is classic antisemitism in close to its ugliest forms.
We need to be very clear about something at the centre of this. By this stage of this old and ugly game any notion that there is no room for the Jewish state between the river and the sea is antisemitic to the core. Israel's problem is not that it is a Jewish state. Its problem is that it is not a Muslim state. If it were a Muslim state, it would have different problems of course, but for that reason, and only for that reason, the state is to be pulled down and all it's citizens, Jews, Muslims, Christians, Druze, atheists, women, gays, whatever, are to be robbed of all their civil and political rights that have vested by virtue of Israel being the only liberal democracy in the Middle East. That is BDS.
The very suggestion that this is a human rights campaign is the spitting lie of a bully. It is a recipe for never ending war. It is viciously antisemitic and it seeks to condemn the Palestinians to endless festering grievance and exploitation in whatever periods of peace their thuggish overlords allow them.
Why not accept the Jewish state? It's been there for over sixty years now and it is one of the most successful and productive nations on the planet.
Why not pick up the "two state" solution that has been on offer from the start and has been offered again and again and again since and is on offer still?Why do the "friends" of Palestine not ask their "friends" that question? Whoever "they" are. If they are truly "friends" why are they encouraging their "friends" in this vile and futile enterprise to tear down Israel and the Jews?
Why are they not doing everything in their power to persuade their "friends" to abandon the offensive and profoundly dishonest notion of an Arab "right of return" to the Jewish state, accept Israel, accept Palestine and accept peace? Could it be that if they did, they would no longer be "friends"?
Peace, and an economic partnership, would drive prosperity for both nations forever.
That deluded old American man may actually believe that the US can be persuaded to abandon Israel as if it was the old apartheid regime in South Africa but he of course is plain crazy. His job ultimately is to persuade Americans to abandon America. Israelis have their version. So does Australia. Every country does. It's just that in some countries they are free to say what they like and in other countries they get their heads chopped off and in America they are freest of all. Surely that is the whole point on the subject of human rights.It is also at the very core of the relationship between the American and Israeli peoples and that's just for a start.
The nasty old hard core left just don't get that.
It matters not a jot of course that some of them are "Jews" and it is astonishing that there are people who think this is relevant or even interesting. The hard and not so hard left alike wave it around to ward off "antisemitism" as if it was an incense burner at an exorcism. There is nothing new about this. What is the claim here? That there are people who identify as "Jews" or "secular Jews", solely for the purpose of dumping on Israel and the Jews, while sitting in the safe warm lap of their liberal Australian universities or somewhere else a million miles away? That can't be the claim. Of course there are such people.
This should be said because we know what we are dealing with.The ugly old left behind those antisemitic outbursts in our streets and shopping centres have always loved useful idiots and right now "Jews" are especially useful. Likely the political cults have been trying to recruit them as policy for years, as if they were Jews for Jesus, on campuses around the world. They are needed in the blood brother alliance with militant Islamism in the war against Israel. Indeed are they claiming that the old hard left cannot produce "secular Jews" to run outright racist or even genocidal programs? Tell it to Trotsky.
When you join a cult you sell your soul.
Whether someone is an "antisemite", a dupe, just plain dumb or something else entirely is impossible to know unless you meet them and is in any event thankfully not my line. Likely it would require an examination of the inner and darker reaches of their mind. Yuk. However the notion that by this stage of this old and ugly game there is no room for the Jewish state between the river and the sea is antisemitic to the core and this needs to be said very clearly.
The Israel/Arab dispute, and in particular the horrible struggle with the Palestinians, is not a plaything.
It is not some kind of global interactive reality TV show put on for the amusement of the smug and comfortable in Sydney, New York. London or anywhere else. It is a real live never ending horror story that should shame everybody it it has gone on for so long and in particular should shame Europeans. Never mind "ashamed Jews".
For the people living in that average sized cattle station between the river and the sea these are matters of life and death. Their lives and the very future of their children are at stake. Absolutely this is a matter of fundamental human rights. How much more fundamental can it get? These people are not to be used as toys by oversized brats in universities and elsewhere displaying symptoms of poor parenting and even poorer education. No matter how old they are.
The BDS campaign is antisemitic, pure and simple. It is an attack on human rights. It has nothing to do with the promotion of human rights, the Palestinians’ human rights least of all. It is astonishing that there are still voices in respectable circles that don’t get that. This is no youthful exuberance about racism or war under the mentorship of silly but harmless peter pan academics that we might remember from the seventies. This is a horrible and dangerous echo from a generation before.
The anti-Israel hysteria that the universities and left/liberal media have been whipping up like stockmarket urgers since Israel had the audacity to win the six day war has finally got to a tipping point. Those who genuinely care about the human rights of the Palestinians should do their very best to persuade them to accept the Jewish state and to accept the Palestinian state and to accept peace. The BDS campaign has focused on this tiny point like a laser just as Chomsky knew it would.Please do not pretend this is not antisemitism and through deploying these BDS tactics the campaigners have shone a torch on the very heart of the problem.
This nasty and incessant anti-Israel talk, identical to the antisemitic chatter of the 1930′s, should not be acceptable in polite circles, let alone in universities and the smug high brow media..
You have seen what it has lead to from Newtown to the Royal Albert Hall. You must know where it can go from here.
Antisemitism is an aggressive and infectious psychological illness but it can be cured with the snap of the fingers. This needs to be said more often. One of the most successful nations on the planet is to be torn down on the sole ground that it is the Jewish state? Why will they not accept the Jewish state?
Those looking for moral certainties in this old and horrible business will find them in the answer to that question.
Of course this is antisemitism hiding behind noxious labels as it always does and with a few Jews up front for cover as there always have been as well.
No state for the Jews. No peace for the Palestinians.
BDS has made this very plain.
They have the audacity to call this a humans rights campaign.
It should shame anybody who has anything to do with it.
Noam Chomsky will be in Sydney later this year to pick up his peace prize. Early November may have got suddenly interesting in the culture wars. Flashy local peter pan academics who have been preaching BDS to the kids may have a few interesting weeks ahead.