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Do you Seriously Need Another Example of why BDS is [email protected]#$?

By David Abitbol

A Boycott,   Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) protest against Israel in Melbourne,   Australia,   on June 5,   2010. Credit Mohamed Ouda via Wikimedia Commons. (2)

If the answer to that question is “yes” then feel free to watch Ami Horowitz’s latest video. Titled “BDS’ing in Ireland, ” Horowitz visits three businesses who refuse to buy any Israeli products. At least one of them displayed a sign declaring itself an “Apartheid Free Zone” – part of a campaign urging people to “Boycott Apartheid Israel” launched by the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign. The problem is that these businesses had no problem purchasing goods from Iran, North Korea or Sudan – even when the human rights abuses perpetrated by these countries were specifically cited by Horowitz. So is the issue human rights? Obviously not. But why is this a surprise?? When even Norman Finkelstein, a die-hard supporter of Palestinian rights, castigates the movement for it’s contradictions and failings, can BDS do anything right?

Of course the video has received its fair share of criticism. Are these three clueless and/or hypocritical Irish merchants representative of an entire movement? Did Horowitz just cherry pick three particularly dull witted idiots? I don’t know. But when a yellow “journalist” like Max Blumenthal does something similar, using drunk American teenagers, he is hailed by the usual suspects for revealing the deepest darkest Israeli soul. But I am willing to give Horowitz a pass nonetheless. Why? Because the people featured in his video were not remotely drunk. Also, I am fairly certain that you could do the same thing among BDS supporters in any country – because BDS isn’t about human rights, nor is it about Palestinian human rights. It’s all about destroying Israel. Just admit it assholes.


This first appeared in Jewlicious.

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