The great tragedy within contemporary Zionism is that Zionist leadership and articulators operate on a continuum of defensiveness, always reacting to the latest attack on Israel’s legitimacy. This “reactive defensive Zionism” is the same whether we look at Jewish organizations, Jewish political figures, or even at college Jewish activists. In striking contrast from Israel’s present Operation Protective Edge, Zionists perpetually “play defense.”
Defense certainly is an important part of a winning strategy. The best hockey and football teams still need to field a goalie. American Football teams need a defensive squad and a special unit for a “goal-line stand,” and baseball strategy includes defending against a bunt, pulling an infield-in, and over-shifting towards right field when a left-handed hitter comes to bat. Even so, no team ever wins if it fails to score. And teams well ahead of their opponents see their leads disappear when they excessively shift into a “prevent defense mode” that concedes offense exclusively to the opposition.
We need to initiate the discussion, not to react. We need to be creative in our presentation, not predictably defensive. We need to capture the imagination by shifting dynamically, as Sid Luckman did on the field, into a T-formation with men in motion.
1. BDS Right Back at Them. It is time for Israel’s supporters to start a nationwide campus and union movement to boycott, divest, and sanction Arab racist regimes like Qatar — the bankers of Islamist terror throughout the world — and Saudi Arabia, the country that gave America 15 of the 19 destroyers on September 11, 2001. It is true that they manufacture virtually nothing useful to boycott, so we have to find that something besides oil — and also oil — and start a BDS campaign on campuses throughout America. Demand, for example, that the next World Cup be moved from its planned venue in Qatar. We need to be the ones circulating our petitions on campuses, calling attention to racism — particularly against Black people who are enslaved and gay people who are tortured and murdered — in the Arab world.
We need to petition and demand BDS against those Arab countries and societies that tolerate gender discrimination and that perpetrate religious intolerance. We need to BDS Arab Moslem countries that will not allow women to work equal hours for equal pay … or to drive a car. We need to BDS those societies that not only compel gay people to hide in the closet but that even raid the closets to discover them and then stone them to death. We need to promote boycotts of travel to any Arab country that mistreats Christians and that tolerates the kinds of church burnings that we would execrate if happening in Mississippi or Alabama. We need to stage boycotts at the docks, organizing longshoremen to refuse unloading ships from Arab ports of call if they bear the flag of countries that bash Gays, crucify Christians or burn their churches, enslave Blacks, and treat women as second class. We need to promote sanctions against the destruction of churches throughout the Arab world.
In short, we need to go on the offensive and let people know how bad that world’s racism, misogyny, homophobia, religious hatred, and bigotry extends in the specific Moslem Arab countries who are human-rights perpetrators.
But wait! There’s more!
A reminder that the more things change, the more they stay the same.
This article, from the Dec.4 1945 New York Times is a reminder that
1) The boycott of Jewish, er, Zionist, goods has been going on for a very long time.
2.) In 1945, the Palestinians were Jewish .
3) When reminded that a boycott might cause local Arabs to lose their jobs, organizers simply didn’t care.
While her hometown of Ashkelon was being bombarded with rockets from the Gaza Strip this past July, a young Israeli girl scored a victory over the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which has been exerting heavy pressure on international artists not to perform in Israel.
Fourteen-year-old Shelly Dvir managed to convince Irish metal band Cruachan to go ahead with its September 13 concert in Tel Aviv as planned, after the BDS movement almost made them cancel the show.
The band members wrote in a letter to the Israeli Embassy in Ireland that after being bombarded with hundreds of letters against their decision to perform in Israel, they eventually decided to arrive in the Jewish state after all thanks to the appeal from the 14-year-old fan, who told them she was looking forward to the concert.
The band members noted that it would be the first time an Irish metal band performed in Israel.
During Operation Protective Edge in Gaza, the band members were under a lot of pressure by the BDS movement to cancel the show but decided to go ahead with it after all.
"It actually started on their Facebook page," she says. "One of the people there made an ignorant comment against Israel. He started saying things like ‘murder and abuse of children are legal there, it’s part of their religion.’
"I was quite irritated by that. So I replied that murder and abuse are not legal here just like in any other country, and that Israel is a country which fights terror and tries to avoid killing or hurting innocent people as much as possible, unlike our enemies who fire rockets at our homes."
We would like to wish the folks of the BDS Movement a hearty congratulations on achieving what is definitely a well-deserved victory in the battle against the occupation.
Unfortunately I am referring to the occupation of the 900+ “West Bank” and “East” Jerusalem Palestinian men and women at the Sodastream factory in Ma’ale Adumim.
That’s right. As of 2015, the Sodastream plastics and metals factory in Ma’ale Adumim will be closing its doors and moving to its much larger $40 million facilities near the town of Lahavim in the Negev. This leaves all the previously highly satisfiedPalestinian employees out of a job.
The new plant will still be practicing its equal opportunity hiring policies and will provide employment to the region’s Bedouin and African refugee population but this time on uncontested Israeli soil (it’s uncontested unless you’re a terrorist).
Regardless I’m still willing to bet the haters will still claim they are abusing Bedouins or something. …. … what’s that? They already have? (Damn you, Ali A-bomb-a-nation).
Don’t get too excited, the decision to move is purely operational, but regardless. BDS. You wanted it? You got it. Unemployed Palestinians.
The above statement starkly illustrates the rampant double standards, the sheer hypocrisy, and, many would say, the antisemitism, that drives the BDS movement.
The statement’s contained in an article in the leftist Aussie magazine New Matilda by pro-BDS Sydney academic Dr Nick Riemerregarding what he sees as the imperative of boycotting and demonstrating against the Israeli Film Festival in Sydney, which takes place this week.
It will be the 11th annual such festival, held under the auspices of the Australia Israel Cultural Exchange (AICE), and in the words of the Israeli ambassador to Australia, Shmuel Ben-Shmuel:
"The importance of cultural exchange in the development of strong bilateral ties is demonstrated clearly in the relationship between the State of Israel and Australia. The Australia Israel Cultural Exchange plays a vital role in promoting our respective cultures and therefore deepening the friendship between our two countries….
Israeli films present a unique perspective of our nation, and provide a unique insight into our vibrant national character and dynamic culture….”
Nick Riemer maintains that
"Critics … try to discredit the boycott on the grounds of its selectivity, claiming that it is incumbent on cultural boycotters not to limit their activism to Israel, but to protest against human rights abuses by, for example, China, Russia or Syria as well.
If these critics are genuine, let them organise boycotts or other protests against these states: we will gladly support them… But don’t criticize us for not simultaneously organizing demonstrations against everything.
It doesn’t invalidate the pro-Palestine movement that we don’t also have the time to fight all the other vital battles too ….
When Palestinians get justice, then we will turn our attention to other issues. For now, while we unreservedly condemn human rights abuses, genocide and colonial dispossession wherever they occur, we’re busy boycotting Israel.”
Regarding BDS, Melbourne academic Associate Professor Philip Mendes (who inclines to the Left, and whose excellent, comprehensive, and admirably objective book The Jews and the Left has just been published) told it well when, here, and with the Aussie BDS movement partly in mind, he observed earlier this year:
"The international BDS movement has always targeted, not just the Jewish population of the state of Israel, but also Jews worldwide who support the continued existence of Israel (whatever their political views on conflict resolution) as the political enemy….
[E]ven if most BDS advocates identify as opponents of racism, the fact remains that the core agenda of the BDS movement is anti-Semitic. The movement does not seek Israeli/Palestinian peace and reconciliation and/or the enhancement of Palestinian national and human rights by means of a two-state solution. Rather, it seeks to eliminate the existing Jewish State of Israel, and replace it with a new national state dominated by an Arab majority which I have called elsewhere a “Greater Palestine.”….’
As for the Israeli Film Festival, a commenter on Riemer’s piece has a rather apt observation:
"At the very least films made in Israel are not the sort of Death porn so beloved of Hamas and those with a totalitarian heart like the usual suspects who will undoubtedly be delighted by another opportunity to dust off their usual barely disguised anti-Semitic memes."
"We would like to apologise for any inconvenience or offence caused," the company said on its website. “The decision was taken in one store only to move these chilled products to cold storage elsewhere in that store for a short period on Saturday as a precautionary measure during a demonstration close by.” The company added that “as a non-political organisation, Sainsbury’s would never take such a decision on grounds other than ensuring the quality or safety of our products.”
Some witnesses, however, said that the food was removed not as a precaution but in support of the protesters, with one Sainsbury’s staff member reportedly saying “We support Gaza.”
On social media, the supermarket chain was accused of racism and anti-Semitism. Former Tory MP Louise Mench tweeted: “Dear @Sainsburys kosher is JEWISH food. Israel is a COUNTRY. How DARE YOU equate Jews’ food to ISRAEL, how dare you #EverydayAntisemitism.”
Colin Appleby, the witness who heard the Gaza comment, also posted a picture of the empty kosher section, adding: “I didn’t try to point out that kosher goods were not Israeli goods but they walked away.”
Another customer, Gavin Platman, complained on Facebook that the supermarket was “not making a political statement against Israel but instead are targeting a group based on race – i.e. Jews.”
On Saturday, demonstrators in Birmingham attacked police and threw food products on the floor while calling on a local supermarket to stop selling Israeli goods.
About 100 demonstrators had gathered for a protest of Israeli food products outside the Tesco supermarket in Hodge Hill. A smaller group of protesters, holding Palestinian flags, then entered the store and started pushing over piles of food products.
When we stand up to the BDS’ers, we win. When we don’t, they win. It’s that simple.
Medea Benjamin at her finestGotta love this photo of Zach Hanover and Medea Benjamin, taken as Medea attempted to crash a pro Israel rally in Washington D.C.From Saul Alinsky, Rules for Radicals:
"Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. It is almost impossible to counteract ridicule. Also it infuriates the opposition, which then reacts to your advantage.”
Medea Benjamin, the millionaire populist 1% er and leader of the BDS movement while investing in BDS stock is certainly ripe for ridicule.Thanks for the laugh, Zach.
Andrew Klavan: Who Put the BS in BDS?
In which Andrew Klavan, points out that the leftists behind the current Boycott, Divestment and Sanction, or BDS, efforts against the State of Israel are not at all anti-semitic. They just hate Jews and want to kill them…
One reason why Rada’s performance was so disastrous is that he was being asked to defend indefensible decisions made by the denomination’s staffers in Louisville. It was they who have given the anti-Israel activists in the church free rein. But it was Rada who was set up to take the fall for their actions. Wouldn’t you liked to have been a fly on the wall when Rada met with church staffers after the interview?
Rada’s appearance on CNN was a public relations catastrophe for the denomination, and probably a blow to his ego, but it may have contributed to a decision to stop selling the booklet on its website a few days later.
But the fallout continues. In an article published at the denomination’s online newspaper, Presbyterian Outlook, Rada asked some questions that indicate he realizes something is not right with the Church he helps lead. In addition to asking if divestment really is the right way to go, Rada posited:
Is “Louisville” in touch with the needs of the church? In other words, are we as a denomination directing our central offices to serve our church in the ways that are most needed, as opposed to having the staff direct the priorities they believe to be important?
This is not an innocuous question, but is instead a challenge and a warning to the church staffers who run the PC(USA) on a day-to-day basis from the offices in Louisville, Kentucky. It is these folks, including the church’s Stated Clerk Gradye Parsons, who have allowed a small number of anti-Israel activists to use the denomination’s assets in their efforts to demonize the Jewish State.
Polling data indicates that a majority of Presbyterians do not support the anti-Israel propaganda that has been broadcast by the denomination over the past decade, and yet “Louisville,” as Rada called it, keeps allowing the stuff to be broadcast under the Church’s name.
A few weeks ago, we responded briefly to the “Israel Sucks” post that has proven so popular with psychotic Israel haters around the world. Then we found the following, much more detailed response from a year ago. It wouldn’t reblog, so we are reprinting it in its entirety and linking to the site we found it on. Pass it on.
The amount of notes this post has is pathetic. Anyone who thinks Israel sucks can kiss my ass. Screw all 11,984,964 of you.
Well if Israel sucks guys here is what you need to stop using thenSo you want to boycott Israel?
So your organization has decided to boycott all products and services from Israel. Here is a list of activities that you now need to perform in order to comply with this boycott.
Part One – Technology and Food
First, remove all Intel Pentium and Celeron computer processor chips from personal computers (desktops, laptops and notebooks) as these were either developed or manufactured in Israel.
Note that the revolutionary new Ivy Bridge processor will be manufactured in Israel. Any computers running the Windows XT operating system must be turned off immediately as this was developed in Israel. All current Microsoft operating systems are not to be used as Microsoft is heavily reliant on its Israel R&D centre.
Step 2. Any computers that still work need to have their anti-virus software and personal firewalls removed as this technology originated in Israel. The organisation’s firewall will also need to be switched off. Staff should no longer open external emails as most of these will be infected with viruses. No outgoing emails can be sent. The algorithm (code) that’s used today for sending e-mails, was made by an Israeli who worked at the Ben-Gurion University in Be’er-Sheva in 1980.
Step 3. Discard all mobile phones, as this technology was developed in Israel, where the first mobile phones were manufactured. Mobile chip technology from a single Israeli company has now been installed in over 100 million devices. Only top-level staff may retain mobile phones for emergency situations. However the use of SMS (Texting) is expressly forbidden as this facility was developed in Israel. No 4G devices can be used, as the chipset is Israeli.
Step 4. Turn off your voice-mail service and delete any recorded messages. Israeli companies invented the voice-mail system. If someone you do not know answers your phone-call, then hang up. Israeli call-centres and call-centre technology is in widespread operation in the UK.
Step 5. Before accepting any printed material, check that the supplier has not used the Israeli device that might have saved up to 50% of the ink used.
Step 6. At home, do not use Facebook as many in-built and add-on applications are Israeli-developed. Do not watch videos on the Internet as the platform used to upload them may be from AOL and hence from an Israeli company. Do not use the Internet to search for answers to your questions as this may involve use of an Israeli-developed search engine. Better to remain unenlightened.
Step 7. On your TV or home entertainment centre, do not use Video On Demand (VOD) to watch movies as you may inadvertently see an advert displayed usingIsraeli software. Do not purchase any games devices as these are likely to use Israeli technology.
Step 8. Do not read books using an e-book as this may contain Israeli technology. Do not use data storage as it may have been developed at Israel’s storage technology R&D center.
Step 9. Do not buy an electric car as it is likely to be powered with an Israeli battery or use Israeli developed charging mats. Continue to sit in traffic knowing that you are polluting the environment and financing oil-rich despotic regimes.
Turning to food and drink, all food outlets on the organisation’s premises must dispose of cherry tomatoes, which were developed in Israel. Staff must ensure that no cherry tomatoes are included in sandwiches brought into office premises. The ban also applies to honey and any products derived from honey. Israel has developed solutions to the worldwide problem of bee-colony collapse, so that any products derived from bees might only be available now due to an Israeli invention.
This is how it’s happening all across the globe, from Kings College in London to South African universities. To be sure, though, the BDS campaign isn’t really about divestment. Its supporters know that Israel is a thriving country, with companies like Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Intel and so many others investing billions in its economy. To that end, they knew very well that even if some several hundred universities agreed to boycott Israel, they would have a a negligible impact on Israel’s economy.
BDS organizers say so themselves in their handbook. They very clearly say that boycotts, divestments and sanctions have nothing to do with hurting Israel financially. Rather, they know that pushing for boycotts and divestment from Israel is just a way of promoting an anti-Israel political agenda. BDS advocates know that the student senators will become the leaders of tomorrow who will influence our countries’ policies. They believe that, even if they lose, they’ll have had the chance to damage Israel’s reputation and undercut American support, even if only a little at a time.
Jewish students at one of America’s top schools have faced intimidation, ridicule, and death threats. MOLLY ROSEN, class of 2014, offers a firsthand look.
A first-hand account of how one of America’s elite schools became the latest flash point of anti-Israel activism and anti-Semitic intimidation.
When I first set foot on the University of Michigan campus four years ago, I felt like I was prepared for anything. I was determined to challenge myself and my beliefs. I was determined to learn from incredible professors and students. I was determined to make a difference. What I was not prepared for was a campus community polarized and paralyzed by a global political issue that had little to do with life at Ann Arbor.
I was not prepared to be told that, if I cared about human rights, I could not support Israel. I was not prepared to be told that my community was racist. I was not prepared to see my fellow students attacked with anti-Semitic slurs. And I was most definitely not prepared to be told that “anyone wearing the Israeli army uniform is a Ku Klux Klansman who does not deserve any place at any table in polite society because they are racist killers trying to break the back of Palestine, and they have succeeded.”
I heard these words for the first time as a newly elected student government representative in the winter of 2012. The University of Michigan’s Central Student Government (CSG) consists of a 50-person elected assembly with representatives from every undergraduate and graduate school.
During the weekly assembly meetings, there is a section for Community Concerns, during which people have three minutes to address the assembly on any topic. I expected that this time slot would consist of students discussing new curriculum requirements or better dining facilities. Instead, it often consisted of anti-Israel and anti-Semitic hate speech. Every week certain individuals would urge students to take action against “the racist, Nazi state of Israel”; and every week I would sit there feeling utterly helpless.
On the last day of classes in the Fall 2013 semester, thousands of U of M students woke up to an eviction notice from the University of Michigan Housing Department. It read,
If you do not vacate the premises by 13 DECEMBER 6 PM, we reserve the right to demolish your premises without delay. We cannot be held responsible for property or persons remaining inside. Charges for demolition will be applied to your student account.
This eviction notice was slipped under more than 1,000 students’ doors in dorms across campus.
This notice turned out to be a publicity stunt carried out by Students Allied for Freedom and Equality (SAFE), a student group that vows, in its code of conduct, to “only engage in peaceful and constructive actions.”
From the Mike Report, a great new cartoon highlighting the rich fantasy life of the BDS cruMike writes:As of today, however, there were 16 campuses weighing in on divestment. Today was the final day of a divestment vote at DePaul University, where the entire student body was given the opportunity to vote on the bill. Of the 25,000 plus students at DePaul, the resolution was only able to garner 1,575 votes. After months of “actions”, apartheid walls, sit-ins, op-eds, spamming social media, less the ten percent of the students were sufficiently engaged by this issue to even vote, and of those, the resolution passed by only a narrow margin- with 1,333 opposed.2014 has unquestionably been the year of the BDS fail. Out of fifteen campus Divest from Israel resolutions in 2014, only three were passed and validated. But of all the BDS losses under their belt, the most decisive smack down came from the students of the University of Washington this past week.Let us understand the magnitude of SUPER-UW‘s humiliating loss. From the first day of the Fall quarter, SUPER-UW and their allies, Jewish Voice for Peace in particular, saturated the UW campus with BDS trainings and anti-Israel info sessions. First tier Israel haters, like Ali Abunimah, Max Blumenthal and the Corries as well as fifth tier radicals like Wael Elasady, Jesse Hagopian, and Maya Rotem were trotted out to tell their tales of Olive tree bulldozing, baby killing, wild-eyed Jewish settlers.When the time seemed ripe for the kill, UW student senators Peter Brannan and Amira Mattar submitted the BDS Holy Grail; divestment resolution R-20-39.But after nine months of lectures, lobbying and leaflets the resolution went down in flames. The final tally; 59 to 8 with 11 abstentions. What this means is that Brannan, Mattar and all of the minions at their command managed to persuade a pathetic six senators to join them out of 78 in attendance that night!
Expect the usual self-congratulatory press releases on their “dramatic victory”.