Hypocrisy of BDS

Hypocrisy of BDS

It was refreshing to see Jonathan Feldstein’s op-ed “Un-representative” (Aug. 8) juxtaposed with reader Milton Turoff’s letter “Who started it?” The former did an eloquent job of calling out the lies and hypocrisy behind the supporters of the boycott, divestment, and sanctions movement, while the latter did the same in addressing the shameful, hateful anti-Semitic rhetoric perpetrated regularly by the so-called “squad” in the U.S. Congress.

It is hard to know which is worse. Is it the thinly veiled Jew-hatred espoused by the non-Jews? Or the self-deluded fantasies of Jewish progressives, who appear either to be overwhelmed by self-hatred over their Jewish heritage or by their anti-Trump outrage. In either case, in listening to them talk, it is clear that they no longer can tell the difference between right and wrong, or between moral and immoral.

Both groups hide behind claims of supporting the First Amendment’s right to free speech as a means to justify their actions. Both groups assert their actions are merely an attempt to support the Palestinian people in the face of oppression by the Israeli government.

As both Feldstein and Turoff acknowledge, the inconvenient truth is that the Palestinians and their Arab “leaders” have repeatedly and explicitly stated that their unequivocal goal is the destruction of the State of Israel and of the Jewish people. The rest of their words are merely obfuscation — a distraction from their intent and behaviors. To argue otherwise is, in a word, a lie.

Is it too much to ask that our adversaries stop demanding that the Jewish people should be the only people expected to commit suicide in defense of their enemies?

David J. Askin

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