The British government has issued new directives aimed at preventing public
entities, universities and student unions from boycotting Israeli products.
The new rules authorize the British government to take legal action against
organizations that impose such boycotts.
Even as a supporter of every form of resistance to Israel and Zionism and a
supporter of the BDS principle, I am thrilled by these new draconian measures,
as I am always delighted when Jewish power manifests its true face. There is a
problem though. BDS has never taken on Jewish power. BDS is in itself a
manifestation of Jewish power.
The BDS movement was compromised from its onset. BDS changedits goal statement
in an effort to appease its Jewish supporters and Zionist funders.* Many
commentators now see that BDS has been reduced to an internal Jewish exchange
that benefits Israel and Zionism. Instead of debating ‘Israel's right to
exist,' the argument has been changed into various Jews arguing about the
‘right to BDS.' This is a very clever move on Netanyahu/Mondoweiss' part.
BDS, originally intended to mount economic and political pressure on Israel
and its supporters, achieved the opposite. It united the Jews, both Zionists
and the so called ‘anti,' in a debate on BDS.
The new British anti BDS bill is a spectacle of Jewish power, both Zionist and
‘anti.' BDS is now an internal Jewish debate. Read today's Middle East Monitor
report on the dissent to the new directive. The Palestinians are not even
mentioned. Instead we learn about the good BDS Jews. ''Amongst those who have
objected to the plans were British Jews from various organisations who
defended the BDS movement as ''a weapon of moral persuasion, deploying a tactic
frequently used by powerless people in their opposition to racism, slavery and
As if the opposition to the British Government wasn't Jewish enough, the
Middle East Monitor drops a few Jewish names to add texture to this chicken
''Signed by Jacqueline Rose of the Independent Jewish Voices, Michael
Kalmanovitz of the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network and Julia Bard of
the Jewish Socialists' Group, the letter further states how the only form of
anti-Semitism the government is leaning toward is the belief ''that all Jews
outside Israel uncritically support Israel's actions.''
I pray for the Palestinians that one day soon they will manage to reclaim
their own struggle from its dominance by a league of oppressors.
* When the call for Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions of Israeli goods was
established in 2005 in Ramallah its first demand was for Israel to:
''End[ing] its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands and dismantl[ing]
the Wall'' (http://www.bdsmovement.net/call)
This call didn't leave room for interpretation. Back in 2005, the BDS movement
disputed the legitimacy of the Jewish State.
But in 2010, its primary goal was changed significantly, it now reads:
''Ending its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands occupied in June
1967 and dismantling the Wall'' (http://www.bdsmovement.net/bdsintro).
There is no public record of the process that led to this change. And as if to
prove its deceptive nature, the change appears only in English and has never
been integrated into any of the official BDS publications in Arabic. It is
likely that most Palestinians are not aware of the change made on their behalf
by people who claim to be their ‘grass root' representatives. Further study
suggests that the change in the BDS goal statement that de-facto legitimizes
the Jewish State took place at the time the BDS became popular amongst Jewish
activists and accepted funds from liberal Zionist George Soros's Open Society
Institute. You can read more about BDS, Soros money promoting BDS campaign