We have said it before and we will say it again…. Can legitimate criticism or review of Israeli government actions or policies take place without straying into anti-Semitic sentiment? Of course it can. However, as has been countlessly evidenced by communities and commentators alike, including AntiSemitismWatch.com, the reality is that all too frequently the two cross-over to deliver a sickening kick in the gut. This is no more apparent than with the systemically anti-Semitic BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) movement. Our last report from January 22nd explained how a group of supposedly bright British doctors had sought to ban Israel — which has contributed more to mankind in terms of medical technology and innovation than countries five times its size — from the World Medical Association. The reason for such an absurd decision? Apparently, they actually entertained claims that Israelis perform medical torture on Palestinian patients.
Now in one of the most significant BDS fails, the UK Government plans to prevent local authorities participating in boycotts against Israel, a policy reflecting not only the government’s concerns about undermining British foreign policy, but a growing realisation regarding the connection between BDS and antisemitism in the UK. Indeed, as has been reported by The Independent newspaper, senior government sources attributed the new policy to fear that BDS “undermine[s] good community relations”, and “fuel[s] anti-Semitism”.
Polls of British Jews demonstrate that most believe such anti-Israel boycotts are not merely immoral and hypocritical, but represent a form of intimidation against their community, and recognise that violent anti-Semitism has historically been preceded by such ostracism, the nurturing of a climate in which Jews were rendered (to use Daniel Goldhagen’s term) “socially dead”.
They also naturally question the motivation of putatively sophisticated Europeans. They see the unimaginable brutality and oppression in the Arab Middle East – which includes the violation of the rights of women, gays and political dissidents, and even (as in Syria) industrial-scale killing and torture. Yet perversely the BDS mob believe that the only country whose citizens deserve to be boycotted is the one that, according to a 2013 study by the NGO Freedom House, has the best human rights record in the region. It also just so happens to be the only one with a Jewish majority.
So, all in all, AntiSemitismWatch.com says that this UK government decision was a good day at the office.
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