How does a person decide to support the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel?

How does a person decide to support the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel?

As someone who understands the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict, supporting Israel seems to be the natural position to take. Shared values of democracy, freedom, and tolerance make backing Israel an easy decision. And yet, we now see ostensibly freedom-loving movements throughout the West turn their backs on the only state in the Middle East where the existence of these very movements is tolerated.

It is true that there are issues of democracy and freedom between Israel and the Arabs. It is possible to argue that refugees exist in squalor, that Palestinian children have died, that the conflict seems endless, and that Israel is the stronger party. But none of these suggest that Israel is the causeof the conflict, nor that it is in Israel’s hands to provide a solution. In fact, as a democratic state with a market economy that seeks foreign investment, Israel has strong motivation to avoid conflict and war. History has taught us that such nations tend to seek peace at almost any cost.

But this means nothing to supporters of BDS, because the movement is entirely based on the manipulation and distortion of the truth. If you engage with BDS supporters and directly challenge them, their response is usually little more than an illogical pack of lies. If someone you know is thinking about supporting BDS, why is it so hard to “show them the truth”?

The simple answer is that BDS is a movement that has reached its verdict beforehand. It does not ask if Israel is guilty. Instead, it seeks to determine the correct punishment for a “criminal” that is already condemned. So when you respond to a potential BDS supporter with facts, you are simply irrelevant to them. It is like bringing evidence to a sentencing hearing that should have been presented during the trial itself. You are simply too late.

Recently, I have heard more than my fair share of lies about Jews and lies about Israel. However, what is different about the recent events I have witnessed is that I have seen how these lies are created.

To continue reading, click  http://www.thetower.org/article/what-the-anti-israel-boycotters-are-saying-when-they-think-were-not-listening/

for the original Tower Magazine article. The extract above is only a brief extract.

Please provide your comments on the merits of the article

4 thoughts on “How does a person decide to support the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel?

  1. The question that the Israel haters understandably refused to answer on Falk Censored was how they justify enjoying the benefits of Israeli technology and medical research while agitating, among other things, to boycott Israeli universities, where “army officers” and plain reservists, not to mention settlers, study, which have branches or extension studies in Judea and Samaria and are funded in part by taxes paid by settlers, including Value Added Tax on products manufactured in “occupied territory.” And of course not a few settlers work in hi-tech companies and teach in the universities. If they are not to be complete hypocrites the BDSers wouild immediately have to stop using computers, mobile phones, voice mail, email, ebooks, Facebook, antiviruses, the Internet and medications and medical procedures for almost every major disease, all of which have Israeli components.

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  2. Aaron,
    “The simple answer is that BDS is a movement that has reached its verdict beforehand.”

    In your perception, what exactly is the verdict that advocates of BDS have reached? What, in your view, are the motivations of those who support BDS, and is it wrong for people to wish for the Palestinian people the dignity and respect all people have a right to as children of God? These are spiritually-oriented questions, not often asked in discussions about the Israel-Palestine issue, but in the view of some are essential for resolving the stalemate. Thanks.

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    • “Aaron,
      “The simple answer is that BDS is a movement that has reached its verdict beforehand.”

      “In your perception, what exactly is the verdict that advocates of BDS have reached? ”
      **That Israel is occupying another country’s land.
      That it is illegal if it is.
      That Israel conducts a policy of “apartheid” against the “Palestinians”
      Etc, Etc.

      “What, in your view, are the motivations of those who support BDS, ”
      **Not the same reason for all.
      For some, they are misguided, misinformed but well intentioned.
      For others they are anti-Semitic
      For others they are they are jealous of Israel’s accomplishments in spite of their being constantly attacked and harassed for centuries.
      For others they are intent on supporting the annihilation of the state but through attrition rather then outright war and combat. In other words, there is a role for the BDS’rs, a role
      for the terrorists, a role for the diplomats, a role for the children, a role for their foreign allies, a role for the jihadists etc etc.

      “and is it wrong for people to wish for the Palestinian people the dignity and respect all people have a right to as children of God?”
      **Nothing at all. It’s the method to the madness, not the goal if in fact what you stated is the true goal.

      “These are spiritually-oriented questions, not often asked in discussions about the Israel-Palestine issue, but in the view of some are essential for resolving the stalemate. Thanks.”
      **And as you can see, spiritually there is a wide chasm. From Zionist Jews,Bahai, Samaritans, Sufi’s, evangelical Christians and many orthodox Christians to Jihadi Sunni’s, Salafis, Shia,
      Presbyterians, Anglicans there are many on both sides of the spectrum. What is sure is that they are governed by their doctrine and not by fact. That goes for anti-Zionist Haredi Jews who I
      rate as actually worse then the Jihadists.

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      • Perhaps as a result of the aging process and life experience, it seems the Israel-Palestine issue, as well as all situations on Earth where violence and hatred erupt, is essentially spiritual in nature. If it were possible for all involved to agree to begin with the recognition that all people and all things are sacred, then the chance for peaceful resolution of differences becomes guaranteed. Some would describe such a way of viewing as utopian, an impossibility or impracticable. Others see such a path as the highest, for it has as its foundation ultimate reality.

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