Does Israel Have a Right to Exist? Current Political Campaign Against Israel Says, "No!"
Over the past few years, the anti-Semitic Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement has spread and thrived on college campuses, and in companies, local organizations and local governments across the U.S., Canada and Europe. More recently, supporters - which includes some newer members of the U.S. Congress - are campaigning to see it enacted at national levels.
So far, BDS proponents have yet to gather the traction and support they need. Canada, Britain and Germany have all rejected BDS legislation in the past year. And, on Tuesday, the US House of Representatives passed a resolution opposing BDS by an encouraging margin of 398 to 17.
But that won’t stop the movement from continuing to spread their anti-Israel rhetoric and trying to chip away at their opponent's resolve.
If you’re not aware, BDS is a global movement that’s calling for various forms of boycott against Israel until its terms are met:
- Withdrawal of Israel from “occupied” territories
- Removal of the barrier of separation in the West Bank
- Full equality for Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel
- Commitment to respect, protect and promote the rights of refugees to return to their homes
While this movement, and the voices pushing it, are problematic even on the surface, it’s even more disturbing than many realize.
The movement attempts to delegitimize Israel’s very right to exist.
BDS supporters are comparing their acts of protest and boycott with the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa. And even the anti-Nazi protests and boycotts.
But the comparisons are both factually and morally wrong. The West Bank and Gaza are not part of sovereign Israel. Unlike the apartheid in South Africa, the territories are governed by their own elected officials and leaders. Even more so, the law in Israel is the same for Jewish citizens and other Israeli citizens, with no distinction between race, creed or gender.
Anyone can visit Israel and see the peaceful experience of Jews and Arabs living and working together in harmony.