If you ask proponents of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement why they single out Israel, they will tell you that you have to start somewhere. But since its beginnings a decade ago, BDS has never been invoked against any other country.Common sense and decency asks, how a self-described “human rights” movement can single-out the only democracy in the region. Progressive activists, mainly college professors and students, ignore the brutal treatment and often torture and murder of women, minorities and members of the GLBTQ community in countries such as Saudi Arabia, Iran and Pakistan. . . .Like Israel Apartheid Week, BDS is simply another campus anti-Semitic hate fest complete with administrative tolerance if not sanctification— even in the highly charged campus atmosphere of racial and ethnic sensitivity. . . . The BDS movement uses the lexicon of colonialism to describe Israel. In fact, it is quite common for leftist and pro-Palestinian professors to teach that Israel is the last bastion of British imperialism and is an artificial state. By using a false historical narrative and promoting the idea that Israel is a colonial remnant, the BDS movement has been successful in selling its program to naïve and unsophisticated students who have not been taught how to think for themselves but how to react to campus shibboleth.
July 2, 2015 at 9:00 AM EDT