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Letter: Efforts to boycott Israel promote anti-Semitism

Efforts to boycott Israel promote anti-Semitism

A recent letter in The News falsely accuses Israel of human rights abuses while praising those wanting to boycott the Jewish State. Unfortunately, the growing momentum of the biased Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) campaign by the radical left is a cause for alarm. The movement uses errors, misrepresentations and omissions to bolster its agenda.

The BDS campaign does nothing to advance peace in the region. In fact, it opposes Jews and Palestinians working and living together. It is reminiscent of the boycotts against Jewish businesses in Nazi Germany. BDS protesters chant, “To the river, to the sea, Palestine will be free,” words calling for the destruction of Israel. BDS co-founder Omar Barghouti clearly states, “definitely, most definitely, we oppose a Jewish state in any part of Palestine,” meaning the entire state of Israel.

Sadly, the demonization of Israel by the BDS movement promotes anti-Semitism on U.S. college campuses. Over 300 anti-Semitic incidents at more than 100 schools in 28 states have been documented by the AMCHA Initiative. These incidents include the targeting of Jewish students and staff, calling for the killing of all Jews and other anti-Semitic expression. The BDS movement stifles freedom of expression by targeting anyone who openly supports Israel.

Opposition to the BDS movement, which is really an undeclared war against Israel, is to be applauded and welcomed.

Elinor Weiss

East Amherst