BDS, Anti-Zionism & “The Jewish Question”

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Monday, August 19, 2019


On Tuesday, July 23rd, the US House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a resolution condemning the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement against the Jewish State. The measure passed with 398 votes, with 17 nay votes, five presents, and 13 not voting.

In an interview on Sunday, July 28th, CNN’s Jake Tapper asked Representative Tlaib, an opponent of the legislation, what should have been a simple question: “Do you think the Jewish people have the right to a state in the area where Israel exists now?” In an utterly appalling deflection, Tlaib responded, “Look, I truly believe the State of Israel exists, correct, but….”  She went on to assert that “Israel exists to the detriment of the Palestinian people.” In other words, Jews are their misfortune.

Continuously, BDS supporters like Tlaib claim the mantle of peace between Arabs and Israelis, yet the movement is entrenched in a culture of anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism. Zionism is the national liberation movement of the Jewish people, and, at its core, anti-Zionism attempts to entrench Jewish “otherness” among the nations of the world.

If there is any doubt of BDS’s true motives, look no further than its three official goals:

  1. Ending occupation and colonization of all Arab lands and dismantling the Wall.
  2. Recognizing the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality; and
  3. Respecting, protecting and promoting the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN resolution 194.

First off, what qualifies as “Arab land?”  

To many Arabs, all of “historic Palestine” is Arab. Secondly, Arab-Israelis are citizens awarded with full equality, despite the racial struggles the groups face. Finally, the third goal perpetuates the inane notion that the Jewish State should absorb over seven million hostile foreigners that have but a distant relation to the Arabs who fled, were expelled, or voluntary left during Israel’s War of Independence. Together, BDS’s goals are a call for the annihilation of the Jewish State.

Omar Barghouti, founder of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, codified BDS’s anti-Zionism when saying, “Definitely, most definitely we oppose a Jewish state in any part of Palestine. No Palestinian, rational Palestinian, not a sell-out Palestinian, will ever accept a Jewish state in Palestine.” Mr. Barghouti has also proclaimed, “[Jews] aren’t indigenous just because you say you are….[Jews] are not a people.” This is not the mantra of peace and reconciliation.

A movement that proudly opposes any form of “normalization” and “co-existence” with Israelis and refers to peacenik Yitzhak Rabin as the “late ruthless Israeli prime minister” is hardly a partner for peace. A movement that champions the creation of a twenty-second Arab state while demonizing the Jewish movement for self-determination as a “racist ideology” of “settler colonialism” is certainly not an arbiter of justice.  

BDS makes a mockery of justice, racial equality, and peace with its absurd hyperboles, supremacist rhetoric, and consistent denial of Jewish rights and history. According to BDS’s summary of “settler colonialism,” “Zionism claims that all people worldwide who identify themselves as Jewish belong to a ‘Jewish nation,’ although these people are citizens of many countries.” Evidently, someone has scant knowledge of the Tanakh (Hebrew Bible) and its narration of a people and its yearning for its land.

Further revising history, BDS asserts that Israel created a new ‘Jewish Quarter’ in Jerusalem.  This is false and deeply anti-Semitic, and it sends a clear message to Israelis: just as in Europe, you are an alien people in the Middle East.

For the sake of the Jews and for all humanity, we must admit to ourselves that anti-Zionism is the twenty-first century answer to the age-old “Jewish Question” that has corrupted society for millennia. In Medieval Europe, Jews were the Christ-killers preventing religious salvation. The answer to “Judenfrage” was restricting Jews from most professions and murdering thousands of Jews during the Crusades. In the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Jews were all that stood between Europeans and the glories of racial purity. Today, the answer to the “Jewish Question” is the annihilation of the Jewish State and the delegitimization of Jews as a nation.  

While Medieval and racial anti-Semitism are far from eradicated, the most mainstream form of Jew-hatred today manifests itself as anti-Zionism. No longer are Jews just “Christ killers” or “Semites;” we are now not even a people or a nation. To many, we are simply people of Jewish faith, and any claim of national or ethnic unity is racist and colonialist.

Anti-Semitism has always been based in lies and the avoidance of reality. As former Knesset member Dr. Einat Wilf stated at a recent debate:

“It is only by appealing to the authority of religious doctrine that all Jews living in the 12th century could be collectively designated as the killers of Christ, over a thousand years earlier. It is only by appealing to the authority of a perverted ‘science’ that the very Jews who contributed to European society could suddenly be considered as endangering its racial purity. And it is only by appealing to a perverted version of ‘human rights’ that Zionism and Israel could be designated as its greatest violators.”

We must not be deterred by this new from of Jew hatred that has arisen from the boiler plates of pan-Arabism, Islamism, and Nazism, lest the strength of our people be severed and our continuity as a nation be shrouded with doubt.  

Surely, the seventeen Congresspeople will protest that they are not anti-Semites, but merely “anti-Zionists.” They will attempt to bolster their appeal by parading around a small sect of worldwide Jewry that rejects the ancient premise of Jews as a people. 

Reminiscent of the hatred of yesteryear, anti-Zionism, the annihilation of the Jewish State, is predicated on the belief that sacrificing the Jewish people once again will make the world a better place.  It never has, and it never will.

Jake Fradkin is a junior at the Hun School in Princeton, NJ (Class of 2020). Jake interests include mathematics, politics, history, tennis, and writing (and his dog Hulio). His writing tends to focus on the Constitution and foreign affairs.

The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.


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Jake Fradkin is a junior at the Hun School in Princeton, NJ (Class of 2020). Jake interests include mathematics, politics, history, tennis, and writing (and his dog Hulio). His writing tends to focus on the Constitution and foreign affairs.

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