Why BDS is antisemitic:
BDS as a tactic harkens back to the Nazi boycotts of Jewish businesses that preceded the Nuremberg laws. Just as it would be racist to dress up in black face to “legitimately” criticize the actions of Barack Obama, so is it anti-semitic to resort to boycott Jewish business to influence the Israeli government. And I’m not BSing when it comes to BDS targeting Jewish owned businesses. BDS targets Starbucks, even though Starbucks has no shops in Israel, because the CEO is a Jew, who (being Jewish) has donated his personal money to orgs like the Jewish National Fund which plant trees in Israel. BDS is anti-semitic because it singles out the world’s only Jewish state for destruction. Ireland, Germany, Hungary, and all Arab countries have laws that expedite citizenship of people with that respective ancestry (interestingly, while Syrians can move to Iraq and easily become citizens there, Palestinians born in Syrian refugee camps cannot become citizens of Syria. Now THAT is apartheid!) Yet only Israel is termed an “apartheid” state worthy of destruction for those reasons. Same goes for “human rights violations,” as Shumer pointed out. BDS is anti-semitic, because so many of its leaders are anti-semitic. Without fail, a prominent BDShole is periodically revealed as having said something nasty about “the JOOOOS.” Just like we can consider the Tea Party as being racist because so many of its members are revealed to be racists, so can we consider BDS to be anti-semitic. Shumer is 100% spot on. Only by confronting the bigots and radicals that are out there to spoil things for the moderates, can we hope to advance a negotiated peaceful solution to the I/P conflict.