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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Biting the hand that feeds you, shooting yourself in the foot

This is rich (Hat Tip: Yaacov Lozowick).
Watching Leviev’s precipitous downfall from the sidelines were pro-Palestinian activists. And they were cheering.

Though certainly not the cause of his financial collapse, for the past two years, these activists have singled out Leviev as one of their high-profile villains for his large contributions to West Bank settlements. And they have been effective gadflies. Several of the company’s major shareholders have divested their holdings from Africa-Israel after receiving complaints from clients. And at least two charities have declared publicly they will not accept Leviev’s contributions.

The pro-Palestinian activists are affiliated with the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement, an international coalition with the goal of isolating and discomfiting Israel just as South Africa’s apartheid regime was targeted in the 1980s.

Initiated by Palestinian groups in 2005 but strengthened by a network that takes in dozens of leftist organizations in Europe and the United States, the Global BDS Movement claims a number of recent successes. Especially in the wake of the Gaza incursion of last winter, groups associated with the boycott have now felt spurred to expand their efforts into even the sensitive realm of academic and cultural boycotts of Israel.

As Omar Barghouti [pictured. CiJ] , one of the Palestinian leaders of the BDS movement, told the Forward, “Our South Africa moment has finally arrived.”


Ironically, Barghouti, who appears to be one of the movement’s chief strategists, is currently in a master’s degree program in philosophy at Tel Aviv University — even though he is one of the founding members of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel. He has been one of the activists strongly pushing the greater BDS movement in the direction of opposing any institution associated with Israel.
Why is Barghouti allowed to study at Tel Aviv University? For the same reason that Neve Gordon is allowed to continue to teach at Ben Gurion University: Because we Jews are masochists.


At 9:29 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Yes - because Jews feel a need to be kind to their enemies. I would show no mercy to the likes of Omar Barghouti, may his name be blotted out from under Heaven!

At 10:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Because we Jews are masochists.

No. Repeat after me:

"Stupid Jews."


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