by Omer Dostri
When the leaders of the Left here even partially blame Israel as the rest of the world continues to carry out crimes against humanity, genocide, occupation and oppression, the world listens carefully and uses the information to strengthen its hypocritical and demagogic arguments in favor of boycotts.
Opposition Leader Isaac Herzog claimed last week during the boycott uproar that "the serious actions taken by the Israeli government led by [Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu fuel, grow and strengthen the boycott trend and the hatred toward us in the world." Before him, Meretz leader Zehava Gal-On declared that "the boycott serves Netanyahu and Netanyahu serves the boycott," and added that framing the boycott in terms of anti-Semitism is something the Right has dreamed up.
These claims are dangerous and testify more than anything to the moral rot that has spread through the Left in recent decades, and even more so in recent years. It seems that the opposition to the government and the irrational and inexplicable hatred for its leader have been mixed up with an opposition to the state itself, without any consideration for the basic differences between them.
As Israel fights boycotts from around the world (by the way, a small, almost irrelevant, number of boycotts that have been blown way out of proportion), senior Israeli officials are working against the state from within, against the tremendous efforts to stop the boycott. All this, while omitting the legitimacy of the moral claims made by the State of Israel and its leaders, which goes right to the roots of the international boycotts.
It must be said aloud -- in the most clear, confident voice that can be mustered -- that boycotting Israel, whether the settlements or the country in general, is anti-Semitism in every way. Those who hate the Jewish people have always used boycotts and discrimination against us. Actually, boycotts have always been a central part of the tactics used by Israeli Arabs against Jews. As early as 1921, there was a boycott against Jewish business owners, and in 1945, there was a general boycott of Jews in Israel by the Arab League.
The new anti-Semitism, unlike classic anti-Semitism, is making headway in Israel and among its citizens. The hatred of the big-nosed people was traded for the hatred of the "occupying, criminal and cruel" State of Israel. The humiliations, the oppression and the massacres experienced by Jews for generations have been replaced (actually, they've been added to, as Jews around the world still experience anti-Semitic violence and humiliation) with the tactic of boycotting the State of Israel and causing it to disappear via diplomatic and economic measures and under the facade of "enlightenment" and "academic freedom."
When the leaders of the Left here even partially blame Israel as the rest of the world continues to carry out crimes against humanity, genocide, occupation and oppression, the world listens carefully and uses the information to strengthen its hypocritical and demagogic arguments in favor of boycotts. And when Israelis stand in line with the biggest Israel-haters, who really needs the BDS movement?
Unfortunately, the actions of the Opposition leave no room for doubt regarding the moral fibre of its members. It seems as though they are trying to invite external pressure in order to hurt the current government, and, by the way, to hurt all of Israel. "A fighting opposition," as it aspires to be, does not mean automatically opposing government policies, not to mention official foreign policy. There are times when you simply have to unite against attempts to harm the country. No ifs, ands, or buts.
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