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Boycotting Jews yet again

By Jonathan J. Ariel - posted Tuesday, 13 November 2012


BDS members claim Max Brenner outlets are subsidiaries of the Israeli-owned Strauss Group, manufacturers of food and confectionery, who also happen to produce some food rations for the Israeli Defence Forces. And this in turn, BDS alleges, facilitates the "occupation" of the disputed territories (Gaza and the West Bank). Perhaps the brown shirts in the BDS missed the news way back in 2005 when ABC News (amongst others) reported that the last Jew was uprooted from Gaza and the "occupation" was over. Perhaps Arabs in Gaza could remind the BDS-ers about that. After all, how could the Arabs forget the bliss they celebrated the day Jews were marched out of Gaza: the joy of torching synagogues as the Jews were leaving.

Funny how the BDS mob and their fellow travellers never demonstrated against such Kristallnacht-like wickedness.

Strange how BDS never protested when (pre 1967) Gaza was occupied by Egypt. And on the matter of rallies, it's very curious there are no BDS rallies protesting the daily state sanctioned killings in Syria of Arabs by Arabs. Ditto for BDS rallies shaming Iran's rulers when Iranian women are being stoned to death?

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Hmmm?

The nefarious BDS campaign is funded by a wide variety of sources, not least by run of the mill haters in the community. In fact donations are blatantly solicited by its affiliated "Palestine Solidarity Campaign", where it lists its banking particulars proudly on its website: BSB: 063-262 Account: 1052 9148.

Nice to know the Commonwealth Bank of Australia is enabling this kind of hate. I am sure I am not alone in wondering if the CBA will equally roll out the welcome mat for other despicable groups riding the hate caravan. What about allowing anti-Chinese or anti-Indian organisations to raise money through a CBA account Mr Narev? Huh? Or does the CBA already enable these groups?

Now, don't get me wrong.

Demonstrating is fine and dandy. If the point is legitimate. Otherwise it's very often an exercise in groupthink and at times, an exercise in group hate.

Take the BDS/Palestine Solidarity mob's patently untrue claims that the Jewish state is an apartheid state, mistreating its Islamic minority. And that Middle East peace is impossible so long as Israel does not fulfil several of the BDS' demands including allowing Arab refugees (from the Wars of 1948 and 1967) to return "to their homes". As is well known, the "right of return" is a metaphor for the dismembering the Jewish state as a Jewish state.

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In fact the BDS canards are so evil, so absurd and so "out there" that even journalists for well-known and respected Arab media find them laughable.

Case in point: the Arab News, 6 October 2012.

In "The Arab Spring and the Israeli enemy', Abdulateef Al-Mulhim boldly claims that Arabs in Israel are far more better off that Arabs anywhere in the Islamic world. Anywhere.
He points out that it was Arab resistance to the establishment of a Jewish homeland started a war; lost a war and gained nothing but thousands of refugees.

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Jonathan J. Ariel is an economist and financial analyst. He holds a MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management. He can be contacted at jonathan@chinamail.com.

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