BDS - the Palestinian movement to ostracise Israel - speaks of rights, but is all about the denial of the Jewish right of self-determination. There's a term for that, Ben Dror Yemini writes in i24 News - 'politicide'.
Above: BDS founder Omar Barghouti. Right: Ben Dror Yemini
A century ago, my grandmother came from Sana'a in Yemen to Israel.
She did not know about "Palestine", because at that time no such entity
existed. What did exist then was the Ottoman Empire. My grandmother ran
away because she was widowed and had she remained in Yemen, my father,
who was a baby at the time, would have been forced to convert to Islam.
I remembered these things when I read the words of Omar Barghouti,
one of the leaders of the anti-Israel boycott movement BDS, in an
interview with Le Monde, about the Jews in Arab countries. Does
he have any idea what he's talking about? Does he really have no idea
about the centuries of discrimination and persecution? Does he have no
idea about the many pogroms and blood libels by Muslims against Jews,
before Zionism and before the establishment of Israel?
The Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini, who was the most
prominent leader of the Palestinian Arabs for decades before the
establishment of Israel, was a Nazi who collaborated with Hitler. He
lived in Berlin during World War II, encouraged the Nazis to kill more
and more Jews, and planned to destroy all Jews from Arab countries, if
only he would have a chance to fulfill his dream.
Al-Husseini is the man
who opposed any compromise with the Jewish community, and led the
opposition to the partition plan of the United Nations. He is
responsible for the Nakba (as the Palestinians call their defeat in
1948) more than anyone else.
The main demand of the BDS movement is the "right of return" (of
Palestinians to Israel). Well, in Europe alone after World War II, more
than 20 million people were displaced. Millions of Germans, Czechs,
Hungarians, Poles, Romanians and Ukrainians. Does anyone seriously think
that the Poles who were deported from Ukraine have a "right of return"
to Ukraine? Implementation of the "right of return" would cause chaos.
Europe does not need it. Nor does the Middle East.
Towards the end of
the Second World War, Winston Churchill made it clear in a speech in
parliament: “Expulsion is the method which will be the most satisfactory
and lasting. There will be no mixture of populations to cause endless
trouble… A clean sweep will be made. I am not alarmed by these
This was the norm of those years. Some 52 million people became
refugees in the first half of the last century. How many were granted
the "right of return"? The answer is zero. So of what right does
Barghouti speak? He obviously forgets that hundreds of thousands of Jews
were expelled from Arab countries and their property was confiscated.
They have no right of return and their property will not be returned,
just as the property of ethnic Germans and Poles and Ukrainians and
Czechs and Slovaks and Hungarians was not returned. Why should the
dynamics in the case of the Palestinians be any different?
Refugees appealed to the European Court of Human Rights. Their claim
was rejected, just as the claims of refugees from the 1940s were
rejected before. Does Barghouti, who deals with refugees and their
return, not recognize these precedents? Strange.
The problem with BDS is that it is the greatest tragedy of the
Arab-Israeli conflict in general, and of Palestinians, in particular.
BDS speaks of rights, but its main purpose is the denial of the right of
Jews to self-determination.
Barghouti wants to abolish the existence of Israel. It's called
"politicide". He invites the Jews to live in harmony, as a minority,
under Arab or Muslim rule. Is he serious? Given that the Middle East has
in recent years turned into a huge bloodbath, in which each tribe,
minority or not minority slaughters any slightly different tribe -
Barghouti's proposal is a fantasy.
Read article in full
Why Jewish refugees are the correct response to BDS (JPost blog)
BDS's useful idiots at Haaretz (YNet News)