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Review Category : BDS

“Appropriating Apartheid: The Palestinian Leadership’s Ideological War Against the Jewish State“

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Following President Trump’s historic announcement recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the Palestinian Authority (PA) and PA President Mahmoud Abbas waged a political and ideological war against the State of Israel. During a speech in Egypt, Abbas claimed that the Palestinians were the “original Canaanites” and lived in Jerusalem before the Jews. Abbas also called Trump’s statement “sinful” and “ill-fated,” and Fatah called for a “day of rage,” with approximately 800 Palestinians rioting as a result.

Abbas’ vilifying words and the Palestinians violent riots are only some of the political tactics the PA uses to undermine the State of Israel; another main tactic is the advancement of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS). The BDS movement seeks to delegitimize, demonize, and ultimately destroy the State of Israel by using political and economic warfare, and false accusations. The BDS movement uses gross lies to demonize the Jewish State of Israel – such as by falsely comparing Israel to apartheid South Africa – to win activists on its side. Yet the movement is inherently anti-peace, while opposed to any type of negotiations with Israel or Israelis, even if it is for the benefit of the Palestinians, and often uses-anti-Semitic tactics to delegitimize and undermine Israel’s existence as a sovereign state. The global BDS movement also gains support from various parts of the international community, including some European countries and the United Nations. To what extent is the PA’s use of political warfare a threat to the State of Israel? Who are the main drivers and supporters of the BDS movement? And what steps should Israel take to combat these threats? Please join us as we hear from Dan Diker as he explores these questions and more.

About Dan Diker

Dan Diker is a Fellow and Senior Project Director at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs where he heads the Program to Counter Political Warfare and BDS. In 2011, Dan co-founded the Global Coalition for Israel (GC4I) together with Brig Gen (res) Yossi Kuperwasser, former Director General, and Ministry of Strategic Affairs. Has authored several books on BDS and the anti-normalization movements including: BDS Unmasked, (2016), Defeating Denormalization, (2017), and Students for Justice in Palestine, Unmasked, (2017) Dan is also a Research Fellow at the International Institute for Counter Terrorism, IDC Herzliya, where he hosts Counter Terrorism Today on IDC International Radio. Dan appears as a Middle East and BDS commentator on news networks such as Al Jazeera, BBC, Fox, China CCTV, CBN , ILTV, and Russia Today. Dan Diker previously served as Secretary General of the World Jewish Congress, the global diplomatic organization representing Jewish communities in 100 countries. Dan received a BA Cum Laude from Harvard University and studied toward his MBA at the Harvard Graduate School of Business before earning an MA in Government and Counter Terrorism Policy, Summa Cum Laude, from the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya. He is married with 5 children and immigrated to Israel in 1990. He can be followed on Twitter @dandiker84.

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Action Alert: Call Your Elected Officials and Ask Them to Support the Nomination of David Friedman and to Express Dismay Over UNSC Resolution 2334

Please Call Your Senators and Congressman and Ask Them to Support the Nomination of David Friedman as America’s Ambassador to Israel and to Express Your Profound Disappointment Over UNSC Resolution 2334

For  far too long, the State Department and our Ambassadors to Israel, while pretending to be “honest brokers” have had a decidedly anti-Israel and pro-Palestinian bias, totally ignoring the one condition that has ever been placed on the Palestinians: to stop the incitement to violence and murder.  This has culminated in a culture that deifies the “shahid,” the martyr, the suicide bomber and knife stabber, and demonizes the Israeli and the Jew.  It has also culminated in the decidedly anti-Israel resolution in the United Nations Security Council, Resolution 2334, which condemns Israel for “illegally” building in land which Israel was forced to occupy in its defensive war of 1967, including East Jerusalem, where the holiest site in Judaism, our Western Wall, sits. This resolution will only serve to reinforce the violence that is already rampant within the Palestinian Authority (PA), and indicates to PA that they can literally get away with murder. This sort of unilateral action at the U.N. and Palestinian reliance on the international community has enabled the Palestinians to bypass direct, face-to face negotiations with the Israelis, whom, at the end of the day, the Palestinians have to live with. This is something that President Obama himself has stated in February of 2011, when he had then vetoed a similar Security Council resolution.  Rather than doing the difficult work of building trust with the Israelis, the Palestinians have chosen to litigate against the Israelis in the court of international public opinion, and have resorted to a bloody campaign of violence, and then expect statehood to be handed to them, gratis.

For the last several years, American ambassadors to Israel have exemplified this profound bias against Israel, and it has not gotten us any closer to the goal of peace between the Palestinians and Israelis. It is therefore refreshing that President-Elect Donald Trump has selected an Ambassador to Israel, Mr. David Friedman, who does not share the same biases that are so rampant within the State Department. At a time when the entire world is being plagued by the scourge of radical Islamic terrorism, it is important that we finally have an ambassador to Israel that understands the moral distinction between building an apartment in a suburb of Jerusalem and the wanton murder of innocent civilians.

Please Call Your Elected Officials Immediately and Express Your Support for the Nomination of David Friedman as Ambassador to Israel and Your Profound Disappointment Over the Obama administration’s Enabling the Passage of Resolution 2334, by Not Vetoing this Pernicious and Openly One Sided Resolution.
You Can Find Your Senators’ Numbers Here:http://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/
You Can Find Your Representative’s Number Here:http://www.house.gov/htbin/findrep
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Obama’s farewell ‘gift’ to Israel

With less than a month to go until he leaves office, President Barack Obama is trying to do his utmost to leave Israel in as vulnerable and indefensible a position as possible since the outbreak of the 1967 Six-Day War.

The outgoing administration’s decision not to veto the U.N. Security Council resolution on the settlements attested to this, and went against long-standing American policy that the conflict must be resolved directly between the two parties.

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The Hidden Agenda of the BDS Movement

There is a war raging across the United States and the world–a war that is being fought through infiltration and propaganda, trying to reach the hearts and minds of young people who think they are advocating for justice and peace. This is the work of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which masks its true motives behind the slogan, “Freedom, Justice, Equality,” yet demonizes the State of Israel and systematically compares it to apartheid South Africa.

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US Taxpayer Dollars Contribute to BDS Activity and Anti-Semitism on College Campuses

The Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement has been dominating the conversation on anti-Israel activity at universities over the past few years. Yet few have heard of the interconnected issue involving the misuse of funding from Title VI educational grant programs, which is an underlying factor contributing to the growth of BDS and anti-Semitic activity on college campuses around our nation. Both problems urgently need to be addressed.

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VIDEO: “Exposing BDS: The Movement that Seeks to Destroy Israel”

“Exposing BDS: The Movement that Seeks to Destroy Israel”

9.7.16
Washington, D.C.

Panel 1:
Yossi Dagan – Chairman of the Shomron Regional Council
Sarah Stern – Founder & President of EMET
Chloe Valdary – Director of Partnerships & Outreach at Jerusalem U
John Calvin – pro-Israel grandson of Hamas founder

 

Panel 2 – Congressional Panel:

Rep. Louie Gohmert, Rep. Doug Lamborn, Rep. Pete Sessions, & Rep. Erik Paulsen

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Jewish Student Community Being Shut Out From Fight Against U.K. Campus Anti-Semitism

In the United Kingdom, the Jewish student community is being increasingly shut out of the decision making process concerning identifying and combatting anti-Semitism on university campuses. Recently, the National Union of Students (NUS) in the UK approved a motion which guarantees minority groups, including the Jewish community, representation on the Anti-Racism Anti-Fascism (ARAF) committee.

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