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BDS movement distilled – when Israeli soldiers not raping Arab women is racist

BDS movement distilled – when Israeli soldiers not raping Arab women is racist

BDS rhetoric is so extreme that even some left-wing Jewish critics of Israel are worried.

The Boycott, Divest and Sanction Israel movement is a Potemkin movement which has the façade of merely opposing the “occupation,” but which in reality seeks the destruction of Israel, and willingly joins with the worst Islamists and anti-Semites in that goal.

Groups like the American Friends Service Committee and Jewish Voice for Peace provide legitimacy and cover.  Those nice Quakers wouldn’t be so mean.  And look, some of BDS’s best friends are Jewish!

Academics in Europe and increasingly in the U.S. are joining the BDS movement.  We’re not talking just about deranged theorists like Columbia Prof. Joseph Massad.  We’re talking about groups like the Association of Asian American Studies, and its past and current Presidents, U. Mass–Boston Professor and Associate Provost Rajini Srikanth and CalPoly Professor Mary Yu Danico, who have singled out Israel — and Israel alone — for an academic boycott.

But the façade is wearing thin.  BDS should being seen for the anti-Semitic movement it is, a movement that demonizes only the Jewish State, holds only the Jewish State to the highest standards no one else meets (certainly not in the Middle East), and seeks the destruction only of the sole Jewish State in a sea of Islamic States.

We noted the other day how an Israeli soldier was shocked to see the ugly BDS side of U.S. campus life.

We didn’t include in our excerpt the following passage in which the failure of Israeli soldiers to rape Arab women is portrayed as an act of racism by a BDS activist.  Really, that has been an argument for years, and apparently started with a left-wing Israeli grad student complaining about how the IDF dehumanizes Palestinians.  It has morphed is to a standard trope (emphasis added):

The claims go beyond being absurd – in one case, a professor asked me if I knew how many Palestinians have been raped by IDF forces. I answered that as far as I knew, none. She triumphantly responded that I was right, because, she said, “You IDF soldiers don’t rape Palestinians because Israelis are so racist and disgusted by them that you won’t touch them.”

Phyllis Chesler noted at the time this claim first surfaced, highlighting how only the worst of intentions are attributed to Israelis:

As the only army that does not, apparently, rape, Nitzan fails to grapple with other reasons for this, including the possibility that Israeli soldiers are acting in an ethical and civilized manner.

It shows you how even when Israel adheres to the highest standards, and does not do what takes place daily in the Syrian civil war and elsewhere in armed conflict, it is called racist.

Rape and Israelis are rapists; don’t rape, and Israelis are racists.  It’s the perfect caricature of the arguments made by the BDS movement and its supporters.

(As an aside, many Israeli Arabs serve in the IDF, including Druze and Bedouin.)

Two recent articles demonstrate that even some left-wing Jews who generally are critical of Israeli policies, have had enough.

M.J. Rosenberg is one of the harshest critics of Israeli policies.  He is the guy who had to leave Media Matters because he would not give up the term “Israel Firsters.”  Even Rosenberg has had enough of people like Ali Abunimah, who runs the Electronic Intifada website, a strong promoter of BDS, I Need To Stop Reading Ali Abunimah’s Twitter Feed (emphasis added):

MJ Rosenbert Need to Stop Reading Ali Abunimah's Twitter Feed

I stopped reading racist, homophobic, and anti-Muslim twitter feeds a long time ago and my life is so much better for it.

But, for some reason, I still read @aliabunimah although, to me, it is clear that he cannot stand Jews.

He gets worse and worse. Right now, his feed is one hateful tweet after another. Yeah, yeah, I know he is careful to scream about Israelis or Zionists and not Jews, but he doesn’t fool me. Or any Jew who doesn’t want to be fooled.

But there is one good thing about Ali Abunimah. There is a tendency among Jews on the left, including myself, to argue so vehemently that being anti-Israel does not make one an anti-Semite that we don’t notice when being anti-Israel coexists with anti-Semitism, that one just feeds the other. We should.

Bottom line: I believe that Ali Abunimah would be ecstatic if Israel was destroyed, blown off the face of the earth, along with every one of its people because, after all, the Jews in Palestine are, by definition, Zionists, even the kids. Settlers, colonialists, baby killers, torturers, invaders and all the other labels he uses that exempt no Jew in any part of Israel or Palestine.

So, thanks, Ali. As long as there are people around like you, I will never lull myself into believing that anti-Semitism is a thing of the past.  It isn’t.

Everything Rosenberg said applies with full force to the entire BDS movement.  If leftists are fooled, it is only because they want to be.

Another epiphany came to Eric Alterman, who writes at The Nation.  Alterman, also someone who hardly is a sycophant for Israeli policies, reviewed a new book by Max Blumenthal.  Blumenthal, the son of well known journalist Sidney Blumenthal, is an anti-Israel provocateur and ne of those people BDS activists can point to and say, look, a Jew agrees with us about the evil of Israel, so we can’t be anti-Semitic.

Alterman’s review of Blumenthal’s book, Goliath, is a devastating critique not of Blumenthal and the book.  But it is more.  Alterman’s criticisms could be applied almost seamlessly to the BDS movement’s demonization of Israel (emphasis added):

Eric Alterman The Israel Hater's Handbook

When I was asked to do my column about Max Blumenthal’s book, Goliath, I was of two minds. On the one hand, I like to be a team player. But on the other, whenever I criticize BDS types, I apparently invite an avalanche of personal invective from its fans. (This happens when I criticize neocons on Israel as well, but to be honest, the BDS types appear to have more time on their hands for this kind of thing.) Second, I’ve known the author’s parents since he was a little boy, and whatever the quality of the book, I expected that my honest views of it might threaten three decades of friendly relations….

It is no exaggeration to say that this book could have been published by the Hamas Book-of-the-Month Club (if it existed) without a single word change once it’s translated into Arabic. (Though to be fair, Blumenthal should probably add some anti-female, anti-gay arguments for that.) Goliath is a propaganda tract, not an argument as it does not even consider alternative explanations for the anti-Israel conclusions it reaches on every page. Its implicit equation of Israel with Nazis is also particularly distasteful to any fair-minded individual. And its larding of virtually every sentence with pointless adjectives designed to demonstrate the author’s distaste for his subject is as amateurish as it is ineffective. As I said, arguments this simplistic and one-sided do the Palestinians no good. There will be no Palestinian state unless Israel agrees to it. And if these are the views of the people with whom Israelis of good will are expected to agree, well, you can hardly blame them for not trusting them.

Alterman makes a point which applies just as easily to the AAAS and other academic boycotts, which view Israel’s actions in a misleading isolation to the unmentioned hatred that surrounds it (emphasis added):

Blumenthal evinces no interest in the larger context of Israel’s actions. Potential threats that emanate from Hamas, Hezbollah, Al Qaeda, Syria, Iran, etc., receive virtually no mention in these pages. Israel’s actions are attributed exclusively to the myopia of its citizens. Blumenthal blames “Israeli society’s nationalistic impulses,” its politicians who struggle “to outdo one another in a competition for the most convincing exaltation of violence against the Arab evildoers,” its “fever swamps,” its “unprovoked violence against the Arab outclass,” and its textbooks that “indoctrinate Jewish children into the culture of militarism.” It would have been easy for him to at least pretend to even-handedness here. Did it not occur to Blumenthal, for instance, that Palestinians have textbooks as well?

I’m against using unjustied “-ism” accusations to stifle debate.  But when it comes to BDS and its demonization of Israel, we must not be fooled.

The nature and bias of the BDS movement has to be brought up not to stifle debate, but to have the real debate.


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Proof positive that leftist thinking(?) is an incurable disease.

From inanity to insanity in o seconds flat. These people define irrational.

TrooperJohnSmith | October 19, 2013 at 12:29 pm

Why? Why do so many Jews hate Israel? Have they forgotten why Israel exists?

Thank God for all the Christian Bubbas out here in Fly-Over Country who love and support Israel. The same good ol’ boys would just love to shove those stupid little Palestinian head rags down the throats of the Lefty-scum who wear them but don’t, because our Mamas taught us better.

    teapartydoc in reply to TrooperJohnSmith. | October 23, 2013 at 8:02 am

    They hate Israel because it was supposed to be a beacon of socialism to the world and it turned out to be a beacon of capitalism and property rights.

Jew hatred is demoniacally inspired. It is illogical but yet widespread even among otherwise intelligent people. It has been going on for centuries. What else really explains this diabolical phenomena. Are Jews worse than other peoples. No, actually they are in many ways better. Then is it Jealousy? Many are jealous but this alone does not explain illogical and intense hatred. Very few hate Asians because they are better at math and excel in other areas.
The Scriptures tell us that the descendants of Israel (Jacob) are God’s chosen people and He loves them in a special way. There is one (with many following) who hates God and anyone who God loves. Satan hates them and has tried to obliterate them many times in centuries past. Though He has allowed them to be chastised, God has protected them and kept His chosen people a distinct race because He still has plans for them and more promises to fulfill. God keeps all His promises.

    Juba Doobai! in reply to arnonerik. | October 19, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    Yes, indeed. His promise for mankind is fulfilled through Israel, meaning they which are of faith, and not through every guy calling himself a Jew, like Blumenthal. So, the BDS types, let them blather on. Israel will only be destroyed if God permits it and then He will leave a remnant who will inhabit Israel again.

    For the BDS crowd, the problem is that Israel is Jewish. Their whole spiel about anti-Zionism is BS. They are anti-Semitic. They hate Jews. The Jews who participate in the BDS movement hate Jews, too; they hate themselves and consider politics more important than faith. In destroying Israel, the BDS crowd knows that they will be destroying Jews. They don’t care about the length of the Jews association with Israel because another part of the BDS problem with Israel is the source of their funding: ME Arab countries.

    The BDS crowd is singing for their supper. Just follow the money trail, especially with the Asian studies thing. Look to see who has been pouring millions into American universities and funding departments and chairs. Then watch how those departments and chairs dutifully sit up and howl to serve their masters’ agenda.

    These BDS people are whores whose Jew-hatred found an outlet when the money came in from the ME.

“BDS should being seen for the anti-Semitic movement it is, a movement that demonizes only the Jewish State, holds only the Jewish State to the highest standards no one else meets (certainly not in the Middle East), and seeks the destruction only of the sole Jewish State in a sea of Islamic States.”

You need to put it in small words that liberals can understand: leftist supported rabid racism.

    TrooperJohnSmith in reply to Dimsdale. | October 19, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    If you browse the threads at, you’ll see BDS mentioned as a way to bring down Israel. There are also a number of references to Jews figuring prominently in the BDS movement. The word ‘Kapo’ is even tossed around. I refuse to post any links to their filth, but it’s there for the curious.

Geeze, the “not raping Arab women” is an old joke, old in the early ’80s; I recall it going like this:

Some sympathetic Frenchman is interviewing Palestinians about how the IDF is oppressing them, and asks how many rapes have occurred. They are embarrassed to admit none, and the Frenchman disparages the IDF, something like “What kind of army is that?” or maybe it’s not a real army.

My Google Fu plus their new search system wasn’t up to finding a reference to this joke, but I assure you it current way back then, and without any hint of this newer reason.

TrooperJohnSmith | October 19, 2013 at 1:47 pm

BDS is starting to look like the first cousin of old BTK. They both have the same sociopath mindset.

BDS Syndrome is a great example of the psychological defect that afflicts otherwise intelligent leftists.

I can understand that leftists of low intelligence and/or low information might fall for the movement’s arguments.

But how to explain people like Rosenberg?

I’m convinced it’s a psychological flaw, a kind of reverse Idiot Savant Syndrome … where otherwise intelligent people are really, really, really stupid in one area … their worldview and beliefs about human nature … and what better example than their views towards Israel?

But Rosenberg’s epiphany gives us hope that this can be cured. The treatment? Publicize the increasingly outrageous claims of groups like BDS, and eventually the cognitive dissonance becomes so great for people like Rosenberg that something finally snaps back into place and they snap out of it.

LukeHandCool (who usually charges a pretty penny for his psychological insights … but this one is on the house)

How can they resist something as cool as a Tavor?

– the failure of Israeli soldiers to rape Arab women is portrayed, by a BDS activist, as an act of racism –


Actually I think it’s an act of self-respect. When beauty was handed out, the Lord seemed to have passed over many of the non-Jewish female inhabitants of the Mid-East. Men too – Yassar Arafat, would you please stand up?

This accusation really does take the cake. The IDF is accused when they don’t rape. But if they did rape, that would without question be used against it, Israel and Jews in general. Yikes; these BDS folks really are “for the boids.”

    Anchovy in reply to Frank Scarn. | October 19, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    Actually it is probably a natural selection kind of thing. When all the young girls wear face coverings and full body camo for 1,600 years the only thing they have to flirt with is their eyes. I have noticed that Arab women, even the ugliest, often have beautiful eyes.

    Juba Doobai! in reply to Frank Scarn. | October 19, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    The lack of attractiveness of a lot of Arab women can be ascribed to genetics. In-breeding. When you keep on marrying within your family the family’s flaws and worst physical traits become prominent.

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