Omar Barghouti is the co-founder of the BDS movement. He lives in Israel because he married an Israeli woman and is a Ph.D. student at Tel Aviv University. [*] Yet he supports the academic boycott of Israel.

Contrary to Barghouti’s narrative, the BDS movement was founded at the anti-Semitic 2001 Durban Conference, not by a gathering of Palestinian civil society groups in 2005. The 2005 boycott call, co-founded by Barghouti, was simply window dressing designed to trick naive Western liberals into thinking BDS is about social justice and equal rights.

In fact, BDS is about destroying Israel and, in their minds, reclaiming not just the territory re-captured by Israel in 1967, but all of Israel.

BDS in its literature, again to fool naive liberals, plays coy with what it means when it says it wants an end to Israeli occupation of “Palestinian lands.” That allows groups like Jewish Voice for Peace and the U.S. Campaign to End to Israeli Occupation to claim that BDS only is about liberating the post-1967 territories. But that vagueness also allows BDS to appeal to those who do not accept the existence of Israel within any border.

That latter goal, the elimination of Israel within any border, is the goal of the BDS leadership. And Barghouti just admitted it on Lebanese Mayadeen TV, where he made clear that BDS was about liberating “the 1948 lands.”

Transcript via MEMRI (emphasis added):

The BDS movement was launched because of the ongoing failure to protect the rights of the Palestinian people. Some of these rights were frittered away: The Right of Return is in danger, the right of our people to the 1948 lands is in danger, and even the right of our people to the 1967 lands. Some of these rights are ignored. The BDS movement was created in 2005, in order to focus on the elimination of the occupation, on the elimination of the system of racial segregation – the Israeli apartheid – and on the right of the refugees to return to the homes from which they were expelled.”

The video is below. In it Barghouti tries to tie the BDS demand to destroy Israel to the Black Lives Matter movement. This is a tactic to direct racial animosity toward Jews under the doctrine of intersectionality, If you are surprised #BlackLivesMatter joined war on Israel, you haven’t been paying attention.

There also is a lot of other nonsense in the interview, such as overstating BDS’s success and impact on the Israeli economy. When it comes to Barghouti and BDS, don’t take anything they say at face value.

The most important statement in this video, however, is Barghouti admission that BDS seeks the “1948 lands.” That means the extermination of Israel within any borders. The mask dropped, bookmark it and quote it:

“the right of our people to the 1948 lands is in danger”

Update: Researcher extraordinaire Nurit Baytch points out that this is not the first time Barghouti has stated his opposition to a Jewish state in any form or boundary.

* Note: A reader emailed me indicating that Barghouti may no longer be in the Ph.D program at Tel Aviv University. Whether he still is there or not, he still was enrolled at a university he demands others boycott.

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