Standing with BDS is standing with terror

They claim to fight for social justice, but seem to feel that terror attacks against Jews are part of that goal.

Ronn Torossian

OpEds BDS operatives protest Israel in Oslo, Norway
BDS operatives protest Israel in Oslo, Norway

“Blood Connection,” a November 2018 article by Amir Shuan published in Yediot Ahronot shockingly revealed extensive relationships between the BDS movement and terrorists.  While the BDS movement claims to be fighting for “social justice” there are many links between the movement and mass violence.

The article quotes Dr. Shai Har-Zvi, a former Israeli intelligence officer: “Traditionally, the BDS movement tries to present itself everywhere as a non-violent movement, but we have discovered many connections of various organizations in the movement to terror…" 

"One of the main things we discovered is the laundering of the activities via civil society organizations and the downplaying of past activities and involvement in terror. The civil society organizations are essentially providing the perfect cover for the [BDS] activities.”

Some examples:

  • Abdul-latif Ghaith, the chairperson and co-founder of Addameer, a radical Palestinian organization which is active in BDS, and involved in lawfare against Israel and in accusing Israel of war crimes was a member of the murdeours Popular Front for the Liberation of Palesitine  (PFLP)’s policy bureau.

 NGO Monitor recently warned that “more than half of Addameer’s current and former employees, as well as lawyers that work for Addameer, have links to the PFLP.”

 In2009 a decision by Israel’s High Court of Justice characterized him as “a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. who spends part of his time heading human rights organization and at other times is active in a terrorist organization that does not shun murder and attempted murder, which have nothing to do with rights…”

Minister of Public Securityand Strategic Affairs Gilad Erdan sharply criticized the existence of covert tiesbetween the BDS organizations and terror organizations.

As Erdan said, “The terrorist organizations, Iran and the delegitimization and BDS organizations all have the same goal – the elimination of Israel as the state of the Jewish People – and they nurture and strengthen one another.  The terror organizations shoot and kill Israeli civilians,   and the delegitimization organizations try to harm Israel’s ability to respond to this terror by slandering Israel.

"This is the same battle, using different weapons, which are no less dangerous in the medium and long term. If in the past we were familiar with one brand of terror – physical bloodshed – today the name of the game is consciousness terror.”

The reality is that BDS is simply another form of terror. Standing with BDS is standing with terror.

Ronn Torossian is a Public Relations executive.