Our Israeli correspondent MC returns with some thoughts on the latest round of BDS publicity, as represented by Stephen Hawking’s recent decision to cancel his visit to this year’s Presidential Conference in Israel.
A kestrel for a knave
So once more the idea of Israel as an apartheid state rears its ugly head, but I look around me, and it is not the same. I lived in South Africa during the apartheid era, and I do not see the trappings of apartheid here. What I see is the implacable hatred emanating from Israel’s enemies all around, even to the deceiving of the very elect.
Seldom has there existed on the planet a group of people with huge resources and a hatred going back thousands of years. This is a group who can buy hatred from their fellow men.
They can buy the sort of hatred that forces itself on elderly disabled physicists who just want a quiet life.
It is a shame that wealth can buy double standards. It is a shame when those bought-and-paid-for double standards are applied by people who should know better, but it is not unusual for greedy and ambitious people to apply double standards to things Jewish. It is something Jews learn to live with from an early age.
Think of the nations that violate human rights, day in, day out. Think of the Australian woman locked up for a year in Dubai for the severe crime of being a rape victim. Is this not a human rights violation that should invoke a similar response from British academia?
No, because the perpetrators are not Jewish. It is strange how Nazism once more raises its ugly head. It is strange how boycotts are once more a weapon against Jews. And it is strange that the great and the good do not have the integrity to remember the last time.
But then there was no last time, was there? It was a ‘hoax’. The Nazis were just putting Jews in labour camps with swimming pools. The Zyklon B was for ‘decontamination’ only. Those videos of the bulldozers were because there was not enough food to go around. The death marches were to try and save the Jews from the Russians, blah blah blah.
The BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement needs to compare itself to the Nazis — they will find huge commonality in attitude and methodology. But they are perhaps even more ignorant than the Nazis, for the Nazis had a good working knowledge of History, while BDS Socialists do not.
“To what degree British anti-Semitism, the anti-Israel BDS lobby and legitimate criticism of Israel’s policies are related is an inordinately complex question, but it is clear that anti-Semitism plays a role among some BDS supporters.” — From Occam’s Corner, hosted by the Guardian.
The legitimacy of Israel is based upon three rock solid foundations:
- The treaty of Lausanne 1923 providing for a national home for the Jewish People in Mandate Palestine,
- United Nations Resolution 181 of 1947, and
- The fact that nascent Israel was able to beat off the Arab invasion in 1948, and form and maintain a legitimate state.
Any one of these three foundational acts alone gives Israel legitimacy. The object of the League of Nations object the Palestine mandate was to create a self-governing Jewish state. The object of United Nations Resolution 181 was to create a self-governing Jewish state. The 1948 war was a war of aggression by the Arabs. They lost and have been bleating about it ever since, but as a result Israel became a de facto self-governing Jewish State.
As for the ‘Naqba’, Israel did not even have a vote! And if you make war and lose, then — tough!
Israel is not the only state in this world to come into being through partition and bloody war. The Partition of Pakistan/India cost some three million lives, and tensions are still high. Pakistan annexed (occupied) part of Kashmir and have built ‘settlements’ there. Indeed there are many similarities between the two situations. But Jews attract animosity, while Pakistanis do not. Minority groups in Pakistan attract vicious civil rights abuses, while a Muslim in Israel has the same civil rights as I do, upheld by law.
So I challenge the Israel BDS group to prove that they are not anti-Semitic by telling the next country against which they are going to launch a BDS campaign. Or do they just want to finish the task their Nazi progenitors failed to complete?
NB: The novel whose title was borrowed for this essay, A Kestrel for a Knave by Barry Hines, is available on Amazon.