Three simple letters.
Never heard of it?
I hadn’t either until I began investigating this monster called B.D.S.
B.D.S. stands for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions. It is a slow-growth cancer of a movement that has its roots in deep hatred of the Jewish state. But surprisingly, it also has Jewish supporters, which makes absolutely no sense to me. More on that in a minute.
So, just what is it?
B.D.S. demands that any organizational entity, whether it is a business, a university, profit, or non-profit divest its business interests in Israel. BDS proponents believe Israel is an illegal occupier of Arab lands and so believe an economic boycott of the nation’s products will drive a wedge between the nation of Israel and those doing business with her.
What products do they want you to boycott? Recent protests have called on supporters to boycott Soda Stream, a product that allows the consumer to make carbonated products from water injected with carbon dioxide and soda syrup. Well that’s one rather innocuous product. How in God’s creation does Soda Stream threaten you?
How about medical devices, life-saving drugs, maybe from Teva, the world’s largest generic manufacturer of pharmaceuticals? Or maybe, microchips, often designed and manufactured in Israel? Or maybe virus software? The list goes on.
Wanna take a look at the long list of Jewish Nobel Peace Prize winners and the contributions they have made to mankind?
So much for international law, whether or not it was the original land grant given to the Jewish state by the League of Nations after World War I or the recognition by the United Nations in 1947. International agreements of this sort are just an inconvenience to enemies of Zionism. Ignore it and it will go away. Or will it?
But what perplexes me more than, say, a branch of Christianity lifting its flag of hatred against the Jewish state is when “well meaning” Jews join this movement, believing they are supporting the “poor Palestinians.”
I almost expect anti-Semitism from the Christian world or the world of Islam. Both have a long history of hatred of the Jews and Israel. No surprises there.
When you understand the virulent nature of the B.D.S. movement, you begin to understand what its agenda is. Simply put, at its core, is the dismantling of a nation.
On the more radical wings, it’s Israel’s destruction and open targets on the backs of virtually every Jew alive, no matter where they live. Appeasement, in any form, never works!
Recently, a group of American rabbis, all living in the world of progressive politics, have taken up the B.D.S. battle cry. It’s nice to cozy up to your enemies, hoping to make nice, and expecting them to do the same.
Really guys? Haven’t you learned anything about your enemies? Haven’t you learned anything from your own history?
Simply put, proponents of B.D.S. want an end to the Jewish state.
So, the next time your church, your university, your synagogue, or your non-profit organization wants to divest its economic interests from Israel, ask yourself this question, “what’s next?”
I’d love to hear your thoughts. Have you encountered the BDS movement in your life? If so, how did you react?