There have been many voices speaking out about fatal flaws and inconsistencies in the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) movement, our own Rabbi Eckstein and Yael Eckstein among them. But it’s much more unusual – almost unheard of, in fact – to hear those voices speaking out from the Arab world. That’s why it’s so heartening to find this op-ed today in Israel Hayom, written by Jordanian opposition leader Abed Almaala, who not only points out the flaws in BDS, but champions Israel as a bastion of democracy:
Therefore, BDS is a threat to us all -- a threat to America as much as it is a threat to Israel, Jordan and our Palestinian brothers.
BDS claims to target Israel because Israel oppresses the Palestinians. If so, why does BDS never target Jordan's government, which oppresses and destroys the lives of the majority of Jordanians of Palestinian origins, and where many of my own people, the Bedouin Jordanians, go hungry?
Why does BDS never boycott Lebanon, where Palestinians are banned from working as taxi drivers? Why does it not boycott Syria, where President Bashar Assad has killed thousands of Palestinians in Yarmouk camp?
BDS, admit it: You are racists and anti-Semites.