Stand for Israel keeps you updated on the many ways that Israel’s enemies try to attack the Jewish state. From Gaza, Hamas has used rockets and terror tunnels. But Gatestone Institute’s Khaled Abu Toameh reports that the BDS movement has not only emboldened Hamas, but that the terrorist organization counts on boycotts, divestment, and sanctions as much as any other weapons to further its goal of wiping Israel off the map:
Hamas has found new allies: the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.
Over the past few weeks, Hamas leaders have expressed deep satisfaction with the work of the BDS activists around the world. Hamas is convinced that the anti-Israel campaign will ultimately pave the way for the elimination of Israel.
For Hamas, this is not just about boycotting or imposing sanctions against Israel. Rather, it is about delegitimizing and isolating Israel, and turning it into a rogue state that has no right to exist.
That is why Hamas today believes that it shares a common goal with the BDS movement — namely to destroy Israel. As far as Hamas is concerned, BDS is not about putting an end to Israeli “occupation,” but about ending the existence of Israel.
Hamas supports the BDS campaign to boycott Israeli products, companies and academic institutions. But Hamas, which seeks to destroy Israel and replace it with an Islamic state, believes that such measures are not enough. Hamas wants BDS supporters to step up their activities so that it can achieve its goal of eliminating Israel…
The U.S. universities that allow BDS activists to disseminate their hate against Israel are unaware that these people are serving as Hamas’s ambassadors. Moreover, Western governments, above all the U.S., are unaware that Hamas and its BDS allies also consider them enemies of the Palestinians.
Here is what senior Hamas official Izzat al-Risheq had to say about the U.S. Administration’s public opposition to the anti-Israel BDS campaign: “The attempts by the U.S. Administration to prevent the rise of the political, economic and academic boycott against Israel makes it complicit in the crimes and terror against the Palestinian people.”
Heaping praise on the BDS advocates and activists, the Hamas official openly admitted that the ultimate goal of the BDS campaign was to destroy Israel. “We call for escalating the campaign to isolate the occupation and end the existence of its usurper entity,” he added.
When Hamas talks about “ending the existence of the usurper entity,” it is actually repeating its main goal of eliminating Israel.
Al-Risheq’s remarks show that Hamas is pinning high hopes on BDS to pave the way for the destruction of Israel through boycotts, divestment and sanctions.
Hamas believes that such tools are no less important than rockets and suicide bombings, which have thus far failed to achieve the goal of wiping Israel off the face of the earth.