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Fight Fire with Fire

Rabbi Eckstein at Jerusalem Post Conference, May 2016 (Photo: Jerusalem Post/Marc Israel Sellem)

The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement is one of the biggest threats against Israel. This weekend, Rabbi Eckstein joined The Jerusalem Post's annual conference to speak out against BDS and the dangers it poses to the Jewish state:

Jewish and pro-Israel communities should be on the offensive when it comes to fighting BDS, chairman of the Israeli-American Council Adam Milstein said at the Jerusalem Post Annual Conference.

“BDS is a movement to eradicate the State of Israel, pure and simple,” Adam Milstein told the audience.

He said the movement is becoming a source of renewed anti-semitism in the United States.

“You have to fight fire with fire. We can’t be silent, we can’t be politically correct,” he added. “There is no way we can have a dialogue and a discourse with people who want to eradicate us. We need to be on the offense, attack the attackers, boycott the boycotters.”

Milstein spoke at a panel entitled “The future of the Jewish people and the war against BDS,” which was moderated by Column One writer Caroline Glick, and included the participation of International Fellowship of Christians and Jews President Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein...

Eckstein said he believes the Jewish community is “making a serious mistake” by trying to fight BDS alone.

“We can’t do it alone,” he said. “The way to fight the BDS movement long term is to build strategic alliances and friendships.”

He explained the Christian community as well as other non-Jewish communities have the potential to greatly contribute to the fight.

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