According to the BDS Movement, “Palestinian agricultural organizations and the Palestinian BDS National Committee call for the launching of worldwide campaigns on February 9 against Israeli agricultural export corporations.” Anti-Israel activists are expected to target Mehadrin and Hadekalim, two major Israeli fruit exporters to Europe. There will be protests outside grocery stores and supermarkets across Europe that carry Israeli produce. Shoppers have complained on previous occasions that they have been both verbally and physically harassed during such anti-Israel protests.
The BDS Movement is known to have an anti-semitic agenda. Omar Barghouti, head of the Palestinian Campaign for an Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, in his book BDS: The Global Struggle For Palestinian Rights, condemns Palestinians and Israelis who support a two-state solution for he prefers a one-state solution that would result in eliminating Israel as a Jewish state. Thus, official statements made by his organization assert that the BDS Movement seeks to implement a Palestinian right of return to Israel proper. Omar Barghouti has furthermore emphasized that he would not stop his BDS campaign even if Israel withdraws to the 1967 borders.
Only an anti-semitic movement would support the elimination of the State of Israel as a Jewish State. According to Nathan Sharansky, one can differentiate between non-bigoted criticism of Israel and the new modern political anti-semitism by checking if the movements’ statements consist of demonization, double standards and delegitimization. Thus, if a movement makes comparisons between Israelis and Nazis; if a movement applies standards to Israel that aren’t applied to other countries, and if Israel’s fundamental right to exist is denied, this is all anti-semitism, not legitimate criticism of the State of Israel.
The BDS Movement fits Nathan Sharansky’s definition of anti-semitism neatly like a glove. For example, the Nazis slogan “we must exterminate the Jews” was posted on the facebook page of a pro-BDS rally in Melbourne, Australia sponsored by the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement. Omar Barghouti has himself demonized Israel by stating, “Many of the methods of collective and individual “punishment” meted out to Palestinian civilians at the hands of young, racist, often sadistic and ever impervious Israeli soldiers at the hundreds of checkpoints littering the occupied Palestinian territories are reminiscent of common Nazi practices against the Jews.” Yet nevertheless, a local Neo-Nazis branch in Jena, Germany came out in support of the BDS Movement. Thus, the BDS Movement demonizes Israel as Nazis-like, yet has proponents that utilize Nazis-like slogans and has Neo-Nazis fans.
Regarding double standards, by supporting the destruction of Israel, the BDS Movement against Israel distinguishes itself from other movements calling for boycotts against various regimes. For example, some people argue that China should be boycotted because of how they mistreated the Tibetans, yet such people never call for China to be eliminated from the map. Similarly, when people were calling for boycotts against the apartheid regime in South Africa, people sought a regime change that would grant South Africans of color equal rights and human dignity, yet no one supported the South African borders being flooded with foreign born individuals in order to change the ethnic composition of the country. Thus, by the BDS Movement being opposed to Israel existing within any borders, they are applying a racist double standard that no legitimate boycott movement has utilized.
Indeed, even Norman Finkelstein, who himself is very anti-Israel, has stated about the BDS Movement: “They don’t want Israel. They think they are being very clever; they call it their three-tier. We want the end of the occupation, the right of return, and we want equal rights for Arabs in Israel. And they think they are very clever because they know the result of implementing all three is what, what is the result? You know and I know what the result is. There’s no Israel! It’s not an accidental and unwitting omission that BDS does not mention Israel. You know that and I know that. It’s not like they’re “oh we forgot to mention it.” They won’t mention it because they know it will split the movement. ‘Cause there’s a large segment of the movement that wants to eliminate Israel.” Finkelstein claims that the BDS Movement is dishonest by utilizing elaborate language to hide their true intentions and make themselves sound less extreme.
Thus, given all of these facts, it is critical for all supporters of Israel to fight against the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement by seeking to buy as many Israeli made produce as possible. Jewish organizations within Europe have already called for a buy-cott to correspond with the Palestinian boycott. All European supporters of Israel go out of their way to purchase Mehadrin and Hadekalim fruit. Israel supporters who live in other areas of the globe should show solidarity with Jewish farmers by buying Israeli produce within their local communities. As John Fitzgerald Kennedy stated, “One person can make a difference and every person should try.”