MK Yair Lapid speaks during a recent Yesh Atid party meeting at the Knesset. (Miriam Alster/Flash90) (Miriam Alster/Flash90)
Yair Lapid

An opposition Member of Knesset spent time in Ben-Gurion Airport providing Israelis traveling abroad with informational booklets on how to fight the anti-Israel boycott movement.

Member of Knesset (Israeli Parliament) Yair Lapid, head of the Yesh Atid party, was at Ben-Gurion Airport Tuesday morning, where he and about 35 party activists were handing out a booklet for Israelis traveling abroad – titled Israelis for Israel: How to Fight Against BDS – instructing them on how to counter the anti-Semitic Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against the Jewish state.

Asking them to become “emissaries” for their country in face of the growing diplomatic and economic war against Israel, Lapid states in the introduction:

“We are at war. The BDS movement spreads an unbelievable amount of lies about us, fabricated pictures and fictional witness accounts. The goal is to smear Israel’s name in the world, to isolate us, to turn us into a hated and illegitimate state.

“We cannot abandon this field,” he continues. “Not everyone is an anti-Semite, not everyone is against us. We just need to explain our side of the story.”

“We are Israelis, and when our house is under attack, we stand ready to defend it,” he states. “There is no right or left in this. When facing the outside world, we are united.”

The booklet lists several lies perpetrated widely by the BDS movement, each alongside an explanation of “The Truth.”

For example, regarding the claim that the movement “aims to establish a Palestinian State alongside that of the State of Israel,” Lapid says:

“The boycott movement talks about one state between the Jordan [River] and the [Mediterranean] Sea – a code name for the disappearance of all the Jews from Israel and not just in the West Bank [Judea and Samria]. Omar Barghouti, among the movement’s founders, said: ‘The idea of two states was void from the start. The ending of Israeli control in the territories is but the first stage on the road to fulfilling the vision of the dismantling of Israel.’ Barghouti is an Israeli Arab who lives in Acre, who benefits from all that Israel has to offer. The fact that he walks around freely points to the power of the only democracy in the Middle East. The BDS movement is not interested in a Palestinian State alongside Israel, rather it negates the very existence of Israel. It hides this from its naïve supporters in the West.”

By: Terri Nir, United with Israel