Israeli-American “slam poet” Aaron Balshan calls out the UN’s anti-Israel bias and exposes the hypocrisy of the BDS movement in his incisive poems.

Balshan asks the UN and BDS, with the countless atrocities and human rights abuses committed throughout the world, why is that “all they see is Israel?”

Why, he asks, isn’t everyone judged by the same standards?


The unwarranted obsession with Israel in the form of the Boycott, Divestment, Sanction (BDS) movement is morally inconsistent and given the resurging rates of global antisemitism, it's kind of creepy. It has a tremendously negative impact on the amount of attention other, more egregious human rights abusers get. It also alienates liberal Jews in Israel, the exact constituency that the international left should be empowering, if peace and coexistence is truly their objective. Now, without any ideological home on the left, I and so many other Israelis like me have been forced to move away from our natural camp. This poem is meant to spotlight these feelings by calling out similar situations to Israel’s and to describe why it ultimately reinforces old tropes, harms other oppressed populations, and makes a viable peace with the Palestinians more difficult.

Posted by Aaron Balshan on Tuesday, February 13, 2018