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Netanyahu: BDS Advocates ‘Should Be Treated as We Treat Any Anti-Semite or Bigot’

The unifying issue of the AIPAC conference even saw Schumer take a swipe at Obama and Kerry comments about boycotts of Israel.

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Bridget Johnson

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March 4, 2014 - 1:15 pm
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WASHINGTON — Over the course of the three-day AIPAC conference in Washington, politicians delivered speeches overwhelmed by audience skepticism over the Obama administration’s Iran deal and what the White House’s Middle East peace process framework might look like in the end.

But one issue that took on a new life coming into the annual convention proved to be the glue that brought politics and the 14,000 AIPACers together: the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaigns.

Like the fizzy fruits of a SodaStream, BDS bubbled to the top of the one-liners that consistently brought the crowd to its feet and helped some political figures during addresses that were otherwise on shaky ground.

On Monday, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) vowed with “every fiber of my being” to keep Iran from getting a nuke, stressing “we must keep tough sanctions in place until Iran agrees to give up nuclear weapons.”

He encouraged the crowd to look on the bright side of President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry’s negotiations, though, claiming “whatever you think of President Obama on other issues, it cannot be disputed” that he made sanctions have enough teeth to get Iran to the negotiating table and lined up partners to accomplish this task.

Schumer didn’t bring down the house until he stressed the anti-Semitic roots of the BDS movements.

“It is very suspicious that those who promote boycotting Israel do not seek boycotts against any other nations in the world, particularly those nations in the Middle East whose human rights records include hanging dissenters from cranes in city squares and imprisoning and torturing critics of the government,” the senator said. “I believe that those who call for boycotts of Israel without calling for boycotts of other neighboring nations whose human rights records are in fact reprehensible are practicing, whether they know it or not, whether they admit it or not, a modern form of what we call anti-Semitism.”

“We will succeed if we strongly and constantly oppose those who call for boycotts of Israel and expose their double standard,” he said.

Without mentioning Obama and Kerry by name, Schumer got in a dig at both men, who have dropped controversial comments in recent weeks about Israel needing to accept a deal soon lest the boycotts start to really gather steam.

“Those who even with the best of intentions warn Israel that she must make agreements she feels unjust because the boycotting will only get worse in the future, those people have it all wrong,” Schumer said. “Those quote-unquote friends should be condemning the boycotts in every possible way and weakening them.”

While trying to sell the AIPAC crowd on a deal with the Palestinians that could be modeled after the Arab peace initiative, Kerry said the Jewish state could reap economic benefits from signing a peace agreement.

“And I believe that we need to stand together with a single voice to reject any of the arbitrary, unwarranted boycotts of Israel. For more than 30 years, I have staunchly, loudly, unapologetically opposed boycotts of Israel, and I will continue to oppose those boycotts of Israel. That will never change,” he said to loud applause.

Kerry got in hot water with the Anti-Defamation League and other groups, as well as the Israeli government, earlier this year for remarks he made at the Munich Security Conference urging Israel to sign a deal soon or face potential repercussions.

“You see, for Israel there’s an increasing delegitimization campaign that has been building up,” Kerry said. “People are very sensitive to it. There are talk of boycotts and other kinds of things. Are we all going to be better with all of that?”

Fittingly, the most forceful beatdown of the BDS concept came from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the final speaker of the conference on Tuesday morning.

His speech struck several familiar notes on the dangers of Iran — he even quipped about his red-line bomb drawing at the United Nations — and opened with a reminder that Jerusalem should remain the undivided capital of the Jewish state.

Netanyahu had especially strong words, though, for the movement “that’s definitely on the wrong side of the moral divide.”

He stressed that the campaigns attempting to steer business away from Israel were also on the losing side of the financial divide.

“Beyond our traditional trading partners, countries throughout Asia, Africa, Latin America, where I’ll soon be going to, these countries are flocking to Israel. They’re not coming to Israel, they’re flocking to Israel. They want Israeli technology to help transform their countries, as it has ours,” Netanyahu said. “And it’s not just the small countries that are coming to Israel. It’s also the superpowers — you know, the other superpowers, Apple, Google, Microsoft, Intel, Facebook, Yahoo — they come because they want to benefit from Israel’s unique ingenuity, dynamism and innovation.”

“And I can tell you the BDS boycott movement is not going to stop that, any more than the Arab boycott movement could stop Israel from becoming a global technological power. They are going to fail,” he added.

Still, the prime minister continued, people shouldn’t get complacent and should continue to vigorously oppose the movements.

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Chuck Schumer brought down the house, eh?
The Democratic Party makes nice noises about Israel but the worst anti-Semites in the US and the worst anti-Zionists in the US are allied with the Democratic Party, not with the Republicans. More broadly, the worst threats to Israel are allied with "progressives" and not with conservatives and libertarians.
41 weeks ago
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Obama has his beliefs and actions and it is a perfectly definite set, there is no vagueness about it. He commands that the Jew bow to the Muslim at every turn they do him hurt or threaten him and his children with death. Word it as softly as you please, the spirit of Obama is the spirit of the evil shadowed specter of the Beast of Austria insidiously billowing in and building and building to ever more horrific heights. The moment there is a question about a boundary line or a building or some Muslim somewhere complaining about any matter, see Obama rise, and see him spit at the Jew from the corner of his twisted mouth. The spirit of Obama being in its nature narcissistic and selfish -- it is in the man's line, it comes natural to him -- he can fully live up to all of the teachings of Jeremiah Wright and even of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad; for the spirit of Judaism is entirely impossible to him.
41 weeks ago
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"He [Schumer] encouraged the crowd to look on the bright side of President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry’s negotiations"

There is no bright side there, Chuck, unless you think death has a bright side. In spite of all the you-know-what coming from Obama and Kerry, that is no pony that either is riding, but rather a horse named death.
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I love Netanyahu for if anything- his clarity of speech. Remember when he spoke to Congress and got a roaring standing ovation? Remember that p,o,'d look on Obama's face when Netanyahu schooled him on national TV? That said everything about his character, and everything about Obama's.

The prog-left-tards indict themselves with BDS- its a throwback to the 30s socialism that hid the anti-semitism in fashionable circles in the UK and even parts of the US academy, in Wilsons idealism and FDRs immoral failure to act in too many examples to cite.

Its as if history repeats itself, but fortunately, its only in the echo chamber of the Soros funded Open Society groups, the StateRunMedia, and liberal universities, that they cant learn those lessons.

The good news is in flyover country, we all get it, and we back the underdog, Israel.

I only hope some of the 70% of American Jews who reputedly voted for Obama in 2008 and 2012 are paying attention. They remind me of those in Speilberg's movie- who could not imagine their literate, cultured neighbors would turn on them, until too late.
41 weeks ago
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"...what the White House’s Middle East peace process framework might look like in the end."
I hope they took into consideration what God has to say. He will judge the nations that divide up the land of Israel. That doesn't look good.
http://483years.blogspot.com/

41 weeks ago
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“BDS is nothing but a farce. Here’s why. Listen. In dozens of countries, academics are imprisoned for their beliefs. So the universities of which country does BDS want to sanction and boycott? Israel, the one country in the Middle East where professors can say, write and teach what they want. Throughout the Middle East, Christians are fleeing for their lives. So which country does BDS want churches to divest from? You got it, Israel, the one country in the Middle East that protects Christians and protects the right of worship for everyone. Throughout the Middle East, journalists are jailed, gays are hanged and women are denied their most basic rights. So which country does BDS want to sanction? Take a guess. Israel, the only country in the region with a free press, a progressive gay rights record, and where women have presided over each of the three branches of government,” the prime minister said."

Perfect, it is perfect how this man makes everything look so clear and simple! I think I'll carry this quote in my pocket for future reference , when i argue with the progressives living amongst us.
41 weeks ago
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Well, the truth is generally "self evident" after all...

Thats why it takes one Liberal 4 years at Harvard to "study" the 6 pages of plain language in our constitution (looking for ways around it), and another to contemplate, out loud and under OATH, "what the meaning of "is" is" (same reason I suppose)
41 weeks ago
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For the sake of the continued existence of the State of Israel I hope they are paying attention to the spinelessness of Prince Barry and will act accordingly to protect their interests, their land and people. Kerry is delusional if he truly believes the Palestinians want peace; what they want is a piece of Israel, in fact the entire piece from the Jordan River to the sea and if they acquire that along with the extermination of the Jews they might be satisfied, although I doubt they will ever be appeased having become accustomed to a victim mentality and massive entitlements.
41 weeks ago
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FB said: I think BDS is a little more complicated than that

Seems to me there is no way anyone goes for BDS without antisemitism - even if the loons don't even know it themselves it should be obvious to others, nobody choses just those kinds of slanders without an initial push from just that one direction.
41 weeks ago
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Well, I think BDS is a little more complicated than that, though there is little doubt there are anti-Semites embedded in the movement. Probably as strong as that is the simple reality of race-based political correctness. That's where the less white you are the less wrong you are. Palestinians are correct by default, without any resorting to a narrative of actual events and history.

At the end of the day, from Israel's perspective, each is much like the other: it's a racial double standard that gerrymanders history like it's a voting district.

For people so obsessed with colonialism and postcolonialism, liberals are stunningly ignorant of what it actually is. And yes, much of that is willful racism and the editing of history to favor so-called "people of color," which is a made up fantasy group.
41 weeks ago
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Many things in this world are more complicated than they appear, the law of unitended consequences pertaining. Some things however are uncomplicated.

BDS targets one of the most upright countries in the world.
BDS ignores the most murderous/oppressive movements in the world.
BDS gives aid and comfort to those murderous/oppressive movements in their effort to exterminate the country targeted by the BDS.

No analysis of "-isms" required nor desired.
41 weeks ago
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Don't let the Left fool you, they are not Anti-Colonialists.

The Left supports colonialism. Colonization of European and Israel Judeo-Christendom.
41 weeks ago
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I'm going to have to get me one of them Soda Stream things.
41 weeks ago
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I actually thought it was a stupid, goofy, useless product...what kind of snob/yuppie elitist with WAY too much time on their hands, needs SODA so bad they have their own freaking machine to make it from SCRATCH...

But now I'm buying one just because the snob/yuppie elitest Lefties dont WANT me to....
41 weeks ago
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Someone should remind America's liberal Jews, the
Ones who continue to vote Democrat, that the
BDS movement is by and large supported by the
Political Left. I don't see how any Jew who lives
Israel can vote Democrat these days. This isn't
The Party of the past. It's changed and joined
Forces with the Euro-Left. And they are rabid anti-Semites.
American Jews who vote Democrat are unwittingly
Helping destroy Israel. They need to look in a mirror
And ask themselves one simple question:
"Are gay-marriage and government entitlements really
More important to you than the survival of the
Jewish Nation?" Take that into the voting booth
Next November.
41 weeks ago
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While the left are the US' primary sponsors/supporters of anti-semitism, I discovered a fair amount of it in 2012 amongst Ron Paul supporters. It was a minority of Dr. Paul's backers, but a vocal and agitated minority. As a fan of much the good doctor proscribed, I was disheartened by this revelation.
41 weeks ago
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American Jews voting patterns wont change until they love Jews more than they hate European Christendom.
41 weeks ago
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First of all, liberal American Jews who by and large vote
Democrat are mostly Reformist Jews, not traditional Jews.
For all practical purposes they are liberal by choice and
Jewish only by accident of birth. They are as much
Lutheran as Jewish.


41 weeks ago
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They are like all other Leftist, small c communist, angry little anti-family "christian hating" democrats that are "american" by accident of birth too

These "liberal Jews" are as "jewish" as Michael Moore and Jane Fonda are "patriotic"...hating them is NOT antisemitic, any more than hating Sandra Fluke is "Anti-American"
41 weeks ago
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The Evil genie is out of the Bottle. It all began in 1967 when the Israeli Forces reclaimed all of Jerusalem but in a moment of weakness and misguided secular-Jewish largesse decided to allow the Muslim's Al Aksa Mosque to remain undisturbed on Temple Mount. Temple Mount is a Spiritual Vortex, given to the Jewish Nation to safeguard by the Holy ONE, the Omnipotent Force of all Forces in the Universe, with strict instructions as to what is allowed and forbidden on this most Awesome and powerful Spiritual Powerplant on planet earth. The Jewish People have no Spiritual claim to the Holy Land when they do not fulfill their 'part of the bargain', that is, their G-d given responsibility under the Covenant to serve as
Custodians of the Mount. In effect, fulfilling that responsibility, more than any historical claims or 'legal' titles of ownership is what gives legitimacy to the Jewish possession of Jerusalem and the Holy Land.
On a deep and subconscious spiritual level this truth is felt if not understood not only by the European Union and United Nations but particularly by our half brothers in the Muslim world who have rightfully concluded the weakness and spiritual faithlessness of the Jewish Nation in spurning G-d's Will. Their fraudulent possession of Temple Mount and the Israeli Government's complicity in reinforcing of this fraud by officially forbidding any Jewish prayer or even for Jews to set foot there has caused a world-shattering metaphysical imbalance, a short-circuit so to speak.
Since 1967 the cancer of Radical Islam has metastasized world-wide, threatening every civilization with physical and spiritual destruction. The 9-11 attacks, Islamic unrest and Sharia in Europe, everywhere Islam has a presence, the dread and unspeakable menace of two nuclear armed Islamic States, Pakistan and soon Iran just to name a very few nightmares. Is this a coincidence? Is it a coincidence that all three major religions hold Jerusalem as sacred ground to be fought and died for? A coincidence that Jerusalem is never mentioned in Islam's holiest book, Koran, yet thousands of times in Jewish Scripture!
The truth is that nothing can stop this Cancer from spreading. Not Armed forces, Drone assassinations, Civil laws or security checkpoints. Not even the false panacea of a 'successful' political settlement with Arab Palestinians in Judea/Samaria for 'Palestinian' Statehood there will turn the tide and return the 'Genie' to the 'box'. Those are nothing but band-aids on soon-to-be terminal cancer. And more and more as the nations of the world, including formerly friendly ones in European Capitols and Washington D.C. Quietly have begun to openly question the merits, even the 'legitimacy' of the Jewish State, the situation facing Israel has become dire. Far worse than Iranian nukes is this other threat. Sadly, more and more American Jews have come to question Israeli status in that region. The BDS movement grows on American University campuses, most troubling as it now includes growing numbers of young liberal Jewish students, men and women.
Militarily, politically, philosophically, morally ...Israel is becoming weakened on many fronts. It is not certain the Jewish State can survive much longer under the expanded front.
Unless...The Jewish Nation will do what should have been done in 1967. Remove the Al Aksa from Temple Mount. Restore the balance to the Spiritual Vortex as was intended by the Holy ONE. There Is No Other Way. Yes, it will be painful. The region and world will bleed with Muslim fury and world-violence. For a while. And then, the cancer will die as the Genie of Spiritual imbalance is returned to the Bottle. There Is No Other Way. And Time Is Running Out.
41 weeks ago
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This curious reference to "our half brothers" needs to be clarified:

"On a deep and subconscious spiritual level this truth is felt if not understood not only by the European Union and United Nations but particularly by our half brothers in the Muslim world who have rightfully concluded the weakness and spiritual faithlessness of the Jewish Nation in spurning G-d's Will."

Specifically, that "our half brothers" phrase needs to be clarified. Just who is who's half brother, and where?

Perhaps then some of the rest will be easier to "get".
41 weeks ago
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Imagine a Husband who allows his enemy, an imposter, to sleep in the bed of his wife...
The imposter, naturally, has nothing but added contempt for this weak, feckless man and has no doubt that in a short matter of time the husband will pack his bags and leave the house.
Meanwhile, the neighbors look upon this spineless husband with incredulity and disdain, wondering if this weak man really is the husband or perhaps an interloper himself!
The above scenario illustrates the dynamic underlying the conflict that the Husband, Israel, has been afflicted with for the last 65 years since modern Jewish Statehood and the incomprehensible refusal of their government to declare and exercise control and possession of their G-d given Bride, Temple Mount.
The solution to the woes of the Husband are obvious to anyone who has not been deceived by the false distractions, excuses, and accusations of the enemy and the neighbors, those being the issues regarding the Palestinian Arabs.
Only when the Husband stands up, first declaring himself to be the rightful and sole Husband of this Bride and then begins taking steps to remove the imposter from the bedroom will the imposter and the neighbors begin to finally respect the Husband and take seriously his marital relationship with his Bride.
This is the natural solution to the conflict and the key to the long term security and viability of the Jewish State.
41 weeks ago
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The people of Ishmael ( 'illegitimate' son of
Abraham) are the half brothers of the Jews.
And Islam is primarily their religion. El Aksa on Temple
Mount was a 'victory mosque' built over the ruins
Of the first and second Jewish Temples. As
Long as Temple Mount is allowed to remain
In the control of Islam, the Jewish State will
Be considered a 'foreign entity'. This is not
Only a psychological reality but an intractable
'Insult' to Muhammad's teachings. And only by
Removing the victory mosque will the air be
Let out of the balloon. Not hard to understand.
41 weeks ago
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Thank you.
Then, the key to so much of all of this conflict over the centuries has been that, "The people of Ishmael ( 'illegitimate' son of
Abraham) are the half brothers of the Jews."

This paste is interesting in that light:
"So while the Muslims have authority to manage the Temple Mount according to their laws, traditions, and practices, the Israelis technically have control over the Temple Mount. The Israeli police manage the Temple Mount, standing guard at the entrances and exits. The Israeli police work with the Islamic Waqf to provide safe entrance at specific times during the day for non-Muslims to tour the Temple Mount."

That paste is from:
"How Did the Muslims Come to Control the Temple Mount? #AskFOI

November 07, 2013
Writer: Chris Katulka
Related Topics: #AskFOI"

I've no intention of becoming involved in one of these endless theological exercises; I submit this here only because so many bland all encompassing statements all too often need clarification. On the two occasions I've visited the Temple Mount as a Christian tourist, once in 1958 and last in 1995 access seemed to be free to all without hindrance.

It then seems such a shame that such beneficial cooperation as exists between the Israeli police and the Islamic Waqf regarding the Temple Mount cannot be extended, by example, to the whole of the Arab-Israeli conflict.

41 weeks ago
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Chuck Schumer brought down the house, eh?
The Democratic Party makes nice noises about Israel but the worst anti-Semites in the US and the worst anti-Zionists in the US are allied with the Democratic Party, not with the Republicans. More broadly, the worst threats to Israel are allied with "progressives" and not with conservatives and libertarians.
41 weeks ago
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