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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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“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.
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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.
1 year 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.
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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.
1 year 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/

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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.
1 year 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)
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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.
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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.
1 year 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.
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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.
1 year 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.
1 year ago
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I'm going to have to get me one of them Soda Stream things.
1 year 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....
1 year 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.
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