BDS big­ots strike

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMENT -

In al­most ev­ery re­spect, Boris John­son’s visit to Is­rael and the Pales­tinian Author­ity was a tri­umph. The Mayor of Lon­don had the usual photo-op­por­tu­ni­ties but the trip also had gen­uine sub­stance to it. It also had an un­ex­pected, if en­light­en­ing, end. On Tues­day night, the Pales­tine Busi­ness Women’s Fo­rum in­formed the Mayor’s of­fice that the re­porter who had been ac­com­pa­ny­ing him through­out the visit would not be wel­come to their meet­ing with the Mayor, for no rea­son other than that she was an Is­raeli. Mr John­son was forth­right in his con­dem­na­tion, as he had ear­lier been of all such boy­cotts, de­scrib­ing the Bri­tish BDS move­ment as “ridicu­lous, snag­gle-toothed, cor­duroy-wear­ing, lefty aca­demics”. As a re­sult of his com­ments, al­most all his meet­ings with Pales­tini­ans were can­celled. That, in a nut­shell, ex­poses the re­al­ity of BDS. Its pro­po­nents ped­dle the lie that it is about tar­get­ing in­sti­tu­tions rather than peo­ple. But the ban on an in­di­vid­ual jour­nal­ist merely be­cause of her Is­raeli na­tion­al­ity shows that BDS is based on sin­gling out in­di­vid­ual Is­raelis and dis­crim­i­nat­ing against them. And, as if that was not bad enough, it is also deeply coun­ter­pro­duc­tive. As a re­sult of the BDS cam­paign­ers, it was Pales­tini­ans who were un­able to meet Mr John­son.

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