The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMENT -

The space given to ad­vo­cates of BDS in Elis­a­beth Perl­man’s ar­ti­cle ( JC, Jan 1) makes one won­der whether the Jewish Chron­i­cle still re­gards it­self as a Zion­ist pa­per.

The bat­tle with BDS is deadly se­ri­ous since the aim of that move­ment is not to aid the Pales­tini­ans reach a peace­ful modus vivendi with Is­rael but rather to de­monise, dele­git­imise, and ul­ti­mately to de­stroy Is­rael.

To add in­sult to in­jury, both Si­mon Se­bag Mon­te­fiore and Si­mon Schama ap­pear im­plic­itly to ac­cept a core ar­gu­ment of the BDS ad­vo­cates — that Is­rael is in­sti­tu­tion­ally guilty of hu­man-rights abuses against the Pales­tini­ans.

The charge is false and Is­rael has noth­ing to be ashamed of in this re­gard as ev­i­denced by the March 2015 in­de­pen­dent re­port of the Gaza Con­flict Task Force.

The ar­gu­ment that set­tle­ment ac­tiv­ity pre­vents peace ne­go­ti­a­tions is un­der­mined by the re­cent as­ser­tion of Omar Bargh­outi that even if Is­rael with­drew from Judea and Sa­maria the call for BDS would con­tinue.

As for the aca­demic crowd, their cow­ardice in the face of the crit­i­cal threat to this coun­try from ex­trem­ist Is­lamists com­pletely de­stroys their cred­i­bil­ity just as their fail­ure to op­pose Nazism in the 1930s served only to hearten our en­e­mies.

They do not understand the dif­fer­ence be­tween right and wrong, ac­cus­ing the vic­tims of crimes for which their at­tack­ers are guilty. Lionel Blu­men­thal Lon­don NW11

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