BDS: FALSE CHARGES AND ACADEMIC COWARDICE
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