BDS thugs in ac­tion

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMENT -

This is far from the first time that we have had to ob­serve the true na­ture of the BDS move­ment. It is not just an­ti­semitic in the­ory, sin­gling out the world’s only Jewish state for boy­cott. In prac­tice, that an­ti­semitic in­tent is even starker, as was seen at King’s Col­lege Lon­don on Tues­day. The BDS thugs who spend their spare time hound­ing those who de­fend Is­rael’s right to ex­ist can dress up their ac­tions in what­ever words they wish, but the re­al­ity was ex­posed once again at KCL — Jewish stu­dents sit­ting peace­fully in a room while glass was smashed around them by a mob. This is an­tisemitism, pure and sim­ple. No, this does not rep­re­sent day-to-day life for Jews on cam­pus; it is wrong to por­tray stu­dent life as one at­tack af­ter an­other. But it is equally wrong to pre­tend that Jews on cam­pus are not un­der at­tack and do not have to deal with th­ese thugs. And that is un­ac­cept­able. The ex­pe­ri­ences we have at univer­sity shape our lives — and, at the mo­ment, one of those ex­pe­ri­ences is an­ti­semitic hate speech, dressed up as anti-Zion­ism. Those univer­sity au­thor­i­ties that per­mit it, or turn a blind eye, are in their own way as guilty as the cul­prits them­selves.

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