The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY LEE HARPIN

EMER­I­TUS CHIEF Rabbi Lord Sacks has re­leased a video chal­leng­ing the ar­gu­ments put for­ward by the Boy­cott, Di­vest­ment and Sanc­tions move­ment.

Re­leased to co­in­cide with the start of Is­rael Apartheid Week at univer­sity cam­puses, the six-minute an­i­mated film sees Lord Sacks con­demn­ing BDS as “dan­ger­ously wrong be­cause be­neath the sur­face it’s an at­tempt to dele­git­imise Is­rael as a pre­lude to its elim­i­na­tion”.

He adds: “The Jewish con­nec­tion with the land of Is­rael goes back roughly twice as long as the his­tory of Chris­tian­ity, three times as long as the his­tory of Is­lam.

“Jews are the only na­tion in his­tory to have ever es­tab­lished a na­tion state in the land, and the only na­tion never to have lacked a pres­ence there.”

Ex­press­ing his sup­port for the Pales­tinian right to self-de­ter­mi­na­tion and for a state, he adds: “The BDS move­ment will achieve nei­ther of these things.”

The video, which was cre­ated in part­ner­ship with Is­raeli com­pany White An­i­ma­tion, shows an an­i­ma­tor draw­ing a car­toon of Lord Sacks on a white­board, be­fore writ­ing out and il­lus­trat­ing his ar­gu­ments against the boy­cott.

Im­ages from the an­i­ma­tion

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