New Haven peace award win­ner hardly pro­motes peace

The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT) - - OPINION -

The ar­ti­cle, “Win­ner of New Haven peace group’s award ar­rested in Is­rael,” March 24, re­minds one of the way Al Capone was sim­i­larly ar­rested for tax eva­sion rather than his worst crimes. One can only marvel, and laugh, at the po­etic jus­tice.

Un­for­tu­nately, the ar­ti­cle’s de­scrip­tion of the goals of the Boy­cott, Divest­ment, Sanc­tions move­ment Omar Bargh­outi co­founded was mis­lead­ing. Bar­gouthi has made clear its goal is noth­ing less than the de­struc­tion of Is­rael, say­ing “Def­i­nitely, most def­i­nitely, we op­pose a Jewish state in any part of Pales­tine. No Pales­tinian, ra­tio­nal Pales­tinian, not a sell-out Pales­tinian, will ever ac­cept a Jewish state in Pales­tine.”

Anna Baltzer, an­other BDS ac­tivist who has spo­ken many times in Con­necti­cut, has been even blunter, sim­ply say­ing, “We need to wipe out Is­rael!”

The group giv­ing Bargh­outi (and Nader) the Gandhi Peace Award calls it­self Pro­mot­ing En­dur­ing Peace and is ad­min­is­tered by Stan­ley Heller, but clearly any group giv­ing some­one like Bargh­outi an award can’t have much in­ter­est in pro­mot­ing peace.

— Alan Stein, founder, Pro­mot­ing Re­spon­si­bil­ity In Mid­dle East Re­port­ing Mas­sachusetts and PRIMER Is­rael, pres­i­dent emer­i­tus, PRIMER-Con­necti­cut, Nat­ick, Mas­sachusetts

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