A BDS Call for Disarmament in the Middle East

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Editor’s note: The article below is written by Dr. Richard Cravatts, the author of Genocidal Liberalism: The University’s Jihad Against Israel & Jews, a book published by the David Horowitz Freedom Center. To order a copy, click here.

The eleventh-hour June 5th vote by Arizona State University’s student government to divest holdings in targeted companies that supply military equipment to Israel is part of a troubling trend that exposes dangerous radicalism on campuses by BDS proponents, disguised as an effort to achieve social justice for the Palestinians. In May, for instance, the student government at University of Massachusetts, Boston voted on a similar resolution to demand “that the UMass Foundation, Inc. divest its funds from Boeing Company and other entities that perpetuate and profit from war crimes and/or human rights violations,” those illegal acts, naturally, being perpetrated by Israel.

In November of 2011, the New York University chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine, in the same ideological vein, submitted an “Open Letter to TIAA-CREF CEO and President Roger W. Ferguson from NYU Faculty and Staff,” signed by over 70 members of the NYU community, which had as its purpose “to pressure TIAA-CREF into divesting its holdings in 5 key companies which profit from the illegal Israeli occupation and oppression of the Palestinians.” The effort signaled a shift in the tactics of the BDS movement away from simply boycotting academics, theatre groups, or humus, and instead attempting to strip Israel of its ability to defend itself, militarily, from those foes who are clearly more concerned with the extirpation of the Jewish state than they are with Palestinian human rights and nationhood.

Of course, no acknowledgement is ever forthcoming from divestment proponents as to the reasons why “illegal Israeli occupation and oppression of the Palestinians” exists in the first place as part of daily life for Israeli citizens as well as Arab ones; that is, that Israel’s so-called “brutal occupation” and its military incursions were necessitated by Arab aggression and terrorism, and the use of defensive force has not been a random occurrence based on the whims of a bellicose, sadistic Israeli military. In fact, by targeting firms which supply arms to Israel—a divestment ploy begun in a similar 2002 campaign at Columbia University—supporters are not taking the high moral ground they purport to seek; they are actually helping to achieve what Israel’s Arab foes have long wanted, a militarily-weak Israel whose defenseless citizens can be massacred and, in the favorite exhortation of its jihadist foes, “driven into the sea.”

More ironically, the divestment proponents who wish to hobble Israel’s military strength fall into the morally-convenient trap which ascribes the root cause of terrorism not where it belongs—with the homicidal madmen who perpetrate it in the name of jihad—but once again to Israel, due to its very presence in the Levant and its perceived racist, territory-hungry, brutal, and oppressive character.

The ASU divestment call included an additional, rather odious, element that the earlier efforts had not included:  not only did students in this case demand “that ASU divest from and blacklist companies that continue to provide the Israeli Defense Force with weapons and militarized equipment,” but, they added, they would also target companies for divestment that “are complicit with the genocidal regime in Darfur.”

The conflation of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict and the genocide being perpetrated against black Christians and animists in Sudan, of course, is morally incoherent and a grotesque inversion of facts, and yet another disingenuous and repellent tactic in the BDS movement to demonize and delegitimize Israel. The killing fields of Darfur are the work of Arab Janjaweed, who, on behalf of the Bashir government, have been responsible, since only 2003, for the slaughter of some 400,000 innocents, the displacement of over 2,500,000 people, gang rapes of thousands of women and young girls, the decimation of entire villages, and a death toll that still reaches 5000 monthly. So Israel’s use of weaponry and military equipment to protect itself in its 63 years of existence has nothing in common with the Bashir government’s campaign to suppress and extinguish portions of Sudan’s own populace, based on internecine tribal and religious conflict.

But facts are not important in the BDS campaign. What is important, and effective, is being able to utter the words “Israel” and “genocide” in the same breath, just as the BDS movement, and other enemies of Israel on campus, regularly conflate the words “racism” and “apartheid” with Israel, and for the same reason: to position Israel as an immoral state, the cause of instability in the Middle East, an impediment to peace in the region, and the source of the radical Islamism that threatens the West. And while the campus demonizers of Israel are ordinarily silent when Muslims murder co-religionists or non-Muslims, the Darfur genocide represents such a barbaric excess, that it has obviously proven to be irresistible for the divestment ideologues to equate Israel’s self-defense against external foes with Sudan’s internal, genocidal ethnic cleansing.

More significantly, the morally-obtuse ASU students and other BDS supporters who have called for stripping Israel of its military protection—if they are truly interested in ending warfare—might well direct their concern about arms proliferation and military clashes at other of the region’s states and terrorist organizations, and not the only democratic nation and reliable American ally.

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  • SCREW SOCIALISM

    Boycott, Divest and Sanction Saudi Arabian and OPEC and Western companies that perpetuate the rape of the entire world with $100 per barrel oil.

    BDS entities that support the Syrian regime and its genocide of 14,000+ Syrians.

    • Asher

      Boycot Islam period….Lying, Thieving,, Raping, Dominating War Mongers who hate Freedom and Peace!

      • SCREW SOCIALISM

        Boycott SOCIALISM, the ally of world-wide jihad.

        Note that Russia defends Syria despite Syria killing 14,000+ people.

        And socialists take their marching orders from the Kremlin. That's why there are NO PROTESTS outside of Syrian consulates over the genocide in Syria.

  • SCREW SOCIALISM

    End Socialist occupation of Native American land in North America too.

    Send Socialists back to Europe, Africa, Asia.

  • monst0r

    Darfur is over. Despite the best efforts of the anti zionists the Christians won a military victory against the Muslims. Heres for ignoring a genocide because the perpetrators are Muslim!

  • David

    The most disturbing aspect of this movement, is the complicity of many Jewish students with the support or help from their parents who pay the tuition for their children or the Jewish alumni who contribute to these schools.

  • JohnWV

    Palestine is occupied by the Jewish state. Weimar Germany was occupied economically and politically by excesses of its monied Jewish minority. America is similarly occupied right now. Our entire electoral system has been corrupted by Netanyahu's Israel, AIPAC, Israel Firsters and ingenious distribution of enormous amounts of Jewish money. Our representative democracy is nearly defeated and the destruction of America as we know it well underway. Termination of the criminal treachery and treason demands immediate priority. The Government of the United States must again serve American interests, not the Jewish state's relentless pursuit of invulnerability, territorial conquest and apartheid supremacist empire in, and beyond, the Mideast.

    • Larry

      One word- NAZI!

    • davarino

      Oh, the KKK is two doors down on the LEFT, you cant miss it.

    • reader

      Territorial conquest? Ever saw a map you can actually read, John?

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      JohanWV, When you get to Hell, say hi to your hero timothy mcveigh for me.

      Here is a link to a video of your fellow nazi filth SURRENDERING UNCONDITIONALLY to the US, UK and commies.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4qTWVY6dAU

    • robert

      Israel is the size of New Jersey, moron.

    • Asher

      The American government needs to serve American interests, The Constitution, and the Declaration of Independence, Not the Koran, Sharia, or Islamic Values…We are a Judeo-Christian society, and no Muslim is going to tell us any differently! Taqiyya is not going to fool us into submission!

    • HoR_Emperor

      Resident anti-Semitic hate-troll strikes again.

    • Drakken

      If you side with the muslim savages over our ally Israel which is of the West, that makes you an enemy of Western civilization. Good luck in the future, your going to need it.

  • bkopicz

    John have we not taken our meds today :-P

  • StephenD

    These "students" calling for boycotts…will they one day look back and realize they were no more than "Useful Idiots" being used by a bunch of sand monkeys? How foolish will they feel then?

  • Ain't No Dhimmi

    The Case for Israel by Alan Drshowitz Chapter 30 Should Universities Divest from Israel and Boycott Israeli Scholars? The Reality: "These campaigns to single out Israel for demonization are immoral, bigoted, and based on misformation. The campaign currently being waged against Israel on college and university campuses throughout the world is fueled by ignorance, bigotry and cynicism. …Although it is unlikely that divestiture will be impemented on these campuses, the goal of the campaign is similar to, and grows out of, previous attempts to single out Israel by equating Zionism with racism and by complying with the now discredted and illegal Arab boycott of Israeli and Jewish goods" continued.

  • Ain't No Dhimmi

    The Case for Israel, continued:
    The Proof: "The intellectual godfather of this campaign is none other than Noam Chomsky, who has called for the abolition of the state of Israel and the substitution of a "secular binational state" based on the models of Lebanon and Yugoslavia. Chomsky has also defended the findings of the notorious anti-Semite and Holocaust denier Robert Faurisson, who claims that Jews are responsible fo WWII and that no Jews were gassed at death camps. Chomsky has said that he saw "no hint of Anti-Semitic implications in Faurisson's work," including his denial of the Holocaust, which Chomsky claims is based on "extensive historical research."

    • stern

      "….the abolition of the state of Israel and the substitution of a "secular binational state" based on the models of Lebanon and Yugoslavia …"
      Ah yes, we know how well those two worked out, don't we. Thanks for posting this. Instead of arguing against Chomsky, all we have to do is repeat his own words as evidence of just how wrong a supposed "intellectual" can be.

      • Larry

        Chomsky may be a good philologist, but as soon as he steps outside that area and opens his mouth he proves he nothing but a moron with a surface facility for words.

        The bloke is an absolute imbecile.

  • Zionista

    These same "students" and their indoctrinating leftist "professors" are using computer and cell phone technology created in Israel! What a bunch of hypocrites and losers! And I'm sure it's ok to buy products made in all the islamic cesspools where ordinary citizens are slaughtered on a daily basis – not a peep out of these phony cowards.

  • g_jochnowitz

    The BDS supporters are either Marxists or part of the Marxist-influenced Left (not to be confused with liberals). They advocate BDS because it is their number one priority. They are indistinguishable from Chavez. http://www.algemeiner.com/2012/06/13/an-alliance-

  • Ghostwriter

    Are we talking about the same Palestinians who celebrated the deaths of three thousand Americans on 9/11? Those Palestinians?