A BDS Call for Disarmament in the Middle East

Richard L. Cravatts, PhD, Professor of Practice at Simmons College, is the author of "Genocidal Liberalism: The University’s Jihad Against Israel & Jews" (a David Horowitz Freedom Center publication) and President of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East.


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Syria, for example, where Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime has slaughtered over 5000 of the country’s citizens, has also been instrumental in funneling weaponry to terrorist groups intent on murdering Israelis. A 2008 U.S. State Department report pointed out “that Syria provided political and material support to Hezbollah and allowed Iran to use Syrian territory as a transit point for assistance to Hezbollah, Hamas, [and] Palestine Islamic Jihad . . , among others, based their external leadership within Syria’s borders.” Syria’s internal problems have not prevented the transfer of weapons and intelligence; in fact, the rate has increased since the revolt. The IDF has claimed that Syria regularly trains Hezbollah on using advanced anti-aircraft weapon systems against Israeli targets.

Iran, of course, also has a long history of funding terrorism and fueling jihad in the Middle East, and particularly for any group or state interested in murdering Jews. The State Department report noted that “in 2008, Iran provided more than $200 million in funding to Lebanese Hezbollah and trained over 3,000 Hezbollah fighters at camps in Iran,” and that “since the end of the 2006 Israeli-Hezbollah conflict, Iran has assisted Hezbollah in rearming, in violation of UN Security Council Resolution 1701.1.”

Speaking at a 2011 rally, Hassan Nasrallah, Hezbollah’s secretary-general, boasted about the size of his group’s deadly arsenal, some 40,000 rockets and missiles aimed at Israel and one of the world’s largest stockpile of weapons.

“We are growing in numbers,” Nasrallah crowed, and “our training is getting better and our weapons are increasing. And for those who are betting that our weapons are rusting, we say that our weapons are being renewed.”

Iran’s fingerprints are on the weapons and armaments flowing into Gaza to Hamas, as well. A 2011 State Department report from the Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism observed that “Iran increased the provision of medium-range rockets” and the unrelenting barrage of rockets and mortars from Gaza into southern Israeli towns “demonstrated technological advancements,” and “the rockets could also be launched from greater distances and with larger warheads.”

“In addition,” the report continued, “Israeli experts assessed that Hamas successfully smuggled Fajr-5 rockets from the Sinai Peninsula through tunnels into Gaza, and subsequently began producing these rockets in Gaza, which were capable of striking Tel Aviv suburbs.”

“Divestment campaigns and requests for institutional divestment,” a University of Wisconsin guide for BDS radicals reveals, should insure that “the argument is more directed towards questioning the nature of the exclusively-Jewish nature of Israel and the racist policies that allow the existence of such a project. This argument is far more effective and winnable than that of debating specific events and facts.”

But if misguided divestment proponents ignore “events and facts,” if they insist on promoting a campaign to strip Israel of its ability to protect its citizens from being murdered while ignoring the lethal arms buildup in the hands of terrorist organizations and rogue states, they will expose themselves, and their motives, as being disingenuous at best, and anti-Semitic and genocidal at worst.

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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?