Freedom Center Hits Back Against BDS in New York Times Ad (FrontPageMagazine.com) 04/27/12)
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Editor’s note: To spread awareness of the eliminationist agenda of
the anti-Israel Boycott/Divestment/Sanctions (BDS) movement and its
elite supporters in the American university system, the David
Horowitz Freedom Center placed the following ad in the op-ed section
of the April 24, 2012 edition of The New York Times. The ad elicited
objections from numerous Times readers, some of which are printed
below the ad along with responses from David Horowitz.
Response from Times reader Robert P. Khoury:
I read your ad on today’s Op-ed page of the NY Times. I am curious
just what arguments/statements by the BDS contributed “to the
atmosphere of hate that spawned these and other murders of Jews.”
Presumably, if one disagrees with a statement of the Israeli
President or Foreign Minister, or simply disagrees with a policy such
as allowing continuing settlement on the West Bank, one is allowed to
express one’s opposition, correct? What were the statements that
contributed to the slaughter of the people in Toulouse? Did not the
murderer also kill non-Jews in his rampage before the slaughter at
the synagogue? Why does the ad assume that the murderer was not
beyond crazy—he also killed a Muslim correct? The ad connects dots
that I have not seen in newspapers. I would like to see
substantiation of the accusations.
As someone who does not want anyone driven into the sea, but as
someone who does not believe in bigotry, I have thrown up my hands
about the Middle East. I have read quotes in the NY Times from
speeches by both the Iranian President and the Israeli Foreign
Minister. Except for substituting/changing one word: Jew or Muslim,
they were nearly identical, full of what I would call outright
bigotry. I do not see anyone leading the charge to get rid of the
bigotry of the Israeli Foreign Minister, as they should as far as I
am concerned. [You can get rid of the Iranian President as far as I
am concerned.] I remember when some leaders in the Middle East
were not bigots, something that does not appear to be the case
today. Abba Eban, for example. The former King of Jordan, whose
name is escaping me at the moment.
It would seem to me that if any country has a bigot as its leader or
foreign minister, that country should be called on it, correct?
Please provide me with examples of language of BDS that somehow
influenced the murderer. If you cannot substantiate your
allegations, then your group, as well intended as it may be, is just
more noise being added to the problems in the Middle East and is not
I look forward to your response. Thank you.
Robert P. Khoury
Los Angeles, CA
Reply to Robert Khoury from David Horowitz:
Excuse me, but Palestinian leaders have openly called for the
extermination of the Jews and the obliteration of the Jewish state in
so many words. Where is the Israeli leader who has said anything
remotely comparable? Israel’s leaders have offered the Palestinians a
state more than once, and continue to promote a two-state solution.
Name me one Palestinian leader who supports the existence of the
Jewish state. So don’t tell me there’s anything remotely parallel on
both sides of this conflict. There is one side that wants peace and
has already made enormous sacrifices and compromises to achieve peace
(surrender of the Sinai, failure to annex the aggressors territories
on the West Bank and in Gaza, unilateral withdrawal from Gaza and so
forth). On the other side are religious xenophobes who have conducted
a 60 year war whose stated goal is to destroy the Jewish state and
who have either openly called for or have not condemned calls from
Hamas, Hizbollah and Iran for the extermination of the Jews.
Response from Times reader Jay Gillen:
As a Jew and supporter of Israel, I was concerned and saddened by
your advertisement today on the NY Times op-ed page.
I fully understand your disagreement with the divestment movement,
and I also understand the parallel with Nazi and other anti-Semitic
economic attacks on Jews.
It is wrong, however, to equate the divestment movement with anti-
There must be a way to criticize Israeli policy without being
labelled an anti-Semite or supporter of anti-Semites. We must enlarge
the dialogue about Israel in such a way that people can speak
together, act politically without violence, communicate, and not
attribute motives that put the “other” into the category of evil.
I think you agree with me, and in fact that you reject the divestment
movement precisely because it seems to attack Israelis as “evil”.
There are anti-Semites. They do hate Jews and Israel. They do take
comfort from the divestment movement. But the professors you mention
are not anti-Semites and do not hate Jews. You should be able to
distinguish them from others. And you should not hate them, even if
you believe they hate you. Disagree with them, if you choose; but
disagree on the merits of their arguments, not by associating them
with the truly evil. Let us have done with that as a tactic, on our
side at least.
Thank you for your attention.
Jay Gillen, Ph.D.
Reply from David Horowitz:
With all due respect you need to familiarize yourself with the
sponsors, spokespeople and agendas of the BDS movement before drawing
such facile and comforting conclusions. This is Hamas in action and
its agenda is the liberation of “Palestine” from the river to the
sea — in other words the destruction of the Jewish state. It is not
about policies of the Israeli government which can be amended. It is
about the “crime” of Israel’s very existence. To support such a
movement you have to be ignorant and a dupe, or an anti-Semite. I
grant you that there is a sucker born every minute and there may be
several in this movement. But the organizers of the BDS conference
are not among them. (Copyright © 2012 FrontPageMagazine.com 04/27/12)
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