Yesterday, our son returned to California for University. He and I sat on the porch one evening talking about the Iran deal, turmoil in the Middle East and growing Anti-Semitism across the world. We also discussed our approaches to dealing with individuals who have vastly different views to ourselves. In the past, I do not bring up political discussions that might lead to such sensitive topics related to the Middle East. However, it has been quite hard this summer with the Iran Nuclear Accord (JCPOA) signing and Daesh’s activities (aka ISIS/ ISIL).
The problem I have is most people who are in favor of the Iran Deal or who are Pro-Palestinian (often the same people), they like to use moral relativism as their primary argument. They reject that it falls apart when you take a couple of steps back and look at the entire region, Sharia Law application and rise of targeted violence against Jews in western society. They will respond with the Islamaphobia term as a catchall and try to downplay the impact Islamists are having throughout the world, and that it is really a small number of Muslims/ or they are not really Muslims. This type of discussion, as I understand from college students, is much worse and heated against Israel and Jews on campus. I feel it is time to switch tactics, not only on campus but across society, from a logical discussion to what the BDS movement aligns with, i.e. who they really benefit/ support, such as:
If you support BDS, then you align with ISIS, the Taliban, the Muslim Brotherhood and other fascist hate mongers. You are in alignment with them, just like you are with Hamas and Fatah and other Islamic groups that are religiously intolerant.
Being a supporter of BDS, means you advocate the beheading of journalists, the lashing of women, the throwing of gays off buildings. You support suicide bombing and the mass killings of minorities (Christians, Jews, Kurds, Yazidis…). You support the application of Sharia Law.
Even more to the point, BDS supporters must feel the Charlie Hebdo attack was justified and that the victims of other terror attacks, like the Boston Marathon bombing, deserved it. BDS supporters are also for honor killings and the killing of Muslim apostates, wherever they reside.
BDS supporters clearly feel freedom of expression or equality is not important.
Now some people may feel the above is a stretch, but what do they really think a state run by Hamas/ Fatah would look like? Would they want such a place in the United States or Europe, let’s say in Michigan or in France? So, why advocate against Israel and for the creation of such a state in place of Israel? And don’t give me the bullshit that you are in favor of a two state solution, because that doesn’t fly with the BDS chants/ rhetoric or intent of Hamas/ Fatah.
It is time for progressives/ liberals to wake up and recognize who they are in cahoots with.