‘The New Antisemites’: A Report on BDS and the Delegitimizing Campaign Against Israel


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Israeli tourists look at a BDS stand with photos and Palestinian Authority flags, at Dam Square in central Amsterdam, Holland, on June 24, 2016.

A new report published by StopAntisemitism.org and the Zachor Legal Institute, endorsed by more than two dozen American NGOs, has revealed the “disturbing connection between the oldest hatred in the world and the delegitimization campaign against the State of Israel.”

The New Anti-Semites: The Radicalization Mechanism of the BDS Movement and the Delegitimization Campaign Against Israel” report documents how the delegitimization effort, as disseminated by the “Boycott, Divest and Sanctions” (BDS) Movement, together with the alt Right and radical Left, is creating a threatening environment that normalizes antisemitism, something that history has shown to have deadly consequences.


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The report is co-authored by StopAntisemitism.org & Zachor Legal Institute as well as endorsed by the following 23 US-based NGOs:

1. Simon Wiesenthal Center/Museum of Tolerance
2. StandWithUs (SWU)
3. Zionist Organization of America (ZOA)
4. Hadassah
5. Na’Amat USA
6. Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi)
7. Middle East Forum (MEF)
8. Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET)
9. The Lawfare Project
10. AISH HaTorah
11. Americans Against Antisemitism (AAA)
12. Americans for Peace and Tolerance (APT)
13. Coalition for Jewish Values (CJV)
14. Israel Allies Foundation (IAF)
15. Jewish Policy Center
16. Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa (JIMENA)
17. Students Supporting Israel (SSI)
18. The American – Israeli Cooperative Enterprise (AICE)
19. Scholars for Peace in the Middle East (SPME)
20. Club Z
21. A Wider Bridge
22. Alums for Campus Fairness (ACF)
23. Young Israel

Anti-Semitic incidents, including those involving violence, are rising in the US and throughout the world. Zachor Legal Institute President March Greendorfer writes in the Foreword that hate groups on the Left and Right are joining forces with the backing of designated foreign terror organizations, to inject intolerance and delegitimization into social justice campaigns, schools, government and society as a whole.

“The New Anti-Semites” report, he writes, was prepared to document “how this contemporary hate, as disseminated by the so-called “Boycott, Divest and Sanction” (BDS) Movement, is negatively influencing large segments of the United States’ population and creating a dangerous environment that normalizes vilification of Jews, something that history has shown to have deadly consequences.

The objective of the report is to expose the BDS faux ”civil rights” movement for what it is – a delegitimization campaign with genocidal aims, rather than the human rights movement that it purports to be.”

The Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) is the coordinating body for the BDS Movement worldwide, the report says. The first and primary member of the BNC is the Council of National and Islamic Forces in Palestine, known outside of the Palestinian territories as the “Palestinian National and Islamic Forces” (PNIF).

“PNIF was founded by Yasser Arafat and is comprised of five US-designated terrorist organizations including: Hamas, The Popular Front For The Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), The Popular Front – General Command (PFLP-GC), the Palestine Liberation Front (PLF), and Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ). In addition, members of PNIF include Khalid al-Batsh, senior member of the PIJ and Jamil Mezher, a member of the political bureau of the PFLP,” Greendorfer writes.

“Ghassan Zeidan, now deceased, was a Central Committee member of the PLF and a member of PNIF, as was Iz Al-Din Kasab, a Hamas representative. Further, Haidar Eid, a BNC representative, made it clear that Hamas and other Islamic movements were represented on the BNC.

“The words and deeds of BDS movement supporters must not be ignored, especially by those of us who are living reminders of the near-extermination of the Jewish people. This pattern of demonization, delegitimization and, ultimately, elimination is one that has repeated itself over the millennia,” Greendorfer warns.

“Those who think that what happened in World War II Europe could never happen today in the United States must be educated how to prevent the history of anti-Semitism from being a prelude to the future.”

To read the full report, click here.


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