Boycott Watch
December 30, 2012
The Israel Boycott and Bigotry
Op-Ed By Fred Taub
President, Boycott Watch
Author, Boycotting Peace
    Bigots have two things in common. First, they blame others for their own shortcomings. The Nazis, for example, believe if anything goes wrong, it must have been because a Jew was involved. If they get a flat tire, they automatically blame Jews. The Ku Klux Klan takes a more religious approach, claiming Jews killed Jesus; therefore Jews are the root of Evil. When I heard Louis Farrakhan speak in the 1980's he pointed to me in the audience and said "Now my Jewish brothers and sisters out there, now don't you think I'm anti-Semitic, but don't you put your evil on me!"

    That leads to the second thing bigots have in common. They claim to be better because others are worse. It is a depression mentality that some try to fix with the self-esteem movement. This leads to the new breed of Jew-hatred, the Israel boycotters, a generation of haters who, instead of being depressed, feel good about themselves while blaming Jews for their own shortcomings.

    As detailed in my book Boycotting Peace, the Arab boycott of Israel dates back to 1910 as a boycott of Jewish interests. The boycott is also the central theme of the Arab League, the leading pan-Arab organization that was formed to coordinate the boycott against Jews and Israel. It is also where the Nazis got the idea of boycotting Jews that later evolved into creating the Nazi concentration and death camps. There is a parallel. Two Israeli Army reservists made a wrong turn into Ramallah on October 20, 2000. Despite going to the Palestinian police compound for refuge, they were brutally murdered at the hands of the PA that is not only signatory to the boycott of Israel, but which also created the Boycott Divestment Sanctions campaign against Israel. The fact is the Arab boycott of Israel and its BDS campaign subsidiary is not benevolent.

    There are two types of people who join the BDS campaign against Israel. First you have the angry Marxists who just hate every capitalist society, and then you have the peace activists who will do almost anything in the name of peace. But how does this translate into Jew hatred?

    The answer becomes apparent in their approach. Marxists generally stand with the communists, Trotskyites, and everyone else on the far left. One would think therefore they would stand with their Israeli Kibbutz comrades, but nothing could be further from the truth. The Marxists who join the Arab boycott / BDS campaign attack anything and everything from or related to Israel.

    The same applies to the peace activists. They don't stand with Israeli peace activists; they just boycott Israel in general. While some Israel boycotters claim they only boycott goods from certain areas of Israel, the fact is in practicality the boycott campaign does not differentiate between goods based on origin within Israel.

    This brings us back to the two things racists have in common - they blame others for their own shortcomings and claim superiority because other people are worse. While the BDS crowd blames Israel for the woes of others, they also tell Israel what to do out of a sense of moral superiority based on their own self-esteem. Effectively, therefore, the Israel boycotters are by definition bigots.

    Of course they will deny being bigots and then claim Zionists are the real bigots, which brings up the topic of the Arab techniques used in their boycott of Israel - the trend among Arabs is to blame Israel for their shortcomings. For example, while Jews and Christians are forbidden from entering Mecca and Medina, the BDS claim is that Arabs are discriminated against by Israel. Of course the Arabs don't tell their BDS recruits that Arabs vote in Israel and have been in every Knesset since day one; nor do they tell their BDS recruits that Israelis can't enter most Arab nations, nor can any Jews vote in Arab nations.

    The Israel boycotters also fail to mention that Arab women can't vote or drive under Islamic rule, yet are free to do both in Israel. The list goes on and on. Simply stated, the Arab world likes to claim Israel denies the very basic human rights the Arab world actually imposes on its own people, thus blaming Israel and Jews in general for the Arab world's own shortcomings.

    There is one truism I have learned in the fifteen years I have been studying boycotts: It is easy to make a false claim and scream boycott in response. However, when you shine a light on the actions of the claimants, you may then be exposing the truth, including who the real bigots are.

     Fred Taub is the President of Boycott Watch and the author of Boycotting Peace which exposes the truth behind the Arab boycott of Israel / BDS. He is radio host, comments in the major media and his work as been cited in two cases before the United States Supreme Court.

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