Reviews | Boston’s BDS map is nothing more than anti-Semitic incitement


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The BDS movement, which aims to “boycott, divest from and sanction” Israel and those who do business there, has long vacillated between opposing Israel’s treatment of Palestinians and fomenting hatred of Jews and Jewish culture.

But now one of its affiliates has plunged headlong into outright anti-Semitic bigotry, conspiracy theories and implicit incitement to violence.

Late Tuesday, the Boston arm of the loosely organized movement urged his supportersas he had done many times before, to explore an interactive “mapping project”, which he said would show “how imperialism, racism, militarism and Zionism are systematically connected in our communities”.

He doesn’t do any of those things. The BDS-promoted Mapping Project is just the latest manifestation of an anti-Semitic canard alleging covert and covert Jewish control and influence buying over universities, media, businesses, charities, security forces. order and more.

The project is, as Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) put it, “an anti-Semitic enemy list with a map attached.”

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Its targets go beyond the usual Zionist groups to include the Synagogue Council of Massachusetts (which covers liberal congregations opposed to Israel’s treatment of Palestinians), the Jewish Community Relations Council (whose affiliated groups to understand Jewish Holocaust survivors and veterans), the Jewish Arts Collaborative, the Jewish Teen Foundation of Greater Boston – and even J Street, a of liberal Jewish inspiration avowed group opposite Israel’s policy towards the Palestinians.

The creators of the map, a crazy collection of interconnected colored dots, call the project “a resource for gathering intelligence on agents of oppression” to “train our own networks of resistance.”

“We showed physical addresses, named officers and leaders,” the map said. “These entities exist in the physical world and can be disturbed in the physical world. We hope people will use our map to help understand how to repel effectively.

And how could they do that? He continues, “We view American police at all levels as white supremacist colonial institutions that have no role in our communities; we support non-cooperation, community self-defense and resistance in all its forms.

I contacted the Palestinian BDS National Committee, the closest thing to an umbrella organization for the movement, to asking about this implicit call for violence – and received no response. In the nearly two weeks he’s been aware of the Boston map, the larger BDS has obviously offered no pushback. (The Boston chapter could not be reached for comment.)

I also contacted the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a BDS support human rights group I worked with to fight anti-Muslim bigotry – and was told ‘that’s not a problem we’re facing right now’. Why not?

Fortunately, some left-wing leaders opposed this approach. Progressive Team Member Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) said of the map: “It is not acceptable to target or make vulnerable Jewish institutions or organizations, period.

I have spent much of the past few years condemning right-wing conspiracy theories, lies, hatred and violence. But the battle will never be won if the left adopts the same means.

In terms of the sheer size of the threat, there is no parallel: political violence on the right is far greater, both in occurrence and in lethality, than on the left. On Wednesday, federal prosecutors charged the man accused of the racist Buffalo massacre with 26 counts of hate crimes and weapons violations. From Buffalo, a man described as “anti-government” killed a retired judge in Wisconsin and had a bipartisan list of other targets. And the police in Idaho arrested 31 people suspected of being affiliated with the white nationalist group Patriot Front before an allegedly planned riot at a Pride parade.

But there was also the man who, upset by the leak of a stunning Supreme Court draft opinion Roe vs. Wadehatched a plot to kill Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh before turning himself in.

There is no place in civilized society for such acts – nor for the rhetoric that motivates the unstable to do the terrible. Nor is there room for a BDS movement if it is going to use (justified) anger at Israel’s policies to foment anti-Semitic conspiracy theories and implicitly call for violence against “agents of oppression”, including Jewish entities.

The Mapping Project is ridiculous in its attempt to involve Jews. It includes JewishBoston, a publication of the Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston, because it “pushes propaganda that glorifies Israel.” Such as? “JewishBoston helped promote “Taste of Israel 2022”…which featured Boston-area restaurants serving and promoting “Israel’s diverse culinary landscape.”

The long list groups “systematically connected” with alleged Zionist oppressors include: AFL-CIO, Apple, Google, Bill & Melinda Gates Medical Research Institute, Boston Globe, City of Boston, Democratic Sens. Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren, the FBI, the Harpoon Brewery, the Harvard Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Pfizer and Moderna, an endless collection of corporations, universities and police departments, and seemingly every Jewish group under the sun .

If the broader movement is unwilling to step in and condemn those of them who stoke anti-Semitic conspiracy theories and violence against Jews, then BDS will become nothing more than BS.

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