HP Council: Call Out BDS as Anti-Semitic in Resolution

HP Council: Call Out BDS as Anti-Semitic in Resolution

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Highland Park Borough Council is currently considering a resolution condemning  anti-Semitism.   We urge the Council to include in that resolution a statement condemning the Global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement  as anti-Semitic.  

We do not question the right of any citizen to participate in a peaceful protest or boycott of any entity.  We do, however, recognize that the Global BDS movement is a specific organization, one that has specific originators, organizers, tactics and goals.  This specific BDS movement has made widespread use of anti-Semitic hate tropes and intimidation tactics.  Furthermore, they do not promote a peaceful, negotiated two-state solution;  rather, their goal is to delegitimize Israel. 

The Global BDS movement targeting Israel is a campaign that does not favor a two-state solution.  It undermines the possibility for a negotiated solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by demanding concessions of one party alone and encouraging the Palestinians to reject negotiations in favor of international pressure.

The founder of the Global BDS Movement, Omar Barghouti, has denied the right of the Jewish people in their homeland, saying, “We oppose a Jewish state in any part of Palestine. No Palestinian, rational Palestinian, not a sell-out Palestinian, will ever accept a Jewish state in Palestine.”

The Global BDS Movement promotes and consistently employs anti-Semitic tropes and memes in its messaging.

The Global BDS Movement promotes intimidation tactics on university campuses, in violent demonstrations, in social media and in other media.

The Global BDS Movement targets not only the Israeli government but also Israeli academic, cultural, and civil society institutions, as well as individual Israeli citizens of all political persuasions, religions, and ethnicities, and in some cases even Jews of other nationalities who support Israel.

The Global BDS Movement does not recognize, and many of its supporters explicitly deny, the right of the Jewish people to national self-determination.

University-based Global BDS efforts violate the core goals of the university and global cultural development, which thrive on free and open exchange and debate, and in many cases, leads to the intimidation and harassment of Jewish students and others who support Israel.

In contrast to protest movements that have sought racial justice and social change, the Global BDS Movement targeting Israel is not about promoting coexistence, civil rights, and political reconciliation but about questioning and undermining the very legitimacy of the country and its people.

We reaffirm our strong support for a negotiated solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict resulting in two states—a democratic Jewish State of Israel, and a viable, democratic Palestinian state—living side-by-side in peace, security, and mutual recognition

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