Singling out and attempting to delegitimize the world's only Jewish state is the latest mutation of the world's oldest hatred. Specifically, the goals of the BDS are far from attaining any peaceful resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through a two-state solution. Instead, as freely stated by BDS co-founder and leader Omar Barghouti, "We oppose a Jewish state in any part of Palestine."
The dissolution of the world's only Jewish state would quickly turn into a nightmare for the Jewish population residing there. In a majority Palestinian state— under the Islamist leadership of a figure like Hamas— would entail the massacre or oppression of any minority that resides there.
Thus, the question regarding whether or not BDS or anti-Zionism is antisemitic is self-explanatory. How could the call for the dismantling of the world's only Jewish state not be antisemitic?
On the other hand, calls demanding change within the Jewish state are not antisemitic, nor are statements that bring to light Israeli war crimes. But again, calls demanding for the end to a Jewish state are, inherently, driven by antisemitic sentiment. Moreover, BDS has been extremely successful in fueling the flames of antisemitism worldwide by stigmatizing Jews all over the European and North American continent.
A recent bipartisan US House of Representatives resolution noted BDS “leads to the intimidation and harassment of Jewish students and others who support Israel.”
Trudeau noted how Jewish students feel “unsafe on campus” and the European Fundamental Rights Agency’s recent survey among European Jews found similar trends.
As the Israeli government report correctly noted: Partly because of BDS, “the West has become desensitized to antisemitic discourse when it appears in an anti-Israel context.”
Just take a recent German court decision where the judges ruled that the firebombing of a synagogue in Wuppertal was not antisemitic but merely a political protest against Israel. Thus, in fighting antisemitism, there can be no ambivalence towards the rhetoric of BDS.