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Is BDS anti-semitic? Show more Show less

BDS stands for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions. It is a non-violent, Palestinian led political campaign that advocates for and promotes various forms of finanical protest against the state of Israel. The objective of BDS is to pressure Israel into abiding by international law, which includes ending the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, granting Arab-Palestinians Israeli citizenship, and allowing displaced Palestinian refugees the right to return to their cultural and ancestral homeland. It’s often compared to and seeks to emulate the South African anti-apartheid movement from the 1980s. However, the movement has been accused of being ant-semitic due to the nature in which it targets the world’s only Jewish state, and how those attacks affect Jewish people in Israel and abroad.

No, BDS is not anti-semitic. Show more Show less

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BDS wants to hold Israel accountable for past human rights violations

Religious minorities or states are not exempt from criticism regarding human rights violations. BDS is an organization that advocates for Palestinian rights in Israel. Their efforts are seen as anti Israel because they want society to be geared towards Palestinians.
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Context

The boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) organization that wishes for Israel to not be an independent territory. They also want equality of Palestinians and Arab-Palestinians.

The Argument

The boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) organization are an infamous protest group who supports Palestinians. This includes removing the Israeli West Bank barrier, which will unite Palestinian areas. BDS wants this because of Israel’s establishment as a Jewish state in 1948. Palestinians suffered from being displaced. Therefore, they want their old homes and property back. The BDS has been accused of being anti-Semitic because Israeli leaders say that the organization believes that Israel shouldn’t be a Jewish state. However, it should be considered that Israel was originally populated with just Palestinians. During European colonialism, European Jews started coming to Israel, which was not independent at the time. Over time, the Palestinians of Israel experienced more invasions, military oppression, and purges.[1] Palestinians are like the American Indian. The oppressed people of a country that was originally theirs. BDS just wants equal rights and consideration for all Palestinians. They’re not being anti-Semitic because they were in Israel first. If anything, the leaders of Israel are being anti-Arab.

Counter arguments

Yes, the Palestinians were treated unfairly during the colonization of European Jews. They lost their homes and suffered. However, colonizing Israel has worked in the country’s favor. Now, Israel, just like other colonized countries, has grown considerably. Israel gained diversity. People who come through Jerusalem are Jews, Christians, tourists, and other religious groups. Israel has become more than a Palestinian land. It’s become a land of coexistence. BDS wants to undermine the progress that was put into Israel over time. Opening the West bank would puncture safety protocol and it would be impossible to kick everyone out of their homes to give it to people who lost it long ago. BDS is anti-Semitic because they believe Palestinian power should be the main power in Israel. They despise that Jewish people manage Israel.

Framing

Premises

[P1] Israel should belong to Palestinians because they lived in Israel before Jewish colonists. [P2] BDS stands entirely for Palestinian equality.

Rejecting the premises

[Rejecting P1] Undermining the Jewish government for Palestinian rights is anti-Semitic. [Rejecting P2] BDS wants Israel to be under Palestinian power and influence.

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References

  1. https://www.counterpunch.org/2015/05/19/why-israel-should-not-exist/

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