A Jordanian opposition leader is charging that the activists behind the “Boycott, Divestment and Sanction” campaign against Israel are racists, according to a report in Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.
“BDS claims to target Israel because Israel oppresses the Palestinians. If so, why does BDS never target Jordan’s government, which oppresses and destroys the lives of the majority of Jordanians of Palestinian origins, and where many of my own people, the Bedouin Jordanians, go hungry?” wrote Abed Almaala in a commentary in Yisrael Hayom.
“Why does BDS never boycott Lebanon, where Palestinians are banned from working as taxi drivers? Why does it not boycott Syria, where President Bashar Assad has killed thousands of Palestinians in Yarmouk camp?”
He charged: “BDS, admit it: You are racists and anti-Semites.”
WND reported American Center for Law and Justice Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow has described the BDS goal as “the elimination of the state of Israel.”
“As such, the movement operates as a coordinated, sophisticated effort to disrupt the economic and financial stability of the state of Israel, including by causing direct harm to the economic interests of persons conducting business in and with the state of Israel.”
He said BDS proponents “claim responsibility for significant damage to Israeli business interests; and they use threats of withdrawal of financial support to coerce companies to cease or refuse to engage in business interests with or in the state of Israel, its nationals, and its residents, as well as with other persons who are Jewish or who do business with persons who are Jewish.”
Sekulow said his organization’s strategy includes exposing BDS supporters as anti-Israel activists, identifying and quashing manifestations, providing legal protections for Jewish citizens and Israeli interests, and changing the international conversation regarding the “BDS narrative.”
Israel National News recently pointed out that BDS “failed miserably in its stated aim of cutting Israel off from the world economically.”
Almaala wrote that as a Jordanian politician, he wanted to speak out “against the anti-Israel boycott, divestment and sanctions movement.”
He said he’s not Israeli and “nobody could accuse me of being anti-Arab,” so he has the freedom to speak.
“Let me be clear: BDS is a reckless act of hatred that threatens the security and stability of not only Israel, but also my country, Jordan, and the entire Middle East,” he said.
He cited the warning from Mudar Zahran, the president of Jordanian opposition: “If the day were to come when Israel falls, Jordan, Egypt and many others would fall, too, and Westerners would be begging Iran for oil.”
Almaala said Israel is “at the front of the war against terror in our region, and if Israel is hurt, we all will suffer, and Jordan will suffer the most.”
“Therefore, BDS is a threat to us all – a threat to America as much as it is a threat to Israel, Jordan and our Palestinian brothers.”