Op-Ed: Beating back the assault on Israel’s legitimacy

JTA LogoBy Jerry Silverman and Steve Gutow.

Rabbi Steve Gutow is president and CEO of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs.  Jerry Silverman is president and CEO of the Jewish Federations of North America.

March 11, 2014

“Leaders of the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement say they are protesting Israel’s policies in the West Bank.  They are doing far more than that.

BDS advocates routinely oppose a two-state solution and seek to delegitimize the sovereign, Jewish State of Israel.  In some cases, BDS becomes the latest form of anti-Semitism.

The BDS movement aims to isolate and punish Israel, using the same techniques applied to apartheid South Africa.  Not hesitating to misrepresent facts and ignore context, these Israel bashers take advantage of ignorance and naïveté within civil society circles, mostly in Western Europe, to advance their anti-Israel agenda.”

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