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Don’t Be Fooled By BDS Campaign’s Failures


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Tellingly, Rebecca Vilkomerson, the executive director of Jewish Voice for Peace – a strong proponent of BDS that is, at most, agnostic on Israel’s right to exist – recently appeared on an American Free Press podcast and told the host she “appreciate[d] your support.” AFP is a neo-Nazi, white supremacist, Holocaust-denying group. That JVP appreciates AFP’s support says it all.

 

EDITOR’S NOTE: In a statement on JVP’s website and in emails to JTA, Vilkomerson says the podcast interview on AFP was obtained under false pretenses and that she was not aware she was being interviewed for AFP. Vilkomerson has asked AFP to remove the podcast and JVP has issued a statement condemning AFP as racist and anti-Semitic.

 

Kenneth Stern is the American Jewish Committee’s director on anti-Semitism and extremism.

About the Author: Kenneth Stern is the American Jewish Committee’s director on anti-Semitism and extremism.


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4 Responses to “Don’t Be Fooled By BDS Campaign’s Failures”

  1. Diego Deleon says:

    All these so called philosophers should address the issue of why does the USA exists? after all all of these lands were take away from their true and original owners, the Native American Tribes. For an american intellectual to even question the existence of the state of Israel is not only preposterous but hypocritical. Israel is here to stay.

  2. Sydney Levy says:

    JTA News Desk <newsdesk@jta.org> has issued a correction to this piece, which should have been included with the piece itself. Here it goes:

    EDITORS: The following Op-Ed, which went out Thursday, contains a.
    disclaimer at the end by Jewish Voice for Peace in an Editor's Note.
    It is now the last paragraph. This disclaimer should run with the.
    piece.

    EDITOR’S NOTE: In a statement on JVP’s website and in emails to JTA,
    Vilkomerson says the podcast interview on AFP was obtained under false.
    pretenses and that she was not aware she was being interviewed for.
    AFP. Vilkomerson has asked AFP to remove the podcast and JVP has.
    issued a statement condemning AFP as racist and anti-Semitic.

  3. Charlie Hall says:

    "the two-state solution, in which Jews and Palestinians have a right to national self-expression, is the only path to sustainable peace."

    Many, perhaps a majority, of this newspaper's readers might disagree with this statement. They should address how a one-state solution can work. The BDSers certainly have not done so!

  4. Anonymous says:

    No, a 2-state solution is NOT acceptable. At least not if it involves establishment of another Arab state besides Jordan. Jordan is the 2-state solution. Surrendering Gaza, under threat of blackmail by the Bush administration did not bring peace. It brought rockets from Hamas into neighboring Jewish settlements. Surrendering control of the west bank will not bring peace, either. That is part of the PLO's & PA's stated aim: destruction of Israel in Phases. The final phase would be allowing the so-called "right of return" which would be the demographic death of the Jewish State. Unless Jews wake up and accept the fact that the Arabs & the Muslim world DO NOT WANT PEACE. They want to destroy Israel. J-Street Jews and their ilk are either delusional or they are simply self-hating Jews. But as the holocaust has taught us, the objection against Jews by the haters is insuperable. In the end, no willingness to accommodate and propitiate would spare us that last ride in a cattle car to oblivion because, in the end, our "crime" is that we are Jews.

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