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On Boycotting Israel

There are a lot of Nazi comparisons being thrown around these days. Where might they be most accurately directed?


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Sadly it is not only in the area of music that the British-exported trend of singling out Israel has just again been highlighted. For some years now London has been the originator and motor of the “boycott and divestment” movement which aims to hold Israel to a fictional standard to which it does not, in fact, hold any other state, such as China, Sudan or Zimbabwe — let alone Iran and North Korea. Among those to whom this horrible export has been sent are the E.U. and the U.N.

For instance, in recent days, more than twenty religious groups and charities have insisted that the European Union should ban products from Jewish communities in the West Bank [Judea and Samaria -ed.]. They claim that the purchasers of such products are “unwittingly supporting the settlements and the attendant violations of human rights.” These organizations, including Christian Aid, claim that cosmetics, herbs and other products should not be permitted. Already Denmark and Britain have agreed to “mark” products from Israel. Ireland has called for a complete ban on products from beyond the “green line.”

Meanwhile, Richard Falk, the disgraced and laughably titled United Nations “special investigator on human rights in the Palestinian territories” has called for a boycott of any company doing business with Israelis in the West Bank. And let’s not beat about the bush here. Any future Palestinian state in the West Bank will be – by the admission of even the most “moderate” Fatah leaders – completely Judenrein, or free of Jews. So what Mr. Falk is really ensuring is that nobody will do any business with Jews if they happen to live in the pre-Judenrein West Bank. Mr. Falk has explained in his report to the UN General Assembly that this boycott should be enforced until Israel “adheres to international rights standards and practices.” Of course Falk is most famous for using his perch at the hilariously mistitled “U.N. Human Rights Council” to compare Israel with Nazi Germany.

So here is a question with absolutely no cash prize due to the vast number of people who might get it right. There are a lot of Nazi comparisons being thrown around these days. Where might they be most accurately directed? Towards the State of Israel? Or against the growing number of people who believe that it is permissible to boycott any herb, any product and indeed any tune, if it comes from the hand or the heart of a Jew?

Originally published by the Gatestone Institute.

Douglas Murray

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