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(Originally posted to the author’s website, Israel Thrives}

Raphael Ahren, writing in the Times of Israel, tells us:

Without the Israeli-Palestinian conflict there would be no Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, the European Union’s envoy to Israel said Monday, arguing that the best way to fight BDS is to take steps to advance a two-state solution.

“The most effective antidote against the BDS movement is to solve the Palestinian issue. If there were no Palestinian issue, there would be no BDS movement,” Ambassador Lars Faaborg-Andersen said at a conference in Jerusalem.

The EU does not expect Israel to be able to solve the conflict unilaterally, the ambassador stressed. “It takes two to tango. It takes the Palestinians also.” But it is important for Israel not to be seen as undermining a two-state solution, he said. “If more effort is put into showing a will to move forward and to obtain progress in this process, it would greatly weaken the BDS movement.”

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More effort?

The Jewish people have not put sufficient effort into opposing ongoing violence against ourselves by not being sufficiently compliant toward our aggressors?

Is that the idea?

We have to put an end to this nonsense.

Who is Lars Faaborg-Andersen to tell the Jewish people how best to live in this world?

As far as I am concerned the EU can go straight to hell.

They are not our allies. They are not our friends. They are not our partners.

They are sometimes our customers, but what they really are is a hypocritical pain in the ass that promotes terrorism against Jews while self-righteously complaining about it at home. Ultimately, the EU funds and supports Jihadi violence toward the Jewish people of the Middle East, through organizations like B’Tselem that defames Israel, and then blames that violence on those Jews, even as they decry it against themselves.

To be fair, however, while it is true that the EU blames Arab-Muslim violence against the Jewish minority in the Middle East on the Jewish people, they do have the consistency to blame Arab-Muslim violence against their own people on their own people. As Europe drowns, their leaders tell their citizenry that the violence against them is a normal response for having failed to be gracious enough to their Arab-Muslim guests.

Jihadi violence in Europe, we are to understand, is because the Europeans have failed to suckle Arab-Muslim immigrants close enough to their breasts and if only they would be more open and gracious then the Jihadi immigrants would become harmless accountants and fishermen and shoemakers.

The truth, of course, is that Arab-Muslim imperial ambitions, grounded in hatred of the infidel – particularly the Jew – is what drives their violence throughout the world upon non-Muslims. It is due to western and American racism that the West blames itself for Muslim violence against its own people. It is because western “liberals” think of non-whites as inferior creatures in need of protection that they refuse to assign agency to their “little brown brothers” who are in need of protection against the allegedly aggressive West.

The current western-left attitude toward non-western people “of color” is reminiscent of, and in part derived from, nineteenth-century notions of “white man’s burden.” The condescension is so rich that the western-left refuses to even acknowledge that it is not their culture, but the Arab culture that has been the most successful imperialist-colonialist power within recorded human history, since the Romans.

The Europeans, in their ideological blinkertude, pay lip-service to Palestinian-Arab responsibility for the long Arab war against the Jews, but they always pressure and blame the Jews.

At the very least, the boycott movement “would swing into virtually nothing” if there was no Israeli-Palestinian conflict “to tag unto,” he argued.

I have to say, I love these European geniuses. What he is saying – if I can figure the math correctly – is that if there were no Arab-Israel conflict there would be no BDS movement against the Jews of the Middle East to begin with.

Brilliance.

Of course, this does not explain why there was an equivalent boycott movement against the Jews in Nazi Germany that quickly was taken up by the Arabs before the State of Israel even existed. The current BDS movement is an extension of the previous movements to boycott and hurt the Jewish people as derived from 1930s Germany through the Arab efforts to rob Jewish people of sovereignty on Jewish land, throughout the middle part of the twentieth-century, until this moment.

Faaborg-Andersen added BDS is a “rather marginal” phenomenon that currently “has very little effect” on Israel. “That means that we have to, of course, stay vigilant in order to ensure it does not get further boosts and does not get further support. But I think it’s important to keep a sense of proportions here and ensure that we’re not to talking up this phenomenon rather than talking it down, and thereby giving it a platform that it really doesn’t have.”

The hubris is unimaginable.

What this moron is telling us is that the ongoing effort to economically strangle the Jewish people of the Middle East is no big deal and we should not concern ourselves with it.

And this from the EU Ambassador to Israel?

I do not think that the Jewish people, nor the Jewish state, are much in need of Europe.

Europe is killing itself and we have better friends elsewhere.

 

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Michael Lumish is a PhD in American history from the Pennsylvania State University and has taught at PSU, San Francisco State University, and the City College of San Francisco. He regularly publishes on the Arab-Israel conflict at his own blog, Israel Thrives (http://israel-thrives.blogspot.com/). Lumish is also the founding editor of the scholarly on-line discussion forum H-1960s. He can be contacted at mike.lumish@gmail.com.

24 COMMENTS

  1. Very twisted politics and power plays going on. The European Union is sick and twisted. They blame their own people for the turmoil and violence when its their leaders fault. I just read an article that said Israel was funding aid to the migrant crisis. Europe in a bizarre twist in order to challenge Jews in europe and Israel side with Muslims.

  2. I don’t exempt Israel from the problem. They ask too much of Europe and America and I don’t care if this is a Jewish website it’s true. And now Muslims and Jews have backed the West into a corner forcing them to chose between the two. Muslims are bellicose and deceitful and want to over throw the West. But political and economically the Jewish people want more power within certain bodies and nations. The Jewish people want more power within the European Union and the Europeans won’t allow it.

  3. This is ANTISEMITISM and ANTI ISRAEL prejudice pure and simple!! The Israelis have NEGOTIATED AND NEGOTIATED ALL IN GOOD FAITH!! All they get in return from the “PALESTINIANS” is bombs, stabbings rockets killing the Israelis. That is TRUTH!!

  4. What a well written, refreshing article that iterates the truth! The EU (as well as here in the US), exudes a giant sucking sound when it comes to embracing and coddling the REAL obstacles to peace, both in Israel and the world. And for the EU, looks like O's" favorite "pastor's" statement is coming true – the chickens are coming home to roost. In this case, the "chickens" – AKA ISIS, is not only coming home to roost, but to take over the entire EU. But it's true, there is no cure for stupid.

  5. since arab terrorists want to kill yiddlichs , how does israel make peace with chista malodors? unfortunately we live in a world in which many people prefer to sugarcoat reality. it makes them feel compassionate at our expense. hobb ze tiff tire en dred.

  6. Telling the truth. I like it. the EU is a perfect example of a failed institution. Just wait until THEY have had their fill of the Arab/ Muslim violence on their door steps. Then the Arabs and whatever faction they clam will fear the wrath of a EU that has had enough. It is already beginning to rise in Germany, Belgium, and other countries. Just wait till they start literally throwing them out of the their countries so that they won't have to fear terrorist attacks any longer.

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