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Letter: Let’s call it what it is


This is in response to John and Elke Molgaard’s letter, “Non-violent protest could lead to peace” (http://bit.ly/2pG4gFI, The Telegram, May 10).

John and Elke Molgaard’s support of the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement (BDS) is abhorrent and falls outside the Canadian consensus where the governing Liberals, opposition Conservatives and the NDP view it as discriminatory and counterproductive to the prospects of peace.

Consider the following words spoken by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas: “No, we do not support the boycott of Israel. … We do not ask anyone to boycott Israel itself… we have relations with Israel. We have mutual recognition of Israel.” The Palestinian’s own leader views BDS as antithetical to the prospects of peace as it unfairly singles Israel out for opprobrium and doesn’t advance Palestinian interests.

The support for economic sanctions against Israel unfairly assigns blame to the Jewish state and is at odds with Canadian values, as it applies differential treatment to Israel. BDS doesn’t care about peace, tolerance and mutual respect. BDS encourages unilateralism, discourages dialogue and reconciliation, and its efforts have only protracted the conflict.

BDS not only doesn’t recognize the existence of the state of Israel, BDS works toward Israel’s annihilation. It seeks to make Israel a pariah nation and paint it as a rogue regime whose 6 million-plus Jews must be blacklisted and slandered. That is why Canada’s Parliament voted by a wide margin to condemn the BDS campaign being waged against Israel and to regard it for what it truly is, anti-Semitism.

 

Mike Fegelman, executive director
HonestReporting Canada

 

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