|Portland, Oregon's City Hall received this decision to harm Israel with BDS.|
Out here in the Wild West of Oregon, our largest city and my home town, Portland, has voted for BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) against Israel right now at this point in time and why? What is going on to create this decision? I contend that it's a build-up of anti-Semitism that always lies near the surface of people's minds, and sometimes even permeates into our own Jewish people who suddenly turn against their own. It's different from honest criticism. Anti-Semitism is showing hostility or prejudice against Jews. Israel is a Jewish country of 6 million Jews and 1.7 million Muslims and some Christians, etc. Even Alice is showing prejudice and not any sort of helpful criticism. She doesn't live there. She's judging from afar or heresay. Israel is the ONLY Jewish majority country in the world whereas there are at least 48 Muslim majority countries in the world--and that is without a Palestine yet.
|Arafat, originally leader of Fatah terrorists. His leadership molded the minds of the Palestinians.|
|Fatah terrorists from Judea and Samaria, formerly following Arafat|
who was replaced by Abbas. They're hooked up with Hamas of Gaza.
The Oregonian newspaper published what is evidently a wonderful opinion piece of hers that took up 3/4 of a whole page including a huge picture which was all for BDS. It has been followed up with a running stream of comments for BDS, and very few against it. If against it, the sentiment is that stupid accusation of anti-Semitism and oh, they feel wrongly criticized if they say anything against Israel and this is another point against us. .
|Hamas terrorist, who branched off of Fatah, who shoot missiles, mortars and rockets into southern Israel from Gaza,|
and make attacks on Israel's civilian population
|Demonstrations in Europe Against Israel|
The same thing has happened in Israel. Israel has offered the very same things to those 1.7 million who are citizens and also to those living in Judea, Samaria, Gaza and East Jerusalem, and find they are the ones affected by the Khartoum Conference of 1967 whose motto is NO, NO AND NO. Israel has been as frustrated as Europe now is. Israel as even higher standards of morality than any other country in the world, so it hurts them even more to keep to their standards when being attacked all the time.
This week, what has happened in Israel to cause Alice's opinion piece to be published? The USA's Obama does not consider the Golan Heights as a part of Israel and has published this. Netanyahu has said it is. Israel has sovereignty in this high area which before 1967 rained rockets, mortars and missiles down on Israel. It is populated now by the Druse, an Arab group who are peaceful and a part of Israel. It connects to the famous historic city of Safed (Tzfat) where I lived for over 4 years. Please read "THE SOURCE" by James Mitchener. When Israel's only defender keeps arguments going publicly against Israel, it brings down the defensive walls Israel has to protect its citizens. This argument alone can cost lives.
For weeks, attacks have been happening mainly in Jerusalem of Palestinians with knives against civilians there. This Palestinian "intifada of the knives" is blamed by those outside of Israel on some lack of hope for a better future, anger and frustration. However, every sort of American type opportunity and help have been offered to them, and their leaders always come up with the 3 NOs (from 1967's Khartoum Conference) , and the results are attacks against Israelis. The nicer Israelis are, the worse the answer is. It doesn't help that Hamas is ruled by the more recent and obvious more bloodthirsty terrorists who have control of the old terrorists who were run by Arafat and now Abbas, the PLO.
On April 19th, the Israeli IDF detonated the Hamas terrorist attack tunnel it found 10 days before which lead from the southern Gaza Strip into Israeli territory.
April 21st and Sin Bet announced that security forces uncovered a Judea-Samarian Arab terror cell that plotted to kidnap a settler in order to gain leverage in negotiations to free Palestinian prisoners.
Update: 5/16/16/2:18pm from Ron Dermer, Israel's ambassador to the USA: While it's not an economic problem for Israel, BDS is a moral problem. It is an attempt to demonize Israel, to cast it as a pariah state that has no legitimacy and should be destroyed. . .
Reference: Oregonian Newspaper, Sunday-May 8, 2016 page A21, Divestment is an appropriate response to Israel's treatment of Palestinians. by Alice Rothchild-(in my opinion)
The Jerusalem Report magazine, May 16, 2016, page 2, 3. by Bjarne Tolstrup of Copenhagen and staff.
Author Gene LePere nee Hirshhorn: : 2 books and a TV movie from the book, Never Pass This Way Again