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A glimmer of light in the anti-Semitic darkness


IN THE struggle against anti-Semitism, good news is as rare as sighting the Loch Ness monster. When it does happen it’s a cause for celebration and a deep sigh of relief, before carrying on fighting the good fight.

On Friday the German Parliament passed a motion denouncing the Boycott Disinvest Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel.

BDS is built on the lie that Israel is an apartheid state. It advocates for the destruction of the world’s only Jewish country, a democracy the size of Wales. Should campaigners succeed, the almost seven million Jews living in Israel, alongside two million Arab Muslims, Christians, Baha’i and Druze, would face annihilation. And the eight million Jews living in the diaspora would be vulnerable to persecution or even worse.

Anyone who hasn’t swallowed the Islamist propaganda on Israel knows that BDS identifying Israeli-owned businesses in Europe, and labels on Israeli goods in supermarkets, are contemporary versions of Kristallnacht.

No wonder the Bundestag declared BDS to be anti-Semitic and vowed that it would not finance any organisations which support a boycott of Israel or has similar aims to that of BDS.

Anti-Semitism in Germany has escalated over the past few years. Angela Merkel’s 2015 disastrous decision to open Europe’s borders to ‘refugees’ has led to an influx of migrants who individually may not be anti-Semitic but originate from countries which have a core culture of anti-Semitism.

Only two weeks ago an Israeli man was attacked in Berlin by Palestinians taking part in a BDS rally. The police reportedly did nothing to stop the attackers, prompting the dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre, Rabbi Abraham Cooper, to admonish the German government. Perhaps it was the sight of Jews being beaten yet again in the streets of Germany which finally motivated the Bundestag to act.

Hopefully others will find the courage to follow Germany’s lead. Donald Trump has led the way, recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and cutting the Palestinian Authority aid budget by £154million – both part of his supportive policies towards Israel. Hopefully the next step he takes will be to denounce BDS as anti-Semitic.

Lagging far behind is the EU, a bloated organisation tainted by anti-Semitism. With its desperate attempts to resuscitate Barack Obama’s dying Iran deal, and its support of BDS policies, the EU is institutionally anti-Israel.

If its member countries wish to change this reputation then they too should consider passing similar motions condemning BDS. Financing of organisations advocating the destruction of Israel should also cease if the EU commits to eradicating anti-Semitism within its member countries.

And in the UK, where anti-Semitism is reaching unprecedented levels and Israeli-owned business are hounded out of the country by BDS campaigners, Theresa May’s government needs to speak out and do the same. Perhaps it could start by cutting funding to terrorist organisations.

The Department for International Development (DfID) funds the Palestinian Authority and Hamas with £75million of British taxpayers’ money. To those who are not wilfully blind it’s obvious that this money doesn’t find its way to poverty-stricken Palestinians but into building luxury homes for the corrupt Palestinian leadership. 

The arrogant apparatchiks who run DfID must acknowledge the fact that the British government is financing Hamas and Islamic Jihad to fire thousands of Iranian-made rockets from Gaza into civilian areas in Israel. 

BDS campaigners are useful idiots for terror organisations like Hamas. The groups exist together in a hellish symbiotic relationship, spurring each other on in rhetoric and destructive acts, united in their desire to destroy the Jewish state.

Until the government withdraws its funding of these anti-Semitic Palestinian regimes, and also publicly censures BDS, any supportive gestures towards Israel are meaningless.

But at least Germany’s action on BDS signals a much-needed change in tackling global hatred against Jews. There is something fitting, and indeed healing, that the country which instigated the genocide of six million Jews is spearheading the fight-back against attempts to destroy Israel. Let’s hope that that the rest of the West follows Germany’s very commendable example.

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Karen Harradine
Karen Harradine
Karen is an anthropologist and freelance journalist. She writes on anti-Semitism, Israel and spirituality. She is @KarenH777on Twitter.

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