BDS Bill Debate is About anti-Semitism, NOT Speech


(The first two Muslim women. elected to Congress. Rashida Tlaib in Michigan (r) and Ilhan Omar in Minnesota (l)

Jewish Press: Is the effort to combat the BDS movement much ado about nothing? Given the abject failure of the campaign to boycott, divest and sanction Israel to harm the economy of the Jewish state or even to get American universities to endorse their efforts, there are those who consider all the fuss made about the issue a mistake.

Much of the organized Jewish community has been treating the battle against BDS as a priority. That includes an effort geared towards lobbying state legislatures and now the U.S. Congress to pass laws that prevent those complying with such boycotts from doing business with the government.

Critics see this as a waste of time that gives the BDS camp too much credit and far too much attention. Even worse, some see the push against BDS as doing real damage to the pro-Israel cause since they believe that support for measures that are viewed by some liberals as an attack on free speech is bound to not only fail, but will also help alienate younger Jews.

Yet the answer as to why BDS matters is being provided by one of its most prominent advocates: Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.). Tlaib has been in the news of late as a rookie congresswoman who has been making quite a splash in her first weeks in Washington. more …

Opinion: Everyone in Washington, it seems, has an opinion about Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib’s push to Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) Israel.

While Progressives disguise their contempt for Israel under a free speech banner, the truth is that if the tables were turned and a Jewish lawmaker was calling for boycotting and divesting and sanctioning Arab Palestinians, the screaming would be heard around the world.

There is only One whose opinion counts. His name is Almighty God. Jewish people often call Him Hashem, meaning ‘The Name”, and in Exodus 3:10, He told Moses to tell the people “I AM sent me to you”.

Hashem chose a people group from among the many tribes of the Middle East. He chose a man named Abraham to be the Patriarch of the people, and He promised Abraham to bless those who bless him and curse those who curse him (Genesis 12:3).

Hashem chose a land for Abraham and his descendants after him (Genesis 17:7-8) as an everlasting possession with definite boundaries. He made no provision for any of the surrounding tribes to inhabit or control that land.

Hashem warned the nations not to divide that land (Joel 3:1-2).

Hashem told Moses that He is the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob (Exodus 3:15) so there would be no confusion.

Hashem calls them the ‘apple of His eye’ (Zechariah 2:8) and in a future time, He will tabernacle with them for 1000 years. His throne will be in Jerusalem on the holy mountain (Micah 4:1; Revelation 20:1-2).

How do you think Hashem feels about BDS or those who promote it?

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