Don’t laugh, israeli politician Yair Lapid blames BDS movement for 9/11

Israeli politician claims BDS movement behind 9/11 as well as responsible for the Syrian Civil war and the London and Madrid bombings

Israel’s Absurd Attacks on BDS Reveal Its Desperation

In what is arguably a new low, an Israeli politician said the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement was behind 9/11.

Israeli politicians are not known for holding themselves to that high a standard when it comes to historical accuracy, yet as Israel’s international popularity diminishes one can notice an ever-increasing, unparalleled disrespect for facts among the country’s leading political figures.

Yair Lapid, one of the most influential liberal Israeli politicians, is now accusing the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement of essentially carrying out the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2011. Lapid made these claims at the Park Avenue Synagogue in New York City.

It doesn’t stop there. The BDS movement is also responsible for the Syrian civil war and the terrorist attacks in London and Madrid, Lapid claimed. To quote The Jerusalem Post:

“Lapid said the way to fight BDS is to move from defense to offense and remind the world that the people behind it are those ‘responsible for 9/11, for terrorist attacks in Madrid and London and for the 250,000 people killed in Syria’ – and American Jewry can help make Israel that case.”

Let us contemplate this for a second. Before launching the BDS call on July 9, 2005, the tiny, left-leaning core group of individuals behind the initiative apparently carried out the worst terrorist attacks on U.S. soil. Then, in 2004, over a year prior to the BDS call, this same small group of Palestinian leftists and solidarity activists organized the Madrid train bombings. Then, on July 7, 2005, the same people carried out the London bombings. And then, two days later, they issued the call for BDS.

I’m trying to picture a centrist Palestinian official proclaiming in New York City that those behind the State of Israel are “responsible for 9/11, for terrorist attacks in Madrid and London and for the 250,000 people killed in Syria.” Something tells me such a statement might become a diplomatic scandal. This, however, didn’t become anything. Lapid’s absurd libel was a non-event.

Anyone who examines political jargon comes across lies, at times brazen. That said, rarely do we see someone reach Lapid’s level of willful distortion.

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What is more interesting than absurd comments, though, is how Western governments have given Israel carte blanche not just to occupy Palestinian territories and enforce an apartheid-like political system in the West Bank, but carte blanche to take the falsification of history to whole other level.

Imagine a high-profile Iranian or Russian politician saying something like Lapid did. Or a representative of the Assad regime. In New York, Western media and governments might have a thing or two to say about it. It would be the subject of ridicule and rightly so.

While Israel may benefit from deferential media coverage, it has a big problem: A growing number of European and American Jews are becoming either indifferent towards or weary of Israel’s antics. There is also another promising phenomenon: an increasing number of European and American Jews are becoming involved in political activism and strategizing against Israel’s occupation and apartheid.

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Lapid’s desperation was apparent at that Manhattan synagogue.

“We need the Jewish community,” he said. “We need you. We are ready to provide you with whatever support you need, but in this battle you are our foot soldiers on the front lines.”

It must eat up Israeli politicians that it has come down to this. It was better when the Second Intifada started. It was a whole lot better when the First Intifada started, not to speak of the 1967 war. But now Israel’s honeymoon with American Jewry might be coming to an end.

“The way to defeat BDS is for us to stand together and to stand tall,” Lapid declared in New York. But American Jews will not stand behind the way Israeli policies at odds with their values – and there is not a thing Lapid or any other Israeli politician can do about it.

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