Jewish Journal

Abbas exposes BDS activists lies.

by Noga Gur-Arieh

December 17, 2013 | 12:22 pm

PA President Mahmoud Abbas Photo: REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman

Pro-Israeli activists waited years for the day when we could shout out loud: “FAIL!” This day has arrived. Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority, stated that the Palestinians do not support a boycott of Israel. As reported in The Star, a newspaper in South Africa, Abbas has firmly rejected the recent campaign in South Africa to boycott and divest from Israel.

“No, we do not support the boycott of Israel, but we ask everyone to boycott the products of the settlements, because the settlements are in our territories. It is illegal, and the Israelis should first of all stop building in our territories, should stop everything in our territories. But we do not ask anyone to boycott Israel itself, we have relations with Israel, we have mutual recognition of Israel.” This statement infuriated some pro-Palestinian and anti-Israeli activists, who called him “detached,” but this statement was all but. It was logical, reasonable and ray of hope to future negotiation.

The BDS movement calls for boycott of Israel as a whole, not just Israeli settlements. Its goal is to end the so called Israeli occupation of Arab lands. On their way to achieve this goal, BDS activists do all in their power to get people, organizations and governments to believe in a fictional plot where Israel is a ruthless villain and the Palestinians are helpless victims. They throw annual Israeli Apartheid Week on campuses worldwide, they spread many lies, and convince others that disconnecting from Israel is what’s best for the Palestinians.

People in their right minds know now that boycotting Israel can actually hurt the Palestinians, who receive money and foundations for proper living from us. This will probably continue, in a way, even if and when an independent Palestinian state will be established. BDS activists, blinded by hate, don’t want what’s best for the Palestinians. They just want Israel gone, out of the equation for good.  So they name us an Apartheid State and tell this lie to clueless, kind people who want peace on earth.

Now, the leader of those whose BDSers come to rescue, announced he does not support their goal. He said that what needs to be done is boycotting settlements, Israel’s claimed “invasion” to the PA, and not the entire state. By making that statement, he revealed their true selves – haters, not peace-seekers.

People who want peace, must be willing to settle. Those who call to boycott Israel only wish to spite. These closed-minded people have only hate in their heart, but in order to achieve their vicious goal, they disguise it as a call for justice. If there was any doubt on their actual purpose, Abbas has set it straight. The minute he said he, the leader of the Palestinians, does not support their actions and they continued, full throttle, they were exposed for who they really are. Game Over.

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My name is Noga Gur-Arieh, and I’m an Israeli Journalist, currently studying for my B.A degree in Media and Political Science, at Tel Aviv University.

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