Perhaps the tide is turning.
There is hardly a follower of events in the Middle East that is not amazed by the brilliance of the Palestinian PR machine and the ineptitude of Israel’s. Israel may be one of the most advanced countries in the world, but Israel has repeatedly failed to push its own agenda and show Palestinian lies for what they are. Any good public relations person knows that the truth is often secondary to how a situation is presented. In recent years, the BDS movement, a program organized and promulgated by the Palestinian Authority and its partners, has been a successful facet of Palestinian PR.
BDS successes have included the divestiture of Israeli contracts by numerous corporations and governments as well as numerous American universities. Its greatest success, though, may be that so many of its followers do not know that it is a program organized by the Palestinians; thinking that BDS is just a sensible way to contain Israeli misconduct.
Make no bones about it. The BDS Movement is no less than a highly organized approach to anti-Semitism. Janet Napolitano, former Secretary of Homeland Security and current President of the University of California recognizes BDS for what it is. When her university pressed for divestment from Israel, she demanded that the University apply the same standard to judging Israel as it would to any other country. To do less, she exclaimed, is blatant anti-Semitism.
Readers of the Honest Reporting blog are fully familiar with its constant examination of the British Broadcasting Corporation. The BBC has been constantly critical of Israel, and its reportage has often been baseless. It has repeatedly been forced to retract because of watchdogs as Honest Reporting. Last week the HR blog reported that the ombudsman of the BBC admitted that some recent articles were anti-Semitic. Even this admission must have been difficult for the BBC. That this anti-Semitism was admitted is truly an advance for supporters of Israel.
Most recently the legislature of the State of South Carolina made it illegal to promote the boycotting of Israel. This important milestone was reported on Facebook on June 5 by the Israel Project.
Perhaps Napolitano, the BBC and South Carolina’s legislators have absorbed the biblical dictum to distance yourself from lies.
It is difficult to reverse the BDS trend that has been prominent for many months, but recent events in California, England and South Carolina may indicate that perhaps the world is now observing the beginning of its end.