Activism

French premier says ‘loathing of Jews’ is behind BDS

Pinterest LinkedIn Tumblr

Here are two of the latest irresponsible efforts to portray criticism of Israel as anti-Semitism.

First, the anti-Zionist site Free Speech on Israel publishes a report on French premier Manuel Valls saying yesterday at Tel Aviv University that “loathing of Jews” is behind the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS). The French prime minister’s comments are a signal of BDS’s effectiveness, the website says.

Valls said: “This invitation is…the most sincere response to those who talk of nothing but boycott. Behind this boycott we well know what there is: not only an opposition, but also a loathing of the State of Israel, the loathing of a Jewish home, and therefore of Jews as a whole.”

Valls was addressing an audience during a ceremony on Sunday at Tel Aviv University in which the George Wise Medal was conferred on him. The medal commemorates Tel Aviv University’s founding President and is awarded to long-standing Israel advocates.

The Prime Minister said that it was France’s ‘role and duty’ to never give way before those that want to ‘hinder a democracy;’ that it was the ‘fight of a lifetime’ against antisemitism, ‘a battle of civilisation.’ To applause, Valls said, “When one attacks Jews, one of course attacks France and attacks civilisation.”

French PM Manuel Valls, from his Facebook page
French PM Manuel Valls, from his Facebook page

France has introduced legislation seeking to criminalize BDS advocacy. One activist was arrested for wearing a pro-BDS t-shirt.

Second, tomorrow Jeff Halper is going to talk about his new book, War Against the People: Israel, the Palestinians and Global Pacification, at an Asheville, N.C., bookstore called Malaprops. The book contains Halper’s argument that Israel has become a global economic player by marketing militarism based on its tactics of controlling Palestinians.

And look, this letter appeared in today’s Asheville Citizen-Times calling Halper an anti-Semite. Halper is a human rights activist who once studied to be a rabbi. He moved to Israel because he wanted to build a progressive society. He has spent 20 years fighting the occupation, working with Palestinians, Jews, anyone. And he’s an anti-Semite?

Malaprops to Host Jewish World Conspiracy Theorist

Malaprops is hosting Jewish world conspiracies [sic] Jeff Halper on May 24. Halper will weave falsehoods together about Israel and Jewish money to articulate classic centuries-old anti-Semitic tropes.

Here’s the cliff notes version: Halper ponders how respectable European nations could accept Israel into the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development? Halper answer that Israel (not the U.S., EU, Russia or China) is “a superpower.”

How? It gains political clout through arms deals.

“Israel is an arms exporter at the level of France. Israel exports more arms than China,” Halper recently told a Massachusetts audience. But, according to the leading authority, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, Israel trails way behind the U.S., Russia, China, five European countries and Ukraine.

So, to try to make his argument stick, Halper fabricates a conspiracy: Israel “finds out what the elites need in order to keep their control and stay in power and it fills those niches.”

And, thus, Israel manipulates world elites and gains admittance into the prestigious OECD.

But here’s the rub. Israel has exported arms to only nine of the 36 OECD countries. Halper’s theory is baseless, anti-Semitic and coming to a bookstore near you.

Naomi Friedman, Asheville

The writer is said to be the music teacher at the local Chabad House, by a person who answered the phone there. I asked to have Ms. Friedman call to confirm, but haven’t heard from her yet.

21 Comments
Most Voted
Newest Oldest
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

One often sees this strange intensity, this passionate projection, this utter inversion of reality among Zionists. Disturbing at best, especially so coming from the French prime minister. Evil perpetuates itself, if permitted to do so. “Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall… Read more »

Why was Valls in Israel at the same moment that France is proposing a peace process re-start and Israel is resisting it? Whatever his reason, people who go to Israel seeking to butter-up the Israelis do say things like that: it is straight Israel hasbara. In Israel, Israel is king… Read more »

Halper’s new book is important because it evades the dichotomy around the pro Israel Lobby: the classical ‘the lobby is normal and legit and nothing to see here please move along now’ vs ‘the lobby is the most powerful force distorting us from following a sane policy’. With dichotomy I… Read more »

Loathing of Jews is behind BDS? Nope, not at all. Let’s see if this works though: Fear and loathing of all Non-Jews is behind (but not so much) zionism. It should be a source of shame to zionists that israel is a force to be reckoned with in the war… Read more »

Valls: “Behind this boycott we well know what there is: not only an opposition, but also a loathing of the State of Israel, the loathing of a Jewish home, and therefore of Jews as a whole.” Behind this boycott we well know what there is: not only an opposition, but… Read more »