Pro-Palestinian supporters 521.
(photo credit: Reuters)
Next week is the eighth annual Israeli Apartheid Week – the start of an annual
campaign that seeks to delegitimize Israel and, according to the official
website, “educate people about the nature of Israel as an apartheid system and
to build Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaigns as part of a growing
global BDS movement.”
To accommodate university schedules across various
regions, the events will take place from February 20 to March 10 in Europe,
February 26 to March 3 in the US and March 5-11 in Arab countries and South
The website encourages activists to “Join us in making this a
year of struggle against apartheid and for justice, equality, and
To be clear, these activists are not pro- Palestinian as they
claim, but rather are anti-Israel.
In their blind vigor to delegitimize
Israel, they fail to understand that a Palestinian society that kills its own
young girls in “honor killings” is not just. A society that treats its own women
as second-class citizens is not interested in equality. A society that glorifies
suicide bombers is not interested in peace.
And there is no logical
reason these activists should take any more interest in the Palestinians than
they do in the causes of others. There are millions of people around the globe
suffering from far worse, but these so-called activists have decided to launch a
BDS campaign on the one democracy in the Middle East solely because it is
These are people who are not concerned that the Palestinians do
not have a state of their own. Rather, they are concerned with the fact that the
Jewish people do.
ANTI-ISRAEL events such as Israel Apartheid Week are
damaging since they reinforce, for those who are easily swayed, the false notion
that Israel is an apartheid state and deserves to be sanctioned by the
The liberal Left and naive college students have
been duped by the Palestinian narrative and have taken it further than the
Palestinians ever believed it would go.
The new media age has had a
profound effect on the ability of Israel’s detractors to spread their vitriolic.
As Mark Twain said, “A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth
is putting on its shoes.”
Thankfully, numerous pro-Israel groups today,
especially those that have a presence on campuses in North America and Europe,
have managed to stem the influence that anti-Israel groups have on unsuspecting,
Anti-Israel forums and campaigns used to be countered
with pro-Israel forums and campaigns.
But now, many pro-Israel groups
have made efforts to preempt anti-Semitic activists by implementing new
campaigns as an ongoing strategy rather than remaining stuck in a cycle of
Pro-Israel activism has become, out of necessity,
ISRAEL IS not a perfect country and there is no
reason to make it seem as though it is.
But no one should ever apologize
for the need the Jewish state has to defend itself.
activists change the minds of those who are bent on defending Palestinians
unconditionally? The answer is no.
But activists can steer the argument
in the right direction.
The main focus at this point should be
two-pronged: For one, emphasis must be placed on the fact that Iran is not only
Israel’s problem, but is rather a world threat.
Second, Israel has great
qualities and many successes. Activists must loudly and repeatedly emphasize the
many positive ways in which Israel continues to contribute to the global
Sir Winston Churchill once said, “If you have an important
point to make, don’t try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the
point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time – a
While activists can counter IAW with irrefutable facts
and numbers, with photos and videos, what is needed is stronger
The more activists showing their presence and voicing
their support, the higher the chance that the ignorant will become the
Pro-Israel activists do not need to focus on refuting every
claim the other side makes. Going on the offensive is much better than remaining
on the defensive.
Activists should make arguments that highlight the
steps towards peace Israel has already taken. They can show the scores of
Palestinian-owned mansions, Mercedes and BMWs in the West Bank, and the new,
modern mall and overflowing food markets in Gaza.
Challenge those who
make the apartheid claim to visit the supermarket I frequent where IDF soldiers
wait in line with Palestinians at the checkout counter.
If activists can
challenge lies with facts, they will make a huge difference in the way people
think about Israel.
Good luck to all of you on campus who fight for
Israel daily. Don’t ever give up. You are the Diaspora IDF.