This is an important perspective for American Jews vis a vis BDS.
Jeremy Ben-Ami is the founder and President of J Street, the largest Jewish PAC in the United States.
“Like the vast majority of American Jews, I oppose the BDS movement, as does J Street, the organization I lead. And I believe that our overwrought communal response to BDS is doing far more damage to American Jews and to Israel’s reputation than the movement itself could ever hope to do. This obsession is harming Jewish institutions and eroding important relationships with other communities, particularly communities of color. It is undermining our core values and distracting from far more important challenges — both in Israel and at home. It is creating an atmosphere of paranoia and censorship….While the Jewish community continues to pour staggering resources into the BDS fight, we have neglected far more urgent challenges. It is the current Israeli government’s continued creeping annexation of the occupied West Bank, not BDS, which seriously threatens Israel’s future as a democratic homeland for the Jewish people. It is the rise of white supremacism and authoritarian nationalism, not BDS, which seriously threatens the future of American democracy and American Jews. We can’t let the bogeyman of BDS undermine our community’s true ideals and interests. We have to end this obsession — and turn our attention and resources to the fights that truly matter for our country, Israel and the Jewish people.”
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Rabbi Alan David Londy said:
Thanks for sharing this. I am very torn. I don’t like limitations on free speech. I also feel that we need to express our disagreement with the settlements. On the other hand, the BDS movement’s rhetoric often sounds like anti-Zionistic. How do we object to it? Is it a smoke screen for Anti-Semitism ? This is a such a complex issue.