Imagine you’re talking to a brick wall; you happen to say something reasonable and surprisingly, the wall animates and throws a brick at you. You’re not sure what’s worse, the fact it injured you or that you were talking to a wall in the first place. A similar level of disappointment is experienced by anyone who bothers to engage with anti-Israel groups.
The reason for this is simple, anyone who associates themselves with the Palestinian cause has already bought into their lies, and no one who chooses to advocate anti-Zionism is concerned about reason or logic. Read anything from the official BDS page on Facebook, and you would seriously come to think mosquitoes are a Zionist conspiracy to spread discomfort to all corners of the world.
Of course, if the great Zionist conspiracy sounds the same as the great Jewish conspiracy, that’s because it is! The actors are the same, the conspiracy is the same, and they are equally ridiculous. The best part, however, is that I don’t even have to go point-by-point with evidence to debunk it. I can end this “Zionist conspiracy” hoopla with one sentence; if Zionists control so much in media, government, and academia, then anti-Zionism would not be mainstream. Yet, unless one wants to argue that BDS itself is a Zionist conspiracy itself, anti-Israel opinions are not only mainstream, but expected in almost every area of world politics.
If only the Jewish Illuminati would appoint me as leader, I’d stamp out BDS, JVP and SJP over night. Sadly, they’re not that competent.
But this is a symptom of a larger problem, fad politics; a cousin of identity politics. While both of these arise from an inadequate education system, that is a separate issue entirely. Fad politics is what it says, a fad, a viewpoint in which large groups of people, mainly younger millennials, are willing to suspend all reason to endorse. What is alarming is that this is a viewpoint many universities encourage among our youth. Little can be done except for concerned parents to counteract their professor’s teachings, or send their children to different schools entirely.
But BDS isn’t some conspiracy theory in and of itself, though it’s purpose too, is just absurd. Regardless of any military policies between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, their proximity leaves their economies naturally intertwined. Ironically, this leaves Palestinian laborers dependent on Israel’s rising economy; so each dollar taken from Israel is less money for Palestinian welfare, and affects them a lot more than it affects Israelis.
The irony doesn’t stop there, the biggest Palestinian voice against BDS is Mahmoud Abbas, the President of the Palestinian Authority: “No, we do not support the boycott of Israel…we do not ask anyone to boycott Israel itself,” he reiterated. “We have relations with Israel, we have mutual recognition of Israel.”
So, who is helping Palestinians again?
As far as the public sphere goes, society has devolved to a point that if you don’t address every argument, no matter how insane, people think then that it must be true. All their anti-Israel, and antisemitic for that matter, arguments must be addressed directly until their irrational emotions are exposed for being only that, merely irrational emotions.
Though, having irrational emotions is one thing, it’s just unfortunate that too many are willing to hurt the very people they want to protect, just to leave a dent in Israel’s well-being.