(CAMERA) On a number of college campuses, this week is “Israel Apartheid Week,” a week where anti-Israel activists try to fool students into believing Israel systematically and legally oppresses minorities.
This is a particularly ironic accusation since Freedom House, an independent watchdog group dedicated to the expansion of freedom around the world, has rated Israel as the only free country in the Middle East.
If these activists were concerned with human rights, they would be sponsoring a “North Korea Apartheid Week,” an “Iran Apartheid Week,” or a “Syria Kill-More-Than-140,000-Civilians Week.”
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Activists could be marching against Saudi Arabia:
- where violations of human rights laws are enshrined in the Kingdom’s legal code, including the systemic discrimination against women and minorities;
- where citizens are subject to arbitrary arrest and detention, denial of fair and public trials, torture and abuse, restrictions on freedoms of speech, assembly, association, movement, severe restrictions on religious freedom; and
- where homosexual activity is punishable by flogging or death by stoning.
Many of the “Israel Apartheid Week” organizers are part of the Boycott, Divest and Sanctions (BDS) movement, aimed not at ending human rights violations, but at damaging Israel.
As CAMERA reported, “This is the reality behind BDS”:
The BDS movement is simply a smokescreen for the delegitimization of Israel and an effort to undermine the self-determination of the Jewish people. As BDS proponent Ahmend Moor said, “Ending the occupation doesn’t mean anything if it doesn’t mean upending the Jewish state itself.”
How is BDS doing? Well, as of now, 250 university presidents or chancellors have publicly rejected an academic boycott of Israel and the list is growing. Even students are starting to wise up. The UCLA student council just defeated a symbolic anti-Israel divestment resolution. But some of them are still fooled.
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