The political movement to de-legitimize Israel has been in full swing for many years. The vaguely antisemitic (to some not vague at all), and definitely anti-Israel, Boycott, Divest, and Sanction (BDS) campaign unofficially came into being 14 years ago with the scholastically impoverished boycott of Israel in 2002 . Even Norman Finkelstein, no friend to the pro-Israel movement, has stated that the obvious goal of BDS is the de-legitimization of the state of Israel with the finale being Israel’s destruction. While a state can no more, in reality, undergo de-legitimization than a human can be dehumanized, it is the perception of de-legitimization that is the issue at hand.
Presently, there are three concepts being used in this illegitimate attempt to delegitimize Israel. Asaf Romirowsky and Efriam Karsh, noted historians and Middle East experts, state those concepts:
- Demonization of the Jewish state by using the symbols and images associated with classic anti-Semitism to characterize Israel or Israelis; drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis; and blaming Israel for all inter-religious or political tensions.
- Double Standard for Israel by requiring of it a behavior not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation.
- Delegitimizing Israel by denying the Jewish people its right to self-determination, and denying Israel the right to exist.
Additional political attacks along the same vein suggest that Israel is an apartheid state, as defined by the United Nations, not as a duplicate of apartheid system in South Africa, that the Jews have no historic connection to the Temple Mount (Post 2015), and that Israel was illegitimately born via the commission of genocide. Of course, this is a brand of “political” antisemitism. But none is potentially more damaging politically than the charge of genocide, as Professor Martin Shaw points out, “If the Nakba constituted genocide, then the Palestinian advocates could then trade off ‘their’ genocide story against Israel’s own (narrative)… .”