Thursday, September 22, 2011

Noam Chomsky On BDS - Not What You Expect

I was quite surprised by this interview of normally virulent Israel critic Noam Chomsky. In the interview he calls the BDS movement hypocritical (well, because America is worse) and admits that some of them are just antisemitic.

BDS is hypocritical to the high heavens. Anything that targets Israel alone can be attacked as antisemitism and "unfortunately this is with justice". It harms the "whole movement"  It harms the Palestinians and this is so obvious it is probably intentional. It is a gift to the Israeli hardliners and their American supporters. "You may as well just join AIPAC and be done with it".

Though not against BDS per say, he claims that much of it is understood as just going after someone that is easy - and not going after principals - and hence is a hypocritical position. He also claims that the BDS movement isn't really the call of the Palestinians - just groups claiming to represent them. Of course the end of the interview is mr. Chomsky advising how to get better results at isolating Israel so I guess you should probably stop watching halfway.

HT: Webdiary

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