The root cause of terrorism is hate, and anti-Semitism/anti-Zionism is one of the greatest, most enduring of all hates. It was Daniel Patrick Moynihan who warned the world in 1975 " A great evil has been loosed upon the world...the Abomination of anti-Semitism has been given the appearance of international sanction...Now this is a lie...the United Nations has now declared to be a truth." Resolution 3379, "Zionism is racism" was a great distortion and perversion of language that legitimized the right to demonize the Jews as a shameful, demonic people deserving a universal loathing.
Ambassador Moynihan warned: "Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts."
That hasn't stopped The Boycott Divest Sanction movement against Israel. Today, it's a leading cause of hate against the Jews because it's validated by legitimate organizations including churches and universities across the world, the tacit approval of the UN, people like Naomi Klein and now, ironically, Stephen Hawking, whose computerized voice system runs on a chip designed by Israel's Intel team.
There are those who suggest that BDS is a failure because Israel is doing well economically despite BDS, but as pernicious propaganda it is succeeding beyond its own wildest dreams bringing forward anti-Semitism instigated by Stalin in the 1950's. In a poll produced by the BBC evaluating the worst countries in the world Israel finished third -- just behind Pakistan and Iran and just before North Korea. Coincidentally, 2012 was the third worst year on record for anti-Semitic attacks in the UK. In 2013 there has been a 58 per cent rise in anti-Semitic attacks in France and a 30 per cent rise in Belgium. Anti-semitic political parties are gaining ground in Europe.
It's time for participants in BDS to start living the movement; not just promoting it. Divest of all things researched, developed and/or manufactured in Israel. And if they won't, then it's time to bury BDS and its anti-Semitic agenda.
Start by saying good-bye to cellphones and computers.The world's top tech companies have branches in Israel including: Microsoft, Google, Oracle, IBM, Yahoo, Intel, Hewlett-Packard, Philips, Cisco Systems, SAP, BMC, Microsoft, Motorola.
More than 250 multinationals have research and development centers in Israel, 80 of them Fortune 500 companies. Israel has developed or taken part in producing: the first PC processor to the Pentium MMX processor to generations of Pentium laptop processors; the Centrino processor and the first laptop processor with Wi-Fi; the latest Intel tech, including Thunderbolt, Sandy Bridge, Ivy Bridge; and innovations like Google Suggest, Google In-Page Analytics, Youtube Annotations, flash drives, Instant Messaging and VOIP.
HP and Sun Microsystems purchased the Israeli computer security system which provides firewall and security services -- including anti-virus, anti-spam and anti-data-loss security components - to businesses around the globe. Nokia's Israeli office is in the process of developing its Liquid Network architecture for increased speed in Smartphones.
Israel is one of the locations where Motorola developed the cell phone. Israel developed Snaptu and face recognition, and Waze, a free app turning your smartphone into a web community-based GPS device.
Parents will have to give up baby monitors.
Say good-bye to:Amniocentesis; treatments for leukemia; Copaxone for multiple sclerosis; the 3TP advanced MRI breast tumor imaging procedure; a new artificial hand that gives the impression of feeling one's fingers; DiaPep277 diabetes vaccine for Type 1 (juvenile) diabetes in newly diagnosed patients; The Oxitone watch the world's first wrist pulse oximeter; new technology for growing human bone grafts; SpineAssist robotic surgical assistant; ExAblate® 2000 system-the first to combine MRI imaging with high intensity focused ultrasound to visualize tumors in the body, treat them thermally and monitor a patient's post-treatment recovery in real time, and non-invasively.
Rurik Halaby, CEO of New York-based AgriCapital, said Israel's primary contribution to the world is the knowledge that comes with coaxing food out of the arid land that characterizes much of Israel. Say good-bye to:reverse osmosis desalination; drip irrigation; super cucumbers; early-blooming melons, disease-resistant potatoes and potatoes that can be grown in high heat and irrigated with salt water; a clean, green system that "harvests" water from the humidity in the air; GrainPro Cocoons-a food storage system intended to help keep their crops from spoiling after harvest; and new materials for drink pouches, snack bars, yogurt and other foods which decompose in a landfill, and can be composted.
BDSers in their hatred toward Israel stand with Stalin; Idi Amin; Saddam Hussein; Gadhafi; Arafat; Ayatollah Khamenei; Mahmoud Ahmadinejad; Bashar al Assad; Hugo Chavez; Castro; Louis Farrakhan; The leaders of Hamas and Hezbollah; The John Birch Society; Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the Muslim cleric extolling suicide bombing. They stand with totalitarians, autocrats, and theocratic despots whose justice systems include chopping hands, feet, ears, lips, beheading, and stoning women to death.
Daniel Moynihan's condemnation of "Zionism is Racism," 1975 applies to the BDS movement. "It is precisely a concern for civilization, for civilized values that are or should be precious to all mankind" that we, in the West, must stand up to the BDS movement, a root cause of terrorism.