We welcome ALL organizations and individuals to join us in condemning false claims of anti-Semitism for the purposes of attempting to discredit our collective anti-racist activism against Israeli apartheid.

Statement by Jewish Activists and Organizations active in BDS against Israel

This statement was produced in response to a statement published on “BDS Cookbook” and circulated by Hillel, a campus organization at more than 500 universities and colleges. The BDS Cookbook (www.stopbds.com) is ‘put together’ by ‘a group of academics and students’ to offer resources to both prevent and challenge BDS campaigns on university campuses in the United States. 

Who is funding or organizing this website is unclear, but it is part of a concerted, well-funded, well-advertised effort to undermine BDS. This level of organized response speaks well for the advances made in the campaign for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel in the short six years since the call came from over 120 Palestinian civil society organizations.

Join us in standing against these false claims of antisemitism made to defend racism and occupation.  Please sign the petition and forward widely.


A Jewish response to the February 2011 Statement of Jewish Zionist Organizations on Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS)

Because academic, cultural and commercial boycotts, divestments and sanctions of Israel:
are being called for by Palestinian civil society in response to the occupation and colonization of their land,
are a moral tool of non-violent, peaceful response to more than sixty years of Israeli colonialism, and,
rightfully place accountability on Israeli institutions (and their allies and partners) that use business, cultural, and academic ties to white-wash Israel’s responsibility for continuing crimes against humanity,
The undersigned organizations and individuals stand firm in our support of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) initiatives against Israel until it meets its obligation to recognize the Palestinian people’s inalienable right to self-determination and fully complies with the precepts of international law. 

BDS is not antisemitic. We reject the notion that the 2005 BDS call from Palestine, and the BDS campaigns the world over which it has inspired, are rooted in anti-Jewish sentiment. On the contrary, BDS is an anti-racist movement against the daily, brutal occupation of Palestine and military threat to the region by the State of Israel. False claims of antisemitism distort the true nature of the Palestinian struggle and are an affront to, and betrayal of, the long history of Jewish survival and resistance to persecution.

BDS is not anti-democratic.We also reject the assertion that the cultural and academic boycotts of Israel defy the democratic principle of free speech. Research and development in academic institutions play a central role in designing and defending Israel’s military and intelligence machinery. Cultural institutions perpetuate the deception of Israeli democracy. To defend freedom of speech for those who disregard justice while demonizing those who struggle for justice is a great disservice to genuine democracy.

Through boycott, divestment and sanctions, civil society asserts our commitment to not contribute to the Israeli state, which is responsible for atrocious acts of disregard for human life and well being. Attacks against BDS campaigns will not prevent us from taking this stance against Israeli impunity. For the Jewish organizations signed onto this letter, self-determination for Jews includes the right to participate in the movement for justice in Palestine and to live in the world with our fellow citizens in peace, freedom, and equity. It does not include the domination and colonization of other people or living separate from our fellow human beings in a state that privileges Jews.

BDS was a key strategy in ending the white South African system of apartheid by applying international pressure. In pursuit of justice, peace and freedom for all, we speak out as Jews committed to BDS and Palestinian liberation.

* International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network
* Not In Our Name (Argentina)
* Jewish Voice for a Just Peace in Middle East (EJJP, Germany)
* Not in Our Name: Jews Opposing Zionism (Canada)
* Jews for a Just Peace (Fredericton, Canada)
* Independent Jewish Voice (Canada)
* Middle East Children’s Alliance (USA)
* Critical Jewish Voice (Austria)
* Women in Black (Austria)
* French Jewish Union for Peace (UJFP)
* Bay Area Women in Black (USA)
* St. Louis Women in Black (USA)
* Philadelphia Jews for a Just Peace (USA)
* American Jews for a Just Peace (USA)
* Jews for Boycotting Israeli Goods (UK)
* JUNTS, Asociació catalana de Jueus i Palestins (Asociación Catalana de Judios y   Palestinas, Spain)

* Steve Amsel, DesertPeace.Wordpress.Com
* Ronnie Kasrils, former South African government minister, writer, founder Not In My Name, South Africa
* Antony Loewenstein, Independent Australian Jewish Voices
* Peter Slezak, Independent Australian Jewish Voices
* Moshé Machover, Professor (emeritus) (UK), founder Matzpen
* Felicia Langer, Israeli lawyer, author, Right Livelihood Award 2006 (Alternative Nobel Prize) 1990, Bruno Kreisky Prize 1991
* Mieciu Langer, Nazi Holocaust survivor
* Hedy Epstein, Nazi Holocaust survivor
* Hajo G. Meyer PhD, Nazi Holocaust survivor
* Kamal Chenoy, IJAN India & The All India Peace and Solidarity Organization
* Paola Canarutto & Giorgio Forti, Rete ECO, Italy
* Liliane Cordova Kaczerginski, IJAN France
* Sonia Fayman, IJAN France & UJFP
* Ernesto Rosenberg, GRAMARPAL (Grupo de Amistad Argentina-Palestina, Neuquén, Argentina)
* Mark Elf, blogger, Jews sans Frontieres

We welcome ALL organizations and individuals to join us in condemning false claims of anti-Semitism for the purposes of attempting to discredit our collective anti-racist activism against Israeli apartheid.

Click HERE to sign the petition



  1. skulz fontaine said,

    March 17, 2011 at 17:02

    Yeah jeez, it’d be nice to sign the petition but David Horowitz maintains that I’m a “raving antiSemite.” However, I can still offer solidarity with the BDS notion. That much anyway. Sorry for being impolite here.
    Dang, that whole ‘auntySemite’ schtick grows worlds of wearisome. Oh yes it does.

  2. Doug said,

    March 17, 2011 at 17:45

    All these protestations will amount to nothing. Israel and its Zionist supporters will still claim that such measures are “anti-semitic” and, since Zionists control the media, the unenlightened masses will believe the charges.

    IMO, the best defense is a good offense. Rather than saying “we oppose Israel, but we aren’t anti-semitic”, just accept the fact that the term “anti-semitic” has been redefined to mean “opposition to Zionism and Israeli racism”. Let them charge you with being anti-semitic and say, “Yes, you’re right, I’m an anti-semite, just like Jimmy Carter and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.”

    We already have a word for people that hate others because of their race – Racism. We don’t need the special classification of “Anti-Semitism” to mean the same thing, but only when the victims are Jewish. In fact, the term “Anti-Semitism” imparts a special status on Jews and implies that racism against Jews is somehow different and more heinous than racism against anyone else.

    Let the Zionists have the word and let them redefine it, as they have already done, to mean opposition to their political movement and the racist policies of their state. The only pain the charge brings is in our own minds, only if we insist on clinging to the former meaning of the word. There will be some pain at first, but eventually the world will realize that Anti-Semitism is NOT Racism.

  3. Eddie said,

    March 17, 2011 at 18:25

    antiGENTILISM is the cause of so-called “antisemitism”. Humanity did not invent “antisemitism” from thin air, and then wait thousands of years for a Jew to come along so they could “hate” him for absolutely no reason. Jews codified hatred of ALL NON-Jews in their beliefs, as is thoroughly documented elsewhere. Now whenever a NON-Jew acts or speaks in SELF-DEFENSE, the Jews yell “antisemitism”. Jew have to end their HATRED of the rest of HUMANITY.

  4. mikael said,

    March 17, 2011 at 19:56

    Feed both sides, is a god old tactics, and that Israel is god at.it.
    Problem ocures when the MSM still belive all the drivel that the Hail Israel hooligans are saying.
    The reason I do this is that I know that Israel is just a artifisial constuction, and is no where funded in reality, nor are there Eny atifacts Arceologicly, nothing. Thats way the Israeli hasbara is so agresiv, they know it to.
    Everynody that starts to scratch the surface of Israel history realises this, it has nothing to do whit hating ” Jews”, is all about facts.
    Knowledge is important.
    DEDICATION: to all men of good will of all racial origins and of all religious faiths Knowledge is a collection of facts. Wisdom is the use of knowledge. Without facts there is no knowledge. Without knowledge there is no wisdom. Facts prevent what nothing can cure. Facts are Man’s best defense mechanism. Without them men fumble, falter and fail. Without them nations decline and fall. Wisdom wins wars before they start. Knowledge aborts national hostilities. Wisdom obviates racial antipathies. Knowledge effaces religious animosities. Emancipation from bigotry prefaces peace. Intolerance takes all and gives nothing. Peace rewards reciprocal respect and regard. To all Men of Good Will, “Pax Vobiscum!” – Benjamin H. Freedman


    a substract:
    The Khazars were not “Semites”. They were an Asiatic Mongoloid nation. They are classified by modern anthropologists as Turco-Finns racially. From time immemorial the homeland of the Khazars was in the heart of Asia. They were a very warlike nation. The Khazars were driven out of Asia finally by the nations in Asia with whom they were continually at war. The Khazars invaded eastern Europe to escape further defeats in Asia. The very warlike Khazars did not find it difficult to subdue and conquer the 25 peaceful agricultural nations occupying approximately 1,000,000 square miles in eastern Europe. In a comparatively short period the Khazars established the largest and most powerful kingdom in Europe, and probably the wealthiest also.

    “Read not to contradict and confute, nor to believe and take for granted …but to weigh and consider.”
    — Francis Bacon

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  6. Doug said,

    March 17, 2011 at 21:20


    Good points. If push comes to shove, since 99.999% of the world’s population is “Gentile”, then the term, invented by the Jews, must be synonymous with the word “Human”. To be a Gentile is to be Human. If the Jews choose to separate themselves from the Human race and consider themselves to be different, then that is their own failing, not ours.

    If they choose to consider themselves to be non-Gentile/Human, then they will have to live with the results. They may think themselves above/better than Gentiles/Humans, but how can any Gentile/Human be faulted for considering them to really be less than Gentile/Human?

  7. jeb said,

    March 18, 2011 at 06:31

    Some time back I realized the change in the definition of “antisemitic.” While it used to mean someone who didn’t like jews, now it means anyone some jew doesn’t like.

    Simple, eh?

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