For the past ten years the International BDS Movement has been the most vocal and respected Movement against the occupation of Palestine.
It has grown rapidly, especially in the Jewish sectors on US campuses. Its fight for Justice has caused alarm in zionist circles and has been the target of anti-Semitic charges by Israel itself, all of which are unjustifed and untrue.
Attempts by the Israeli government to blackmail the BDS leadership have failed and will continue to do so. Instead, victory after victory have been celebrated throughout the world as BDS wins battle after battle.
Last week the organisors of a Reggae Festival in Valencia cancelled an invitation to a Jewish American because of his refusal to publicly support the creation of a Palestinian State. The decision was made after the Valencia BDS Movement put pressure on the group. It was a decision that was applauded worldwide including on this Blog itself.
Only after the Spanish government itself protested this move was the decision reversed and Mattesyahu did perform at the Festival.
I must ask a few questions regarding this entire matter;
Why was Mattesyahu singled out from all of the scheduled performers to make the statement supporting Palestine?
Is it possible that there were/are some anti-Semitic elements in the Valencia BDS Movement??
If Mattesyahu was singled out because he was the only Jew on the roster,
IT WAS WRONG!
If there are anti-Semitic elements in the Movement,
THAT IS WRONG AS WELL!!
If the BDS Movement realises its mistake, they must admit it. We cannot afford to lose any of our growing support, not at the expense of ending the occupation!!!
ALWAYS REMEMBER …
In all fairness, I present a conflicting view from Omar Barghouti in THIS report from Mondoweiss