2016-08-31 / Editorial

It is right that opposing BDS is drawing strong bipartisan support

When he signed into law Senate Bill 1923, which prohibits investment by the state of New Jersey of pension annuity funds in companies that boycott Israel’s products or businesses, Governor Chris Christie said the following: “Israel is the beacon of democracy in a region that is constantly in conflict and turmoil. Israel is not just our friend and ally. They are our partners in peace across the world.” Gov. Christie, a Republican, also praised the bipartisan support the anti-BDS legislation received in the New Jersey Senate and Assembly.

Recently, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said that defending Israel from the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement is “consistent with progressive values.” Speaking at a Long Island synagogue, de Blasio, a Democrat, said he plans to challenge “people who support BDS…who call themselves progressives,” JewishInsider reported. De Blasio, in words similar to those of Gov. Christie, said: “Israel, in good times and bad, tough times and easier times, has been a beacon” to the world.

In these highly politicized and polarized times, it is difficult to get Republicans and Democrats to agree on much. However, as both Gov. Christie and Mayor de Blasio recognize, opposing the BDS movement is something every American should agree on. So far, 12 states have passed anti-BDS laws. Hundreds of legislators have recognized the BDS movement for what it is and for what it is not.

The BDS movement is an economic arrow in the quiver of those who would delegitimize and destroy the state of Israel. What the BDS movement is not is a way to bring peace between Israel and the Palestinians, nor is it a way to help the Palestinians improve their own economic situation. s

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