Finkelstein on BDS

If you have a real life, filled with real challenges, you probably have no idea what a Finkelstein is, or that BDS isn’t an acronym for the British Driving Society. (Actually, it is… but, we don’t want to talk about that BDS.)

A Finkelstein… Well, his name is Norman, and he is one of the biggest people within the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (or BDS) movement. And, Norman COMPLETELY eviscerates the BDS coalition. He lays bare the lies and falsehoods that are at the heart of BDS and slaughters the false notions that journalists pick up from the fake Palestinian NGOs in Ramallah.

It was truly a pleasure to watch.

It goes to show you that there are some opponents of Israel that are honest and honorable, and every once in a while they get in front of a microphone and give the world an earful of what’s really going on inside the opposition. Of course, you won’t hear any of what they say in the spineless journalism that passes for reporting these days.

But, you know what? I actually like some of these people. Norman is an honest, honorable guy, and I have a ton of respect for that.

Is he a deluded, intellectual snob who has worked tirelessly against a country desperately in need of support?

Yes. (But, nobody’s perfect.)

The thing is, you can talk to people like that. You can find solutions to problems when your enemy is honest and honorable. In fact, they might be better classified as opponents instead of enemies.

You cannot work with thuggish liars and corrupt psychopaths. The only thing that you can do with people like that is put them in jail or shoot them.

The video is kinda long (about thirty-something minutes), but I still think that you should watch it. However, if you have a real life and are fresh out of time, skip past the video and read the article that talks about it. (Don’t forget to check out the four-plus minute video highlight within the article.)

(Huge thanks to SR for throwing this my way!)

Finkelstein on BDS: A Cult of Dishonesty
February 22, 2012 by Simon Plosker, Honest Reporting

Professor Norman Finkelstein is an odious character, infamous for his anti-Israel activities and his book on the “Holocaust Industry”. Finkelstein is also a supporter of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel. Which is why a video of Finkelstein calling out the BDS movement as dishonest is causing such a stir.

It’s the video that the BDS movement didn’t want you to see as Finkelstein leaves his BDS supporting interviewer speechless. Here’s some [less than 5 minutes] of the highlights:

The video pretty much speaks for itself as one of the heroes of the BDS movement trashes it. That the person calling out BDS for what it really is happens to be Norman Finkelstein says it all about BDS’s moral bankruptcy.

Here’s just some of the highlights:

I’ve earned my right to speak my mind, and I’m not going to tolerate what I think is silliness, childishness, and a lot of leftist posturing.

I mean we have to be honest, and I loathe the disingenuous. They don’t want Israel. They think they are being very clever; they call it their three-tier. We want the end of the occupation, the right of return, and we want equal rights for Arabs in Israel. And they think they are very clever because they know the result of implementing all three is what, what is the result?

You know and I know what the result is. There’s no Israel!

. . .

It’s not an accidental and unwitting omission that BDS does not mention Israel. You know that and I know that. It’s not like they’re “oh we forgot to mention it.” They won’t mention it because they know it will split the movement. ‘Cause there’s a large segment of the movement that wants to eliminate Israel.

. . .

Are you going to reach a broad public which is going to hear the Israeli side ‘they want to destroy us?’ No you’re not. And frankly you know what you shouldn’t. You shouldn’t reach a broad public because you’re dishonest. And I wouldn’t trust those people if I had to live in this state. I wouldn’t. It’s dishonesty.

Read the article here.


BDS Secrets
February 24, 2012, By Ran Baratz, Jewish Ideas Daily

Ubiquitous anti-Israel activist Norman Finkelstein stirred up the blogosphere last week. In a YouTube interview with pro-Palestinian advocate Frank Barat, Finkelstein said—in his aggressive, condescending way—that members of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement (BDS), which Finkelstein has prominently supported, care less for human rights than they do for Israel’s destruction. When Finkelstein saw the reactions, rumor has it he tried to get Barat to take the video down.

But Finkelstein’s angry comrades didn’t understand what he was really admitting.

Finkelstein got into trouble when he said that some people in BDS “don’t want Israel.” He lectured his BDS colleagues:

Stop trying to be so clever, because you’re only clever in your cult. The moment you step out, you have to deal with Israeli propaganda . . . They say, “No, they’re not really talking about rights; they’re talking about they want to destroy Israel.” And in fact I think they’re right, I think that’s true.

In fact, Finkelstein said, it is “not an accident, an unwitting omission, that BDS does not mention Israel”: They “know it will split the movement, because there’s a large segment—component—of the movement that wants to eliminate Israel.”

You can see why anti-Israel people were offended to hear this from Finkelstein, of all people. Yet Finkelstein was not revealing some deep secret about the motives of those BDS-ers. Anyone who has listened to their leaders, read their papers, seen them at play, or checked out their circle of acquaintances, supporters, and collaborators can hardly be surprised.

Read the rest of the article here.