Opinion  Ben-Dror Yemini
BDS: The lies and the truth
Ben-Dror Yemini
Published: 28.09.15, 21:09
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1. No right of escape for Jews WW2
Zika   (09.29.15)
The Islam Lands huge in land mass never offered refuge to the Jews worse than USA and UK and South America .Australia and Canada huge unoccupied land masses majority Anti-Jewish grossly lacking as regards "Christian Grace".Chinese were better Shanghai was open saved Twenty Thousand . The Islam Was worse and BDS now it's ally .
2. Not much of a debate within Israel
Gee ,   Zikron Yaakov   (09.29.15)
A vast MAJORITY of Israelis know that those in the settlements are our front line of defense. Only a small minority of the extreme left think that they are contrary to our interests. Nothing will ever harm a chance for peace because there is no chance that the Arabs will ever be peaceful.
3. KUDOS!!!
4. to Thea Van Den Berg FB: you can't deal with the truth
How typical that you used the term "hasbarah". So typical. All Israel's haters use this term as some sort of proof that Israel lies. hasbarah mean explaining or PR. There's nothing wrong with PR. Every country in the world has PR. What's annoying is that when Israel haters have to respond to REAL FACTS that they cannot refute they pull out the word "hasbarah" to ridicule the facts or the arguments based on these facts. You can't deal with it so you try to protray it as lies just by uttering this "magic word" "hasbarah". Well it doesn't work. If you have actual answers to this article then by all means let's hear them. If you don't - why don't you admit that your attacks on Israel is based on ignorance.
5. Presenting "facts" to the Faithful, be that Haredim or BDS-
niks is utterly futile. They are driven by inner "conviction" that has almost no perception of reality around them. They have to be ignored while we fight for our very survival.
6. Some facts why we have BDS
Stan ,   Israel   (09.29.15)
1. 48 years of Israeli occupation of land which no country recognises as Israeli territory. 2. South Africa suffered BDS for not giving basic human rights to non Whites ethnic peoples. Israel severely curtails the human rights of non Jews in the occupied territories. (Don't compare this to suffering caused within ethnic groups eg. Syria, Cambodia, Africa, Afganistan etc.) 3. Israel continues to ignore the Saudi Peace proposals by which the Arab states will recognise and make peace with Israel and which do not threaten the existence of Israel.
7. Let's see if Ynet will print this
Stan ,   Israel   (09.29.15)
(Things I wrote pertaining to this article did not appear) The vast majority of non Muslim supporters of BDS are NOT anti Semites,"jealous of Jews" or want to destroy Israel. They want Israel to end 48 years of occupation. They want Israel to let the Palestinians live normal lives as we Israelis do 55 years ago BDS began to operate against South Africa, It took more than 25 years but eventually SA had to give equal rights to non Whites.
8. To Sabih Hassan
Stan ,   Israel   (09.29.15)
Why use dirty language to say absolutely nothing?
9. Glenda Pogorelsky
Stan ,   Israel   (09.29.15)
Frank Owen is 100% correct. When I came to live in Israel 54 years ago I was taught that the Arabs had been told to leave by their military leaders. In recent years secret documents have become public, and the truth is coming out. If you don't like Benny Morris, read "My promised Land" by Ari Shavit
10. opinion today
Ruth Keusch ,   Jerusalem Israel   (09.29.15)
Fantastic article. A pleasure to read a clear and backed up article wuth facts and explanations that are logical. Am recommending everyone to read it. Ruth Keusch
I am sorry to tell you Mr. Yemini but your article is a mistake .BDS and those who hate Israel hate for only one reason ,I repeat for ONLY one reason...because they hate jews and Israel is a JEWISH state. Therefore , anything Israel does ,or does not do is a crime in their eyes .They hate the fact that Israel exists so please stop dignifying their hatred with your mealy-,outhed explanations ,you are wasting your time .Rather ,I say to all that every inch of the Land of Israel belongs to the jewish people ,including all of the West Bank etc.
12. Reggie @ Michael ,...
split   (09.29.15)
You should stop listening to your PR BS peddlers, take a good look in the mirror and do some soul searching. Start here ,... "Wherever the Jews settled after ceasing to be a nation ready to defend its liberty and independence, one observes the development of antisemitism, or rather anti-Judaism; for antisemitism is an ill chosen word, which has its raison d'etre only in our day, when it is sought to broaden this strife between the Jew and the Christians by supplying it with a philosophy and a metaphysical, rather than a material reason. If this hostility, this repugnance had been shown towards the Jews at one time or in one country only, it would be easy to account for the local causes of this sentiment. But this race has been the object of hatred with all the nations amidst whom it ever settled. Inasmuch as the enemies of the Jews belonged to divers races, as they dwelled far apart from one another, were ruled by different laws and governed by opposite principles; as they had not the same customs and differed in spirit from one another, so that they could not possibly judge alike of any subject, it must needs be that the general causes of antisemitism have always resided in Israel itself, and not in those who antagonized it" Bernard Lazare: Antisemitism: Its History and Causes
13. Pre fiction
Carol ,   NYC   (09.29.15)
You should try your hand in Hollywood. The pathetic thing of people like this author is that in this age of the internet access he still thinks people will but their fiction. National movements cannot be started on lands by people who didn't even constitute 5% of the population. Even on the day Israel was declared a so-called 'State', Jews were a mere 30% of the population. The Sultan never agreed to giving anything to the Zionists. You drove 700,000 Palestinians out and have been killing them daily since. You are an apartheid state, even the recently found Rabin tapes proves he said so even back then. No point in reading the rest of your lies.
14. the truth without lie
norah ,   jerusalem   (09.29.15)
no one say -i have burned cooking -
15. Changing direction
tiki ,   belgium   (09.29.15)
The good news is that the EU BDSS'rs now don't have to travel far and can point their human righteousness on their own governments. The governments that are now erecting "protection walls in the middle of Europe, are segregating fugitives according colour & religion, are telling that 'getting papers as a Syrian fugitive is easier than coming from another country and are throwing their welcomed guests in horrible camps where women are raped and living conditions are not according human civil standards....etc.etc. So our friends from the BDSS now have a lot of work in Europe............, abolishing the Apartheid, Racism, Discrimination, Violence and inhuman living standards by their own European governments! Let's see their "humanism now when Israel is not involved!
16. BDS
Jon ,   U.K.   (09.29.15)
Great article this should be sent to all governments EU UN. Take BDS to court for spreading these lies. Kol hakavod
17. #6 Bozo Stan. Did you read interview with BDS leader?
Chaim ,   Israel   (09.29.15)
#6 Stan. None of your "facts" are facts. It is easily verifiable that they are total B.S. Did you read the interview with the European BDS leader on Ynet a few days ago? He made it crystal CLEAR that Israel herself was the issue. NOT Judea and Samaria. Peddle your worthless fear mongering elsewhere, Bozo Stan. Nobody has patience for it anymore.
18. As usual Chaim #17 you won't admit the truth
Stan ,   Israel   (09.30.15)
On numerous occasions I have asked you to name ONE UN member state which supports your twisted view that the occupied territories are part of Israel. You have never answered this because you cannot
19. Now to my second fact Chaim
Stan ,   Israel   (09.30.15)
Read Nelson Mandela's autobiography "Long Walk to Freedom". Then you will understand that depriving other ethnic groups of their basic human rights is not only a crime, it is a situation that is not sustainable as Obama keeps telling our PM about the occupation.
20. The Saudi Peace proposals and #17
Stan ,   Israel   (09.30.15)
Chaim please give details about what is untrue (as you claim) (See # 6) By the way, "the European BDS leader" as you describe him does not lead BDS in Europe. He is a lone Dutchman who has spent a lot of time in Israel and has many Israeli friends. Only recently he has given up on persuading our government to change its policies vic a vis the occupation.This does not mean that we agree with him on this point or that it is the policy of BDS in general.
21. Right on!
Maurice ,   Montreal   (09.30.15)
Not only is she ─▒gnorant she is also obviously a brainwashed jew hater!
22. Well tou are wrong
Lior ,   Israel   (09.30.15)
1. Israel have the right to be in that teritorues as we were under attack by arrab contries . We need to have the right to defend ourself . The un can diside today that the world is flat if the arrab wants ...so what if they dont recognise our leand as ours. 2 south africa is not the same like israel in eny parameter. The palastinians have their gaverment. And in gaza strip they chose in war against israel after they got teritory with no jows.... so its like africa . And in israel there are 20% israely arrabs So who is the "aparthide " here.... 3 the arabe segest us pease that destroy israel . Thanks but not thanks.
23. calling out 'hasbarah' as a way of discrediting the article
is the same as yelling 'lawyer' at court. "your honor, the person making the argument is clearly a lawyer. he went to law school and learned how to argue, so clearly we can't trust a word he says' ad hominem at its best.
24. ISupportIsrael.com
Deborah L Thoresson ,   South Africa   (09.30.15)
I Support Israel, G~D Bless and Protect Jerusalem and Israel IJN Amen
25. #18 Bozo Stan. Judea/Samaria legally belong to Israel!
Chaim ,   Israel   (09.30.15)
#18 Bozo Stan. First of all, the Dutch BDS leader totally represents the Nazi spirit of BDS. All key BDS leaders are on the same page as him. Secondly, Israel's legal ownership of Judea and Samaria has been irrefutably proven by countless legal scholars including Eugene Rostow and his co-authors of U.N. Resolution 242. The case is so obvious that no "Palestinian" leader will even debate the issue in public. All opposition to Israeli ownership of Judea and Samaria is politically motivated. Not legal. Politics change all the time. It is only in your sick, twisted mind, Bozo Stan, that Israel and Apartheid South Africa are comparable.
26. To Daniel Ben Hillel
Stan ,   Israel   (09.30.15)
The fact that a political party wins elections continually does not mean that it is correct or just.. Here are some examples: South Africa 1947 - 1994 Germany 1933 - 1945 Iran 1979 - present Gaza 2006 - present
27. # 24 Deborah l.
Stan ,   Israel   (09.30.15)
I too support Israel which is my home as well as that of all my children and grandchildren. To support a country blindly even if it is doing things that endanger the future of it and it's people is not only stupid it is criminal. Here is an example: People saying "Deutschland Uber Alles"
28. a small request for you
anonymous ,   The Land Of Israel   (10.01.15)
please, do not be involved in any peace processes. you are the reason for the next war. read, learn, educate yourself, travel to israel, see for yourself. until then, please do not contact any human being cause stupidness is contagious. thank you.
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