“Anti-Zionist Not Antisemite” Of The Day: Rolling Stones Boycott Israel Group

Following on from yesterday’s post, I think this might be the beginning of a new Israellycool series.

Today’s “anti-Zionist not antisemite” is the Facebook group Rolling Stones: Boycott Israel.

The group’s byline is “Calling on the Rolling Stones to Boycott Israel due to the state’s crimes against humanity.” But we all know who they really have in mind.

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(The post has since been removed, but the screenshot is available here)

And the antisemitism is not the only manifestation of how they’ve let down their guard.

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Which makes a mockery of this damage control piece by Mondoweiss.


The New York Times is paying close attention to the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement targeting Israel, nine years after the 2005 call for boycott from Palestinian civil society. But the paper’s coverage does a poor job of honestly explaining what the BDS movement says about the future of Israel and Jewish life in the region.

Phil Weiss took a close look at Jerusalem bureau chief Jodi Rudoren’s fear-mongering piece today, where she invokes the specter of the Nazi boycott of Jewish-owned businesses. Roger Cohen’s article approvingly quotes an activist who claims that the BDS movement’s objectives would “doom Israel as a national home for the Jews.” (The Palestine Center’s Yousef Munayyer responds here.)

And today, Thomas Friedman takes a whack at BDS by giving space to the Israeli government-linked Reut Institute, whose director, Gidi Grinstein, says that “the B.D.S. movement at heart is not about Israel’s policies but Israel’s existence: they want to see Israel disappear.” (Grinstein also, rightly, points out that the peace process is keeping BDS at bay, but if it collapses, Israel’s isolation will deepen–and fast.)

All three pieces give short shrift to what BDS advocates say about Israel’s existence as a home for Jews. They overwhelmingly tilt towards calling the movement’s prescription for ending the conflict catastrophic to Jews.  The implication is that Jews would have no place in Israel/Palestine, especially if there is a right of return for Palestinian refugees. But what do BDS advocates themselves say about the future of Jews in an Israel/Palestine where the BDS movement’s demands are met?


But what if Israel/Palestine can be re-imagined, a space that preserves Israeli Jewish life and culture while implementing Palestinian human rights for all?  It’s a more complicated counter-question to Friedman’s.  But the BDS movement’s prescriptions certainly point towards that sentiment, which is a more interesting and fair take on the future that stoking existential fears of destruction.

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  • walt kovacs

    pricetag attack in los angeles?


    this story got no play in the media…but pay close attention to the comments by the member of the workman’s circle

    btw, the org is a socialist/commie org that is far from pro israel….its simply jewish

    and kudos to the brave souls who defaced the original jihadi message

    may be time to reconstitute the la chapter of the jdl

  • Pablo Juenesse

    How i am enjoying IsraHell getting a taste of it’s own medicine. Your bluff has been called……… internationally.

    No business, no future. You will be stuck on that stolen land and nobody will give a shit.

    How did the Lollapalooza Festival go? Cancelled due to no notable artist wanting to have anything to do with your Apartheid / Racist state.

    Tick tock……time is nearly up……

    Rot in Hell.

    • dabney_c

      Don’t hold your breath. On second thought …

  • E ben Abuya

    What if Mondoweiss could be re-imagined as something other than a hate-filled propaganda e-rag?
    What, exactly are “Palestinian human rights for all?” The right to live as dhimmis in a kleptocracy? How does Mondoweiss propose the “implementation” of these rights?
    Using the secularist Syrian model or the theocratic Hamas/Hezbollah model? Perhaps it’s the one man one vote one time PA system.

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  • cba

    Here’s another example, this one from the I Support the Rolling Stones Against the Haters FB page (but posted by a regular at the Boycott page) https://www.facebook.com/supportthestones/posts/715405341813695

    I have a screen capture if she decides to delete it.

    • cba

      Here’s what she wrote:

      “In Israel killing Palestinian, especially Palestinian children, is not only a Talmudic Rabbinical driven duty but it also serves as a sport to relieve boredom and enhance career opportunities. The 3.4 Million Palestinians living in the Occupied Territories of the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem are simply daily fodder for target practice, testing of new chemical and biological weapons, and as a menace that must be driven out or exterminated from Israel’s property. These human beings simply live as slave labor for Jews or targets for sniper practice.”

      • cba

        That’s weird… after I posted the actual screen capture, I deleted the comment where I’d simply pasted the text (with a few words of introduction).

        But instead of deleting the comment, Disqus seems to have just re-labeled it as having been posted by “Guest” instead of me.

    • cba

      Here’s the screen capture.