One of the things about the BDS movement that is often overlooked is that they do not just hate Israel. They also hate the US – as a secret recording from a BDS conference reaffirms.
In a never-before-released recording obtained by The Algemeiner of part of a closed-door anti-Zionist student conference at Virginia’s George Mason University in November, participants are heard accusing the United States — “the world’s greatest imperial power” — of enabling and perpetrating crimes in the Middle East.
The blatant anti-Americanism was voiced at the 2016 National Students for Justice in Palestine (NSJP) conference, during a panel on “Syrian-Palestinian Liberation.” Panelists included Palestinian-Syrian activist Wael Elasady, co-founder of Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights, and International Socialist Movement member Ashley Smith.
In the tape, Elasady is heard blaming US “imperialism” for facilitating the Assad regime’s alleged war crimes in Syria and for causing regional instability, which allows the world to turn a blind eye to Israel’s “ethnic cleansing of Palestine, increas[ing] its Judaization of Jerusalem and expand[ing] its settlements without repercussions.”
Smith said that while he saw the conflict in Syria as a “popular uprising of the people…for democracy, for equality, for a liberation from a tyrannical regime,” he took issue with those on the Left who viewed the struggle purely through the lens of “imposed American imperialism.”
He specifically called out activist journalist Max Blumenthal for “reversing his position” on Syria — first referring to the civil war as a “right of revolt” of the people, and then calling it a “‘color revolution’ orchestrated by the US with the project of regime change.”
Smith argued that the Syrian people must carry out a “revolutionary struggle from below to liberate people…Diplomacy will not bring liberation [in Syria], as all the negotiations over Palestinian liberation [have] proved as well. We have to defend the right of the oppressed people to find aid and arms for their liberation struggle, no matter where it comes from, as long as they maintain their independence.”
Elasady and Smith are both known for expressing anti-Israel and anti-American views.
None of this is surprising. For instance, Elasady is a Marxist who loves trashing the US, like he does here:
And Max Blumenthal is constantly doing the same.
No country incarcerates higher percentage of its population than the United States http://t.co/zGQNkid941 (Israel is #2 among OECD nations)
— Max Blumenthal (@MaxBlumenthal) August 13, 2013
And when you think about it, it totally makes sense that BDS-holes would hate the US, in addition to hating Israel. They tend to be people who hate success, and interpret it as a sign of oppressing those who have failed – a simplistic, wrongheaded view that does not take into account the fact that failure in this case is the result of spending time and resources on murdering and maiming people, instead of, creating and innovating.