Email June 21
Updated: Jul 5, 2022
Dear Friend of Israel,
The BDS (Boycott, Divest and Sanction) movement has long claimed to be a nonviolent effort to promote Palestinian rights by boycotting, divesting from, and sanctioning Israel. However, the reality is that from its very beginning, this hate-filled movement has sought the destruction of the Jewish State.
This past week, a BDS group headquartered in Boston took its anti-Israel efforts to a new low by publishing a map that shows the location of Jewish institutions throughout Massachusetts, effectively making every one of them a target for attack. Indeed, the BDS group has called on its supporters to "dismantle" and "disrupt" every institution on the list, which includes schools, synagogues, charities, and communal organizations. Newton's public school district is also targeted because Newton has a Jewish population of approximately 30%.
In this way, the Boycott, Divest and Sanction movement in Massachusetts has gone from seeking the destruction of the Jewish State to effectively making every Jewish person in the state a target of violence, which is the potential consequence of the call to "disrupt" every Jewish institution and public school known to have a significant number of Jews.
This new effort, known as the "Mapping Project," falsely accuses Jews of being responsible for white supremacy and colonization, and links the support of Palestinian rights (and opposition to Israel) to the plight of indigenous peoples through intersectionality. The Mapping Project explicitly calls its followers to confront "Zionists" through a "network of resistance," and supports "resistance in all its forms." The fact that this is an obvious encouragement of violence towards Jewish institutions is further demonstrated through the statement, "These entities exist in the physical world and can be disrupted in the physical world." And in case the goal is still not clear, these antisemitic activists state, "We hope people will use our map to help figure out how to push back effectively."
In other words, BDS supporters are to use the map below to - in the words of these activists - find Jewish institutions and "confront," "disrupt," and "push back effectively."
If this is not a call to violence against Jews, what is?
TAKE ACTION NOW!
We know from history that all it takes for evil to prevail is for good people to do nothing. Therefore, we are asking each one of you to take action in the face of this blatant hatred. Please call your elected officials and ask them to do what is necessary to protect Jewish individuals and institutions in the face of this very real threat to their safety. Thank you in advance for standing with us in opposition to this dangerous hate. Please call your senators and representatives today!
Elizabeth Warren: 617-565-3170
Ed Markey: 617-565-8519
Jake Auchincloss: 617-332-3333
Katherine Clark: 617-354-0292
Bill Keating: 508-746-9000
Stephen Lynch: 617-428-2000
Jim McGovern: 508-831-7356
Seth Moulton: 978-531-1669
Richard Neal: 413-785-0325
Ayanna Pressley: 617-850-0040
Lori Trahan: 978-459-0101
QUOTE OF THE YEAR
“When peace comes we will perhaps in time be able to forgive the Arabs for killing our sons, but it will be harder for us to forgive them for having forced us to kill their sons. Peace will come when the Arabs will love their children more than they hate us.”
Golda Meir, A Land of Our Own: An Oral Autobiography
Fourth Prime Minister of Israel, 1969 - 1974
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