The objective is to end Israel’s existence as a Jewish state, including by means of a “right of return” that proposes to return the several million descendants of the original refugee population to non-existent villages within what is now Israel. That objective was re-articulated in the formal launch of the BDS movement a decade ago, tacked on to other such unachievable demands as “dismantling the wall” that protects Israelis from Palestinian terror attacks.
Another thing making the rounds this week was the proposition that is an unpardonable transgression of decorum to suggest that there might be anything anti-Semitic about the BDS campaign. So I asked [Palestinian human rights activist Bassam] Eid.
“Of course it’s anti-Semitic. There is no doubt about it. It is because it’s anti-Semitic that the campaign has such energy around it. These activists believe that Israel should not exist, that there should not be a Jewish state, that the Jewish people should not exist,” Eid said. “And by the way, this goal will never benefit the Palestinian people, not in the short term, and not in the long term.”Maybe not, but it'll sure make the campus Israel-haters feel virtuous. And there's nothing headier than feeling that you're on the side of the angels (even though you're doing spadework for the devil).