The Leftist IsLamist ALlliance is a development, with dangerous implications for all open societies, including Israel, Australia, Europe and the U.S.
To combat and defeat it, one first needs to recognise that it exists, even as it goes under different names.
The acronym BDS may be difficult to remember, until you break it down to its components BS and D (Dreck). For those unfamiliar with the word, Dreck is a Yiddish term that has basically the same meaning as BS… so think of it as “BS with added emphasis.”
One heading could be “BDS is BDS” or for added emphasis “BDS is a pile of BDS”
In an argument with the proponents of an academic BDS, it is useful to consider the term FDA, known as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Although the FDA doesn’t always succeed, its important goal is to protect public health. For our purposes the acronym can be:
F – for Freedom; academic freedom is a cornerstone of our open Western society, which applies to Israeli academics as much as anyone else. BDS works in a sinister manner to overturn that.
D – for Dialogue; dialogue between academics from different institutions is vital in furthering knowledge and understanding. For example, at the height of Cold War tensions between the U.S and Soviet Union, medical academics helped bridge the gap in part by pointing out the hopelessness of dealing with the medical consequences of nuclear war. BDS works in a sinister manner to inhibit dialogue.
A – for Apart; Israel is placed apart, and on a high pedestal for disproportionate criticism of activities that also undertaken by many other countries with relative impunity. Moreover, Israel’s actions are considered apart and out of the context of what its enemies have done. BDS reinforces this iniquity.
While the KKK was restricted to the U.S., the LLL is global in its threat.