I see another connection between advocating Israel boycott and the ADL-Mosque issue - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    When nothing, other than a military invasion, works, I advocate boycotts, and have seen a boycott against some Israeli institutions as a reasonable and justified tactic. Indeed, the UN in the past called for a boycott against South Africa, and the tactic worked. It undermined the moral confidence of the Whites there, and they gave up the struggle. In principle, the tactic can be successful against Israel, which is not in a very different situation. But if the UN doesn't call for a boycott and it is initiated by private organizations, it will likely be explained by the Jewish me as a manifestation of anti-Semitism, whether it is (which is true sometimes) or it isn't. Only when Jews are actively promoting a boycott of Israel can there be little excuse to doubt their sincerity. (Of course, "self-hatred" will be tried, but if the calls are wide-spread, this explanation will be hard to swallow. It is therefore very important not to muzzle Israelis who call for boycott. In this light, I see the ADL call against an Islamic center on the 9/11 site as extremely foolish. Why should the ADL even get involved in this? Is it a Jewish business or even an anti-discrimination? It is a pro-discrimination call! The ADL's attitude is seen as an expression of anti-Islamism, and Foxman himself admits it in a way (when he says that Holocaust survivors have a right to be bigoted). It is best to speak to Islamic leaders and ask them to object to this Center plan for reasons of sensitivity to public feelings. Not everything legal is ethical or nice. Legally, the Islamic Center can be built, but since 9/11 was carried out in the name of Islam, this is unseemly. There must be many Muslims who understand this. Let them, or call on them to, be the speakers.

    from the article: A Special Place in Hell / Rethinking Israel boycotts, the ADL and a N.Y. mosque
    First published 15:11 02.08.10 | Last updated 15:11 02.08.10
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