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    • Arieh Zimmerman
    • 29.05.13 | 16:06 (IDT)

    If I were not Israeli I would certainly condemn the actions of the State of Israel in regard to its treatment of the Palestinian people, (on both sides of the Green Line). However, I am an Israeli, and I do condemn the actions of my State, (on both sides of the Green Line). So, my problem with BDS and other condemnations of Israel is not that they are baseless, but that their focus, especially when directed at academic, cultural, and sporting events, are misdirected and therefore ineffectual. A very large percentage of the Israeli public are far more disturbed by Israel's right-wingers than anyone else, (always accepting the Palestinians, of course). Sadly, those still sane Israelis have not yet managed to convince the silent majority that the Bibi and friends are leading us down the slippery garden path to self destruction. The misdirected efforts of BDS, etc., have managed to inflate the already bloated paranoia of the average Israeli to fevered proportions. Therefore, my advice to those who do not hate Jews, but cannot but condemn the actions of the Israeli government, is to redirect their righteous wrath to where it might be most effective. Convince your separate governments to reject all formal and informal relations with Right-wing Israeli politicians and associates. Focus your anger!

    from the article: Why do people hate Israel? (a self-test)
    First published 20:15 28.05.13 | Last updated 20:15 28.05.13
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