Yair Lapid: BDS Leaders Are 'Out and Out anti-Semites'

Speaking at the JPost Conference in New York, the Yesh Atid leader equates the boycott movement's activities with Palestinian mufti Haj Amin al-Husseini’s collaboration with the Nazis.

Emil Salman

Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid says that the international BDS movement “is actually a puppet in a theater operated by Hamas and Islamic Jihad.” He describes BDS supporters in the West as “bleeding heart, so-called intellectuals who have no idea who they really serve.” And he believes that BDS leaders are “out and out anti-Semites."

Speaking at the Jerusalem Post Conference in New York and a separate briefing for reporters, Lapid disagreed with Opposition Leader Yitzhak Herzog’s claim that the policies of the Netanyahu government have played a role in the strength of BDS. He said that their motivation is anti-Israeli and anti-Jewish, and drew a direct line between their activities and World War II Palestinian mufti Haj Amin al-Husseini’s collaboration with the Nazis, including his visit with Adolf Eichmann at Auschwitz.

Lapid attacked “extreme leftist” Israeli groups, such as Breaking the Silence, accusing them of aiding BDS. He said that Israeli should “go to the Europeans, we should go to American campuses and ask them 'do you understand that you are not supporting the liberation of the oppressed, but are cheering for the people and values that brought 9/11 to this country. You are supporting people that kill gays and suppress women.'”

Lapid called for a regional summit of the Arab League that would assist the "weak leadership": on both the Israeli and Palestinian to reach a 2-State solution.