Some, including journalists, have written to me inquiring about or voicing their concern at the recent Israeli government minister’s threat of “civil targeted killing” against BDS “leaders” and activists.
Several of my colleagues (Palestinian, international as well as Jewish-Israeli BDS leading activists) and I feel alarmed and seriously concerned for our physical safety after this top-level threat.
Minister Yisrael Katz in his statements plays on the official Israeli military term for assassination, “targeted thwarting,” and adds “civil” to it.
As Israeli colleagues have pointed out, adding “civil” to a term used for many years by Israeli officials to indicate assassination is ambiguous at best. BDS is a global nonviolent human rights movement led by the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC), the largest coalition in Palestinian civil society. Established in 2005, on the first anniversary of the ICJ advisory opinion against Israel’s wall, BDS calls for fundamental Palestinian rights under international law.
The BDS movement is anchored in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and rejects, accordingly, all forms of racism and discrimination on the basis of identity, including anti-Semitism.
Although Katz goes around the bushes and avoids defining the term in any accuracy, his claim that some BDS leaders and activists are connected to “terrorism” and “terrorist organizations”
This is the reason why I am seriously concerned for my physical safety and that of my Palestinian, Israeli and international BDS colleagues. We hold the Israeli government responsible for any physical harm that may be inflicted on any of us as a result of this vile attempt to silence our voices.
Moshe Dayan once said that “Israel must be like a mad dog, too dangerous to bother.” The current Israeli regime is scrupulously heeding Dayan’s advice. But “mad dogs” can be stopped. Indeed, mad dogs must be stopped, as there is no telling whom they may bite next.
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