I just noticed a video that has been making the rounds on the internet. In it, a young woman describes how the Nazis boycotted Jewish stores on April 1, 1933 — a precursor to the Nuremberg Laws, which paved the way for the Final Solution. Throughout the video, the narrator uses several anecdotes to suggest that we’re not that far from another Third Reich.
After talking about Nazi Germany, the narrator quickly jumps to July 9, 2005 — the start of the Boycott Divestment Sanctions (BDS) campaign. The comparison is not subtle.
She also recounts how 400 students at Northeastern University cheered, “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free.” She calls this “Hamas’s Genocidal chant.” Again, the comparison is not subtle.
Another story to bolster her case: At an Egyptian soccer game, fans held up a sign that read, “One nation for new Holocaust.” The comparison is not . . . well, you know.
The narrator, I’m sure, means well, but the video makes several critical mistakes.
1. It insults our intelligence. Are those Northeastern students really born-again Nazis, or are they foolish college students who’ve gotten swept up in the moment? Whose lives are those Egyptian soccer fans more likely to threaten: their Coptic neighbors or Jews in Tel Aviv?
2. It ignores the Iranian regime. If a genocide of the Jewish people really is just around the corner, who’s most likely to commit it: Iran or the BDSers? Who’s exporting terrorism to Israel’s northern and southern borders: Iran or the BDSers? Who has sponsored terrorist attacks against the Argentinian Jewish community: Iran or the BDSers? Who’s trying to acquire nuclear weapons: Iran or the BDSers? Who’s threatening to annihilate the Jewish people: Iran and its satellites, or the BDSers?
I don’t mean to diminish the BDSers’ foolishness and bigotry. I merely wish to observe that Iranian regime actually is threatening genocide against the Jewish people. To the best of my knowledge, the BDSers are not.
3. It makes the Jewish people seem far more vulnerable than we really are. Again, I don’t wish to diminish the threats Israel or the Jewish people face, but let’s keep our heads in check. We shouldn’t pretend that the Jewish people’s security is as precarious as it was in 1933.
4. The video suggests that our collective voice is the only thing that can stop another disaster from befalling the Jewish people. This, to be blunt, is nonsense. An Israeli soldier’s gun can do far more to protect the Jewish people than any video, or any blog post.