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Uri Hirsch

Boycotts go both ways

We read with dismay this morning that the U.S. will not invite certain ministers to its annual July 4th Independence Day celebration. This is ostensibly because the U.S. doesn’t agree with their political views.

This action is reprehensible on the part of the U.S. as it has no right to interfere in any way with the internal politics of a sovereign nation, especially a close ally that helps the U.S. in many ways. One can only imagine if an Israeli government official would criticize the U.S. government for “building a road in Nebraska” or telling it to “give California back to Mexico from whom it was stolen” or that it should change U.S. law in regard to China, immigration or abortions.

A non-violent way to address this abhorrent U.S. policy would be to have the two ministers that are being boycotted set up temporary ministerial offices on the street right at the entrance to the embassy on the day of the celebration. They should fly the American flag and have a typical BBQ going at the same time. The event should be publicized so that as many Israelis as possible attend. Also, efforts should be made to get the ministers that WERE invited to “boycott” the U.S. event. Obviously, the press should be there to film the “protest”.

The current Biden administration is one of the worst governments vis-a-vis Israel in contrast to the Trump administration that preceded it. It is unbelievable how the country that is supposed to be our best friend is bending over backward to denigrate us.

About the Author
M.Ed from a leading U.S. university. English instructor. Former Gabai in U.S. and Israeli synagogues. Lover of Israel. Member of the politically right in Israel.