It’s perhaps an only too fitting coincidence that during the Purim holiday that celebrates the Jewish people’s rescue from the murderous plot of Haman in ancient times, anti-Israel activists are busy staging “Israeli Apartheid Week,” which is an annual event devoted to demonizing the Jewish state as an intolerable evil that must be abolished for the sake of the Palestinians.
The official poster used to advertise this year’s “Israeli Apartheid Week” is an image that is quite literally worth a thousand words because it openly signals support for the Hamas-orchestrated riots that have threatened and terrorized Israeli communities near the Gaza border for the past year. The poster prominently features the kites that terrorists equip with incendiary or explosive material before they launch them across the border into Israel to start devastating fires or hurt unsuspecting children.
The arson terrorism that is so openly celebrated on the poster has destroyed thousands of acres of crops, grazing lands, forests and nature reserves. According to experts, the damage is severe because “the entire eco-system of the western Negev has been affected. Trees that have stood for generations – preventing soil erosion, improving the carbon footprint and providing a habitat for birds and animals – have been destroyed. Wildlife – birds, turtles, snakes and lizards, jackals, foxes and wolves, wild boars, hedgehogs, bees and other insects – have been killed or lost their homes and their food sources.”
There is little doubt about what’s in the minds of those who launch these kites. As documented last year in a National Public Radio (NPR) report from Gaza, a young Palestinian with “a homemade white kite” declared that his kite was “going to go to the Jews.” The NPR reporter explained that the kite was “decorated with writing claiming Jerusalem for Palestinians and also with swastikas” and that it was “designed to float over the Israelis and catch fire.” Inquiring about the swastikas, the reporter asked the young Palestinian: “What does this thing mean to you? Why do you put that on there?” In response, he was told: “The Jews go crazy for Hitler when they see it.”
The reporter then argued that the Israelis “know that people are flying kites with swastikas. They know this, and they use it to discredit you, to say this shows you’re bad people. What do you think about that?” The response he got was: “This is actually what we want them to know, […] that we want to burn them.”
Wanting to burn Jews has long been a favorite among Jew-haters, but it is frightening to see it glorified on a poster for a supposedly “progressive” cause in 2019.
And make no mistake: this year’s “Israeli Apartheid Week” poster is by no means the first time that anti-Israel activists have whitewashed or even glorified Palestinian terrorism. Electronic Intifada co-founder Ali Abunimah hails Hamas as the “Palestinian defense forces;” and when knife-wielding terrorists started the so-called “stabbing intifada” in fall 2015, activists promoting boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaigns against Israel organized an “international wave of action in solidarity with the Palestinian struggle.”
Unsurprisingly, it is from these circles that one can hear the loudest protests against the entirely justified conclusion that there is precious little difference between anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism.