Sally Rooney has a right to boycott Israel. And she has the right to not have her books translated into Hebrew.
As the creator of her intellectual work, it’s her choice.
However, she should drop the charade of pretending it’s for some kind of moral reason. She should drop the pretence of saying it’s to ‘raise awareness’ of the plight of palestinians or whatever.
No, it’s a lot simpler than that. In fact, it really isn’t complicated at all.
And just like the BDS movement, or the UNs obsession with passing resolutions against Israel or the farcical UNESCOs rulings on so-called historical sites as ‘palestinian,’ it all stems from the same thing – pure and unadulterated Jew hatred.
Now I know that it’s easy to throw around that term and apply it to people that disagree with you.
But this hatred isn’t new. In fact, it’s one of the oldest hatreds of all. It’s a pure hatred that burns with a white hot intensity that unites those from all political spheres, bringing together white supremacists and fascist liberals. And while they dress it up and decorate it with phrases like morality and human rights and discrimination in order to give it some kind of legitimacy, it’s a farce, a joke, a lie.
All these so-called activists that beat their chests with horror at the so-called plight of the palestinians and the so-called ‘violations’ of their human rights are nothing more than frauds and scam artists – the kind you see if you look inside your spam folder in your Inbox, or the phone numbers you incessantly block during dinner time.
Because they don’t care about human rights at all, for what have they done to make the world a better place?
Do they protest the horrific treatment of the Uyghur people in China?
Do they protest the discrimination of women in Saudi Arabia?
Or what about the brutal attacks against gay people in Iran who they hang off cranes?
Meanwhile in Afghanistan, an Israeli aid group and a Jewish financier, along with some Arab partners, were instrumental in rescuing vulnerable Afghans from the brutal regime of the Taliban.
But tell me again what the BDS did today to help the world?
It is important to remember that these hate groups do not fight for anything – only against it. They don’t fight for palestinians – they only fight against the existence of the only Jewish country on earth – a country so small, it’s about the size of New Jersey. For in just about every Arab country, palestinians do not have the right to live or work or obtain citizenship. Instead they have been kept languishing in refugee camps for decades. They are treated inhumanely there, and yet you will never ever hear about a BDS protest against that.
Sally Rooney is just one person, but she is not unique. She has aligned herself with these hate groups, and coming from a country like Ireland whose reputation is blackened with support for the Nazis, including an Irish minister Eamon de Valera, who formally offered his condolences to the German Minister in Dublin on the death of Adolf Hitler in 1945, we shouldn’t be too surprised. And as for their track record on Israel, it’s quite simply shameful.
The hatred against Jews is a timeless hatred that does not grow old or weary with the years that pass. It is the most adaptable hatred there is, changing from year to year, century to century, always accommodating whatever method the times might call for. Sometimes it’s against the religion. Sometimes it’s against the culture. Sometimes it’s against the statehood and sovereignty. However at its core – it never changes – and the hatred for the very existence of the Jewish people remains, whether it’s called antisemitism or antizionism. The BDS and their partners in hatred are nothing more than just another cog in that timeless machine – fuelled by hypocrisy and hatred.
And yet, while the hatred may be timeless, so too are the Jewish people, for we too do not grow old and weary with the years that pass. You can call it our 4000 year history. Or you can call it our experience. Or you can call it our faith in God or our beliefs or whatever you want, but ultimately we do know better than some author from a country that hid Nazis. We do know better than movements who are united only in what they hate, rather than what they love.
And it’s that strength and confidence in our place in this world that will ultimately sustain us.