Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked (Jewish Home) schooled opponents about the true nature of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement during a heated Knesset debate on Wednesday, over a motion on the subject of the campaign to delegitimize Israel in international organizations.
"There is currently a large-scale campaign to delegitimize against Israel, and against its existence as a Jewish nation," Shaked began. "The aim of the campaign is not only to influence Israeli policy one way or another, but to demonize Israel, hurt its vital interests and its ability to defend itself, and eventually eliminate existence as a Jewish and democratic state."
The minister stressed that the legal campaign is based on misinformation, lies and threats, and ''aspires to portray Israel as the source of all evil in the world, as anti-Semitism previously presented the Jews."
"Boycotters are not talking about Judea and Samaria, but the existence of the state of Israel," Shaked noted. "This is the new face of anti-Semitism, these symptoms are the same old symptoms as anti-Semitism, which dehumanized Jews, and now does so for the Jewish state."
''What a hypocritical and self-serving world," she continued. "In Syria hundreds of thousands of children, women and men are being slaughtered, and the world is silent."
"In Arab countries around us women are raped and beheaded and the world is silent."
"Iran executed homosexuals and the world is silent," she continued. "It's not politically correct to be anti-Semitic, but it's super to be anti-Israeli."
''Many years ago the perception was that if we give up a little everything will be fine," she added. ''Like the Jews in 1933 who thought that, if they would be good Germans, their problems disappear."
"The solution to BDS is fighting back."
''We'll recruit the world's Jews and supporters of Israel and boycott those boycotting back to us," Shaked declared. "Boycott the boycotters."
"We will stop the funding of these bodies, we will be cutting ties," she concluded. "They will pay the price for boycotts."