TEL AVIV – Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) activists are marching in anti-Trump protests and calling for violence against Israel in what has been slammed as a “hijack” of other movements in order to promote an anti-Israel agenda.
In footage uploaded by New York City’s chapter of pro-Palestinian group Students For Justice in Palestine, protestors can be seen waving Palestinian flags and chanting, “There is only one solution, Intifada revolution.” Intifada is the Palestinian name for acts of violent “resistance” that have plagued Israel since the 1980s, including the ongoing wave of terror attacks against Israeli civilians and soldiers, often referred to in Palestinian media as the “Knife Intifada” or “Al-Aqsa Intifada.”
In an apparently bi-partisan call to violence, the protesters also chanted, “Trump, Obama, you will feel the intifada.”
As well as urging BDS proponents to join anti-Trump demonstrations to promote their anti-Israel agenda, NYC-SJP also called for activists to “mobilize” by organizing “self-defense workshops” and “cop-watches” among other things.
“Now is the time to unite.
Now is the time to organize.
Now is the time to resist,” a post on NYC-SJP’s Facebook page reads.
On his blog Legal Insurrection, Cornell Law School Professor William A. Jacobson argues that BDS activists “have repeatedly tried to hijack unrelated causes to turn them against Israel,” including exploiting police shooting marches and the Movement For Black Lives.
“None of this is solidarity,” Jacobson noted. “It’s conquest of other peoples and movements to redirect them to and focus attention on the BDS anti-Israel agenda.”
“How will this end?” Jacobson asked. “The way it usually ends in these hijackings — anti-Israel activists damage the movement they supposedly support.”
The Daily Beast cited Fox News host Pete Hegseth as claiming the anti-Trump protests were being driven by George Soros-funded groups that want “perpetual anarchy.”
“These are communists, these are anarchists, they’re anti-Semitic,” Hegseth said on Fox and Friends. “They’re not pro-American liberals who are frustrated with conservatism. They’re anti-American and they want to foment chaos across our country.”
Breitbart Jerusalem reported earlier this month that George Soros’ foundations provided a top notch legal team for Breaking the Silence, an Israeli leftwing NGO that publishes testimonies – many of which are written anonymously – by Israeli army veterans delineating alleged IDF war crimes and breaches of ethics.
Trump himself tweeted about the protests, noting, “Just had a very open and successful presidential election. Now professional protesters, incited by the media, are protesting. Very unfair!”
He later tweeted, “Love the fact that small groups of protesters last night have passion for our great country. We will all come together and be proud!”