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“Don’t Buy Yid” Campaign in Disarray.

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“Germans! Defend yourselves! Do not buy from Jews” (“Deutsche! Wehrt Euch! Kauft nicht bei Juden!“).

Police are investigating comments made by George Galloway during a speech in which he said Bradford had been declared an “Israel-free zone”.

The Respect MP told a meeting of party activists in Leeds on Saturday that Israeli tourists were not welcome in Bradford. West Yorkshire police said they had received two complaints and were investigating the Bradford West MP’s comments.

Reports the Guardian.

The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign  more generally known as the “Don’t Buy Yid‘ movement, has yet to comment.

Written by Andrew Coates

August 9, 2014 at 9:56 am

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  1. “The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign more generally known as the “Don’t Buy Yid‘ movement, has yet to comment.”

    This is simply an insult, as you know. You don’t have to support BDS, of course, but to pass it off as anti-Semitic is deranged. (When are you going to join the AWL?)

    Pinkie

    August 9, 2014 at 7:49 pm

  2. I don’t know that this minor incident means the BDS campaign is in ‘disarray’. Didn’t Israel warn during the week that it is effecting it adversely? I think that’s why Galloway feels emboldened to spread his poison. By the way, didn’t the High Court rule that ‘Yid’ was an offensive term, even if mean in a benign fashion? Something to do with Spurs supporters?

    Sue R

    August 9, 2014 at 9:35 pm

  3. Galloway is just awful – but, even if one thinks BDS is always antisemitic (perhaps because of impact, perhaps because of disproportionate scrutiny) it clearly isn’t the case that all who support BDS are crudely or consciously antisemitic. There are all kinds of problems with the different manifestations of BDS – for example the uncertainty over what would have to change for the BDS to stop – but that doesn’t make its supporters all closet Nazis.

    Sarah AB

    August 10, 2014 at 9:10 am

  4. I feel quite strongly about this Pinkie and Sarah.

    Andrew Coates

    August 10, 2014 at 12:31 pm

  5. “I feel quite strongly about this Pinkie and Sarah.”

    Fine, now explain why, and explain why BDS equals “Don’t buy Yid”, plainly an allusion to anti-Semitism.

    Pinkie

    August 10, 2014 at 9:55 pm


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