In his latest piece, Harris-Gershon claims that he has come to support BDS — Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions — out of love for Israel. Never mind that the BDS movement wishes to see the end of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state. The so-called "right of return" they advocate for is nothing more than an attempt to effect a one-state solution in which there is only Palestine and there is no Israel. If he supports BDS, that is what he supports. It is therefore impossible to support BDS out of love for Israel. If he had even the tiniest love for Israel, then he would not support a movement that seeks Israel's destruction.
Harris-Gershon writes of the potential reaction he will face within the Jewish community:
To some Jews, I will now (wrongly) be viewed as an enemy, as anti-Semitic, as anti-Israel. Some in my community may, upon reading this, choose to withdraw. It's happened to others.
He is right that he will be viewed as an enemy. He is right that he will be viewed as antisemitic. He is right that he will be viewed as anti-Israel. Why? Because, in my opinion, at least, and in the opinions of many others, I suspect, he is all those things. His making common cause with those that seek Israel's destruction and then his formal embrace of a movement which has Israel's destruction as its end goal is evidence enough. To me, it makes him nothing more than a shtetl Jew who wishes for all the antisemitic and anti-Israel gentiles to pat him on the head and tell him what a good, little Jew he is.
The antisemites have been on notice for the past 64 years. The day of the meek Jew dependent upon the good will of gentiles is done. We are a proud, strong, free and independent people that has assumed our place among the peoples of the world. We hold our fate in our own hands. We will not go back to a world where our fate is in the hands of others. We will not go back to a world where every nation is free to close its doors to us in times of persecution. We are an independent people with a state where we are the majority — with all the good and bad that comes with that.
To David Harris-Gershon, and those like him, you should be honest about what you support. If you support BDS, then you oppose Israel's continued existence as a Jewish and democratic state. You cannot say in one breath that you love Israel and in the other support its destruction. You cannot say that you love Israel and that is why you support a movement which seeks its destruction. You cannot claim to speak for anything but the very, very small minority you are within the Jewish community.
Today, our Israeli kinsmen and kinswomen live the dream Hatikvah speaks of. Their hope has been realized. They are a free people in their land. That hope — and that reality — will not be taken away from them or from the Jewish people as a whole. Am Yisrael Chai.