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How do you feel about it: Right wing Israeli government bars BDS rabbis from entering the country!

November 14, 2017

Read this letter to the government of Israel, which had been signed by 212 liberal Rabbis in America:

“We hold diverse opinions on BDS. Even though many of us have substantive differences with Rabbi Wise and other rabbinic colleagues who support the BDS movement in some or all of its forms, we believe that your decision to bar Rabbi Wise from visiting Israel is anti-democratic and desecrates our vision of a diverse Jewish community that holds multiple perspectives.”

I would like to know what you think about the Israeli government barring Rabbi Wise and other BDS activists from entering Israel with the aim to boycot the Israeli economy from within?

As a conservative Israeli-American psychologist I would like to analyze for you the above letter signed by 212 Liberal American Rabbis. Is the letter right or wrong? 1). Do the Rabbis that support BDS really hold meaningful diverse opinions on BDS or do they all support the basic tenets of BDS of boycotting and disrupting Israeli products? 2) Do these liberal Rabbis believe that to be a democratic country a country must allow American religious leaders who want to disrupt its economy come in and do it? Or, this apply only to Israel, only Israel will not be de3mocratic if it bars BDS activists from entering! 3) My position as an Israeli is clears: Israel is highly democratic when it bars BDS people from entering the country, why? Democracy is a relative system. A highly democratic country would protect its economy (and citizens) from jealous disruptive outside elements! Only an absolute democracy would not do that – and will eventually disappear! Thank you. 

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