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BDS for IDIOTS: BOYCOTT ISRAEL honestly - and let's see how far you get! Paperback – 3 Feb 2016

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  • Paperback: 212 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (3 Feb. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 152372157X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1523721573
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 432,650 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Senior Associate for Public Diplomacy at the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies. Co-Founder of the Netanya Terror Victims Organization. Author of 'Israel Reclaiming the Narrative' and 'Fighting Hamas, BDS and Anti-Semitism.'


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BDS For Idiots by Barry Shaw could just as easily have been titled BDS Is For Idiots because this book sets out why boycotting Israel is not only immoral but also impractical. The author does a great job in showing how it is virtually impossible to boycott Israel, but also why it is foolish to do so. Boycotts don’t harm the Israeli economy (which is in fine shape thanks to Israel’s knowledge economy). It does, however, harm the Palestinians. The BDS campaign against SodaStream, which led to huge Palestinian job losses, is a case in point. While serious in intent, Barry Shaw sprinkles his text with humorous quips that illustrate the sheer absurdities of boycotting the world’s only Jewish state. For example, Shaw’s definition of the so-called Palestinian Right of Return is bang on target: “[The] demand to live in Israel by people who have never lived there, who hate it and wish to destroy it.” More importantly (in my view) is Shaw’s highlighting of the anti-Semitic prejudices inside the BDS community, but also in the mainstream media, which has shown itself to be the willing mouthpiece of BDS. According to Shaw, BDS is most definitely anti-Semitic and it would take a very foolish person to disagree with this observation. The author even furnishes his text with a comparative table that lists all the characteristics of anti-Semitism and how they match up exactly with anti-Zionist statements. One of the book’s strengths is the inclusion of extracts from important writers and thinkers such as Jewish author Howard Jacobson, the Palestinian human rights campaigner Bassem Eid and former AP reporter Matti Friedman. BDS For Idiots is a great resource for supporters of Israel; but it’s also a good introduction to the Arab-Israeli conflict, which makes it a must-read for people who are new to the subject. I also recommend this book to supporters of BDS. The information inside the book will enlighten and surprise them.
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A very helpful collection of all the arguments that demonstrate how hollow the whole BDS argument is. The sarcasm may be a little heavy, but this is understandable, coming from the people who have to suffer all the lies and hypocrisy directed at them from the BDS movement and their friends. The book covers not only the Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions arguments but also the nonsense about "Occupation", "Apartheid", "Ethnic Cleansing" and "Genocide." A good book to keep handy.
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BDS ("Boycott, Sanctions, Divestment") is the name of the umbrella organisation for all those people who want to shelter their antisemitism under the guise of 'only seeking' the destruction of the State of Israel. As the author says: "BDS is a three letter metaphor for negativity. In their practice their initials stand for Bias, Deception and Slander. We need to out them, to name them, and shame them. They need to be exposed for the fraudsters they are. It's time to humiliate them. This book does that with facts, anecdotes and humor". And indeed that is exactly what the book does. It contains a combination of the author's own thoughts and anecdotes along with contributions from others who have been active in combating the wave of antisemitism dressed up as anti-Israel sentiments (Mitchell Bard, Pat Condell, Edgar Davidson, Alan Dershowitz, Bassem Eid, Matti Friedman, Caroline Glick, Howard Jacobson, and Denis Prager). There does not seem to be a kindle version available yet, but the book is well worth the £7.
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Informative yet entertaining book that reveals the core motivation for BDS movement's malevolent actions - and no, it is not their deep concern for the welfare of the palestinians. A helpful read for anybody whose knowledge of the Israeli economy might be a bit sketchy or informed only by crudely produced leaflets handed out at Palestinian solidarity events. Direct and clear look into the BDS supporters' claims which under the stream of factual information dissolve like AHAVA Dead Sea salts in the bath. I'd be curious to read the BDS answer to this book (preferably based on research and facts) but I assume they will just boycott it.
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BDS is a symptom of a
Western world tragedy. It is a front for
Islamic jihad which will return Western civilization to the Medievel dark ages all aided and abetted by well-meaning yet misguided Western media, academia and often governments. Yes, a front, disguised as the fight for human rights for the Palestinians. BDS condones and encourages violence and bloodshed (jihad) as a justified resistance against the demonised and delegitimate Jews in their demonised and delegitimate Jewish State of Israel.
It is tempting to dismiss BDS as emotional drivel peddled by frustrated antisemitic=antizionistic bullies and cowards but its threat to Western civilization should not be ignored.
Barry Shaw's book is entertaining, humorous and above all razor sharp in his analysis of the intellectual and moral bankruptcy of the BDS movement. The West is being led like lambs to the slaughter by a dark sinister Islamic Jihadist agenda. The West is deluded, it is no longer in control of the world order. For now, BDS is a front for the destruction of Israel. But don't kid yourselves, the Jihad victory against the West does not end in Jerusalem, that is just the beginning.
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