BDS Leader: Greatest Threat To BDS Is Calling Us Terrorists

Mary Margaret Olohan | Reporter

Salah Khawaja, a high-ranking member of The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, said Tuesday that calling BDS members terrorists is their greatest threat.

According to a video released by Muslim Brotherhood and Radical Islam in America, Khawaja is considered “one of the most high-profile ‘non-violent’ activists in the region” and has spent more than a quarter of his life in and out of Israeli prison, beginning at age 15. He chairs the Popular Struggle Committee of Ni’ln, is a member of the secretariat of BDS and works on the Committee Against the Wall and Settlements.

BDS describes itself as a “Palestinian-led movement for freedom, justice and equality” that “upholds the simple principle that Palestinians are entitled to the same rights as the rest of humanity.”

However, a recent report released by the Israel Ministry of Strategic Affairs has highlighted the relationship between BDS and terrorist organizations, and has caused many to consider BDS a terrorist group itself. Khawaja references this report in an interview, and confesses that calling BDS members “Terrorists in Suits” endangers their movement. (RELATED: Ocasio-Cortez Spox Refuses To Divulge Where She Stands On BDS Movement)

“The most dangerous thing in politics being done against us now,” Khawaja said, “is … when he mentioned us and at least 24 local and international people and called us ‘Terrorists in Suits,’ he is describing the boycott leaders.”

The report released by the Israel Ministry of Strategic Affairs, entitled, “The Ties Between NGOs promoting BDS and Terrorist Organizations,” builds on a previous report and describes connections between non-governmental organizations that support BDS and terrorist organizations. (RELATED:Israeli Gov. Releases Report Alleging Terrorists Have Infiltrated NGOs That Push BDS Movement)

The report  found more than 100 links between BDS and the groups Hamas and Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). Both Hamas and PFLP were declared terrorist organizations by the United States in 1997.

According to The Jerusalem Post, “More than 30 members of Hamas and PFLP hold senior positions in BDS-promoting NGOs, the vast majority of whom have been in prison for terrorism-related crimes, including murder, and maintain active ties with the terrorist groups.”

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