The Boycott, Disinvestment and Sanction (BDS) movement against Israel is yet another form of jihad in our midst. This effort is an economic jihad, its purpose being to destroy bilateral peace efforts between Arabs and Jews at the grass roots level. BDS agitators want Arab and Israeli academics to stop cooperating, Arab and Israeli businessmen to stop bilateral commerce, Israelis to stop employing Arabs, and global investments to disengage from areas now benefiting from the economic rewards of peaceful coexistence. The BDS method seeks to accomplish its goals by financial intimidation and the reinvention of history while elsewhere the violent edge of jihad with the same purpose is being waged with suicide vests, provocative armed flotillas, and organized demonization. The mission of BDS is not to encourage progress toward real peace on the ground, but to make Israel disappear by trying to isolate it into economic shambles and continue the Arab boycott already made illegal by Congress. It is purely economic warfare, no different from the economic warfare practiced for decades by Arab communities that have rejected peaceful coexistence with Israel. Peace for those in the BDS movement will come only when there is "a one-state solution," where the religious freedom for all faiths, now prevailing in the area, becomes a thing of the past and a Gaza-style religious, theocratic regime takes hold.
Just as every airline passenger is now aware of the threats confronting them, every businessman, investment manager, and student should understand that the threat of economic jihad will one day come calling. When it comes, you will know it under the mantle of BDS. The same resoluteness which Americans show by flying and going to Times Square--despite the risks, should be shown when BDS tries to embarrass, pressure, or harass ordinary businesses. Stand up for peace and reject the idea. Today, BDS focuses its venom on Israel. If successful, this movement can turn its sights on any institution it targets, foreign or domestic.