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Israeli Apartheid Week Video Legitimizes Violent Resistance

A newly released pro­mo­tional video for this year’s Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) con­tains the type of provoca­tive mes­sage that is often pro­moted at anti-Israel events, includ­ing IAW pro­grams in recent years.

About 20 sec­onds in, the video depicts a Pales­tin­ian with a kef­fiyeh cov­er­ing his face and aim­ing a sling­shot. The text reads, “When a peo­ple fight the occu­pier, it is not ter­ror­ism. It is resis­tance.” 

Sim­i­lar mes­sages, which delib­er­ately down­play the ongo­ing threat of ter­ror­ism faced by Israelis, have been expressed at past IAW pro­grams. For exam­ple, dur­ing the IAW event at Yale Uni­ver­sity in 2011, Mazin Qum­siyeh defended Pales­tini­ans’ right to resist by any means. Speak­ers at other IAW pro­grams have described Hamas as a “resis­tance” orga­ni­za­tion and chants of “Long live the Intifada,” which cel­e­brate a vio­lent upris­ing against the State of Israel, have marked IAW ral­lies.

Since its incep­tion in 2005, IAW has served as an annaul plat­form for anti-Israel activists to focus on ways to demo­nize and iso­late Israel, includ­ing through BDS (Boy­cott, Divest­ment and Sanc­tions) campaigns.