Rabbi Boteach Bashes BDS & the LORD(E)
J. Michael Springmann/Arab America Contributing Writer
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach placed a full-page ad in the Washington Post’s Sunday, December 31, 2017, edition. Spending thousands for the astonishingly prejudiced page, Boteach and his World Values [!!!] Network, are apparently ready to begin the New Year with a wave of hate. Rabbi Boteach and his inaptly-named organization are out to convince Americans that the New Zealand singer Lorde and the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions Movement) are intolerant bigots who hate Jews.
The ad is capped with the headline: “Lorde and New Zealand Ignore Syria to Attack Israel”. The text notes that Lorde “joined a global anti-Semitic boycott of Israel but will perform in Russia, despite Putin’s support for Assad’s genocide in Syria.” ( Fueling Boteach’s fury, New Zealand had sponsored a UN resolution condemning Israeli colonists building on seized Palestinian land in December 2016. Last week, the Kiwis voted for the UN resolution condemning Trump’s “recognition” of Al-Quds as Israel’s “eternal capital”.)
The Rabbi, certainly not much of a “teacher” as the Hebrew means, picks up on New Zealand’s actions in the ad. He asserts that its “growing prejudice” is “trickling down to its youth”, meaning the 21-year-old Lorde. Boteach claims that Lorde’s concert cancellation puts her at odds with some of the greatest names in modern music. In the full-page notice, he lists some unfortunate individuals that have supported the Zionist entity: Michael Jackson, the pedophile; Madonna (who promised oral sex for anyone who voted for Hillary Clinton and Lady Gaga who ignored Israel’s human rights abuses to say: “You are strong, you are brave, you are confident, and I f–cking love you Israel.” (from the ad).
COMMENT. What are we to make of a religious leader who advocates hate, discrimination, and fanaticism? Besides him being an obvious hummus-hater and opponent of the First Amendment, guaranteeing Freedom of Speech? Since the Rabbi loathes Arabs, a Semitic people, is he not anti-Semitic himself? Astonishingly, Boteach ends his intemperate ad with: “It’s time we send a clear message that there will be no tolerance for intolerance. Let’s boycott the boycotters and tell Lorde and her fellow bigots that Jew-hatred has no place in the twenty-first century.”
Perhaps the Washington Post and its readers could send a clear message to Shmuley and his psychos: we will not support you and your divisiveness, your prejudice, and your extremism. If the Archdiocese of Washington can’t put a Nativity ad on D.C. buses because it promotes religion, why can’t the Washington Post deny ink for an ad that promotes hatred?