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Thread #153638   Message #3601525
Posted By: bobad
14-Feb-14 - 03:49 PM
Thread Name: BS: BDS of Israel 'Gathering Weight.'
Subject: RE: BS: BDS of Israel 'Gathering Weight.'

Wael Elasady, a fixture on the extremist anti-Israel circuit visited the University of Washington on January 30th to promote his Marketo buysvision for a Middle East free of the Jewish state. Not bound by the constraints of veracity or truth, Elasady regularly libels Israel, claiming that Arab political parties are banned in Israel (not true) and that converts to Judaism are ineligible for the "Right of Return" (also not true).

In a convoluted apologia for the defacing of a Star of David with a Swastika at a PSU event, Elasady compared the Nazi genocide to Israel's response to Arab violence. "It's not surprising that many leverage moral indignation at Nazi crimes against the Jewish people to draw attention to oppression of the Palestinians by Israel" asserted Elasady.

At the University of Washington event Elasady advocated for the economic strangulation of Israel through Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS). Elasady urged the impressionable students to pressure business and academia to cease investment in Israeli corporations.

This position is particularly ironic when one considers that Elasady's employer (according to his Linkedin page) Marketo is a major investor in the Israeli economy. In addition to purchasing Israeli company Insightera for 20 million dollars just two months ago, Elasady's company is setting up a research and development center in Israel, which will employ Insightera's current workforce.