A local Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) group in Boston published a map targeting various Jewish communal institutions as having purported “ties to the media and police” as part of the “colonisation of Palestine.”
BDS Boston tweeted on June 3 that their “friends at the Mapping Project” had released an interactive map and articles that “illustrate how local support for the colonization of Palestine is structurally tied to policing, evictions, and privatization locally, and to US imperialist projects worldwide.”
The map draws “lines between the Jewish groups and institutions the project claims they influence.” The Jewish groups “include the local Jewish Community Relations Council and Synagogue Council, the Anti-Defamation League and American Jewish Committee, a Jewish high school, local philanthropies, an arts group and J Street.”
Various members of the US Congress denounced BDS Boston’s endorsement of the map.
“Not only is BDS counterproductive and destructive to Middle East peace, this is an extremely dangerous use of antisemitic tropes that could lead to violence,” Representative Jerry Nadler (D-NY) tweeted. “This group should apologize and take down this reprehensible, grossly antisemitic ‘project’ immediately.”
Representative Ritchie Torres (D-NY) similarly tweeted, “The BDS movement put together ‘a mapping project’ that accuses Jewish and ‘Zionist’ institutions of various evils in American society. Scapegoating is a common symptom of Antisemitism, which at its core is a conspiracy theory. If you think ‘Zionists’ are to blame for the ills of American society, you are as much of a conspiratorial crackpot as Marjorie Taylor Greene, with her sick fantasies about Jewish space lasers.”
Representative Jake Auschloss (D-MA) told JI that the map is “chilling” since it invokes “millennia-old antisemitic tropes about nefarious Jewish wealth, control, conspiracy, media connections and political string-pulling. To name names and keep lists, which has a very sinister history in Judaism, in terms of how we are targeted, is very irresponsible. [The group] needs to take this down and apologize.”
Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Lior Haiat tweeted, “This whole project is reminiscent of a dangerous antisemitic pattern of activity known from antiquity through the horrors of the 20th century: a pattern which has led to violence against Jews and their institutions.” He added in a subsequent tweet that BDS Boston revealed their “true, ugly face” by endorsing the project, calling them “a conspiratorial antisemitic organization.” “We call on all decent people to come out against this publication, and to condemn the organization and those behind this racist campaign,” Haiat wrote.