“Their goal is to intimidate and bully people into silence” says Palestinian activist Nadia Abu-Shanab

LEFT: Jewish BDS activist Justine Sachs RIGHT: Palestinian BDS activist Nadia Abu-Shanab

I listened to a RadioNZ interview with two New Zealand based BDS immigrant activists and my jaw dropped when Palestinian activist Nadia Abu-Shanab said that the three Israeli teenagers suing her and Justine Sachs had a goal “to intimidate and bully people into silence.”

Intimidating and bullying people is the modus operandi of the Boycott Divest and Sanction movement. Not only do they want to stop people exercising their freedom of speech to support Israel they act to stop them spending their money on Israeli products and to stop people doing business, taking part in sport or doing concerts with Israelis or for Israelis. The BDS are one of the biggest bully groups around and they use their money and influence to hurt Israel and Israelis, Arabs and Jews alike.

[…] according to Sachs, Lorde’s decision has more than just personal significance and should be seen as a major milestone for the BDS movement.


Why shouldn’t the Israelis fight back against some of the individual members of this huge organisation that has been mobilised against them? In Justine Sach’s own words they achieved a “major milestone for the BDS movement” when they convinced Lorde to pull out of her concert in Israel.

Freedom of speech goes both ways and even if this is just a political stunt then how is it any different to the political stunts pulled against Israel by BDS activists like Justine and Nadia?

Justine Sachs during the interview claimed to value freedom of speech. Her tweeting history, however, reveals that when it comes to free speech it is a freedom that she only defends now that the shoe is on the other foot.


Justine is quite comfortable with the idea of legislating against people’s right to support Israel yet she squeals that her freedom of speech is being attacked when some Israeli teens fight back. I bet that they are sick to death of ignorant activists from another country preventing people who want to visit Israel from visiting Israel.

Lorde was quite happy to go to Israel before BDS activists Justine and Nadia intervened. She would still be going if they hadn’t put pressure on her and told her lies about Israel like saying that they practice apartheid there.


Both Justine and Nadia are furiously backpedaling now regarding the influence they had on Lorde. At the time they happily took all the credit but now they are claiming they were only two of many. Considering that they claim that they are refusing to take the lawsuit seriously it is strange that they are so keen to distance themselves from any personal responsibility.

Maybe it isn’t a stunt lawsuit after all.

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