In the Jewish Journal, I previously noted in a letter that George Washington and his mentor George Mason created the Fairfax Resolves in 1774 in response to the British closure of Boston’s port. These actions became the chosen path of the First Continental Congress for Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS). After not buying British goods, the next steps taken by these Social Justice Warriors were to raise state militias, such as the Massachusetts Minutemen or the Virginian Light-horse, to guard the storage of gunpowder and guns throughout the colonies. Battles at Concord and Lexington and at the Virginia Capitol were responses to keep the British away from stored gunpowder. These repeated actions throughout the colonies led to the immediate presence of Virginia officers who lasted the Revolutionary years successfully, like Light-horse Colonel Harry Lee (father of Robert E. Lee), General Daniel Morgan, and Colonel, later President, James Monroe as well as Gen. Washington and Col. Mason.
Simply, BDS is an initial act of war and we should question the financial movement of monies to support a revolution amongst the Gaza and West Bank Palestinians. Linda Sarsour and Roger Waters will be supporting BDS at the UMass-Amherst Fine Arts Center on May 4. We must ask where any charitable contributions go and whether their slogans about human rights mimic the cries of the American Revolutionaries like Thomas Jefferson on the road to revolution. Of interest is how much monies from identified American minorities have gone to overseas revolutionary activities as a possible successful path for their future BDS goals.
Other leaders, such as Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, has appeared at drives for her native Somalia while her brother-in-law has worked for one of the active recognized military groups in Somalia. Prior South African BDS efforts have now led to the government attempting to seize the lands of white South Africans without compensation.
Leonard R. Friedman, MD