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BDS or Coronavirus? Israel Leads Way for Vaccine

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An Israeli scientist works at a laboratory at the MIGAL Research Institute in Kiryat Shmona in the upper Galilee in northern Israel on March 1, 2020 where efforts are underway to produce a vaccine against the COVID-19 coronavirus adapted from another for infectious bronchitis virus. (Photo: JALAA MAREY/AFP/ Getty Images)
An Israeli scientist works at a laboratory at the MIGAL Research Institute in Kiryat Shmona in the upper Galilee in northern Israel on March 1, 2020 where efforts are underway to produce a vaccine against the COVID-19 coronavirus adapted from another for infectious bronchitis virus. (Photo: JALAA MAREY/AFP/ Getty Images)

As Israel leads the way in developing a coronavirus vaccine, the question is: Will the anti-Semitic Boycott, Divest, and Sanction (BDS) movement supporters turn their backs on the vaccine if it is developed in Israel?

It’s a question that looms in the air as presidential candidate Bernie Sanders tweeted that any coronavirus vaccine should be free.

While Sanders does not claim to support the BDS movement, many of his surrogates and Muslim supporters do — including Congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib (who was recently photographed wearing a T-shirt that wipes Israel off the map) and Linda Sarour.

Presumably Sanders’ newly appointed campaign adviser Philliip Agnew supports BDS as well, since he is on record as denouncing Zionism as “racist” and rejected former President Obama’s comments justifying the Jewish nation.

Shockingly, House Democrats blocked a bill proposed last week that would have prohibited U.S. support for the BDS movement, including prohibiting U.S. support for foreign boycotts of Israel from groups including the European Union and the U.N. Human Rights Council.

(The bill did not interfere with a person’s First Amendment rights to free speech as it explicitly stated it did not prohibit “a person’s noncommercial speech or other noncommercial expressive activity.”)

The BDS movement against Israel aims to strangle the Jewish state economically while at the same time calls for the flooding of Palestinians into Israel to destroy the Jewish character of the state.

According to the definition of anti-Semitism by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, which has been officially adopted by the U.S. (and 31 other nations), the BDS movement has been deemed at its core anti-Semitic.

This is fundamentally because the movement “[applies] double standards by requiring of [Israel] a behavior not expected or demanded of by any other democratic nation.”

For example, there are at least 100 land disputes across the globe that are not subject to “BDS” movements.

So, with global and U.S. markets crashing and the entirety of Italy on lockdown, what will the anti-Semites say if Israel successfully develops a vaccine against coronavirus?

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