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Point Park president is correct: BDS is anti-Semitic
Point Park University President Paul Hennigan is correct to condemn BDS as anti-Semitic (“Anti-Semitism in all its forms, including BDS, has no place in Point Park,” April 10).

Omar Barghouti, the co-founder of BDS, has said that he supports “euthanasia” for Zionism. A student of history, Barghouti knows full well that the Nazi T4 Euthanasia Program was the foundation of the Final Solution of the Jews as enacted in the Wannsee Protocol in January 1942. Barghouti’s use of the word “euthanasia” leaves no doubt he co-founded BDS to continue the anti-Semitic eliminationist mission formalized by Reinhard Heydrich and Adolf Eichmann at the Wannsee Conference.

Continuing the eliminationist foundation of BDS, California State University political scientist and BDS advocate As’ad Abukalil states: “Justice and freedom for the Palestinians are incompatible with the existence of the state of Israel.”

For Jewish Voice for Peace to criticize Hennigan’s statement is ironic. Cary Nelson, Jubilee Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences and professor of English at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is the author of “Israel Denial,” the most comprehensive study of BDS to date. Professor Nelson writes: “Founded in 1996, JVP established itself as the major Jewish organization aiding and abetting the eliminationist agenda for Israel.”

Notwithstanding the “social justice” verbiage that Hennigan’s op-ed has generated (“Pro-BDS groups protest Point Park president’s Chronicle op-ed” May 15), such verbiage cannot obfuscate the fact that BDS was founded and exists solely to eliminate tiny Israel, the world’s only Jewish country, and its Jewish population. Nothing could be more anti-Semitic … and genocidal.

Richard Sherman
Margate, Florida

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