By: Rabbi Menashe Sasson
Reporting from Jerusalem, Israel
Some say that opposition to the State of Israel, including support for the BDS — Boycott, Divest, Sanctions — movement, is not anti-Semitic. According to this opinion, there is a difference between being “anti-Israel” and being “anti-Semitic.” This opinion is held both by some non-Jews and by some Jews.
According to the web site bdsmovement.net, “Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) is a Palestinian-led movement. . . .” The BDS movement claims that it seeks to apply “nonviolent pressure” on Israel — through boycotts of Israeli businesses, divestment of investments in Israeli’s economy, and the imposition by other governments of sanctions against the State of Israel — all in order to achieve its objectives.
On Friday, August 23, 2019, Rina Shnerb, 17, sustained fatal injuries from an improvised explosive device (IED) that was thrown at Rina; her father Rabbi Eitan Shnerb, 46; and her brother Divir, 19; by Muslim terrorists. The attack occurred while the victims were hiking near Danny’s Spring, also known as Ein Bubin Spring, which is located in a remote area outside of Dolev, in the Binyamin region, about 60 kilometers (37 miles) on a circuitous route north of Jerusalem, Israel.
Rina’s father and brother, who sustained non-fatal injuries, were treated by paramedics, one of whom is related to the Shnerb family, before they were airlifted by helicopter to a hospital.
The Shnerb family is Jewish.
Danny’s Spring, is named after Danny Gonen, 25, who, on June 19, 2015, was murdered in an attack by a Muslim terrorist who shot both Danny and a second victim, who survived.
On August 25, 2019, Israeli press reported that the Muslim terrorist organization Hamas has been working — for over a year — to bring explosives engineers to Judea and Samaria.
On September 28, 2019, Israeli news sources also reported that the following three alleged Muslim terrorists, all of whom are alleged members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), had been arrested for the bombing that resulted in the murder of Rina Shnerb and injuries to Rina’s father and brother.
1. Samar Mina Salim Arabid, 44, an alleged senior PFLP member. Arabid allegedly prepared and activated the explosives that killed Rina and injured her father and brother. It was also reported that Arabid has several prior arrests for his involvement in terror attacks.
2. Qassam Aa Karim Ragah Shabli, 25, an alleged PFLP member. Shabli is alleged to have prepared the explosives and created the bomb that killed Rina. It was also reported that Arabid has several prior arrests for his involvement in terror attacks.
3. Yazin Hassin Hasani Majmas, 25, an alleged PFLP member. Majmas reportedly participated in the planning and execution of the bombing that killed Rina and injured her father and brother. He is also reported to have been arrested in the past for committing “lone-wolf” acts of terrorism.
The Israeli Security Agency said that the trio, led by Arabid, planned to carry out additional terror attacks, including shooting attacks and a kidnaping. It was reported that, during their interrogation of those arrested, the existence and location of another explosive device was disclosed. This device was located and detonated by Israeli security forces.
On October 2, 2019, the Israel Ministry of Strategic Affairs confirmed an Israeli new report that Sammer Arabid, worked for the Palestinian Authority BDS organization Al-Dameer, which supports and promotes boycotts against the State of Israel, until mid-2017 and that Arabid’s wife Nora has served as the organization’s treasurer for the past two years.
In February 2019, the Israel Ministry of Strategic Affairs released a report (in English) that revealed more than 100 links between terrorist organizations and BDS. One of the terrorist organizations listed in the report is Al-Dameer.
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Menashe Sasson is a Sephardic rabbi and American lawyer who resides in Jerusalem, Israel. Rabbi Sasson received his rabbinical ordination from Rabbi Haim Ovadia, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivat Torah VeAhava. Rabbi Ovadia, who was born and raised in Jerusalem, was ordained by Mordechai Eliyhau, Chief Rabbi of Israel (1983 – 1993), and is a descendent of the renowned kabbalist Hakham Yehuda Fetaya Z”L.