Given the disasters BDSers have had over the last few years in schools, municipalities and churches, one would think the limited success they’ve had infiltrating international unions might give them a starting point to rebuild their “movement” which has otherwise been only going backwards over the last several years.
Apparently, the Dissident Voice petition asking AFL-CIO leader Richard Trumka to abandon 60+ years of uninterrupted devotion to Israel (after a drearily long stream of “We Hate Israel” boilderplate) included the name of African-American trade unionist Crayola Brown. “What a catch!” (they must have thought), except for the one little detail that Brown never heard of the petition, certainly never signed it, and had this to say to those who still feature her name on their work:
“It is with disgust and dismay that I find my name listed as a signer of “Boycott Apartheid Israel: Open Letter from US Trade Unionists.” I demand that my name be removed immediately!
Prior to seeing the letter on the Palestine Chronicle website, I had never seen such a letter or engaged in discussions about its content. I find it disrespectful that someone would attach my name to a document and circulate such a document without contact with me, or consent from me.
Please make every effort to convey my demand to and any other publications that you have used or are likely to use your letter with.”
Honestly (if I can use that word in a sentence that also contains “BDS”), why do these kinds of forgeries, frauds and hoaxes seem so prominent among divestment advocates these last few years? While I had originally thought that the movement’s continuing failures had caused them to jump from exaggeration to outright lying, I’m beginning to think that they just don’t care whether what they are presenting the world has any resemblance to the truth.
Anyway, I’ve just started a petition on behalf of the South African labor movement which asks the people of Syria to give President-for-Life Assad a wedgie. And, believe it or not, my first signatures include Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu and Donnie and Marie Osmond! Better tighten the old belt Bashir!