Anyone know who BDS Clip-Art Guys Is?

You’ve all seen him: on Wikipedia, on blogs, and at the top of almost every mainstream news story that needs an image about the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions “movement” (i.e., BDS).

In our lazy journalistic age when an illustration to your story is just a right click away, I’ve always wondered why this guy seems to have become Mr. Clip Art when it comes to BDS.

The one clue to his identity (or at least affiliation) is the name “FAMSY” which appears on the sign behind Mr. BDS’s Israeli flag one (the sign that beings “Gaza Children” and seems to end with “What have you done?” – presumably something terrible that must be laid at the feet of Israel alone).

FAMSY stands for the Federation of Australian Muslim Students and Youth (their web site seems to be under construction, although their Facebook page is available).  As far as I can tell, this is a national youth group in Australia for Muslim youngsters whose agenda seems to cover more than holding signs about Israel bombing babies.

It’s not clear whether the fellow up front, who looks a bit old to be either a student or a youth, is a member of FAMSY, or just happens to be standing next to one at one of the many anti-Israel rallies that break out around the world (including in Australia) the moment Israel decides to shoot back.

Anyway, if there are some Aussie readers out there who can help me solve this mystery, I would deeply appreciate it.  If not, the image above seems ripe for meme-ifying if anyone out there has some Photoshop (or even Microsoft paint) skills and a sense of humor.

3 Responses to Anyone know who BDS Clip-Art Guys Is?

  1. Michael Harris April 5, 2017 at 4:50 pm #

    The reason that this guy is featured on EVERY SINGLE blog post, web page and book (including mine!) is that this is the only good photo of a BDS sign that is on Wikimedia Commons with permission for unlimited use. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Israel_-_Boycott,_divest,_sanction.jpg

    It is indeed from Australia: June 2010, Melbourne.

  2. Brian Goldfarb April 16, 2017 at 4:57 pm #

    I have no idea who he is, mainly because I’m in the Uk, not 0z (and yes, he is the goto rent-a-mob BDS image, isn’t he.

    You might try http://daphneanson.blogspot.com.au, a pro-Israel blog run by Daphne Anson, who might be able to identify him for you. If she can, then at least we can all start accusing the lazy journos of being just that, lazy, and urging them to get their own images.

    Or perhaps we should urge them all to use the same one: it will make the BDS movement look a lot smaller: always the same guy, wherever in the world the demo took place!

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