Defending the indefensible tends to take people to hysterical ends (not “haha” hysterical, but actual hysteria). That was certainly the case with Senator Marco Rubio, when he spoke at the Anti-Defamation League conference about the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement targeting Israeli human rights violations. It’s hard to make reasoned arguments against a non-violent boycott campaign to resist a glaring injustice, so Rubio resorted to claiming BDS was a “disturbing echo of Germany's anti-Jewish boycotts of the 1930s”. This is just so beyond the pale that we won’t even attempt to inject humor on this one. But we do have a message for Senator Rubio: Smearing human rights advocates as Nazi-like bigots is pretty reprehensible, and particularly so in the current climate. It is also patently false and disturbingly dangerous in our humble opinion to equate the very real problem of rising anti-Semitism with the legitimate criticism of Israel as Rubio did in his attack on BDSand as the ADL seems increasingly comfortable doing. 

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