Barat also interviewed anti-Israel firebrand Chomsky in 2010 where “Chomsky attacked BDS, stating that singling out Israel alone for boycotts is â€œHypocrisy to high heaven.â€ Chomsky then added that â€œThe very people calling for this [Academic Boycotts] are happy to study in Tel Aviv University.â€ He even equated the boycotts of Israeli universities with â€œpure antisemitism.â€”
Shaviv notes Barat’s role as the coordinator of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine:
In November 2011 the RToP held a session at the Apartheid Museum in Cape Town South Africa, ostensibly to â€œdebateâ€ whether Israel fits the legal definition of an â€œapartheid state.â€ The event organizers hoped that by using the historical apartheid setting, they would be able to publicize the false Israel-Apartheid analogy. The RToP exploitation of the loaded apartheid term galvanized former South African justice Richard Goldstone. Goldstone who headed the infamous UN fact finding mission on the Gaza conflict of 2008-9, publicly denounced the analogy, labeling it as slanderous… In South Africa, the reaction was similar. Objective South African media such as â€œBusiness Dayâ€ editorialized â€œthe comparison with apartheid is a superficial oneâ€¦Israel does not practice apartheid in the sense of having codified discrimination against groups on the basis of their race or ethnicity. Israeli Arabs, a significant 20% of the population, are fully enfranchised, active participants in the institutions of the robust democracyâ€¦â€ … This total rejection of the analogy by one of Israel’s most prominent critica â€“ and an expert on apartheid â€“ as well as by the South African public, exposed those insisting on its applicability as either shamefully ignorant or maliciously focused on delegitimizing Israel.
Barat is amazing. The Israeli Ministry of Hasbarah couldn’t pay someone to fuck up as royally as he has. He remains a popular speaker for some odd reason, having traveled recently to campuses in Canada and the US to speak at Israel Apartheid Week events. He’s now on my watch list – I can’t wait to see what he has in store for us next! He looks so earnest and slack jawed – I’m sure he’s not going to disappoint…