Omar Barghouti, co-founder and leader of the anti-Israel BDS (Boycott Divestment Sanctions) movement, who believes “Israel has no right to exist,” said in a video on Facebook that if Israel discovers a cure for the Chinese coronavirus (COVID-19), then cooperation with the Jewish state would be acceptable.
Omar Barghouti founded the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS)movement in July 2005 after becoming a founding committee member of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) in 2004 (PACBI joined the BDS campaign in 2005).
Barghouti has expressed support for terrorism, promoted anti-Semitic conspiracy theories and regularly demonizes Israel. He opposes the Jewish right to self-determination and Israel’s existence, openly calling for its destruction as a Jewish state.
United with Israel “If Israel finds a cure for cancer or for a virus, then there is no problem to cooperate with it,” said Barghouti.
The BDS leader also said that if Israel were to find a cure for cancer, for example, then there would be no problem to work with Israel to save millions of lives.
“But I believe that we are not yet in the stage that we need Israel in an urgent way, and it isn’t like anyone else can save us but Israel. If that was indeed the case, then saving lives is more important than anything else,” he said.
“Under the excuse of fighting the coronavirus, we must not have a ‘honeymoon’ with Israel,” he continued, adding that it is acceptable to get medical equipment from the Jewish state since cooperation in this way “is not considered as normalization.”
However, Barghouti criticized the Palestinian Authority for not “stopping security cooperation with Israel.”
While experts say that there has been a “significant and positive shift” in cooperation between Israel and the Palestinians due to COVID-19, much uncertainty remains regarding what will happen if the situation in the P.A. and Gaza deteriorates.