Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS)

The movement to Boycott, Divest from, and Sanction (BDS) the Jewish state is anti-Semitic, plain and simple. Having failed to destroy Israel by traditional methods of war and terrorism, Israel’s enemies devised a new plan. They would target Israel’s economy with boycotts, divestment, and sanctions.

This movement is especially active on college campuses, where young people are presented with a false narrative by individuals appropriating the lexicon of the civil rights and social justice movements. The BDS movement’s vicious lies have has spread throughout academia, infected the United Nations, and even found adherents within Congress. The old anti-Semitism of blatant hatred of Jews has been repackaged as anti-Zionism and hatred of Israel.

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France: PayPal Shuts Down Account of Pro-BDS Group with Terrorist Links

The US PayPal online payments giant shut down the account of a French Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement group with terrorist links following a Jerusalem Post inquiry, the newspaper announced Wednesday.
According to the Post, the account of Collectif Palestine Vaincra was suspended over its self-proclaimed links with the Popular Front…

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BDS Co-Founder Says Goal of Movement is End of Israel

While Israel’s supporters claim that the BDS movement is aimed at the Jewish state and is a form of new anti-Semitism, its supporters in Western countries say it’s merely a tool to change Israeli policies.

However, in a newly recorded interview on May 21 with the Gazan Voice Podcast, co-founder of the BDS movement Omar Barghouti explains that…

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Oklahoma Becomes 30th State to Enact Anti-BDS Law

Oklahoma has become the 30th state to enact a measure to combat the anti-Israel BDS movement.

The Oklahoma House passed the bill, 75-20, back in March.

Gov. Kevin Stitt, a Republican, signed it into law on May 22.

It declares that Israel is one of Oklahoma’s largest trading partner and is a staunch U.S. ally and it prohibits the state…

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George Washington University Stands by Interim Dean Who Backs BDS

George Washington University is standing by an interim dean at its foreign policy school who has come under fire for past actions supporting the boycott Israel movement.

A campus group, GW for Israel, launched a petition this week calling for the university to reconsider its recent naming of Ilana Feldman as the interim dean of the Elliott School…

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US: Missouri Lawmakers Approve Anti-BDS Bill

Lawmakers in Missouri passed a bill on Thursday to ban the state from doing business with companies who boycott Israel, The Associated Press reports.
Missouri’s “Anti-Discrimination Against Israel Act” will require companies to sign a contract vowing not to boycott Israel in order to business with Missouri. It wouldn’t apply to contracts worth…

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GWU International Affairs School Names BDS Supporter as Interim Dean

A faculty member at George Washington University in Washington, DC, with an anti-Israel history has been named interim dean of the university’s Elliott School of International Affairs.

Ilana Feldman, vice dean of the Elliott School and professor of anthropology, history and international affairs, will serve as the school’s interim dean while a…

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US Appeals Court Dismisses Lawsuit Challenging Texas Anti-BDS Law

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Monday dismissed a lawsuit challenging Texas’s anti-BDS law, ruling that the lawsuit is moot because the legislation was modified.

The anti-BDS law was narrowed in May 2019 as Gov. Greg Abbott signed an updated version of the 2017 law, exempting individuals and smaller companies, specifically…

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Jewish Organizations Praise Tufts University’s President for Condemning Award for Students for Justice in Palestine

The Tufts University Hillel and major Jewish groups praised the university’s president and other top administration officials for condemning the decision to give an award to the campus branch of Students for Justice in Palestine due to its participation in a campaign many view as antisemitic.

The Tufts SJP won the Collaboration Award for its work…

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German Politician Urges Festival to Disinvite BDS Academic

BERLIN — The Free Democratic Party (FDP) politician in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Lorenz Deutsch, urged the director of the music and cultural festival Ruhrtriennale to pull the plug on an appearance from an academic supporter of the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement targeting Israel who has also trivialized the…

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BDS Founder: If Israel Develops Coronavirus Vaccine You Can Take It

If Israel finds a vaccine for coronavirus, boycotters can still take it, Omar Barghouti, founder of the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement said on Sunday.

Barghouti made the remarks in a live video on the BDS Arabic Facebook page as part of a webinar on “BDS and Anti-normalization: The most important strategies to fight…

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Ex-SJP Leader at NYU Responds to Israel’s First Coronavirus Death With Nasty Tweet

The former president of the New York University chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine responded to Israel’s first coronavirus fatality with a nasty tweet, expressing indifference and contempt, and she was not alone.
Aryeh Even, an 88-year-old Holocaust survivor, passed away on Friday, becoming the first Israeli to die of the disease.
When…

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New report details history and scope of active BDS movement

A new comprehensive report about the history and current state of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement – more commonly referred to as BDS – was released on Monday by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

The 44-page monograph, “War By Other Means: A History of Anti-Israel Boycotts, From the Arab League to BDS,” by FDD research…

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Support of Israel reaffirmed, anti-Semitism condemned, executive order against BDS campaign

Governor Kristi Noem, on Jan. 14, signed an executive order that joins South Dakota with 27 other states in condemning anti-Semitism and standing against the Boycotts, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel. The executive order directs state entities not to contract with businesses supporting the BDS campaign.

“Today, we reaffirm…

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House bill introduced to penalize international entities for engaging in BDS

(January 15, 2020 / JNS) A bill introduced on Tuesday in the U.S. House of Representatives would penalize international organizations that boycott Israel.

Introduced by Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.), the Israel Anti-Boycott Act would expand the 1979 Export Administration Act “to prohibit boycotts or requests for boycotts imposed by international…

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South Dakota governor signs executive order banning boycotts of Israel

(January 14, 2020 / JNS) South Dakota became the 28th state to enact a measure to combat boycotts of Israel as Republican Gov. Kristi Noem signed an executive order on Tuesday prohibiting state offices from doing business with companies that boycott Israel.

“Israel is one of our nation’s closest allies, and their success is critical to American…

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Court upholds anti-BDS law in state of Arizona

(January 6, 2020 / JNS) The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Arizona’s anti-BDS law on Monday, vacating the preliminary injunction against the 2016 measure, which underwent changes in early 2019, making the plaintiff’s suit moot.

The original law was blocked by a federal court in September 2018, citing a possible violation of the First…

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New report exposes how BDS movement uses veil of social justice to spread Jew-hatred

(December 16, 2019 / JNS) With anti-Semitism on the rise in the United States and across the world, a new report has just been released that seeks to highlight how the delegitimization campaign against Israel is fueling such incidents.

“The New Anti-Semites: The Radicalization Mechanism of the BDS Movement and the Delegimitization Campaign…

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Boris Johnson’s government will pass anti-BDS law, UK official says

(December 16, 2019 / JNS) Boris Johnson’s new Conservative government aims to pass a law making it illegal for public bodies to take part in the anti-Israel Boycott, Divest and Sanctions (BDS) movement, a senior U.K. official said on Sunday.

Speaking at the International Institute for Strategic Dialogue conference in Jerusalem, U.K. Special Envoy…