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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BDS activists in Spain attack Israeli delegation of Arabs and Jews

A joint delegation comprised of Arab and Jewish residents of the West Bank, including the head of the Samaria Regional Council, Yossi Dagan, was attacked by members of the anti-Israel Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment Movement in Madrid on Tuesday.

The delegation arrived in Madrid to meet with members of the Spanish parliament and discuss the…

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Austrian parliament sets stage for overwhelming condemnation of BDS

The Austrian parliament is expected to unanimously pass a resolution against “Israel-related anti-Semitism” that calls on the government to condemn the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

On Wednesday, all five parties represented in Austria’s National Council — including the Greens and the far-right Freedom Party — agreed to…

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Israel’s government allocates NIS 2 million to organizations combating BDS movement

(November 6, 2019 / JNS) Israel’s Ministry for Strategic Affairs announced on Wednesday that it will allocate NIS 2 million (about $575,000) to fund advocacy organizations active in the fight against BDS.

The funds will be used to produce and promote viral videos on social media to help increase familiarity with the Jewish state, expose BDS…

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Israel battles BDS with viral videos

The Ministry of Strategic Affairs announced on Wednesday that it will allocate NIS 2 million (roughly USD $273,000) to produce and promote viral videos across social media in an effort to fight against Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement; a Palestinian-led campaign promoting various forms of boycott against Israel.

The funds will be…

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Czech lawmakers pass resolution condemning BDS movement

The lower house of the Czech parliament on Tuesday passed a resolution condemning all forms of anti-Semitism as well as calls for boycotts of Israel.

The non-binding resolution, which passed the Chamber of Deputies with an overwhelming majority, strongly condemns “all manifestations of anti-Semitism directed against individuals, religious…

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Australian Parliament MPS pledge to classify BDS as antisemitic

Leading Austrian lawmakers have vowed they will declare the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign targeting Israel as antisemitic during the next legislative session.

“We hope that words will be followed by deeds and that… there will soon be a parliamentary resolution,” wrote the organization Jewish-Austrian Students, which hosted the…

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Israel, US urge EU lawmakers to break ties with BDS orgs

(September 26, 2019 / JNS) Israeli and U.S. officials warned in a meeting with European lawmakers on Wednesday of a rise in hate crimes against Jews in Western Europe, and urged the European Union to cut funding to organizations supporting the international boycott of Israel, providing a report detailing the ties between the BDS movement and…

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British Labour Party adopts anti-Israel policies, including first formal one on BDS

(September 24, 2019 / JNS) The British Labour Party voted in on Tuesday several anti-Israel policies, including what is believed to be its first formal policy regarding BDS.

During the Labour Party conference in Brighton, delegates voted to support a boycott of Israeli settlement goods and called for the rejection of trade agreements with Israel….

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American diplomats press lawmakers in Germany, Ireland to oppose BDS

(September 16, 2019 / JNS) U.S. diplomats pressed lawmakers and officials in Ireland and Germany to oppose the anti-Israel BDS movement, according to a U.S. State Department report delivered last week to Congress.

In Ireland, the diplomats interacted with top government officials and party leaders to “strongly urging them to drop their support”…

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LA synagogue vandalized with ‘Free Palestine’ graffiti on 9/11 anniversary

(September 12, 2019 / JNS) A synagogue in the Fairfax District of Los Angeles was spray-painted with anti-Semitic graffiti on early Wednesday, which marked the 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks.

Rabbi Yonah Bookstein of the Babe Sale Congregation posted on Twitter an image of the graffiti, which read “FREE PALESTINE.” He wrote…

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University of Toronto student group hosts alleged former member of the PFLP

(September 11, 2019 / JNS) A University of Toronto student group hosted an alleged former member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), Issam Al-Yamani, on Tuesday.

Hosted by the school’s Students Against Israeli Apartheid UofT student group and sponsored by Independent Jewish Voices-UofT, Al-Yamani spoke at a building…

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Gov. Bevin signs bill that would block the BDS movement

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Gov. Matt Bevin signed Senate Bill 143, a law which will allow the Commonwealth to refuse to do business with companies that boycott other countries with which Kentucky has open trade, into law Tuesday.

The bill was supported by local Jewish leaders who say it will prevent openly antisemitic businesses from operating in…

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CA State Board of Education Says Proposed Ethnic Studies Curriculum Will ‘Be Substantially Redesigned’

 

The California State Board of Education (SBE) announced on Aug. 12 that the proposed anti-Israel Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum (ESMC) will be replaced with an entirely new draft.

SBE President Linda Darling-Hammond, Vice President Ilene Straus and Board Member Feliza Ortiz-Licon said in the statement, “The current draft model curriculum…

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House passes resolution condemning global boycott targeting Israel

The House on Tuesday overwhelmingly passed a measure condemning efforts to boycott and economically isolate Israel over its policies toward Palestinians, an explosive global issue that exposed fissures inside the Democratic ranks.

The 398-to-17 vote comes after months of turmoil centering on Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.),…

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Christians who stand with Israel combat BDS

Among Christians who stand with Israel, none comes so close to being monolithic in their support than evangelicals. A 2017 poll by Lifeway Research revealed that 67 percent of evangelical Christians have a positive perception of the Jewish state.

That is a lot of people. According to France’s Sébastien Fath, there are about 630 million…

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Israel shutters 30 BDS fundraising accounts by revealing alleged terror ties

Israel has quietly waged a two-year financial campaign against organizations promoting a boycott of the Jewish state by revealing their connections to terror operatives, leading to the closures of dozens of fundraising accounts, the Ministry of Strategic Affairs said Monday.

The campaign targeted fundraising accounts for groups promoting the…

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Disturbed’s singer David Draiman slams Roger Waters and ‘his Nazi comrades’ for boycotting Israel

(JTA) — David Draiman, the Jewish singer of the chart-topping hard rock band Disturbed, called Roger Waters “ridiculous” for promoting a cultural boycott of Israel.

Disturbed, which has sold millions of albums, is set to play in Israel for the first time on July 2.

“Boycotting an entire society, an entire people, based on the actions of its…

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Northwestern denounces BDS ahead of incoming professor who bashed Israel

(May 30, 2019 / JNS) Northwestern University denounced anti-Israel remarks made at a New York University graduation speech by incoming journalism professor Steven Thrasher, though the Illinois-based school said that he will keep his newly created position, focused on “social justice in reporting, with an emphasis on issues related to the LGBTQ…