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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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…

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NYU speaker praises campus groups that support BDS

(JTA) — A speaker at a New York University doctorate convocation ceremony praised campus organizations that support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel and called Israel an apartheid state.

Stephen William Thrasher received his doctorate in American studies from the university’s Department of Social and Cultural…

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Federal judge blocks enforcement of anti-BDS law in Texas

AUSTIN, Texas — A federal judge has blocked enforcement of a Texas law that requires contractors to certify that they don’t support a boycott of Israel.

In a 56-page opinion filed Thursday, US District Judge Robert Pitman of Austin said boycotts are protected free speech, declaring the law fails to serve a compelling state interest.

The American…

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BDS promoter sentenced to 6 months in prison for racist rant on flight

(JTA) – A British activist promoting boycotts against Israel was sentenced to six months in jail for her drunken racist tirade on an Air India flight.

Simone O’Broin was filmed on the flight last November threatening to organize a boycott against Air India unless flight attendants served her more wine on the flight, that ended with her arrest.

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Texas blacklists Airbnb over West Bank settlement boycott

The state of Texas has blacklisted the global vacation rental company Airbnb over its boycott of West Bank settlements.

“We welcome this decision very much and we hope that it will be emulated by other states and other countries in the world,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon said on Saturday night.

On Friday, the Texas Comptroller of…

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New York City mayor calls BDS ‘unacceptable’ at anti-Semitic rally

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio stressed on Thursday the importance of combatting anti-Semitism and slammed the Israel Boycot, Divestments, and Sanctions (BDS) movement as an “unacceptable” affront to Israel’s right to exist.

“Maybe some people don’t realize it, but when they support the BDS movement, they are affronting the right of Israel to…

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Israel warns Ireland against criminalizing products from beyond ’67 lines

The passage of Irish legislation criminalizing selling goods and services originating beyond the 1967 lines will “have serious ramifications for Israel-Ireland relations and Ireland’s status in the region,” The Foreign Ministry warned Ireland’s ambassador Alison Kelly on Friday.

The Ministry said that Kelly was called in to its offices in…

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Report: BDS blacklist under review by UN body will harm Palestinians

The lives of ordinary Palestinians will be severely harmed if the UN Human Rights Council blacklists companies that do business in the West Bank, a report from NGO Monitor revealed on Thursday.

A major source of the list of companies the UNHRC may publicize soon, says the report, was Who Profits, a project of the Coalition of Women for Peace, a…

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Trudeau blasts BDS movement as anti-Semitic

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau blasted the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement as anti-Semitic and contrary to “Canadian values,” and accused it of intimidating Jewish students on university campuses.

During a town hall meeting Tuesday at Brock University in St. Catherines, 75 miles southwest of Toronto, one questioner…

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Policy On Jewish-Owned Properties In West Bank Will Hurt Airbnb

Airbnb’s decision to de-list Jewish owned properties in the West Bank is anti-Semitic and will have a dramatic, negative effect on the company’s mid-2019 Initial Public Offering (IPO).

In a lengthy statement announcing its new policy, Airbnb attempted to claim a thoughtful and nuanced moral high ground. They justified their decision by noting the…

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University of Michigan professor refuses to write letter for student to study abroad in Israel

A University of Michigan professor refused to write a recommendation letter for a student to study abroad in Israel, claiming it was part of an “academic boycott” of the country.

John Cheney-Lippold, an associate professor in the American culture department, rejected student Abigail Ingber’s request in an email, a screenshot of which was posted…

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Will a Shrinking Protestant Church Obsess Against Israel, Again?

According to many observers, the Presbyterian Church (USA) — PCUSA — is a dying denomination. In 1993, the church reportedly had 3.1 million members — but by 2016, it had less than 1.5 million.

You’d think that with the church experiencing this degree of decline, its leaders would be wary of taking any actions that could further damage the…

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Disabled Christian Arab IDF veteran now combats BDS

A Christian Arab from Nazareth joined the IDF of his own volition and served in the elite Golani Brigade. During his service, he was wounded in the Second Lebanon War and upon his discharge found another way to serve his country: combating the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign and improving ties between Israeli-Arabs and the state.

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South African Zulu King Invokes Fight Against AIDS, Drought, in Plea to ANC Government to Retain Close Israel Ties

The king of South Africa’s Zulu nation has urged the country’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) to retain close ties with Israel, following last month’s vote by the ANC at its national conference to downgrade the South African Embassy in Tel Aviv to a “liaison office.”

King Goodwill Zwelithinii — the constitutionally-recognized monarch of…

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Wisconsin Is the Latest State to Introduce Anti-BDS Legislation

Last week, two Republican state lawmakers in Wisconsin introduced legislation to prohibit businesses from engaging in boycotts of Israel as a condition of any state contract.

In recent years, more than 20 US states have passed legislation condemning BDS or prohibiting their governments from doing business with entities that boycott Israel….

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New Jersey fails to enforce anti-BDS law with Danish bank

The State of New Jersey has come under fire for allegedly not punishing a giant Danish bank that engages in anti-Israel economic activity.

Danske Bank, the largest bank in the Scandinavian country, is blacklisted by New York State for violating its anti-BDS law shielding Israel from economic warfare. An intense row over whether Danske – a…

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The Disturbing Plight of France’s Jews