Anti BDS

It’s all too obvious that BDS doesn’t want peace — but we do

I have traveled to Israel 18 times since first being elected to Congress. As a former president of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly (OSCE PA) and a commissioner of the United States Helsinki Commission, an…

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The Center for Jewish History caved under pressure? Good!

Consider the two following headlines: Caving To Pressure, Jewish Group Cancels Play By Critic Of Israel Two anti-Israel programs canceled at CJH and AJHS The first headline is from the left-leaning Jewish Forward. The second headline is from the right-leaning Arutz Sheva.…

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BDS and DSA: the American Left loses its way

Dissent editorial board member Jo-Ann Mort, a cofounder of the Democratic Socialists of America and former vice-chair (and a long-time board member) of Americans for Peace Now), reflects critically on the recent DSA vote to endorse the Boycott, Divestment and…

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Outside the UN, BDS Is Losing Badly

BDS activists are presumably celebrating the UN Human Rights Council’s decision to warn off companies that do business with Israelis in the West Bank. I’d advise them to enjoy their temporary victory while they can. As several recent events make clear, they’re…

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Anti-boycott laws: Solid despite the wrinkles

In one of the most successful legislative efforts in recent memory, 22 states have passed laws aimed to push back against the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign. To date, 21 states and New York, which enacted an Executive…

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The warped bias of anti-Israel boycotts

The fate of a law is never sealed with its passage. Even the best of laws can fall prey to misinterpretation and skewed enforcement. Such was the case in Dickinson, Texas, where government officials falsely interpreted legislation prohibiting state entities…

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BDS is a dismal failure

In a guest editorial in the Toronto Sun, Stephen Ellis claimed that the anti-Israel boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement was an “anti-racist” campaign that would “gain momentum.” Nothing could be further from the truth. As a self-proclaimed BDS officer in…

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Kairos Palestine and the unholy crusade against Israel

Over the last decade, a number of mainline Protestant Churches, including some with a significant presence in New England, have adopted resolutions harshly critical of Israel. During the summer two more were passed by the United Church of Christ and…

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What has boycotting Israel ever done for the Palestinians?

Boycotting Israel and rejecting any type of normalization is back in the spotlight after the arrest this month of the Lebanese-French film director Ziad Doueiri. Doueiri was detained on his arrival at Beirut airport after the publication of an offensive…

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