Boycotts, Divestments and Sanctions (BDS)

Why rabbis like me oppose Israel’s ban on BDS activists

In March, the Israeli Knesset passed a law that denies entry to foreigners who support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, or BDS. At the time, the law felt so insidious because it introduced a political litmus test designed to…

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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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A New Guide and Resource Book for Faculty on the BDS Challenge

The Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement has had a cumulative negative effect on academic values and university campus climates In the United States.  The introduction of repeated academic boycott resolutions, the frequent highlighting of discriminatory intentions and opposition to…

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Objections to Israel’s BDS law are overwrought and hypocritical

In July, five leaders of the virulent BDS groups Jewish Voice for Peace and American Muslims for Palestine were barred at Dulles International Airport from boarding a flight to Israel. The move reportedly was the result of an amendment to Israel’s Law…

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The US must do more against European BDS

“BDS was launched as a campaign against Israel in 2005. The basic idea was promoted at the 2001 NGO antiracism conference in Durban, South Africa. Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions, commonly known as BDS, has gained traction in the past decade.…

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