Boycotts, Divestments and Sanctions (BDS)

IHRA definition controversy peaks with national antisemitism strategy and dueling BDS related legislation. ‘Nakba Day’ sees the ‘Squad’ promoting BDS on Capitol Hill as BDS leader impersonates progressive Jew on Twitter.

Introduction May saw the culmination of debate over the IHRA antisemitism definition. Left wing groups demanded its exclusion from the Biden administration’s national antisemitism policy while center and right groups demanded its inclusion. The debate, which has stretched from campuses…

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‘Human rights’ organizations lead charge against IHRA definition as Israeli and pro-Israel speakers are harassed on campus. American university programs in and about Israel are protested as ‘dangerous’ to Palestinian students.

Introduction April saw the BDS movement launch multiple assaults on Israel and its supporters, via ‘human rights’ organizations and the United Nations, students and faculty on campus, and DEI bureaucracies. These many fronts are designed to manufacture a narrative and…

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Barcelona Mayor Ada Colau. Credit: Wikipedia Commons

Barcelona’s mayor sued over Israel boycott

Barcelona’s mayor is being sued over her decision in February to sever the Spanish city’s official relations with Israel, including its twinning agreement with Tel Aviv. The Lawfare Project announced on Tuesday the filing of the lawsuit against the Catalan capital’s leftist…

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‘Apartheid Week’ programs promote Israel hatred as BDS supporters claim they are ‘silenced.’ IHRA definition is adopted as BDS advocates complain it “victimizes Palestinian advocacy.”

Introduction March was characterized by repeated accusations from the BDS movement that it was being ‘silenced.’ These came as campuses were subjected to ‘Israel Apartheid Week’ and an onslaught of anti-Israel programming. The incongruence of these claims point to the…

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Antisemitism in the United States: Antisemitic graffiti on The Rock landmark at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, blaming Jews for the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, September, 2019 (photo credit: ADL)

Hillel leaders give Israel a wakeup call

Last year, I sank an anti-Israel BDS campaign at Princeton. Today, I’m calling attention to our inept Jewish leadership in the face of soaring Jew-hatred. Hardly a day passes by when I am not inundated with harrowing tales of antisemitism rearing its…

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Scottish Government, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Fears of Israel boycotts stalk this SNP election

The 2019 Conservative party manifesto included a pledge to “ban public bodies from imposing their own direct or indirect boycotts, divestment or sanctions campaigns against foreign countries”. Thus far, this commitment has not been honoured in legislation, although it is…

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