Boycotts, Divestments and Sanctions (BDS)

German City Bans Four Palestinian NGOs from Event Due to Antisemitic BDS

City of Bonn, western Germany. (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons) The city of Bonn, the former capital of the Federal Republic of Germany, banned four Palestinian organizations from participating in its late September cultural festival, because they support the antisemitic Boycott,…

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BDS Campaign Targeting Toronto Businesses Backfires

Gabriel Bolotin shows off some of the Israeli products he sells at the Taste of Israel grocery store in Thornhill, Ont. It’s a safe bet to say that Firas al-Najim’s boycott efforts didn’t go the way he hoped they would.…

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Why BDS Fails My 3D Test on anti-Semitism

The global resurgence of anti-Semitism that we are experiencing today began almost 20 year ago, mainly in Europe. At the time, I was serving as Israel’s Minister for Diaspora Affairs and was grappling with the question of how to distinguish…

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Who’s Afraid of the Big, Bad, BDS Movement?

To the extent that Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement supporters can claim their effort to isolate Israel is a success, they note how it has integrated itself within in academic circles. In her 2018 book, Boycott, for example, Susaina…

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The Tlaib-Omar Show Was a BDS Masterstroke

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: The recent farce surrounding the non-visit of US Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar to Israel highlighted the pernicious self-delusion and zero-sum exclusion of the BDS worldview, which polarizes American politics regarding Israel. It is a great and quintessentially Israeli…

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Europe Poised to Put Warning Labels on Jewish-Made Products

The European Union is poised to mandate that Israeli products made in contested territories carry consumer warning labels, a decision that could trigger American anti-boycott laws and open up what legal experts describe as a “Pandora’s box” of litigation, according…

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