BDS movement

The BDS movement established an international campaign to exert pressure on Israel through economic, academic and cultural approaches. The BDS Israel movement calls for "various forms of boycott of Israel until it fulfills its obligations under international law." The movement was initiated at the United Nations Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa in 2001.

Berlin cancels Palestinian terror concert

The Palestinian rappers, Shadi Al-Bourini and Qassem Al-Najjar, have sung for military action against Tel Aviv and urged the destruction of Israel.

The BDS movement seeks to destroy Israel’s image in the eyes of the world.’
German city rescinds literary prize to author due to BDS

British-Pakistani writer rejected Hebrew translation of her books

A woman holds a sign which reads "Boycott Israel" in front of symbolic coffins while attending a dem
US diplomats pressed European lawmakers to oppose Israel boycott

The diplomats pressed lawmakers from Germany and Ireland to not support a law that boycotts Israel

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
17/09/2019
Ilhan Omar: I hope Israelis will make 'different decision' in election

Ilhan Omar spoke out against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the wake of the upcoming Israeli elections.

16/09/2019
German commissioner says local BDS chapter incited against U.S. synagogue

“‘Zionist’ in the language of antisemites is a code for Jew,” Gauri Sastry, judge in the west German city of Essen, ruled in her groundbreaking legal decision.

The irony and harm of the BDS movement

Barghout states that “any part of Palestine” refers to the land now recognized as Israel.

By ETHAN LIBKIND
04/09/2019
The BDS movement seeks to destroy Israel’s image in the eyes of the world.’
Academic organization votes to reject BDS

Supporters claim Palestinian's rights "to education and academic freedom, have been denied for decades under Israel’s military occupation and racist policies.”

Under BDS pressure: Only 2,000 show up Jenifer Lopez’s concert in Egypt

The concert in the city of El-Alamein had few attendees after the BDS movement protested the event: “The provocative singer also performed in occupied Palestine.”

By MAARIV ONLINE
11/08/2019
PROF. RON ROBIN: The world is full of injustices, and the idea of singling out Israel as the center
What Israel is doing wrong in the battle against BDS

"No more preaching to the choir," said Prof. Ron Robin, chairman of the Association of University Heads in Israel.

B’nai Brith to Canadian A-G: West Bank wine labeling decision aids BDS

B’nai Brith Canada’s senior counsel David Matas said he believed the Federal Court’s decision “contains significant legal errors."

Tel Aviv NGO petitions court to bar Ilhan Omar from entering Israel

Shurat Hadin, also known as the Israel Law Center, filed a motion requiring that the Interior Minister Aryeh Deri does not allow Omar to enter the country because of her support for BDS.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
01/08/2019
THE NEW York Times Building in Manhattan
Discussing what The New York Times got right and wrong about BDS

I thought in this case they did a pretty good job, particularly in making it clear why the pro-Israel opposition to BDS is not confined to the right.

By ANDREW SILOW-CARROLL / JTA , LAURA E. ADKINS/JTA
31/07/2019
AMERICAN AND ISRAELI flags fly during a demonstration in support of Israel at the US Capitol in 2002
House approves anti-BDS resolution

Some 350 members of the House cosponsored the resolution – an equal number of Democrats and Republicans.

A woman wearing a T-shirt which reads, "Boycott Israel", takes part in a demonstration in favour of
Anti-BDS appeal to German government by top academics gaining momentum

Petition responds to pro-BDS resolution by 240 Jewish and Israeli scholars.

Anti-Israel Germany
‘Post’ exposé leads to closure of BDS group’s bank account in Germany

Iris Hefets, spokeswoman for Jewish Voice, confirmed that the bank pulled the plug on the group’s account because Jewish Voice refused to stop promoting the BDS campaign against Israel.

Roger Waters, draped with a Palestinian keffiyeh
We don't need no education

Waters, who presents himself as a human rights activist, has developed an unwarranted obsession with Israel while ignoring very real human rights infringements elsewhere in the world.

Dr. Felix Klein, Federal Commissioner for Jewish Life in Germany and the Fight Against Antisemitism
An exclusive interview with Dr. Felix Klein

“I cannot advise Jews to wear the kippot everywhere all the time in Germany,” Klein said, adding that he had changed his mind on the subject.

20/06/2019
Close a bank account
Boomerang: Economic pressure hits BDS campaigners

“These [BDS] organizations are obsessed with eradicating Israel as a Jewish state,” said Tzahi Gavrieli.

Thousands of Christian supporters of Israel march in Jerusalem
Christians who stand with Israel combat BDS

“The BDS movement relies on lies and bigotry to advance its agenda, we combat those by teaching the truth and preaching tolerance,” says Shari Dollinger, co-executive director of CUFI.

Youth attend the annual March of the Living at the former Nazi concentration camp of Auschwitz
New antisemitism presents new challenges

Antisemitism has been around for hundreds of years. But the rise of populism, along with social media, presents new challenges for those trying to fight what is called the “new antisemitism.”

By LINDA GRADSTEIN
19/06/2019
Erdan: September report will put BDS on defense in universities

The Strategic Affairs Minister said that the report would “expose the antisemitic rhetoric and actions of BDS lead.

Senator Ted Cruz and Rep. Ted Deutch
U.S. says NO to BDS

Senator Ted Cruz and Rep. Ted Deutch spearhead the battle in Congress.

18/06/2019
The Digitell network for pro-Israel Online Activism at the Jerusalem Post annual conference in New Y
Fighting BDS Online with Israel’s DigiTell Defenders

Minister of Strategic Affairs Gilad Erdan presented awards to Digi-Tell representatives on stage.

By ALAN ROSENBAUM
18/06/2019
Raymond W. Kelly, Bruce Buck, Brooke Goldstein, Doron Horowitz and Caroline B. Glick speaking at the
Key to fighting antisemitism? Empowering Jewish communities

‘Antisemites are not such because of what we are, but because they are bigots and they attach their bigotry to the Jewish people,’ says Caroline Glick.

An anti-BDS poster calling on Palestinians to free Gaza from Hamas
Fighting BDS online

How DigiTell is working to change anti-Israel sentiments on social media.

BDS – A power psychology against Israel

Using certainty as a political tool.

By MARK BANSCHICK
19/06/2019
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Hebrew U. prof. emeritus calls to boycott Physics Olympiad in Israel

The Israeli signatory is Emmanuel Dror Farjoun, a professor emeritus of the Einstein Institute of Mathematics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Security officers stand with binoculars on the roof of a Synagogue, Chicago, 2008.
This Chicago synagogue is a home for non-Zionist Jews

For Tzedek Chicago, being non-Zionist extends beyond political advocacy.

By BEN SALES/JTA
07/06/2019
The Eurovision Song Contest grand finale kicks of Saturday night in Tel Aviv
Irish Eurovision contestant received life threats for performing in Israel

Sarah McTernan, 25, told the Irish Sun over the weekend that “I got hundreds of threats . . . It did freak me out.”

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
05/06/2019
Tel Aviv, Ben Gurion Airport
Samaria Council opposes McDonald's tender at Ben-Gurion

Dagan said that the refusal to open branches in the West Bank falls under the country's Boycott laws.

DeSantis in Ariel University
“No room for BDS,” Florida Governor says in West Bank settlement visit

“I promised to be the most pro-Israel Governor in America and I sincerely thank Ariel University for presenting me the Honorary Fellowship Award,” DeSantis said.

NYU
Doctoral graduate praises BDS at NYU convocation ceremony

NYU President Andrew Hamilton said that Steven William Thrasher had omitted his comments about BDS in the version of the speech he had submitted. "NYU rejects academic boycotts of Israel," he added.

Richard Grenell, U.S. Ambassador to Germany
US ambassador: German anti-BDS motion should apply to Iran's regime

The US ambassador Richard Grenell suggested that the Bundestag resolution against BDS should apply to Iran's regime because it seeks the destruction of the Jewish state.

Bundestag
German Bundestag to vote on anti-BDS motion on Friday

The motion says that Israel can be understood as Jewish collective, an attack against which therefore constitutes antisemitism.

17/05/2019
Commissioner to combat antisemitism in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany and former federal justice mi
German antisemitism commissioner calls on bank to shut BDS account

“In past years, Frankfurt, Munich and Berlin decided to deny financial support and municipal rooms, in the future, to the BDS campaign that is hostile to Israel.”

Texas governor anti-BDS bill law
Texas governor signs amendment to limit scope of Israel boycott law

Over 25 states in recent years have passed laws which punish businesses that support BDS.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
13/05/2019
Israel fights Eurovision BDS campaign with ads leading to pro-Israel site

Internet advertisements on Google featuring the words "boycott" and "Eurovision" encourage searchers to click on a link that, in fact, leads them to a pro-Israel website.

By REUTERS
11/05/2019
Musician Roger Waters performs at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, U.S., June 20, 2017
Roger Waters compares Israelis to aliens in bizarre rant - watch

Roger Waters has repeatedly spoken out against Israel, this time comparing Israelis to the aliens from the film Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

10/05/2019
The Texas House of Representatives in Austin, TX
Anti-BDS law ruled unconstitutional in Texas

This opinion runs counter to the binding Supreme Court precedent that ruled that ideological boycotts are not speech at all.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
30/04/2019
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German political party proposes bill to ban state support of BDS

“We want to prevent state support for organizations that challenge Israel's right to exist."

NYU's Students for Justice in Palestine says university giving it an award

The awards “are given to students or student organizations that have had an extraordinary and positive impact on the University community,” according to the NYU website.

By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN/JTA
18/04/2019
Omar Barghouti, co-founder of the BDS Movement for Palestinians
Israel stops BDS-founder Omar Barghouti from boarding flight to U.S.

Barghouti was stopped at Ben Gurion Airport on Wednesday and prevented from boarding a plane to the US even though he had valid travel documents.

11/04/2019
An Air India Airbus A320neo plane takes off in Colomiers near Toulouse, France, December 13, 2017.
BDS activist jailed for six months after drunken, racist tirade on plane

Simone Burns called one member of the crew an "Indian money-grubbing bastard."

By ZACK EVANS
06/04/2019
Brown University's John Carter Brown library
Brown students ask to divest from Israeli 'human-rights' abusing companies

"It's antisemitic," Mary Greene, president of the Rhode Island Coalition for Israel, a group of Christians and Jews that advocates for Israel, said of the referendum. "That's the root of it."

By MADELEINE LIST/THE PROVIDENCE JOURNAL
24/03/2019
Anti-Israel BDS
Shaked revokes tax-free status from BDS-supporting organizations

New regulations signed by Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked on Thursday are specifically to be used against Amnesty International.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel receives the ambassador of U.S. to Germany, Richard Grenell
In a first, U.S. calls on German banks to close BDS accounts

The account in question belongs to the Jewish Voice for a Fair Peace in the Middle East and is used to raise funds to promote BDS.

Hatari, Iceland's Eurovision contestant this year.
Iceland sending outspoken Israel critics to Eurovision

Hatari, a BDSM techno punk three-man band/performance art group, won Iceland's Söngvakeppnin national selection competition on Saturday night, and will represent the country this year.

03/03/2019
Protestors call for the severing of diplomatic ties with Israel during a march in Cape Town
BDS attempts to derail proposed multi-million dollar deal between Israel and South Africa

Israel’s Central Bottling Company offering to buy 59.5% of South Africa’s biggest dairy producer

Adalah-NY advertise a protest against the Israeli Philharmonic
Pro-BDS NGO protests Israel Philharmonic Orchestra performance in New York

Adalah- NY, an organization that campaigns for the boycott of Israel, raised signs and carried cardboard guitars that read “apartheid,” and chanted against Israel outside New York's Carnegie Hall.

Watch: Dozens of Hamas members hold senior positions in BDS NGOs

The report, issued by the Strategic Affairs Ministry, found more than 100 links between Hamas and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and the BDS movement.

Florida puts Airbnb on notice over removal of Jewish settlements

Airbnb announced in November that it would remove the listings of some 200 apartments and homes for rent in the settlements, but not in Palestinian communities.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
30/01/2019
Musician Roger Waters performs at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, U.S., June 20, 2017
'Boycott Eurovision in Israel,' UK cultural figures appeal to BBC

Roger Waters, Peter Gabriel, Vivienne Westwood, Mike Leigh and others call on BBC to press EBU to relocate the competition

30/01/2019
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Arkansas judge's dismissal of anti-BDS lawsuit applauded

The lawsuit aimed to block the anti-BDS legislation based on the First Amendment, arguing that the bill violated free speech.

28/01/2019
Canadian PM Justin Trudeau defends comparison of BDS to antisemitism

"It's not right to discriminate or make someone feel unsafe on campus because of their religion and unfortunately the BDS movement is often linked to those kind of frames."

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
17/01/2019
Manifestants pro-BDS à Berlin
German mayor and city council under fire for failing to combat BDS

Zuroff, a leading international expert on modern antisemitism, said that the city council “should adopt the anti-BDS resolution.”

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German city removes antisemitic BDS event notice from its website

“Israel has systematically violated international law for more than 70 years, with more or less open support from the US and Europe."

Elbit Systems Hermes 900, with the company's logo in the background
HSBC tells 'Post': 'We divested from Elbit over cluster bombs, not BDS'

“HSBC has a banking operation in Tel Aviv and provides banking services to numerous Israeli companies. We have every intention of continuing to do so,” HSBC said.

FILE PHOTO: British rock star Roger Waters walks along the Israeli barrier in Bethlehem
On Facebook, Roger Waters attacks cover band for reviving Israel concert

Waters responded to a Jerusalem Post article: "I'm sorry you buckled boys..."

20/12/2018
Texas governor anti-BDS bill law
Palestinian-American fights newly signed anti-BDS legislation in court

A speech pathologist, who has been working in a school district outside Austin since 2009, is filing a lawsuit on the basis of freedom of speech.

A general view shows the Jewish settlement of Kiryat Arba in Hebron, in the occupied West Bank Septe
Airbnb executive tours Israel via helicopter after company pulls listings

Airbnb received heavy backlash when it announced in November that it would delist rental apartments in the West Bank from its platform.

18/12/2018
Illinois board finds Airbnb in breach of state law over settlements move

The state’s Investment Policy Boardgave Airbnb 90 days to respond before being officially added to Illinois’ prohibited investment list.

Hernán López, Executive Director of CCHIL (Left) and Gabriel Colodro, President of CCHIL (right)
BDS declared illegal for all cities in Chile

It is illegal for municipalities to boycott Israel, the Chilean National Comptroller determined this week.

Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan blasts Iran and BDS while in Germany in November 25, 2018
Public Security Minister Erdan urges German bank to close BDS accounts

Bank provides account to NGO that promotes website comparing Israel with Nazis

Pro-Palestinian demonstrators carrying a sign reading "DBS" (Divestment, Boycott, and Sanctions) mar
Israeli professors nixed from South African conference after boycott calls

The professors came from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv University and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

By JTA
30/11/2018
A general view shows the Jewish settlement of Kiryat Arba in Hebron, in the occupied West Bank Septe
Erdan: Irish bill criminalizing settlement imports a 'disgrace'

“We will work to expose the motivations behind it and act to legally prevent its implementation in accordance with international trade laws and in accordance with American legislation.”

29/11/2018
Water Polo - Women's Gold Medal Match USA v Italy
Spain apologizes for canceling water polo match against Israel due to BDS

“I wish to express my deepest regret for what happened,” Minister for Sport José Girao wrote in a letter to Israel’s Miri Regev. “Spain is a state governed by law and cannot submit to such groups.”

By JTA
27/11/2018
A general view shows the Jewish settlement of Kiryat Arba in Hebron, in the occupied West Bank Septe
Beverly Hills condemns Airbnb West Bank boycott, calls for counter-boycott

“We find the actions of Airbnb deplorable,” Beverly Hills Mayor Julian Gold said in a statement.

By JTA
26/11/2018
Ariel University in the West Bank
European social anthropologists to boycott Israeli colleges in settlements

The European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA) voted in favor of the boycott by a vote of 830 in favor, 21 opposed and 37 abstentions.

Juan Carlos Girauta, whip of the Spain for the Citizens Party with Jordan Valley Regional Council he
Top Spanish politician: Boycotts of Israeli goods are antisemitic

'Hamas missiles don’t differentiate between Israelis, neither should Europe. Boycotts of Israeli goods are antisemitic and detrimental to any efforts to achieve lasting peace in the region.'

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
14/11/2018
Water Polo - Women's Gold Medal Match USA v Italy
Regev demands Spanish minister intervene in water polo BDS fracas

Catalonia is rife with government funding to anti-Israel groups, NGO states.

06/11/2018
US student Lara Alqasem appears at the district court in Tel Aviv, 2018
High Court presses Israel on whether Lara Alqasem supports BDS now

Alqasem has admitted that she supported BDS until April 2017, but has said that she then left the movement and that her desire to spend a year abroad at the Hebrew University shows a clear break.

U.S. Representative accuses Israel of 'apartheid'

"Friends, the world has a name of that form of government that’s codified in the Nation State Law, and it’s called apartheid.”

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
15/10/2018
Hebrew University reserves chair for jailed BDS activist
Hebrew University protesters reserve empty chair for alleged BDS activist

Yesterday, the High Court of Justice froze Alqasem's deportation.

Caption: BDS supporters hold a protest against Israel in South Africa's Gauteng province recently
Post Exposé causes German city to remove BDS advertisement

When the Post clicked on the link to the now-defunct Palestine Committee entry, the page reads "Page not found."

Court hears appeal of first BDS activist barred entry to Israel

Even though the case arose before a 2017 law empowered the state to deny entry to BDS supporters, the state argued that its power to deny entry on a discretionary basis predated that law.

University of Michigan
U of Michigan chides professor who refused student letter to Israel

After refusing to write a letter of recommendation for a student to study abroad in Israel, the University of Michigan is sanctioning the professor.

By JTA
10/10/2018
PROTESTERS HOLD a sign outside the Gesher Theater's show in Toronto over the weekend
BDS protesters target Gesher tour of North America

"The Gesher Theatre is proud to represent Israeli culture and Israeli theater when its plays and actors appear outside the borders of the state."

03/10/2018
 Ambassador Danny Danon, Permanent Representative of Israel to the UN at the 7th Annual JPost Confer
Israel hosts 'No To Antisemitism" pavilion at the U.N.

Particiapnts have been taking to social media with the hashtag #no2antisemitism

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
27/09/2018
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Israel slams German academy for hosting Hezbollah, Hamas, BDS supporters

"By merely looking at the list of persons invited to the seminar, it is quite clear that is an event whose aim and purpose is Israel hatred under guise of a pseudo academia."

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Michigan professor refuses to write recommendation letter because of BDS

In a statement to JTA, Club Z’s executive director, Masha Merkulova, said the decision is anti-Semitic as it came “solely because her chosen destination is Israel.”

By BEN SALES/JTA
20/09/2018
A PALESTINIAN supporter holds a protest leaflet advocating a boycott of Israel in France
French payment service supports BDS, defies anti-bias law

The company claims to be apolitical and sees BDS as within the realm of free expression.

Anti-BDS poster
German Jews to JNF: close account at BDS bank

“There must be no free pass for antisemitism and hatred of Israel in Germany,” said Sammy Endzweig, the chairman of Keren Hayesod in Germany.

A Palestinian holds a flag during a protest
Berlin-financed NGO cancels talk with ‘antisemitic’ activist Manal Tamimi

Tamimi, who has been accused of hardcore antisemitism by European Jews and others, is the aunt of Palestinian teenager Ahed Tamimi, who completed a prison term for assaulting Israeli soldiers.

British contemporary artist Brian Eno talks to the media as part of the Sydney Vivid Festival at the
German festival kicks out pro-BDS musician Brian Eno

Eno is a fierce opponent of Israel and exerted enormous pressure on the Australian singer Nick Cave to not perform in Israel in 2017.

A WOMAN holds a ‘Boycott Israel’ sign in front of symbolic cof ns while attending a demonstration in
Berlin State Office categorizes BDS as antisemitic

The report referred to "a grey area” between “legitimate criticism of Israeli politics to anti-Zionist antisemitism.”

By JTA
04/09/2018
Lana Del Rey at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards New York, U.S., (January 28, 2018).
Lana Del Rey pulls out of Meteor Festival

Event organizers say Pusha T, A$AP Ferg, Flying Lotus and more than 100 other artists are still slated to perform.

31/08/2018
Lana Del Rey (L) and Roger Waters (R)
Lana Del Rey dismisses appeal by Roger Waters to boycott Israel

Singer says performing and also visiting ‘Palestine’ ‘is my action’

23/08/2018
Jeremy Corbyn called Tzipi Livni a ‘war criminal’ in 2010

Separately, a member of the Scottish Parliament for Labour, Anas Sarwar, called on Corbyn to ensure that Labour adopts in full the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance antisemitism definition

Top German social democrat urges bank to end Israel boycott support

Engelmeier’s call for the bank to stop its BDS business is the first instance of a federal-level politician in Germany weighing in on the bank.

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