The BDS movement is a global initiative aimed at using economic, political, and academic leverage to place pressure on Israel as a way of supporting the Palestinian agenda. Governments, companies, organizations and individuals are boycotting the buying and selling of goods, products and services from Israel. They claim that Israel is an apartheid state and practicing genocide. In addition, there are a growing number of universities boycotting Israeli universities and professors, forbidding any form of collaboration. Much of their effort has warped into anti-Semitic propaganda inciting hatred and at times violence towards Jews and calling for the eradication of the State of Israel. The fruit from this BDS campaign has proved itself to be disparaging for the Palestinians living in Israel or the territories and contrary to their intended goals.
The following is the testimony of a South African Member of Parliament who lived through a true apartheid. Listen to what he has to say about Israel:
What strategies does the BDS campaign use to boycott Israel?
Since the early 2000’s the BDS campaign has grown in size and power. It has led a multi-fold offensive focusing on five main platforms:
- Academic Boycott aims to “refrain from participation in any form of academic and cultural cooperation, collaboration or joint projects with Israeli institutions; advocate a comprehensive boycott of Israeli institutions at the national and international levels, including suspension of all forms of funding and subsidies to these institutions; promote divestment and disinvestment from Israel by international academic institutions” (BDS Movement website).
- Consumer Boycott encourages individual consumers to show their opposition to Israeli policies by refusing to purchase goods and services produced by Israeli and international companies.
- Cultural Boycott targets all institutions, projects and events that support or are held in Israel. It reaches out to cultural figures, such as artists, authors, musicians, well-known activists, etc., to openly refuse to participate in Israel’s celebrations, speaking events, or performances of all kinds.
- Divestment calls for the withdrawal of stocks and funds from corporations in Israel or who have investment portfolios and public funds used to finance or purchase products and services from Israeli companies.
- Sanctions are to be applied at a military, economic, and diplomatic level on state and global institutions. For example, a group of former EU leaders urged the union to apply government sanctions on Israel.
What is Hope for Israel doing to counter the BDS campaign?
We have created our own acronym for this counter-campaign: I-S-R-A-E-L. Read here for ways that you can join us in countering the BDS campaign in your own circle of influences.
I– INVEST IN ISRAELI ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS
S-SHOP FOR ISRAELI PRODUCTS
R-RAISE SUPPORT FOR ISRAELI ARTISTS AND SPEAKERS
A-APPEAL TO YOUR CONGREGATIONS AND POLITICAL REPRESENTATIVES
E-EDUCATE OTHERS ABOUT THE TRUTH OF ISRAEL
L-LOCATE BDS CAMPAIGNS IN YOUR AREA AND CREATE A COUNTER-CAMPAIGN
This campaign is meant to be both informative and interactive; we need your participation and voices. Each of you are within your own circle of influences and abilities, we are asking that in whatever way you are capable to join us in standing for the truth. We are standing for truth and justice for all of the people living in the Land.
Please join us with your prayers, support, and actions in the coming weeks.