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BDS supporters banned from Israel


People opposed to Israeli policies march behind a banner of the BDS organization in Marseille, June 13, 2016.  Photo by GeorgesRobert / AFP

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Fighting Israel delegitimisation globally, together

Solidifying this connection is of paramount importance.

By Tzahi Gavrieli, JPost
November 14, 2017

Over the past two decades world Jewry and the State of Israel have invested billions of dollars toward strengthening the connection between Jewish youth and Israel. This vital endeavour reflects the values we Jews strive for, which includes mutual responsibility, preserving our heritage, and a historic commitment to care for each other. From generation to generation, these principles have been passed on as an integral part of our people.

Solidifying this connection is of paramount importance, not only in keeping us united as a nation, but also against a threat that raised its head a decade ago– the Israel delegitimization campaign (DLG). Unlike the Boycott, Divest, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, DLG consists of wider scope attacks against Israel’s legitimacy as the Jewish state.

Propaganda, incitement, lies, threats, boycotts and divestment, law suits, and millions of dollars have been used in campaigns aimed at undermining Israel’s legitimacy. A network of anti-Israel organizations have spread throughout the United States, Europe, Latin America, South Africa and the Palestinian Authority, conducting globally coordinated anti-Israel activities on a daily basis.

They openly state their desire to drive a wedge between world Jewry and Israel, under the guise of “human rights.” Their language is filled with antisemitic tropes, sharing alarming similarities with darker times from Judaism’s recent past.

World Jewry is fighting back. For the past decade, more than 150 organizations around the world have been actively exposing and combatting anti-Israel organizations.

Through their hard work, Jewish student organizations are thwarting boycott initiatives on campus; Jewish leaders are actively speaking out, anti-boycott legislation has been enacted in 22 US states, and BDS protests are consistently countered by brave pro-Israel supporters.

Since 2015, under the leadership of Minister Gilad Erdan, the Ministry of Strategic Affairs and Public Diplomacy has focused on combatting DLG. This has included the creation of Ha Ma’aracha (The Campaign), a special governmental task force charged with leading the international fight against Israel delegitimization and BDS. Thanks to these actions and along with the exceptional work of pro-Israel organizations around the globe, within the United States at least, the DLG’s leadership is becoming increasingly anxious.

In Europe, the situation is different. Dozens of well-funded anti-Israel organizations are working over-time in leading campaigns against multinational companies invested in Israel, calling for sanctions, and demanding boycotts of Israeli cultural performances.

Furthermore, due to the continent’s varied geopolitical and demographic nature, European pro-Israel organizations face greater challenges in countering DLG. With limited funding and manpower they still manage to act, including blocking seven city councils in Spain from boycotting Israel and assisting the passing of a resolution in Germany equating BDS with antisemitism.

Unfortunately, this is not enough to block the torrent of anti-Israel delegitimization efforts stemming from the continent.

Meanwhile, the intricacies of the global DLG network are all too apparent, especially between the United States and Europe. This is highlighted when organizations in Britain, France and Ireland openly share materials and tactics with their American counterparts. British studies quickly become the template for a boycott campaign in France, and American activists join their Italian counterparts in con- ducting economic warfare against Israel.

To counter global threats, we need to think and act globally. There is a need to equalize the asymmetry between the US and Europe and fill this strategic gap by shifting our efforts, know-how, and resources from stronger to weaker parts of the pro-Israel network.

Together, we have accomplished the seemingly impossible by building a home in our land after 2,000 years of exile. Seventy years after Israel’s establishment, World Jewry continues to be an inseparable part of the country, intertwined in its existence and heritage as the national homeland for every Jew.

Now is the time to unite and reinforce the pro-Israel network, wherever they may be, while striving toward mutual co-operation. We can, and should work toward building a strong global network of pro-Israel organizations to ensure Israel’s future as the national homeland of the Jewish people.

Written in co-operation with Ministry of Strategic Affairs.


US Jewish groups criticise Israeli Bill banning BDS supporters

The legislation bans foreign nationals who publicly call for economic, cultural or academic boycotts of either Israel or the territory it controls beyond the Green Line, from entering the country.

By Danielle Ziri, JPost
March 08, 2017

NEW YORK – The American Jewish Committee said it is ‘troubled’ by a new law, adopted by the Knesset on Monday, that will bar supporters of the BDS movement from entering Israel.

The Knesset plenum passed the bill in a 46-28 vote. The legislation bans foreign nationals who publicly call for economic, cultural or academic boycotts of either Israel or the territory it controls beyond the Green Line from entering the country. The measure also states that the interior minister may grant exceptions.

Barring entry to visitors on the basis of their political views will not defeat BDS, nor will it help Israel’s image as the beacon of democracy in the Middle East

“Every nation, of course, is entitled to regulate who can enter, and AJC, a longtime, staunch friend of Israel and opponent of the BDS movement, fully sympathizes with the underlying desire to defend the legitimacy of the State of Israel,” AJC CEO David Harris said in a statement on Tuesday.

“Nevertheless, as history has amply shown throughout the democratic world, barring entry to otherwise qualified visitors on the basis of their political views will not by itself defeat BDS, nor will it help Israel’s image as the beacon of democracy in the Middle East it is or offer opportunities to expose them to the exciting and pulsating reality of Israel,” he added.

The left-wing group J Street also expressed its dismay and said the bill “damages Israel’s democracy and helps the BDS movement.”

“The bill is the latest piece of Israeli legislation to undermine Israel’s own democratic principles and its international standing,” the organization wrote in a statement on Monday. “As a liberal democracy, Israel should be able to tolerate nonviolent political protest and dissent, no matter how much it disagrees with the ideology or goals of BDS supporters.”

J Street made clear that, like the AJC, it is opposed to the BDS movement and does not support any form of boycott, divestment or sanctions against Israel. However, it believes BDS supporters have a right to their opinions and to nonviolent political action.

“This bill will do nothing to deter the Global BDS movement – indeed it hands them a victory,” the statement continued. “The bill will further isolate the country, validate Israel’s critics and deny many people the opportunity to hear and learn from Israelis and Palestinians first-hand.”

In addition, the organization believes that by failing to meaningfully distinguish between Israel and the territory it controls over the Green Line, the bill validates one of the main charges of the global BDS movement: that there is no difference between the occupation of the Palestinian territories and the State of Israel within its original borders. They said:

“The Israeli government’s continued insistence that the settlements should be treated the same as Israel within the Green Line advances the interest of a small right-wing minority at the expense of Israel’s long-term interests” .

J Street added that it hopes that “all those who care about Israel’s future and about its democracy will oppose this bill” and urged the Knesset and the government to take steps to overturn or revoke the legislation, which they called “dangerous and counterproductive.”

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