The BDS Movement (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) is an in international campaign and lawfare against Israel, based on the exploitation of human rights values, double standards, slandering by comparing the state of Israel to the Apartheid of South Africa and false accusations of “war crimes.” Its goal is to increase political pressure on the Israeli government, in order to force the state to comply with the stated goals of the movement:
• “Ending its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands, occupied in June 1967 and dismantling the Wall”
• “Recognizing the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality”
• “Respecting, protecting and promoting the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties”
BDS is not an established organization or movement, but comprised of dozens of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and radical activists. They wield systematic distortion of international law, history, and general facts about the Israel-Arab conflict to gain the public support. While BDS advocates claim to seek political and economic justice, their actions, they are increasingly trailed by anti-Jewish actions, such as swastika graffiti at Jewish locations, demonstrations and rally’s around the world and on the web and up to terror acts against Jews.
• Boycott – Boycotts of Israeli products, culture and academic. BDS activists send letters to artists, musicians, authors and academics, imploring them not to perform and appear in Israel, or cooperate with Israeli institutions. Bטy such actions, the BDS activists undermine liberal values, such as academic freedom and freedom of expression, due to the restriction of openness and tolerance.
• Divestment - Divestment from Israeli companies and companies that do business with Israel. NGOs accuse companies that conduct business in Israel of involvement in supporting false war crimes and false violations of international law. The BDS activists demands investors, large banks and pension funds to push for the exclusion of these companies.
• Sanctions – Anti-Israel activists demand that the international community enact comprehensive sanctions against Israel and treating Israel as a pariah state. The ultimate goal is legally enforced sanctions by the UN Security Council. Other forms of sanctions include arms embargoes, which are premised on baseless charges of war crimes. Similarly, legal proceedings are initiated against Israeli officials to punish Israel for defensive actions.
The BDS campaign has little success in actual. However, its effectiveness lies in its ability to penetrate the public and political discourse and blur the lines between legitimate criticism of Israel and the complete de-legitimization of Israel in the international arena.
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