Israel is very sensitive to the so-called BDS movement. Which urges boycotting, divestiture and sanctions of Israel. Over its policies toward the Palestinians. Much of the BDS effort is taking place on campus. So it comes as a surprise that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu targets one such effort by students in the UK for special condemnation.
Dr. Lutz Bertling, the president and chief operating officer of Canadian company Bombardier’s transportation division, told Mamon that his company does not support the international boycott against Israel.
For over a decade now, Canadian multinational aerospace and transportation company Bombardier has been the leading foreign investor in Israeli transportation. Now, however, Chinese companies are threatening to eat into its activities in the railway field in Israel.
Photo by netzroot
A leading Mennonite group has delayed a decision on divesting from companies with business tied to Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories.
The Mennonite Church USA was set to vote this week on whether they should sell off stock in companies “known to be profiting from the occupation” and from “destruction of life and property” in the territories. A church spokeswoman said delegates at a national meeting in Kansas City, Missouri, voted 418-336 to table the resolution until their next assembly two years from now. Twenty-eight delegates abstained.
By ALAN JOHNSON
The boycott, divestment and sanctions movement is making progress because it possesses three weapons. It has the intellectual high ground after a half-century of tireless effort to shape the discourse, even as friends of Israel thought it was enough to have the attention of VIP ears. It has a global social movement led by experienced activists in a myriad of civil society organizations, while friends of Israel have preferred consultants, branding and PR. And – this is a reproach from a lifelong friend of Israel – it has Israeli politicians whose policies, rhetoric and tone too often creates an environment in which BDS can flourish. Click here to read the commentary.
The New York State Assembly passed a resolution rejecting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, becoming the latest state government to condemn the anti-Israel movement.
Fighting fire with legal action. That’s what Israel’s justice minister is reportedly preparing to do. Ayelet Shaked is said to be preparing a plan to file civil and in some cases criminal legal charges against those who mount boycotts against Israel. The BDS movement has been picking up traction lately. Click here to read the story.
Photo of Ayelet Shaked from a Haaretz interview.
The Israeli Film Festival is expected to begin this week in London, but now its existence might be in danger after over 40 British artists and film-makers protested its existence because it is funded by the State of Israel. Due to this connection, BDS activists claim that the festival should be boycotted.
It’s gaining steam. And it’s getting the attention of the Israeli government. The boycott movement. Israel will stand silent over it no longer. So pledges Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Who says, the movement isn’t a protest against West Bank settlements but against Israel itself. He says an “offensive” is being prepared.
n a letter to an emergency meeting of Jewish leaders in Las Vegas, Netanyahu says Israel is committing money to this counter-offensive. And told the attendees that they are on the front lines of the fight against the BDS movement.
Many people believe the boycott Israel movement has gotten out of hand. That it’s a front for antisemitism. It’s so powerful that it goes – not just after goods that are produced on West Bank settlements – not just after goods produced inside Israel – but also after any company that benefits from doing business with the Jewish state.
How do they know which businesses to target?
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has signed into law a bill to stop efforts to boycott, divest and sanction Israel on Thursday afternoon, in a first for the nation on a statewide level.