UK student union call to boycott Israel hits nerve with Netanyahu

Netanyahu

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.

Bombardier boss: We’ll NEVER boycott Israel

Bombardier

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.

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Mennonite church delays divestiture vote

Mennonite Church USA convention

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.

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Photo by Mennonite Church USA Convention

Opinion: Israel must help Jews in Diaspora fight BDS movement

BDS demo

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.

New York state legislature passes anti-BDS resolution

BDS demo

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.

The bi-partisan resolution, which was introduced by Assemblyman Walter T. Mosley (D-Brooklyn) and was co-sponsored by 74 other members, rejects BDS activities as it, “undermines efforts to achieve a negotiated two-state solution and the right of Israelis and Palestinians to self-determination.” It passed nearly unanimously in a voice vote in the state Assembly.The resolution reads, “This Legislative Body is concerned that the international Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement and its agenda are damaging to the causes of peace, justice, equality, democracy, and human rights for all peoples in the Middle East.”It also recognizes Israel right to exist as a Jewish state and that the U.S. and Israel share “a common bond rooted in the values of freedom, democracy and equal rights.”

Boycotting Israel? Expect a lawsuit

Ayelet Shaked

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.

Netanyahu: It’s time to fight back against boycott movement

Netanyahu

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.

How do they know who to boycott?

Who Profits Dot Org

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?

It will probably surprise many that they know because of a website that – according to Time Magazine - is run by a group ofIsraelis. The website is called WhoProfits.org.