Understanding BDS

The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement (also known as BDS or the BDS Movement) is an organization with the mission of increasing international pressure on Israel by employing an economic and cultural boycott of Israel. BDS maintains this is in response to the Jewish “occupation and colonization of land” and in order to secure “justice for Palestinians.” The BDS Movement envisions accomplishing “justice for Palestinians” through revitalizing the old Arab League Boycott (organized before Israel’s Independence… before there was even an Israel to boycott) and through pandering to international audiences by misrepresenting facts. BDS also uses tactics such as manipulating emotion-laden imagery of Nazi Germany and apartheid-era South Africa in order to elicit outrage and propagate antisemitic tropes of Jewish power and wealth. In their decade-old quest of championing “human rights,” BDS has consistently focused their efforts to attack every aspect of Israel’s historical, legal, political, economic and cultural identity, in hopes of undermining and delegitimizing Israel’s right to exist.

DEFINITELY, MOST DEFINITELY WE OPPOSE A JEWISH STATE IN ANY PART OF PALESTINE. NO PALESTINIAN, RATIONAL PALESTINIAN, NOT A SELL-OUT PALESTINIAN, WILL EVER ACCEPT A JEWISH STATE IN PALESTINE. 

Omar Barghouti

Co-founder of the BDS Movement

WHEN PEOPLE CRITICIZE ZIONISTS, THEY MEAN JEWS. YOU’RE TALKING ANTI-SEMITISM 

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Under the guise of “pro-human rights,” they damage efforts to promote peace in Israel by openly rejecting peace negotiations and by covertly harming efforts of economic cooperation and social normalization. This not only hurts the Israeli Arabs that wish to live peacefully in Israel and to contribute to the advancement and modernization of the State, and goes against their “mission” of “Palestinian justice”, but exposes their true objective: harming Israel.

This global campaign, which discriminates against Israelis, Jews, and their economic partners, not only manipulates uninformed international audiences- who have little knowledge regarding the Arab-Israeli conflict- but also aims to hurt Israel by fostering antisemitism. They encourage anti-Israel (i.e. anti-Jewish) sentiment by infusing their campaign with old anti-Semitic tropes like Jewish blood libels, Jewish control of wealth and media, and grossly distorted propaganda.

Natan Sharansky created a 3D Test of Antisemetism (explained below), in 2004, to distinguish legitimate criticism of Israel from covert antisemetism. Not only does the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions Movement fail the test on all accounts, simply the language in their stated goals fail Sharansky’s 3D Test of Antisemetism.

SINGLING OUT ISRAEL FOR OPPROBRIUM AND INTERNATIONAL SANCTION—OUT OF ALL PROPORTION TO ANY OTHER PARTY IN THE MIDDLE EAST—IS ANTI-SEMITIC, AND NOT SAYING SO IS DISHONEST. 

Thomas Friedman

Op-Ed Contributor, New York Times

The BDS Movement claims to discriminate against Israel and all of her citizens, goods, and contributions to humanity for the sake of “human rights”.  But it does not take much scrutiny to see that their main goal, to harm Israel, has been at the forefront of their campaign and they will truly stop at nothing to wipe Israel off the map, or as they put it, “from the river to the sea”.

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3D TEST OF ANTISEMITISM

The 3D Test of Antisemitism is a set of criteria put forth by Natan Sharansky to distinguish legitimate criticism of Israel from non-legitimate antisemitism. The three Ds stand for DelegitimizationDemonization, and subjecting Israel to Double standards.

Delegitimization
Delegitimizing Israel comprises of ideas and actions used to deny Jews’ right to self-determination, like by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a colonialist or racist endeavor. These claims discriminate against Jews and undermine Israel’s sovereignty, security, and legitimacy while trying to erase Jews’ historical, political, and cultural ties to the land.

 

Demonization
The second “D” in the 3D test of Antisemitism, refers to the portrayal of Jews as demonic or evil. Common antisemitic tropes include, but are not limited to, conspiracies of Jewish wealth and power, plans to harm civilization, and scape goating when things go wrong. These tropes are often expressed in speech, writing, visual arts and employ stereotypes.

 

Double Standards
The last “D” refers to the application of different sets of moral and legal standards for different peoples. For example, if an entity or person continuously attacks the Jewish State for wrongdoings (real or perceived), but chooses to ignore similar situations conducted by other countries, they are unfairly applying a double standard to Israel and are engaging in discriminatory practices.  
BDS Word Bank
Language is a crucial tool in understanding the Arab-Israeli conflict. Outside of the blatant lies and half-truths on their website, BDS distorts facts by using words seething with maleficence. Beyond their violent protests and antisemitic appeal, their dangerous language destroys all credibility.
Below are just some of the words BDS litters their “information” pages with:

Illegal ⬩ Criminal ⬩ War Crimes ⬩ Apartheid ⬩ Settler Colonialism ⬩ Oppression ⬩ Ethnic Cleansing ⬩ Indigenous ⬩ Massacre ⬩ Premeditated ⬩ West Bank ⬩ Occupied ⬩ Regime
al-Nakba (the catastrophe otherwise known as “Israeli Independence Day”)

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