How Much Money is Needed to Stop the BDS Movement?

$6 million dollars:  enough to combat a largely grassroots, bottom-up and growing boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement targeting Israel?  That’s what the Jewish Federations of North America and the Jewish Council for Public Affairs are hoping.

The Jewish Telegraphic Agency reports:

The Jewish Federations of North America and the Jewish Council for Public Affairs are launching a multimillion-dollar joint initiative to combat anti-Israel boycott, divestment and sanctions campaigns.

The JFNA and the rest of the Jewish federation system have agreed to invest $6 million over the next three years in the new initiative, which is being called the Israel Action Network. The federations will be working in conjunction with JCPA, an umbrella organization bringing together local Jewish community relations councils across North America.

The BDS movement–whose demands are based on international law–is clearly scaring Israel and the Jewish establishment, who have labeled the movement “the second most dangerous threat to Israel, after Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons.”

The article also reports that the new anti-BDS initiative sprung from the urging of the Israeli government, which “has been advocating for this, especially over the past six months or eight months,” as Jerry Silverman, the head of the Jewish Federation of North America, told JTA.

It appears that the Jewish Federations of North America and the Jewish Council for Public Affairs are following the recommendations of the Reut Institute, an Israeli think tank with close ties to the Israeli government, who called on the Israeli government to “sabotage” and “attack” the BDS movement in a February 2010 report.

The investment of a large amount of money to combat what is essentially impossible to combat as long as Israel continually flouts international law is a recognition of the powerful effect the BDS movement is having.  Members of the Israeli Knesset certainly see BDS as a threat, having introduced a bill that would make it illegal for Israelis to “launch or incite” a boycott against Israel.

When $6 million is apparently needed to attempt to halt the BDS movement, that means something.  But all the money in the world can’t stop the movement for Palestinian justice.  Couldn’t someone tell that to the Jewish Federations of North America and the Jewish Council for Public Affairs?  Their money would be better spent on something else.



8 responses to “How Much Money is Needed to Stop the BDS Movement?

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  2. Perhaps the BDS, which is only based on International opinion, not law, is as immoral as the threat of using nuclear weapons. In that case, it is well worth expending the time and funds to combat such.

    Is BDS as immoral as the Palestinian approach of murdering a pregnant mother along with her 4 pre-teen daughters, each shot in the head at point-blank range (I’m sure you remember the incident)? I’m sure not. However, the expected results, the diminishment of the Israeli government’s ability to fund social services (Surely you don’t think that Israel will suspend spending on the defense of the nation?), is immoral.

  3. @Chris: i didn’t need to read further than your statement that the BDS movement was based on international opinion, not law, to know that the rest of it wasn’t worth my time, and you’d definitely lost any credibility, in my opinion.. we site international law constantly to ensure our credibility, which is something you may want to look into..

  4. I will not discuss whether or not the BDS movement is right.

    I will tell you that tourism to Israel is at an all time high.
    Exports are booming, even during the recession.

    The computer you are reading this on probably has an Intel micropressor made the the Zionist Empire.

    And last I heard, “Peace activists” don’t buy Caterpillar tractors anyway.


    Rachel Golem
    Occupied Jerusalem
    Zionist Empire

  5. Alex,

    This is your mom, Vicary.

    You’re almost 30. Time to get a job and not devote your life to complaining about “Zionists”.

    Maybe you can help sick people like I do.

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  7. Jews have secret meetings where we tell our children not to throw molotov cocktails at each other.

  8. The bds movement is strong. As an american i never buy a single israeli product. Moreso when i see a product in the store like ahava a well known product made in actually occupied gaza i complain to the mamager. The fact is, zionists might try to control things but the more they do the more silent hatred and resentful the american populace becomes. We are rising up and we will take down the corrupt powers.

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