BDS movement

The BDS movement established an international campaign to exert pressure on Israel through economic, academic and cultural approaches. The BDS Israel movement calls for "various forms of boycott of Israel until it fulfills its obligations under international law." The movement was initiated at the United Nations Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa in 2001.

Antisemitism

Antisemitic crimes increase in Germany, police report

Central Council of Jews in Germany President Josef Schuster points to the spread of conspiracy theories surrounding coronavirus to explain the recent rise in antisemitism.

Anti-Israel resolution to be debated at WHO assembly

"This stand-alone item is not about the health of Palestinians, it is about politicizing health," Israel's Ambassador to the UN Meirav Eilon Shahar told the WHO Executive Board.

Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement, also known as BDS.

Brazillian BDS activists to teach on antisemitism at World Social Forum

This year’s summit, which will be online due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is the first time that activists from the BDS movement are using the summit to teach about antisemitism.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
23/01/2021
Matisyahu

Spanish court acquits boycott supporters who wanted Matisyahu ousted

A court in Spain has acquitted eight anti-Israel activists of hate crime charges for their role in demanding that the Jewish-American singer Matisyahu declare his support for Palestinian statehood.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
20/01/2021

Author accused of antisemitism set to be Holocaust memorial speaker

The national commemoration committee of the Netherlands named as its keynote speaker a Muslim author who has called Gaza a “ghetto” and is accused of making anti-Semitic statements about Dutch Jews.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
20/01/2021

Pompeo: US to recognize BDS movement as antisemitic

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu interjected that the policy is “simply wonderful.”

Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement, also known as BDS.

Wiesenthal Center antisemitism list may include BDS entity with German MPs

"German-Palestinian Society is an organization that promotes the destruction of the Jewish state and is candidate for SWC top 10 anti-Semitism/anti-Israel list."

BDS activists in Berlin.

Berlin refuses to implement anti-BDS resolution against German MPs

"No German MP should ever be associated with a global campaign seeking demise of the Jewish State.”

Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement, also known as BDS.

Does Israel need a ministry to fight BDS?

After incoming Strategic Affairs Minister calls to eliminate his own office, experts and activists weigh in on its necessity.

UIUC

Illinois U student govt passes BLM resolution, calls to divest from Israel

The university’s Office of Student Affairs condemned the nonbinding resolution, which passed last week in a 22-11 vote with seven abstentions.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
30/09/2020
The antisemitic book "The Jews and Their Lies" offered for sale on Dymocks website.

Australian bookstore chains sells Martin Luther's antisemitic book

The controversial book "The Jews and their Lies," written by the German anti-Catholic reformer Martin Luther in 1543, contains numerous antisemitic passages.

Students at Columbia University hold a "die-in" demonstration

Columbia U students pass college’s first-ever Israel boycott referendum

The referendum follows several previous attempts by Palestinian groups on campus to bring a BDS vote to the student body.

By HANNAH DREYFUS/JTA
30/09/2020
Minister of Strategic Affairs and member of the National Security Cabinet, MK Orit Farkash-Hacohen

Strategic Affairs Ministry: The peace deals hurt BDS

The Ministry sees the reaction of BDS organizations to peace deals as an opportunity to delegitimize the movement by showing that the groups are working to hurt peace processes.

SFSU to host PLFP hijacker Leila Khaled as part of 'resistance' event

The PLFP was heavily involved in terrorist attacks and suicide bombings during the Second Intifada from 2000 to 2005.

05/09/2020

Spanish PM urged to cancel antisemitic course at Public U. of Navarre

The controversial course that prompted the letter is titled 'Apartheid in Palestine and the Criminalization of Solidarity.'

6 haredim arrested after attempt to reach Uman despite border closure

The passengers, from London and Paris, were barred from entering the country • Ukrainian police rummaged through their personal belongings for anything indicating that they were Jewish.

The Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Argentina, Isaac Sacca

Posters associating Jews with coronavirus appeared in Neuquén

Delegations of Argentine Israelite Associations expressed its concerns over the incident.

Battling antisemitism with 21st century technology

‘Jews Want A Race War’ sign hung on busy Los Angeles highway overpass

The sign was hung from the heavily trafficked Los Angeles interstate 405 highway overpass.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
23/08/2020
Antisemitism in the United States: Antisemitic graffiti on The Rock landmark at the University of Te

Man who threatened Jews for not complying with restrictions pleads guilty

Anthony Lodespoto, 43, was arrested on March and was originally charged with making second-degree terroristic threats amid a state of emergency, which came into effect in the US on March 1, 2020.

Battling antisemitism with 21st century technology

Florida university president says antisemitism has ‘no home’ on campus

In an open letter to the campus community, John Thrasher said he wanted “to reaffirm that Antisemitism and religious discrimination have no home at Florida State University.”

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
17/08/2020

European Commission and UNESCO battle against antisemitic theories online

The measures, however, have insufficiently addressed the anti-Zionist or anti-Israeli aspects of the problem.

Lawfare Project helps Jewish surgeon fight unfair treatment by hospital

Following a complaint about problematic emails sent around Easter, the surgeon was subjected to unfair treatment, including threats and public humiliation.

Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement, also known as BDS.

German antisemitism commissioner praises verdict against BDS activist

“Monday’s court decision against an activist of the antisemitic BDS movement... is an important success against the violent character of BDS and its supporters."

Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) participates in a House Financial Services Committee hearing with Facebook

Pro-BDS Rashida Tlaib wins Michigan Democratic primary

Major media on Wednesday declared Tlaib the winner against Brenda Jones, who had preceded her in representing the Detroit-area district.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
06/08/2020

Pro-BDS Cori Bush defeats pro-Israel Missouri congressman in DNC primary

Bush defeated Lacy Clay by 3 percentage points, 48.6% to 45.5% in the primary Tuesday.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
06/08/2020

Antisemites ‘Zoombombed’ our synagogue’s Shabbat services

An outsider — perhaps a bored prankster or possibly an extremist hacker — somehow accessed the annotating, audio and chat features of our Zoom session to share hateful messages.

By JODIE SADOWSKY/JTA
23/07/2020
A wandering Jew started his traumatic World War II journey in Cologne. A general view of the left ba

Animal rights activists in Cologne deface city's Holocaust memorial

The protesters, seeking to protest against factory farming methods and draw public attention, painted the memorial with red dye to simulate blood.

West Bank wine tasting at Knesset, December 28, 2015

Dutch gov't to fine store selling wine from Hebron, labeled from Israel

The warning came during a July 10 inspection of the Israel Products Center, an importer and retail outfit run by the pro-Israel group Christians for Israel.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
16/07/2020

‘Death to Jews’ and swastikas drawn on gravestones in southern France

The graffiti was discovered in the Gruissan municipal cemetery in the Aude region on Sunday.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
16/07/2020
A MAN WALKS past graves desecrated with swastikas at the Jewish cemetery in Westhoffen, near Strasbo

Gravestones vandalized in Europe’s oldest surviving Jewish cemetery

The incident took place on Thursday. The cemetery was ordered closed for a week.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
16/07/2020

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jemele Hill call out antisemitism in Black community

In his latest column for The Hollywood Reporter on Tuesday, Abdul-Jabbar argues that there has been a “shocking lack of massive indignation” over recent statements on social media.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
16/07/2020
Missouri Governor Mike Parson signs an anti-BDS bill into law. July 13, 2020.

Missouri joins 31 other states in passing anti-BDS legislation

Missouri joins Nevada, Minnesota and Alabama, among others, in passing legislation preventing the state from contracting with companies that boycott Israel.

Toronto restaurant owner loses business after shaming Zionists

“By stating that Zionists are not welcome to its store, this business is basically stating that Jewish people are not welcome,” Rabbi Meyer May, the center’s executive director, said in a statement.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
09/07/2020

German groups linked to PFLP-terrorist entity protest Israeli sovereignty

The extremist group Jewish Voice for a Just Peace in the Middle East, which supports the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel, was a sponsor of the protest.

Jewish org. condemns BDS cries at Black Lives Matter march

The march was one of many across the United States held in accordance with the Palestinian Authority's call for a "Day of Rage" to protest Israel's partial annexation of the West Bank plan.

03/07/2020
A protest against US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem in Brussels

Belgian gov't funds groups promising to weaken pro-Israel influence

Arnaud Gaspart, a spokesman for the Belgian Foreign Ministry, said the document “does not reflect Belgium’s position or point of view.”

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
03/07/2020

Protesters in Black Lives Matter march demonstrate against Israel in DC

The chant "Israel, we know you murder children, too" could be heard amid "Black Lives Matter" and "Palestinian Lives Matter" chants.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
03/07/2020

BDS groups plan anti-annexation ‘Day of Rage’ across the US

"We demand the defunding and dismantling of US police alongside the defunding and dismantling of Zionist colonialism and racist Israeli apartheid."

Kuwait Airways

German court rules travel portal can ‘discriminate’ against Israelis

An Israeli had his entrance denied because he had a layover in Kuwait, whose monarchy boycotts Israel.

FILE PHOTO: British rock star Roger Waters walks along the Israeli barrier in Bethlehem

Roger Waters: Technique used in George Floyd's killing taught by IDF

In the video, Waters claimed Sheldon Adelson is the puppet master of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Donald Trump, and US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman.

BDS victory in Spain overturned in court two years later

Catalonia court overturns BDS motion in municipality outside Barcelona where Israel’s national water polo team was set to play Spain but was relocated due to municipal boycott provisions.

European court rules against France in Israel boycott activist case

France’s highest appeals’ court in 2015 upheld rulings that convicted campaigners on the basis of inciting racism and anti-Semitism.

By REUTERS
11/06/2020
ROGER WATERS

Israeli-Arab singer criticizes Roger Waters for supporting BDS

During the interview, Awad urged Waters to visit Israel and perform in the country as means for encouraging Israeli-Palestinian dialogue.

Pro-BDS group settles lawsuit for discrimination against Israeli entities

The settlement, signed on Tuesday, commits the National Lawyers Guild to refraining from discriminating against Israelis.

Austrian state of Styria condemns BDS in resolution

“With this decision, the parliament is committed to resolutely combating every form of antisemitism as it emerges."

50,000 scholar NGO slams ‘antisemitic’ BDS prof., supports German rep.

“For cosmetic and political reasons BDS groups try, albeit unsuccessfully, to draw a distinction between anti-Zionism and antisemitism to soft peddle their racist policies."

UK plans anti-BDS law after court rules against gov't ban on boycotts

"We are committed to ensuring public bodies take a consistent approach to investments and to stop local boycotts."

The Twitter application is seen on a phone screen August 3, 2017

German diplomat tweets to defend advocate of Holocaust trivialization/BDS

Andreas Görgen tweeted at least seven posts in favor of Achille Mbembe over the last week without links to critical texts of Mbembe alleged antisemitism and belittling of the Shoah.

German cultural festival director urged to be fired for BDS antisemitism

"Once again, the director of the Ruhrtriennale Stefanie Carp sets an anti-Israel accent and stages the defamation of the Jewish state in the guise of freedom of art and expression,” said Uwe Becker.

German politician Lorenz Deutsch

German politician urges festival to disinvite BDS academic

State bans public funds for BDS activities at cultural and music events

Humboldt University

20% of German university academics reject Israel’s existence

Of the 1,106 polled, a fifth want to reject Israel's existence on campus and more than a quarter want to reject Islam.

UC Berkeley student gov't does not condemn pro-Palestinian display

Many of the Jewish students who attended the meeting to support Bears for Palestine called out “You don’t speak for us” to Nathan Bentolila, who said the university is "not united against hate."

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
13/02/2020
The exterior of The Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University.

Jewish Harvard students form anti-Zionist organization

The group said it will focus on Palestinian solidarity; fighting antisemitism and for the safety of Jews and all people through solidarity; and creating Jewish spaces and events outside of Hillel.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
13/02/2020

MLB cancels promotion of Roger Waters' tour due to BDS support

Prior to the decision, MLB sponsored ticket pre-sales for Waters' "This is Not a Drill" tour.

A crowd watches on screen the funeral for Lori Gilbert-Kaye on April 29, 2019

FBI: Jews were victims in 60% of religiously motivated hate crimes in 2018

There was also a 105% increase in physical assaults on Jews over the previous year.

By ROBERT HORENSTEIN
28/12/2019

Sabra hummus banned by Student Senate from Dickinson College store

’A Resolution To Endorse the Banning of Sabra Hummus from the Devil’s Den’

By HEDDY BREUER ABRAMOWITZ
24/12/2019
Students on the Princeton University campus

Princeton student gov't candidate called ‘poor choice’ for serving in IDF

Fellow junior Braden Flax said that Esterlit “is as poor a choice as one can possibly conceive, given his front-and-center background as a member of the Israeli Defense Forces.”

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
13/12/2019
Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen swears in Austria's provisional government after a no-co

Anti-BDS resolution to be introduced to Austria parliament

All five parties in the National Council agreed on Wednesday to the text of the resolution, and it is thought that it will come to a vote in January.

Students at Columbia University hold a "die-in" demonstration

Columbia U. students to vote on BDS ballot initiative on Sunday

The initiative is being presented by Columbia University Apartheid Divest (CUAD).

People wave European union flags

US: European Court encouraging BDS with mandated settler labeling

“The circumstances surrounding the labeling requirement in the specific facts presented to the Court are suggestive of anti-Israel bias,” the State Department statement read.

Pending court ruling could force EU states to label settlement products

Foreign Ministry braces for diplomatic, PR battle against latest boycott tool

BDS

German city withdraws from award to pro-BDS US-Lebanese artist

“According to research, we have to assume that the nominated prize-winner is a follower of the BDS movement and has participated in several measures in the cultural boycott of Israel.”

Ron DeSantis visits Brauser Maimonides Academy Jewish Day School, November 2018

Broward County, Florida commission passes anti-Israel boycott resolution

The Florida state legislature in 2016 passed an anti-BDS bill that prevents state institutions from investing in or contracting with companies that boycott companies or products made in Israel.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
02/10/2019

Ziggy Marley honored by BDS fighters Creative Community for Peace

“We should make an effort to educate people who are against going to Israel; we should learn how to educate Roger Waters."

A woman holds a sign which reads "Boycott Israel" in front of symbolic coffins while attending a dem

Montreal federal candidate under fire after anti-Israeli videos surface

Gallo was seen in videos placing “warning” labels on Israeli products in a store, encouraging Canadians to boycott them. Doing so is against Canadian law.

27/09/2019

Berlin cancels Palestinian terror concert

The Palestinian rappers, Shadi Al-Bourini and Qassem Al-Najjar, have sung for military action against Tel Aviv and urged the destruction of Israel.

The BDS movement seeks to destroy Israel’s image in the eyes of the world.’

German city rescinds literary prize to author due to BDS

British-Pakistani writer rejected Hebrew translation of her books

German commissioner says local BDS chapter incited against U.S. synagogue

“‘Zionist’ in the language of antisemites is a code for Jew,” Gauri Sastry, judge in the west German city of Essen, ruled in her groundbreaking legal decision.

A woman holds a sign which reads "Boycott Israel" in front of symbolic coffins while attending a dem

US diplomats pressed European lawmakers to oppose Israel boycott

The diplomats pressed lawmakers from Germany and Ireland to not support a law that boycotts Israel

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
17/09/2019

Ilhan Omar: I hope Israelis will make 'different decision' in election

Ilhan Omar spoke out against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the wake of the upcoming Israeli elections.

16/09/2019

The irony and harm of the BDS movement

Barghout states that “any part of Palestine” refers to the land now recognized as Israel.

By ETHAN LIBKIND
04/09/2019
The BDS movement seeks to destroy Israel’s image in the eyes of the world.’

Academic organization votes to reject BDS

Supporters claim Palestinian's rights "to education and academic freedom, have been denied for decades under Israel’s military occupation and racist policies.”

Under BDS pressure: Only 2,000 show up Jenifer Lopez’s concert in Egypt

The concert in the city of El-Alamein had few attendees after the BDS movement protested the event: “The provocative singer also performed in occupied Palestine.”

By MAARIV ONLINE
11/08/2019
PROF. RON ROBIN: The world is full of injustices, and the idea of singling out Israel as the center

What Israel is doing wrong in the battle against BDS

"No more preaching to the choir," said Prof. Ron Robin, chairman of the Association of University Heads in Israel.

B’nai Brith to Canadian A-G: West Bank wine labeling decision aids BDS

B’nai Brith Canada’s senior counsel David Matas said he believed the Federal Court’s decision “contains significant legal errors."

Tel Aviv NGO petitions court to bar Ilhan Omar from entering Israel

Shurat Hadin, also known as the Israel Law Center, filed a motion requiring that the Interior Minister Aryeh Deri does not allow Omar to enter the country because of her support for BDS.

THE NEW York Times Building in Manhattan

Discussing what The New York Times got right and wrong about BDS

I thought in this case they did a pretty good job, particularly in making it clear why the pro-Israel opposition to BDS is not confined to the right.

By ANDREW SILOW-CARROLL / JTA , LAURA E. ADKINS/JTA
31/07/2019
AMERICAN AND ISRAELI flags fly during a demonstration in support of Israel at the US Capitol in 2002

House approves anti-BDS resolution

Some 350 members of the House cosponsored the resolution – an equal number of Democrats and Republicans.

A woman wearing a T-shirt which reads, "Boycott Israel", takes part in a demonstration in favour of

Anti-BDS appeal to German government by top academics gaining momentum

Petition responds to pro-BDS resolution by 240 Jewish and Israeli scholars.

Anti-Israel Germany

‘Post’ exposé leads to closure of BDS group’s bank account in Germany

Iris Hefets, spokeswoman for Jewish Voice, confirmed that the bank pulled the plug on the group’s account because Jewish Voice refused to stop promoting the BDS campaign against Israel.

Roger Waters, draped with a Palestinian keffiyeh

We don't need no education

Waters, who presents himself as a human rights activist, has developed an unwarranted obsession with Israel while ignoring very real human rights infringements elsewhere in the world.

Dr. Felix Klein, Federal Commissioner for Jewish Life in Germany and the Fight Against Antisemitism

An exclusive interview with Dr. Felix Klein

“I cannot advise Jews to wear the kippot everywhere all the time in Germany,” Klein said, adding that he had changed his mind on the subject.

20/06/2019
Close a bank account

Boomerang: Economic pressure hits BDS campaigners

“These [BDS] organizations are obsessed with eradicating Israel as a Jewish state,” said Tzahi Gavrieli.

Thousands of Christian supporters of Israel march in Jerusalem

Christians who stand with Israel combat BDS

“The BDS movement relies on lies and bigotry to advance its agenda, we combat those by teaching the truth and preaching tolerance,” says Shari Dollinger, co-executive director of CUFI.

Youth attend the annual March of the Living at the former Nazi concentration camp of Auschwitz

New antisemitism presents new challenges

Antisemitism has been around for hundreds of years. But the rise of populism, along with social media, presents new challenges for those trying to fight what is called the “new antisemitism.”

By LINDA GRADSTEIN
19/06/2019

Erdan: September report will put BDS on defense in universities

The Strategic Affairs Minister said that the report would “expose the antisemitic rhetoric and actions of BDS lead.

Raymond W. Kelly, Bruce Buck, Brooke Goldstein, Doron Horowitz and Caroline B. Glick speaking at the

Key to fighting antisemitism? Empowering Jewish communities

‘Antisemites are not such because of what we are, but because they are bigots and they attach their bigotry to the Jewish people,’ says Caroline Glick.

Senator Ted Cruz and Rep. Ted Deutch

U.S. says NO to BDS

Senator Ted Cruz and Rep. Ted Deutch spearhead the battle in Congress.

18/06/2019
The Digitell network for pro-Israel Online Activism at the Jerusalem Post annual conference in New Y

Fighting BDS Online with Israel’s DigiTell Defenders

Minister of Strategic Affairs Gilad Erdan presented awards to Digi-Tell representatives on stage.

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