Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS)


BDS resolutions on college campuses have almost disappeared. What comes next? by Haley Cohen,, October 5, 2023

A decade ago, there were dozens of efforts to get universities to divest from Israel; this past year, there were three.

Eugene Volokh on Boycotts, Discrimination, and the First Amendment by Marilyn Stern, Middle East Forum Webinar, August 25, 2023 (video, 40’31”)

American Anthropological Association boycott of Israel will be to its detriment by Alex Joffe and Asaf Romirowsky, The Jerusalem Post, July 30, 2023

There are no good reasons to oppose the boycott bill by Melanie Phillips, The Jewish Chronicle, July 4, 2023

A dismaying number of Conservative MPs opposed it in the Commons — and Labour’s opposition was a wake up call to those who think that everything is now fine with the party.

The Company They Keep: Organizational and Economic Dynamics of the BDS Movement, National Association of Scholars, April 2023

Boycotts: A First Amendment History by Josh Halpern and Lavi Ben Dor, Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, Forthcoming (Vol. 47) / Harvard Public Law Working Paper No. No. 23-01, March 2023

South African activist abandons BDS movement after trip to Israel by David Karsh, Heritage Florida Jewish News, March 3, 2023

Video: Understanding BDS and the Cultural Boycott (56’10”), Creative Community for Peace (CCFP), March 1, 2023

What Happens When a Company Sues Itself? by Devin Leonard and Dasha Afanasieva, Bloomberg, February 13, 2023

Ben & Jerry’s made the controversial decision to pull out of Israel’s occupied territories. Instead of a political win, the company set off a legal battle with its owner, Unilever.

State Anti-BDS Laws Pass the Constitutional Test by Bobby Miller, National Review, February 12, 2023

As shown by a recent study of the history of boycotts in the U.S., state regulation of economic boycotts has ample precedent.

New Scholarly Analysis Debunks Anti-Israel Boycotters’ Claim First Amendment Protects “Right” to Violate Anti-BDS Laws by Johanna Markind, Legal Insurrection, January 19, 2023

States historically regulated discriminatory boycotts as economic activity, says new article.

Another Palestinian BDS fail by Maurice Hirsch, Palestinian Media Watch, November 15, 2022

Jew-Free Investing by Richard Goldberg, Jewish Journal, November 6, 2022

How the BDS campaign infiltrated ESG

Five 2022 Failures of the BDS Movement, AJC, July 8, 2022

Stopping BDS Cold: Five Lessons to Be Learned From Ben & Jerry’s Attempt to Cream Israel by Gil Hoffman, HonestReporting, July 4, 2022

The agreement enabling Ben & Jerry’s ice cream to continue to be sold throughout Israel announced on June 29 was a sweet victory against the BDS movement. was a resounding win against the worldwide BDS movement, many of whose advocates openly support the destruction of the Jewish state.

Video: Is the BDS movement still relevant? (6’17”) Interview with Brook Goldstein, ILTV, May 30, 2022

The BDS Movement Has Already Lost by Steven A. Cook, Foreign Policy, May 19, 2022

Where it counts—in the halls of government and boardrooms—the effort to boycott Israel doesn’t even register.

The BDS Pound of Flesh by Einat Wilf, Tablet, May 10, 2022

Using lies and social pressure to force students to disavow Israel is a strategy aimed at raising the psychic and professional cost of being Jewish

Why I’m Suing Ben & Jerry’s by Avi Zinger, Common Sense, March 28, 2022

After 30 years of selling ice cream in Israel, the company wants me to boycott my neighbors. I refuse.

Video: BDS Unmasked – Radical Roots, Extremist Ends (1:03’) with Dan Diker, Creative Community for Peace, February 16, 2022 (also available as audio podcast)

Thanks, Ben & Jerry! by Mitchell Bard, Jewish News Syndicate, January 19, 2022

Israel’s international relations are flourishing, completely undermining the agenda of the BDS movement.

There is no diplomatic BDS tsunami against Israel by David M. Weinberg, The Jerusalem Post, January 6, 2022

The moral incoherence of an academic boycott against Israel by Richard L. Cravatts, Jewish News Syndicate, October 29, 2021

There is another, far darker and more pernicious aspect to the call by Virginia Tech graduate students for a boycott of Israeli universities—Israeli academics would be suppressed and robbed of the ability to speak.

Exclusive: Palestinian human rights advocate Bassem Eid files a complaint against Unilever over Ben and Jerry’s boycott of Israel, Elder of Ziyon, October 19, 2021

Letter to Unilever re: Obligation to Overturn Ben & Jerry’s Decision to Engage in Boycott of Israel, StandWithUs, October 15, 2021

Legal Analysis of Ben & Jerry’s Boycott Decision, International Legal Forum for Israel, August 5, 2021

The Ben & Jerry’s Fiasco: A Tale of Ice Cream in 3-D by Rabbi Dr. Moshe Goldfeder, Mishpacha, July 27, 2021

Actions speak louder than words, and it is time for Unilever to freeze out Ben and Jerry’s before their own profits start to melt

The unspoken problem with BDS by David-Seth Kirshner, The Times of Israel, July 21, 2021

How strange to blame only one party for all of the situational realities in the entire region: the Israeli government.

Stop hate at Brown University by Bassem Eid, Jewish News Syndicate, February 3, 2021

BDS campaigns do nothing to improve conditions for Palestinians. On the contrary, they often have the opposite effect. BDS exploits Palestinians, using us as a prop to demonize Israel and the Jewish people for the benefit of a political agenda that has nothing to do with us.

What Time Won’t Tell You About BDS by Tamar Sternthal, Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting and Analysis (CAMERA), December 7, 2020

Zionism is not racism – BDS isn’t always anti-Semitism by Kenneth S. Stern, The Times of Israel, November 23, 2020

US Sec of State Pompeo’s declaration that the Israel boycott is anti-Jewish by definition is just the kind of false simplification we’ve seen before.

US State Department Planning Expanded Campaign Using ‘All Legal and Policy Tools’ to Combat ‘Antisemitic’ BDS Movement Against Israel by Dovid Efune, The Algemeiner, September 9, 2020

With the UAE deal, the BDS movement is over by Emily Schrader, The Jerusalem Post, September 1, 2020

If there’s one thing that the UAE-Israel peace agreement has settled, it’s that BDS is an anti-peace movement rooted in bigotry and hypocrisy.

The Battle over BDS – Trends, Lessons, and Future Trajectories by Asher Fredman, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, June 28, 2020

BDS co-founder says goal of movement is end of Israel, Jewish News Syndicate, June 1, 2020

During a 20-minute interview in Arabic via a podcast, Omar Barghouti appears to have let slip its real objective.

Backgrounder: The Intrinsic Antisemitism of BDS by Ricki Hollander, Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting and Analysis (CAMERA), May 13, 2020

What Jews (and non-Jews) Need to Know About BDS by Dexter Van Zile, Medium, April 30, 2020

The BDS Movement Is Racist and Violent by Elliot Orenstein, The Algemeiner, February 7, 2020

AMCHA Study Suggests Pro-BDS Faculty Promote Their Views in Class by Aaron Bandler, Jewish Journal, January 8, 2020 (see also Bringing BDS into the Classroom, AMCHA Initiative, January 2020)

‘Extensive overlaps’ between BDS and terror groups revealed, The Jerusalem Post, December 21, 2019

How BDS Mainstreamed Antisemitism on the American Campus — and Beyond by Adam Milstein, The Algemeiner, November 5, 2019

Whatever happened to the Palestinian ‘diplomatic tsunami’? by Jonathan S. Tobin, Jewish News Syndicate, October 6, 2019

Why BDS Fails My 3D Test on anti-Semitism by Natan Sharansky, Newsweek, September 25, 2019

BDS: Myths and Facts by Daniel Pomerantz, HonestReporting, September 2, 2019

Behind the Mask: The Antisemitic Nature of BDS Exposed, Israeli Ministry of Strategic Affairs and Public Diplomacy, September 2019

Behind the Mask: The Antisemitic Nature of BDS, September 2019

Campus BDS threat shifting to academic boycotts by Zev Hurwitz, Jewish News Syndicate, August 29, 2019

Such activists are relentless, open to shifting their strategy to use campuses to try to punish Israel while vilifying Jewish students in pursuit of their cause.

Is the BDS Movement on the Rise? By Hillel Frisch, The Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 1,243, August 2, 2019

There are two basic dimensions to the efficiency of an organization – its popularity and its ability to have an effect. In the case of the BDS movement, the desired effect is to harm Israel.

What The New York Times got right and wrong about BDS by Andrew Silow-Carroll and Laura E. Adkins, Jewish Telegraphic Agency, July 30, 2019

The Anti-Semitic BDS Movement Advocates Illegal Discrimination by David French, National Review [Canada], July 18, 2019

BDS Casualties by Nevet Basker, The Times of Israel, July 18, 2019

BDS Fails by Nevet Basker, The Times of Israel, July 15, 2019

The BDS halo is slipping as its critics grow louder by Robert Fulford, National Review [Canada], June 14, 2019

BDS groups accused of advocating ‘a reign of verbal terror, and … violence against anyone who dares to be pro-Israel’

Anti-Zionism Worse than Anti-Semitism by David Suissa, Jewish Journal, May 29, 2019

The ‘Peaceful’ Movement to Destroy Israel by Yosef Kuperwasser, Tablet, May 1, 2019

Setting the record straight on BDS and the call for two states

Boycotting Israel – Is it Free Speech? by Daniel Pomerantz,, March 6, 2019

Boycotting Israel won’t end the Palestinian tragedy by Yossi Klein Halevi, The Los Angeles Times, February 19, 2019

Sorry, but anti-BDS laws don’t infringe on free speech by Ron Machol and Charles D. Pulman, Houston Chronicle, February 19, 2019

The Truth About B.D.S. and the Lies About My Bill by Sen. Marco Rubio, The New York Times, February 5, 2019

The goal of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement is to eliminate any Jewish state between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea.

Evidence mounting that US BDS groups are fronts for terror organizations by Sean Savage, Jewish News Syndicate, January 18, 2019

Emerging evidence suggests that the BDS movement has extensive ties to Palestinian terrorist organizations, using the “social justice” movement as a veritable human shield for anti-Israel ideology and activism.

The Big BDS Bang by Michael J. Koplow, Israel Policy Forum, Koplow Column, January 10, 2019

BDS bill debate is about anti-Semitism, not speech by Jonathan S. Tobin, Jewish News Syndicate, January 8, 2019

American Jews, who are the real target of the BDS movement, need to speak up.

BDS Charade: United Church of Christ’s ‘Divestment’ From Israel by Dexter Van Zile, The Algemeiner, January 3, 2019

US companies need relief from BDS pressure by Stuart Eizenstat, The Hill, December 19, 2018

Airbnb Breaks the BDS Seal by Michael J. Koplow, Israel Policy Forum, Koplow Column, November 21, 2018

BDS has zero impact on Israeli businesses by Adam Reuter, Globes, October 9, 2018

A study of the impact of BDS on the Israeli economy estimates the damage at 0.004%, while some companies benefit from the boycott.

SPME statement on the University of Michigan, Scholars for Peace in the Middle East, October 15, 2018

When a Nazi comparison makes sense: The BDS movement against Israel by Benjamin Weinthal and Asaf Romirowsky, The Hill, August 22, 2018

Israel Denial: Anti-Zionism, Anti-Semitism, and the Faculty Campaign Against the Jewish State by Cary Nelson

We can and should make BDS a pariah by Evelyn Gordon, Jewish News Syndicate, June 21, 2018

Delegitimizing BDS is far from mission impossible.

Israeli Study Asserts Link Between BDS Movement and Palestinian Terrorist Groups by by Vijeta Uniyal, Legal Insurrection, June 21, 2018

The Myth of BDS Success by Mitchell Bard, The Times of Israel, April 27, 2018

How BDS Is Undermining Academic Freedom by Jonathan Marks, Mosaic, April 18, 2018

In pursuit of openly political ends, some professors risk destroying the principles and safeguards that for over a century have protected the freedom of their colleagues.

The Latest Israel Boycott Lie by Jonathan Marks, Commentary, March 21, 2018

BDS: It’s Not Economics, Stupid! by Jack Saltzberg, The Algemeiner, February 23, 2018

Palestinian Academic & Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) Terror Links and Political Warfare Masquerading as Human Rights

PACBI Deception Unmasked

How much does BDS threaten Israel’s economy? by Dany Bahar and Natan Sachs, The Brookings Institution, January 26, 2018

Boycotting the boycotters by Haviv Rettig Gur, The Times of Israel, January 24, 2018

Why Israel is as bad at fighting BDS as BDS is at fighting Israel: “BDS is fighting an Israel that only exists in its imagination. [….] BDS is not really interested enough in what drives Israeli behavior to construct the strategic capabilities to begin to change it.”

Outside the UN, BDS Is Losing Badly by Evelyn Gordon, Commentary, October 18, 2017

Follow the Money: The Israel-Boycott Movement and Its Accomplices by Benjamin Weinthal and Asaf Romirowsky, The National Interest, August 30, 2017

Legal Expert [Prof. Eugene Kontorovich]: Anti-Israel Boycott Act Targets Discrimination, Not Free Speech,, August 3, 2017

Don’t Exaggerate the Impact of BDS by I.M. Mansdorf, The Jewish Week, July 25, 2017

The issue is not whether BDS should be vigorously opposed. That is a given. But just as one would not use a machine gun to combat a fly, the effort against BDS should be proportionate to the actual threat. The overreaction to BDS has resulted in a victory of sorts for Israel-haters when in fact there is none. BDS is losing, but the Jewish community acts as if BDS is winning.

BDS-Terrorism Links

Israel anti-boycott bill does not violate free speech by Eugene Kontorovich, The Washington Post, July 27, 2017 (see also Setting the Record Straight: Nothing in the Israel Anti-Boycott Act restricts constitutionally-protected free speech by Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), July 20, 2017)

The Epic Failure of the BDS Cultural Boycott by Mitchell Bard, The Times of Israel, July 24, 2017

Unmasking BDS: A New Method To Fight the Movement Has Emerged, and It’s Working by Barry Shaw, The Jerusalem Post, July 15, 2017

Debating the BDS movement’s immorality by Judea Pearl, Jewish Journal, May 31, 2017

BDS is continuing to spread hate and anti-Semitism across the U.S. by Adam Milstein, The Huffington Post, May 30, 2017

FIFA Kicks Decision on Israel’s Settlement Soccer Teams To 2018 by Miriam Elman, Legal Insurrection, May 14, 2017

Palestinians need real support, not self-serving BDS by Bassem Eid, The Times of Israel, May 8, 2017

If so-called pro-Palestinian activists truly want to help the Palestinians, then they should demand freedom, human rights, democracy, and justice for the Palestinians.

The BDS Movement Claimed Eight Victories in 2016. They Were All Actually Losses by David Gerstman , The Tower, March 10, 2017

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

Jews know that a boycott is just the beginning by Jonathan Neumann, Telegraph, February 17, 2017

Is BDS a Bust? by Jonathan Marks, Commentary, February 16, 2017

BDS has failed to turn Israel into a pariah state.

What The NFL Players Refusing A Trip To Israel Can Learn From Muhammad Ali by Micha Danzig, The Forward, February 15, 2017

BDS: The European-funded ‘grassroots’ campaigns by Tamar Kogman, The Jerusalem Post, February 5, 2017

The intersectionality of fools by Dominic Green, The New Criterion, January 2017

[University] faculty and students have campaigned to boycott China and India over the status of Tibet and Kashmir, to reject Chinese and Indian funding, and to shun collaboration with individual Chinese and Indian researchers. There have been organized assaults upon Chinese guest speakers and propaganda campaigns inciting students to purge universities of Chinese or Indian “influence,” including that of American citizens with a Chinese or Indian background. When students of Indian background object, they are informed that, wittingly or not, they are part of a global Hindu conspiracy.

The BDS Disinformation Campaign in the Modern Language Association by Cary Nelson, Fathom, Winter 2016

Witness to the BDS loss at Modern Language Association by MLA17 Attendee, Legal Insurrection, January 8, 2017

Video: The Worst BDS Fails of 2016 (3’06”), StandWithUs, December 27, 2016

Just How Much Should We Boycott Israel? by Elliott Abrams, The Weekly Standard, November 12, 2016

The Left That Cried Wolf by Evelyn Gordon, Commentary, November 6, 2016

A modern blood libel by Robbie Friedmann and Asaf Romirowsky, Ynet News, November 2, 2016

BDS constitutes the modern version of the old blood libel. [It]is focused on national character assassination that is aimed to set the ground for the annihilation of Israel. It is time that the marketplace of ideas forthrightly reject such discriminatory, racist and despicable ideas.

BDS is a blow to academic freedom by Azriel Genack and Fred Naider, The Times of Israel, November 2, 2016

Boycotts impoverish American higher education and shut down Israeli-Palestinian dialogue necessary for peace

Audio: Northwestern Law Professor Challenges Israel Boycott State By State (Interview with Eugene Kontorovich, 17’29”), WBEZ, November 2, 2016

Roger Waters is the ‘odd man out’ by David Renzer, Steve Schnur, and Craig Balsam, The Jerusalem Post, October 19, 2016

From BDS to Murder: a French perspective by Noam Ohana, The Times of Israel, October 19, 2016

We are well aware of the fact that not all BDS activists deny the right of Israel to exist; and not all of those who refuse the idea of a Jewish State are anti-Semites; and not all of those who are anti-Semites support the use of terror; and not all of those who support terrorism are willing to act on it. But we also know that all of those who killed French Jews were initially driven by an obsessive anti-Israel hatred that they could not contain, and that spilled over in a Jewish school and in a kosher supermarket. [….] You can take our word for it, extreme anti-Israel rhetoric always leads to the killing of Jews.

Seeking a Consistent Response to BDS By Evan Gottesman and Elijah Reiss, Israel Policy Forum, Matzav Blog, October 7, 2016

Why the origins of the BDS movement matter by Alex Joffee, The Times of Israel, August 31, 2016

To a large extent BDS in the US is a Muslim Brotherhood project, […] a global Palestinian ‘movement’ in which there are few Palestinians.

Israelis Seem Blind to the Seriousness of BDS by Shmuley Boteach, The Algemeiner, August 29, 2016

Artfully Countering BDS at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival by Lana Melman, The Algemeiner, August 12, 2016

To deny artists from any country their place on stage in order to advance a political agenda is censorship. Placing obstacles in front of artists that discourage or inhibit their legitimate right to perform based on their nationality is discrimination, and creates a chilling effect on freedom of artistic expression for all.

What BDS stands for by John C. Wolfe, The Times of Israel, August 9, 2016

When I see BDSers looking past all of the stoning, beheading and honor killings in the Middle East and accusing Israel of human rights abuses, I know they have fabricated a cause to justify their bigotry. I know their hatred is derived from a medieval contagion that spreads right back to the community that gave me the beliefs and values that are the essence of who I am today.

How US states can promote Israeli-Palestinian peace by Benjamin Weinthal and Asaf Romirowsky, The Hill, August 8, 2016

Winning the BDS Wars: Foundations by Jon Haber, The Algemeiner, August 1, 2016

Video: Alan Dershowitz dismantles the BDS movement (8’48”), British Israel Group, July 21, 2016

Using Emotion to Battle BDS by Jon Haber, The Algemeiner, July 24, 2016

Is the BDS movement facing economic warfare? by Benjamin Weinthal, The Jerusalem Post, July 22, 2016

Encountering Peace: Anti-anti-normalization by Gerson Baskin, The Jerusalem Post, July 20, 2016

The BDS Playbook by Jon Haber, The Algemeiner, July 10, 2016

6 tried and true ways to beat BDS by David Brog, The Times of Israel, July 7, 2016

A direct, strategic response to BDS by Izzy Tapoohi (CEO, Israel Bonds), The Jerusalem Post, July 6, 2016

Why the anti-Israel boycott movement is an immoral threat to peace by Yossi Klein Halevi, Los Angeles Times, June 29, 2016

A New Way to Hurt the Israel Boycott by Blake Fleisher, The Hill, June 21, 2016

The Best Intentions by Evan Gottesman, Israel Policy Forum, Matzav Blog, June 14, 2016

Combating BDS with the blunt instrument of state power [legislation and government regulation] will inevitably create enemies for Israel where heretofore they did not exist.

Sorry BDS, Your Boycott Isn’t Free Speech by Daniel Pomerantz,, June 8, 2016

The Boycott Israel Movement May be Failing by Sangwon Yoon, Bloomberg, June 1, 2016

Twenty three reasons BDS is antisemitic by David Hirsh, Engage, June 1, 2016

Combating Anti-Israelism and Boycotts by Malcolm Lowe, Gatestone Institute, May 20, 2016

How New York can help stop Europe’s rampaging Israel boycotters by Benjamin Weinthal and Asaf Romirowsky, New York Post, May 11, 2016

Academic Boycotts and Professional Responsibility by Russell A. Berman, TELOSscope, May 10, 2016 (paper delivered at the Annual Convention of the American Philosophical Association in San Francisco, March 31, 2016)

Squeezing Palestinians to Hurt Israel by Asaf Romirowsky and Nicole Brackman, The Jerusalem Post, May 8, 2016

BDS: Disneyland of hate by Igal Ram and Eliana Rudee, Jewish Journal, April 20, 2016

Rise of the anti-BDS movement by Robert Fulford, National Post, April 15, 2016

Inside the BDS lions’ den by Adi Cohen,, March 29, 2016

Disguising herself as a fervent and devoted BDS supporter, Adi Cohen participated in rallies, speeches and panels during Israel Apartheid Week and discovered their recruitment methods and how they silence their opposition.

BDS Is the Modern Form of Anti-Semitism by Ronald S. Lauder, Jerusalem Post, March 28, 2016

Even Palestinians don’t want a boycott of Israel by Mike Fegelman, CBC News, March 16, 2016

New Anti-BDS Strategy Scores Win as U Minnesota Drops Boycott Resolution by Andrew Pessin, The Algemeiner, March 9, 2016

Israel’s worst existential threat – and it is not a nuclear Iran by Dr. Avi Perry, Arutz Sheva/Israel National News, March 7, 2016

Is the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement Tainted by Anti-Semitism? by Ira M. Sheskin and Ethan Felson, Geographical Review, March 5, 2016

Syracuse University Professor Exposes Anti-Semitic Foundations of BDS by A.J. Caschetta, American Thinker, February 25, 2016

Boycotting Israel doesn’t help Palestinians by Terry Glavin, Ottawa Citizen, February 24, 2016

The proper response to the BDS movement is not censure, but facts by Robyn Urback, National Post, February 23, 2016

Before you join the BDS movement, read this by Sally Abrams, The Times of Israel, February 20, 2016

The ‘Unholy Alliance’ Comes to Campus: How the BDS Movement turns left-wing students into Jew-haters. by Sara Dogan,, February 18, 2016

Jews know that a boycott is just the beginning by Jonathan Neumann, The Telegraph, February 17, 2016

The anti-Semitic campaign to shun Israeli goods embodies the radicalism that threatens everyone.

Can Jewish communities unite in the fight against BDS? by Amanda Borschel-Dan, The Times of Israel, February 17, 2016

A heated panel at the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations sees ex-IDF general condemn boycott movement as ‘terrorism’

Healthy Institutions Don’t Boycott Israel by Alexander H. Joffe, The Federalist, February 11, 2016

A new way to respond to BDS, without resorting to Bullying, Deceiving, and Smearing: Part I by Andrew Pessin, The Times of Israel, February 8, 2016

The E.U. vs. B.D.S.: the Politics of Israel Sanctions by Bernard Avishai, The New Yorker, January 22, 2016

It’s Not Just About Israel. BDS Threatens Us All. by Adam Milstein, Huffington Post, January 1, 2016

Those that believe this is just an issue for Israel or the Jewish community are sorely mistaken. These developments endanger the future of America. [….] The Jewish people have come to learn that when we are targeted with economic sanctions, much more dangerous things are often on the horizon – and the consequences often extend well beyond our community.

Getting Serious about BDS and Breaking the Silence by Donniel Hartman, The Times of Israel, December 24, 2015

No One Is Actually Boycotting Israel by Adrienne Yaron, The Jerusalem Post, December 20, 2015

If we want to beat BDS, we must expose them as the useless hateful idiots they really are. What we should be doing is humiliating these people with the evidence of their hypocrisy and ignorance at every opportunity. BDS tables should be countered with humorous tables offering “Deposit your cell phone here to boycott Israel.” [….] After all, what is more ridiculous and pathetic than a bitter Jew-hater who can’t survive without Jewish technology?

The Boycott Israel movement is driven by bigotry by Brendan O’Neill, The Telegraph, December 2, 2015: BDS bullies want everyone in Christendom to refuse to have anything to do with Israelis, but they are an ugly, vindictive movement

BDS Money Trail Suggests Opaque Funding Network by Mitchell Bard, The Jewish Week, October 14, 2015

The BDS Movement’s Very Bad Month by Evelyn Gordon, Commentary, September 24, 2015

How Serious Is B.D.S.? by Rochelle Furstenberg, Hadassah Magazine, August/September 2015

It may seem that B.D.S. is on an stoppable upswing. Yet, behind the scenes a countermovement is growing. And, hopefully, the global need for a free exchange of knowledge and scientific development will undercut this modern hate campaign.

10 years later, how BDS became the politically correct way to delegitimize Israel by Amanda Borschel-Dan, The Times of Israel, July 9, 2015 (see also The BDS Movement at 10: An interview with Omar Barghouti by Adam Horowitz and Philip Weiss, Mondoweiss, July 9, 2015)

Blurring the lines between opposing occupation and opposing Israel, the boycott and sanctions effort continues to make inroads, all the way to the 2016 US presidential elections

Video: BDS at 10: Boycott Soda Stream Flash Mob (4’08”), Adalah-NY: The New York Campaign for the Boycott of Israel, July 8, 2015

Combating Anti-Israel Boycotts The Underused Strategies: The Underused Strategies by Malcolm Lowe, Gatestone Institute, July 7, 2015

The Palestinian Case Against BDS by Bassem Eid, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, June 25, 2015

Fight BDS with national unity not a biased, divisive strategy by Gil Troy, The Jerusalem Post, June 16, 2015

BDS and Hamas: The New Partnership by Khaled Abu Toameh, Gatestone Institute, June 12, 2015

For Hamas, this is not just about boycotting or imposing sanctions against Israel. Rather, it is about delegitimizing and isolating Israel, and turning it into a rogue state that has no right to exist. [….] BDS seems to be more about hating Israel than helping the Palestinians. And BDS seems to be more about promoting Hamas’s agenda than advancing the cause of peace in this part of the world.

Is growth of anti-Israel boycott all good news for Palestinians? by Christa Case Bryant, Christian Science Monitor, June 12, 2015

We must fight BDS in the name of human rights by Lord Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, The Jerusalem Post, June 11, 2015

Anti-Semitism is not a static phenomenon. It is a virus that mutates, thereby defeating the immune system of free societies. During the Middle Ages, Jews were hated for their religion. In the 19th and early 20th centuries, they were hated for their race. Today they are hated for their nation state. For a thousand years they were the most conspicuous non-Christian presence in a Christian Europe. Today the State of Israel is the most obvious non-Islamic state in a largely Muslim Middle East. Anti-Semitism is not simply about Jews. It is an offense against the fundamental dignity of difference.

Anti-Semitism is the Motivation for the BDS Campaign Whose Goal is to Delegitimize Israel by Amb. Freddy Eytan, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, June 7, 2015

Who is Really Behind BDS? We Can Cut Off BDS at the Spigot by David Bedein, Arutz Sheva, June 5, 2015

New Likud MK: BDS is ‘form of terrorism’ by Mazal Mualem, Al Monitor, June 2, 2015

BDS is a threat to Israel’s very existence by Ben-Dror Yemini,, June 1, 2015

Why Boycotting Israel Is a Bad Idea by Rabbi David Wolpe, TIME, May 27, 2015

BDS’s useless politics of confrontation by David Makovsky and Raquel Saxe, The Times of Israel, May 22, 2015

Protests should be aimed at ending a conflict that has persisted for decades—not fueling the fire

Campuses are flooded with Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) by Natan Sharansky, Jerusalem Post, May 19, 2015

Illinois passes historic anti-BDS bill, as Congress mulls similar moves by Eugene Kontorovich, The Washington Post, May 18, 2015

Are calls to boycott Israel anti-Semitic? by S.M., The Economist, May 12, 2015

Combating times of BDS by Asaf Romirowsky, The Times of Israel, May 6, 2015

Anti-Semitic in Intent if Not in Effect by Gabriel Noah Brahm and Asaf Romirowsky, Pundicity, March 5, 2015

Boycott Israel Movement Stunts The Palestinian Economy by Carrie Sheffield, Forbes, February 22, 2015

Campus BDS intensifies but successes are uneven. European pressure on Israel increases before Israeli elections but proposed American legislation may undercut political use of BDS by Alex Joffe, Scholars for Peace in the Middle East (SPME) February 25, 2015

Those calling for a boycott of Israel are ignoring some painful truths by Yair Lapid, The Guardian, February 19, 2015

Unmasking BDS: Radical Roots, Extremist Ends by Dan Diker, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, December 14, 2014

Observers who have followed the ongoing delegitimization campaign against Israel may have noticed that these BDS calls are not meant merely to pressure Israel toward a two-state solution. Instead, BDS is being used as a platform to advocate ending Israel’s existence as the nation-state of the Jewish people. As such, the BDS movement’s objectives parallel Hamas’ war goals.

Palestinian Human Rights Activist: Boycott of Israel “Big Hoax,” The Tower, December 9, 2014

Why BDS is out of step with reality by Andrew Silow-Carroll, The Times of Israel, November 19, 2014

BDS Is DOA by Spencer Case, National Review, July 22, 2014

The movement to boycott, divest and sanction Israel isn’t selling.

Video: BDS: The Attempt to Strangle Israel (5’16”) by Alan Dershowitz, Prager University, July 14, 2014

Boycotts, Divestment, Sanctions and the Law by Jonathan Turner and Anne Herzberg, Justice Magazine, Justice Magazine, Issue 54, July 7, 2014

Video: Alan Dershowitz: BDS is an immoral movement (12’51”), Herzliya Conference, June 11, 2014

The BDS Movement Continues to Oppose Mideast Peace by Alex Margolin, The Algemeiner, June 8, 2014

Jews Against Themselves: The BDS Movement and Modern Apostasy by Edward Alexander, The Algemeiner, May 14, 2014

The Rock and Roll Boycott of Israel by Adam Shay, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, Jerusalem Issue Brief Vol. 14, No. 13, May 8, 2014

BDS Movement: Barbarians Inside the Gates – Part I by Denis MacEoin, Gatestone Institute, May 7, 2014

Hate Speech Illustrates True Face of BDS by Jonathan S. Tobin, Commentary, March 25, 2014

BDS, Racism and the New McCarthyism by Judea Pearl, Los Angeles Review of Books, March 16, 2014

The real agenda of ‘Israel Apartheid Week’ by Nora Gold, Toronto Star, March 14, 2014

Hamas and BDS by Dan Diker, Jerusalem Post, March 4, 2014

Ten ways that BDS is different now by Kenneth L. Marcus, Jerusalem Post, February 24, 2014

If BDS wins, the Jews are next by Eylon Aslan-Levy, Times of Israel, February 24, 2014

The big boycott bluff by David M. Weinberg, Jerusalem Post, February 14, 2014

What Is the Real BDS Endgame? The Elimination of Israel by Ehud Rosen, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, Jerusalem Issue Brief Vol. 14, No. 3, February 13, 2014

Ten reasons why the BDS movement is immoral and hinders peace by Alan M. Dershowitz, Gatestone Institute, February 12, 2014

As a strong supporter of the two state solution and a critic of Israel’s settlement policies, I am particularly appalled at efforts to impose divestment, boycotts and sanctions against Israel, and Israel alone, because BDS makes it more difficult to achieve a peaceful resolution of the Mid-East conflict that requires compromise on all sides.  The BDS movement is highly immoral, threatens the peace process and discourages the Palestinians from agreeing to any reasonable peace offer.

Livni’s boycott bogeyman by David M. Weinberg, Jerusalem Post, February 7, 2014

The Boycott Mirage by Efraim Inbar, Israel Hayom, February 6, 2014

An Open Letter to Actress Emma Thompson, Boycotter of Israel  by Stephen Flatow, The Algemeiner, February 4, 2014

Video: Oxfam’s Ben Phillips and SodaStream CEO talk West Bank settlements and Scarlett Johansson (8’25”), BBC Newsnight, February 4, 2014

Why The A-List Shuns BDS by Michael Dickson, Times of Israel, January 27, 2014

How to fight academic bigotry by Charles Krauthammer, Washington Post, January 9, 2014

“[T]he ASA boycott has nothing to do with human rights. It’s an exercise in radical chic, giving marginalized academics a frisson of pretend anti-colonialism, seasoned with a dose of edgy anti-Semitism.”

Combatting BDS: A battleplan by Jonathan Rynhold, Times of Israel, December 30, 2013

Forget the Anti-Semites—It’s the Idiots We Should Fear by Liel Leibovitz, Tablet, December 27, 2013

“The ASA’s decision to boycott Israel is just the latest in a troubling trend of sheer political stupidity, threatening Jews and others”

A Slap in the Face for Anti-Israel BDS Movement by Khaled Abu Toameh, Gatestone Institute, December 17, 2013

Some Lessons in Effective Scapegoating by Jeffrey Goldberg,, December 16, 2013

Schooling the ASA on boycotting Israel by Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, Times of Israel, December 15, 2013

Lawrence Summers: Academic boycott of Israel is “anti-Semitism in effect” by William A. Jacobson, Legal Insurrection, December 13, 2013

BDS leader explains how the movement is meant to manipulate Western liberals by Elder of Ziyon, November 19, 2013

AAUP and BDS by Asaf Romirowsky, UPI, November 1, 2013

Dear BDS Movement: Please Don’t Be Hypocrites by Derek Hopper, Times of Israel, October 9, 2013

The BDS message of anti-Zionism, anti-Semitism, and incitement to discrimination by Joel Fishman, Israel Affairs, September 30, 2013

Are BDSers hypocrites, antisemites, or both? by Elder of Ziyon, September 23, 2013

Bullying tactics, Jerusalem Post editorial, August 29, 2013

SPME BDS Monitor Report, Vol. 2 by Alex Joffe, Scholars for Peace in the Middle East (SPME), August 29, 2013

BDS and peace talks by Edward S. Beck, Jerusalem Post, July 31, 2013

Let us be very clear: the BDS campaign does not serve the cause of peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

How Entertainers Are Bullied Into Not Performing In Israel by Abraham Cooper & Harold Brackman, Forbes, July 25, 2013

A Petition to Condemn Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Against Israel, Scholars for Peace in the Middle East, July 2013

From the war in Iraq to the battle against Israel boycotters by Lazar Berman, Times of Israel, July 7, 2013

Again, Gaza farmers cooperate with Israel, while BDSers pretend otherwise, Elder of Ziyon, July 7, 2013

Boycott Divestment Sanctions (BDS) against Israel: an Anti-Semitic, Anti-Peace Poison Pill

Exact price from Israel boycotters by Ido Daniel,, June 21, 2013

Time has come to expose true face of anti-Semites who bash Israel under guise of political correctness

How Boycotts Hurt the Cause of Middle East Peace by Abraham Cooper and Yitzchok Adlerstein, The Algemeiner, June 13, 2013

BDS vs. Palestinian Statehood by Asaf Romirowsky, The Algemeiner, June 14, 2013

BDS a hypocritical movement by Blake Fleisher, The Chicago Maroon, June 4, 2013

Those that support BDS are not “pro-Palestinian.” The movement does not help Palestinians in any significant way; it only hurts them. In all, the BDS movement is nothing but a hypocritical movement that aims to destroy the State of Israel via economic warfare. BDS will not solve the conflict—it will only prevent peace.

How do you spell antisemitism? BDS by Gil Stein, Santa Cruz Sentinel, May 31, 2013

The voices of BDS by Asaf Romirowsky, YNet News, May 24, 2013

Pro-Palestinian groups hijacked the narrative of peace, justice, and human rights, while in reality they yearn for Israel’s destruction.

It’s official: thanks to Stephen Hawking’s Israel boycott, anti-Semitism is no more by Howard Jacobson, The Independent [UK], May 17, 2013

Israel boycotters find it very convenient to believe horror stories about ethnic cleansing by Noga Gur-Arieh,, May 15, 2013

Every time I hear about a new guest at the “boo Israel” party, I can’t help but wonder what they are trying to achieve, and why they don’t even bother checking the facts. [….] So, boycotters, please stop doing what you’re doing. You are not taking the high road. It is the road of twisted lies and a struggle for nothing. Check the facts, then agree or disagree, but don’t hate for nothing and don’t fall for lies. This is not what peace is made of.

Attempted divestment at UCSB and the BDS machine by Max Samarov, Jewish Journal, May 13, 2013

Dan Birnbaum, SodaStream CEO

Successes and Failures of the BDS Campaign by Adam Shay, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, Jerusalem Issue Briefs Vol. 13, No. 11, May 12, 2013

AAUP Statement on Academic Boycotts, The American Association of University Professors, May 10, 2013: The AAUP rejects the recent decisions by Asian-American Studies Association and Stephen Hawking, affirming its opposition to academic boycotts as being “inimical to the principle of academic freedom.”  (See also: Moral Incoherence in the Irish Teacher’s Union Call for an Academic Boycott against Israel by Richard Cravatts, Times of Israel, April 18, 2013)

Boycott Divestment Sanctions (BDS) against Israel: an Anti-Semitic, Anti-Peace Poison Pill by Dr. Harold Brackman, Simon Wiesenthal Center, March 2013

The moral challenge of divestment comes to UCSD by Shlomo Dubnov and Asaf Romirowsky, The Times of Israel,  March 20, 2013

Simon Wiesenthal Center Report: BDS “a Thinly-Veiled, Anti-Israel and Anti-Semitic ‘Poison Pill’” by Zach Pontz, The Algemeiner, March 19, 2013

A Statement Condemning Current Calls for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Against Israel, Scholars For Peace in the Middle East, SPME News No. 9032, March 11, 2013

End the Arab Boycott of Israel by Ed Husain, New York Times, March 6, 2013

the main victims of this boycott are not Israelis, but Palestinians. Israel’s economy is booming, while Palestinians languish in abject poverty. The decades-long Arab boycott has failed miserably.

BDS and the Jewish Studies Trap by Alexander H. Joffe, The Algemeiner, February 8, 2013

On Boycotting Israel by Douglas Murray, Gatestone Institute, November 12, 2012

On ‘Jew-Washing’ And BDS by Yitzhak Santis and Gerald M. Steinberg, The Jewish Week, July 24, 2012 (see also response, ‘Jew-Washing’ Is Bad Practice and Phrase by Philologos, The Forward, August 5, 2012)

[youtube][/youtube]Norman Finkelstein Interview with Frank Barat: BDS Campaign | Imperial College London, February 2012

Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Put Allies at Odds by Jeremy Ben-Ami, Huffington Post, July 2, 2012: “[T]urning to tactics like BDS deepens divisions and fails to promote reconciliation. [….] Reject divestment, and embrace full-on pursuit of the diplomatic efforts necessary to create genuine and lasting peace for Israel and the Palestinian people.”

The Real Purpose of Boycotts by Michael Curtis, Gatestone Institute, June 6, 2012

Manipulation and Deception: The Anti-Israel “BDS” Campaign (Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions) by Alan Baker and Adam Shay, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, Jerusalem Issue Brief Vol. 12, No. 2, March 19, 2012

The Forrest Gump of Israeli Advocacy by Gidon Shaviv, The Algemeiner, March 14, 2012

[youtube][/youtube]Noam Chomsky: BDS is “A Mistake,” September 2011

Debunking BDS, Editorial, Jerusalem Post, March 4, 2012

Shrugging at BDS, Editorial, The Forward, February 17, 2012

Video: Campus Deligitimization is Successful (3’22”), Myths & Facts, February 2, 2012

BDS and academia by Asaf Romirowsky and John R. Cohn, Jerusalem Post, January 30, 2012: “A close look at the BDS movement shows not legitimate criticism but a racist and anti-Semitic program.”

Boycott, divestment and sanctions, Bitterlemons International Edition 22, July 21, 2011

[youtube][/youtube]Lessons from Boycott at Olympia Food Co-Op

Survey of Campus BDS Finds Few Serious Cases: Activity Is Limited But Trend Is Up by Josh Nathan-Kazis, The Jewish Daily Forward, May 4, 2011

Make Music, Not Boycotts: A Letter to Roger Waters by Kobi Oz, The Jewish Daily Forward, March 15, 2011

Israel Apartheid Week, and efforts to combat it, begin by Jordana Horn, Jerusalem Post, March 7, 2011 [reviews the “BDS Sewer System” from NGO Monitor]

Israeli Academia: The Rot Spreads by Kenneth Levin, The Oslo Syndrome, February 2, 2011

One doesn’t boycott the only free society in the Mideast by Bernard-Henri Lévy, Haaretz, January 28, 2011

The Message of BDS by Joel Fishman, SPME Reviews and Recommendations, Scholars for Peace in the Middle East, January 4, 2011 [review of French edition of Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions: The Global Struggle for Palestinian Rights by Omar Barghouti]

“How Can You Defend Israel?” by David Harris, Huffington Post, December 27, 2010 (see also Part II, Huffington Post, January 2, 2011)

’Tis the Season for BDS, NGO Monitor, December 23, 2010

Building a Political Firewall against the Assault on Israel’s Legitimacy: London as a Case Study, Reut Institute, November 2010 [pdf]

Three Israels: Why We Can’t Talk about BDS by Jo Ellen Green Kaiser, Zeek, November 30, 2010

The Delegitimization Dance by Julie Wiener, The Jewish Week, November 30, 2010

The Moral Argument Against BDS by Naftali Balanson, Zeek, November 29, 2010


BDS Exposed

Ayalon: Boycott of Israel is boycott of peace process, Jerusalem Post, November 24, 2010

Turning the tables on BDS by Gerald Steinberg and Jason Edelstein, Jerusalem Post, November 7, 2010

Battered by Boycotts by Julie Wiener, The Jewish Week (New York), October 13, 2010: What happens when a 7-year old’s Israel-themed birthday party becomes a political debate?

Standing up to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, a speech by Paul Howes to Zionist Federation of Australia conference in Melbourne, October 10 2010

What should we do about BDS? by Joel Magalnick, JT News, August 4, 2010Divest This! Activist Handbook

Campaigns to hurt Israeli economy really hurt Middle East peace by Jon Haber, Christian Science Monitor, September 16, 2010

“Anti-Israel campaigns to get big organizations to divest from the Israeli economy may make headlines, but their questionable tactics don’t appear to be working – and they don’t promote peace.”

Boycott this Boycott (on the Ahava boycott) by Rabbi Serge A. Lippe, Huffington Post, July 15, 2010

Presbyterian Church Still One-Sided On Israel by Abraham H. Foxman, Huffington Post, July 15, 2010

Progressive? Then Don’t Boycott Israel by Ben S. Cohen, Huffington Post, June 25, 2010

The BDS Movement Promotes Delegitimization against Israel, Reut Institute, June 13, 2010 [a thorough analysis of the movement, including the important distinction between critics and delegitimizers]

Israeli Apartheid Week’s Distortion of Reality by Asher Susser, Jewish Policy Center, March 15, 2010

“The campaign against Israel is about dehumanization and elementary prejudice”

BDS by the Numbers by Jon Haber, Solomonia, March 5, 2010

Delegitimizing the delegitimizers by Gil Troy, Israel Insider, November 13, 2009

[youtube][/youtube]British novelist Howard Jacobson on academic boycotts of Israel

Boycott Israel? Norwegian University Must Decide by David Harris, The Huffington Post, November 8, 2009

Palestinian workers, unions don’t support BDS campaign, Trade Unions Linking Israel and Palestine (TULIP), November 6, 2009

Academics Against Israel and the Jews by Manfred Gerstenfeld (editor), Institute for Global Jewish Affairs, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA) [A 262-page book of essays by 20 authors on anti-Israel activities on campuses worldwide]

Israel Boycott Movement Gains Momentum by Mel Frykberg, IPS – Inter Press Service, March 3, 2009

Hampshire Divests from Israel, So Contributors Should Divest from Hampshire by Alan M. Dershowitz, The Investigative Project on Terrorism, February 13, 2009

The universities’ witch-hunt against the Jews by Melanie Phillips, Spectator, May 28, 2008

Israel boycott illegal and cannot be implemented, UCU tells members, University and College Union (UK), September 28, 2007

Britain’s UCU decides not to boycott Israel by Hagit Klaiman, YNetNews, September 28, 2007

Boycotting Israel: New pariah on the block, The Economist, September 13, 2007

Why we should condemn the academic boycott of Israel by Matthew Harris, Liberal Democrat Voice, September 5, 2007

Do They Really Want to Boycott This?, Israel 21c, June 24, 2007

A Boycott Built on Bias, by Thomas L. Friedman, New York Times, June 17, 2007

To single out Israeli universities alone for a punitive boycott is rank anti-Semitism.

A letter to the British academic by Yair Lapid,, June 12, 2007

A call for moral outrage over the British boycott by Abraham H. Foxman, Jerusalem Post, June 13, 2007

Malicious Boycotts (editorial), New York Times, June 3, 2007

Critical thinking and well-thought-out criticism are intrinsic to good scholarship and good journalism. These boycotts represent neither.

Dissecting the British academic boycott by Michael Horesh, Israel 21c, June 3, 2007

If the UCU represents the best tradition of British academia, which has taken pride in its openness and progressiveness, the elected delegates of the members have taken Buy Israeli Goodsa major step backwards towards selective teaching and predetermined research. Their decision will bring scorn upon itself and the community at large. It will damage those people they are supposedly seeking to help.

How to stop the UCU boycott – A strategy, Zionism and Israel News, May 31, 2007

Campus Hypocrisy by Thomas L. Friedman, New York Times, October 16, 2002

Criticizing Israel is not anti-Semitic, and saying so is vile. But 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.

A Challenge to House Master Hanson by Alan M. Dershowitz, Harvard Crimson, September 23, 2002

[S]ingling out Israel, among all the countries in the world, for divestment, is an action which is anti-Semitic in effect, if not in intent.