The Battle Against BDS - Upcoming Bar-Ilan Conference and Audio Recording of the 4th IAM Conference in May
The effort to combat BDS has galvanized civil society groups and the government to tackle this phenomenon. One such a platform was the IAM conference in May, a recording of which is now available online.
Two weeks ago Danny Danon, the Israeli Ambassador to the U.N, hosted a conference in the U.NGeneral Assembly with some 1,500 students and dozens of anti-boycott organizations participating. Ambassador Danon, who described BDS as being the face of modern anti-Semitism, stated that the conference intends to send Israel-haters around the world a clear message of the country’s strength. He added that Israel will not surrender and shall continue to expose BDS lies.
A few days ago, Gilad Erdan, the Minister of Strategic Affairs who was appointed by the Prime Minister to tackleBDS,spoke at the annual Herzliya Conferenceand outlined the steps the government should take against the boycott movement and its advocates and move from defense to offense. He proposed that Israeli authorities should target bank accounts of such activists and organizations, to expose their sources of funding. He also explained that the government is currently advancing legislation.“There’s no real price for somebody here, or an organization who is working against his country in order to isolate it in the world.” He said.
On the American front, an Haaretz article reported that in the U.S some twenty states so far and two local governments - one in Florida and one in New York - have taken up the battle against BDS and passed laws or are in the process of considering it.
From a financial prospective, Bloomberg reported that an examination of foreign capital flow into Israel shows a steep increase, that foreign investments in Israeli assets hit a record high last year, a near-tripling from 2005 when the BDS movement was started by a group of Palestinians.
It seems that the BDS success is limited to campuses. But even this may change as more and more academic experts are getting involved.
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מארגנים: מוניטור האקדמיה הישראלית
הכנס בוחן את האנטישמיות החדשה והקשר שלה אל תנועת החרם
ביום שלישי ה-10 במאי מתשע בבוקר עד שתיים בצהריים.
הפאנל הראשון באנגלית.
Charles Asher Small, (D.Phil. Oxon.) Director, Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy (ISGAP) New York."The BDS Element in the Delegitimization Campaign of Israel"
Lesley Klaff, Senior lecturer in law at Sheffield Hallam University U.K. "Fight back against contemporary anti-Semitism: lessons learned from Fraser v UCU (2013)"
Ronnie Fraser, Ph.D. (Barnett College, U.K, retired) a Mathematics lecturer and a member of the University and College lecturers union (UCU). Director of the Academic Friends of Israel, which campaigns against the academic boycott of Israel and antisemitism on campus. "Campus Antisemitism and issues of Freedom of Speech in the U.K."
Sharona Goldenberg, Ph.D. Lecturer - Netanya Academic College, School of Law, 2010. Head of IFOR, Academic Center which studies the academic boycott of Israel and its consequences. "Academic Boycott - Is it an Oxymoron?"
Dana Barnett, Ph.D. Researcher under Prof. Gideon M. Kressel, the Jacob Blaustein Institute Midreshet Ben Gurion. Editor, Israel Academia Monitor.
"From Anti-Semitism to Post-Zionism and BDS".