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    Embarrassing setback for anti-Israel BDS campaign

    You may be familiar with the BDS acronym. It stands for Boycott Disinvestment Sanctions and the target of the boycotting, disinvesting and sanctions is Israel. As evidenced by the figures in sources 1 and 2, the campaign is quite extraordinarily ineffectual.

    Be that as it may, BDS activists might argue that it's meant to be purely symbolic. They claim to be acting in response to a "call" "issued" by "Palestinian civil society [...] for a campaign of boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel" (3). Who comprised this Palestinian civil society and how this "call" was issued is far from obvious to this writer. However, it's clear that no-one got around to telling Palestinian traders in cities such as Jericho who (it has recently emerged) are vigorously promoting Israeli products such as the Ahava cosmetics range.

    It does the beg question: why are westerners being asked to boycott Israeli products on behalf of Palestinians when Palestinians themselves don't?



    1. Foreign direct investment in Israel doubles - Globes
    2. TABLE-Israel FDI up at $402 mln in December - Yahoo! News Maktoob
    3. BDSmovement.net | The Palestinian BDS National Committee website
    4. Israel Behind the News: Israel Resource Review
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Matrix View Post
    Who's calling for westerners to boycott Israel?
    The BDS Movement. See source 3 in the OP
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    It's high time EU govts started listening to their people and implemented sanctions. Holocaust-guilt by Westerners does not mean we should let the victims become the oppressors.

    I don't agree BDS has been a complete failure. It took decades for the SA boycott to work. This is a work in progress. And remember that throughout our crisis, FDI into Ireland has continued to soar, but you wouldn't say that means we are booming now would you?

    In the 1930's the international community appeased the Germans and refused to impose sanctions until it was too late. The appeasement of Israel could be a direct parallel if we act too late.

    Many Israeli exports are not even labelled or are labelled as being from Cyprus.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dame_Enda View Post
    It's high time Palestinians started listening to the BDSers and implemented sanctions.
    Fixed that for you, LOL.
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    Well morally the BDS movement has been and continues to be a complete failure. There's no difference between them and the Nazi brownshirts and storm troopers who prevented people from shopping at Jewish stores, employing Jewish teachers, using Jewish doctors etc. It's the same tactics the BDS movement use. They position themselves in front of shops selling Israeli goods and they encourage universities and conferences to stop contact with Jewish Israeli medical researchers and teachers. The BDS movement should be seen in the right perspective. Intimidation and violence is their stock-in-trade
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    Quote Originally Posted by L'Chaim View Post
    . They position themselves in front of shops selling Israeli goods and they encourage universities and conferences to stop contact with Israeli medical researchers and teachers. The BDS movement should be seen in the right perspective.
    Good.
    Hopefully these tactics will be used more widely and across commercial entities generally.
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    Quote Originally Posted by L'Chaim View Post
    Well morally the BDS movement has been and continues to be a complete failure. There's no difference between them and the Nazi brownshirts and storm troopers who prevented people from shopping at Jewish stores, employing Jewish teachers, using Jewish doctors etc. It's the same tactics the BDS movement use. They position themselves in front of shops selling Israeli goods and they encourage universities and conferences to stop contact with Jewish Israeli medical researchers and teachers. The BDS movement should be seen in the right perspective. Intimidation and violence is their stock-in-trade
    And this is more of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gerhard dengler View Post
    Good.
    Hopefully these tactics will be used more widely and across commercial entities generally.
    I thought ye were all into free speech. Or is that just for defending borderline anti Jewish rants here on Politics.ie?
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    Quote Originally Posted by L'Chaim View Post
    Well morally the BDS movement has been and continues to be a complete failure. There's no difference between them and the Nazi brownshirts and storm troopers who prevented people from shopping at Jewish stores, employing Jewish teachers, using Jewish doctors etc. It's the same tactics the BDS movement use. They position themselves in front of shops selling Israeli goods and they encourage universities and conferences to stop contact with Jewish Israeli medical researchers and teachers. The BDS movement should be seen in the right perspective. Intimidation and violence is their stock-in-trade
    Mysterious 'Prisoner X' found hanged in top secret Israeli jail cell named as Australian Mossad agent
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    BDS does not call for a boycott of individuals because she or he happens to be Israeli or because they express certain views.
    Of course, any individual is free to decide who they do and do not engage with.
    George used the second sentence as his get-out clause.
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