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Is BDS anti-semitic?

BDS stands for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions. It is a non-violent, Palestinian led political campaign that advocates for and promotes various forms of finanical protest against the state of Israel. The objective of BDS is to pressure Israel into abiding by international law, which includes ending the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, granting Arab-Palestinians Israeli citizenship, and allowing displaced Palestinian refugees the right to return to their cultural and ancestral homeland. It’s often compared to and seeks to emulate the South African anti-apartheid movement from the 1980s. However, the movement has been accused of being ant-semitic due to the nature in which it targets the world’s only Jewish state, and how those attacks affect Jewish people in Israel and abroad.

Yes, BDS is anti-semitic.

BDS seeks to delegitimize and destabilize Israel.

BDS opposes Jewish people's right to self-determination, and compounds the physical aggression that has been threatening Israel's existence since it's conception. Denying Jewish people the right to their own state is anti-semitic. Explore

BDS applies an unfair double standard to Israel.

BDS disproportionately targets Israel for human rights violations. Other nations, particularly the ones surrounding Israel in the Middle East, have committed worse atrocities. The intense scrutiny of Israel is the release of deeply harbored anti-semitic beliefs. Explore

BDS targets Jewish people, not Israel.

Some supporters of BDS are targeting Jewish people, not Israel. Jewish people on college campuses and in other institutions are intimidated, distrusted, and held accountable for Israel's actions, even though they have nothing to do with the Arab-Israeli conflict. Explore

BDS allows for anti-semitism to flow more freely in certain communities and institutions.

No, BDS is not anti-semitic.

BDS is anti-zionist, not anti-semitic.

Anti-zionism is not inherently anti-semitic. BDS advocates for the replacement of ethnic nationalism in Israel with civic nationalist. The latter does not give priority to any religious group and instead treats every religion equally under the eyes of the law. Explore

BDS wants to hold Israel accountable for past human rights violations

Religious minorities or states are not exempt from criticism regarding human rights violations. BDS is an organization that advocates for Palestinian rights in Israel. Their efforts are seen as anti-Israel because they want society to be geared towards Palestinians. Explore
This page was last edited on Thursday, 4 Jun 2020 at 02:08 UTC