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3 Effects of the BDS Movement on Israel

By    |   Monday, 19 Oct 2015 09:43 PM

The boycott, divestment, and sanctions movement, known as the BDS movement, is a Palestinian-founded campaign aimed at gaining international support for their condemnation of Israel. The movement, founded in 2005 by more than 170 Palestinian organizations, has launched anti-Israel demonstrations in the U.S., Africa, Europe, and South America.

The campaign’s academic, consumer, and cultural anti-Israel boycotts have managed to capture the attention and support of universities, companies, and even celebrities around the globe. However, the real impact that the BDS movement has had on Israel is somewhat disputed.

“The impact of BDS is more psychological than real so far and has had no discernible impact on Israeli trade or the broader economy,” Kristin Lindow, Moody’s Investor’s service senior vice president, told Forbes. “That said, the sanctions do run the risk of hurting the Palestinian economy, which is much smaller and poorer than that of Israel,” she continued.

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Yet, Israeli Prime Minister mentioned the movement 18 times in a 2014 speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), according to Mondoweiss.

Below are three effects of the BDS movement on Israel:

1. Fosters Anti-Semitism – Outrages Israel Supporters
The belief that the campaign fosters anti-Semitism has prompted some Jews around the world to boycott the boycott movement and pledge their support for the Jewish state. Sheldon Adelson, a Jewish-American Republican, and Haim Saban, Jewish-American Democrat, for example, joined together to from an anti-boycott movement fund, CNN reported.

2. Denies Israel’s Right to Exist – Pro-Israel Advocates Fear Speaking Out
“The success of BDS is particularly impressive because it is a movement that uses the language of rights, but deals in practice with denying Israel’s right to exist. The result is a major deception,” Ben-Dror Yemeni, Israeli columnist wrote, according to The Guardian.

As the BDS movement grows, some supporters of Israel fear they will face discrimination. Dr. Samuel Edelman, director of the Academic Network of the Israel on Campus Coalition (ICC) for example, says he has seen some of his junior faculty members grow apprehensive about voicing their support for Israel because of growing BDS support. “This is a fear many faculty have voiced to me and that number keeps increasing,” he told JNS.org.

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3. Financial Costs
Overall, the BDS movement is projected to cost Israel $15 billion CNN reported. However, the movement will also cost Palestine about $2.4 million. Because Israel’s economy is so large, the effect of the movement is still likely to have only a minimal impact on Israel’s economy.

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