Poll: 33% of Americans, 40% of Brits believe boycotting Israel is ‘justified’



An anti-Israel BDS movement protest in London. Credit: Claudia Gabriela Marques Vieira via Wikimedia Commons.

(JNS.org) Thirty-three percent of Americans and 40 percent of Brits believe that boycotting Israel is “justified,” according to a new poll by the market research firm Ipsos, Israel’s Channel 2 reported.

Ipsos surveyed 1,100 people in the United States and a similar number in the United Kingdom. About 38 percent of Americans do not think the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement is connected to anti-Semitism, but 62 percent believe BDS is meant to hurt Israel’s status as “the national homeland of Jewish people,” the poll found.

A slim majority (51 percent) of the British poll’s respondents agreed that BDS is a modern form of anti-Semitism. In addition, a strong number (81 percent) of American students defined themselves as pro-Israel, with fewer British students (67 percent) self-identifying as such.

Posted on May 31, 2016 .