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Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions
Major Jewish organizations back Israel’s BDS entry ban, barred group calls it ‘bullying’
Leaders of several major American Jewish organizations told JNS they support the Israeli government’s decision to prevent the entry of foreign citizens who promote boycotts of Israel.
Jonathan S. Tobin
A law that allows hatemongers to pose as martyrs
Far from hurting the BDS movement, Israel’s new “blacklist” of boycott leaders banned from entering the country allows these enemies of the Jewish state to play martyrs and garner undeserved sympathy. Contrary to the fears of Israeli lawmakers, the real threat posed by BDS is to Jews in the Diaspora, not those in Israel, writes JNS Editor in Chief Jonathan S. Tobin.
Comedian Chris Rock defies BDS, performs in Israel
American comedy legend Chris Rock this week took his act to Israel, performing in the country for the first time before a crowd of 10,000 at Tel Aviv’s Menorah Mivtachim Arena.
Israel bans entry for 20 BDS groups, shows it ‘won’t turn a blind eye’ to delegitimization
Prof. Gerald Steinberg, founder and president of the NGO Monitor watchdog group, told JNS that the government’s move signals that Israel “won’t turn a blind eye to those who work to delegitimize it, but the downside is that it also serves to raise the profiles of these groups.”
Israel bans 20 BDS groups from entering country
Israel’s Strategic Affairs Ministry on Sunday published a list of 20 groups affiliated with the BDS movement that will be barred from entering the country.