I’ve been watching various corporations, universities, NGOs and non-profits respond to the demands of the Boycott, Divest & Sanctions (BDS) movement. The stated goal of the BDS movement is to apply political and economic pressure on the State of Israel in order to “encourage” the two-state solution, but there are a whole lot of people involved in the movement who appear to wish to boycott, divest, and sanction Israel right off the map. Some of them might be in your workplace or the non-profit you support. Some of them might be in your church. They’re in the one I currently attend – a position that troubles me deeply.
The Simon Wiesenthal Center has a helpful summary of the BDS movement here. The movement has picked up steam over the last couple of years, and, as the Wiesenthal Center notes, if you peel away the veneer of the BDS movement, you’ll find an old, old motivation. [Read more]