The BDS Movement

Since its founding in 1948, Israel’s enemies have repeatedly attempted to undermine and ultimately destroy the Jewish state through military assaults, terrorist attacks and actions at international organizations.

More recently, the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign has emerged in an effort to stigmatize, delegitimize and isolate the State of Israel.

State-Sponsored BDS
BDS is a diverse and diffuse movement that takes place in academic institutions, private business, as well as governments at the local, national and international levels. The national and international BDS campaigns perhaps are the most pernicious and detrimental to Israel. Waged in European capitals and in institutions like the United Nations, state-led BDS seeks to isolate Israel politically and economically.

BDS Hinders Peace
Outside nations and international institutions have threatened Israel with economic penalties if it does not make unilateral political concessions outside the context of direct Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. In seeking to impose such one-sided “solutions” on Israel, BDS efforts undermine the prospects for peace by relieving Palestinians of the need to negotiate with Israel and by promoting demands that forgo any expectation of compromise.

BDS on Campus
On U.S. college campuses, BDS efforts are most evident when student governments consider resolutions to single-out and punish Israel. To date, only a handful of student governments have passed BDS resolutions, and in each case, the college or university has swiftly issued a repudiation.

Talking Points

  1. The Delegitimization of Israel
    At its heart, BDS does not aim to affect positive political change or improve the situation for Palestinians. BDS’ objective is to delegitimize Israel and undermine its right to exist. 

  2. A Dangerous and Disingenuous Equivalence
    BDS dishonestly equates former apartheid South Africa with present-day Israel in order to enlist people of conscience in a global campaign of economic and social pressure

  3. An Anti-Peace Movement
    BDS does not seek a just and lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians. Instead, the movement and many of its proponents seek to destroy Israel. 

  4. An Isolation Campaign 
    BDS proponents seek to drive a wedge between Israel and the rest of the world—separating Israel’s government, business, universities and people from their partners abroad.