The impetus gained by the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS) is shattering Israel’s illusion of invulnerability. The “delegitimisation” movement as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu defines it, is building consensus among international actors and Israeli Jews themselves, in defiance of the Anti-boycott law.
Despite a still limited impact on Israel’s economy, the BDS movement has been shining a spotlight on the violations of Palestinian human rights and triggered a change in Israel’s public image that is stirring anxiety in the political establishment. According to the BBC Globescan poll, Israel is competing with North Korea, Pakistan and Iran for the worst perceived country.
Israeli Minister of Finance Yair Lapid has expressed concerns that the growing boycott movement will shift from targeting the occupation to targeting Israel as a whole, which is what the BDS movement calls for as a means towards achieving its three goals: ending the occupation of 1967, ensuring equality for Palestinians living in Israel and according the right of return to Palestinian refugees.
In this month’s edition of the magazine Federica Marsi reports on the effects for Israel as B.D.S start to bite. To read the article in full please subscribe to the magazine, full details of which can be found on the home page of the website.