BDS: The Attempt to Strangle Israel

Why the movement is bad for peace.

The latest strategy employed by those who wish to strangle Israel is called BDS. It may sound harmless, but do not be fooled. It stands for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions, and not only is it poisonous for Israel, but for the world as well. Israel is one of the freest countries on earth, where everyone – including Arabs – benefit from that freedom. If Israel continues to be singled out by BDS and suffocated economically, the damage would ripple throughout the globe. In five minutes, learn about BDS and why it must be stopped.

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Comments (22)

(16) Rivka, October 16, 2015 12:12 AM

War of information

If only this were shown to the millions of Americans who are being pulled to the wrong side by the media. Half the problem -- or more -- is that decent people are sometimes ignorant. If they were informed by this, they might use their human decency to provide israel with some much-needed and deserved support.

(15) Mr. Cohen, June 15, 2015 3:57 PM

defend Israel from unfair media bias

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and refute inaccurate Israel-bashing reporting:

Joining pro-Israel organizations might help Israel.
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and write articles about the organizations behind them.

PS 2: Since Orthodox Jews are increasing as a percentage of American Jews, they should also increase their participation in pro-Israel organizations, to compensate for the declining numbers of non-Orthodox Jews.

(14) Sharon, September 12, 2014 8:13 AM

Most Israelis have given consideration to the two-state solution

I thank Prof. Dershowitz for his honest support of Israel. However, his statement that most Israelis support a two-state solution is far from proven. It may have been true once, because Israelis are tired of war and are desperate for peace. However, it is my impression that most Israelis have lost belief if the land for peace solution, especially in view of the extra risks that those capitulations introduce. Giving Gaza to the Palestinians has made us that much more vulnerable. As Naftali Bennet points out, when you've tried something repeatedly and failed, you need to rethink your strategy. So Alan, thanks again for you support, but forgive us if we choose a different way.

(13) Rafi Bezalel, September 10, 2014 7:19 PM

Govenment Of Israel: Sue the BDS main accomplice, the BBC.

Benjamin Netanyahu, should finally respond to the state funded broadcaster of the UK for decades of deliberately misrepresenting Israel and its constant assailants in the Arab world.The Israel government at the highest level, the elected representative of the BBC's target population, Israel, should level a clear accusation against the BBC in a court of law citing the immence damage that has been deliberately caused by biased reporting.
Why should the the Israel government get involved? The BBC World Service is a state-funded broadcaster. When it attacks a state in a provocative, malicious and probably illegal manner that couses actual harm, the response should rightfully come from the head of that state, no less than if it were under physical attack.
What has the BBC done that's illegal? Using public funds obtained under a charter that mandates impartiality, and converting those funds to its own agenda.
Regardless of the possible outcome of a suit by the government of Israel against the BBC, airing its case in a public court in view of the world media, including the BBC who would have to report on the proceedings, and presenting hundreds upon hundreds of pieces of evidence to show clear bias, would benefit Israel. It would force people to look at the BDS in a different light.

But perhaps the greatest benefit of all would be from having the three hundred million people in the BBC's daily audience in one hundred and twenty countries also see Israel in a different light.
Those millions of people are represented at the UN where their slanted view of Israel has had devastating effect. That too should be a part of Israel's suit for libel, slander, or whatever the correct legal term is for the mischief the BBC has wrought these last decades

Dvirah, October 17, 2014 9:24 AM


Actually, the viewers and readers of biased media should be suing those media for fraudulent practices due to the deliberate misinformation published/broadcast. There are many excellent cases of easily provable fraud, not confined to reporting on Israel.

(12) ed pollan, September 10, 2014 1:56 AM

the only reason they are doing this is "They dont like Jewish People.

I agree with Alan but I think he is giving to power to the Palestrina's. Any country that boycotts Israeli products
is the same reason anti Semitism or they just want to side with the Arab country's for the economic reasons or they are afraid of the Arab terrorist's . .

(11) Harriet, September 9, 2014 11:38 PM


Denouncing Israel is like shooting fish in a barrel: it's easy and safe. No point remonstrating with extremists - they're deaf to entreaty, plus they're liable to retaliate with violence. People who criticise Israel and ignore the flagrant abuses elsewhere are perverse and will endanger us all.

(10) Fred, September 9, 2014 11:32 PM


BDS = Buy, Develop, Support Israel

Yaakov Novograd, September 10, 2014 9:11 PM

Thank you.

Well said, Fred!

Dora, September 13, 2014 12:49 AM


Love your comment.

(9) Laurie Dinerstein-Kurs, September 9, 2014 8:48 PM

Part IV

Arthur Kornberg1964 - Konrad Bloch 1965 - Francois Jacob1965 - Andre Lwoff1967 - George Wald 1968 - Marshall W. Nirenberg 1969 - Salvador Luria1970 – Julius Axelrod1970 - Sir Bernard Katz1972 - Gerald Maurice Edelman1975 - Howard Martin Temin1976 - Baruch S. Blumberg1977 - Roselyn Sussman Yalow1978 - Daniel Nathans1980 - Baruj Benacerraf 1984 - Cesar Milstein1985 - Michael Stuart Brown1985 - Joseph L. Goldstein1986 - Stanley Cohen [& Rita Levi-Montalcini]1988 - Gertrude Elion1989 - Harold Varmus1991 - Erwin Neher1991 - Bert Sakmann1993 - Richard J. Roberts1993 - Phillip Sharp1994 - Alfred Gilman1995 - Edward B. Lewis1996- Lu RoseIacovino:TOTAL: 129! Hamas, et al, promote brainwashing children in military training camps, teaching them how to blow themselves up and cause maximum deaths of Jews and other non-Muslims. Jews don't hijack planes, kill athletes at the Olympics, or blow themselves up in German restaurants.There is NOT one single Jew who has destroyed a church. How many mosques are destroyed by other Islamic followers? Muslims should consider investing more in standard education and less in blaming the Jews for all their problems.Muslims must ask 'what can they do for humankind' before they demand that humankind respects them. 'If the Arabs put down their weapons today, there would be no more violence. If the Jews put down their weapons today, there would be no more Israel.

(8) Laurie Dinerstein-Kurs, September 9, 2014 8:47 PM


Part III
Otto Wallach1915 - Richard Willstaetter1918 - Fritz Haber1921 - Albert Einstein1922 - Niels Bohr1925 - James Franck1925 - Gustav Hertz1943 - Gustav Stern1943 - George Charles de Hevesy1944 - Isidor Issac Rabi1952 - Felix Bloch1954 - Max Born1958 - Igor Tamm1959 - Emilio Segre1960 - Donald A. Glaser1961 - Robert Hofstadter1961 - Melvin Calvin1962 - Lev Davidovich Landau1962 - Max Ferdinand Perutz1965 - Richard Phillips Feynman1965 - Julian Schwinger1969 –

Murray Gell-Mann1971 - Dennis Gabor1972 - William Howard Stein1973 - Brian David Josephson1975 - Benjamin Mottleson1976 - Burton Richter1977 - Ilya Prigogine1978 - Arno Allan Penzias1978 - Peter L Kapitza1979 - Stephen Weinberg1979 - Sheldon Glashow1979 - Herbert Charles Brown1980 - Paul Berg1980 - Walter Gilbert1981 - Roald Hoffmann1982 - Aaron Klug1985 - Albert A. Hauptman1985 - Jerome Karle1986 - Dudley R. Herschbach1988 - Robert Huber1988 - Leon Lederman1988 - Melvin Schwartz1988 - Jack Steinberger1989 - Sidney Altman1990 - Jerome Friedman1992 - Rudolph Marcus1995 - Martin Perl2000 - Alan J. Heeger Economics:1970 - Paul Anthony Samuelson1971 - Simon Kuznets1972 - Kenneth Joseph Arrow1975 - Leonid Kantorovich1976 - Milton Friedman1978 - Herbert A. Simon1980 - Lawrence Robert Klein1985 - Franco Modigliani1987 - Robert M. Solow1990 - Harry Markowitz1990 - Merton Miller1992 - Gary Becker1993 - Robert Fogel Medicine1908 - Elie Metchnikoff1908 - Paul Erlich1914 - Robert Barany1922 - Otto Meyerhof1930 - Karl Landsteiner1931 - Otto Warburg1936 - Otto Loewi1944 - Joseph Erlanger1944 - Herbert Spencer Gasser1945 - Ernst Boris Chain1946 - Hermann Joseph Muller1950 - Tadeus Reichstein1952 - Selman Abraham Waksman1953 - Hans Krebs1953 - Fritz Albert Lipmann1958 - Joshua Lederberg1959 -

(7) Harv, September 9, 2014 8:44 PM

Nothing new

Arab countries have boycotted companies who do business with Israeli countries for many years. When ever I sW these contracts, I simply refused to do business with them.

(6) Laurie Dinerstein-Kurs, September 9, 2014 8:44 PM


Part II
REFUSE help from lung specialist, Frawnkel, and of many other world renowned Jewish scientists and medical experts. Palestinians/arabs/muslims/BDS sympathizers: be proud to obey the Islamic boycott. Therefore, DON'T use your cell phone, invented in Israel by a Jewish engineer, And, an –must cease all nuclear programs whose theoretical foundation were laid by Albert Einstein, Neils Bohrs, James Franck, Gustav Hertz, Otto Stern, Felix Bloch and Robert Oppenheimer. That's right, all Jews.
What medical contributions to the world have the Muslims made? The Global Islamic population is approximately 1,200,000,000; that is ONE BILLION TWO HUNDRED MILLION or 20% of the world's population.They have received the following Nobel Prizes:Literature1988 - Najib MahfoozPeace1978 - Mohamed Anwar El-Sadat1990 - Elias James Corey1994 - Yaser Arafat1999 - Ahmed Zewai Economics: (zero) Physics: (zero)Medicine1960 - Peter Brian Medawar1998 - Ferid MouradTOTAL: 7 SEVEN The Global Jewish population is approximately 14,000,000; that is FOURTEEN MILLION or about 0.02% of the world's population. They have received the following Nobel Prizes:Literature:1910 - Paul Heyse1927 - Henri Bergson1958 - Boris Pasternak1966 - Shmuel Yosef Agnon1966 - Nelly Sachs1976 - Saul Bellow1978 - Isaac Bashevis Singer1981 - Elias Canetti1987 - Joseph Brodsky1991 - Nadine Gordimer>World Peace:1911 - Alfred Fried1911 - Tobias Michael Carel Asser1968 - Rene Cassin1973 - Henry Kissinger1978 - Menachem Begin1986 - Elie Wiesel1994 - Shimon Peres1994 - Yitzhak Rabin Physics1905 - Adolph Von Baeyer1906 - Henri Moissan1907 - Albert Abraham Michelson1908 - Gabriel Lippmann1910 -

(5) laurie dinerstein-kurs, September 9, 2014 8:40 PM

bds is make-believe

Part I
Yaffa oranges - Ahava creams? Muslim World says boycott everything from Israel/Jews. Let’s assist them: Muslims & Palestinian BDS sympathizers with Syphilis MUST REFUSE Salvarsan, discovered by a Jew, Dr. Ehrlich. Moslems& Palestinian BDS sympathizers CANNOT use Wasserman Test Syphilis as the– discovered by a Jew. Suspects Gonorrhea, do not seek diagnosis - the method of detection, found by Neissner, a Jew. Muslim/Palestinian BDS sympathizers with heart disease MUST NOT use Digitalis: discovered by Ludwig Traube, Jew. Muslim/Palestinian BDS sympathizers, have a toothache? NO Novocaine-discovered by Widal and Weil, both Jews. Have Diabetes – NO Insulin - Minkowsky, a Jew. Have a headache – NO Pyramidon and Antypyrin: Spiro and Ellege – two Jews. Convulsions – JUST SUFFER - Oscar Leibreich, the Jew who proposed the use of Chloral Hydrate. Arabs/muslims and BDS’ers - psychic ailments? SUFFER! - Freud, father of psychoanalysis, was a Jew. Arabs/muslims and BDS’ers child gets Diphtheria? NO “Schick"-a reaction invented by Bella Schick, the Jew. Arabs/muslims and BDS’ers – NO penicillin - Ernst Boris Chain, a Jew, won a Nobel PrizeArabs/muslims and BDS’ers, take your rightful place and DO NOT avail yourselves of cures for ear and brain damage, work of Jewish Nobel Prize winner, Robert Baram. Palestinians/arabs/muslims/BDS sympathizers DIE OR BE CRIPPLED by Infantile Paralysis - anti-polio vaccine discoverer? Jew, Jonas Salk. Palestinians/arabs/muslims/BDS sympathizers: REFUSE Streptomycin and die of Tuberculosis: a Jew, Zalman Waxman, invented the drug. Muslim doctors MUST discard all discoveries and improvements by dermatologist Judas Sehn Benedict. Palestinians/arabs/muslims/BDS sympathizers:

(4) Samsays, September 9, 2014 8:24 PM

A listening world?

People killed the goose that laid the golden eggs. You think they remember or don't blame it on someone or something else?

(3) Anonymous, September 9, 2014 6:14 PM

Alan Dershowitz - BDS Movement

Excellently presented and illucidated background of the BDS Movement by the brilliant Harvard professor of law, Alan Dershowitz. This brief video explores all sides of the BDS Movement, and is a must see.

(2) Anonymous, September 9, 2014 6:12 PM

Jew hatred

At first was of the opinion that BDS was just anti Semitism. But now I feel that it is more, Jew Hatred, it is beyond anti Semitism if there is such a thing.We as Jews are alone in the world, period. No matter what we give the world in medicne, science, arts, it does not matter. The more we give the more they hate us. let them hate. The nations turn a deaf ear to what Jews have accomplished through out history. We are still a light to the nations.

(1) Eric, September 9, 2014 5:39 PM

Well said sir

If only the world would listen AND absorb

jackie, September 9, 2014 6:02 PM

Thank you so much, professor!

Debbie, September 10, 2014 2:02 AM

Good analysis of the problem,

however, was it really necessary for Dershowitz to share his left wing political views? Why can't I support "settlements", oppose a 2 state solution? That doesn't make the BDS any better, does it? Frankly, Prof. Dershowitz, I'm offended. Your statement of your liberal views detracted from your message. It was very hard for me to keep my attention on your talk after hearing that..

Anonymous, October 17, 2014 9:30 AM

Different Audience

While I agree in priniciple with Debbie, one should keep in mind the "liberal" left-wing audience to whom Prof. Dershowitz is aiming his remarks. To them, an avowal of similar views on some issues will make his presentation more palatable.


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