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Top Israeli “sabotage” strategist: BDS is winning

The boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel is winning, a top anti-BDS strategist has conceded.

Electronic Intifada reported:

The boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel is winning, a top anti-BDS strategist has conceded.

At the “Ambassadors Against BDS” conference in New York last month, former Israeli government advisor Gidi Grinstein said that “in 2016 our community probably invested 20 times … more resources in dealing with this problem compared to what we invested in 2010.”

Yet despite these tens of millions of dollars spent combating BDS, Grinstein asked: “why are we not winning?”

Grinstein was an advisor to former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, and founded the influential think tank Reut Institute.

The 29 March summit was hosted by Israel’s mission to the United Nations in New York. Ambassador Danny Danon opened the day promising to “eliminate BDS on our campuses.”

Other speakers throughout the day assured those gathered that BDS was losing. “Operation Fightback is underway, and we are winning,” claimed World Jewish Congress chief executive Robert Singer.

But Danon conceded that “the BDS movement is still active and still strong. Every day, academic and religious groups, student unions and investment firms are all falling prey to boycott calls.”

Meant to show unity in the pro-Israel community, the event ended up highlighting deep divisions.




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