Dec. 17, 2019
Today’s BDS movement is a direct descendant of the Arab boycott of the 1950s and 60s against Israel.
Then, as now, the boycott isn’t against Israel, but Jews. No boycott list today includes Israeli Arab companies but only Jewish owned businesses in Israel.
The Arab League in 1956 was a bit cruder. They had an explicit policy of not doing business with any companies with Jews in major roles.
The American Jewish Congress has in its possession correspondence from Arab firms located In Saudi Arabia, canceling contracts with American Jewish businesses because of a directive promulgated by the Saudi Arabian Chamber of Commerce, but unquestionably inspired by the Saudi Arabian Government, instructing Saudi Arabian firms to discontinue all relations with businesses abroad owned or controlled by Jews or that employ Jews. These letters state that any contract negotiated in violation of this directive will be subject to summary cancellation and that any merchandise imported into Saudi Arabla from firms employing Jews abroad will run the risk of confiscation. The Saudi Arabian…