Jun. 11, 2015
- The Truth about the Israel Boycott – Tim Marshall
The economic victories of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement over the past decade cannot even be counted on the fingers of one hand. UK-Israel trade is at a record high, Turkey-Israel trade is booming, as is that between Israel and China and India. No foreign investment has left Israel; no corporation has severed ties. The centers of learning around the world have not cut links, nor divested themselves of shares in Israeli companies. So, what’s the big deal?
BDS is not about economics, or the economic wellbeing of Palestinians. It is about the destruction of Israel. The intention is to chip away at the legitimacy of Israel. BDS is a failure insofar as the Israeli economy has doubled in size in the period BDS has been in operation, but it is a success when you see the effect of the campaign on thousands of university students, many of whom will go on to become opinion formers. The writer is former diplomatic editor at Sky News. (Jewish Chronicle-UK)