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  • When it comes to tackling BDS, Israel is all talk, no action

    Despite their passionate rhetoric, MKs are using the latest uptick of boycotts for domestic political point-scoring, while the government’s counter-effort is dysfunctionally divided between two rival ministries, with almost no staff

    http://www.timesofisrael.com/when-it...alk-no-action/



  • #2
    I think pro-Israel NGO's and similar, such as Stand With Us, Stop the BDS, etc., as well as influential individuals, such as Adelson and Saban, will need to lead the charge against BDS.

    BDS is indeed a problem, but the author's suggestion that the intelligence services address the problem is off the mark entirely.

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    • #3
      Back in January a report from the Knesset was that there was no impact on the Israeli economy from BDS inspired boycotts but before that and since then various MK's have been talking it up. A Euro zone broad boycott on Israel would bite but it's unlikely due to the nature of the support base of BDS which are composed of several micro demographics that are rather transient in their cause de jour. So little more than neurotism and angst as the Israeli economy did not grow as expected last year (slowest in the last 5).
      Whatever happens the anti-boycot measures enacted beyond those of the OAC are going to hamper Americans.
      http://www.haaretz.com/jewish-world/...emium-1.654120

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      • #4
        The lower inflation is not because of BDS. Since there were changes in import duties it resulted in prices going down, in addition, the weakness of the dollar and then the euro caused Israeli export losses and the economic situation in Russia caused losses to Israeli agriculture. Then there was the usual summer war that lowered consumption of goods within Israel.

        Israel is now looking into a new market that will boost its economy. Israeli medicinal marijuana is considered some of the finest in the world and the companies developing it are world leaders in the field (THC was discovered in the Weizman institute in the 60s). As result, there's wall to wall political support (including Police chief support) on decriminalisation of weed and the proposed law will be brought to a vote in the Knesset in the coming months.

        Czech health minister visited Israel 4 months ago and offered a 500$ million deal per year with Israeli growers, but right now it is illegal to export until the law changes. In addition, Israeli company Tikun Olam has signed agreements to share its knowledge with Canadian (MedReleaf) and American companies.

        http://www.vocativ.com/culture/scien...hc-marijunana/
        http://www.tikun-olam.info/articles.php?id=1021

        As for tackling the BDS, there were measures taken against it. Unfortunately, the organizations that are leading it are funded by Saudi and Qatari money and its hard to combat their funding. Though, in the eastern emisphere there's no such problem and the economy minister travelled many times to Australia, Japan, China and India and signed trade agreements that tackles these threats from Europe.
        Last edited by moledet; 06-06-2015, 03:18 AM.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Mr Gently Benevolent View Post
          Back in January a report from the Knesset was that there was no impact on the Israeli economy from BDS inspired boycotts but before that and since then various MK's have been talking it up. A Euro zone broad boycott on Israel would bite but it's unlikely due to the nature of the support base of BDS which are composed of several micro demographics that are rather transient in their cause de jour. So little more than neurotism and angst as the Israeli economy did not grow as expected last year (slowest in the last 5).
          Whatever happens the anti-boycot measures enacted beyond those of the OAC are going to hamper Americans.
          http://www.haaretz.com/jewish-world/...emium-1.654120
          A Jewish person who buys into BDS bullshit is on slippery slimy slope to becoming something lower than a camp kapo.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Mr Gently Benevolent View Post
            Back in January a report from the Knesset was that there was no impact on the Israeli economy from BDS inspired boycotts but before that and since then various MK's have been talking it up. A Euro zone broad boycott on Israel would bite but it's unlikely due to the nature of the support base of BDS which are composed of several micro demographics that are rather transient in their cause de jour. So little more than neurotism and angst as the Israeli economy did not grow as expected last year (slowest in the last 5).
            Whatever happens the anti-boycot measures enacted beyond those of the OAC are going to hamper Americans.
            http://www.haaretz.com/jewish-world/...emium-1.654120


            The house of reps. here in the Netherlands has already agreed to a motion against all this last year promoting business ties but company's will make there own choices. I do however find this whole thing rather stupid. One would think a people running a company will take a wider view of the facts instead of just falling into line, but then again they are people and common sense is rare. I can partly agree with them on the settlement thing but pretending Palestinians are poor victims under the boot heal of a oppressive apartheid regime is stupid and not what allot of them obviously are.
            Last edited by Victis Honor; 07-06-2015, 04:00 AM.

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            • #7
              At Tel Aviv court, officials insist barred US student still supports BDS

              Lawyer for Lara Alqasem rejects state’s assertion that clicking ‘attend’ for Facebook event means she currently backs movement; she will remain at airport until judge rules

              https://www.timesofisrael.com/at-tel...-supports-bds/

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              Seems to me that this entire bruhaha could be closed with a simple repudiation of BDS and SJP.

              Else, she has no right to enter Israel.

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              • #8
                How does Israel tackle BDP?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by budgie View Post
                  How does Israel tackle BDP?
                  Easy. Ban Leonardo DiCaprio movies. No loss.

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