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Is BDS anti-semitic?

BDS stands for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions. It is a non-violent, Palestinian led political campaign that advocates for and promotes various forms of finanical protest against the state of Israel. The objective of BDS is to pressure Israel into abiding by international law, which includes ending the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, granting Arab-Palestinians Israeli citizenship, and allowing displaced Palestinian refugees the right to return to their cultural and ancestral homeland. It’s often compared to and seeks to emulate the South African anti-apartheid movement from the 1980s. However, the movement has been accused of being ant-semitic due to the nature in which it targets the world’s only Jewish state, and how those attacks affect Jewish people in Israel and abroad.

Yes, BDS is anti-semitic.

BDS targets Jewish people who are not involved or complicit in the Arab-Israeli conflict, and fosters an atmosphere in which anti-semitism can be expressed more freely.

Supporters of BDS contribute to the cultivation of a hostile environment in universities, as well as other institutions and organizations. Jewish people are intimidated, distrusted, and held accountable for Israel's actions, and these environments allow for overtly anti-semitic statements to flow more freely under the guise of a legitimate political debate. Explore

BDS applies an unfair double standard to Israel in terms of accountability for human rights violations that is not applied to non-Jewish states.

BDS disproportionately targets Israel for human rights violations. Other nations, particularly the ones surrounding Israel in the Middle East, have committed worse atrocities. The intense scrutiny of Israel is the release of deeply harbored anti-semitic beliefs. Explore

BDS seeks to delegitimize and destabilize Israel.

BDS opposes Jewish people's right to self-determination, and compounds the physical aggression that has been threatening Israel's existence since it's conception. Denying Jewish people the right to their own state is anti-semitic. Explore

No, BDS is not anti-semitic.

It is not discriminatory nor bigoted to hold a religious state or group accountable for human rights violations.

Religious minorities or states are not exempt from criticism regarding human rights violations. Explore

BDS is anti-zionist, which isn't inherently anti-semitic.

Anti-zionism is not inherently anti-semitic. BDS advocates for the replacement of ethnic nationalism in Israel with civic nationalist. The latter does not give priority to any religious group and instead treats every religion equally under the eyes of the law. Explore
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