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Repression of the BDS movement is a sure sign of its success

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Despite powerful and globally coordinated Israeli attacks against the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement, BDS is not simply surviving; it is thriving. That is the conclusion of a new report from the Transnational Institute written by Bina Ahmad, Phyllis Bennis and Ben White.

Shrinking Space and the BDS Movement is an accomplished work. This important document gives a highly insightful overview of many of the ways in which Israel and its agents and propagandists around the world are waging a war against the Palestine solidarity movement.

The BDS movement was founded in 2005 by Palestinian trade unions and other civil society groups around three demands: the end of Israeli occupation, full equal rights and full right of return for Palestinian refugees.

As the report notes, “Israeli officials were initially slow to respond” to BDS and tended at first to ignore or mock the movement. However, as activists around the world racked up more and more BDS successes, it became impossible to ignore.

In 2014 and 2015, Israel’s then opposition leader Isaac Herzog and President Reuven Rivlin, respectively, both admitted that BDS was a “strategic threat” to the continuation of Israel’s war crimes and apartheid. In 2016, Israel’s openly racist “justice” minister, Ayelet Shaked, bizarrely........

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