Don’t Be Fooled by the BDS Movement’s Hidden Agenda
With this year’s National Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Conference set to take place at the University of Pennsylvania in early February, it’s important to understand what the BDS movement is all about and what its ultimate goals are.
The movement’s focus is the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But it specifically demonizes Israel while propagating the notion of Palestinian victimhood in order to gain global sympathy. Those behind the movement believe that if universities, companies and even countries pursue BDS, it will pressure the Israeli government to change what the movement sees as Israel’s hard-nosed policies toward the Palestinians and give up land they perceive as “stolen” land.
In 2010, we saw an illustration of this when the Philly BDS chapter put out a flash dance YouTube campaign against Sabra hummus being sold at a local grocer. The group contended that the corporate parent of the brand subsidizes Israeli human rights abuses by supporting the Israeli Defense Forces and its infrastructure in the West Bank. The group hoped that other university communities would follow suit. In fact, the issue triggered a big debate at Princeton University, with the student body ultimately voting to reject a proposed boycott of the hummus product on campus.