Israel, and the Jewish community at large, is beset by a dangerous international campaign utilizing new strategies to delegitimize the Jewish State. Unable to defeat the IDF militarily or weaken the population through persistent terrorism, the extremist groups, Islamic terrorists and their rogue regime allies have embarked upon a global effort to demonize and isolate Israel, casting it as a pariah state. The widespread Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, and its utilization of Lawfare, is the main component of the “Durban Strategy” adopted by Israel’s opponents at the U.N.’s Human Rights Conference in 2001. Hiding behind the BDS activists’ claim of assisting the Palestinian cause, lies racial discrimination and anti-Semitism. As the Anti-Defamation League has stated: “The BDS movement at its very core is anti-Semitic.” Economic, cultural and academic boycotts deliver no political message and in no way influence political policy.
As an organization aimed at protecting human rights, Shurat HaDin is often notified by concerned individuals about a BDS campaign taking place in their home city. In such a case, Shurat HaDin will analyze the legality of the specific case according to local laws. If the BDS activity is found to be illegal, Shurat HaDin will dispatch a strongly worded warning letter to the campaign organizers and the institutions being targeted. The letter will advise the organizer that capitulating to the BDS movement and boycotting Israel and Israeli related businesses, academics and cultural persons is unlawful and the organizer may become the subject of civil, administrative and criminal legal action.
If the organizers don’t heed the warning and cease their BDS activities, Shurat HaDin follows through by taking legal action.