December 20, 2018
In Blog News
The boycott movement hasn’t managed to hurt Israel from the outside: the country’s never been stronger economically, diplomatically and militarily. But it’s beginning to hurt Israel from the inside
The Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement was founded in 2005 by 170 different Palestinian organizations, most of them NGOs. Inspired by the Anti-Apartheid Movement in South Africa, BDS urges nonviolent pressure on Israel until it complies with its three demands:
1) Ending the occupation that begun in 1967
2) Granting Israel’s Arab-Palestinian citizens full equality and
3) Giving the Palestinian refugees the right of returning to their properties as stipulated in UN Resolution 194.
Two years later, in 2007, the Reut Institute, an influential Israel think tank, framed the BDS movement as a “strategic threat with potentially existential implications” for Israel.
What have been the effects of BDS so far? In the economic sphere, precious little.
When the movement was founded in 2005, Israel’s GDP (in current US$) was $142 billion, according to the World Bank. In 2017 (the latest available figure), it was $350 billion. By comparison, the strong economy of the United States grew by 47% during the same period, France by 17% and the United Kingdom by 4%, according to the same World Bank statistics.