“Lawfare” is the exploitation of courts and international legal bodies to judicially impose boycotts and embargoes, and interfere with Israel’s diplomatic and foreign relations. NGOs engaging in lawfare seek arrest warrants against Israeli officials for anti-terror operations; file lawsuits against companies and governments doing business with Israel; lobby for cases against Israelis at the International Criminal Court; and delegitimize the Israeli Supreme Court.
BDS activists reject Jewish sovereignty and self-determination rights. According to this hateful ideology, the existence of Israel is inherently racist and illegitimate. Therefore, they oppose “two-state” solutions to the conflict, such as the “Roadmap” and the Arab Peace Initiative, and support a single Palestinian state throughout Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza.
In their allegations against Israel, church groups often reference Jesus’ suffering, with the Palestinians represented as the Jesus figure. One such allusion claims that through the "occupation," the Israelis are placing the Palestinians on the Cross. Other themes include Christmas, where Mary, Joseph, and the Nativity Scene are transposed into modern-day Bethlehem, or the use of parodies of carols to allege Israeli violations. Additionally, statements from churches may use religious-moral language and Biblical citations to demonize Israel.
Radical activists capitalize on large membership rosters to create the illusion of popular support for and solidarity with BDS projects. Anti-Israel resolutions present a distorted and simplistic account of the conflict to audiences that are unaware and not exposed to the complexities. In fact, the anti-Israel language is often buried within a much larger resolution, and many of the union members may not be aware of the implications. Although votes in favor of BDS are more symbolic than anything else, media coverage and Israel’s international standing can be damaged.
Dock workers have refused to unload shipments of Israeli goods, and truck drivers can refuse to transport them. As isolated incidents, such actions do not interrupt Israeli trade in a meaningful way. However, BDS activists hope to replicate the successful boycott of apartheid South Africa, and disrupt the shipment of Israeli products entirely.
Some NGOs receive special access to UN frameworks, such as the Human Rights Council or events related to the “Durban” Conference. They submit written reports and make oral statements to the UN forums, accusing Israel of war crimes and crimes against humanity, and calling for economic and other sanctions. In this regard, the NGOs cooperate with the anti-Israel agendas of the Arab League and the Organization of Islamic Conference. The Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People is another UN body that is used for demonizing attacks against Israel.
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