[Opinion] Fight Boycotts Through Funding
The BDS campaign emerged from the 2001 World Conference against Racism, held in Durban, South Africa, during which 1,500 nongovernmental organizations came up with the “Duran strategy” — an action document detailing ways to isolate Israel internationally.
BDS is a tactic of political warfare, based on double standards, the distortion and exploitation of humanitarian principles, sinister comparisons to the apartheid regime in South Africa, and accusations of war crimes and violations of international law.
The BDS movement would be nothing without the vast funding that constantly fuels its momentum.
These campaigns are headed by anti-Israeli NGOs that, while claiming they oppose settlement construction and Israel’s presence in Judea and Samaria, also reject the Jewish people’s basic right of self-definition, regardless of territorial borders.
The most immediately effective counterstrategy to fight BDS and other forms of political warfare is to cut off the massive funding enjoyed by radical groups promoting anti-Israel initiatives worldwide.
The first step in this fight means confronting European governments that supply such groups with most of their funding, and demanding they practice full, democratic transparency.