Key Issue:BDS (Boycotts, Divestment, and Sanctions)
Boycotts, divestment, and sanctions are tactics of political warfare used against Israel, intended to isolate it economically, culturally, and politically.
Funding for BDS
BDS and Antisemitism
Christian charities, churches, and aid societies are active in political campaigns against Israel, both in their own activities as well as through their funding of highly politicized NGOs. These groups promote a Palestinian narrative of victimization and rejectionism, exploiting religious rhetoric and imagery to further their anti-peace agendas. BDS activists are fully aware of the role the churches can play in amplifying and legitimizing their radical anti-Israel message, and utilize them as such.
Taxpayer money, mostly from Europe but also from the US and Canada, is disbursed to Christian humanitarian aid organizations. These funds are in turn transferred to highly politicized NGOs involved in the Arab-Israeli conflict. Because of the religious nature of these groups, the activities are often disguised as legitimate and worthy causes, when in reality the money is being used to attack Israel and rally followers against it.
Christian Charities Funding the NGO Assault on Israel’s Legitimacy
October 15, 2015
United Church of Christ
June 25, 2015
Catholic Aid Societies and Political Campaigns Directed at Israel
June 2, 2015
The Role of Antisemitism in the Presbyterian Church (USA)’s Decision to Support Divestment
NGO Monitor- BDS in the Pews
June 25, 2014