BDS isn’t just bad for Israel, it’s bad for peace and Palestinians.
BDS costs Palestinians their jobs
The economies of Israel and the Palestinian Territories are intricately linked, with many Palestinian workers employed by Israeli companies. When these companies have been hurt by BDS, sometimes Palestinian workers have lost their jobs.
A prime example is SodaStream, an Israeli company that manufacturers home kitchen drink machines. SodaStream was a prominent target of the BDS campaign because it operated a factory in the West Bank. As a result of BDS, the factory was moved to Israel and over 500 Palestinians lost their jobs. Especially given that these works received wages much higher than those of the average Palestinian their opposition to BDS is unsurprising. READ MORE
“All the people who wanted to close [the factory] are mistaken. … They didn’t take into consideration the families,”
– Ali Jafar, a former Palestinian Soda Stream shift manager
Large numbers of Palestinian entrepreneurs – 16,000 of them, at the last count – heavily invest in the stable Israeli economy. According to researchers at Al-Quds University, Palestinian investments in Israeli businesses dwarf those made in their own territories. (Jake Wallis Simons, The Telegraph)
BDS hinders the peace process
, BDS emboldens extreme views on both sides, while silencing more moderate viewpoints. We should be empowering moderates as opposed to fueling extremism. Boycotts of this kind serve only to create barriers between people and make peace harder to achieve. See our BDS Alternatives page for more information.
“If we are to look at Israeli society, it is within the academic community that we’ve had the most progressive pro-peace views and views that have come out in favor of seeing us as equals…. If you want to punish any sector, this is the last one to approach.”
— Al-Quds University President Sari Nusseibeh
For these reasons, boycotting Israel proper is opposed even by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas:
“[W]e do not ask anyone to boycott Israel itself… We have relations with Israel, we have mutual recognition of Israel.”
– Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas
The oft-cited model for the BDS movement is the international boycott of South Africa. That boycott was clearly endorsed by the African National Congress and leaders of the movement for black liberation in South Africa. BDS has no such endorsement by key Palestinian institutions and nationalist leaders. (The Third Narrative, Ameinu)
“For our own sake, we need to reconcile with our Israeli neighbors, not reject and revile them.”
– Bassam Eid, founder of the Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group