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Israeli newspaper: BDS achieved global successes

Refuting what Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has previously claimed, Israeli newspaper Maariv said on Tuesday that the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement had achieved global successes, Al-Resalah newspaper reported on Tuesday.

In a report about BDS, Maariv reported remarks of an Israeli researcher that contradicted previous reports by Netanyahu that BDS is busy in side battles related to defending its legal status.

The former Israeli Ambassador to Amman Oded Eran said that Netanyahu's reports were "exaggerations" because BDS is supported in many countries that have good relations with Israel.

Eran, who is currently a senior research fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel-Aviv, said: "What Netanyahu has said was not precise because the global boycott organisations are still active and none have stopped its work."

He added: "If they do not cause much harm to the Israeli economy, it does not mean that they were beaten. Some of the boycott activists around the world had some setbacks and retreats, but at the same time they achieved several successes."

A sign for the success of BDS, Eran told Maariv, was the latest petition which was signed by 400 global artists supporting the boycotting of Israel.

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