The Israeli Mission to the United Nations yesterday hosted a summit in protest against the Boycott, Divest and Sanctions (BDS) movement.
More than 2,000 attendees joined the summit which was the second of its kind, the first was held in May 2016.Speaking at the event, US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, claimed that the BDS movement “seeks to deny Israel’s right to exist.”
She accused the movement of being purely anti-Semitic for singling out Israel, stating that “of all countries in the world to condemn for human rights violations, these voices choose to single out Israel? We should boycott North Korea. We should sanction Iran. We should divest from Syria, not Israel.”
The summit was criticised by Riyad Mansour, the Palestinian ambassador to the UN, who said the UN’s buildings were the wrong venue for such activity. “If you want to go and combat BDS, go to campuses and universities and conduct your business there.”
Israel has launched a severe crackdown on BDS activism in recent months, banned internationals who support the boycott from entry into the country. There have been calls for Israelis who support BDS to be jailed.