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Israel creates rapid response unit to combat BDS

An activist holds up a placard during a protest supporting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS) [Heri Rakotomalala/Flickr]

The Israeli government has established a specific “public relations commando unit” to tackle pro-Palestinian projects such as the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign, according to Ynet News.

Minister of Strategic Affairs and Information Gilad Erdan pushed the cabinet to authorise the decision yesterday, in a bid to “step up” and provide a fast and coordinated response to criticism of Israel on the world stage.

The decision authorised the creation of a “civil infrastructure to assist and be used by the State of Israel and the pro-Israeli community in combating the de-legitimisation campaign against the country.”

The project will reportedly be mostly used following Israeli military operations, in the aftermath of Palestinian resistance attacks or after denunciations of the Israeli occupation at the UN.

The operation will reportedly use a variety of public campaigns, lobbying, Israeli delegations, extensive media presence and communications with other pro-Israeli organisations abroad, to purport the Zionist narrative where government bodies might be restricted.

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The decision comes just days after singer Lorde announced that she was cancelling her show in Israel in support of the BDS campaign.

“Imagine that right after Lorde announced she was cancelling her Israeli show, she was hit that same day with a viral campaign in websites all over the world and full-page ads in all major world newspapers,” a source with knowledge of the new initiative said. “That’s something the official State of Israel could not have achieved.”

The project is estimated to cost over $75 million and will the see the government look to foreign donors for at least half of the funds, as well as management of the programme.


“A joint response from the government and pro-Israeli organisations will be a significant force multiplier to the government’s own efforts and will assist us in turning back the tide of BDS and defeat it,” Erdan concluded

Israel has increased its campaign to combat the BDS movement over the past year, attempting to pass legislation that could see campaigners fined or jailed and has continued to frame BDS supporters as anti-Semites.

In October it was revealed that Israel has secretly been using a US law firm in order to fight BDS activists in Europe and North America. Israeli ministers have also been fighting against the publication of a UN list of firms operating in the illegally occupied West Bank.

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  • Frontier Psychiatrist

    edomite scum.

  • They could make better use of those millions of dollars against BDS to improve the lives of Palestinian women and children, to be honest, maybe in education or something.

    • kirby1

      Done and much more:

      a. Life expectancy increased from 48 to 82,
      b. Infant mortality decreased by 75%,
      c. Employment increased significantly,

      d. Average income increased significantly, more than in adjacent Arab states.
e. Per capital GDP increased significantly, more than in adjacent Arab states except for those with oil income.

      f. The number of Arab houses with running water increased significantly,

      g. The number of Arab houses with electricity increased significantly,

      h. The number of Arab homes cooking with electricity and gas increased significantly
i. Before the Israeli liberation, the number of colleges or universities was zero, afterwards seven.
j. Literacy increased significantly.

      In the economic sphere, most of this progress was the result of access to the far larger and more advanced Israeli economy: the number of Palestinians working in Israel rose from zero in 1967 to 66,000 in 1975 and 109,000 by 1986, accounting for 35 percent of the employed population of the West Bank and 45 percent in Gaza. Close to 2,000 industrial plants, employing almost half of the work force, were established in the territories under Israeli rule.

      During the 1970’s, the West Bank and Gaza constituted the fourth fastest-growing economy in the world — ahead of such “wonders” as Singapore, Hong Kong, and Korea, and substantially ahead of Israel itself. Although GNP per capita grew somewhat more slowly, the rate was still high by international standards, with per-capita GNP expanding tenfold between 1968 and 1991 from $165 to $1,715 (compared with Jordan’s $1,050, Egypt’s $600, Turkey’s $1,630, and Tunisia’s $1,440). By 1999, Palestinian per-capita income was nearly double Syria’s, more than four times Yemen’s, and 10 percent higher than Jordan’s (one of the better off Arab states). Only the oil-rich Gulf states and Lebanon were more affluent.

      • sam

        What in the occupied territories…what about gaza….may be in the prison

        • kirby1

          Idiot, those statistics are from Gaza and Judeah/Samaria, things have gone down hill since Palestinian Authority and Hamas took control, take your complaints to them

          • sam

            What you mean disputed territories, they are occupied territories. Gaza is blockaded, Hamas elected by Gazans. Let get facts right before you start calling people idiots.

          • kirby1

            Disputed territories, idioy. The last Israeli left Gaza 9 years ago. The Terrorist state Gaza shares a boarder with Egypt , enjoy.

          • sam

            If palestine is not established authority so who do you want to negotiate peace with God