Israel switches from defense to offense against BDS, 'finally gets it'

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Israel switches from defense to offense against BDS, 'finally gets it'

The list is part of Israel's efforts against a grassroots movement known as BDS, which calls for boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israel over its policies toward the Palestinians.

"The State of Israel will prevent groups working to undermine its security and core interests from entering Israel", Erdan said.

Israel is fighting back against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement by banning 20 groups that involved with the movement.

One of the groups on the list whose leaders will be banned from entering Israel is the US-based Jewish Voice for Peace.

The legislation denies permits and residency visas to anyone who has publicly called for a boycott of the country.

But it is not only Palestinians who are protesting; among the Israelis who support BDS are musicians Aviad Albert and Yoav Beirach.

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"The boycott organisations must know that the state of Israel will act against them", Gilad Erdan, the minister for strategic affairs said in a statement. His strategic affairs ministry has a budget of around $36 million to make counter-plan to tackle the BDS movement.

Responding to news of the blacklist, Gary Spedding, a British cross-party consultant on Israel and the Palestinian Territories, told The Independent the blacklist was merely an excuse to legally justify barring activists and human rights observers from entering the country.

Six U.S. groups, including the Code Pink, the American Friends Service Committee, which was awarded the 1947 Nobel Peace Prize for assisting and rescuing victims of the Nazis, and the left-wing organization Jewish Voice for Peace are included in the list, the Israeli daily Haaretz reported. "These people are trying to take advantage of the law and our hospitality in order to act against and defame Israel", he said. Supporters say the BDS movement uses peaceful means to pressure the Israeli government, but Jerusalem sees it as a strategic threat motivated by anti-Semitic animus against the Jewish state.

"Israel's decision to specifically ban JVP is disconcerting but not surprising, given the further erosion of democratic norms and rising anxiety about the power of BDS as a tool to demand freedom", the organization said. "We will not be bullied by these attempts to punish us for a principled political stance that increasing numbers of Jews and non-Jews support worldwide".

They also came to understand that BDS organizations have similar goals to anti-Israel terror groups like Islamic Jihad, some of whose members have been directly involved in the BDS campaign, and the BDS group Students for Justice in Palestine, which has featured Hezbollah and Hamas flags as they run an ominous campus network of students and faculty who actively work to subvert the State of Israel.

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