The Israel Action Network, a project of The Jewish Federations of North America in partnership with the JCPA, has been a leader in the Jewish community focusing on the emerging trends, organizations, individuals and campaigns that intend to challenge Israel’s legitimacy. After major successes defeating delegitimization in 2012, such as in the Mainline Protestant churches, IAN is looking at the likely challenges in 2013. In particular, those seeking to isolate and demonize the state of Israel are likely to target the following areas:
Corporate – Always an active area, we will be on the watch for new attempts to get institutions or social investment indexes and funds to divest from companies doing business with Israel, general boycotts of products made in Israel and efforts to prevent U.S. federal, state and local government as well as private entities from contracting with companies doing business with Israel, notably Veolia.
Campus – Similarly, college campuses will continue to provide a venue of delegitimization activity including Israeli Apartheid Week, attempts to force anti-Israel resolutions through student body governments and several other events tied to Israel’s Independence Day on May 15th.
Communities – In addition to public ad campaigns carrying anti-Israel messages, these groups are specifically aiming to target musicians, artists and other cultural figures who want to perform in Israel.
Constituencies – In the mainline Protestant churches, anti-Israel groups are doubling down on divestment, increasing their boycott efforts and campaigns against U.S. aid to Israel. In the LGBTQ movement, the emerging issue of “pinkwashing,” the allegation that Israel supporters are “using” Israel’s progressive record on LGBTQ rights to divert attention from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, is the subject of a conference at CUNY (City University of New York) in April.