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In recent years, a concerted, organized and well financed campaign to delegitimize Israel has intensified.  This campaign, which goes well beyond criticism of Israel's policies, distorts the history of the Jewish state, ignoring the national aspirations of the Jewish people to live in peace in a homeland to which we have been connected continuously for more than three millennia. 

It is within this environment -- in which Israel is repeatedly blamed regardless of the facts --  that a global network of NGOs has emerged to urge the use of Boycotts, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) as a tactic to isolate the State of Israel.  This campaign, which has posed a significant challenge to the Israel advocacy community, has manifested itself in various spheres in which we work, including churches and campuses, as well as corporate, civic and cultural arenas.  The IAI has emerged as the principal coordinating body for countering the campaign to delegitimize Israel, which has become a major priority for our community.  The IAI’s efforts to counter these activities include:

The Cost of Palestinian Unilateralism

By Michael Singh
ForeignPolicy.com

July 7, 2011

With the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations stalled for more than two years now, the tide of support for recognition of Palestinian statehood at the UN General Assembly in September is growing. Palestinian unilateralism has been buoyed not only by strong support from Arab nations, as might be expected, but also from more unexpected quarters, such as Britain and France.

 

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04:19 PM Aug 08, 2011 - 0 comments permalink


The Palestinians' Imaginary State

A majority of the world's countries are gearing up to recognize a Palestinian state in September. But does Palestine really qualify?

 

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03:45 PM Aug 08, 2011 - 0 comments permalink


U.S. Says NO to Palestinian Unilateralism

The US Administration on Monday reiterated its opposition to the Palestinian Authority’s plan to petition the UN in September for recognition of a Palestinian on the pre-1967 lines.

The US stance was relayed to the PA during a meeting in Jericho between Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat and US special Middle East envoy David Hale and US Consul General in Jerusalem Daniel Rubenstein.

 

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01:28 PM Jun 27, 2011 - 0 comments permalink


A Vanishing Church?

Rabbi Eugene Korn responds to myths about Christians in Israel.

The Holy Land and the Church in the Middle East

Last month we featured a guest blog post from Jeffery M. Abood on the plight of Christians in the Middle East. Here we offer a response from Rabbi Eugene Korn. Rabbi Korn is director of Israel’s Center for Jewish-Christian Understanding and Cooperation, where he directs its Institute for Theological Inquiry:

 

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01:10 PM Feb 02, 2011 - 0 comments permalink


Another BDS Loss: Canadian Company Says NO to Boycotts

Canda's largest department store, The Bay, denied that boycotts had anything to do with their decision to drop Ahava products. The Bay explained that sales had been declining and their decision was pure business.  In fact, anti-Israel activists suffered a severe blow when The Bay issued a joint statement with the UJA Federation of Greater Toronto, stating that "it has not 'bowed to political pressure' in the past, has not done so now, and will not do so in the future."

 

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10:38 AM Jan 19, 2011 - 0 comments permalink


Israel Still a Vibrant Democracy

Ron Dermer, Senior Advisor to Prime Minister Netanyahu, responds to a Time magazine article, which shed a negative light on the Middle East's only democracy.
Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011

A Response from the Office of Israel's Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu

Dear Mr. Stengel,

I wanted to bring to your attention a recent article in Time entitled "Israel's Rightward Lurch Scares Some Conservatives." I hope that you will agree that the article's obvious bias and numerous distortions are not worthy of the standards of your prestigious magazine.

Israel is depicted in the article as essentially sliding towards fascism. Your correspondent refers to Israel's Shin Bet (the equivalent of the FBI) as a "secret police," claims that the Israeli government "increasingly equates dissent with disloyalty," and accuses the Prime Minister of "taking a page from neighboring authoritarian states."

 

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10:10 AM Jan 19, 2011 - 0 comments permalink


Seattle Bus Company Rejects Anti-Israel Ads

An iniative from anti-Israel activists failed when a bus company refused to post their ads campaigning against U.S. aid to Israel.

Seattle bus ad decrying ‘Israeli war crimes’ rejected

(JTA) -- Advertisements about "Israeli war crimes" slated to be carried by buses in downtown Seattle have been rejected.

On Dec. 24, King County Executive Dow Constantine ordered the Metro Transit system to reject the ad as well as any other new noncommercial advertising.

The Seattle Midwest Awareness Campaign had paid $1,794 to place the advertisements on 12 buses beginning Dec. 27, the day Israel entered Gaza to stop rocket attacks on its southern communities. The ads feature a group of children looking at a demolished building under the heading "Israeli War Crimes: Your tax dollars at work."

 

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03:07 PM Dec 30, 2010 - 0 comments permalink


How Far Would Boycotters Go?

The hit TV show Glee recently featured an Israeli invention that helps paralyzed individual walk.  The device, called ReWalk, helped the show's wheel-chair bound character, Artie, stand on his on two feet.  To read more about ReWalk in Newsweek click here.

Is this a country worthy of boycott?

Here's what Jeffrey Goldberg had to say:

Why, yes it would, it seems, based on my reading of boycott movement material (some boycotters insist they are only boycotting products made in settlements, but most of the so-called Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement seeks to shun anything produced by Jewish Israelis. A boycott is a boycott, after all. I'm sure paraplegics would understand.

 

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12:22 PM Dec 09, 2010 - 0 comments permalink


Take a Stand Against Boycotts this Holiday Season

JCPA Vice President Ethan Felson published an op-ed in JTA responding to a recent holiday boycott by the anti-Israel Sabeel Center.  In addressing the boycott, Felson urges bridge building and reconciliation. 

 

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04:00 PM Dec 07, 2010 - 0 comments permalink


Boycott Divestment Sanction Video

 

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To view the JCPA Resolution on Campaign to Delegitimize Israel through  Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) Movement that was adopted at the 2010 Plenum, click here.