Members of the international community are very frequently misinformed about/deliberately misrepresent the facts about Israel’s rights. These distortions and misrepresentations are used to attack and weaken Israel. They use BDS, charges in courts, delegitimization and more.
We cannot sit still for this. Every one of us is called upon to respond vigorously and forcefully, promoting the truth.
Here you see the sort of lies and misrepresentations levelled at Israel on an almost daily basis:
In December 2016, the UN Security council passed a resolution that the US administration failed to veto, claiming that the settlements were illegal.
Also, Anti-Semitic incidents on U.S. university campuses increased by 45 percent in the first half of 2016 compared to the same period last year, according to a study (.pdf) released by a watchdog group on Tuesday.The study, carried out by the AMCHA Initiative, focused on more than 100 American campuses with large Jewish populations. It found a strong correlation between anti-Israel activism on campus, especially the support of the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel, and the number of anti-Semitic incidents. (Emphasis added)
On November 15th 2015, the European Union has issued new guidelines for the labelling of products from so-called “illegal” Israeli settlements in Judea and Samaria.
EU issues guidelines on labelling products from Israeli settlements
On June 3rd 2015, the CEO of Orange, a leading company in Europe, said he wanted his company to leave Israel. He later retracted his statement.
Orange Ready to Boycot Israel Tomorrow
One June 1st 2015, it was reported that the Dutch government issued a travel advisory to its citizens traveling in Israel, warning that Jews in Judea and Samaria constitute a threat to Dutch travelers because they throw stones “toward Palestinian and foreign vehicles.”
The New Government’s war on BDS
On May 28th, 2015, the Palestinians, encouraged by the BDS movement, plan to call for a vote in FIFA to suspend Israel’s membership. Prime Minister Netanyahu warned that if the vote will pass, it will signal the beginning of the end of FIFA.
Netanyahu: Effort to hurt Israel will destroy FIFA
On April 27, 2014, Top US official, Wendy Sherman suggests to a Jewish gathering that UN veto policy could change if Israel doesn’t continue to support a two-state solution.
On March 27, 2014, a delegation of Belgian parliamentarians visited Judea and Samaria. During the visit, delegation head Senator Anke Vandermeersch noted that she was “surprised to see how different the reality here is compared to what we are shown by the European media.”
On February 17, 2014, Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions South Africa put out a call for people to join the 10 annual Israeli Apartheid Week, March 10 – 16:
“IAW is an annual international series of events (including rallies, lectures, cultural performances, music shows, films and workshops) that seek to raise awareness of Israel’s apartheid policies against the indigenous Palestinians and garner support for the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel campaign which is aimed to bring an end to Israel’s apartheid policies and violations of international law.”
On January 22, 2014, Lars Faaborg-Andersen, the EU ambassador to Israel, declared that if the peace talks fail, “Naturally, the blame will be put squarely on Israel’s doorstep.” He explained that it would be “logical” to assume that the failure was the result of “settlement activity.”
On January 13, 2014, a report was released by Payvand News regarding boycotts in the Netherlands:
“The Netherlands has seen a number of its companies terminate cooperation with Israeli companies over Israel’s ongoing occupation. The latest is PGGM, the largest Dutch pension management fund. PGGM made the decision to divest all its funds from Israel’s five largest banks because all of them are involved in some way in the settlements…the Netherlands government is creating an atmosphere which encourages boycotts and divestment from Israel.
“PGGM’s decision is the latest in a series of Dutch businesses cutting ties with any Israeli venture that is connected to the settlements. Last month, a Dutch water company cut ties with Israel’s national water company, Mekorot, because of its operations in the settlements. In September, a major Dutch engineering firm canceled a contract to work on a sewage treatment plant because the project was located in East Jerusalem, beyond the Green Line (the border of Israel before it captured the West Bank in 1967). That cancellation was said to have been pushed for by the Netherlands’ government.”
On January 12, 2014, Catherine Ashton, EU foreign policy chief, made a statement in response to an Israeli announcement of building in Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria:
“I was deeply concerned to hear the latest announcement by the Israeli authorities to advance settlement plans once more in the West Bank including East Jerusalem…
“The settlements are illegal under international law…”
On December 16, 2013, the American Studies Association announced a boycott of Israeli universities.
“The boycott is one prong of a global justice movement that is anchored in international law and universal principles of human rights. It aims to help end Israel’s violations of Palestinian rights…
“We are targeting Israeli universities because they work closely with the government and military in developing weapons and other technology that are used to enforce the occupation and colonization of Palestinian land…. The fact is that universities are active participants in, and important enablers of, Israel’s repressive, unjust, and illegal policies toward the Palestinians.”
Curtis Marez, President of the ASA and chair of the ethnic studies department, UCSD, “In Defense of an Academic Boycott of Israel,” In the Chronicle of Higher Education, Dec. 31, 2013.
On January 15, 2012, Ban Ki Moon, UN Secretary-General said:
“The Israeli occupation of Arab and Palestinian territories must end…Settlements, new and old, are illegal.”
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