Thursday, December 23, 2010

"Tis the Season for BDS

NGO Monitor
23 December '10

- Groups such as Sabeel, War on Want (UK), Trócaire, and Pax Christi manipulate Christmas symbols and traditions to advance boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) campaigns. These campaigns are part of the Durban strategy that seeks to eliminate Israel through international isolation.

- Friends of Sabeel – North America circulated a list targeting Israeli companies to boycott during Christmas shopping. The vast majority of these companies are located within the 1949 armistice lines and are included because they are Israeli or Jewish.

- As in the past, War on Want is promoting donations to Stop the Wall (Palestinian Grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall Coalition - PGAAWC).

- War on Want, Amos Trust and The Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) are selling Christmas cards and wood carvings depicting the security barrier as part of the nativity scene.

- Many exploitations of Christmas conflate the suffering of Jesus with the Palestinians, invoking classical antisemitic themes and blood libels against Jews.


During the 2010 Christmas season, NGOs such as Sabeel, War on Want (UK), Trócaire, and Pax Christi are once again exploiting the holiday for radical attacks against Israel, through politicized Christmas carols, cards, and messages, and calls for donations and gift giving. This year, there is a greater emphasis on promoting BDS (boycotts, divestment, and sanctions) campaigns, as well as attacking the security barrier despite greatly reduced suicide bombings and other terror attacks.

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