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Prominent Pro-Israel Group Sends Key Memorandum To Firms Outlining Anti-Semitic Nature Of BDS

By  Josh Hammer

Last week, The Lawfare Project, a pro-Israel legal group about whom The Daily Wire has previously reported and which describes itself as “a global network of legal professionals that contribute our skills, time and expertise to defending the civil and human rights of the Jewish people and pro-Israel community, and fighting discrimination wherever we see it,” published a full-length memorandum entitled, “Laws in Various Domestic and International Jurisdictions Deplore and Attach Liability for Discriminatory Commercial Conduct Related to the Boycott of, or Divestment From, the State of Israel.”

The memorandum was produced in response to a campaign led primarily by Amnesty International UK’s pernicious and inherently anti-Semitic “boycott, divestment, and sanctions” (BDS) campaign against Israel, about which The Daily Wire has also reported. In late January, The Daily Wire’s Hank Berrien reported the following:

On Wednesday, Amnesty International, which supports the BDS movement against Israel, will publish an anti-Semitic report that is intended to cripple tourism to Israel, according to NGO Monitor, which states that the Amnesty International report alleges, “the Israeli government has political and ideological reasons for developing a tourism industry in occupied East Jerusalem and Area C of the West Bank … Israel has constructed many of its settlements close to archaeological sites … [as] part of an active campaign to normalize and legitimize Israel’s increasing control of the [West Bank].”

Just as the United Nations passed a resolution in the twilight of Barack Obama’s presidency that rejected Jewish claims to the holiest places in Judaism, including the Temple Mount and Jerusalem, the Amnesty International report, titled, “The Tourism Industry and Israeli Settlements,” apparently attempts to paint tourism to Israel as connected to the expansion of Jewish settlements, in the process making it seem as if Jewish holy sites are not of tremendous historical significance for visitors.

The Lawfare Project sent its memorandum to 350 companies and 100 law firms and, according to its press release, “outlines legal ramifications and anti-Semitic underpinnings of the BDS movement.”

Here is more from the press release:

The memorandum follows a campaign led by certain offices of Amnesty International, among other entities, to pressure major companies and law firms into engaging in targeted boycotts of individuals and enterprises residing or operating in the Jewish communities located in the disputed territories.

A March 13 letter from Director of Amnesty International UK Kate Allen warned companies of the “significant risk” of conducting commerce with “Israeli businesses in Occupied Palestinian Territories.” The letter failed to disclose both the legal risks associated with participating in boycotts of Israel and the anti-Semitic nature of the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. Boycotts of Israel fit the U.S. State Department’s definition of anti-Semitism through “applying double standards by requiring of [Israel] a behavior not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation.”

Amnesty International UK’s letter aligns with the position of the Amnesty International organization as a whole, as Amnesty’s central website hosts a petition which asks users to sign their name in order to take actions in support of BDS.

After learning about Amnesty International UK’s anti-Israel boycott campaign, The Lawfare Project immediately began updating the memorandum, first produced in 2017, which provides executives with the full legal context and anti-Semitic underpinnings of the boycott movement in order to inform their decisions on doing business with Israel. Corporate leaders have already expressed gratitude for how the memorandum has protected them from complicity in illegal and immoral boycotts.

The press release concludes by quoting Lawfare Project Executive Director Brooke Goldstein: “BDS has a well-documented history of fostering anti-Semitism and illegal discrimination on the basis of national origin. It has no place in commerce. We will continue to make companies aware of the legal and moral ramifications of engaging in boycott activity.”

The Lawfare Project’s memorandum likely serves as the definitive legal document, published to-date, that apprises business leaders of the destructive nature of BDS.

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