The boycotts in Israel, where the Senate passed a bill
BDS, the pressure is mounting.
19659002] Measures calling for boycotts of Israel modeled on the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa, including divorcing from companies that sell to Israel's army, are roiling college campuses.
During the summer, more than a dozen performers backed out of Israel Lana Del Rey Lana Del Rey Michael Tran / MovieMagic file
Last month, some 50 artists including Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters, fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, singer Peter Gabriel, and pop band Wolf Alice published a letter calling for this year's Eurovision song contest from Tel Aviv because of "Israel's systematic violation of Palestinian human rights."
Scien BDS: Grape exports to Europe from Jordan Valley have dropped by 80 percent since 2007 because of boycotts.
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The decision prompted outbursts from Israeli officials and allies, with Israel's tourism minister calling the decision "hypocritical and disgusting," and threatening the company with legal action.
Senior Airbnb executives visited the West Bank and met with local Israeli officials and appeared to waver on its decision.
When asked to comment on its current position, to Airbnb spokesman pointed to a Jan. 17 statement that said it
Michael Oren, an American-born former Israeli ambassador to Washington, was among those who called for a boycott of Airbnb in November. He criticized the policy for Tibet or to Turkish-occupied Cyprus.
Oren, who also serves as a minister in Netanyahu's government, explained this reaction: BDS unfairly singles out Israel and is "designed to take us down. "
Israeli, but not through terrorism. Instead, he argues the country's enemies are legitimizing the country.
Oren said that the right of return is "the destruction of the state of Israel, with six million Palestinians who claim they are refugees."  He also dismisses the notion that the issue revolves around free speech, describing the boycott as "a bigoted assault on an American ally."
Measures barring boycott supporters are another sign of how serious Israel is taking issue in January 2018 Israel because they support BDS The Friends of the Society (The Quakers), which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1947 for rescuing victims of the Nazis, as well as The Left-wing Jewish Voice for Peace.
In October, Israel detained for more than two weeks an American student as she tried to enter the country, accusing her of supporting BDS.
Sima Vaknin-Gill serves as the director general in Israel's Ministry of Strategic Affairs and Public Diplomacy, and is among those charged with implementing anti-boycott laws.
She says the BDS campaign could be a "challenge, in the mid-and long term, regarding Israel's right to exist as a Jewish and democratic state. "
After Amnesty International on Jan. 30 released a scathing report calling on Airbnb and fellow giants Booking. Gilad Erdan has announced that he has instructed officials to look into ways to address the London-based human rights group from the country.
Erdan Omar Shakir – the Israel and Palestine director of Human Rights Watch – to be deported from the country, citing alleged support for the campaign.
In the US, at least 26 states have so passed laws targeting BDS.
Legislature like this has passed the ACLU and the liberal Jewish advocacy Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.
"While I do not support the BDS movement, we must defend every one." American's constitutional right to peacefully engage in political activity, " Sanders tweeted last month.
Regardless of the pressure on pro-BDS activists and others who criticize Israel over its treatment of Palestinians, one of the movement's founders
The election of BDS supporters Rashida Tlaib and Ilham Omar to Congress and senior senators indicate that the movement has reached a "tipping point," according to Omar Barghouti.
"Major Jewish politicians like Feinstein and Sanders, progressive politicians, are defending the right to BDS," the Columbia University-trained engineer said.  "Israel throws a lot of dirt, hoping some of it will stick. Don't miss it. "
He acknowledged that Israeli's legal efforts to hobble the organization – for example Donorbox to freeze its account in December – had taken some supporters into action.
"People took it very seriously, and started pouring in like never before," Barghouti said. However, he also acknowledged that the case had an "enormous" chilling effect.
Barghouti rejected charges that BDS is anti-Semitic, pointing to its charter and the involvement of a Jewish organization for Jewish Peace. Instead, he said, it is simply seeking justice for Palestinians in Israel, the occupied territories and beyond.