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Did Israel’s reaction to BDS drive movement’s growth? – Ben Caspit – Al-Monitor 27.04.16
‘We are the main ones to blame for the fact that the phenomenon has blown up to such proportions,’ former Ambassador Gideon Meir told Al-Monitor. ‘Israel was the one who inflated the BDS movement and gave a tremendous tailwind to a toothless, marginal group lacking international clout. Israel’s treatment of the phenomenon is erroneous from its very foundation, and only serves to strengthen BDS… We are [also] losing a large part of the Jewish community in America.’ Other Israeli diplomats agree: ‘Jewish organisations need crisis situations that enable them to more easily raise funds. Suddenly this [BDS issue] appeared, like a lifesaver. Everyone grabbed it.’
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