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6 Celebrities Have Taken a Stand on Whether to Boycott Israel

World  (tags: Israel, Palestine, Middle East, boycott, propaganda, US campuses )

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Since its inception, Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS), a pro-Palestine group that aims to influence the public to shun Israel in various political and economic ways, has made its presence on college campuses around the U.S. In December, the America


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Beatrice B (112)
Tuesday February 11, 2014, 9:01 am
Since its inception, Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS), a pro-Palestine group that aims to influence the public to shun Israel in various political and economic ways, has made its presence on college campuses around the U.S. In December, the American Studies Association voted that its membership participate in a boycott of all Israeli academic institutions. These anti-Israel boycotts have been viewed as controversial in many states, most notably in New York, causing the New York State Assembly to consider legislation to cut public funding to any educational institution that supports an Israeli boycott.

By now, everyone is aware of the international media firestorm surrounding Scarlett Johansson's Super Bowl ad for Sodastream — the Israeli company that makes at-home fizzy drink appliances whose headquarters lie in the occupied West Bank.

Johansson's decision to keep her endorsement deal with the beverage company meant severing ties with Oxfam International, where she was a global celebrity ambassador. In a statement, Johansson's spokesperson said the actress and Oxfam have a "fundamental difference of opinion in regards to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement." While Oxfam has never publicly come out in support of BDS, they are against those who do business on settlements.

According to BDS, it calls on the public to boycott products and companies, target corporations complicit in the violation of Palestinian rights and impose sanctions on Israel.

While the ScarJo incident proved to be one of the most successful BDS campaigns, the actress is just one of a slew of A-listers targeted by the group for their decision to visit Israel or become involved with Israeli companies. Past celebrity campaigns have proved to both draw attention and bring an element of sensationalism to the BDS movement. While many public figures have ignored the pleas from pro-boycott groups, others have supported them vehemently.

More often than not, entertainers tend to side with the "universal power of music" over getting caught up in a heated political debate. So far, BDS campaigns have been shot down by artists like Justin Timberlake, Cyndi Lauper and Julio Iglesias, all of whom have booked summer 2014 concerts in Israel. However, seeing the rapid escalation the BDS movement has brought to Scarlett Johansson and Sodastream, it wouldn't be surprising if these stalled campaigns gain traction in the future.


Tuesday February 11, 2014, 10:36 am
Roger Waters no loss – as he has lost his musical edge he cranked up the boring sad old lefty politics to suite the endlessly repetitive music. I would imagine if Hawkins shuts down or shuns most of the medical machinery and drugs invented in Israel by Jews he would himself shut down before long. I doubt whether a few sanctions will hurt Israel - a very self-sufficient country. No doubt it will boost its already outstanding inventiveness but should then start doing what the US does and patent and license every single good idea including the lifesaving medical ones.

Gillian M (218)
Tuesday February 11, 2014, 10:52 am
It's interesting that all these boycotters use Israeli research, inventions and products. I also have no doubt that, in the event of being ill, they would use their medical products too.

Stephen Brian (23)
Tuesday February 11, 2014, 5:09 pm
The thing with Johansson is almost funny in context. While I think the entire BDS movement is at best astoundingly stupid (to be charitable towards its supporters), even if there were something good about it, that particular incident would be hilarious.

SodaStream is apparently the Costco of settler-employers of Palestinians. It pays them the same wages as its Israeli employees and provides religious accommodations for Islamic workers. (Honestly, I have a problem with that: The purchasing-power of a shekel is so much higher in Palestinian-run territories than in Israel that I'm worried Palestinian SodaStream employees' relatively huge wages may drive local inflation and send their entire communities into poverty.)

Shil O (0)
Tuesday February 11, 2014, 10:29 pm
Stephen Hawking -- rofl.... If it wasn't for Israeli science no-one would know what he thought
Headlines from almost a year ago
How can a man as brilliant as Hawking boycott Israel when it makes the microchip that enables him to talk
as for Johansson -- she has been happy enough with oxfam but
as she says herself--- regarding her high-paid engagement with SodaStream. She said she "didn’t want to get into the middle of it. She just wanted the money".-- now there's food for thought
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Justin Vale (13)
Wednesday February 12, 2014, 8:23 am
i say boycott them in everything except that iron dome and that three tier defense system. they're breaking new grounds on air defense there. i say we not only pay for every penny they spend on that, but we up their budgets by throwing billions everywhere. in exchange of course for the knowledge.
but boycott them on every thing else. who cares about flowers and soft drinks?

Gail Ring (89)
Wednesday February 12, 2014, 8:47 am
I think Israel has a right to do certain things.. if you look what the some of these radical muslims have done to other countries around the world with their suicide bombs .. Israel is only looking out for their own.. the British, Americans, countries in Africa and others have been affected by this... Boycotting is not going to make an ounce of difference...

Past Member (0)
Wednesday February 12, 2014, 1:14 pm
Personally, I boycott Turkish products - since the time Islamic Erdogan came to power. It's quite easy - just say YES to California dates and figs.

On the other hand, I support Israel, because it is right. The 22 existing Arab states failed to provide democracy and prosperity to their citizen, and often are at war. Israel is very different, I've been there and saw Arabs living with full rights and without fears.

Once I saw them marching on some Communist march, couldn't understand what were they screaming but they were protected by Israeli police.

Carol Dreeszen (346)
Thursday February 13, 2014, 7:31 pm
Good for those who are standing up for Israel!! There are the givers and the takers...Israel is the givers and the hypocritical bigots who take from Israel and still slam them are the takers!

Evelyn B (63)
Wednesday February 26, 2014, 5:53 pm
Good for those standing up for human rights.
A leading force for BDS is the Jewish Voice for Peace movement - who recongise human rights abuses occurring in occupied Palestine where, under international law, settlements are illegal. Yet - as Who Profits (an Israeli NGO) points out - such settlements benefit from Israeli funding & tax benefits, draw on resources of Palestine, & present their products falsely as "made in Israel". BDS targets these companies - not true Israeli products - and those who draw their profits from occupying Palestine (i.e. West Bank & Gaza).
It suits many pro-Zionists to ignore or reject facts about realities on the ground, to dismiss any criticism as anti-semitic (or "misled Jews") - and there are none so blind as those who choose not to see.
But BDS is having an effect - increasingly, and its supporters are Jews, Christians, Muslims who believe in human rights, and who believe that the road to peace lies in respecting human rights - those of all religions, living in Israel or in Palestine..
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