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Third of Americans support BDS campaign against Israel: poll

Affiches placardées à l'université de Californie par des activistes de BDS
62 percent of respondents believe the economic campaign is anti-Semitic

About one in three Americans are in favor of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) Movement to apply economic pressure on Israel, according to an Ipsos poll cited by Israel's Mako news site on Monday.

The poll, which had a sample size of 1,100, found that a third of respondents believe economic pressure is justified – and according to Mako, 40 percent of respondents to a similar poll in the United Kingdom agreed.

The figures suggest that the organized movement, which appears to flourishing on US college campuses, is having a measurable effect on public opinion as a whole.

In a sign that criticism of Israeli policy is gaining steam in mainstream US politics, the Democratic Party is including at least one major supporter of the BDS Movement in its platform drafting committee that will write the party's policy (which is nonbinding) for this year's national election. Activist Cornel West is an advocate of the BDS Movement, and once said that the crimes of Hamas "pale in the face of the US-supported Israeli slaughters of innocent civilians," according to the Jewish Telegraph Agency.

On the flip side, a solid majority of 62 percent of Americans hold that the BDS Movement is an expression of modern anti-Semitism according to the survey, and 50 percent of UK respondents agree.

Danny Danon, Israel's envoy to the United Nations, has bemoaned what he sees as a trend among American students and young people of reduced commitment to US-Israel ties.

Danon is set to convene on Tuesday an international meeting on the BDs Movement with the participation of many of largest pro-Israel and Jewish groups in the world. Some 1,500 participants are expected.

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Gordeaux

Read the EU working definition of antisemitism. It's a good start. Cf. antisem.eu

ludwigvb

Neil, correct me if I'm wrong but, as I understand it, antisemitism is acting or speaking against an entity purely because it is Jewish. Please provide your definition if it differs from mine.

Gordeaux

Yes yes Michael, you of all people should look up the definition.

Report seems to be WRONG! The polled population seems to have been UNIVERSITY STUDENTS which makes much more sense than the entire adult American population Why don't you wait for the actual poll to be published and factcheck instead of jumping the horse and quoting another quote without a reliable source? See this: http://www.jerusalemonline.com/news/world-news/the-israeli-connection/third-of-american-university-students-justify-boycott-of-israel-21384. Mako mentions in its subtitle that it's Students although later it drops that qualifier which makes things unclear: http://www.mako.co.il/news-military/israel-q2_2016/Article-8fb53447fcff451004.htm?sCh=45af43ad8df07110&pId=25483675

Your report is misleading! The polled population seems to have been UNIVERSITY STUDENTS which makes much more sense than the entire adult American population. Why don't you wait for the actual poll to be published and fact-check instead of jumping the horse and quoting another quote without a reliable source? Mako, the original source to this entire debacle talks in its subtitle about STUDENTS although later it drops that qualifier which makes things unclear: www.mako.co.il/news-military/israel-q2_2016/Article-8fb53447fcff451004.htm?sCh=45af43ad8df07110&pId=25483675 This report however clearly talks about STUDENTS: www.jerusalemonline.com/news/world-news/the-israeli-connection/third-of-american-university-students-justify-boycott-of-israel-21384.

ludwigvb

"62 percent of respondents believe the economic campaign is anti-Semitic" That's the 62% who don't know what anti-semitic means!

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