Does NIF support organisations that promote the global BDS campaign?

A:

No. NIF does not support BDS for a number of reasons, including:

  • Elements of the BDS movement have been critical of Israel's right to exist as a democratic home for the Jewish people, contravening the Jewish people's right to self-determination. While it is appropriate to criticise institutional issues facing non-Jews in Israel, we oppose attempts to undermine the right of the Jewish people to a homeland, which are, in any event, counterproductive.
  • The source of the most significant and reliable evidence of the injustice of the continued Occupation are Israeli organisations, including B’Tselem and the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, funded by NIF. Boycotting Israeli organisations which are fighting the Occupation undermines the objective of ending the Occupation.
  • The boycott applies to artists and academics, who are amongst the most articulate critics of the Occupation, providing a highly effective voice of opposition. Their voices are integral to mobilising the Israeli (and global) public to oppose harmful policies against Palestinians.
  • A significant proportion of the Israeli public supports an end to the Occupation. Their voices need to be harnessed and heard by the Israeli government. A boycott is likely to result in Israelis with moderate views feeling under siege, hardening their attitudes toward the Occupation.