What is NIF’s position on boycott, divestment and sanctions? - New Israel Fund Australia

What is NIF’s position on boycott, divestment and sanctions?

The New Israel Fund is committed to strengthening democracy in Israel, supports freedom of speech and promotes non-violent means of expression of belief and conscience. We oppose any attempt to criminalise the legitimate expression of support for any non-violent strategy or tactic, including the global BDS movement which we do not ourselves support.

NIF does oppose the global (or general) BDS movement, views the use of these tactics as counterproductive, and is concerned that segments of this movement seek to undermine the existence of the state of Israel as a Jewish homeland.

NIF will not fund global BDS activities against Israel nor support organisations that have global BDS programs.

However, NIF opposes the occupation and settlement activities. NIF will thus not exclude support for organisations that lawfully discourage the purchase of goods or use of services from settlements.

Read more: Op-ed by NIF Australia executive director Liam Getreu in Sydney Morning Herald, "Sydney Festival boycott a blunt instrument that blocks voices of dissent"