The disclosure, in response to a freedom of data request by the Hatzlacha group, of the datebook of Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan, confirmed that the ministry had cooperated with the Mossad in its wide-ranging marketing campaign in opposition to the boycott, divestment and sanctions motion (“Mossad involved in fight against BDS movement,” Noa Landau, June 12).
Opposite to Erdan’s declare that his assembly with Mossad chief Yossi Cohen on the struggle in opposition to BDS was merely a overview, sources accustomed to the ministry’s work mentioned cooperation with the Mossad went far past mere critiques.
BDS is a nonviolent political civil motion that makes use of shopper sanctions to protest the Israeli occupation. Lately Israel, in an effort led by Erdan, has waged all-out battle in opposition to the motion and its activists, exerting diplomatic, authorized and even financial strain. The Strategic Affairs Ministry has carried out this battle partly utilizing entrance organizations working overseas, a few of them Jewish. The ministry intentionally doesn’t differentiate between boycotts in opposition to sovereign Israel and boycotts in opposition to the settlement enterprise, contemplating them to be one and the identical. Not solely that, the Israeli marketing campaign calls for that the world think about the political boycott of Israel within the wake of the occupation to be an expression of anti-Semitism.
Now it emerges that on this battle Israel has been utilizing its premier espionage company, the Mossad, in opposition to international residents all around the world who assist BDS. All this was achieved below a cloak of secrecy authorities ministry in a democratic nation shouldn’t be meant to make use of.
The federal government treats BDS motion as a hazard to safety, or a terrorism menace, and makes use of the sources of its safety businesses and different means to observe residents who categorical opinions it doesn’t like; even worse, it does so past the borders of the state. It is a battle in opposition to the liberty of political expression of the Palestinians and their supporters all through the world. The means Israel employs on this battle are antidemocratic and draconian, they usually typically obtain the alternative of the specified impact, distancing liberal Diaspora Jews from Israel.
The following election affords a possibility to shut this superfluous ministry, which does Israel extra hurt than good. As an alternative of conducting pursuits that undermine the liberty of expression of international residents, the federal government would do effectively to vary the circumstances behind the BDS motion — the occupation — and let the Mossad concentrate on actions which can be actually necessary to nationwide safety.