Myths & Facts: Mitchell G. Bard.

MYTH: The UN blacklist of companies operating in the disputed territories will promote peace.

FACT. Acceding to pressure from BDS-supporting organizations, the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) published a database of 112 companies operating in Judaea, Samaria and eastern Jerusalem on February 12, 2020.  The intention was to create a blacklist that would identify companies that Israel’s detractors could target for boycotting because their …

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MYTH: Israeli Settlements are Illegal.

FACT: On November 18, 2019, Secretary of State Michael Pompeo expressed the Trump administration’s position that “the establishment of Israeli civilian settlements in the West Bank is not per se inconsistent with international law.”  This was inaccurately described in the media as a reversal of long standing American policy.  In …

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MYTH; Labelling products from West Bank made in an “Israeli Settlement” will advance the cause of peace.

FACT: On November 12, 2019, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that products coming from Jewish localities in the West Bank could not carry the label “Made in Israel” and must be labelled as a product originating from an “Israeli Settlement.”  This decision reflects an all-too-familiar double-standard applied to …

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Palestinians, The Bluff.

Palestinian Nationality is an Entity Defined by its Opposition to Zionism, Not its National Aspirations. What unites Palestinians has been their opposition to Jewish nationalism and the desire to stamp it out, not aspirations for their own state.  Local patriotic feelings are generated only when a non-Islamic entity takes charge …

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