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From Florida to Canada, BDS is Having the Worst Week Ever

Already morally vile, the movement is now legally questionable as well

Liel Leibovitz
February 25, 2016
Photo: Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images for PMC
Photo: Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images for PMC

It’s been a rough week for our buddies at the BDS movement.

First, Canada, that hotbed of wild-eyed Zionist demagoguery, expressed its displeasure with the anti-Semitic movement masquerading as a Palestinians’ rights group by passing—229 yays to 51 nays—a bipartisan motion condemning BDS for promoting “the demonization and delegitimization of the State of Israel.” Speaking in support of the motion, Stephane Dion, Canada’s foreign minister, said that “the world will win nothing for boycotting Israel but depriving itself of the talents of its inventiveness.”

A similar sentiment resonated yesterday throughout Florida, where the state senate overwhelmingly passed a bipartisan bill—112 to 2—calling on the Sunshine State to neither invest in nor contract with any entity that advocates boycotting the Jewish state. The Florida legislation is the latest of several successful measures to combat BDS on the state level; it joins similar measures recently passed in Illinois and South Carolina.

Coming on the heels of an anti-BDS resolution from the municipality of Paris earlier this month, as well as a swift action by London’s transportation authority to remove anti-Israel posters illegally placed on Underground trains, the BDS movement’s failure is blissfully universal. Now all that remains is to wait for the good news to reach the handful of American college campuses where singling out Jews for all of the world’s evils still passes for serious thinking.

Liel Leibovitz is Editor at Large for Tablet Magazine and a host of its weekly culture podcast Unorthodox and daily Talmud podcast Take One. He is the editor of Zionism: The Tablet Guide.