You may have heard about the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel that was developed to target Israeli products, companies and corporations – and it’s happening right here in Canada.
A Conservative motion condemning Canadians who promote BDS movements that “demonize and delegitimize Israeli’s” passed in a 229 to 51 vote in Parliament, but that doesn’t mean that some Canadians aren’t going through with these actions. Meir Weinstein, leader of the Jewish Defence League in Canada was in Calgary and discussed the BDS movement and in particular, the actions of a group right here in the city.
The BDS Action Calgary Facebook group posted photos of stickers attached to goods in local stores with warnings that products were made in Israel and that the country is in violation of human rights and international laws. One of the posts picturing the stickers even boasts that “shopping was fun.” The group also hosts an image attacking Sodastream that states “Ultimate Apartheid Special” and goes on to say “Offer valid for Palestinian homes only.”
There is information floating around on the internet suggesting that the Israeli economy is suffering from the BDS movement, but it appears that their economy is relatively sheltered from the effects of the campaign. Actually, it’s the Palestinian economy that would suffer as a result of a successful strategy according to this graph from the Bank of Israel of the latest available trends. If the BDS movement were to affect trade between the two, it is counter active to the Palestine Authority’s need to do business with Israel. And there would be no easy way to make up such an economically significant affiliation.