* Georgia has passed anti-BDS legislation this week. The bill sponsor, Georgia Sen. Judson Hill declared it “a critical step forward in defending Georgia’s state economy and public policy” and referred to it as “taking a stand against the anti-Semitism and discrimination of the BDS movement.”
It is the sixth state to pass such legislation, joining South Carolina, Illinois, Florida, Arizona and Colorado. 21 states are currently debating anti-BDS legislation, including California.
Anti-Israel groups are so alarmed by this new and unexpected battlefront that both JVP and American Muslims for Palestine have hired coordinators to influence legislative policy.
* From the Times of Israel: Good news about the Israeli economy
In 2015, foreign direct investment in Israel totaled $11.6 billion dollars – a 90% increase over 2014, when $6.7 billion was invested from overseas.
This remarkable increase in foreign investment represents an overwhelming vote of confidence in the Israeli economy, and rightly so. In spite of the global recession of the last decade, Israel’s economy saw consistent GDP growth, above even that of the OECD and the United States. To boot, Israel’s unemployment rate hovers around 5% – among the world’s lowest.
* A local blogger has documented many examples of BDS fails within the Bay area, including multiple sightings of Zim containers. (What? Could Block the Boat have lied about their "success" in ridding Oakland of the scourge of Israeli-associated shipping? )
The current proliferation of Zim containers locally hasn't escaped the watchful eyes of the BDS holes, either
Universities rejecting BDS this month include:
U Minnesota Capital U U Indianapolis Ohio State Northeastern
Even with so many tangible successes, there is still much work to be done.
From the Algemeiner, written by Roz Rothstein and Yitzhak Santis
Despite Impressive Victories Against BDS, the Battle Is Not Won
Complacency, however, is not an option. There is something to be said about the publicity these BDS debates generate. The loud and antagonistic disputes inject vicious anti-Israel propaganda into campus communities, often creating a hostile and unsafe environment for Jewish and pro-Israel students — and poisoning uniformed minds about Israel.
The struggle against BDS is not yet won. Education about the complex Middle East reality must be continued on North American campuses to combat the lies and misrepresentations of the BDS movement.
The road ahead is long and difficult, but the pro-Israel struggle against BDS will prevail if we continue to turn myths and libels into truth for an unsuspecting public.
The real lesson is that when we fight back, we win.