An excellent video here exposes the BDS group , including how part of their agenda is to block peaceful interaction between Israelis and Palestinians in the Middle East, whether it is in film, trade unions and universities.
One person featured in the video was Diana Buttu, a lawyer who has been on a recent Australian tour.
In Sydney, she appeared in Politics in the Pub. The show, moderated by Prof Stuart Rees, and also including Antony Lowenstein, was listed in the ABC Big Ideas series here. It is worth looking at, to get a sense of what they are saying and stand for… including how they pressure artists to boycott Israel. It’s useful to see how the speakers handled the questions beginning in the 38th minute (poorly!).
BDS – BS and Dreck.
To end on a positive note, Johnny Rotten (John Lydon) former Sex Pistols front man and now of Public Image Limited (PiL), refuses to be intimidated by the BDS haters, and has a few sensible words to say in this interview – BBC6 Music, July 12th 2010
“Of course, there are all sorts of terrible politics going on down there but there is just about all over the world. You cannot separate yourself from your audience because of the political powers-that-be.
Johnny has received a predictable amount of hate mail, but is unperturbed. Maybe some of the anti-Israel brigade will even think again.
Have a great concert in Israel, and Go Johnny Go!