February 23, 2016

Israel plans cyber attack on boycott movement

Alternet - Israeli government is planning to pour $26 million this year alone into a covert cyber operation to attack and sabotage the global human rights movement for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions, earmarking large sums for technology companies to spy on Muslim activists in the United States and Europe.

BDS is an international movement to boycott, divest from, and sanction Israel until it abides by international legal conventions. Sparked by Palestinian civil society organizations’ call in 2005 for global tactics similar to those levied to topple apartheid in South Africa, BDS has attracted international support from artists, scholars, students, and human rights campaigners. The Boycott National Committee recently argued that the massive resources that Israel is devoting to countering the movement shows that “our ‘soft’ power is having a real impact," and with good reason: Even presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has publicly attacked BDS and pledged to fight it.

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