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2016 Annual Assessment

While the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement, as a part of a wider effort to de-legitimize Israel, has been active and growing since 2005, the past year saw the emergence of a new trend in this dynamic – state-level anti-BDS legislative initiatives in the United States that either practically block BDS efforts or take a strong public position against them.

However, while these initiatives are important, the pro-Israel community should not view them as a panacea to the challenge presented by the BDS movement. That is, since it does not address the underlying problem of the very battle and debate over the narrative of Israel’s legitimacy, of which BDS is an important part of the anti-Israel tool kit. If utilized properly, these efforts can however offer a cushion of breathing space for pro-Israel activists in order to re-stablish the narrative around Israel’s legitimacy.