The boycott Israel bell is tolling loud and clear but has it reached
the tipping point?
Writing in +972
Magazine, Ami Kaufman argues
that, judging by the number and weight of businesses imposing
various sanctions on Israel, and by Israeli
reactions to them, the tipping point
has been reached.
Kaufman quotes the 18 February edition of
the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, whichreported that
boycott pressure had caused two foreign bidders to drop out of a
tender to build facilities in the ports of Haifa and Ashdod. The
According to Kaufman, “what has seemed to
really agitate Israeli politicians was the decision by Germany’s
Deutsche Bank to “flag” Bank Hapoalim as a “morally questionable
investment” on Monday [17
February]. Deutsche decided to include Hapoalim on a list of
companies whose conduct is ethically questionable, possibly due to
its activity in the settlements”.
That decision caused the increasingly unstable Israeli prime
minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, to screech on Facebook:
As Kaufman says, the effect of BDS on Israel is unprecedented: