Myth 2: Israel is an apartheid state
Truth: The BDS movement is modelled on the economic sanctions applied to South Africa during the Apartheid era - a policy that contributed to the collapse of that regime. BDS likens Israel to Apartheid South Africa, using terms such as 'segregation' and claiming that Arab people in Israel are treated just like the black people were under the Apartheid.
In fact, there is simply no comparison between modern day Israel and Apartheid South Africa. There are no 'Jews only' buses on the city streets. And any trip to an Israeli hospital will show you that not only do Jews, Arabs and every other people group in the country receive the same excellent level of medical care, but the specialist doctors and consultants working in these hospitals are just as likely to be Arab as Jewish.
Myth 3: The BDS movement arose from a Palestinian cry for justice
Truth: The BDS movement claims that it was borne out of a call issued in 2005 by a broad group of Palestinian individuals, businesses, NGOs and welfare organizations, imploring the worldwide community to enforce economic measures against Israel.
This isn't true. BDS can be traced back to an NGO forum held in Durban, South Africa in 2001 as part of the 'World Conference against Racism.' Far from tackling real issues of racism around the world, this forum was characterized by anti-Semitism and hatred of Israel. In its final declaration, it described Israel as an apartheid state and called for 'a policy of complete and total isolation of Israel…the imposition of mandatory and comprehensive sanctions and embargoes, the full cessation of all links... between all states and Israel.'
Far from being a Palestinian cry for help, the BDS movement was created by international NGOs for their own political and anti-Semitic motives.
In view of these facts, why would anyone seriously think that BDS could be a force for good in the region?