Christmas 2010 Exploited As An Opportunity To Advance the BDS Movement

‘Tis the Season for BDS

NGO Monitor  December 23, 2010 

  • Groups such as Sabeel, War on Want (UK), Trócaire, and Pax Christi manipulate Christmas symbols and traditions to advance boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) campaigns. These campaigns are part of the Durban strategy that seeks to eliminate Israel through international isolation.
  • Friends of Sabeel – North America circulated a list targeting Israeli companies to boycott during Christmas shopping. The vast majority of these companies are located within the 1949 armistice lines and are included because they are Israeli or Jewish.
  • As in the past, War on Want is promoting donations to Stop the Wall (Palestinian Grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall Coalition – PGAAWC).  
  • War on Want, Amos Trust and The Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) are selling Christmas cards and wood carvings depicting the security barrier as part of the nativity scene.
  • Many exploitations of Christmas conflate the suffering of Jesus with the Palestinians, invoking classical antisemitic themes and blood libels against Jews.  Continue reading