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Soft Threats to National Security
Antisemitism, BDS and the De-legitimization of Israel

ISBN 9781032140919
Published November 30, 2021 by Routledge
216 Pages

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Book Description

This book explores the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) phenomenon – its impact and implications for Israel and the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, as well as the inextricable linkage between its anti-Israeli/anti-Zionist propaganda and antisemitism, unraveled from yet unknown perspectives.

The edited volume offers groundbreaking research: While Israeli public diplomacy focused on security, Palestinian diplomacy focused on a fabricated history. The book analyzes the old Russian anti-Zionist propaganda and its application by the BDS. The public space of BDS activity projects a humane façade, yet the covert part harbors antisemitic and violent supporters including terror groups and Iran. Western universities turned into incubators of pro-Palestinian groups that portray Israel as the source of evil. The academic boycott of Israel worked to isolate and stigmatize Jewish scholars in America because of a presumed Jewish occupation of the American academe. Western "liberals" wish to build bridges with the Muslim world, unable to overcome differences on democracy, secularism, women’s rights, etc., they focus on what they agree: animosity towards Israel. So has the UN; the ICC; Bedouin advocacy; and Human Rights Watch.

The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of the journal Israel Affairs.

Table of Contents

Dana Barnett 
1. From underdog to occupier: Israel’s tarnished image 
Yoav Gelber 
2. The unspoken purpose of the academic boycott 
Martin Kramer 
3. Human Rights Watch’s anti-Israel Agenda 
Gerald M. Steinberg 
4. Israel in modern Jewish identity: an internal debate 
Evyatar Friesel 
5. The Palestinian campaign against Israel at the United Nations Human Rights Council 
Eytan Gilboa 
6. Birds of a feather vote together? EU and Arab League UNGA Israel voting 
Leah Mandler and Carmela Lutmar 
7. The ICC’s Prosecutor in the service of Palestinian Lawfare 
Assaf Derri 
8. The Negev Bedouin as a de-legitimization tool 
Havatzelet Yahel 
9. The coalescence of anti-Zionist ideologies 
Henri Stellman 
10. The Covert War: From BDS to De-legitimization to Antisemitism 
Lev Topor 
11. The BDS as an example of Soviet political warfare 
Nelly Atlan 

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Dana Barnett is an expert on post-Zionism in the academe. She has demonstrated a direct connection between the critical, neo-Marxist scholarship mainstreamed by the social sciences, and the anti-Israel sentiments espoused in scholarships. Barnett is the co-founder and CEO of Israel Academia Monitor, a group which follows BDS and anti-Israel writings of academics. She is the author of Post Zionism and Israeli Universities: The Academic Political Nexus (2016).

Efraim Karsh is Professor Emeritus of Middle East and Mediterranean Studies at King’s College London and Editor of the scholarly journals Middle East Quarterly and Israel Affairs. He is the author of over 120 scholarly articles and sixteen books, including The Tail Wags the Dog: International Politics and the Middle East; Palestine Betrayed; Islamic Imperialism: A History; Empires of the Sand: the Struggle for Mastery in the Middle East 1798-1923; and Fabricating Israeli History: the "New Historians" (Routledge).