Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon will lead an international anti-BDS conference set to take place Tuesday at the UN General Assembly. The conference, entitled Building Bridges, Not Boycotts, is expected to host over 1,500 attendees. These include students, members of the World Jewish Congress (WJC), and representatives from dozens of organization combating the anti-Israel boycott movement.
Ambassador Danon, who pointed at the BDS as being the face of modern anti-Semitism, said that the conference would send Israel-haters around the world a message of the country’s strength. He added that Israel will not surrender and will continue to expose what he referred to as the BDS movement’s lies.
Danon continued, saying that BDS activity has spread all over the world, and now included international institutes as part of its modus operandi. The conference, he said, is intended to create operative tools for combating BDS by training students as ‘ambassadors’ of sorts who will help in the anti-boycott fight.
WJC President Ron Lauder added to Danon’s remarks, saying that anti-Israeli attitudes in parliaments and on college campuses around the world have crossed over into blatant anti-Semitism. Lauder said that the Jewish people’s enemies, having failed to win by military and economic means, are now turning to politics. He vowed to keep fighting until this attempt, too, ends in failure.
Reggae singer Matisyahu, who was enveloped in a scandal when BDS activists attempted to prevent him from holding a show in Spain last year, will perform at the conference. Israeli Supreme Court Deputy Chief Justice Elyakim Rubinstein is also expected to attend.