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Thousands Attend Anti-BDS Summit at United Nations Headquarters

(JNS.org) Over 2,000 pro-Israel activists and supporters convened at the United Nations headquarters in New York Wednesday to speak out against the boycott, divestment and sanction (BDS) movement.

The summit was convened by Israel’s Ambassador to the U.N. Danny Danon, in partnership with several leading Jewish and pro-Israel organizations, including ACLJ, ZOA, Israel Bonds, StandwithUs, CAMERA, B’nai B’rith International, IAC, Maccabee Task Force, Hillel International, SSI, Hasbara Fellowships, the Jewish Agency for Israel, AEPI, Simon Wiesenthal Center, American Zionist Movement and others.

“The halls of the U.N. are now being infiltrated by the boycott movement,” declared Danon at the opening of the event. “The U.N.’s Human Rights Council is creating a blacklist of companies and corporations operating in parts of Israel. This is pure anti-Semitism and together with the U.S., our greatest ally, we will keep fighting until BDS is eliminated.”

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley, who recently described herself as “new sheriff in town” at the recent AIPAC conference, in a bid to change the anti-Israel culture at the U.N., was the event’s main speaker.

“The effort to delegitimize the state of Israel being waged on college campuses and the anti-Israel obsession at the U.N. are one in the same. They both seek to deny Israel’s right to exist. They are both efforts to intimidate her friends and embolden her enemies. They are both extensions of an ancient hatred,” Haley said.

“And how tragic is it that, of all the countries in the world to condemn for human rights violations, these voices choose to single out Israel. Iran, Syria, North Korea and other barbaric regimes are excused by the BDS movement. It makes no sense. And it has no connection to any reasonable definition of justice,” Haley added.

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