About 1,500 young people from all over the US took part in the Permanent Mission of Israel to the UN’s first anti-BDS conference, which was held last night at the General Assembly. The conference was led by the Israeli ambassador to the UN.

UN General Assembly, yesterday

UN General Assembly, yesterday Photo Credit: Channel 2 News

The Permanent Mission of Israel to the UN hosted yesterday evening (Tuesday) a special conference at the UN General Assembly. During the “Building Bridges, Not Boycotts” conference, the participants discussed the possible ways to combat the BDS Movement.

Around 1,500 people took part in the conference that was led by Israel’s Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon. Most of the participants were students and representatives from Jewish organizations who came to receive training and tips on how to deal with the BDS Movement in the US.

A few ambassadors also participated in the conference, during which President of the World Jewish Congress Ronald Lauder gave a speech and American musician Matisyahu even performed a few songs. In August 2015, Matisyahu’s concert in Spain was cancelled at the request of the BDS Movement.

“The boycott movement [BDS] is everywhere,” said Danon. “They are on the campuses and in the court houses and UN corridors. Just a few months ago, an outrageous resolution was passed by the Human Rights Council that called for the creation of a blacklist of Israeli businesses. This phenomenon affects everyone. If we ignore it and think that it is just marginal- it will increase.”

“This is an unprecedented event,” added Danon. “There is an understanding that we need to take off the gloves and fight the new anti-Semitism. Unfortunately, Jews and even Israelis are aiding the movement but most of the Jewish community rallied together with the Permanent Mission of Israel to the UN and is present here at the General Assembly. I believe that after this conference, there will be many ambassadors who will go out and fight the same forces.”