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Minister Shaked Tasks Israeli Justice Ministry With Forming Plan to Take Legal Actions Against International BDS

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Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Israel’s justice minister said she has instructed the ministry’s international department to prepare a list of legal actions for combating boycott, divestment and sanctions measures worldwide.

“I have instructed the Justice Ministry’s international desk to prepare a course of legal actions against the BDS movement,” said Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked on Monday, according to Israel’s Army Radio.

“We’re going from being on the defense, to being on the attack. We will counter all boycott measures with an offensive line,” she said.

Shaked’s announcement underlines the new Israeli government’s shift in focus to the issue of BDS.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appointed Likud’s no. 2 lawmaker, Gilad Erdan, to the public diplomacy and strategic affairs portfolio, largely to tackle the issue of BDS.

Erdan listed fighting BDS as one of his top priorities as the public diplomacy minister.

Netanyahu announced this week that the Israeli government would allocate 100 million shekels ($26 million) aimed at countering the threat of the anti-Israel boycott movement.

He told a Las Vegas event on Monday organized by American billionaires including Sheldon Adelson and Haim Saban — who are normally at odds in the U.S. political spectrum — over the rising threat of BDS that “friends of Israel can be armed with facts to defend the truth.”

The head of Israel’s Yesh Atid Party, Yair Lapid, told an audience in New York on Sunday that BDS is orchestrated by Hamas and Islamic Jihad, highlighting concerns that the boycott movement is not solely meant to pressure Israel over its settlement activities, but meant to harm the Jewish state as a whole.

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