Sixty-seven years after its founding, Israel continues to face challenges to its legitimacy, its security, and even its existence. Every day, it must defend its citizens from terrorist organizations, its economy from global boycott movements, and its legitimacy from prejudiced international organizations.
An enlightened and liberal democracy, Israel is the only country in the Middle East with free elections, honest judiciary, free press and free speech. Nonetheless, it faces an unrelenting campaign of incitement and demonization by members of the international community.
One of the primary tools in this campaign of delegitimization is the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. While Israel is a robust, albeit embattled, liberal democracy, BDS seeks to portray it as an inherently evil pariah state. It seeks to isolate Israel, and Israel alone, from the family of nations. BDS is nurtured by and derives its veneer of legitimacy from the diplomatic war waged against Israel at the UN. If we are to defeat BDS, therefore, it needs to be challenged not only on campuses but at the state level – in the halls and corridors of the United Nations.