BDS leadership distances from Boston map of Jewish, Zionist institutions

Published date23 June 2022
Publication titleJerusalem Post, The: Web Edition Articles (Israel)
The BNC, the leadership body of the BDS movement, said in a statement that it "has no connection to and does not endorse the Mapping Project in Boston, Massachusetts."

"Endorsement of this project by any group affiliated with the BDS movement conflicts with this affiliation," said the BNC.

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However, the BNC also rejected all criticism of the project – that framed Jewish highschools and synagogues as ideological enemies – as cynical attacks on Palestinian activism.

A letter allegedly sent by the BNC to BDS Boston, who were affiliated with the Mapping Project and promoted it, was leaked by The Jewish Journal's Aaron Bandler.

"Endorsement of this project by any group affiliated with the BDS movement conflicts with this affiliation."

The BNC

"The project unstrategically targets and provides names and 'physical addresses' of institutions and individuals, and promotes messaging that includes phrases such as 'resistance in all its forms,'" said the letter shared by Bandler, dated Monday. "By having BDS in your group's name, and yet promoting messaging which indirectly advocates for armed resistance and associating with groups that do, you have violated a key guideline of our movement."

The BNC criticized BDS Boston for opening the movement to criticism, and putting themselves and the BNC "in direct danger of heightened persecution and repression."

Last Monday, the FBI said that it was tracking the Mapping Project.

The BNC issued several demands, that if not met, would require that BDS Boston remove "BDS" from its name and dissociate with the BDS movement.

According to Bandler's letter, the BNC demanded that BDS Boston cease to promote and associate with groups that advocated violence, stopped promoting the Mapping Project, and would issue a statement...

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