Asked about the backlash against the boycott, both in Israel and in the United States, Levy said that the BDS campaign is still âthe only game in townâ, a description he first used in 2016.
According to Levy, âone of the biggest successesâ of the boycott has been the way it has âchanged the discourseâ internationally; now âpeople start to ask and question Zionismâ, and whether âit is the only regime we can have in this piece of landâ.
âThis discourse is a very fascinating one,â Levy said.
Responding to the claims made by the Israeli government that theÂ BDS movementÂ is âanti-Semiticâ, Levy dismissed such charges as âthe automatic response of the Israeli propaganda against any criticism of Israel, not just BDSâ.
Levy said he believes that as BDS gains more momentum, Israelis will move beyond simply dismissing the boycott as a form of anti-Semitism and ask if âthere is something wrong about usâ.
Despite the denial and aggression, Levy continued, âthere is this knowledge that something is burning under our feetâ.
Addressing the goals of the BDS movement, Levy said his understanding was that âitâs about changing the regime from anÂ apartheidÂ one to a democracyâ.
~ Haaretz/Days of Palestine
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