In Wake of Ben & Jerry's Boycott, Israeli President Calls BDS 'New Kind of Terrorism'

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Israeli President Isaac Herzog unleashed a ferocious attack on boycotts of Israel after the ice cream giant Ben & Jerry’s announced it would no longer sell its product in the West Bank, calling them “a new kind of terrorism.”

The Times of Israel reports that Herzog said, “The boycott against Israel is a new type of terrorism — economic terrorism. Terrorism that seeks to harm Israeli citizens and the Israeli economy. We must oppose this boycott and terrorism of any kind.”

“The BDS campaign does not pursue peace and seeks to undermine the very existence of the State of Israel. It is aiming its arrows at the Israeli economy,” he asserted.

Herzog added that Israel’s leadership would fight boycotts and other economic warfare with great vigor.

Former deputy IDF chief of staff Yair Golan, now a left-wing politician, disagreed, saying, “As someone who knows terrorism and has been fighting terrorism all his life, what is happening in the international arena is not terrorism.”

“We must fight against the boycott with one hand, and for a two-state solution with the other,” he added. “But using concepts drawn from the world of violence is not the way.”

“An ice cream boycott is not terrorism,” Golan said.

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