As a panelist at The Jerusalem Post Annual Conference on May 22, Rabbi Eckstein discussed the future of the Jewish people and the war against BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanctions).
Rabbi Eckstein and other speakers emphasized that Jews and pro-Israel advocates need to go on the offensive to “fight fire with fire” or, in other words, to boycott the boycotters.
“We can’t do it alone,” Rabbi Eckstein told the conference attendees. “The way to fight the BDS movement long term is to build strategic alliances and friendships.”
Rabbi Eckstein has also called upon the Jewish communities around the world to take a more active role against BDS, but also by contributing to programs that help the needy elderly, particularly Holocaust survivors, who deserve to live out the rest of their lives in dignity and comfort.
The BDS movement was started in 2005 in a coordinated attempt by pro-Palestinian organizations to put economic and political pressure on Israel to end its “occupation” of land the Palestinian claim as their own. The movement advocates for boycotting Israeli businesses, academia, and culture in an attempt to isolate Israel from the global community.