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Pro-Israel Students Use Internet to Fight BDS

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While the media would have us believe that the entire younger generation are against Israel, The Jerusalem Post's Noga Tarnopolsky writes that is not the case. She tells us of a group of Israeli students who are using the internet to battle the Boycott, Divest and Sanctions (BDS) movement:

Aviv Sarel, 31, herself a beautiful Israeli from Tel Aviv who is getting a degree in communications and new media, and three partners, one of whom is Sharon Hess, a Canadian in her 60s who immigrated to Israel more than 40 years ago and recently decided to go back to school, thought, “People aren’t really looking for ‘Beautiful Israel’ when they’re doing an online search.”

Speaking with The Media Line, she said, “We found out that there about 160,000 Google searches for the term ‘BDS’ [Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions] and about 8,500 more for the term ‘boycott Israel.’ It’s a crazy amount of searches. Yet, when you type in ‘BDS’ there is zero pro-Israeli or even knowledgeable presence..."

To complete their assignment, the group bought the URL “boycott-israel.net” which, remarkably, was available, and, in imitation of the famous Facebook relationship status, called its website, “It’s Complicated.”

“No one was doing anything to address BDS or even look at the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” Sarel explained. “Whereas the BDS activists, who smear Israel at every turn, well, at least they talk about the conflict and they address the things they want to change about the situation.

“We saw an opportunity to talk about the situation from our point of view, to talk about those things that need changing, but from an Israeli perspective...

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