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Ties Between Hamas and BDS Highlighted at Congress

US Capitol at dusk (Photo: wikicommons/Martin Falbisoner)

While the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement threatens Israel on an economic level, it poses other dangers, as well. The Times of Israel's Rebecca Shimoni Stoil reports on a congressional hearing on the BDS movement's close ties to Hamas:

The US should boost transparency of nonprofit organizations in order to shed light on ties between a key pro-boycott organization and defunct charities that were implicated in funding Hamas, analyst Jonathan Schanzer of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies told members of Congress during testimony Tuesday afternoon when two subcommittees of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs met to discuss current threats to Israel.

During testimony, experts including Schanzer highlighted regional nonstate actors such as Iran and the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS) as key threats to Israel.

The chairman of the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade, Ted Poe, described the BDS movement as “a threat which seeks [Israel’s] ultimate destruction.”

Schanzer, a former terror finance analyst for the US Treasury, presented open-source research conducted by his group, the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies which highlighted a network linking Hamas supporters with the leadership of the BDS movement...

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