Netanyahu Demands World Boycott ISIS Products

ISIS doesn’t have any products, but still…

In a bizarre round of comments today, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu termed international boycotts against Israel as “hypocrisy,” demanding those nations to boycott ISIS-made goods instead.

ISIS doesn’t have a functioning economy right now, nor any real exports to speak of, so it is of course impossible. Netanyahu’s comments are just the latest in an increasingly desperate campaign to damage the reputation of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which aims to pressure Israel for an end to the occupation through economic pressure. Boycotting Israel is illegal in the United States, but is increasingly popular in Europe as the Netanyahu government condemns the peace process.

The strategy to make this somewhat about ISIS is a rather awkward attempt to copy the effort to keep Israel off the list of forces that carried out attacks on children in 2014, which somehow worked on the grounds that it’d be weird to put the IDF on the same list as ISIS, even though the Israeli military did overtly attack UN-run schools full of civilian refugees in the summer Gaza War.

There is, of course, already a substantial international embargo campaign against ISIS, irrespective of its lack of theoretical exports, and it goes far beyond a handful of academic boycotts and private campaigns against Israeli companies in the occupied West Bank. It’s just that ISIS doesn’t have billionaire Sheldon Adelson bankrolling summits against the international campaign on them, so it doesn’t get the publicity the BDS movement does.

20 thoughts on “Netanyahu Demands World Boycott ISIS Products”

  1. Since when is boycotting Israel illegal in the USA? If your a company perhaps but not private groups. I think it is well with in the rights of freedom of speech press and assembly.

    1. That's the same thing I thought when I read it. I can boycott anything I want. We the people, that is most of us do not take orders from Israel.

  2. Since Israel is at the very least somewhat complicit in creating and supporting ISIS, by boycotting Israeli goods you will be boycotting ISIS. Boycott American goods too, for good measure since US Congress is Israeli Occupied Territory.

  3. It would have been nice if the US had not armed both.

    Maybe it was a Freudian slip. Israel is becoming more like ISIS everyday. They are even run by crazy and violent fanatics too! I wonder which would be worse, to live under ISIS or under Israeli occupation of Gaza? Which would you choose?

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  5. Netanyahu says you should boycott ISIS products. ISIS has no products so you can't purchase them anyway. He wants to divert attention from BDS. I hope BDS never dies out. If it does, it will be resurrected many years later and could come out stronger.

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