What is BDS and the boycott Israel movement?

The Heat Podcast

French demonstrators and supporters of Palestinians hold a placard with the word “Boycott” during a demonstration in Paris, France. A campaign called BDS, which was started by Palestinian activists 10 years ago to boycott Israel, has grown into a worldwide network of thousands of volunteers lobbying corporations, artists and academic institutions to sever ties with Israel. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon, File)

Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions(BDS) was recently condemned by the U.S. House of Representatives as being anti-semitic and for attempting to de-stabilize the state of Israel. Charges the group has long denied.

But supporters of BDS claim they are simply putting economic and political pressure on Israel over its treatment of Palestinians, and trying to restore human rights on the West Bank.

On this episode of the Heat Podcast, host Anand Naidoo is joined by two people with two very different views of BDS and the boycott Israel movement: Omar Barghouti, co-founder of BDS – and Daniel Pomerantz, Executive Director of Honest Reporting.