A Palestinian group promoting the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel has complained to the U.N. Human Rights Council that the Mossad is targeting its activists, according to Israel Hayom.
In a letter to the UNHRC, the Palestinian BDS National Committee claimed the Mossad “is working against us,” and has demanded the UNHRC recognize its members as “human rights activists.” They insisted that the UNHRC recognize “the right to boycott” as a basic human right.
Public Diplomacy Minister Gilad Erdan, who heads Israel’s efforts to counter the BDS movement, did not respond to the allegation directly and made no mention of the Mossad.
But he did say on Tuesday that “the time when BDS organizations could do as they please without an Israeli rebuttal to their lies is over. We will continue to work quietly and effectively to expose the true colors of these despicable people, who are trying to undermine our country. My policy has been to move from a defensive strategy to an offensive one.”
Around 100 million shekels ($26 million) have reportedly been allocated to Israel’s campaign to fight the BDS movement.