The Fight Against BDS Jonathan Elkhoury

The Fight Against BDS

When I began my pro-Israel activities, I never thought I would find myself one day in Edinburgh, Scotland, wrapped in an Israeli flag standing up to activists from the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

I went to Edinburgh as part of a special delegation from Reservists on Duty, a group of Israeli reserve combat soldiers and officers who felt it was their duty to expose and counter BDS. They were in Scotland to accompany a theatre group that had received threats prior to its tour. We were on our way to the first day of the Fringe Festival, which is a platform for artists from all over the world to express themselves on the streets of Edinburgh. Since 2014, however, the Fringe Festival has become a nightmare for Israeli artists. It was in that…