Event: ‘An Antidote to the BDS Movement? How Israeli innovation and research offers a way forward’



TIME: 18:00 – 19:00, Tuesday 19th April 2016

VENUE: The Henry Jackson Society, Millbank Tower, 21-24 Millbank, London SW1P 4QP

SPEAKER: Ambassador Yossi Gal, Vice President, Hebrew University, Advancement and External Relations, and former Director-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Israel
To attend please RSVP to: rsvp@henryjacksonsociety.org


After eleven years the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement still seems to be growing in popularity and shows no signs of slowing down. The global movement to boycott, divest from, and sanction Israel has been continually thrust into the spotlight recently, with universities voting on BDS resolutions, various commercial entities refusing to do business with their Israeli counterparts, and notable public figures calling for celebrities to cancel events in Israel. The BDS movement is a key component of the attritional war against Israel’s legitimacy and existence. The question remains for those who are concerned about the future of liberal democracy’s increasingly uncertain world – what is the antidote to a movement that seeks to undermine a member of our liberal democratic community by concealing its true aims?

The Henry Jackson Society is pleased to invite you to an event with Ambassador Yossi Gal, Vice President for the Hebrew University, Advancement and External Relations. Ambassador Gal will be discussing the BDS movement and what the antidote to the movement is for Israel. He will also explore Israel’s contribution to international science and technology, and discuss the importance of academic cooperation and collaboration for the benefit of all parties.

To attend, please RSVP to rsvp@henryjacksonsociety.org – RSVPs must include your full name and any affiliations including for any guests you wish to bring. We will send a confirmation that will be required to attend the event.

Speaker biography:

Ambassador Yossi Gal most recently served Israel as the nation’s Ambassador to France and Monaco (2010-2015) and previously was posted to Washington, D.C. twice, as Director of the Ambassador’s office (1976-1981) and as spokesman of the embassy (1985-1989). He served as Israel’s ambassador to the Netherlands from 1995-2001. He has fulfilled varied responsibilities at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and has been extensively involved in international relations. Ambassador Gal participated in the Madrid Peace Conference and was a member of the peace negotiating team with Jordan and the Palestinians. He headed the process of Israel’s adherence to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and led the negotiations on upgrading relations with the European Union.


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