Impact of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement

Hearing Date: July 28, 2015 2:00 pm 2154 Rayburn HOB


  •  To better understand the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) Movement, and review the economic impact of the Movement on American and Israeli businesses. 
  • To review how the goals of BDS may or may not be affected by International Trade Law, U.S. federal law, and state law. 
  • To seek to establish the formal position of the Administration with regard to BDS.
  • To review potential actions by the Department of State to maintain free and open trade among the U.S., Europe, and Israel.


  • BDS is an economic campaign designed to apply pressure on Israel in connection with its negotiations with the Palestinians. 
  • The BDS Movement has impacted Israeli businesses and manufacturers, especially those operating in Israeli-occupied territories.  Certain American companies have also been impacted by the BDS Movement.
  • The recent Trade Promotion Authority legislation included language directing U.S. trade negotiators to discourage foreign partners from supporting the BDS Movement.
  • The U.S. government’s position on the BDS Movement is an open question.

Witnesses and testimonies

Name Title Organization Panel Document
Daniel Birnbaum Chief Executive Officer SodaStream International Ltd. Document
Mark Dubowitz Executive Director Foundation for Defense of Democracies Document
Eugene Kontorovich Professor of Law Northwestern University, School of Law Document
Matthew Duss President Foundation for Middle East Peace Document

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