Thirty-three percent of Americans and 40 percent of Brits believe that boycotting Israel is “justified,” according to a new poll by the market research firm Ipsos, Israel’s Channel 2 reported.
Ipsos surveyed 1,100 people in the United States and a similar number in the United Kingdom. About 38 percent of Americans do not think the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement is connected to anti-Semitism, but 62 percent believe BDS is meant to hurt Israel’s status as “the national homeland of Jewish people,” the poll found.
A slim majority (51 percent) of the British poll’s respondents agreed that BDS is a modern form of anti-Semitism. In addition, a strong number (81 percent) of American students defined themselves as pro-Israel, with fewer British students (67 percent) self-identifying as such.