WhatsApp Founder Opposes BDS Movement In ‘Priceless’ Facebook Post

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WHATSAPP FOUNDERWhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum’s comment on a Facebook post revealed his stance against the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

The pro-Israel advocacy group StandWithUs posted a photograph of an Apple laptop covered with pro-Palestinian and “Boycott Israeli Goods” stickers. A hand-written note laying on top of the computer read, “Hi there! Just thought you should know the flash-storage inside this computer was designed and built by Anobit, an Israeli technology company! If you don’t want it any more, please pass it to the desk behind you.”

StandWithUs captioned the photo with, “From University of Oxford: Boycott Israel stickers on Israeli made technology—only a BDS supporter would be so foolish.”

Koum’s comment on the post said “priceless,” offering simple-yet-clear public opposition to BDS.




  1. Support is appreciated, but he also may have been making an apolitical remark about the irony (and stupidity) inherent in that sticker.

  2. Why is that a “but”? He’s right. And I appreciate him pointing that out. He should point out all of the technology that comes from here and then they’ll all be really stuck. Like cell phones? And much more…

  3. What he said is true, but that doesn’t show support for Israel or a moral stance against BDS. He’s just saying that practically speaking you shouldn’t boycott Israel because we need their technology. The truth is that no one should boycott Israel because it’s morally wrong and I don’t have to say why on this site, I think.


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