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Israel’s most controversial journalist says that the government’s hysterical response to the boycott movement proves that it isn’t winning this 13-year war – and defends his most recent op-ed.

For the past 13 years, Israel has been waging all-our war against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement: diplomatic reservists have been drafted in, friends around the world have been rallied and there’s even a government minister dedicated to tackling the ‘strategic’ problem.

As part of this war, Israeli leaders brand any non-Israeli who supports BDS as anti-Semitic and Israeli supporters of the movement are called kapos, traitors and worse.

But with BDS moving more into the American mainstream – two incoming members of Congress have expressed support for the movement and even the Anti-Defamation League has, in a leaked internal memo, questioned the wisdom of the anti-BDS campaign – we ask: Is this a war Israel can win?

On this week’s episode of Haaretz Weekly, host Simon Spungintalks to Israel’s most controversial journalist, Gideon Levy, about boycotts, anti-Semitism and making Israelis’ blood boil.

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