Chamber Hosts Panel on BDS

Tuesday, 13 Sep – Sunday, 16 Oct 2016

The Chamber together with the Law Offices of Herzog, Fox, &  Neeman hosted Sima Vaaknin, Director General of the Ministry of Strategic Affairs, Eran Shayshon VP APCO Worldwide, and Daniel Reisner, partner in Herzog Fox & Neeman in charge of Public International Law, Defense and Homeland Security, at a well-attended breakfast meeting panel on BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions). 

There is growing concern amongst Chamber members and the Industry as a whole of the economic and business implications of the BDS "movement".  


The speakers gave an in depth overview of the current situation and the battle ground, both in the legal sphere and "on the streets". While in Europe BDS is gaining some momentum, in the US, due to the stricter legal and regulatory environment prohibiting sanctions, the BDS movement has largely been kept to university campuses and other sporadic locations.  Nevertheless, this is not something to overlook, and the State of Israel is deploying considerable resources into monitoring and fighting the BDS efforts. 

Past events

Tuesday, 13 Sep – Sunday, 16 Oct 2016

The Chamber together with the Law Offices of Herzog, Fox, &  Neeman hosted Sima Vaaknin, Director General of the Ministry of Strategic Affairs, Eran Shayshon VP APCO Worldwide, and Daniel Reisner, partner in Herzog Fox & Neeman in charge of Public International Law, Defense and Homeland Security, at a well-attended breakfast meeting panel on BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions). 

There is growing concern amongst Chamber members and the Industry as a whole of the economic and business implications of the BDS "movement".  

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Tuesday, 06 Sep – Thursday, 06 Oct 2016

The Chamber in partnership with the Israeli Federation of Chambers of Commerce (איגוד לשכות המסחר) hosted U.S. Under-Secretary Hirschhorn for a round table with representatives of Israeli companies who are subject to Export Control regulations. 

This involves re-exporting of sensitive technologies to third countries. Under Secretary Hirschhorn was interested in the challenges facing the Israeli industry when dealing with the US authorities. At closing he commented that this interaction helped him gain a better understanding of the environment and to work towards streamlining processes and lowering some of the barriers to trade.

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