In October 2015, the political-security cabinet imposed the responsibility to act against the delegitimization and boycott campaigns against the state of Israel on the Ministry of Strategic Affairs and Public Diplomacy.
This decision was made following a multitude of testimonies, incidents, and data about the existence of a coordinated campaign among organizations, to revoke Israel's legitimacy as a home for the Jewish people, by calling for boycott, divestments and sanctions against it.
This campaign includes moves and actions against Israel in terms of economics, academia, culture and public opinion of Israel's legitimate position as a national home for the Jewish people.
The Ministry acts as the leading government agency for all the relevant ministries and governmental bodies and is in contact with pro-Israel organizations fighting in this campaign.
Within this framework, a national task force called the Campaign Against Delegitimization was established in the Ministry (hereinafter: the "Campaign").
Responsibilities of the Ministry
Leading the campaign against the actions of anti-Israel delegitimization and boycott campaigns
The formation, inclusion and coordination of government efforts to deal with the phenomenon in all its aspects. These include diplomacy, consciousness, academic, economic, cultural and legal activity. Professional guidance to government ministries in all matters relating to their activities regarding the campaign, including activities and events in Israel and abroad, while strengthening the activities of civilian bodies operating in the field.
The formation of current and up-to-date database with a focus to build the knowledge infrastructure of the campaign and its accessibility to the relevant authorities.
Representing the government's position with regard to the campaign vis-a-vis non-governmental organizations in Israel and around the world, and working with them to advance the objectives of the campaign its strategies.
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