As a part of the battle led by Israeli media companies Yedioth Ahronoth and Ynet against the boycotts of Israel, we have developed and produced an international conference that took place in ICC Jerusalem in March 2016 and was titled: “Stop the Boycott”. The conference’s opening was held with the presence of Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin, World Jewish Congress President Ron Lauder, US ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro, actor and comedian Roseanne Barr, statesmen, political leaders and key figures in the fields of culture, economy, media, law and academia from Israel and the world.
The conference included an array of panel discussions, key note lectures and workshops, discussing the BDS movement’s influence on Israel and the ways to fight it. Among the topics were the economic toll of the boycott, the academic boycott and a discussion on the cultural boycott with musician Idan Raichel and actor-producer Yael Abekasis.
Alongside the general assembly and parallel sessions, the conference featured a comics exhibition by top illustrators, displaying the absurd aspects of the boycott. The exhibition and the entire conference gained worldwide attention and publicity