Gal Beckerman explains how the boycott ban breathed life into a dying movement:
The anti-boycott law was meant to be a weapon to strike fear in the hearts of these Israel haters. Instead, all it seems to have done is provide this scattered, largely ineffective movement a humungous gift of unprecedented — and free — PR. Millions of Israelis were introduced to BDS — a nefarious enemy they weren’t even previously aware of.
Just listen to the official BDS response to the passage of the bill: “This new legislation, which violates international law, is testament to the success of the rapidly growing global BDS movement and a realization within political elites inside Israel that the state is becoming a world pariah in the way that South Africa once was.”