‘No place like it on earth’ — Kraft launches million-dollar contest to defend Israel from BDS – Mondoweiss
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft won the 2019 Genesis Prize at the beginning of the year, receiving a million-dollar award given annually to Jewish individuals “who have attained excellence and international renown in their chosen professional fields.” At the award ceremony in June, the prize was presented by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a longtime friend of Kraft. In his acceptance speech, Kraft told the audience that he would use the prize money to combat antisemitism and BDS (the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement. He also pledged $20 million towards the creation of a foundation that would do the same.
In the same week that the competition was announced, Human Rights Watch’s Omar Shakir became the first person to be expelled from Israel under the country’s BDS law. The law allows advocates for the movement to be denied entry into the country. Israel’s Strategic Affairs Ministry recommended that Shakir be barred because “he frequently retweets and shares material about BDS.”