Academy Awards Defy BDS Movement, Give Away $55K First-Class Israel Trip to Nominees

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TEL AVIV – Despite attempts by the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement to target Israel, especially in the entertainment world, the Academy Awards seems to be taking a stand in solidarity with the Jewish state. 

Nominees of the 2016 Academy Awards will walk away with a record $232,000 worth of gifts, including a ten-day first-class trip to Israel worth $55,000.

The Daily Mail reports:

Not everyone at Academy Award can score an Oscar but even the losers will be winners when they head home with this year’s Oscars gift bag.

This year’s swag bag is worth a record-setting $232,000 and features trips to Israel and Japan as well as a Vampire Breast Lift.

Distinctive Assets, the marketing company in charge of creating the luxurious bags, claims that ‘Everyone wins’ with this year’s incredible bag.

According to the newspaper, the priciest item in the bag is the Israel trip, with is run through Explore Israel.

The BDS movement suffered another blow last week when megastar singer and actress Jennifer Lopez announced that she will perform in Israel this summer.

Ynet reported:

J.Lo is joining other international pop stars set to perform in Israel this summer, including Elton John, SIA, Deep Purple, and Julio Iglesias.

So far there have been no reports of pressure exerted on the star to cancel her trip. Musicians in support of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, with Pink Floyd front man Roger Waters often at the helm, routinely try to prevent artists from performing in Israel.

Lauryn Hill and Elvis Costello both caved in to the pressure, cancelling their gigs in Israel.

One week earlier, British folk singer Donovan had canceled a scheduled concert slated for Jaffa.

Aaron Klein is Breitbart’s Jerusalem bureau chief and senior investigative reporter. He is a New York Times bestselling author and hosts the popular weekend talk radio program, “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio.” Follow him on Twitter @AaronKleinShow. Follow him on Facebook.




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