Boycotts, Divestments and Sanctions (BDS)

Standing Up for Israel in the Health Sciences: A Matter of Integrity

When academics at the Modern Language Association rejected a resolution supporting Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions early this year, they essentially aligned themselves with the pro-Israel camp.  By rejecting an academic boycott of Israeli institutions, voters at the MLA conference upheld…

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Stop trying to define my oppression

On November 2014, I sat outside a packed study hall, where the Ryerson Student Union (RSU) in Toronto was holding its Semi-Annual General Meeting (AGM). I found myself in similar places all too often, awaiting the results of debates about…

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Major German university students say BDS continues nazi boycott

The student parliament at the Goethe University in Frankfurt on Thursday condemned the BDS campaign for duplicating the Nazi-era movement’s boycotts of Jewish-owned businesses. “The call by the BDS [Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions] campaign to boycott products from the parts designated…

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A Conversation with Faiz Shakir About Anti-Semitism and BDS

Earlier this week, I wrote a story about the ACLU’s role in opposing the anti-BDS legislation currently discussed in the Senate and about Faiz Shakir, the organization’s national political director. I asked the ACLU for a comment before publication, but did not…

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It’s All Right to Enjoy a Good BDS Fail

It is tricky to assess the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel. On the one hand, one does not want to underestimate the damage to Israel’s reputation done by even unsuccessful campaigns. The campus boycott movement, about which…

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Israel Boycott Backlash: ‘This Is Not the DSA I Founded’

At its national convention in Chicago this past weekend, Democratic Socialists of America, the group founded in 1982 by the late Michael Harrington with Irving Howe and other noted social-democrats, passed a resolution in support of the worldwide Boycott, Divestment,…

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Readers criticize Westchester BDS vote

Westchester legislators wrong on BDS vote Re “Westchester lawmakers right to condemn BDS,” June 26 letter: The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, known as BDS, stands on the right side of history in its fight against the 70-year illegal occupation…

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