SPME BDS Monitor

Pushback against BDS gains ground in academia. Focus shifts to politics and culture as UK elections and courts empower anti-Israel forces and Chicago LGBTQ march excludes Jews over Star of David.

After the school year BDS suffered losses in academic organizations and in colleges, where votes, trustee decisions, and lawsuits have pushed back strongly against discrimination. But on the political scene the situation is more mixed, especially in Britain, where a…

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BDS motions approved by underhanded student governments during Passover. Intersectional promotion of BDS continues as campus violence and anti-free speech protests expand.

BDS on campus suffered setbacks in April but succeeded when Jews were effectively excluded from debates by the Passover holidays. The passage of BDS resolutions during Passover demonstrates the movement’s underhandedness and antisemitism, while the growing anti-free speech movement threatens…

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Overt antisemitism increases on US campuses as BDS converges with anti-Trump protests. New British antisemitism guidelines shut down ‘apartheid week’ events and local council boycotts.

February was marked by antisemitic incidents both on and off campuses, originating from both the far right and the BDS supporting far left. Neo-Nazi and Islamist antisemitism was evident and BDS hijacking of other movements continued, but new British antisemitism…

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Trump administration confirms opposition to BDS as ‘Woman’s March’ showcases intersection alliance between feminists and Islamist leaders of BDS as academic associations reject BDS.

January saw the new Trump administration articulate strong opposition to BDS. Subsequent protests against the administration and its new temporary immigration restrictions saw the ‘intersectional’ alliance of mainstream movements with BDS advocates and Islamists. Support for, and opposition to, BDS…

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Year ends with BDS faltering on campus, prompting more radical anti-normalization and intersectionality. Obama administration abstains from UN ‘anti-settlement’ resolution giving boost to BDS.

The calendar year 2016 was a bad one for BDS, with setbacks at universities and the state level. But the Obama Administration’s unexpected decision to abstain from a United Nations Security Council resolution condemning Israeli ‘settlements’ has the potential to…

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British BDS protesters turns violent as US universities increase direct training for BLM and BDS movements. Leaked emails show Clinton was advised not to mention Israel publicly but organized against BDS privately.

The first violent BDS protest of the fall semester has now occurred, as Midwestern colleges and universities begin offering direct support to campus activists, including the BLM and BDS movements, through training programs. The growing trend to regard Palestinians as…

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Academic year begins with BDS mainstreaming in courses and Capitol Hill, stealth BDS by faculty, disruptions of campus pro-peace events, and usurping Native American causes. But BDS failures show value of vigilance and speaking out.

The 2016 academic year began with BDS activities moving into new areas on campus, Capitol Hill, and the progressive movement, spreading rejection of Israel in both intellectual and academic terms. The conclusion that BDS itself is a ‘settler colonial’ movement…

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