Boycotts, Divestments and Sanctions (BDS)

BDS Monitor Live – May 16, 2019

As the spring semester closes BDS resolutions were debated on a number of campuses and were regular features of political debates. While campus results were mixed, the damage has been done, and continues to spread throughout the political system. SPME’s…

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Quaker Activists

It is no surprise that this past week the student leaders at Swarthmore College voted to endorse boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel after initially rejecting it three weeks ago. Quaker schools are fertile ground for BDS and have…

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Pitzer College Disgraces Itself for BDS

On Thursday, a day on which rockets were fired at Tel Aviv from the Gaza Strip, the College Council of Pitzer College voted overwhelmingly to suspend Pitzer’s study abroad program with the University of Haifa. The council, a board that includes faculty, students, and…

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Jews Must Not Embrace Powerlessness

To many observers, Israel’s military strength, thriving First World economy, and democratic institutions seem to mark it as a conventional Western power—albeit one located in the Middle East. Nothing could be further from the truth. The Zionism that gave birth…

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Jewish organizations right to withdraw speaker from Winnipeg event

A recent article in the Canadian Jewish News regarding the decision by Jewish organizations in Winnipeg to reject Lex Rofeberg, a speaker with close ties to IfNotNow (“Winnipeg speaker disinvited over ties to IfNotNow” March 7, 2019), soft peddles the real story.…

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Israeli report shows BDS-terror connections as progressive Democratic support for BDS expands. Campus BDS results mixed as Amnesty International takes leading role against Israel.

In February an Israeli government report demonstrated that current and former members of terrorist groups including the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine direct several Palestinian BDS organizations. The muted reception of the report suggests the BDS movement is…

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Only 1 in 5 Americans Support BDS, New Poll Finds

The US and Israeli flags. Photo: Reuters / Amir Cohen. One in five Americans back boycotting Israel, according to a new Rasmussen Reports poll. “Support by several prominent new Democratic members of the House has raised the profile of the effort…

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