SPME BDS Monitor

Universities shrug off antisemitic incidents as ‘free speech,’ claim efforts to ‘educate’ BDS supporters. Media downplays ‘Squad’ antisemitism even after progressive Democratic condemnation.

Introduction The fall semester has begun with university administrations displaying mixed responses to BDS inspired antisemitism. At CUNY the administration appointed a former CAIR lawyer to investigate antisemitic incidents while other university presidents condemned vandalism but defended antisemitic expressions as…

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Many BDS supporters defeated in Democratic primaries as ratings agency bias against Israel draws legal scrutiny. Universities and student groups hit with student lawsuits over BDS support and campus antisemitism.

Introduction The brief August flare up between Israel and Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) produced a predictable but short spate of BDS activity. PIJ’s undeniable responsibility for Palestinian civilian casualties and rapid Israeli messaging campaigns blunted the impact except on hardcore…

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BDS map of Boston Jewish institutions raises fears and draws condemnations. ‘Environmental, Social, and Governance’ ratings targeting Israel are criticized.

Introduction The ‘Mapping Project’ of Boston area Jewish organizations including schools, youth groups, and philanthropic organizations, as well as entities such as corporations, is a new escalation by the BDS movement. With an all-encompassing and conspiratorial concept of entities tainted…

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BDS co-opts Ukraine as condemnation of Amnesty International mounts. Demands for campus boycotts of Jewish groups and Israel programs grow as Middle East Studies Association adopts BDS.

Introduction With global politics dominated by Russia’s war on Ukraine the BDS movement predictably took advantage to attack Israel. Complaints that the international community has a double standard, sanctioning Russia but not Israel, have meshed with complaints that Israel has…

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Amnesty International accuses Israel of ‘apartheid’ while the BDS movement targets Israelis on campus. Progressive legislators and groups reject Abraham Accords and split Democrats.

Introduction BDS in February was shaped by Amnesty International’s report labeling Israel an ‘apartheid state’ and the growing split in the Democratic Party over Israel. With midterm season ongoing and with a large number of Democratic retirements in the House…

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