Sunday, March 1, 2015

Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions against Israel & hate toward Jewish students: It's 1938! #1

Over the past months many news stories about Israel and the Jewish people, both in Israel and other places, have surfaced both in alternative news outlets and the popular press. Really, so many that a publisher could keep busy for a very long time, with only items about Israel, Jewish students in the United States, anti-Semites and anti-Semitism, etc., etc. I intend to post some items about issues and people I have written about in the past, over the next several weeks.

One of the biggest stories that isn’t getting enough headlines or interest in the media is the anti-Semitism that is evolving within theBoycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement on college campuses in the United States. Many Jewish students and pro-Israel students are being harassed and intimidated by the BDS movement. In an event close to my home city, the University of Davis student senate voted to divest from companies doing business with Israel. The resolution was presented by Students for Justice in Palestine.  After the deed was done one of the members of the senate gleefully posted on Twitter, “Hamas and Sharia law have taken over campus.”

The resolution has since been rejected on the grounds that it was not helpful to the student body as a whole and student government was not the proper body to pass such a resolution.

Now the organization Jerusalem U has produced a video that documents what is happening on college campuses because of the actions of such BDS groups as Students for Justice in Palestine. The emphasis includes the BDS movement’s desire to totally do away with the State of Israel and the hate that is too many times focused on Jewish students. I will begin this series with the video:

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