From ‘pinkwashing’ to the Park Slope Food Coop fight, in the trenches with the JCRC’s point person on the ever-demanding issue.
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The call demands my attention and I prepare myself with a deep breath. I know the reason for this call from Jerusalem, and I also know my answer won’t satisfy them. I rarely have good news these days. The caller is outraged about the latest tactic in the ongoing effort to delegitimize the State of Israel — this time under the guise of “socially responsible investing.” We review the strategies employed in previous battles, and analyze their relevance; one strategy, for instance, involved combating the pressure on TIAA-CREF to drop Caterpillar from its portfolio. (Activists in the BDS, or boycott, divestment and sanctions movement, demanded that the retirement fund remove Caterpillar, as they claimed that the company “profits from the Israeli occupation”).
Israeli professors not feeling a chilling effect in push to freeze them out, but they caution about need for vigilance.
Jerusalem — At the end of last year, the battle over the Middle East conflict on U.S. college campuses seemed to reach a milestone when the American Studies Association became the first professional organization of university academics in the U.S. to endorse a boycott of Israel.
With the help of a hip hop beat, Ari Lesser strikes a chord for Israel by putting the boycott movement in perspective.
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Ari Lesser would relish the chance to perform his song “Boycott Israel” at the headquarters of the United Nations, where the world body routinely churns out anti-Israel resolutions. Or at the next meeting of the American Studies Association, whose members voted last week in favor of an academic boycott of Israel over its treatment of Palestinians in the West Bank.
In wake of Brooklyn College event, Jewish professionals question approach of Hikind, other pols.
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The Jewish professionals at campus Hillel organizations, the Israel Action Network and the Israel on Campus Coalition say the evidence is unequivocal: When Israel’s supporters learn about an upcoming event organized by those who would delegitimize the Jewish state, focusing on the country’s detractors hands that very crowd a victory.
Jewish students press to have political science department drop sponsorship of anti-Israel forum.
Students at Brooklyn College are conducting an online petition drive to have an academic department at Brooklyn College withdraw its sponsorship of what many members of the Jewish community consider an anti-Israel forum there next week.