Israel ‘Occupation’ Amendment Rejected By Democratic Platform Drafters

07/11/2016 - 17:03

The committee drawing up the Democratic Party’s platform rejected an amendment that would have called for an end to Israel’s “occupation and illegal settlements,” with members pledged to presumptive presidential nominee Hillary Clinton reportedly leading the opposition.

Former Rep. Howard Berman, left, and Cornel West, at right, listening to testimony at a Democratic Party platform committee. JTA

Fighting The Good Fight Against BDS

06/27/2016 - 10:11

Student activists, international businessmen and global litigators are in agreement.  The movement aimed at boycotting, divesting from and sanctioning Israel is growing.  This is not to say that the BDS movement poses an imminent threat to the Jewish state. It does mean, however, that this latest form of anti-Semitism is an issue that we must deal with.  The question is how.

Ambassador Danny Danon. Via

J Street Now Key Player In BDS War

Dovish lobby on front line in fight as new outreach effort to progressives emerges.

06/21/2016 - 22:18
Staff Writer

Since its founding in 2008, J Street, the “pro-Israel, pro-peace” lobby, has been unabashedly critical of Israel’s continuing occupation of the West Bank and east Jerusalem, and many in the mainstream Jewish community treated the group as a pariah.

BDS activity at Columbia University. Can liberals better engage other liberals in Israel-bias fight? Hannah Dreyfus/JW

Jewish Groups Praise Cuomo’s Anti-BDS Move

Executive order shows governor stands with Israel while posing real threat to companies boycotting Israel, leaders said.

06/07/2016 - 18:07
Deputy Managing Editor

After Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order Sunday requiring all New York State agencies to divest from companies supporting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel, Jewish leaders praised the move as having both symbolic and substantive value.

Gov. Cuomo signs the order requiring state agencies to divest from companies supporting BDS at the Harvard Club on Sunday.

Parents, College Students And BDS

06/07/2016 - 13:09
Special To The Jewish Week

The most prominent of Bernie Sanders’ appointees to the Democratic Platform Draft Committee is Cornel West, the provocative African-American philosopher, activist, and harsh critic of Israel. A strong backer of the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement, West recently accused Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of “war crimes” against the Palestinians. His presence on the committee along with that of other outspoken Israel critics worries many pro-Israel Democrats.

Francine Klagsbrun

How BDS Is Failing

With little-to-no economic impact according to new report, what is at stake for Israel?

06/03/2016 - 09:57
Staff Writer

Despite growing international efforts to boycott Israel’s economy, an examination of foreign capital flow into the country shows the opposite trend is in effect.

A banner protesting Israeli policies at Columbia University during Israel Apartheid Week. Hannah Dreyfus/JW

UN Forum Combats BDS

Sanctions movement is ‘modern-day anti-Semitism,’ Danon says at daylong event before 1,500 students.

06/01/2016 - 10:12
Staff Writer

The United Nations, whose bodies have consistently leveled false charges against Israel for everything from the poor treatment of Palestinian women to the poor health of Palestinians, was the site Tuesday of a daylong forum to combat such attacks and the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement.

The scene Tuesday at anti-BDS forum held at the United Nations. Shahar Azran

Democrats Drafting Party Platform Include Critics Of Israel, Friends Of Israel – And A BDS Backer

05/24/2016 - 11:24

Washington — The Democratic Party platform drafting committee is top heavy with veterans of political battles over Israel — some friendly, some critical, and including at least one major backer of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, left, embracing philosopher and social activist Cornel West in Iowa. JTA

In Two Crucial Struggles, Arming With Jewish Values

In efforts against BDS and Chief Rabbinate, a stick-to-your-guns message emerges.

05/18/2016 - 09:13
Editor and Publisher

The “vicious, well-funded and sophisticated” BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement, which has “strong anti-Semitic elements,” is a serious problem on college campuses, Israeli columnist and author Ari Shavit told a group of local high school  students at a JCC Manhattan program on Sunday afternoon. But it is relatively small and could be defeated by a “much larger, stronger Jewish community.” It would require a more sophisticated strategy, Shavit said, one that would have Jewish students asserting themselves as “a moral minority,” and forming alliances with a wide range of campus activist groups that now target Jews “as part of the white, privileged aristocracy.”

Gary Rosenblatt

BDS Move At NYU Tears Apart Student Union

04/20/2016 - 09:06

Story Update 4/22/16: The GCOS referendum vote to join the global BDS movement to boycott Israeli institutions and companies until Israel “ends the military occupation” passed with 66.5 percent of the vote. 645 students, representing approximately 38 percent of the current student union membership, cast votes. The additional referendum to join an academic boycott of Israeli institutions passed with 57.6 percent of the student vote. Results were announced on Friday morning. 

A new BDS initiative at NYU is calling for the university to close its program at Tel Aviv University, a measure far more extreme than any urged in previous petitions, The Jewish Week has learned.

NYU graduate students voted this week on a far-reaching BDS resolution. Wikimedia Commons
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