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

Why Are We Dumb About BDS?

04/19/2016 - 15:42
Special To The Jewish Week

Any college student who has been to Israel and fell in love with it like I did has been in my shoes.

Tamara Elashvili

Taking On BDS: ‘It’s The Narrative, Stupid’

03/29/2016 - 10:35
Special To The Jewish Week

Israel’s strategic affairs minister, Gilad Erdan, recently convened a group of 150 Jewish leaders from 20 countries to plan, and begin to coordinate, the Jewish world’s response to the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement, which has targeted Israel in the economic, academic and professional spheres for 10 years. On its surface, this leadership from the Israeli government is welcome news. For the most part, BDS opposition globally has been largely uncoordinated and inconsistent. 

David Eisner

BDS Brawl At Columbia Ignites Faculty Pushback

Response aided by national campaign to unite campus faculty against Israel divestment.

03/22/2016 - 18:38
Staff Writer

In a demonstration of faculty resistance to Israel delegitimization efforts at Columbia University, more than 200 of the school’s professors and administrators, including former deans, signed a petition this week countering a new Israel divestment campaign sweeping the uptown campus.

David Schizer, former dean of Columbia Law School.

Laying Low On BDS At Columbia

During Israel Apartheid Week, some pro-Israel students find silence is best response.

03/16/2016 - 08:54

When Israel Apartheid Week came to Columbia University in early March, there was potential for great agitation at the heavily Jewish campus.

Anti-Israel students at Columbia University erected a mock “apartheid wall” in front of the iconic Low Library steps.

Anti-BDS Laws Gain Momentum Across US, But Some Say They Go Too Far

02/24/2016 - 10:58

Washington – Nearly half the states in the country are considering legislation aimed at countering the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions, or BDS, movement. But critics say some bills are cause for concern, either because they seek to legitimize Israeli settlements or go so far in punishing boycott supporters they infringe on constitutionally protected speech.

BDS supporters protesting in New York, Oct. 16-18, 2015. JTA

Major Protestant Branch Divests From Israeli Banks

01/13/2016 - 12:38

The pension fund for the United Methodist Church, one of the largest Protestant denominations in the United States, has removed five Israeli banks from its investment portfolio.

The United Methodist Church is one of the largest Protestant denominations. Via

Countering BDS On Campus: A Success Story

The case for Israel is strongest when it's based on authenticity, inclusion and engagement.

12/29/2015 - 13:01
Special To The Jewish Week

When he arrived in Boston, the new Israeli consul general told me that among his primary assignments was to curtail the BDS movement (Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions against Israel) that had become prominent on so many campuses. His mission was as important as it was urgent. Colleges and universities train future leaders and opinion makers.

Frederick M. Lawrence

BDS Money Trail Suggests Opaque Funding Network

Campus groups press anti-Israel message with seemingly little money, but gain leverage with allies. A Special Report.

10/13/2015 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

The arts district along Mamaroneck Avenue in downtown White Plains is something of a cultural hub in Westchester County. Special blue street signs — Arts Ave., they read — and colorful flags give the area the feel of a historic district, anchored by ArtsWestchester’s handsome brick headquarters.

There, on the fourth floor of 31 Mamaroneck Ave., is the office of a group that is far more interested in politics than arts. And controversial politics, at that.

A wall, mocking Israel’s security barrier, erected at Columbia University to mark Israel Apartheid Week. Hannah Dreyfus/JW

Howard Stern Rips Roger Waters Over BDS Support

10/06/2015 - 20:00

Radio personality Howard Stern ripped Roger Waters, the founding member of the rock band Pink Floyd, for his support of the boycott Israel movement.

Howard Stern attending an “America’s Got Talent” taping at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on Aug. 11, 2015. JTA
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