Fresh Rift Opens Over Tactics In BDS Campus Fight

In wake of Brooklyn College event, Jewish professionals question approach of Hikind, other pols.

Jewish Week Correspondent

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.

Dov Hikind

UPDATE: Brooklyn College Probing Removal Of Students From Anti-Israel Event



Brooklyn College launched a probe into allegations that Jewish students were wrongly ejected from an event hosted by the school in support of the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.

Shutting Down Debate?

"Academic freedoms are being abused at the expense of academic responsibility."

South Africa’s African National Congress Endorses Israel Boycott


JOHANNESBURG -- South Africa’s ruling party, the African National Congress, voted to make boycotts, divestment and sanctions of Israel part of its official policy.

BDS Eyes SodaStream Ad Buy

West Bank-based company, a maker of home soda machines, buys Super Bowl ad.


SodaStream's purchase of a Super Bowl commercial has the BDS movement in the U.S. saying it will step up its campaign against the Israeli firm.

Soda Stream, the maker of home soda machines, will pay about $3.5 million for a 30-second spot for the game. The company reportedly had net earnings of $27.5 million in 2011, according to The Associated Press.

The U.S. boycott, divestment and sanctions movement said it will step up its opposition to SodaStream in light of the Super Bowl ad buy.

Madonna performing during last year's Super Bowl; the game is often the year's most-watched television production. Getty Images

UC Irvine Student Senate Resolves To Divest From Israel

Companies targeted include Caterpillar, General Electric, Hewlett-Packard.


The University of California, Irvine student senate passed a non-binding resolution Tuesday night asking the school to divest from eight companies doing business with Israel, accusing the Jewish state of "apartheid."

Students on campus at the University of California's sunny Irvine campus. Getty Images

Study: No Anti-Semitism, Anti-Israel Push At Most Colleges

Report contradicts Israel Project survey, says a third of incidents occurred on 10 campuses


Ninety-seven percent of U.S. and Canadian college campuses report no anti-Israel or anti-Semitic events, and the campus-based anti-Israel divestment effort has failed, according to a new study.

The American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise released the findings of its new study, “Israel and the Campus: The Real Story,” on Tuesday. Mitchell Bard, the AICE’s executive director, and Jeff Dawson, the private organization’s campus liaison, authored the report.

On ‘Jew-Washing’ And BDS

How Jewish anti-Israel activists are gaining influence among Christian groups.

Special To The Jewish Week

At the Pittsburgh General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) earlier this month, a motion to adopt a boycott of three companies for doing business with Israel was hotly debated and narrowly defeated.  At this Christian gathering, a group of “young Jewish activists” provided important “testimony” supporting the motion to isolate and demonize Israel. 

Time To Prove Two-State Solution Isn’t Just Rhetoric

Special To The Jewish Week

At 7:30 am on a recent Sunday, I spoke to more than 100 Presbyterians at their General Assembly in Pittsburgh.  I was one of two Jewish voices opposing their divestment resolution.  I had been urged to attend by colleagues in the organized Jewish community.  My voice, I was told, would be particularly helpful because of my work at J Street, advocating for a two-state solution.  

Rachel Lerner

14th Street Y Abruptly Cancels BDS Group

Affiliate of Jewish Voice for Peace gathers in park after press release prompts security concerns at downtown venue.

Assistant Managing Editor

After agreeing months ago to host a group that supports targeted divestment from Israel, The Educational Alliance’s 14th Street Y last week slammed the door on the group’s event with less than 48 hours’ notice.

The cancellation seems to have come after the event transformed from a low-key gathering to one that might generate media attention.

The Alliance cited safety and security concerns.

Members of the youth affiliate of Jewish Voices for Peace protest losing their meeting space at the 14th Street Y.
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