BDS movement

Spanish Festival Apologizes, Re-Invites Matisyahu To Perform


The Spanish Rototom Sunsplash music festival has issued a lengthy apology to Matisyahu for disiniviting him from performing, and has invited him again to perform on his original concert date.

Matisyahu performing at the opening ceremony of the European Maccabi Games on July 28, 2015, in Berlin. JTA

Clinton Calls For Bipartisan Campaign To Counter BDS Movement

In letter to Haim Saban, Clinton expresses “alarm” over the movement and calls for unity across party lines to counter the trend.

Staff Writer

Hillary Clinton, the frontrunner in the race for the Democratic Party’s 2016 nomination for President, today called for a bipartisan campaign against the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, and criticized  “attempts to compare Israel to South African apartheid.”

In a letter to Haim Saban, a Los Angeles businessman and major Democratic Party donor, Clinton expressed “alarm” over the BDS movement, and wrote that “we need to make countering BDS a priority. From Congress and state legislatures to boardrooms and classrooms, we need to engage all people of good faith, regardless of their political persuasions or their views on policy specifics, in explaining why the BDS campaign is counterproductive to the pursuit of peace.””

Hillary Clinton called for a bipartisan campaign against the B.D.S movement. Getty Images

United Church Of Christ To Divest From Companies Working In West Bank


Washington — The United Church of Christ voted overwhelmingly to divest from companies that profit from Israel’s control of the West Bank.

Defining The Line Between Anti-Semitism And Criticism of Israel


We should never hesitate to condemn anti-Semitism, whether it is the traditional version directed at Jews or the newer version targeting Israel’s legitimacy. But we also have to be very careful about distinguishing Israel-related anti-Semitism from criticisms of Israeli policies.

BDS Roiling Israel, U.S. College Campuses

High Court ruling sparking fresh debate over democracy.

Staff Writer

The ruling of Israel’s top court last week upholding the country’s so-called anti-boycott law has touched off a fresh debate about the nature of Israel’s democracy, with some saying it ends freedom of speech and others saying it affirms the destructive nature of the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement.

The justices of Israel’s Supreme Court with President Rivlin and Prime Minister Netanyahu. Wikimedia Commons

Swarthmore Hillel Votes To Disaffiliate With Hillel Int'l


Swarthmore Hillel’s student board voted to drop its affiliation with Hillel International and change its name, citing Hillel International’s restrictions on Israel issues.

American Campuses: Cause For Alarm?

Pro-Israel Jews across the spectrum agree that concern is warranted, but differ on what constitutes anti-Semitism.

Jewish Week Correspondent

A student at the University of Ohio recalls the heated moments when she and three of her classmates were arrested last September while protesting the fiercely anti-Israel rhetoric of a fellow student, the president of the Student Senate.

Kerry Adds Fuel To BDS Fire


Isolated diplomatically by its Arab neighbors since its creation in 1948 and shunned economically by some anti-Israel nations and corporations in recent decades, Israel now stands at the precipice of a wide-scale economic boycott.

Academics Brace For More Boycotts

Fear in Israel that ASA vote is ‘tipping point’ in BDS wars.

Israel Correspondent

Jerusalem — Israeli university officials say the American Studies Association boycott of Israeli academic institutions is unlikely in the short-term to exacerbate the decade-long “soft” boycott already being felt by many Israeli professors. But they fear that larger, more influential groups will decide to join the boycott bandwagon, with possibly devastating results.

BDS Platform A Problem For Liberals

One rabbi turns down a panel discussion, fearing that BDS could have come up, while another is glad to host it.
Jewish Week Correspondent

Promoters of the Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment movement have appeared at colleges and universities, churches and other venues throughout the country, but next month may be the first time that some will take the stage at a local synagogue.

Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum, left,  Rabbi Jeremy Kalmanofsky, right.
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