In response to a newly-released Brandeis University-sponsored report on the growing phenomenon of anti-Semitism and its link to the anti-Israel boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, Jewish and pro-Israel students on US campuses are more willing and better organized than ever to fight back.
In a 65-4 vote, the Rhode Island House of Representatives passed legislation prohibiting the state from contracting with companies that participate in boycotts of allies and trade partners of the United States—most notably, Israel.
The BDS movement threatens the future of Israel and the United States, Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz warned, claiming that it “aims to corrupt the minds of the young people today who, in 20 years, will be policy-making leaders in politics, journalism, business and religion.”
“The UN must reverse this outrageous decision and apologize to the Jewish people. Zionism and Jerusalem are the foundation-stones and the moral basis upon which the State of Israel was founded,” Israel's ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon, said.
“Jewish people need to be the ones to talk about [BDS]—not [Pink Floyd’s] Roger Waters or the pope. It’s a Jewish subject. The rest of the people should keep their mouths shut and listen for a change,” American actress and comedian Roseanne Barr said.
The University of California Board of Regents is still debating a proposed policy on intolerance that was roundly rejected by Jewish organizations that say it doesn’t go far enough to address anti-Semitism on campuses.