On-campus BDS campaigns in 2017-18 were notable for their extremist rhetoric and isolating actions. Everything from a coalition of pro-boycott groups refusing to collaborate with Jewish and pro-Israel organizations at NYU, to a demand from pro-BDS students at SUNY Stony Brook that the campus Hillel be removed and replaced by a “proper Jewish organization…that doesn’t support Israel,” to a mob of pro-BDS protesters shutting down a student government meeting at UCSB. There is little indication that this upcoming year will see any downturn in this poisonous discourse – indeed, a Stanford University student recently stepped downas a resident assistant after threatening to “physically fight [Z]ionists” on campus.
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NEW YORK — Vassar alum Mark Banschick was deeply troubled. It was 2014 and the American Studies Association had voted to boycott Israeli academics and academic institutions.
Eight years ago a group of Muslim students shouted down Michael Oren, former Israeli ambassador to the United States, as he delivered a speech on US-Israel relations at University of California.
As Jewish and pro-Israel students grapple with the multifaceted challenges posed by the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, influential current and former university administrators from the UA and Israel unpacked the nature of the BDS threat and potential solutions during a briefing hosted by the American Society of the University of Haifa this week in New York City.
The University of California-Berkeley spent nearly $4 million in a single month in 2017 on security for just three events.
The results of three separate, significant surveys on college students’ views of free speech and the First Amendment released last fall demonstrated with notable statistical consistency what has been much examined anecdotally: University students on America’s campuses have a concerning understanding of and relationship with freedom of expression.
A recent study showed ways in which faculty can play a role in fighting the BDS campaign on campus
Mark Yudof had just gotten off the phone with Jewish community leaders in central Illinois, where a campus debate was raging over the relationship between anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism.
It was one of many such calls Yudof gets as chair of the national advisory board for the Academic Engagement Network, one of the main groups pushing back against the anti-Israel boycott, divestment and sanctions movement at U.S. colleges and universities.
With the principal humanities academic organization in the US voting overwhelmingly to formally reject the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, a leading member of the anti-BDS effort welcomed the rejection of a “radical fringe” who had “hijacked the organization for partisan politics.”