Boycott Divestment Sanctions (BDS) articles

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BDS Has Only One Weapon

BDS Has Only One Weapon

The BDS movement is not about economic pressure on Israel, and it’s not about advancing the cause of human rights. It’s about turning world opinion against Israel, and that’s the only effective weapon in its arsenal. As a leader of the South African branch of the BDS movement recently told the Jerusalem Post, the goal

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Cleaning Up a Big Orange Mess

Whether BDS is responsible for the sequence of statements, recriminations, and apologies centered around French telecom company Orange remains disputable. What’s certain, however, is that the matter has given the movement a boost through the reams of publicity Orange has received in recent days. The issue started last week when Orange CEO Stephane Richard declared

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Some Straight Talk About the BDS

How clear does the BDS have to be about its true intentions before seemingly well-meaning people stop giving it the benefit of the doubt? A case in point is the recent article from Haaretz columnist Bradley Burston, who seems to genuinely want the BDS to come clean about its goals: What does BDS really want

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Why is the BDS Afraid of the State Department?

The State Department’s definition of anti-Semitism moved one step closer to widespread adoption this week as University of California President Janet Napolitano endorsed the definition. “I have my own personal view, and my personal view is that we should” accept the State Department’s definition, Napolitano told Boston Public Radio program Hear and Now. The issue,

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The Latest Jewish Dilemma on Campus

Last month’s student election at Stanford included allegations of anti-Semitism by the Students of Color Coalition against Molly Horwitz – who identifies as Jewish and as a woman of color. The contentious debate that followed has drawn attention to a new dynamic facing Jewish students on college campuses across America. Increasingly, the BDS movement is

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Echoes of UCLA Discrimination Alleged at Stanford

Update: Both sides described their versions of events in the Stanford student newspaper. See bottom of article for links to both op-eds. In February, when UCLA student Rachel Beyda was seeking a place on the Student Council’s Judicial Board, she was asked how she could “maintain an unbiased view” considering she was “a Jewish student

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Theater Rejects Jewish Group for “Colonialism”

Does incessant demonization of Israel lead to discrimination against Jews? Increasingly, the evidence seems to be pointing in that direction. Last month, a Jewish candidate for student government at UCLA was initially deemed unsuitable for the post because of her involvement in Jewish organizations. Now, a theater in Australia has refused to rent a space

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