With anti-Israel activism often rooted in misinformation, pro-Israel groups must make it a priority to educate by sticking to the facts, presenting them clearly and staying unified.
The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign against Israel has been a thorn in the side of Jewish and pro-Israel students on college campuses for more than a decade. Where BDS rears its ugly head, anti-Semitism in the form of intimidation and violence towards Jewish students almost always follows. Claims that BDS is a non-violent movement are patently false.
With most college campuses serving as nurturing grounds for the far left, progressive groups hijacked by anti-Israel propaganda are dominating campus life, spewing hatred for Zionists and the Jewish state.
In just the last few months, we’ve witnessed both the right way and the wrong way to defeat BDS on campus. The key to victory is unity—Jewish students, Christian groups and pro-Israel organizations working together. When Jewish leaders and groups are divided or distracted by other political causes, BDS will almost certainly prevail.
The Jewish and pro-Israel organizations at the University of Illinois exemplify the right way to defeat BDS.
By nearly a 2-1 margin—3,133 votes against and 1,700 votes for divesting from the Jewish state—students at the educational institution’s Urbana-Champaign campus handily defeated “a discriminatory referendum” that called for divestment from companies doing business with Israel.
Such overwhelming victories are simply unheard of.
“The idea was that these student groups all worked together to defeat this,” explained Illini Chabad Rabbi Dovid Tiechtel to the Haym Salomon Center. “And by working united, we not only defeated it; we defeated it 2 to 1!”
With anti-Israel activism often rooted in misinformation, pro-Israel groups made it a priority to educate by sticking to the facts and presenting them clearly—other fundamental ingredients in defeating BDS.