Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS)

George Washington University Stands by Interim Dean Who Backs BDS

Monday, May 18, 2020

George Washington University is standing by an interim dean at its foreign policy school who has come under fire for past actions supporting the boycott Israel movement. A campus group, GW for Israel, launched a petition this week calling for the university to reconsider its recent naming of Ilana Feldman as the interim dean of … Read More

US: Missouri Lawmakers Approve Anti-BDS Bill

Friday, May 15, 2020

Lawmakers in Missouri passed a bill on Thursday to ban the state from doing business with companies who boycott Israel, The Associated Press reports. Missouri’s “Anti-Discrimination Against Israel Act” will require companies to sign a contract vowing not to boycott Israel in order to business with Missouri. It wouldn’t apply to contracts worth less than $100,00 or … Read More

GWU International Affairs School Names BDS Supporter as Interim Dean

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

A faculty member at George Washington University in Washington, DC, with an anti-Israel history has been named interim dean of the university’s Elliott School of International Affairs. Ilana Feldman, vice dean of the Elliott School and professor of anthropology, history and international affairs, will serve as the school’s interim dean while a search is underway for a … Read More

US Appeals Court Dismisses Lawsuit Challenging Texas Anti-BDS Law

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Monday dismissed a lawsuit challenging Texas’s anti-BDS law, ruling that the lawsuit is moot because the legislation was modified. The anti-BDS law was narrowed in May 2019 as Gov. Greg Abbott signed an updated version of the 2017 law, exempting individuals and smaller companies, specifically those … Read More

Jewish Organizations Praise Tufts University’s President for Condemning Award for Students for Justice in Palestine

Monday, April 27, 2020

The Tufts University Hillel and major Jewish groups praised the university’s president and other top administration officials for condemning the decision to give an award to the campus branch of Students for Justice in Palestine due to its participation in a campaign many view as antisemitic. The Tufts SJP won the Collaboration Award for its … Read More

German Politician Urges Festival to Disinvite BDS Academic

Friday, April 10, 2020

BERLIN — The Free Democratic Party (FDP) politician in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Lorenz Deutsch, urged the director of the music and cultural festival Ruhrtriennale to pull the plug on an appearance from an academic supporter of the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement targeting Israel who has also trivialized the Holocaust. Writing in late … Read More

BDS Founder: If Israel Develops Coronavirus Vaccine You Can Take It

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

If Israel finds a vaccine for coronavirus, boycotters can still take it, Omar Barghouti, founder of the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement said on Sunday. Barghouti made the remarks in a live video on the BDS Arabic Facebook page as part of a webinar on “BDS and Anti-normalization: The most important strategies to … Read More

Ex-SJP Leader at NYU Responds to Israel’s First Coronavirus Death With Nasty Tweet

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

The former president of the New York University chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine responded to Israel’s first coronavirus fatality with a nasty tweet, expressing indifference and contempt, and she was not alone. Aryeh Even, an 88-year-old Holocaust survivor, passed away on Friday, becoming the first Israeli to die of the disease. When the … Read More

New report details history and scope of active BDS movement

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

A new comprehensive report about the history and current state of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement – more commonly referred to as BDS – was released on Monday by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. The 44-page monograph, “War By Other Means: A History of Anti-Israel Boycotts, From the Arab League to BDS,” by … Read More

Support of Israel reaffirmed, anti-Semitism condemned, executive order against BDS campaign

Friday, January 17, 2020

Governor Kristi Noem, on Jan. 14, signed an executive order that joins South Dakota with 27 other states in condemning anti-Semitism and standing against the Boycotts, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel. The executive order directs state entities not to contract with businesses supporting the BDS campaign. “Today, we reaffirm that South Dakota stands … Read More