Threats

BDS

Having failed to destroy Israel by traditional methods of war and terrorism, Israel’s enemies devised a new plan. They would target Israel’s political and economic stability with boycotts, divestment, and sanctions (BDS). The BDS movement is insidious because it manipulates world opinion of Israel through thinly veiled anti-Semitic rhetoric. This movement is especially active on college campuses, where young people are presented with a false narrative by individuals appropriating the lexicon of the civil rights and social justice movements. They claim Israel’s government oppresses Palestinians with the same kind of racial discrimination that white South Africans once used against black South Africans under apartheid. This vicious lie has spread throughout academia and infected the United Nations. The old anti-Semitism of blatant Jew hatred has been repackaged as anti-Zionism and hatred of Israel.

Gov. Bevin signs bill that would block the BDS movement

Friday, August 30, 2019

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Gov. Matt Bevin signed Senate Bill 143, a law which will allow the Commonwealth to refuse to do business with companies that boycott other countries with which Kentucky has open trade, into law Tuesday. The bill was supported by local Jewish leaders who say it will prevent openly antisemitic businesses … Read More

CA State Board of Education Says Proposed Ethnic Studies Curriculum Will ‘Be Substantially Redesigned’

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

  The California State Board of Education (SBE) announced on Aug. 12 that the proposed anti-Israel Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum (ESMC) will be replaced with an entirely new draft. SBE President Linda Darling-Hammond, Vice President Ilene Straus and Board Member Feliza Ortiz-Licon said in the statement, “The current draft model curriculum falls short and needs … Read More

House passes resolution condemning global boycott targeting Israel

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

The House on Tuesday overwhelmingly passed a measure condemning efforts to boycott and economically isolate Israel over its policies toward Palestinians, an explosive global issue that exposed fissures inside the Democratic ranks. The 398-to-17 vote comes after months of turmoil centering on Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), two Muslim freshmen who have … Read More

Christians who stand with Israel combat BDS

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Among Christians who stand with Israel, none comes so close to being monolithic in their support than evangelicals. A 2017 poll by Lifeway Research revealed that 67 percent of evangelical Christians have a positive perception of the Jewish state. That is a lot of people. According to France’s Sébastien Fath, there are about 630 million … Read More

Israel shutters 30 BDS fundraising accounts by revealing alleged terror ties

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Israel has quietly waged a two-year financial campaign against organizations promoting a boycott of the Jewish state by revealing their connections to terror operatives, leading to the closures of dozens of fundraising accounts, the Ministry of Strategic Affairs said Monday. The campaign targeted fundraising accounts for groups promoting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement … Read More

Northwestern denounces BDS ahead of incoming professor who bashed Israel

Friday, May 31, 2019

(May 30, 2019 / JNS) Northwestern University denounced anti-Israel remarks made at a New York University graduation speech by incoming journalism professor Steven Thrasher, though the Illinois-based school said that he will keep his newly created position, focused on “social justice in reporting, with an emphasis on issues related to the LGBTQ community,” according to … Read More

NYU speaker praises campus groups that support BDS

Friday, May 24, 2019

(JTA) — A speaker at a New York University doctorate convocation ceremony praised campus organizations that support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel and called Israel an apartheid state. Stephen William Thrasher received his doctorate in American studies from the university’s Department of Social and Cultural Analysis. “I am so proud, so proud … Read More

Federal judge blocks enforcement of anti-BDS law in Texas

Friday, April 26, 2019

AUSTIN, Texas — A federal judge has blocked enforcement of a Texas law that requires contractors to certify that they don’t support a boycott of Israel. In a 56-page opinion filed Thursday, US District Judge Robert Pitman of Austin said boycotts are protected free speech, declaring the law fails to serve a compelling state interest. … Read More

BDS promoter sentenced to 6 months in prison for racist rant on flight

Monday, April 8, 2019

(JTA) – A British activist promoting boycotts against Israel was sentenced to six months in jail for her drunken racist tirade on an Air India flight. Simone O’Broin was filmed on the flight last November threatening to organize a boycott against Air India unless flight attendants served her more wine on the flight, that ended … Read More