Israel Advocacy Op-eds May 24, 2013: Asaf Romirowsky: The voices of BDS

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The voices of BDS

Source: YNet News, 5-24-13

Op-ed: Pro-Palestinian groups hijacked narrative of peace and justice, yet in reality they yearn for Israel’s destruction

The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement’s biggest success is rooted in its ‘soft power.’ The ability to influence behavior through values, policies, institutions and culture, as opposed to ‘hard’ or coercive power exercised through military or economic pressures, plays a tremendous role in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict….READ MORE

Israel Advocacy News May 23, 2013: McGill University Honorary degree recipient Judith Butler a controversial figure

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Honorary degree recipient Judith Butler a controversial figure

Source: Montreal Gazette, 5-23-13

Philosopher and academic Judith Butler has courted controversy wherever she goes to receive awards because of her perceived anti-Israel activism, and her upcoming appearance at McGill University to receive an honorary degree is no different….

The leading theorist on gender and sexuality is to receive an honorary doctor of letters on May 30, to be conferred by the faculties of arts and religious studies. The decision has already sparked opposition from Hillel McGill and McGill Students for Israel (MSI)….READ MORE

Israel Advocacy News May 13, 2013: Attempted divestment at University of California Santa Barbara and the BDS machine

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Attempted divestment at UCSB and the BDS machine

Source: The Jewish Journal of Greater L.A., 5-13-13

Over the last month the UC Santa Barbara student government has been voting on a resolution to divest from companies doing business with Israel….READ MORE

Israel Advocacy News May 6, 2013: Pro-Israel group StandWithUs to launch new Metro-North ads

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Pro-Israel group to launch new Metro-North ads

Source: The Journal News | LoHud.com, 5-6-13

This time, StandWithUs, an Israel advocacy and education group, is countering recent advertisements that compared Israel’s government to apartheid and called for the United States to stop aid to Israel….READ MORE

Israel Advocacy News April 24, 2013: Defending Israel against campus attacks

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Defending Israel against campus attacks

Source: New Jersey Jewish News, 4-24-13

This past month has seen an intense increase of Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) activity on North American campuses, especially in California. Motions brought by anti-Israel students to their student governments calling for the divestment….READ MORE

Israel Advocacy News April 9, 2013: Yeshiva University Law School Group Incites Fury With Choice to Honor Former President Jimmy Carter

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Law School Group Incites Fury With Choice to Honor Carter

Source: NYT, 4-9-13

The editors of a journal at Yeshiva University’s law school have set off a major conflict by bestowing a peace award on former President Jimmy Carter, who has harshly criticized Israel….READ MORE

Israel Advocacy News April 1, 2013: York University Federation of Students endorses Israel boycott

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York Federation of Students endorses Israel boycott

Jewish students say they’re victims of discrimination

Source: Macleans, 4-1-13

The York Federation of Students has endorsed the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign at York University, causing an uproar from those who disagree with its aims.

This decision was made during a meeting called by the YFS’ executive members on March 21, when a motion was put forth to endorse the campaign, resulting in a vote of 18-2 in favour….READ MORE

Israel Advocacy News March 31, 2013: York University’s student association endorses BDS Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign against Israel

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Canada’s largest student association endorses Israel boycott

Source: JTA, 3-31-13

The largest student association in Canada passed a resolution endorsing the global boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign against Israel.

With the passage late last week of the resolution, York University’s student association joins two others in Canada — the University of Toronto and Montreal’s Concordia University graduate student associations — in endorsing the BDS campaign, according to the York University Excalibur newspaper.

The York Federation of Students voted 18-2 in favor of the resolution, but it has no actual bearing on the university’s investment portfolio….READ MORE

Israel Advocacy News March 12, 2013: The Shame of Israel Apartheid Week

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The Shame of Israel Apartheid Week

Source: Arutz Sheva, 3-12-13

The blood libel seems to have gained respectability in the halls of academia now that Israel Apartheid Week has become an annual rite on college campuses across North America….READ MORE

Israel Advocacy News March 11, 2013: Israel Apartheid Week at Carleton University quieter this year, students say

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IAW at Carleton quieter this year, students say

Source: Canadian Jewish News (blog), 3-11-13

Speaking before the week’s activities, Emile Scheffel, Israel advocacy co-ordinator at Hillel Ottawa, said he wasn’t expecting IAW to be as loud as it has been in the past on campus….READ MORE

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