BDS

Hillel’s Fingerhut pulls out of J Street forum over Erekat

Hillel’s Fingerhut pulls out of J Street forum over Erekat

By Ron Kampeas, JTA World News Service WASHINGTON (JTA) — Hillel International said its president, Eric Fingerhut, was pulling out of J Street’s upcoming annual conference because of the scheduled appearance there of Saeb Erekat, the chief Palestinian negotiator. But J Street isn’t buying it. In a statement Monday, the self-described pro-Israel, pro-peace group said(…)

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U. of Calif. student group votes to divest from Israel, U.S.

U. of Calif. student group votes to divest from Israel, U.S.

LOS ANGELES (JTA) — The University of California Student Association passed two resolutions urging the university to divest from several countries, including Israel, the United States and Mexico. On Sunday, the association’s board of directors cited human rights violations in several countries in backing measures that urged the University of California Board of Regents to(…)

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At Cal Davis, swastikas at Jewish frat house follow BDS resolution

At Cal Davis, swastikas at Jewish frat house follow BDS resolution

(JTA) — Two swastikas were spray-painted on a Jewish fraternity’s house at the University of California, Davis, two days after the student senate passed a divestment resolution targeting Israel. The swastikas were painted on the off-campus house of Alpha Epsilon Pi sometime early Saturday morning. “I don’t think that it’s a coincidence that this happened(…)

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UCLA student government votes to divest from Israel

UCLA student government votes to divest from Israel

(JNS.org) The undergraduate student government at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) voted to divest from American companies that do business in Israel. According to the Daily Bruin, the Undergraduate Students Association Council (USAC) voted 8-2-2 for the measure that calls for the University of California to divest from American companies that allegedly profit “from(…)

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BDS plea to anthropologists garners 360 names

BDS plea to anthropologists garners 360 names

(JTA) — More than 350 anthropologists from around the world have endorsed a boycott of Israel and its academic institutions.The statement was posted Oct. 1 on the website jadaliyya.com with 231 signatories and a call for others to add their names to the list. By last Friday, the list had reached 360 names.“As a community of scholars(…)

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Don’t give BDS the credit it doesn’t deserve

Don’t give BDS the credit it doesn’t deserve

By David Shayne, Special to the Jewish Sound A while back, I heard Palestinian academic Nadia Elia brag that the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement is so effective that Israel’s very existence is threatened. “Empty bravado from the side that is clearly losing,” I thought. Afterward, I heard some pro-Israel activists make similar statements. Then,(…)

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A long line of leaders

After reading the recent opinion piece by Rabbi Oren Hayon (“How much have we lost?” May 30) about the divisive BDS debate at the UW, I’m struck by the strong, thoughtful, effective leadership we enjoy and have enjoyed at our Hillel. Rabbi Hayon didn’t fully describe the important strategic role he played in coordinating campus(…)

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Jewish groups anticipate rupture after Presbyterians vote to divest

Jewish groups anticipate rupture after Presbyterians vote to divest

(JTA) — Jewish groups predicted a rupture with Presbyterians in the wake of a close vote favoring divestment from three companies that deal with Israel’s security forces in the West Bank. The Presbyterian Church-USA biennial General Assembly approved the measure 310-303 late last Friday evening after hours of at times emotional debate. The resolution divests(…)

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WWU divests from boycotts and divestment

On Wednesday, the Associated Students of Western Washington University in Bellingham voted unanimously that it would not consider boycott and divestiture campaigns based upon national origin. According to a press release from Israel advocacy organization StandWithUs Northwest, “the 7-0 vote represents the first time ever that a North American university’s student government took pro-active legislative steps(…)

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A community unified in defense of Israel

A community unified in defense of Israel

By Paula Libes Chester, Special to The Jewish Sound The Seattle Jewish community came together Wednesday night, May 28, at a packed Temple De Hirsch Sinai to hear Ari Shavit, author of “My Promised Land,” and the Reverend Kenneth Flowers, of Greater New Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church in Detroit, talk about the evil of(…)

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A disappointed millennial

A disappointed millennial

Dear Ari Shavit: I was one of the under-30 audience members in your audience at Temple De Hirsch Sinai on May 28 — one of the “lost” youth who avoided the issue of Israel when I was in college because it was, as you said, “radioactive.” I am going to be straight with you Mr.(…)

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In the wake of resolution 20-39, much is left to be resolved

In the wake of resolution 20-39, much is left to be resolved

By Emily K. Alhadeff, Associate Editor, The Jewish Sound After more than two hours of debate on May 20, the University of Washington student senate voted against resolution 20-39, for the UW to divest from certain corporations that do business with Israel, 59-8 with 11 abstentions. Jewish students opposed to the resolution expressed relief in(…)

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How much have we lost?

How much have we lost?

By Rabbi Oren Hayon, Special to The Jewish Sound In his biography of Pyrrhus of Epirus, Plutarch recounts the details of the ancient Greek general’s costly victory against Rome at Asculum in 279 BCE. According to Plutarch’s account, shortly after the battle, Pyrrhus considered the devastating losses to his Macedonian troops and made the dark(…)

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So much like fiction

Emily Alhadeff’s reflections (“Court’s decision highlights a bigger problem,” April 25) on the Olympia Food Co-op’s decision to cleanse its shelves of Israeli products are very acute in suggesting that nearly all BDS agitprop against Israel can fairly be labeled “Jews Against Themselves.” But she overlooks one paradox: The symbiotic relation between Israel and her(…)

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Divestment debate comes to the UW

Divestment debate comes to the UW

By Emily K. Alhadeff Associate Editor, The Jewish Sound On April 15, as Jewish students were celebrating the first day of Passover, a resolution was introduced to the University of Washington student senate calling on the university to divest from corporations that do business with Israel. Resolution 20-39 calls upon the UW to “examine its financial(…)

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