‘We Were Ambushed,’ Say Claremont Colleges’ Jewish Students After Senate Passes Pro-BDS Motion on Passover, Easter Sunday

The vote on the pro-bds motion was on April 16 – a date marking Easter Sunday and the Jewish holiday of Passover.  22 yes votes, 4 abstained, 0 were opposed, and 17 were absent from the meeting, reported the Claremont Independent campus news.

Jewish student leaders at the Claremont Colleges told The Algemeiner they felt “ambushed” by an unexpected vote on a pro-boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) motion in the student senate on Sunday, which was Passover’s sixth day and Easter…

Deena Woloshin, who sits on the executive board of CPIA, said the group was given “no forewarning” of the vote and the timing effectively “silence[d] the Israeli narrative.”

The amendment stated that “Student Activities Funds shall not be used to make payment on goods and services from any corporation or organization associated with the unethical occupation of Palestinian territories. Products include those products from corporations and organizations delineated in the boycott list maintained by bdsmovement.net…” That list includes a number of major brands such as Sabra Humus, Ahava Dead Sea products, SodaStream, Caterpillar and Hewlett Packard (HP). Algemeiner

Michigan Latest State To Pass Anti-BDS Legislation

Bravo Michigan!

Michigan has become the latest state to pass legislation aimed at combating the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

The bipartisan legislation, HB 5821 and 5822, was passed by both the Michigan House and Senate in December and signed Tuesday by Governo Rick Snyder. The law prohibits Michigan from contracting with businesses that boycott a “strategic partner” of the U.S. as described in 22 USC 8601-8606, the sections of the U.S. Code that cover relations between America and Israel.

State agencies “may not enter into a contract with a person to acquire or dispose of supplies, services, or information technology unless the contract includes a representation that the person is not currently engaged in, and an agreement that the person will not engage in, the boycott of a person based in or doing business with a strategic partner,” the Michigan legislation states.

Since 2015, dozens of U.S. states have passed or introduced such bills to protect their economies from efforts to restrict trade with Israel, a goal of the BDS movement. Pro-Israel organizations praised Michigan’s move. JNS

BDS Or The Bible

Israel Video Network has an”Inspired by Israel” video contest, one video focus is on the religious basis of the conflict.

The ultimate goal of BDS is not to change policy, its goal is to destroy the state of Israel.


Wyatt is a young, average American Christian. When one day he learns about the ‘Palestinians’ plight and the BDS movement, he decides to take drastic action.

State Department Won’t Enforce Anti-BDS Amendment In New Trade Bill

BOYCOTT, DIVESTMENT FROM, AND SANCTIONS AGAINST ISRAEL.—The term “boycott, divestment from, and sanctions against Israel” means actions by states, non-member states of the United Nations, international organizations, or affiliated agencies of international organizations that are politically motivated and are intended to penalize or otherwise limit commercial relations specifically with Israel or persons doing business in Israel or in Israeli-controlled territories.

To discourage politically motivated actions to boycott, divest from, or sanction Israel and to seek the elimination of politically motivated non-tariff barriers on Israeli goods, services, or other commerce imposed on the State of Israel. H.R.1907 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)

AntiBDSThe Trans-Pacific Partnership bill passed by the U.S. Congress and signed by the President includes amendments  against the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

The new Trade Bill calls the BDS effort in Europe “commercial discrimination.”  This was necessary to ensure that laws apply in 1949 Armistice Lines areas in Jerusalem, to protect a democratic ally of the U.S. from foreign governments unfair destructive economic efforts, and to protect  American businesses operating in Israel. Another provision states the the boycott, divestment, and sanctioning of Israel by governments is contrary to the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade principle of non-discrimination, the cornerstone of international trade law

The movement, Congressman Peter J. Roskam told The Jerusalem Post, is “a form of economic warfare aimed to cripple Israel’s economy and demonize its very existence.”

“These attacks not only threaten Israel, but commercial relations across the globe,” Roskam continued, asserting that his bill ensures “that American free trade partners never engage in this harmful and illegitimate political protest against Israel, while also protecting US companies from foreign lawsuits targeting their associations with Israel.”

The White House continues it view of law enforcement as optional by ignoring the anti-bds amendments in the TPP bill. “The U.S. government has never defended or supported Israeli settlements and activity associated with them and, by extension, does not pursue policies or activities that would legitimize them,” said State Dept. spokesperson John Kirby. Continue reading “State Department Won’t Enforce Anti-BDS Amendment In New Trade Bill”

Effort to Combat BDS On U.S. State Level

boycottbdsThe Tennessee General Assembly on in April became the first state legislature in the U.S. to formally condemn the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel.

The resolution declares that the BDS movement is “one of the main vehicles for spreading anti-Semitism and advocating the elimination of the Jewish state”

Tennessee State Senator Dolores Gresham, who co-sponsored the resolution along with State Representative Sheila Butt, said the state’s legislature “chooses to preserve its values by publicly condemning this blatantly anti-Semitic, anti-Israel bigotry, and send a clear message that Tennessee condemns such views.”

The BDS movement is racist, it only targets one group-Jews and demonizes the Jewish state;  it’s goal is the obliteration of Israel.  The BDS has links to Hamas. Direct and indirect involvement and support of the BDS movement by Hamas has far-reaching ramifications.  Criticism of Israel is not inherently anti-Semitic but BDS crosses a line. There is a distinction between criticizing certain actions and policies of the Israeli government and trying to obliterate Israel.

That effort condemning BDS is underway in Indiana, with the Indiana House of Representatives and Senate unanimously) passing resolutions condemning BDS , it is expected to be signed by Governor Mike Pence.

“Israel is the truest, longest-standing democracy present in the Middle East,” Sen. Mike Delph today told fellow state lawmakers. “With the widespread uprisings in the region, it is both timely and critically important for Americans to recognize this steadfast ally and to reassure the Israeli people of our continued support during these times of uncertainty.”

“Indiana’s resolution benefited from the Tennessee model anti-BDS resolution and is now the second state in a growing national movement to defend Israel against BDS,” Elliot Bartky—the president of JAACI, who testified in support of the resolution before the Indiana legislature—told JNS.org.

[The resolution] is an important step in the fight against one of the most virulent anti-Jewish movements in recent years,” Bartky [the president of JAACI] added. “Ideas and speech have consequences, and the growth of BDS on university campuses and in the public arena must be fought now to prevent this vicious attempt to delegitimize and destroy Israel from spreading.”…

“[The BDS] movement poses a huge threat to our students—not even [only] to Jewish students, but to any pro-Israel students on campus. That way to defeat this is to educate people by giving them the tools and mechanisms to confront BDS,” she said.