Helping students understand anti-Israel life on campuses.
What should Minnesota’s legislature do?
At its core, BDS is rooted in ugly anti-Semitism and bears a pure message of hate.
Are we talking about what’s happening on campus at the University of Minnesota a lot lately? Yes, we are. It’s important stuff so we hope you’re paying attention. Noah Farber, a freshman Minnesota Student Association member, makes a clear argument why the MSA should vote later today against the BDS proposal brought by Students for Justice in Palestine.
The Daily Minnesotan recently published an editorial suggesting that the University should bend to the demands of BDS because, “student activism is rarely so straightforward and low-risk.” The greater Minnesota Jewish community reacts, including this piece from a freshman on campus.
As A Wider Bridge’s local staffer and a volunteer on the Host Committee of the Conference, I was responsible for organizing both the LGBT Israel reception and the Shabbat service that preceded it. Though we had heard from various sources that there was to be a protest, we had no idea what it would look like.
In short, grassroots is cool; advocacy is not. And as long as the term “Israel advocates” is being used, the pro-Israel movement just isn’t “cool.”
The modern state of Israel, rebuilt in our ancient Jewish homeland, offers a model of freedom and decency to its neighbors.