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BDS on campus: “they want us to turn this into white Jews versus people of color”

BDS on campus: “they want us to turn this into white Jews versus people of color”

My speech in Los Angeles: “How the Academic Boycott of Israel Hurts American Students”

On June 17, I gave a speech in Los Angeles for the Children of Jewish Holocaust Survivors, co-sponsored by the Horowitz Freedom Center, on the anti-Israel academic boycott.

Leslie had a review of the speech.

Now the video is available, embedded below.

In each of my speeches I vary the content, so even if you’ve heard my speeches before, give it a listen.

If you want my take on the role of left-wing Jews and the racial division tactics of the BDS movement, jump ahead to 114:00.

It’s not that all left-wing Jews are destructive to Israel on campus. But those in the vanguard of the BDS movement, such as Jewish Voice for Peace, serve as the blocking line, using Jewish identity to clear the way for the most hateful voices, who then hide behind them.

Racial division also is a key component of BDS strategy. BDS supporters love to portray the fight as white rich Jews versus poor people of color, even though that narrative is false. Racial tension is part of the lifeblood of the BDS movement.

Anyway, here’s a short quote from the speech in which I discuss some of the campus tactics:

“I don’t think you can say that [the campus boycott movement is] solely Arab and Islamist. That’s certainly part of it. The most destructive people on campuses when it comes to Israel are left-wing Jews…. It’s true, Jewish Voice for Peace is the most active…. While I agree that Islamists, political Islam, is active in this area, so is political left-wing Judaism.

And you cannot write off entire populations, just because of what their religion is or where they come from…. It would be a big mistake to try to do what they want us to do, they want us to turn this into white Jews versus people of color.  And if you play into that, you’re playing their hands, ’cause that’s what they want. That’s why one of the big academic movements they have … is trying to compare the security barrier in Israel to the fencing along the U.S.-Mexican border….

And if we write off entire communities, we’re doing exactly what they want us to do.”


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David R. Graham | July 4, 2014 at 9:53 pm

Professor, thank you for taking this battle to the enemy, moving to contact and not letting up or pulling punches! If one does not have freedom, no one does. If someone can be burned, anyone can be. Thank you for making this point one way and another again and again!

White Jews. Is that anything like “white Hispanics?”

Finally got time to listen to the whole thing. Terrific job! Thank you. I especially like the point that the parents need to get involved. I suspect that most of them have no clue what’s going on on these campuses, especially the ones with kids who are not libarts majors but busy working on their pre-med studies and science majors.

BannedbytheGuardian | July 5, 2014 at 4:38 am

Woohoo – Looking hot !