NYU Student Government Passes BDS Resolution


Will this hateful and discriminatory resolution hurt Israel? Absolutely not. In fact, the resolution will likely be rejected by the NYU Board of Trustees. However, these resolutions (which are usually organized by left-wing student thug groups) make life uncomfortable and dangerous for pro-Israel Jewish students.

Pro-Israel Jewish students are marginalized and bullied when expressing a pro-Israel narrative to counter the lies of BDS movement on campus. The First Amendment rights of pro-Israel Jewish students are being violated. President Trump’s Justice Department (who will have a new Attorney General in 2019) must take action to protect their First Amendment rights and keep them safe.

“NYU Student Government Passes BDS Resolution,” by Jackson Richman, JNS, December 8, 2018:

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The student government at New York University passed a BDS resolution on Thursday evening calling on the university to separate its interests from firms such as Lockheed Martin, General Electric and Caterpillar Inc., which do business with Israel.

The final tally, which was conducted by a secret ballot during the fifth night of Hanukkah, was 35 votes in favor, 14 against and 14 abstentions. The BDS measure was backed by 51 campus groups and 34 faculty members.

“The passing of BDS at NYU represents a sad shift in anti-Israel sentiment across U.S. college campuses,” Eli Lenner, freshmen class president of the Stern School of Business, told JNS. “BDS is a movement founded by [someone] who doesn’t believe in the right for the existence of a Jewish state. Jewish students at NYU lack proper representation, and because of their lack of a voice, radical movements that are innately anti-Semitic are able to gain traction.”

“Students are being misguided by a movement that operates under the guise of helping oppressed Palestinians, when its real goal is to undermine the rights of the State of Israel to exist,” he added.

Pro-Israel campus groups slammed the resolution and “one-sided” and “discriminatory.”

“It is deeply disappointing that SGA passed a resolution that is so one-sided and discriminatory,” said Ron Krudo, executive director of campus affairs at StandWithUs. “I’m proud of the students who worked so hard to stand up for themselves in the face of a fundamentally undemocratic student government process.”

The university had been subject to criticism after a discriminatory joint statement issued in April by 53 NYU student groups, including Students for Justice in Palestine and Jewish Voice for Peace, which declared that the student organizations would boycott two pro-Israel student groups on campus: Realize Israel and TorchPAC….

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