University of Maryland Student Government to Hold BDS Vote During Passover



And of course it would be. No student group would dare consider a boycott of any Muslim-owned businesses or organizations, even ones with demonstrable ties to terror, for any reason, no matter how high the jihad body count grew. And if such a boycott ever were actually considered, which it would not be, scheduling the vote during a time when most Muslim students would be off campus and otherwise occupied would be inconceivable. It is taken for granted today in academia and nearly everywhere else that Muslims must be paid special deference, while antisemitic attacks and Jew-hatred are at record levels.

“University of Maryland Student Government to Hold BDS Vote During Passover,” by Aaron Bandler, Jewish Journal, April 18, 2019:

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University of Maryland’s Student Government Association (SGA) will be holding a vote on a Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) resolution on April 24, in the middle of Passover.

As first reported by Algemeiner, Maryland Hillel capital campaign director Elan Burman informed Hillel community members about the upcoming vote in an April 17 email, stating, “The timing of this resolution is particularly insensitive given that many Jewish students will be away from campus this weekend for Passover, and will be celebrating the intermediary days of the holiday when the vote takes place.”

Divest UMD announced the upcoming vote in an April 18 Facebook post:

Leah Barteldes, the communications director for the university’s SGA, confirmed to the Journal in an email that the vote on the resolution will take place on April 24 and that “moving the bill to another date would not be possible as the current date it will be heard on is a result of our robust scheduling system we have in place and our permanent weekly meeting time.”

“We are doing our best to ensure as many perspectives on the bill are heard as possible,” Barteldes wrote. “Today, we opened up an online student concern form where any and all current undergraduate members can reach out to their respective legislators with their thoughts on the bill up until next Wednesday. While this is in no ways a perfect solution, we hope it will help us hear more perspectives for those who cannot attend on Wednesday.”

American Jewish Committee Director of Campus Affairs Zev Hurwitz said in a statement to the Journal, “BDS resolutions are incredibly divisive in general, and the timing of the University of Maryland vote further isolates the Jewish community on that campus.”

“Introducing an anti-Israel bill during a time when many Jewish students are off campus, celebrating a Jewish festival with their families, demonstrates a shocking disregard for Jewish student voices,” Hurwitz said. “Hopefully, the Student Government Association will recognize the inequity of the timing, not to mention the misguided content of a BDS resolution, and vote this divisive measure down.”

Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean and director of Global Social Action Agenda at the Simon Wiesenthal Center, similarly said in a statement to the Journal, “Since the anti-Semitic BDS campaigns always impact on Jewish students, government leaders should have scheduled their vote a week later.”…

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