Why U.S. campuses are becoming more Israel friendly

NEW YORK (JTA) – Anti-Israel activism on college campuses across the United States has declined, according to a new report by a campus pro-Israel organization.

The report by the Israel on Campus Coalition published Monday shows that there were nearly three times as many total pro-Israel events on campus as anti-Israel events during the past school term. [Read more…]

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Berlin mayor pledges crackdown on BDS

(JTA) – Berlin’s mayor will block the use of city venues and funds by groups or event organizers that support the boycott movement against Israel.

The move, announced Wednesday, followed pressure by the Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center, which had threatened to put Berlin Mayor Michael Müller on its annual list of 10 worst anti-Semitic incidents for his alleged failure to strongly condemn BDS and other extreme anti-Zionist activities in the German capital. [Read more…]

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BDS protesters chant about killing Jews at Netherlands rally

Hundreds of demonstrators protest outside the Rotterdam Central Train Station in the Netherlands against Israeli security measures around the Al-Aqsa mosque in the aftermath of a terrorist attack on the Temple Mount, July 22, 2017. (Abdullah Asiran/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Hundreds of demonstrators protest outside the Rotterdam Central Train Station in the Netherlands against Israeli security measures around the Al-Aqsa mosque in the aftermath of a terrorist attack on the Temple Mount, July 22, 2017. (Abdullah Asiran/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Hundreds of demonstrators protest outside the Rotterdam Central Train Station in the Netherlands against Israeli security measures around the Al-Aqsa mosque in the aftermath of a terrorist attack on the Temple Mount, July 22, 2017. (Abdullah Asiran/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

(JTA) – A Jewish umbrella group has filed a police complaint over demonstrators in Rotterdam shouting in Arabic about killing Jews.

The Dutch Central Jewish Board said in a statement Wednesday that the July 22 incident occurred at a rally advertised by a newly formed organization called the Palestinian Community in the Netherlands, or PGNL. The Rotterdam branch of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, which also advertised the event on its Facebook page, was the real organizer of the rally, according to the statement. [Read more…]

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Queens Museum reinstates Israeli UN event following outcry over cancellation

NEW YORK (JTA) – The Queens Museum will host an event commemorating the United Nations decision to establish a Jewish state, reversing a decision to cancel it.

The museum, run by the New York City borough of Queens, is housed in the same building where the General Assembly vote partitioning Palestine into Jewish and Arab states took place on Nov. 29, 1947. Israel’s mission to the United Nations reserved space in June to mark the event’s 70th anniversary and invited senior UN dignitaries. [Read more…]

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More than 200 liberal rabbis want Israel to lift travel ban on BDS leaders

(JTA) – More than 200 rabbis from the liberal movements of North American Judaism signed a letter opposing Israel’s travel ban on leaders of the boycott movement against Israel.

The rabbis signing Wednesday’s letter were responding to an incident last month in which Rabbi Alissa Wise of Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP), which supports the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, was prevented from boarding an Israel-bound airplane leaving Dulles Airport in Washington, D.C. [Read more…]

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