Another Victory for Justice

Yet another church has come to its senses vis-à-vis refusing to make anti-Israel boycotts official policy for their religious institution. The United Church of Canada has been roiled by debate on the Middle East for over 30 years. Like the Presbyterian and Methodist Churches in the United States, a small but vocal minority within the […]

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What damage does divestment cause?

FAQ#11: What kind of damage is caused by divestment programs? At its heart, divestment is an attempt to import the bitterness of the Arab-Israeli conflict into a civic institution such as a college, church, city or union in order to leverage that organization’s reputation for the narrow partisan gain of divestment advocates. Historically, attempts to […]

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Is Divestment a Threat?

FAQ#10: If divestment has been so unsuccessful, is it really a threat? Despite divestment’s losing streak, calls for divestment have gained considerable momentum based on a single victory, such as the temporary support divestment had with the Presbyterian Church which was used to inspire hundreds of divestment projects between 2004-2006. Divestment programs also tend to […]

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So where has divestment been successful?

FAQ#9: If divestment has failed at colleges and universities, has it been successful anywhere else? In 2004, a number of Mainline Protestant churches (notably the Presbyterians and Methodists) passed resolutions calling for divestment of their retirement portfolios from stocks identified by BDS activists as supporting the Jewish state. In fact, the success divestment had in […]

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The truth about Hampshire

FAQ #6: I heard that Hampshire College was the first school to divest from Israel. Is that true? Hampshire demonstrates the lengths anti-Israel activists will go to obtain a “victory” in their perpetually losing divestment struggle. In the case of Hampshire, student petitions calling for divestment continued for several years after they had ended on […]

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Have any campus divestment campaigns been successful?

FAQ #5: Have any campus divestment campaigns been successful? To date, no college or university has divested a single share of stock identified by BDS activists as targets for divestment. In addition, at schools where divestment has been driven by online petitions (such as Harvard and MIT), counter-petitions denouncing divestment have received more than ten […]

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What are the goals of divest-from-Israel campaigns?

FAQ #3: What are the goals of divest-from-Israel campaigns?Because divestment activists represent such a small minority of student opinion (and an even tinier minority of US public opinion overall), their goal is to attach their message (that Israel is an “Apartheid state” worth of economic punishment) to a well known institutions such as a university, […]

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What is the origin of divest-from-Israel campaigns?

I forgot to mention that this information is focused on campus divestment, although other divestment activities (like church divestment) is mentioned. FAQ #2: What is the origina of divest-from-Israel campaigns? Calls to divest from Israel are part of a broader program of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (or BDS) pushed by anti-Israel groups to try to […]

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