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More good news!

In another important move within the Mainline Protestant community, the Lutheran Church (more specifically, the Churchwide Assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America or ELCA) voted to reject a series of resolutions that singled out Israel for criticism and instead voted in favor of a “balanced and fair-minded” resolution that took into account 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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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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Campus Divestment FAQ

I’ve been putting some time over the last week into putting together a list of frequently asked questions regarding divestment that I thought could be of interest to readers. I’ll post them one at a time over the next week or so. Starting out with FAQ #1: What is Divestment? Divestment is simply the selling […]

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Enjoying ourselves

While the couscous-vandal-wannabees are howling “you’ve not seen the last of us!,” it turns out that Trader Joe’s has not seen the last of Israeli supporters either. Apparently Hillel’s Angels, a group of Jewish Harley riders are planning to take a motorcycle caravan through New Jersey this weekend to continue our support for Trader Joe’s […]

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Jilted Lovers…

The most hilarious divestment story yet just came across my desk yesterday. Apparently, the BDS crew is bragging about their latest fantastic, unbelievably, way-cool “victory” during Caterpillar Tractor’s most recent shareholder meeting. Just as an FYI, before the divest-niks decided, rooster-like, to take credit for the sunrise with Motorola, their primary corporate target was Caterpillar […]

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Thus Sayeth the Lord!

Divestment debates are ongoing matters at many “Mainline” Protestant churches. I’ve talked before about how anti-Israel divestment resolutions, begun by local churches, find their way to national forums (notably the Presbyterians and Methodists who meet every few years within quasi-democratic frameworks to vote on resolutions submitted from “the field”). While these resolutions get routinely voted […]

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