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May 6, 2015 3:57 pm

BDS Suffers Dual Defeats as Anti-Israel Resolutions Fail at CA Community College, Bowdoin College

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BDS suffered two defeats this week in US educational institutions. PHOTO: Wikipedia.

The anti-Israel boycott, divestment and sanctions movement suffered two resounding blows this week, in college campuses across the U.S.

Bowdoin College in Maine defeated on Wednesday a student-wide referendum, sponsored by the institution’s chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine, which called for a complete academic and cultural boycott of Israel.

The referendum, in which 1,619 students (85% of Bowdoin’s student body) voted on the issue, ran from May 2 until May 6, and was defeated with a vote of 228 in favor (14% of the student body), 1,444 opposed (71% ) and 247 abstaining (15%).

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The referendum was held after the anti-Israel group managed to get 20% of the student body to sign a petition calling for a boycott of Israel.

Law blog Legal Insurrection said the failure of the referendum was a “a particularly crushing blow to the boycott movement, with 150 fewer students voting in favor than signed the petition.”

The blog argued that results reflect the fact “that many students were pressured into signing the Petition and also were misled as to the nature of the boycott.”

Earlier this week, on May 3, a similar bid failed to pass when the California Community College system, the largest educational system in the United States, rejected a resolution to divest from companies doing business with Israel.

The General Assembly of the Student Senate of California Community Colleges – which represents over 2.1 million students – voted against the divestment measure with a final tally of 25 in favor, 44 opposed, and six abstentions.

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  • If the BDS students really wanted to boycott Israel and Israeli products would search the internet for all the items that Israel has invented or provides to the world. After reading the list, they should be prepared to give up everything they own that is on the list – even their cell phones, computers and medication they may be taking. Then and only then will they truly be boycotting Israel. Somehow, I doubt they can do that.

  • FORTUNE

    GOING FORWARD, WHO WILL STEP UP AND MONITOR HOW THE CALIFORNIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE SYSTEM INVESTS THEIR MONEY? WILL THEY CONTINUE TO INVEST WITH ISRAEL OR IN COMPANIES WITH ISRAELI RELATIONSHIPS OR NOT.

    THESE VOTES DEFEATING DIVESTMENT ARE NOT ENOUGH.

  • SARA RIFKA

    IF PRESSURE CAUSES A NAY TO A YAY AMIDST THE STUDENTS THEN WHY ARE THEY BEING EDUCATED…..EDUCATION INCLUDES THE BALANCE OF UNDERSTANDING RIGHT FROM WRONG…..GOOD FROM EVIL……EFFECTS AND CAUSES AND CAUSES AND THE FALL OUT……..IT SEEMS THIS IS A MOVE FOR PRINT.

    AS OF RECENTLY ALL THIS HATRED DOES IS REMOVE A HEART FROM PAYING ATTENTION TO OTHERS….LET THE GENTILES RULE THEIR OWN, THE MUSLIMS TOO…..THANK YOU I WILL KEEP MY MONEY IN MY POCKET AND NOT ONE CENT GOES TO A OR ANY CHARITY THAT IS NOT CONCERNED WITH JEWISH NEEDS , RELIGIOUS JEWISH NEEDS

    THIS IS MY JOY…THIS IS YOUR (GENTILE MUSLIM AND J STREET) ACTIONS…….

    THANK YOU FOR THIS……..STAND ON YOUR OWN….DON’T KNOCK ON MY DOOR….I ‘M BUSY MAKING POSTERS KEEPING YOUNG ONES HAPPY……..HAPPY L’AG B’OMER

  • Perhaps the more American students see Islamists like ISIL, Hamas, Hezbollah, al Qaeda, the more they will reject BDS. When Israel attacked Hamas in Gaza after years of rockets raining down on Israel’s civilian areas, Israel had the support of the EU, the USA, the Arab League — and even the PA who condemned Hamas. Military leaders of the UK and USA have publicly supported Israe’s action as being proportionate. Any student who still supports BDS and Hamas is not receiving much of an education.

  • Donald Krausz

    You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.
    Abraham Lincoln.

  • Noel Herasfield

    Good news. About time!

  • Jim Delaney

    As I live and breathe. There is a glimmer of sanity and intelligence in the academic world afterall. Amazing.

  • Anschel

    Great! People are finally beginning to understand that the BDS is a cynical, hypocritical, hateful, anti-democratic, anti-Semitic, anti-American movement that has no place in the U.S. or in any other decent place.

  • Jacques

    Way to go Bowdoin and CCCS!

  • RECENT NEWS:

    “The anti-Israel boycott, divestment and sanctions movement suffered two resounding blows this week…”

    MY PERSONAL RESPONSE:

    Thank You HASHEM!!!!
    Thank You HASHEM!!!!

    Todah HASHEM, todah!!!!
    Todah HASHEM, todah!!!!

    PS: If more Jews would THANK HASHEM for defeating those who seek to harm Jews, then those who seek to harm Jews would be defeated more often 🙂

  • Paul Cerar

    “…150 fewer students voting in favour than signed the petition…” Check the petition for identity theft.

    The BDSholes will find a new way of engaging in fascism.

    Paul Cerar
    Toronto, Canada

  • Richard Moby

    The BDS movement is hypocritical – it singles out Israel and says nothing of the crimes of the Palestinian leadership and the governments of virtually all Arab nations in the Middle East. Their purpose is to delegitimize and then destroy Israel.

    The BDS bastard activists should get precisely what they want for Israel – their own delegitimization and destruction.

    • Daniel

      Although I appreciate your intent, the way that you phrase it makes it almost sound as if Israel is guilty of something and should be boycotted, etc., however to only boycott Israel is unfair. It lumps Israel in with the most vile terrorists. In reality, Israel is guilty of nothing. Although there might have been the occasional error here and there that occurred while Israel defended itself against a terrorist barrage of missiles, most of the “statistics” of war casualties are lies and exaggerations. The unfortunate innocent civilian who was killed was rare, unintentional, below the expectations and numbers that other “peaceful” Western nations (such as the US and UK) have experienced and were largely caused by Hamas intentionally placing civilians in harm’s way.

  • art

    these boycotts, in addition to their basic anti Jewish hatred, are illegal boycotts. Any corp or entity boycotting Israel is breaking Federal law

  • Elliot

    Actually these morons are right! Students SHOULD have justice- in PALESTINE(wherever the heck THAT Islamic racist homophobic misogynistic undemocratic state is)!

    Lucky students DO have justice and equality in ISRAEL- an oasis of democracy in
    a cesspool region

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