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September 22, 2016 4:16 pm

Alan Dershowitz Calls on Alumni, Donors to Divest From Universities That Boycott Israel

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Alan Dershowitz. Photo: YouTube Screenshot.

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Attempts by universities to divest from Israel “should be met with a similar counter response from alumni and donors,” internationally acclaimed attorney Alan Dershowitz told The Algemeiner on Thursday.

In light of growing support for the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement across college campuses around the world, Dershowitz said, it is time to take a stand against this “dangerous force.”

“The policy will be that in response to any university that divests from Israel, alumni and parents will divest from that university,” he explained. “It is important to fight economic threats with economic counter-threats.”

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Recounting his own experience as a parent, Dershowitz said that when he heard about faculty at Hampshire University — the alma mater of one of his children — voting to boycott Israel, “I called up the president and said I would lead a campaign to urge all donors and alumni to divest from the school. He then assured me that Hampshire will never divest from Israel, and it never has.”  

According to a 2015 report by campus watchdog group AMCHA Initiative, 54 percent of the more than 100 US colleges surveyed reported BDS-related activity, which, it said, was “very strongly correlated with…antisemitic expression.”

Dershowitz continued, “The current student body has far too much influence on the political policies of universities. It has to be checked and balanced by people who have a more permanent interest in the university, such as alumni, donors, faculty and administrators.”

Many college students today “proudly claim the title of ‘progressive,’ but all they are is repressive,” he said.  They want to control free speech and constrain academic freedom. They create trigger warnings for themselves and not others. We shouldn’t treat them as heroes.”

Alumni and donors must “assert their power and influence,” Dershowitz told The Algemeiner. “Make your voices known. You’re as important as the students. If necessary, even organize — the way students do.”

As The Algemeiner reported in April, Dershowitz  has previously urged pro-Israel advocates to fight the BDS movement with “truth.” He said the movement “aims to corrupt the minds of the young people today who, in 20 years, will be policy-making leaders in politics, journalism, business and religion.”

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  • UR

    The story he tells about Hampshire demonstrates the likely inefficacy of that which he proposes as a solution to the problem of antisemitism on campus: if it’s anything like the examples of BDS with which I’m more familiar, Hampshire likely hosted endless debates normalizing antisemitism, given students passed a motion supporting further to institutionalize antisemitism on campus and formalize it as an official campus policy of exclusion. Nothing changes this in the prof threatening a campaign of divestment from Hampshire and the Dean responding to say, don’t worry it ain’t ever gonna happen. The harm of those debates is sustained in the student body and are likely to continue and worsen, with attendant harassment and bullying of Jewish students.

  • shloime

    please do not put quotation marks around “truth”, unless you intend to compete with stephen colbert.

  • BRUCERUBIN

    Ya Allen!!

  • watsa46

    That suggests a significant number of liberal Univ. and colleges!!!! Does he realize that??? Looks like an illiberal position!

    • Aaron Burr

      you might be confusing Progressive (regressive) with Liberal (tolerant). entirely different in genesis and intent.

    • Emily Winters

      obviously you don’t get it.

  • rulierose

    “The current student body has far too much influence on the political policies of universities. It has to be checked and balanced by people who have a more permanent interest in the university, such as alumni, donors, faculty and administrators.”

    or, as they used to be known, grownups.

  • poest

    Finally, someone of consequence pleading for parents and financial contributors to vote with their feet and their wallets!

  • Reb_Yaakov

    internationally acclaimed attorney

    • Ramireed

      Ansolutely!

    • Honest Katie

      “internationally acclaimed attorney” for pedophiles and probably one himself.

      • Aaron Burr

        Honest! a very serious allegation which damages a substantial reputation; and worse, similar to assault, battery and mayhem. be sure of your facts, unless you’re a progressive then facts don’t matter.

      • Emily Winters

        That was a false story. Do some fact checking

        • Honest Katie

          Nope, Jeffrey Epstein is a convicted pedophile. And Virginia Roberts Guiffre, the young victim, stated that Alan Dershowitz had sex with her too.

      • Pinchas Baram

        a cheap shot from dishonest kate

      • Hilary Stein Kay

        ‘Honest’ Katie: Who said you were honest? We cannot take your word for that. More like Accusatory Katie or Libelous Katie. It’s against the law to defame one’s character.

      • Robennetto

        When you spout unsubstantiated, malignant canards, you destroy all credibility ( that is, if there was any to begin with).

      • Elliot J. Stamler

        Your remark, Katie, proves you are human filth.

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