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November 21, 2016 10:48 am

New Initiative Enlists Lone IDF Soldiers to Combat BDS on Campuses in North America, Europe

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IDF soldier standing guard. Photo: wiki commons. – A new initiative is enlisting Israel Defense Forces lone soldiers (those without immediate family members in the country) as volunteers to combat the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement in North America and Europe.

The Gideon Project — headed by the Reservists on Duty organization and the Lone Soldier Center — is self-described as a “challenging and unique Zionist mission, on the front lines of the fight against hate organizations.”

Within the project’s framework, the lone soldiers will deliver lectures on college campuses, in which they will underscore the Palestinian Authority’s human rights violations against its own people. The soldiers plan to confront audiences with the argument that supporting the PA encourages oppression, abuse and acts of retaliation against Palestinian civilians.

“We have to take an active approach and work to persuade others through a conviction in the justness of our path,” said Amit Deri, chairman of Reservists on Duty. “We need to constantly strive toward meeting directly with the public of American and European students, and less with the Jewish audience, which is a captive audience.”

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  • bigrobtheactor

    I am available as a reliable and supportive presence in the NYC area anytime. This is a great initiative. Let’s just Jew it!

  • Joseph Feld

    Students are idealistic and rightly want to bring about justice, in keeping with ‘Justice Justice shalt thou pursue’ and ‘Zion will be redeemed through Justice.’ Students for Justice in the Middle East should be protesting Islamic beheading, amputating, stoning, hanging, crucifying, female genital mutilation, sex slaves — male and female– honour killing, marrying pre-teen girls to men old enough to be their grandfathers, 1,000 or even 2,000 lashes for criticising an Islamic government, burning alive . . . . Those who want to fight for human rights in the Middle East have their work cut out for them! Persecution of Christians throughout the Arab Middle East, 850,000 Jews pushed out of Arab countries post-1948 where Jews had lived since Bible times. The Middle East is crying out for Justice!