‘Know Your Rights’ Workshop Aims to Provide Jewish Students With ‘Tangible Tools’ to Confront Antisemitism, BDS on Campus
An upcoming workshop for Jewish college students in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut aims to provide them with “tangible tools and skills” to combat antisemitism and the delegitimization of Israel on campus.
Titled “Know Your Rights,” the February 16 event – sponsored jointly by the World Jewish Congress and the Consulate General of Israel in New York – was initiated to come to the aid of students who find themselves ill-equipped to respond to Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions efforts and other forms of hostility at their schools.
WJC CEO Robert Singer told The Algemeiner that Jewish students today “are fighting a battle of close-mindedness in institutions of higher learning, which are meant to be a beacon of open-mindedness and acceptance. We want to help to do whatever it takes to win this battle. The students are on the front lines of this every day.”
Singer said that while many are “motivated to stand up not only for themselves, but for the state of Israel and the Jewish people,” others are hesitant, because they are “just beginning to hone their professional skills and do not always feel comfortable standing up or voicing their opinion when they find themselves under attack.”
“Know Your Rights” — the first in a series of workshops that the WJC’s counter-delegitimization department plans to hold — will be led by BDS expert Dr. Mark Goldfeder, Esq., a senior lecturer at Emory Law School and senior fellow at the Center for the Study of Law and Religion.