Sunday, June 1, 2014

The Three Stages of a BDS Campaign

Via Hen Mazzig, a pro-Israel activist and a former commander in the Israel Defense Forces, who has spoken on dozens of college campuses. He has seen first hand how anti-Israel activists manipulate minority student groups, and poison the campus climate for all.

a YouTube video of anti-Israeli activists at Galway University shows the real face of BDS. - See more at:
Originally published at "Minding the Campus"
The Three Stages of a BDS Campaign.
The BDS campaign is a new front in the Arab-Israeli conflict, directed at Israel. Its tactics are simple.

Stage 1: Start a student group and build relationships with other minorities' student groups. Get them to like you. After convincing them that you are an ally, get them to support your anti-Israel narrative. Tell them that you're not against Jews, only against the Jewish state. If you have Jewish students in your anti-Israel group, bring them along to the meeting and have them speak about how Israel's existence conflicts with Jewish values. Portray the Palestinians as the underdog.

 Stage 2: Arrange displays on your campus--the bigger the better. Put up an eight-foot high cardboard "Wall" that you claim is a smaller version of the separation fence that Israel built to protect against suicide bombers. Include a mock checkpoint. Bring anti-Israel speakers. Use language that will resonate with the other student groups. Do all of this preparation to make your campus receptive to your anti-Israel message. Remember, most people are naÃ?ve and uniformed. If your message is highly emotional and uses the language of the political left, many students will side with you wanting to learn more.

 At the same time, start lobbying members of student government. Meet with them often as you can. Get them to know and like you. Start "educating" them with biased and misleading information. Get them to believe that Israel is a "criminal state." You may even want to run for the student senate to become a senator yourself, a tactic just recently used at Loyola University, where nine student senators who voted for a BDS divestment resolution were BDS leaders at the school.

 Stage 3: Bring a Boycott and Divestment resolution to the student government. Last year, BDS supporters at over 20 colleges introduced anti-Israel divestment resolutions in their student senates and demanded that the senators bring their resolutions to a vote. In recent weeks, we've seen anti-Israel resolutions introduced at several more campuses. Some were defeated. Some passed.

Read Hen's article, The BDS Bullies take over in its entirety,   here

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