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Tuesday, September 12, 2017  

In this Issue:

• News, Views and Analysis

• IEC intern leads initiative to teach incoming UW-Madison freshmen about anti-Semitism

• The next BDS battlefield: socially responsible investing

• JAFI Israel Fellows engage Illinois students with Israeli history and culture


JUF Link presents news and analysis concerning the delegitimization and demonization of Israel and the Jewish people through BDS, anti-normalization and related activities.

Exposing the linkages between anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism, JUF Link 
shows JUF and its partners' impact in defeating anti-Israel and anti-Jewish forces.


JUF's Israel Education Center has launched the Lexicon, an encyclopedia of Israel-related terminology commonly used on campus and in the community.
Check it out here.


News, Views and Analysis

After a spring semester marked by BDS and anti-Semitism, University of Wisconsin-Madison's student government unanimously passed a resolution condemning anti-Semitism and recognizing the delegitmization of Israel as a form of anti-Semitism.

Canada's largest private sector union has adopted a motion in support of the BDS movement.

Despite their claims, millennial anti-Zionist Jews are a small minority within their generation. A Jewish student at Brown University urges his peers to speak out against the fringe element claiming to represent young progressive Jews. 

At an anti-Israel and pro-BDS rally in the Netherlands, demonstrators chanted about killing Jews.

Identify Evropa, a white supremacist group that took part in the Charlottesville rally, has launched a yearlong recruitment campaign on college campuses, including posting fliers and posters on campuses to promote its goals. 

US lawmakers are moving to push the Taylor Force Act through the Senate.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres says calls for Israel's destruction are "modern anti-Semitism."

Berlin Mayor Michael Muller said he will personally stop all city support for groups that advocate for BDS and compared the movement's tactics to "intolerable methods from the Nazi period."

The SJP chapter at UC Irvine has been punished with two years of disciplinary probation for disrupting a pro-Israel event in May. 

An alternative orientation guide published by students at Tufts University describes Hillel as an organization that "supports a white supremacist state" and "exploit[s] black voices for their own pro-Israel agenda."

A new program at Chicago entreprenurial hub 1871, in cooperation with Tel Aviv University, brings Israeli start-ups to Chicago.

ICYMI: At a rally 'against' fascism at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the crowd chanted, "No Zionists, no KKK! Resist the fascists all the way!" after a SJP student leader repeatedly equated Zionism with white supremacy and fascism.

IEC intern leads initiative to teach incoming UW-Madison freshmen about anti-Semitism

Yogev Ben-Yitschak, a sophomore at UW-Madison and JUF's Israel Education Center (IEC) intern at UW-Madison Hillel, proposed adding a module on anti-Semitism to OurWisconsin, the mandatory orientation program that more than 5,000 freshmen and new students are required to participate in.

The idea was unanimously approved by university administrators. 

Ben-Yitschak worked closely with Emily White, IEC’s Program Director, to develop a curriculum that would clearly define the line between criticizing Israel and anti-Semitism. The module also includes information about the history of anti-Semitism and the diversity of the worldwide Jewish community.

“After a spring semester marked by divestment resolutions, Madison is an example of how education and dialogue can make campus a more inclusive place for all students," White said.

Photo: Yogev Ben-Yitschak.

Read the full story here »

The next BDS battlefield: socially responsible investing

By Jay Tcath, JUF's executive vice president 

With apologies to the climate change debate, the good news is that the proverbial tip of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) iceberg is melting. The bad news is that we are just now beginning to see the much larger, even more dangerous part that has been lurking beneath the surface.

Rather than success -- via financial divestment or boycotting academic exchanges -- BDS has been an utter failure, on its own terms, on U.S. campuses.

A new BDS battlefield has emerged, one threatening substantial negative economic impact on Israel and those doing business with the Jewish State. BDS supporters are linking their campus battles to this new one: the quickly expanding investment sector called Socially Responsible Investing (SRI).

Read the full column here »

JAFI Israel Fellows engage Illinois students with Israeli history and culture

As the Jewish Agency Israel Fellow at Northwestern University, Simcha Masala has a variety of responsibilites: brainstorming programming ideas with Hillel leaders, recruiting students for Birthright trips, leading a discussion on Israeli politics, or engaging an uninvolved student over coffee.

"The work I do with the students, staff, Hillel, and the Israel Education Center is valuable and has a tangible impact," Masala said.

Three other Hillels of Illinois campuses are hosting first-year Israel Fellows during the 2017-2018 academic year: Mika Mashiach at the University of Chicago; Waga Brok at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and Yoni Shapira at Metro Chicago Hillel. 

Photo: As a Jewish Agency Israel Fellow, Simcha Masala (right) works closely with students and Hillel professionals each year to plan Israel-related programming. (Photo by Emily White)

Read the full story here »

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