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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

In this Issue:

• News, Views and Analysis

• Trend Alert: European governments increasingly reject BDS movement goals, sentiments

• Israel Education Center interns convene for fall training


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

Canada's McGill University student union voted to uphold a previous motion against BDS.

Nas Daily, an Arab-Israeli video blogger with a following of more than 2.2 million people, posted a video saying boycotting Israel should be illegal.

Israel's investment in fighting BDS on the legal stage is paying off globally.

Richard Spencer led another white supremacist march in Charlottesville. 

A 10-year-old French girl was assaulted by her classmates for being Jewish.

Al Jazeera has admitted to planting an undercover reporter in U.S. pro-Israel organizations and plans to air a documentary based on the reporter's findings.

A feminist, Zionist, and Jewish student at Columbia University writes about why intersectionality misses the point.

The state of Colorado has sanctioned Danish banking giant Danske because of its anti-Israel business activities. Danske was first barred by the state of Illinois in 2016.

Take a look inside the Macabee Task Force and their impact on college students across the globe.

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair blasted Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters for comparing the Israeli government to Nazi Germany.

Kansas State University Hillel's sukkah was destroyed by unknown vandals. 

On Yom Kippur, 600 members of the anti-Semitic Nordic Resistance Group marched through Sweden. 50 were arrested.

Dennis Ross and Mitchel Hochberg explain why Harvard professor Stephen Walt is still wrong about the "Israel Lobby."

South Africa's University of Cape Town is debating academic and cultural boycotts of Israel.

A plaque marking the opening of Canada's National Holocaust Museum, which failed to mention Jews were the majority of the victims in the Holocaust, will be replaced.

A lawmaker in Ohio has proposed legislation condemning the BDS movement.

Trend Alert: European governments increasingly reject BDS movement goals, sentiments

On Monday, the Belgian government announced it will freeze funding to the Palestinian Authority's education system after learning a Hebron elementary school was renamed after Dalal Mughrabi, a terrorist behind the 1978 Coastal Road Massacre.

"The Belgian government unequivocally condemns the glorification of terrorist attacks," Belgium's Foreign Ministry said in a statement. "Belgium will not allow itself to be associated with the names of terrorists in any way."

Belgium isn't the only European country that has gone against the BDS movement's objectives. 

This week, Bavaria's Green Party adopted an anti-BDS resolution. In August, Berlin university filed criminal complaints against BDS activists, and the city's mayor equated BDS tactics with those used by Nazis. The German government also recently adopted the international definition of anti-Semitism and recognized anti-Zionism as a form of anti-Semitism. 

This summer, French president Emmanuel Macron acknowledged that anti-Zionism "is the reinvented form of anti-Semitism." One week later, Spanish municipal judges voided two BDS motions, claiming they were racist.

While anti-Semitic attacks on European Jews, synagogues, and community centers persist, these actions by European governments at all levels signal that the BDS movement is ultimately struggling to meet its objectives of delegitimizing and alienating Israel. 

Israel Education Center interns convene for fall training

Nineteen Jewish and non-Jewish student leaders from 15 Midwest campuses convened in Chicago on Sept. 16 and 17 for JUF's Israel Education Center (IEC)'s fall training. The students will work remotely as IEC interns on their campuses during the 2017-2018 academic year.

Interns plan Israel-related events, bring guest speakers to campus, build relationships, write Israel-related articles, and assist with Birthright recruitment. The internship attracts students from diverse backgrounds and varying experiences with Israel.

As a non-Jewish student and a sustainable systems management major, Carter Blankenship connects to Israel through its culture and commitment to the environment and sustainability.

"I was blown away by the culture and the openness of the country," said Blankenship, a junior at the University of Minnesota. "I wasn't introduced to Israel until college. When I began learning about it, BDS was going on, and I was disgusted by the divisiveness by certain groups. I wanted to get active."

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