Thursday, May 5, 2016

In Europe, BDS is largely state-sponsored

The Diamondback (The University of Maryland's Independent Student Newspaper) reports on conference on anti-Semitism and its rise among Western nations:
Benjamin Weinthal, a European correspondent with Jerusalem Post, also served on the panel after holding a Q&A session with students at Maryland Hillel that afternoon.

Weinthal's 16 years reporting with the Jerusalem Times in Berlin gave him a first hand experience with one of the major themes of the panel — the difference between anti-Semitism in Europe and in the United States, he said. The two countries have different takes on the BDS ideology, a movement referring to the boycott, divestment and sanction of Israel, and these differences contrast the two regions.

"Nearly half the states in the [United States] have proposed or passed anti-BDS resolutions or laws," Weinthal said. "In Europe, BDS is largely state-sponsored … it would be the equivalent of the state of Maryland's legislature to hold a BDS panel on why it's important to boycott Israel."
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