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US Students Battle BDS

Israel flags at pro-Israel rally (Photo: flickr/SocialJusticeSeeker812)

While college campuses - and the students that study on them - are especially prone to falling under the sway of the BDS movement, this is not always the case. Yediot Achronot's Attila Somflavi reports that as anti-Israel factions protest the Jewish state during "Apartheid Week," pro-Israel students are standing up for what is right:

As some people around the world mark "Apartheid Week," indiscriminately condemning Israel, many students have chosen not to remain silent and are fighting back.

Corinne Malachi lives in New York and is a student activist for Mishelanu, an organization dedicated to Israeli-American campus life. Ilan Silnikov is from Minnesota and recently met with Students Supporting Israeli, a pro-Israel international movement active on 48 campuses in North America...

Silnikov said that he and other people are not only responding to provocations and protests by BDS supporters, but they are also organizing their initiatives. "Instead of fighting against the boycott and defending ourselves at pro-BDS events or against pro-BDS student council legislation, we are mobilizing a campaign to support Israel through pro-Israel student council legislation..."

Silnikov added that the Israeli support is very important. "Hundreds of students are fighting for Israel on campus everyday," she said. "Israel can come and teach and provide these students with tools. Israel has already done a lot providing support through government channels and the hasbara operations room in Herzliya, with which we cooperate. I would say Israel has a critical role to play in our struggle."

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