Pro-Israel Leipzig Students Oppose the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement

Source: Jerusalem Post, August 20

Students at one of the world’s oldest universities – Leipzig University in the German state of Saxony – passed a resolution this month opposing the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement because it is anti-Semitic.

According to the resolution, the student council voted “to condemn the anti-Semitic BDS campaign,” and is “against anti-Semitic measures such as disinviting Israeli academics.”

The student council initiated the resolution after a University of London professor appeared at a June event at Leipzig University. Anthropologist Lori Allen held an event regarding her book titled, The Rise and Fall of Human Rights: Cynicism and Politics in Occupied Palestine, and used the talk to promote BDS and to minimize terrorism, according to the resolution.

The Leipzig University student council sees BDS as a danger to academic freedom and that the BDS measures resemble the Nazi-era slogan “Don’t Buy from Jews!” BDS’s goal is the “abolition of the State of Israel,” the resolution said.

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2 responses to “Pro-Israel Leipzig Students Oppose the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement

  1. Michael Gundy

    The first rule of diplomacy is to engage and encourage dialogue. This tactic does not mean endorsement. The BSD movement just creates isolation and a sense of moral superiority for all parties. On the other hand, engagement requires real skill and wisdom, something beyond the “easy solution” mentality.

  2. mike holliday

    What did the Romans ever do for us? Well for one thing they left us with a 2000 year old festering sore.
    Those opposed to the State of Israel should answer one question: What do you do with the people living their now?
    And don’t let them fob you off with a question about the rights of Palestinians. Look at the sorry history of that people’s treatment by it’s Arab neighbours, who used them as bargaining chips and hostages and did nothing to integrate them into large areas of land that were available.
    They were encouraged by the Palestinian’s own leaders, who rejected peace deal offer after peace deal offer in the, to now mistaken belief, that they could triumph militarily and wipe out the Jews.
    Don’t accept my (or anyone’s) take on this – look it up for yourself and form you own opinions on what has led to the current state of affairs.
    A tip: The Romans might have kicked it off, but I don’t think we can blame them for today’s impasse.