Mapping the BDS Network on University Campuses
“Mapping how non-governmental organizations (NGOs) enable and support boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) on university campuses is critical to understanding the process of singling Israel out and attacking it, and our latest report is a detailed attempt to do so,” NGO Monitor president Professor Gerald Steinberg said. “Groups like American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) support radical anti-Israel activity, which is entirely inconsistent with the moral claims of the Quaker religion. Open BDS supporters Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) and American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), groups that also advocate for the so-called Palestinian return, are other key providers of funding and training for campus groups. This web of connections is something that should trouble many.”
A new research paper by NGO Monitor reports on and analyzes the resources, both financial and non financial, for these anti-Israel BDS campaigns. The analysis highlights two tiers of BDS activities: (1) SJP’s requisitions of student government funds on nine California campuses; and (2) the allocation of major resources from a network of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), that support SJP and other BDS activists with financial assistance, training, and legal advice.
“The anti-Israel boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign is a global attempt to single out the Jewish state and delegitimize its very right to exist, a continuation of the strategy put together by NGOs at the 2001 Durban Conference,” Steinberg said. “While active at many levels, one of the most vital parts to the success of the BDS campaign is the NGO’s successful integration of its rhetoric and language into the US academic and campus discourse.”