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Academic Front for PLO
Campus Report ^ | August 19, 2009 | Alana Goodman

Posted on 08/19/2009 11:29:15 AM PDT by bs9021

Academic Front For PLO

by: Alana Goodman, August 19, 2009

The campus “divestment against Israel” campaign is known for its grassroots, media-grabbing student demonstrations, but was the entire movement actually orchestrated by Palestinian government operatives? It appears that University of Illinois Professor Francis A. Boyle, the man credited with initiating the campus divestment movement in November, 2000, was also moonlighting as a Palestinian strategist during the campaign’s inception.

The goal of the campus boycott, sanctions, and divestment movement (BDS)—whose chapters usually go by the name Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP)—is to pressure universities into divesting from Israeli companies or companies that do business with Israel. Through the use of “social justice” rhetoric, the youth BDS campaign has attempted to portray itself as just another organic, liberal student movement. “We are organized on principles to promote justice, human rights, liberation, and self-determination,” wrote the University of Pittsburgh SJP on their website. The campus organizations often claim that they are “dedicated to peace and justice in Palestine and Israel.”

“Grass-roots campaigns are resurfacing at colleges and universities to pressure endowment officials to divest from international companies that are involved in or profiting from the recent violence in Gaza,” reported Pensions and Investments on Jan. 29th. But is this campaign really grassroots? The murky history of the campus BDS movement tells a different story.

Most accounts of the campaign trace its roots back to a November 30, 2000 speech by University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign law Professor Francis A. Boyle....

(Excerpt) Read more at campusreportonline.net ...


TOPICS: Education; Military/Veterans; Politics; Society
KEYWORDS: divestmentmovement; israel; palestine; plo

1 posted on 08/19/2009 11:29:16 AM PDT by bs9021
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To: bs9021
Why does a peace for the Palestinians always seem to involve the destruction of Israel?
2 posted on 08/19/2009 11:42:57 AM PDT by dog breath
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To: bs9021

on the other hand, you can invest in Israel and assist
in its military industries (which also supply DoD).

ESLT.O (Elbit Systems of America)


3 posted on 08/19/2009 11:44:50 AM PDT by rahbert
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