In the wake of Israel's Gaza operation, student groups seeking to isolate and delegitimize Israel dramatically stepped up their activity on college campuses. ADL's exclusive new report explores how and why.
The BDS campaign is a global effort to isolate and punish Israel because of its policies toward the Palestinians. While supporters of the BDS movement claim to embrace the tactic as a nonviolent way to pressure Israel into negotiations, the campaign is clearly a biased effort to demonize Israel and place the entire onus of the conflict on one side: the Israelis. BDS activists regularly lobby multinational companies, churches, universities, actors, academics and private individuals to cut ties with Israel or refuse to engage in collaboration with Israelis.
In response to Israel's military operations targeting Hamas this summer, more than 300 anti-Israel rallies took place in cities across the United States. These rallies were often marked by extreme - and even anti-Semitic - messages that accuse Israel of perpetrating a Nazi Holocaust against Palestinians, express support for violence against Israel, and call for Israel's destruction.
There are hundreds of anti-Israel groups operating in the United States today. ADL has identified ten of those groups as the "worst of the worst." They lob any and every accusation against Israel – including charges of Nazi-like crimes, apartheid policies, ethnic cleansing, war crimes and genocide – in an effort to liken Israel to the world’s true past and present evils.