Major International Anti-BDS Conference Concludes in Los Angeles
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An international coalition representing more than 50 Jewish and pro-Israel advocacy groups came together in Los Angeles this weekend to strategize about the growing Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel.
Hosted by pro-Israel educational organization StandWithUs, the conference — called “Combating The Boycott Movement Against Israel” and attended by several hundred students, professors, professionals and others — featured two days of lectures, panels and strategy sessions, with a keynote address by famed Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz. The various sessions focused on BDS and its ramifications in different areas, including on campus, in the legal arena, churches, community, business and culture.
Regarding one session, devoted to the “money trail,” the president of Israel-based watchdog organization NGO Monitor Gerald Steinberg, told The Algemeiner: “In some areas we challenge BDS on the one-to-one level, or the retail level, by debating BDS advocates directly, or by countering them on campus. But what we are doing is looking at them wholesale, trying to discover just who is funding the various groups behind the BDS movement.”
Another session, on the campus situation, featured several professors from Scholars for Peace in the Middle East, which describes itself as a “community of scholars who have united to promote honest, fact-based, and civil discourse, especially in regard to Middle East issues,” talking about the corrosive and divisive impact of the BDS movement on campus norms, climate, and civility.
A third session discussed progress in passing anti-BDS laws over the past year. “We’ve gone from zero states with such legislation,” said Jacob Millner of the Israel Project, “to seven states having passed bills, another seven with bills pending, and several more actively considering legislation.”