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Opposition to Israel Has Become the Litmus Test for Progressive Students in U.S. – Lauren Sonnenberg (Ha’aretz via Daily Alert)

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Aug. 12, 2016

Opposition to Israel Has Become the Litmus Test for Progressive Students in U.S. – Lauren Sonnenberg
Students on college campuses talk about creating “safe spaces” for people with all sorts of ideas, but increasingly the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement is creating only two spaces: one for those that are “appropriately” liberal and caring, and one for those who are not. BDS does this by creating a false relationship between the plights of oppressed peoples throughout the world and the Palestinian cause. So where does that leave progressive Jews who want to fight racism in America and care about green issues but don’t want to renounce Israel to find their space? To be accepted, to be a supporter of the oppressed, one must accept the pro-BDS iteration of the pro-Palestinian narrative without nuance or variation. The writer is a journalism student at Northwestern University. (Ha’aretz)

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