Press Release 6.18.15

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PASSAGE OF TENNESSEE'S HISTORIC RESOLUTION CONDEMNING THE ANTI-SEMITIC BOYCOTT, DIVESTMENT, AND SANCTIONS (BDS) MOVEMENT AGAINST ISRAEL GAINS MOMENTUM AROUND THE GLOBE.

Proclaiming Justice to The Nation's Campaign grows as
twenty-nine states and four countries consider adopting Tennessee's Resolution bringing the total to thirty-one states

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - June 18, 2015 (Nashville, Tennessee) - On April 21, 2015, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam became the first elected state official in the nation to sign a landmark resolution to confront the anti-Semitic BDS movement in the U.S. As the number of efforts to boycott Israeli political leaders, businesses, as well as the number of anti-Semitic attacks against Jewish and pro-Israel students on university campuses continues to grow worldwide, citizens, students and grassroots activists are mounting pressure on their state legislators and members of their Parliament to condemn this anti-Semitic movement by adopting Tennessee's landmark resolution.

BDS is an international anti-Israel, anti-Zionist propaganda campaign and by extension, an anti-Semitic and anti-Jewish campaign. The BDS movement calls for:

  • Boycotting Israeli products, academics and cultural leaders.
  • Pressuring companies to stop doing business with Israel and divesting from companies that do business with Israel.
  • Sanctioning Israel for its legitimate self-defense measures to protect Israelis of all ethnicities from terrorism, and Hamas rocket/missile attacks.

The BDS campaign was started in 2005 by 171 Palestinian non-governmental organizations in support of the Palestinian cause for boycott, divestment and international sanctions against Israel. Citing a body of UN resolutions and specifically echoing the anti-apartheid campaigns against South Africa, the BDS campaign called for "various forms of boycott against Israel until it meets its obligations under international law."

"Similar to the 1933 Nazi boycott of Jewish businesses in Germany initiated by Hitler's Minister of propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, this modern day version of political terrorism is equally alarming and must be confronted head-on," stated Laurie Cardoza-Moore, President of the international organization, Proclaiming Justice to The Nations.

Cardoza-Moore also stated, "Bottom-line...the BDS movement promotes the delegitimization of Israel with the goal - to eliminate the State of Israel, utterly and completely."

In response to this disturbing trend, a growing number of anti-BDS congressmen and state legislators are introducing legislation to combat this effort to demonize Israel. The focus of PJTN's anti-BDS campaign is to combat the rise of anti-Semitic attacks on college campuses by informing our state legislators and tax-paying citizens of the violence promoted by groups like Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and others. The time has come for other elected leaders to step forward and condemn the hate speech and targeting of pro-Israel and Jewish students on college campuses that has been fueled by the BDS movement. The incidents of anti-Semitic attacks in general and against Jewish students on college campuses specifically, has dramatically increased over the last several years.

In closing, Ms. Cardoza-Moore stated, "With the rise of global, genocidal anti-Semitism around the world, I am calling on Christians, Jews and people of conscience in the remaining 19 states and other governments around the world to add their voices to this groundbreaking initiative by contacting PJTN.org and launching this historic initiative."

U.S./International Media Contact:
Avi Hyman
PJTN Communication Office - Jerusalem
avihyman@gmail.com

Christian Media Contact:
Jackie Monaghan
PJTN Communication Office
615-646-5990 - Direct

For additional information resource: http://www.pjtn.org

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