Press Release 5.11.15
PASSAGE OF TENNESSEE'S HISTORIC RESOLUTION CONDEMNING THE ANTI-SEMITIC BOYCOTT, DIVESTMENT, AND SANCTIONS (BDS) MOVEMENT AGAINST ISRAEL GAINS MOMENTUM ACROSS THE U.S.
Proclaiming Justice to The Nation's Campaign grows as seventeen states are now considering adopting Tennessee's Resolution
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - May 11, 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 Tennessee. 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 nationwide, parents, students and grassroots activists are mounting pressure on their state legislators 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."
But according to Harvard Professor Ruth Wisse in a recent essay that was published in Mosaic Magazine, on May 4th, 2015, she stated, "As one of its first acts in December 1945, the Arab League called on all Arab institutions and individuals to refuse to deal in, distribute, or consume Jewish and Zionist products or manufactured goods."
Bottom-line...the BDS movement promotes the delegitimization of Israel with the goal... to eliminate the State of Israel, utterly and completely.
Laurie Cardoza-Moore stated, "Unfortunately, now the President of the United States has joined the growing chorus of global voices calling for boycotting Israel. His past treatment of Israel's PM and his absence during Netanyahu's address before both houses of Congress in March of this year further lends legitimacy to the BDS movement and anti-Semitic attacks. Obama's despicable action of boycotting America's only legitimate ally in the Middle East threatens to further isolate and demonize Israel."
However, global leaders like Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper said this about boycotting Israel: "this is the face of the new anti-Semitism. It targets the Jewish people by targeting Israel and attempts to make the old bigotry acceptable for a new generation".
The time has come for other elected state 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 campaign. The incidents of anti-Semitic attacks in general and against Jewish students on college campuses specifically have seen a dramatic increase over the last several years.
In closing, Ms. Cardoza-Moore stated, "The recent Tennessee and Indiana resolutions can serve as positive examples and concrete models of a firm step that state legislators can take as we begin to expose the malicious intent of the BDS campaign and confront it head-on! I am calling on Christians, Jews and people of conscience in the remaining 33 states to add their voices to this groundbreaking initiative by contacting PJTN.org and launching this initiative in their states. It's time to confront these people and call them what they are - anti-Semites!"
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