Anti-Semitism combatted before the UN

Sunday, May 29, 2016
Michael F. Haverluck (

anti-Israel flag BDS anti-SemiticA nationally recognized Christian legal organization is battling against the anti-Israel Boycott Divestment and Sanction (BDS) movement by bringing its challenge before leaders at the United Nations in New York City this week.

Addressing the anti-Israel sentiments spreading across America, the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) is fighting to expose the serious nature of BDS movement that is promoting hatred of the Jewish People. The nonprofit group based in Washington, D.C., shines the orchestrated anti-Semitic protest in a different light — at least different than the way it is presented by the media and most college campuses.

“[BDS is] a long-term global effort created by enemies of Israel to delegitimize the State of Israel by any means possible — often in flagrant violation of the law,” the ACLJ explains. “Intimidation, discrimination and lawfare against the Jewish People — and even Christians who support Israel — have become rampant worldwide … even in America.”

Because the BDS movement is often propagated as a politically correct humanitarian mission to help oppressed Palestinians — who anti-Semitists argue are persecuted by their Israeli neighbors — the movement has proliferated in recent years. Proponents of the anti-Israel agenda have the goal of bringing the only democracy in the Middle East to ruins.

“Activities and events fostering an environment of intimidation and marginalization of Jewish citizens have seen a marked upswing on college and university campusesaround the country, but the issue is not limited to the academic arena,” ACLJ reports. “Businesses that sell Israeli products have been harassed by pro-BDS picketers, labor unions have passed resolutions supporting divestment from Israeli institutions and corporations, and even government agencies have cancelled plans to visit Jerusalem based on absurd claims that Israel’s border security measures — a primary means of defending the country from imminent terrorist threats — are discriminatory.”

Battle strategy against BDS

To counter the anti-Semitism and bigotry, the ACLJ has waged a long-term concerted effort through the press and judicial system to fight the anti-Israel BDS movement. In the courtroom, attorneys from the Christian group have won every case in which it has challenged the pro-Palestinian effort — to champion the rule of law in the name of religious freedom.

ACLJ Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow is confident that his team of attorneys will continue their winning streak against the BDS and its organizers.

“We have won victories against BDS at University of Chicago Loyola, University of Texas, University of California, University of Michigan, UCLA, and CUNY — in addition to the American Studies Association,” Sekulow shared. “The BDS movement rears its ugly head through unions, academic associations, student governments and more. But each time we’ve taken them on, they have buckled. They lose; we win.”

The Christian leader maintains that because the BDS movement promotes policies that are in clear violation of numerous non-discrimination laws and regulations, the judicial system is in the ACLJ’s corner — especially with its crucial alliances.

“We have collaborated with Stand With Us and the Brandeis Center to review the governing documents of student body governments in every university that has dealt with a BDS issue for provisions helpful in combating BDS,” Sekulow continued. “The UNIwatch initiative provides easy access and clearly synthesized information to educate and mobilize students on campuses experiencing difficulty with the various manifestations of the BDS Movement.”

Also partnering with other pro-Israeli organizations to fight BDS, the ACLJ helped to launch to unite more groups and pro bono attorneys to fight against anti-Semitism. The conservative legal group describes the website as a “one-stop destination for those fighting the BDS Movement and the extremism and anti-Semitism that often accompanies BDS — particularly on college campuses.”

Expanding the ACLJ’s war against BDS, the accomplished attorney and head of ACLJ announced that it is co-sponsoring with the State of Israel the largest-ever global conference designed to fight the BDS movement and its campaign to delegitimize — and ultimately wipe out — Israel.

“Next week at the U.N., ambassadors, lawyers, judges, and academics from across the world will come together to become better educated and equipped to combat the growing anti-Semitic, anti-Israel attacks,” Sekulow divulged. “I and our team will be directly educating and equipping these community and world leaders to combat the invidious BDS assaults.”

The legal expert encourages Americans to sign the ACLJ’s petition titled “Defend Israel from Anti-Israel Attacks Across the Globe” that it is presenting to the U.N. next week — a list that already boasts more than 100,000 signatures.

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