Don’t buy from the Jew

I am a Jew. By those words, you may already be making assumptions…maybe I have a big nose, or my parents are wealthy, or I am a Zionist. Or you could also be thinking that I have horns, a tail, and I am less than human.

Yes, there are people who think this way in 2019. You would think these ancient hatreds like blood libels or not buying from a Jew would stay in the past, but no, it is alive and well in 2019.

And yes, I am referring to the BDS campaign, also known as the bigoted, demonizing and shameful campaign.

Kristallnacht, or the “night of broken glass,” was the watershed event of the Holocaust, it showed that the Nazis would take the persecution of the Jewish people one step further.

Today instead of “don’t buy from the Jew” it is “don’t buy from the Jewish state.”

Unfortunately, there is support for the BDS campaign today on college campuses. Groups such as Students for Justice in Palestine often joined by Jewish Voice for Peace, call for universities to divest their portfolios from companies doing business in Israel.

Wisely, no university has divested and in fact, many re-affirmed their support for the Jewish state.

BDS supporters call Israel an Apartheid state, but all Israeli citizens no matter their race, religion, or gender can vote in Israel and hold office in the Knesset.

Typical to its tactics,  BDS supporters use lies and misinformation in an attempt to achieve the campaign’s ultimate goal, which is the destruction of the state of Israel.

The BDS campaign is history repeating itself in a new form and it should not be tolerated.

About the Author
Chloe Levian is a Jewish student leader at UCLA. She is the President of Bruins for Israel, the Campus Communications Coordinator for BIPAC, and on the Y&S Nazarian Israel Center Student Advisory Council. She is also the StandWithUs Alumni Network Liaison, a Hasbara Fellow, a Ronald S. Lauder Fellow, and a proud member of Iranian American Jews for Racial Justice. Chloe is passionate about Israel advocacy, combating antisemitism, and social justice.
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