The BDS Movement is gaining popularity on university campuses in the US and UK. According to a new poll, 33% of American students and 40% of British students believe that the boycott of Israel is a legitimate way to pressure the country to comply with the movement’s goals.
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A third of American university students believe that the boycott of Israel is justified and constitutes a legitimate way to pressure the country to comply with the movement’s objectives, according to a new poll that was conducted in preparation for an anti- BDS conference that will take place tomorrow (Tuesday) at the UN. The poll shows that the BDS Movement is yielding results worldwide among university students and that it is especially gaining popularity throughout university campuses in the US and UK.
According to the poll, which was conducted by Ipsos, out of 1,100 university students in the US, 33% of them consider the boycott of Israel a justified tool to apply pressure on the country. In the UK, 40% of the respondents stated that they view the boycott of Israel as legitimate. Despite the troubling numbers, the poll also showed that more of the American population (62%) and exactly half of the population in the UK believe that the BDS Movement constitutes modern-day anti-Semitism.
“We don’t have a more important ally than the US and we don’t have closer friends than the entire American community,” explained Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon. “However, the students and young people today are less committed to the special relationship between the two countries that dates back to past generations.”
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Tomorrow evening, Danon will host a special anti-BDS international conference called: “Building Bridges, Not Boycotts.” The conference will be held in full coordination with the World Jewish Congress (WJC), American Center for Law and Justice, Anti-Defamation League, Zionist Organization of America, Keren Hayesod – United Israel Appeal, Israel Bonds, StandWithUs, B’nai B’rith International, Hillel and CAMERA, among other organizations.
More than 1,500 students, lawyers, public opinion makers and representatives from dozens of anti-BDS and Jewish American organizations will be attending this conference. “Together with our partners, we will continue to stand firm against any threat- and we will win,” concluded Danon.