The American Jewish Congress is hard at work pressing for improved US-Israel relations, monitoring Iran to make sure that it does not breach the tenets of the nuclear deal, and advocating against the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement -- which, unfortunately, took another sharp turn this month on the heels of anti-Semitic sentiment felt from Europe to the University of California Santa Cruz.
Here is the latest news surrounding the BDS movement:
- The European Union (EU) Commission approved new guidelines for labeling Israeli products made in east Jerusalem, the Golan Heights, and the West Bank -- regions that are excluded from the Israel Free Trade Agreement with the EU -- but argues that these guidelines are merely a technical matter and not a showing of support for the BDS movement.
- Hungary has decided not to adopt the EU’s new special labeling policy, and described it as “irrational,” citing concerns that it will not aid in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
- Two American-Jewish professors argued that the BDS movement is in the greatest long term interest of Israel in a contentious Washington Post column, to which AJCongress President Jack Rosen responded in a Times of Israel op-ed.
- London Mayor Boris Johnson openly denounced the BDS movement while on a trip to Israel earlier this month.
- Israel has a new ministry designed to fight back against the economic repercussions of the BDS movement, with an emphasis on the EU.
- More campus controversy over BDS after a Jewish member of the UC Santa Cruz student government was pressured into abstaining from a vote on the college’s divestment policy.