Tufts BDS Vote Latest Example Of Underhanded, Anti-Jewish Tactics

Tufts Students for Justice in Palestine are really excited. They just want to sing out loud (and perhaps dance the Debke). You see, the Tufts Community Union (TCU) student senate passed the BDS motion they drafted.


Yes, they are really happy and proud. Did I mention the vote took place right before Passover, when many who would have opposed the motion could not attend?

Members of Tufts University’s Jewish community told The Algemeiner on Monday they were “hurt and angry,” after the school’s student senate passed a boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) resolution in a landslide vote on Sunday night, just ahead of Passover.

Keren Hendel — affiliated with Tufts American Israel Alliance (TAIA) and Tufts Students for Two States, both part of the campus’s Zionist coalition, which also includes Tufts Friends of Israel (FOI) and J Street U — said it was surprisingly emotionally taxing to sit in the room for five hours as the Tufts Community Union (TCU) student senate discussed and ultimately passed the Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP)-drafted resolution by a vote of 17 to 6, with 8 abstentions.

“I’m more upset by the process than the outcome [of the vote],” Hendel noted. “I felt silenced, as there was no real debate taking place about the complicated issues, with our side denied the opportunity to fully respond to the talking points being made by SJP. It was frustrating.”

Chad Kramer — who sits on the leadership board of FOI and serves as a Jewish National Fund campus fellow — told The Algemeiner he “felt betrayed by many friends and acquaintances” last night and has had “a difficult time processing my senators’ insensitivity to us Jewish students,” who comprise some 25 percent of the undergraduate population.

“I have never been so ashamed to be part of this university,” Kramer said, pointing out that nearly 100 students “who could not make the hearing had emailed the senate with their thoughts, many pleading that the resolution be tabled due to its insensitive timing.”

Melissa Landa — who founded the Tufts chapter of Alums for Campus Fairness (ACF), a national network engaged in combating antisemitism and anti-Israel bias on campuses — said SJP acted “without integrity by launching an ambush resolution right before Passover.”

Tufts SJP responded by getting one of their token as-a-Jews to comment, and deny any wrongdoing.

A spokesperson for the Tufts chapter of  SJP — Jewish student Molly Tunis — told The Algemeiner that her group had been working on drafting the resolution for a “long time” and called the scheduling of the vote for right before Passover “unintentional and unfortunate, but necessary, as this was the last senate meeting of the year.”

Yep, just as “unintentional and unfortunate” as the BDS resolution their Cornell chapter launched close to Passover in 2014. There is definitely a pattern.

It is not surprising to me that those advocating BDS of the Jewish homeland would disrespect Jews in this way – at least self-respecting Jews.

Nor that they would shamelessly support an unrepentant terrorist, the murderer of two young Jews in Israel who would just love to do it to more.

I just wish these students had tagged themselves in these photos – so we could encourage Jewish businesses and firms to boycott them when they enter the job market.


David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media