AJC Seattle connects our community with American Jewish Committee’s global advocacy work to enhance the well-being of the Jewish people and Israel. Our access to diplomats, elected officials, and interfaith leaders at the local level advances AJC’s broader global priorities: combating antisemitism, promoting Israel’s place in the world, and countering the spread of radicalism and extremism.
Our impact extends well beyond the Seattle community, helping AJC achieve tangible results in the form of government policies, formidable alliances, and hard-hitting legislation that make our world safer and more secure.
November 17, 2021
The BDS (“Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions”) Movement, Israel, and American Jews
According to the leaders of the BDS movement, it is a movement that “works to end international support for Israel’s oppression of Palestinians and pressure Israel to comply with international law.” According to the American Jewish Committee, “BDS leadership in fact seeks nothing less than the elimination of Israel as a Jewish state.” What does BDS really want? Why do its supporters seem to be all around us locally (on the Seattle City Council; threatening the Port of Seattle; in the Seattle teachers’ union), nationally (in the U.S. House of Representatives), and internationally (in Britain, France, Germany, the UN, etc.)? Does it target Jews as well as Israel? And how have Jewish organizations, the broader community, and governments at every level responded to its presence?
On Monday, ahead of the third anniversary of the Pittsburgh synagogue attack, American Jewish Committee (AJC) released its 2021 State of Antisemitism in America report based on new national polling of the U.S. Jewish and general adult populations. The surveys, the largest and most comprehensive of their kind ever conducted, confirm that hatred of Jews remains a severe problem in the United States, requiring urgent attention—and that American Jews and the U.S. general public view the problem very differently. Join Avi Mayer, AJC Managing Director, Public Affairs and Senior Spokesperson, and Holly Huffnagle, AJC U.S. Director for Combating Antisemitism, in conversation with Chief Field Operations Officer Melanie Maron Pell, for an in-depth analysis of the report’s findings and what they mean for efforts to combat antisemitism in America.
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