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Report: Anti-Israel campus activists shifting strategies

(JTA) — Anti-Israel campus groups in the United States are shifting their tactics, replacing BDS resolutions with “theatrics and disruptive tactics,” according to a report by a Jewish watchdog group. In its “Fall 2015 Campus Trends” report, released Feb. 19, the Israel on Campus Coalition also reported that anti-Israel groups have invested “significant efforts” in strengthening ties with other activist causes on campus, yet the movement overall has faced “considerable divisions.” While the number of anti-Israel events has dropped since the previous fall, more such events are enjoying co-sponsorship from “groups unrelated to Israel, reflecting the impact of coalition-building” among anti-Israel activists, according to the report.

Meanwhile, the report found an increase in pro-Israel activities on campus. “Disruptive tactics” observed in the report include “staging dramatic protests” at pro-Israel events and at campus lectures by Israeli speakers. In some of these incidents, the national Students for Justice in Palestine group filmed protests and then published “altered videos that generated vicious attacks against campus supporters of Israel,” the report said.

According to the report, anti-Israel student activists are divided over the efficacy of the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel, the Syrian civil war and “other geopolitical issues.”

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