FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
(Los Angeles, CA - March 20th, 2019) - StandWithUs strongly condemns systematic efforts to host weeks of hateful anti-Israel events on campuses around the world, taking place from March 18th-April 8th, 2019. It is particularly disturbing that this global campaign is being coordinated by the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) - a coalition which includes Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and other recognized terrorist groups.
One of the leading groups in the BNC is the Council of National and Islamic Forces in Palestine (PNIF) - a coalition that features the aforementioned terrorist organizations. In fact, the coordinator of the PNIF is Khaled al-Batsh, a senior official in Islamic Jihad. Mahmoud Nawajaa, the General Coordinator of the BNC, has also expressed public support for the armed wing of Hamas.
StandWithUs calls on university administrations to take a clear moral stand by rejecting this campaign of hate and denouncing its ties to recognized terrorist groups.
"There is nothing just or peaceful about this campaign of hate against Israel," said Roz Rothstein, CEO of StandWithUs. "A committee that includes racist terrorist groups responsible for murdering children and families has no place helping to organize events on college campuses. We urge universities to strongly condemn anti-Israel hate weeks and the dangerous group behind them."
StandWithUs (SWU) is a seventeen year-old, international, non-profit and non-partisan Israel education organization that works to inspire and educate people of all ages about Israel, as well as challenge misinformation and fight against antisemitism.
Through university fellowships, high school internships, middle school curricula, conferences, materials, social media, educational films and missions to Israel, StandWithUs supports people around the world who want to educate their schools and communities about Israel.
Based in Los Angeles, the organization has 18 chapters and offices throughout the U.S., in Israel, the UK, Canada and Brazil.