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17 BDS resolutions considered and 11 passed at US colleges last year, per ADL report

A student bikes across campus at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. (Jeffrey Greenberg/ Universal Images Group via Getty Images)
A student bikes across campus at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. (Jeffrey Greenberg/ Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

Student governments considered resolutions to boycott, divest from, and sanction Israel at 17 college campuses in the United States during the 2020-2021 school year, according to a new report from the Anti-Defamation League.

The watchdog group, which released the data as part of its annual reporting, called the BDS resolutions a “cornerstone of anti-Israel campus activity during the last year.”

During a school year in which a May conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza was accompanied by widespread criticism of Israel on and beyond college campuses, the number of student governments entertaining BDS resolutions was not dramatically higher than in the recent past.

Of the bills supporting the Israel boycott, 11 passed, according to the report.

That was fewer than in the 2015-2016 school year, according to the ADL’s report about that year, when it documented 23 BDS resolutions, of which 14 passed. The following year, student governments considered 14 BDS resolutions, passing six; the year after that, five of 12 resolutions passed.

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