Jewish, Quaker groups launch BDS summer camp

Jewish, Quaker groups launch BDS summer camp

Five-day ‘fun, comprehensive’ training program geared towards campus activists ‘inspired by divestment victories’

Yifa Yaakov is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

Protesters urging a boycott against Israel in Melbourne, file photo (CC-BY SA Takver/Wikimedia Commons)
Protesters urging a boycott against Israel in Melbourne, file photo (CC-BY SA Takver/Wikimedia Commons)

A Quaker peace group this week began advertising a summer camp for students hoping to become Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) activists at their schools.

The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) launched the “BDS Summer Institute” program, geared towards students “inspired by divestment victories,” in conjunction with a Jewish organization.

The workshop, set to take place between August 10-14, 2014, in northern California, was touted as a “five-day intensive program” providing “a fun, comprehensive training program for campus activists.”

“Have you started a BDS campaign on your campus? Are you inspired by divestment victories at University of California schools? Whether you are just beginning to campaign around BDS, or already on your way to a BDS victory, we invite you to apply to the BDS Summer Institute,” read the announcement.

According to the website, the workshop is to include sessions on grassroots organizing, media and messaging training, and nonviolent direct action planning.

Students will be taught about the history of the BDS movement. In addition, they are due to attend strategy sessions with movement leaders.

The workshop was organized by the AFSC in conjunction with Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP), a US Jewish organization dedicated to “an end to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem.”

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