This from the Florida Legislative Jewish Caucus:
The Central Student Government at the University of Michigan has recently passed a motion asking university leaders to look into divesting in businesses that do business with Israel, part of a larger movement known as Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS). Students Allied for Freedom and Equality (SAFE) has brought forth this resolution in an attempt to squarely blame the state of Israel for “human rights violations” and push companies who do business in the nation to pull out.
This resolution comes at a time when anti-Semitic incidents are on the rise across the country. According to a recent audit by the Anti-Defamation League, there was a 34% nationwide increase in anti-Semitic incidents in the last year, with the trend continuing in the first quarter of 2017 in the form of an 86% increase of incidents including assault, harassment, and vandalism.
In response, the Florida Legislative Jewish Caucus offers the following statement:
“Recently we’ve seen an uptick of anti-Semitism in our national mood directed against both Jewish Americans and the state of Israel. We’re proud that Florida has taken bold steps against the BDS movement, while also making critical investments to protect our Jewish schools throughout the state. What happened at the University of Michigan deserves a swift rebuke. We recognize that Israel stands for peace and asks the same of its neighbors.”
Representative Richard Stark, Chair
Representative Lori Berman Senator Lauren Book
Representative Ben Diamond Senator Kevin Rader
Representative Katie Edwards Senator Annette Taddeo
Representative Randy Fine
Representative Joseph Geller
Representative Jared Moskowitz
Representative David Silvers
Representative Emily Slosberg