First proactive anti-BDS student resolution passes at Western Washington U.

The Western Washington University seal. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

(JNS.org) Associated Students of Western Washington University (ASWWU) became the first North American university student government to pass a proactive resolution against the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

In a 7-0 vote, ASWWU resolved that it would not consider BDS resolutions based on national origin because “tensions between students related to foreign conflicts should be managed in a healthy and collaborative manner rather than be exacerbated.” 

Additionally, the resolution noted that BDS campaigns could result in students being targeted based on their nationality and lead to “disrespectful bias, hostility, hate, or harassment.”

The initiative to pass the anti-BDS resolution was led by Western Washington University (WWU) student Alysa Kipersztok, who brought the resolution to the student government after hearing about how the boycott issue has sharply divided student bodies at other schools.

“I’ve seen how divisive anti-Israel BDS campaigns have been on campuses across the country. [WWU] is a warm, respectful, inclusive community,” Kipersztok said in a statement.

Kipersztok, an Emerson Fellow for the pro-Israel education group StandWithUs, said BDS “has been a source of disconnect and resentment among students, creating a hostile environment.”

“It divides students, marginalizing those who support Israel,” she added.

Posted on June 11, 2014 .