Liberty University student government disavows anti-Israel BDS legislation

The Liberty University student union building. Credit: Billy Hathorn via Wikimedia Commons.

( The student government at Virginia’s Liberty University on Tuesday passed an amendment to its constitution that forbids legislation supporting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel.

The amendment to the constitution declared that Liberty’s student government “will not entertain BDS legislation targeted at the Israeli state, or its people, or legislation of similar intent.”

Liberty University senior Chelsea Andrews—a pro-Israel student activist with CUFI on Campus, the school’s division of the Christian Zionist organization Christians United for Israel—led the effort to pass the anti-BDS amendment.

“At Liberty University we stand with Israel, because as Christians, as Americans, and as individuals focused on freedom and human rights, there is no alternative,” Andrews said after the amendment passed. “I hope that other students will see what LU has done and follow suit. Across the country we’ve seen BDS repeatedly rear its ugly head. That stops now.”

The move to disavow the BDS movement at Liberty University, a predominately Evangelical Christian school, stands in contrast with some recently passed Israel divestment resolutions in other student governments, particularly in California.

Posted on February 26, 2015 .