One of the growing trends on university campuses across the United States are Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) groups increasing influence. These groups seek to force college leaders to boycott the State of Israel, refuse to invest in companies that are headquartered there, and support putting sanctions on that country. Both Jewish and pro-Israel organizations have fought back against this hatred of Israel and Jewish people but despite that the situation seems to be getting worse.
One example took place at UCLA where a Jewish student was nearly denied a role on the student government’s Judicial Board. The reason for this is that she was accused by other students as having divided loyalties given her Jewish heritage. A female Stanford student was treated to extreme hostility while campaigning for the Student Senate because she had been open in her support for Israel. There have also been cases of rising physical assaults on Jewish students at college campuses nationwide.
The BDS groups are nationally coordinated and well funded by their sponsors. They have held rallies across the nation that have far more participants than the pro-Israel counter protests. One group called Justice in Palestine has over 200 chapters on college campuses and receives funding from both US sources as well and international ones like Palestine Legal.
One person that is bravely standing up for Israeli-Americans, Jewish people, and the State of Israel is entrepreneur Adam Milstein. He is a co-founder of the Israeli-American Council. As the National Chairman of this organization, he supports issues that are important to Israeli-Americans including what is happening to Jewish university students. He also chairs several other pro-Israel nonprofits including Campus Coalition, Hasbara Fellowships, AISH Los Angeles, and StandWithUs.
Adam Milstein grew up in Israel and served in the Yom Kippur War. He later moved along with his family to Southern California. He owns Hager Pacific Properties through which he invests in real estate. He owns buildings throughout the country including those in industrial, commercial, retail, and residential occupation. As the company’s Managing Partner he combines his work and philanthropy into each day.