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Survey: Over Half of US Students Exposed to BDS, Support Boycotting Israel

September 29, 2022

by: Itamar Eichner ~ Ynetnews

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Thursday, 29 September 2022 | More than half of US students exposed to Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement’s calls to boycott Israel support the group, a Foreign Ministry survey conducted on campuses, which was released on Wednesday, showed.

The Foreign Ministry conducted its survey among American students after BDS was found to have reached more than half of the student body on US campuses.

Support for a boycott of Israel was heard from students who have an interest in politics, and relatively high support was found among private school students and people aged 30 or older.

The findings alarmed Israeli officials and indicate that the BDS movement has considerable influence on campuses.

The survey also showed that 48% of the students in the US support Israel and believe it is an asset.

The survey, which was commissioned by the Foreign Ministry and conducted earlier this month, was part of an effort to increase support for Israel in the US among different age groups.

Fifty percent of students reported they viewed Israel positively, compared to 36% who said they did not have a positive view of the country. The data indicated there is more support among American Republicans polled than among those who identify as Democrats or people who claim to have little interest in politics.

Older Americans are found to be more likely to see Israel in a positive light and men more so than women, according to the survey.

Among university students in general, support for Israel is lower than in the general, over 18 population.

The Foreign Ministry officials said the data is not all bad because students tend to be more extreme in their political views.

They said the students were more critical of Israel based on moral arguments and liberal views, rather than on the country’s economic and technical successes.

The older people polled named Israel’s technological superiority and the fact that it was the only democracy in the Middle East as reasons for their support.

The conductors of the survey assumed that paradoxically, students believe that by boycotting Israel, it would be more likely to change policies on the Israeli–Palestinian conflict.

Those who said they supported Israel also hoped for a different position towards Palestinians.

The ministry said their findings showed that more and more pro-Israeli Jewish students said they were afraid to speak out on campuses. They experienced discrimination by those who oppose Israel and take over public spaces, sometimes using coercion, the ministry said.

There is a lot of fake news, especially in times of conflict in Israel, and that’s what feeds the BDS and provides a reason to support the boycott and the movement, the officials said.

Posted on September 29, 2022

Source: (This article was originally published by Ynetnews on September 28, 2022. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our publication today. See original article at this link.)

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