Adam Milstein, the famous American Israeli philanthropist, is speaking out about the need for “boots on the ground” in college campuses. The problem stems with the BDS movement, which stands for Boycott, Divest and Sanction. This movement has been harassing and intimidating pro-Israel and Jewish people on college campuses. Many groups have worked hard to combat this hate, but the problem is only growing.
Let’s have some examples. At the University of California, Los Angeles, the student judicial board tried to prevent a Jewish student from joining by saying that she had dual loyalties because she was Jewish. The Foreign Minister of Israel was called smelly in a public lecture at Harvard by a student. A Jewish student who was running for student senate was harassed at Stanford. Not only that, but physical assaults are rising as well.
It’s not only on campus. Both on college campuses and off college campuses, there are large and hostile demonstrations against Israel. These are much larger than the pro-Israel demonstrations where a few activists try to counter the protests. You can notice that many students are afraid to show up at the pro-Israel counter demonstrations.
It’s much more than that. The truth is that the BDS movement is well funded by large organizations with huge budgets. They pay people to stay on campus and agitate. This is often funded by SIP. SIP is an organization called Students for Justice in Palestine. They have more than two hundred chapters across America and get funds from all sorts of organizations at home and abroad, such as Palestine Legal.
One person helping to combat this is Adam Milstein. He donates a lot of money to causes that are important to Israel and for helping it out. He founded the Adam and Gila Milstein Foundation. He helps support the Israeli American relationship.
He was born in Haifa, which is a city in Northern Israel. He served his mandatory service in the Israeli Defense Forces and then graduated from the Technion. He got a Bachelor’s of Science in business and economics in 1978. He moved to the United States in 1981 with his wife and his two children.