Across American university campuses, the anti-Israel and anti-semitic Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign has been pushing universities to divest their holdings in Israeli companies, ban Israeli goods on campus, and have an academic boycott of Israel. The movement has had varying degrees of success.
But at UNO, some pro-Israel students decided to turn the tables on the BDS crowd. They’re organizing an on-campus petition drive against the Palestinian Authority.
To raise awareness about the human rights abuses perpetrated by the Palestinian Authority against the Palestinians and Israelis in the West Bank; to call for accountability in the foreign aid given to the Palestinian Authority and ensure it is not used to persecute Palestinians or Israelis.
Chloe Simone Valdary, a New Orleans-based pro-Israel activist and founder of Allies of Israel, had this statement for The Hayride. (Note, I had lazily called the petition anti-Palestinian instead of anti-Palestinian Authority in my question to her.)
It’s actually pro-Palestinian, it’s anti Palestinian Authority. Specifically because we send aid to the PA and instead of using it to build infrastructure and a good community for their people, they pocket the money and actually persecute their own people. For example Palestinian political dissidents are often imprisoned as well as other minorities in the region. Honor killings are up some 200% in the West Bank, and the PA aids and abetts the situation instead of acting against it. We in the West throw money at them with no oversight.
There is a lot of talk about millennials being the most anti-Israel generation in decades. It’s a very good sign to see young supporters of Israel push back against this perception.
The Palestinian Authority is guilty of numerous violations of the human rights of its citizens. According to the Gatestone Institute, the Palestinian Authority is responsible for the mistreatment of prisoners, torture, arbitrary arrests, and the violent suppression of peaceful protests.