Professor: Our Boycott Campaign is Growing

Arutz Sheva speaks to one of the U.S. professors seeking to boycott Israel, and asks why.

Eliran Aharon, New York ,

Prof. Brinkley Messick
Prof. Brinkley Messick
Eliran Aharon

Several dozen professors and lecturers at Columbia University in New York are calling to divest their pension funds from companies that do business with Israelis in Judea and Samaria (Shomron).

Arutz Sheva’s Yoni Kempinski spoke to one of them and asked why.

Professor of Anthropology Brinkley Messick explained what he sees as a “very limited, very targeted moral campaign” to divest from a group of five companies.

When asked about the scope of the campaign of “boycott, divestment and sanctions” from Israel, he said, “The campaign is definitely growing. It’s growing very very strongly…. This is something that’s at many American colleges and universities, both the faculty and the students.”

Messick noted a similar campaign on University of California system campuses.

When asked why there do not appear to be similar campaigns against countries that violate human rights to the point of massive murder of civilians, such as Syria and North Korea, Messick said, “People oppose all sorts of oppressive regimes, in all sorts of contemporary colonial circumstances. This is one that has world implications.”

Arutz Sheva also asked what the boycotters’ problem with Israel is, why they do not see Israel’s court system as the place to seek redress for alleged land theft, as Arabs do, and whether they hope to see boycotted companies collapse – a result that would impact the Palestinian Authority and the many Arabs who are employed by them, as well as Israel, if not more so.