Vandalism and Lies: BDS at UCSB

Vandalism and Lies: BDS at UCSB

Eric Lendrum, Politics Contributor

The Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) Movement has reared its ugly head at the University of California, Santa Barbara once again. For those of you who are not familiar with this anti-Israel movement, you can learn more about it - as well as all the basic arguments against it - by watching this video by PragerU, featuring Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz. BDS is nothing more than a vicious and hateful campaign, targeting a symbol of Western Civilization and aiming for the destruction of the Jewish State. It is among the most appalling forms of evil to appear on American college campuses.

And now, after a merciful year of BDS and its main proponent - Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) - being nowhere to be found on the UC Santa Barbara campus, they have returned once again with their atrocious “apartheid wall.” This display consists of a massive wall, made up of 10 double-sided panels that each contain a series of lies about Israel, accusing it of various “crimes” against the “Palestinian” people, and perpetuating a modern-day form of “apartheid” with its land in Gaza and the West Bank.

It’s easy enough to debunk most of the BDS/SJP lies and write off their movement as fundamentally racist, evil, and detrimental to Western Civilization and its Republican, Judeo-Christian values. However, there is a particularly special reason for why we need to condemn this movement even further: Its primary target right now is the American college campus.

As with many other forms of leftist indoctrination, student minds are all too susceptible to being swayed by the buzzwords of SJP and BDS, without even being fully informed of the Israeli side and the truth (but I repeat myself). Thus, this is clearly a battle for the minds of the future generation of Americans on this, one of the most crucial foreign policy issues ever, as they prepare to enter adulthood.

In California especially, the tide of this war should be terrifying to those who love freedom everywhere: Out of the 9 University of California campuses, UC Santa Barbara is the last one that has not yet passed a BDS resolution through its student senate. As can be tracked through this handy “cheat sheet” of sorts on the progress of all BDS resolutions on American college campuses, it can be seen that, for roughly the last two years, UCSB and UC Riverside were the last two holdouts against the wave of anti-Semitic BDS resolutions flying through UC student governments. On February 1, 2017, UCR fell and passed such a resolution 13-0, thus leaving UCSB as the last stand against the BDS wave. The previous attempt at passing BDS through UCSB’s Associated Students (AS) Senate, on April 16, 2015, saw the resolution narrowly fail in a 13-12 vote. Thus, SJP clearly hopes to ride the momentum of their UCR victory to a final win at UCSB.

Their desperation has been exposed very recently, when The Tab reported on a rather shocking instance of complete fabrication of “facts” to support the BDS movement. On one of the wall’s panels, there is a list of seemingly anti-Palestine quotes by prominent Israeli leaders. At the very top of the list was a “quote” from Israel’s first Prime Minister, David Ben Gurion. The quote read: “We must expel the Arabs and take their places.”

There’s just one problem. That’s literally the exact opposite of Gurion’s actual quote, which reads as follows: “We do not want to and we do not have to expel Arabs and take their place.”

One of the supporters of the display was called out for the blatantly false quote, and she said that it would be removed from the wall by the next day. Nevertheless, this proves that SJP - and the left as a whole - is even willing to tell complete lies to students in order to further this extremely radical agenda.

But even that wasn’t enough for SJP. On Monday May 8th, just two days before the vote, the group Students Supporting Israel (SSI) had erected their own wall on campus - an artistic, pro-Israel mural celebrating Israel’s diversity and culture. Later that same night, the wall was vandalized by SJP students who spray-painted “FREE PALESTINE” across the middle. SSI posted a photo on Facebook clearly displaying the damage. They declared that the wall was “beyond repair,” but maintained that they will still “continue to defend ourselves in the present, and pray for peaceful dialogue for the near future.”

The vote is scheduled for this Wednesday, May 10th, starting at 6:30 PM. Once again, UCSB has become ground zero in this ever-crucial ideological battle for the minds of college students. It is imperative that Israel be defended, here and now, for the sake of the values of Western Civilization that it so perfectly personifies, even despite the plethora of lies being levied against it. The longer UCSB stands against the divisive and hateful message, the stronger the message we send out in our support for the State of Israel.

You can follow the author on Twitter: @EricLendrum26.

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