ADL expresses concern over anti-Israel summer programs

(  The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has expressed concern over “summer camps” and “summer institutes” being organized in the U.S. by American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) and Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP)—groups ADL said have “established records of stoking anti-Israel activity.”

According to the ADL, the camps raise concerns of the indoctrination of children as young as 8 years old into the anti-Israel movement, as well as bringing older recruits into the BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) movement.

“Efforts to isolate Israel on campus do not cease with the end of the school year,” said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL national director, in a statement June 19. “These organized summer camps serve to indoctrinate the next generation of activists with biased messages intended to single out Israel. Organizers of the college-level programs seek to provide students with tools to steer public opinion away from the Jewish state.”

The groups organizing the camps have been major players within the BDS movement.  JVP has been one of the leading groups behind the effort to get pension giant TIAA-CREF to divest from Israel.

Posted on June 21, 2013 .