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Can You Learn to Organize an Anti-Israel Boycott at Summer Camp in New York?

Apparently a Quaker group thinks so.

According to its website, the American Friends Service Committee is “a Quaker organization devoted to service, development, and peace programs throughout the world.”

Yet one program it runs is a summer camp for college students to train student leaders in organizing anti-Israel boycotts. According to the website, the service committee promises a fun-filled week of:

  • Extensive campaign development coaching
  • Grassroots organizing skill building
  • Media and messaging trainings
  • Anti-oppression analysis workshops
  • Nonviolent direct action planning
  • Historical overview of Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions
  • Relationship building with activists on campuses nationwide
  • Strategy sessions with BDS movement leaders
  • Two tracks for existing and new campaigns

But note what the website does not say. It fails to mention that the boycotts are targeted against Israel. It also fails to mention that such activity is seemingly against the law in New York.

New York’s Human Rights Law, section 296, paragraph 13 states, “It shall be an unlawful discriminatory practice (i) for any person to boycott or blacklist, or to refuse to buy from, sell to or trade with, or otherwise discriminate against any person, because of the race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, military status, sex, or disability of such person, … or (ii) for any person willfully to do any act or refrain from doing any act which enables any such person to take such action.” The Israel Law Center Shurat HaDin is considering legal action.

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