Many have been speaking out about the growing problem of the harassment, agitation and intimidation that is being wrought by the BDS movement on college campuses. One of those people is Adam Milstein. He says that in order to combat this, there is a need for boots on the ground in college campuses, so to speak.
The demonstrations of the BDS movement are large and well funded. The pro Israel students who try to organize counter demonstrations simply don’t have the grassroots support to do their job. The BDS movement gets support from all sorts of large organizations. Students for Justice in Palestine pays people to stay on college campuses so that they can demonstrate.
The problem is that the pro Israel movement does not have the same grassroots support. There is a large network of supporters, but what is lacking is a large campaign to bring everything together so that something can be done about it on college campuses.
To be perfectly honest, things are already starting to change. A few years ago, at the University of Minnesota, the SSI was born. SSI stands for Students Supporting Israel. Not all of the students were even Jewish. They were just students who were tired of seeing how everyone is attacking Israel and decided to stand up for the Jewish state.
The SSI had one goal. It was to bring together students from all backgrounds to create a grassroots support network for Israel’s right to sovereignty in their own land. Eventually, around one in ten of those on the student government in the University of Minnesota were members of the SSI, so that eventually the first pro Israel resolution was passed by the student government. Eventually SSI started opening up in other college campuses and were able to start countering the SJP demonstrations effectively.
Adam Milstein is a well known philanthropist who donates to American, Jewish and Israeli causes. He founded the Adam and Gila Milstein Foundation. He was born in Israel and moved to the United States. He believes in three kinds of philanthropy: Active philanthropy, life pact impact, and philanthropic synergy.