SAN FRANCISCO (JTA) — A pro-Israel group is launching a website to help students counter anti-Israel activism on campus.
StandWithUs is starting the password-protected site this week at www.standwithus.com/divestment. It will provide tools for students looking to counter boycott and divestment campaigns at their schools.
Students who fought divestment resolutions in the past academic year at the University of California campuses in Berkeley and San Diego helped develop the site. Similar resolutions were introduced at a number of colleges and universities during the past academic year.
The site provides general support, as well as outlines specific steps and strategies that students can use to head off or defeat divestment resolutions. It also offers T-shirts with slogans, posters and other publicity materials for pro-Israel campaigns, and access to a hot line to the StandWithUs office so students can strategize directly with the group’s leadership.
Students have to fill out a form for access to the site; StandWithUs staffers will vet applicants.
The site joins other new resources for pro-Israel students facing what many in the Jewish community fear will be a surge in anti-Israel activism on North American campuses this academic year.