The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) was pleased to learn that the President of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (Rutgers), has made it clear that Rutgers rejects the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement (BDS) against the State of Israel.
Yesterday, the ZOA wrote to Dr. Richard L. McCormick, President of Rutgers, urging him to speak out and denounce the anti-Israel BDS campaign, and make it clear that Rutgers rejects the campaign. President McCormick responded to the ZOA. In a letter, he stated that Rutgers University has absolutely no intention of boycotting, divesting, or otherwise distancing itself from the state of Israel or any of its component parts or resident corporations or individuals.
Responding to Rutgers President McCormicks statement rejecting boycott, divestment and sanctions efforts against Israel, ZOA National President Morton A. Klein stated, The ZOA is pleased that Rutgers President Richard McCormick has joined the leaders of other American universities and rejected the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign against Israel. This campaign is trying to harm Israel and demonizes it by promoting anti-Semitic falsehoods about the Jewish State.
We urge President McCormick to also publicly condemn those individuals and groups who promote the BDS campaign on his campus, because they are contributing to creating a hostile campus environment for Jewish students, in violation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.