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Major Republican donor is funding anti-BDS efforts on campus

Remember Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, who called out Jewish students for their “ignorance and apathy” in allowing anti-Israel BDS movements to sweep across campuses that have sizable Jewish populations?

He’s getting money from Sheldon and Miriam Adelson, who are major Republican donors, to organize campus opposition to BDS, according to BuzzFeed:

Miriam, in particular, wants to soon fund an effort to combat the boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement on college campuses, where it has taken hold. The Adelsons have two teenage boys, Adam and Matan, who are approaching college age. …

And now, to that end, the Adelsons have enlisted Boteach to start the process of putting together an organization with the working title of Campus Maccabees. In Las Vegas, according to several people who were in the room, Miriam and Sheldon got up during a panel on BDS and delivered their vision for the project in a back-and-forth exchange with Noah Pollak, the executive director of the Emergency Committee for Israel, who was on the panel with Breitbart editor Joel Pollak, Brandeis campus activist Daniel Mael, and Jewish fraternity Alpha Epsilon Pi director Andy Borans.

Boteach said that he had first started discussing the idea with the Adelsons in Israel over Hanukkah, which marks the Maccabean revolt against the Seleucid empire in the second century B.C.

The name, according to Boteach, is Miriam’s idea.

“She understands that we’re not going to galvanize a lot of people, necessarily,” he said, “but that sometimes it has to be Maccabees. We have to be prepared to fight.”

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h/t KC Johnson

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