By COLlive reporter
American conservative political commentator and radio talk show host Ben Shapiro gave a solid performance in support of Israel at the University of California in Los Angeles.
The meeting of the UCLA undergraduate student government discussed whether the university should go forward with a resolution to boycott and divest from businesses that allegedly “profit from the Israeli occupation of Gaza and the West Bank.”
Shapiro, an UCLA alum and an editor at Breitbart.com, crashed the divestment hearing to blast both the student sponsors and those considering the anti-Semitic measure.
“I got out of bed and left my one month old baby there when I saw what was going on here tonight,” he said. “To pretend this is about occupation, to pretend this is about peace, to pretend that this anything other than vile, spiteful Jew hatred is a lie.”
David Rosenberg, economics editor of the English edition of Israel’s Haaretz newspaper, says “the boycott is nothing more than a creature of the media’s imagination.”
“The true story is that after nearly 10 years of campaigning, the global BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) movement has not had the slightest economic impact,” he wrote in an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal.
“Its victories have consisted of coaxing a handful of pop stars and academics to cancel appearances in Israel, and winning empty, sanctimonious declarations of support from the likes of student governments, cooperative grocery stories and leftish church groups.”