The Bridges Not Boycotts campaign is the current manifestation of many decades of UJS work championing the Jewish people’s right to national self-determination. With UJS being one of the first diaspora Jewish organisations to support mutual recognition between Israelis and Palestinians, this project furthers Jewish students long held and annually agreed policy to combat attempts to demonise and delegitimise Israel, whilst engaging in education underpinned by a desire to realise Two States for Two Peoples.
All too often, conversations on campus are divisive and unconstructive, where those on different sides of the conflict rarely come together. We recognise the complexities and nuance in the conflict and we seek to export dialogue rather than import division when it comes to how campuses respond to the Israel-Palestine conflict. Through this campaign, UJS is fostering a space for informed debate and responsible dialogue, promoting community cohesion on campus.
This year we’re running our first ever Bridges Not Boycotts Conference where there will be opportunities for discussion, debate and dialogue on the future of the Israel-Palestine conflict and what actions students can take on campus to promote peace and dialogue. We hope you'll join us - find out more here.
#BRIDGESNOTBOYCOTTS was a brand new campaign for 2017. Jewish students continue to promote dialogue and coexistence, supported by the Union of Jewish Students together with We Believe in Israel and the Board of Deputies.
#BRIDGESNOTBOYCOTTS took place from 20th February - 3rd March and focused on two key areas: 2017 as a year of anniversaries and Pathways to Peace. Read more about both of these in Liron's blog here. We will keep you updated as to the dates for this years campaign
The postcards below can be downloaded and used to start or shape discussions on campus at your #BRIDGESNOTBOYCOTTS stall, lunch and learn or other session. One focuses on 2017 as a year of anniversaries and the other looks at various Pathways to Peace:
If you’re interested in bringing the Bridges Not Boycotts Campaign to your campus, please get in touch with the Campaigns Team.