#BDSFail: This story’s ending gives hope that anti-Israel campus hate is doomed

This is reblogged from the article by Prof. William Jacobson at Legal Insurrection:

Source: This story’s ending gives me hope that anti-Israel campus hate is doomed

UCLA student in viral “meltdown” video sees the light on Israel.

On Tuesday night, February 25, 2014, I stayed up late watching the live stream of the UCLA student council debate over an anti-Israel divestment resolution.

Sometime around 9 a.m. on February 26, 2014, I logged onto the computer, went to the live stream, and it was still going on, and the vote was about to take place. I watched the divestment resolution go down to defeat:

After an all-night session, the UCLA student council defeated an ant-Israel divestment resolution by a vote of 7-5….

The vote received enormous attention, and was trending in the U.S. on Twitter.

The camera continued to operate for a couple of minutes after the vote, and carried live an epic meltdown by one of the pro-divestment students, who was not on the council but a council note-taker.

I had someone download the video segment and posted it, Video – UCLA student melts down after anti-Israel resolution defeated.

The video went viral. I never identified the student, but others did, including the UCLA student newspaper. And she caught major flak, something I felt bad about even though her reaction I posted was part of a news event, broadcast live, and done in a very public forum.

That student’s name was Danielle Dimacali.

I’m comfortable telling her name now because she has gone public in an interview with Ruthie Blum at Alegmeiner, UCLA Student Whose BDS-Defeat ‘Meltdown’ Went Viral ‘Deeply Regrets’ Actions; Says Israel Is Great :

A University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) student whose angry outburst following the defeat of an anti-Israel vote went viral on the Internet has had a chance to educate herself better, she told The Algemeiner this week, after requesting an opportunity to express her change of heart.

“I don’t believe Israel is evil,” Danielle Dimacali said. “In fact I think it’s a great progressive country that offers a lot of freedom for its citizens.”

Dimacali, originally from the Philippines, was seeking to set the record straight about an incident that occurred in February 2014 during a meeting of the student council, where she still serves as a minutes-taker.


Read the entire interview, but here’s one more piece of it:

One of the things she said she has learned about is antisemitism – “a negative perception of Jews that can be manifested physically or verbally toward Jewish individuals, property, religious facilities or their respective communities. Furthermore, I understand that antisemitism manifests itself with regard to the state of Israel. Criticism of Israel, demonizing Israel, blaming Israel for all inter-religious or political tensions, applying double standards towards Israel, or delegitimizing Israel are all forms of Jew-hatred. It is not only illegal but immoral to target a historically oppressed Jewish minority that has a collective right to self-determination and essential human rights.”

There have been other distrubing incidents at UCLA since then, such as the challenge to a student running for the Judicial Board on the ground that she was Jewish.

Prof. Jacobson’s conclusion is correct in my opinion:

For me, Danielle Dimacali’s evolution on Israel is a hopeful sign that the anti-Israel venom on some campuses will not last, and that students drawn into it for all the wrong reasons will see the truth through learning.

Go read the entire article for a nice dose of schadenfreude at the BDS bullies and a morale booster for us Israel-supporters.

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3 Responses to #BDSFail: This story’s ending gives hope that anti-Israel campus hate is doomed

  1. Linda says:

    One down, how many zillions to go? It’s nice to optimistic, though.

    • anneinpt says:

      Maybe there aren’t so many zillions after all. Maybe they’re all playing follow my leader, and all you need is one, or maybe just a few, people like this girl to recant and explain, and the wall will come tumbling down.

      Or maybe not, but this has got to be a good thing, however small an influence she has.

  2. Brian Goldfarb says:

    As I said to Rob in a comment some way below this, BDS supporters appear to have great difficulty with facts, providing that they still have some connection with reality. And this young person did and does have such a connection. Once they can be persuaded to consider facts, such as having to examine Israel’s actual (as opposed to presumed) human rights record, then they might just start to reconsider previously unexamined attitudes.

    When we add to this the dismal record of failure of the BDS movement in the real democracies (and I don’t consider ineffective, ritual and non-binding votes to “recognise” Palestine as BDS “successes”) to achieve any meaningful wins, then Prof. William Jacobson probably has it right.

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