Brett Cohen, the college liaison for the national pro-Israel advocacy group StandWithUs, noted that SJP seems to strike when pro-Israel students are least likely to be prepared.
Their actions, Cohen
said, often seem to coincide directly with Jewish holidays, when pro-Israel students are most likely to be away from campus - at home celebrating.
"It's a major tactic of SJP
to try to catch the pro-Israel community off guard so there's no opposition to what they want to do," said Cohen
However, in the day-and-a-half between SJP
filing the resolution and the vote, StandWithUs
mobilized, preparing pro-Israel students to speak before the House during Friday's meeting.
"We were able to come in, work with the students, help them to prepare their arguments and practice their speeches," Cohen
In American colleges Pro-Palestinian groups are staging protests using anti-apartheid walls, eviction notices and die-ins - protests in which participants lie down to symbolize dead bodies - Cohen
Stand- WithUs is on call, ready to act at a moment's notice, and come to the aid of Israel's supporters around the country.
As a counter measure to SJP's actions, StandWithUs
provides pro-Israel campus groups with installations that rival the apartheid walls - covered with literature about Hamas, Jerusalem, refugees, diversity within Israel and more.
asked: "If we can't have peace on campus between an anti-Israel and pro-Israel group, then what hope is there in the Middle East?"
SJP's divestment resolution had two stipulations.
The first was that the House of Representatives
Boca Raton campus ask the university's Board of Trustees to divest from companies profiting off the conflict, and the second called for investment in companies conscious of their carbon footprint.
called the wording of the proposed resolution deceptive.