Ted Cruz calls to cut funding of universities that boycott Israel

At the “Champion of Jewish Values International Awards Gala,” Ted Cruz called for the government to cease funding universities that support the boycott of Israel movement.

Republican Texas Senator and presidential candidate Ted Cruz announced on Thursday that any university which supports legislation calling for the boycott of Israel ought to lose its federal funding.

The announcement came in a speech given by Cruz at the “Champion of Jewish Values International Awards Gala,” where he accepted the Defender of Israel Award.

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According to Cruz, America needs a President who will guarantee that “if a university boycotts the nation of Israel then that university will forfeit federal taxpayer dollars”.

The movement that Senator Cruz referred to is known as BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions), which calls for the United States to completely divest from the nation of Israel.

Cruz’s comments come in the wake of a recent study which found that more than half of all Jewish college students have experienced some form of anti-Semitism.

“BDS is premised on a lie and it is anti-Semitism plain and simple,” Cruz went on to tell the crowd, which featured prominent Jewish leaders from around the United States.

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