A group of students at Columbia University protest the visit there of Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations on February 13, 2017. Mohammed Elshamy/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images.
This coming Sunday, April 5, the undergraduate student council at Columbia University in New York will vote on when to schedule an online referendum that has nothing to do with the academic upheaval caused by the coronavirus. Instead, students at this prestigious ivy-league school will be turning their attention to the urgent issue of . . . boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) against Israel. The referendum will be held either in the coming weeks or next semester.