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The World Views of Adam Milstein


There are those groups in America that have too often found themselves being harassed and intimidated in society, and not just on the streets but in places they shouldn’t be, like schools and colleges.

 

The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) groups have been responsible for bringing some form of harassment and intimidation to campuses for many years and have only increased as time has gone on. Despite the number of Jewish and pro-Israel groups available to try and counter these incidents, the hate has only grown since then. For example, a Jewish student at UCLA found themselves almost barred from joining the student government’s judicial board because of sudden accusations of dual loyalty stemming from her Jewish heritage.

 

A lack of Jewish and pro-Israel organizations can generally be to blame for the incidents, especially since many students of Jewish heritage are outnumbered on many of these college campuses. As a result, there has been some change made, starting with the founding of a group called Students Supporting Israel (SSI) by pro-Israel students at the University of Minnesota. The group consisted mainly of students who would not stand by as the anti-Israel messages were shown all across campus, and stuck by the plan of creating a grassroots group that would unite both supporters of Israel and other people of all races, colors and religions. Since then, the SSI has chartered more chapters on other campuses nationwide.

 

Adam Milstein was born in Haifa, Israel but moved with the family from Kiryat Yam and Kiryat Motzkin over his earlier years. Milstein joined the Israeli Defense Force in 1971 and served during the Yom Kippur War. Upon finishing his service he enrolled in the Israeli Institute of Technology and received a Bachelor of Science degree in business and economics. He later went on to earn his Masters in Business Administration from the University of Southern California. From there, he started as a real estate agent in commercial sales. He also is the co-founder of the Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation, a group that provides services to Jewish people and pro-Israel causes.

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