The Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions groups have increased the amount of physical violence and harassment reported on college campuses. Often these attacks are focused on AEPI Houses and Jewish students. A student from UCLA was accused of having duel loyalties due to her Jewish heritage and was not allowed to join the Judicial Board on the student government. Another student at Stanford was prevented from running for the Student Senate simply because she supported Israel.
The BDS groups are run by individuals who have dedicated their lives to promoting anti-Israel speeches and campaigns. They have a large amount of support; so much so that the Jewish students defending Israel have little to no impact of them. These pro-Israel groups do not lack support, but rather a lack of organizations with strong presence and national reach. It is for this reason they struggle so much to be heard over the voices of the anti-Israel groups.
Students Supporting Israel was then created in an effort to change this. All the students in SSI supported Israel even though not all of them were Jewish. They believe that Jewish people have the right to sovereignty in their original homeland. Soon the student government even accepted a pro-Israel resolution thanks to the work of SSI. The Group then began rapidly spreading across the US and has made huge changes in the last five years.
Adam Milstein is a pro-Israel activist and strong supporter of SSI. He served in Israeli Defense Forces and during the Yom Kippur War. In 1981 he moved to the United States with wife and began attending college to get his Masters degree. From there he got a job as a sales agent. He is now working to raise money for the Jewish community and often advocates on their behalf.
Additionally, Adam Milstein does a lot of philanthropy work and founded the Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation in order to help strengthen the Jewish people, Israel, and their relationship with the United States. He also seeks out and helps develop other organizations to further education and public awareness on these issues.