Friday, April 22, 2016
U of Chicago related? Sign petition vs the BDS anti israel student resolution just passed
U of Chicago related? Sign petition vs the BDS anti israel student resolution just passed/ petition going around opposing the College Council's decision to approve a pro-BDS resolution, and asking for your signature (http://goo.gl/forms/EYGpMVeqeY).
On April 12, 2016, the UChicago College Council (Student Government) voted to approve a pro-BDS (Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions) Resolution, urging the University to boycott Israel. Two amendments were proposed to said Resolution - (1) to remove the language pertaining to the global BDS movement, and (2) to include a clause that recognizes the right to Jewish self-determination and, in turn, the historical ties of the Jews to the land of Israel - both of which were rejected by the Council.
A group of undergraduate and graduate students past and present came together to write the petition I'm sending you today. We all have different views regarding Israeli policy, but we are united in believing that true peace will never be achieved with the divisive BDS movement, which merely serves to incite hatred. We are also particularly appalled that the College Council, when given the opportunity to clarify that they support Jewish self-determination in addition to other forms of self-determination, took the opportunity to reject this proposal as well.
With all that being said, please read and sign the petition attached so that OUR voices can be heard. If possible, please share the petition on Facebook or e-mail anyone you think would want to join us in protest.
Please note that I only write to you in this most pressing time, and know that you're not on a mailing list and won't be receiving additional emails from me in the future!
Thanks for your support.