Monday, February 28, 2011

BU SJP Responds to Threats from Campus Zionists

In the past few years groups supporting an end to the occupation of Palestine have risen on campuses across the United States. Boston University Students for Justice in Palestine has sought to raise awareness of the plight of the Palestinian people this year with its second annual
Israel Apartheid Week. As a result of its activities and the success it has had in showing the true face of the structural violence, BU Students for Israel has committed itself to sending threatening emails and trying to shut down SJP's activites. Below is a threatening email that BU SJP received and its response:



To Whom It May Concern,
It has come to the attention of the Boston University Students for
Israel (BUSI) that next week is Israeli Apartheid Week and that in
recognition of this Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) will be
constructing a mock "wall" on campus.

It is our concern that such a demonstration will only serve to sensationalize and simplify a most complex, nuanced, and profoundly serious situation. This will only inflame emotions, and incite hatred. Ultimately, the mock up will be counterproductive to promoting objective and intellectual analysis of the realities of the region and of the histories of both Arabs and Jews.

It is our suggestion that SJP refrain from constructing such a structure
and from sensationalizing the Arab-Israeli conflict. In place of this mock wall BUSI suggests that members of SJP and BUSI stand side-by-side next week to promote an organized forum for
discourse between all parties!

We would like to emphasize that we are not demanding that SJP refrain from expressing the substance of your opinions. In fact, we are demanding nothing! We recognize your right to freedom of speech, and to express your beliefs by any peaceful means that you determine to be
appropriate. However, we ask that you consider whether sensationalism, politicized slogans, and other forms of negative and grandiose propaganda are fitting for the academic integrity of Boston University. Moreover, we ask, do such spectacles do justice to the level of education and intelligence of the Boston University student body?

We eagerly await your response, and a representative of BUSI will be
ready to meet you at your convenience!

With Hopes of Peace,
Boston University Students for Israel


Boston University SJP responded with the following:


To BU Students For Israel

Our original plan for Israel Apartheid Week did not include building a replica of the Apartheid Wall. But after receiving an email threat and hearing that members of BUSI complained to SAO about a wall we had not discussed, we decided to construct one.

We understand that you are embarrassed about the wall, because the wall is an embarrassment. Rather than sending people to complain to SAO about it, you should be condemning the Israeli government for its extensive confiscation of land, the expanse of checkpoints, the illegal settlements, and system of closures involved in imprisoning the Palestinian population. You should be incensed that the Israeli government ignored the International Court of Justice's ruling condemning it or its utilization to divide Palestinians into ghettos. Instead of standing up for justice and peace, you are on the side of the oppressors over the oppressed.

We refuse to take part in whitewashing Israel's public image, and therefore reject any Israeli-Palestinian meetings that do not recognize Palestinian inalienable rights, and and do not explicitly aim to resist Israel's occupation, colonization and apartheid. Israeli-Palestinian
meetings that are not committed to such principles give a false picture of equality between the two parties by ignoring and legitimizing Israel's oppression of the Palestinian people. We will not contribute to any event that undermines Palestinian rights, or portrays Israel as anything but
what it really is: an apartheid state.


You talk about co-existence, but there can be no co-existence until the Israelis allow the Palestinians to exist.

In Defense Of Justice,

BU SJP

7 comments:

  1. Well put! Don't let the Zionists intimidate you!

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  2. The pro-Israel crowd is a joke at this point. All they can do is cry "anti-semitism!" or make a vague claim that any criticism of Israel or US support for Israel is somehow going to lead to anti-semitism. They can't counter you with actual facts and arguments because they have none.

    Good luck with Israeli Apartheid Week. We are trying to organize pro-Palestinian events later in the semester at McDaniel.

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  3. There's a poster on the wall of one of the buildings, the Olecito one I think, by some group called bluestarpr.com, basically saying that 66% of Palestinians believe in Israeli democracy and that it looks after their human rights.

    The poster can be found on the website bluestarpr(dot)com, click on posters, category Israeli Democracy, the 6th one.

    The survey results are here:
    pcpsr(dot)org/survey/polls/2002/p6a(dot)html

    The survey is almost 10 years old, and that in itself would probably be grounds for the poster being factually inaccurate as it is out of date. I'm sure more recent data exists. Apart from that, the results of the poll are interesting and suggest that, at least in 2002, the Palestinians seemed to want peace. Why wasn't that highlighted by any of the pro-Israel groups on campus last week?

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  4. Excellent work too all those contributing to BU SJP!

    FREE PALESTINE

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  5. I am chief-editor of an informative blog on the plight and suffering of the Palestinan people and related Arab World and Middle Eastern Politics matters.

    You can check out our articles here,

    Palaestina Felix

    90% of them are in Italian, there were some translated in English as well, but, sadly, since we decided to increase our newsitems output in face of staggeringly rising visitors' statistics I lacked the time to translate more.

    However, we are MOST INTERESTED in photographic evidence of your planned Apartheid Wall exhib...it would make a GREAT article!

    Please, please, please, send us some pics (at least 640x480 150/300) bpi at

    suleimankahani@yahoo.it

    we'll be most grateful,

    keep fighting the good fight,

    regards,


    Suleiman Kahani and staff.

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  6. Why don't you beg the Jordanians for the East Bank for the Palestinian state? Likely because you don't know history.

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  7. Hi Suleiman,

    I emailed you some pictures from the Wall demonstration, I hope you got them!

    Zena

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