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50 NYU student groups endorse BDS, call on university to divest from companies complicit in Israeli occupation

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We, the undersigned student groups, pledge to participate in the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian human rights by

  • Boycotting Israeli goods and goods manufactured in the Occupied Territories, except for those manufactured by Palestinians. For a list of what to boycott, visit https://bdsmovement.net/get-involved/what-to-boycott
  • Boycotting Israeli academic institutions and conferences sponsored by the State of Israel
  • Boycotting NYU’s pro-Israel clubs, Realize Israel and TorchPAC, by not co-sponsoring events with them, as well as boycotting off-campus pro-Israel groups such as Birthright-Taglit, StandWithUs, Christians United for Israel, the Maccabee Task Force, Mosaic United, Zionist Organization of America, American Israeli Political Action Committee, and the Anti-Defamation League
  • Endorsing the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement
  • Calling on NYU to divest its holdings from companies and funds that are complicit in the Israeli occupation of Palestine
  • Committing to continually recognizing indigenous land and sovereignty

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba (catastrophe), during which more than 700,000 Palestinians were violently expelled from their homes by Zionist militias, and of the establishment of the State of Israel, which continues its campaign of ethnic cleansing of Palestine to this day in the form of Israel’s military occupation of the West Bank and the Golan Heights and brutal siege of Gaza.

We support the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement for Palestinian human rights as it is a non-violent method of resisting Israeli apartheid from abroad. We call on NYU to divest its holdings from companies and funds that are complicit in the Israeli occupation of Palestine. Inspired by the South African anti-apartheid movement, BDS demands action by Israel to comply with international law. In just over a decade, BDS has blossomed to a global movement of religious organizations, academic associations, unions, and activist movements worldwide, and we are proud to be a part of this struggle for justice.

Signed,

  1. Advocate Coalition (Against) Trafficking at NYU (Re-ACT)
  2. African Heritage Month
  3. African Student Union
  4. NYU Aftab Literary Magazine
  5. NYU Against Fascism
  6. Arab Students United
  7. Asian American Women’s Alliance at NYU
  8. NYU Asian Pacific American Coalition
  9. Bella Quisqueya (BQ)
  10. Black and Brown Coalition at NYU
  11. NYU Black Muslim Initiative
  12. Black Students Union (BSU)
  13. NYU Coalition on Law & Representation (CoLR)
  14. NYU College Libertarians
  15. NYU Disorient
  16. NYU Divest for Climate Justice
  17. NYU Dream Team
  18. Gentlemen of Quality (GQ)
  19. GSOC-UAW Local 2110 — The Union for Graduate Employees at New York University
  20. Haitian American Students Association (HASA)
  21. Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha, Inc.
  22. Incarceration to Education Coalition
  23. NYU International Socialist Organization
  24. NYU Jewish Voice for Peace
  25. La Herencia Latina
  26. Latinos Unidos Con Honor y Amistad at NYU (LUCHA)
  27. NYU Law Students for Justice in Palestine (LSJP)
  28. Malaysian Students Association
  29. NYU Mexican Student Association (MexSA)
  30. Mosaic: The Interfaith Students of Color Coalition at NYU
  31. MuCh — Muslim Christian Dialogue at NYU
  32. Muslim Graduate Student Group
  33. NYU Muslim Students Association
  34. National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) at NYU
  35. Native American and Indigenous Student Group at NYU
  36. The Omicron Chapter of Phi Iota Alpha
  37. Pakistani Students Association at NYU
  38. NYU PorColombia
  39. NYU Sanctuary Student Taskforce
  40. SHADES: For LGBTQ Students of Color and Allies at NYU
  41. Shuruq: Islamic Heritage Month
  42. NYU Slam! Poetry Club
  43. NYU Students Against Gentrification and Expansion
  44. NYU Students for Justice in Palestine
  45. Student Labor Action Movement at NYU
  46. NYU Tandon Muslim Students Association
  47. Turkish Student Association at NYU
  48. T-Party at NYU
  49. NYU ¡Viva Perú!
  50. NYU Young Democratic Socialists of America

Internal resolution for student groups endorsing BDS:

WHEREAS settler colonialism and structural racism work across the world, including in the United States, to disenfranchise, dispossess, and inflict violence upon specific groups of people for the benefit of others;

WHEREAS the unceasing military occupation and colonization of Palestine by the Israeli state is a manifestation of both settler colonialism and structural racism, supported politically, financially, and militarily by the U.S.;

WHEREAS the Israeli state systematically violates Palestinians’ rights under international law, including the right to education;

WHEREAS the Israeli state specifically violates Palestinians’ right to education by damaging Palestinian universities, colleges, and schools in military offensives; raiding students at those institutions and forcing the institutions to temporarily close for military or other reasons; restricting Palestinians’ movement to such an extent that it impedes their ability to attend and teach classes; and preventing students from traveling abroad to study or present research;

WHEREAS Israeli academic institutions, like U.S. academic institutions, are deeply embedded in state practices and receive extensive state funding;

WHEREAS Israeli academic institutions are complicit in the occupation and colonization of Palestine and the state’s violence against Palestinians by developing military hardware, weapons, drones, and surveillance technologies; offering military training courses and posts for high-ranking military officers; declaring, via their leaders and other surrogates, their support for Israeli military offensives; discriminating against Palestinian students; and repressing voices in support of Palestinians and their struggle for self-determination;

WHEREAS in 2005, 170 Palestinian unions, political parties, refugee networks, women’s organizations, professional associations, popular resistance committees and other Palestinian civil society bodies called for “international civil society organizations and people of conscience all over the world to impose broad boycotts and implement divestment initiatives against Israel similar to those applied to South Africa in the apartheid era”;

WHEREAS dozens of academic bodies around the world, including the Association for Asian American Studies, the National Association of Chicana and Chicano Studies, the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association, the Critical Ethnic Studies Association, the African Literature Association, the American Studies Association, the graduate student worker union of the University of California, and, most recently, the American Anthropological Association and the National Women’s Studies Association, have endorsed or recommended the boycott of Israeli academic institutions, and more, including the Middle Eastern Studies Association, are considering doing so, altogether making the issue of academic boycott a central one of the academic profession;

WHEREAS dozens of colleges and universities in the US and abroad have divested from Israeli apartheid or seen divestment resolutions pass in student government bodies and be disregarded by boards of trustees;

WHEREAS the Israeli economy is built on and currently complicit with colonization, exclusion and apartheid. In accordance with the BDS movement, this resolution targets specific companies and brands in order to concentrate its efforts. Further, BDS does not target the existence and economic activity of Jews in historic Palestine but rather goods and companies complicit in occupation and apartheid.

WHEREAS NYU divested from South African apartheid in 1985 in solidarity with a global movement for human rights in a deeply racist and discriminatory regime, and that the Israeli occupation of Palestine is widely recognized as fitting the definition of apartheid as defined by the International Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid (ICSPCA) that was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1973;

WHEREAS Realize Israel’s website (realizeisrael.com) states that Realize Israel is “a group of highly motivated students who are committed to defending, standing with, and celebrating the State of Israel on college campuses through academic, action-based, political, educational and celebratory methods”;

WHEREAS TorchPAC lists its mission on its Facebook page as “To promote the U.S.-Israel alliance through education, engagement, and lobbying members of congress”;

WHEREAS advocacy on behalf of the State of Israel, as has been performed by Realize Israel and TorchPAC, effectively amounts to advocacy on behalf of and defense of the settler-colonial foundations of Israel and its continued apartheid regime over the Palestinian people;

WHEREAS collaborating with pro-Israel groups on campus is an effective endorsement of Zionism, the ideology driving the settler colonial state of Israel, and amounts to complicity with Israeli apartheid. Furthermore, cosponsoring events with Zionist/pro-Israel groups makes them fundamentally unwelcoming to Palestinian students, who are already marginalized on college campuses.

WHEREAS the [student group] has passed resolutions in support of justice and social change throughout its existence; and

WHEREAS [student group] understands that the boycott of Israeli goods, academic institutions and pro-Israel groups is expressly not the boycott of individual Israeli students or scholars, nor does it prohibit collaboration between [student group] members and Israeli students and scholars, but that it is constitutionally protected free speech in support of the Palestinian call for solidarity to end the occupation and colonization of Palestine;

Be it RESOLVED that the [student groups] will pledge to participate in the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian human rights by

  • Boycotting Israeli goods and goods manufactured in the Occupied Territories, except for those manufactured by Palestinians
  • Boycotting Israeli academic institutions and conferences sponsored by the State of Israel
  • Boycotting NYU’s pro-Israel clubs, Realize Israel and TorchPAC, by not co-sponsoring events with them, as well as boycotting off-campus pro-Israel groups such as Birthright-Taglit, StandWithUs, Christians United for Israel, the Maccabee Task Force, Mosaic United, Zionist Organization of America, American Israel Political Action Committee, and the Anti-Defamation League
  • Endorsing the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement
  • Calling on NYU to divest its holdings from companies and funds that are complicit in the Israeli occupation of Palestine
  • Committing to continually recognizing indigenous land and sovereignty
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  1. Citizen
    April 10, 2018, 9:30 am

    Intersectionality lives

  2. pabelmont
    April 10, 2018, 10:52 am

    Best statement of its kind I’ve ever seen. Bravo NYU groups!

    One might add (if it’s not there) that failing to boycott is also failing to speak out against the Israeli (or Zionist) evils, and that constant speaking out is as important or more important than boycotting.

    And this coming together of so many groups at a time of trouble for so many groups (think Native Americans at Standing Rock and Bears Ears) must be the future for American youth.

    • Misterioso
      April 11, 2018, 12:54 pm

      @pabelmont

      Agreed!!

      Congratulations and thank you to the 50 NYU student groups!

      I’m sure it will come as good news to Palestinian mothers and fathers whose children have been imprisoned, killed and brutalized by Israel over the years.

      https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20180407-israel-has-killed-a-palestinian-child-every-three-days-for-18-years-reveals-shocking-statistic/

      Middle East Monitor, April 7, 2018

      “Israel has killed a Palestinian child every three days for 18 years, reveals shocking statistic.”

      “The Israeli occupation forces have killed around 2,000 Palestinian children since the start of the Second (Al-Aqsa) Intifada in September 2000, Anadolu reported on Friday. The figure was provided by Defence of Children International.

      “On average, that means a Palestinian child has been killed by a uniformed Israeli every three days for the past 18 years. It is a shocking statistic.

      “Ayed Qteesh, the director of the NGO’s Palestine Branch, told Anadolu that the Israelis also arrest and imprison around 700 Palestinian children every year. He alleged that the occupation security forces put Palestinian children before mock courts and treat them badly in order to extract ‘confessions’ from them.

      “The rights group’s latest report said that the Israeli occupation authorities have arrested more than 14,000 Palestinian children since the start of the Second Intifada, of whom 350 are still being held in prison.

      “Defence of Children International’s report was issued on the occasion of the International Day of Palestinian Children on 5 April.”

  3. LHunter
    April 10, 2018, 5:05 pm

    Is it just me or is the dam starting to leak? this is great news – the diversity of the groups that signed on is impressive. I’m convinced things are changing and quicker than I imagined.

    Just got word that the Mayor of Dublin was turned away at the Israeli border because of his support for BDS. Another bit of news that will help get the Zio nut jobs some bad press.

    • Maghlawatan
      April 12, 2018, 4:08 am

      Zionism is suddenly being bitch slapped all over the head. This is very bad for AIPAC. Tsk tsk.
      What is particularly damaging is the link between Zionism and fascism.

      Zionism says the status quo is forever. So is resistance.

      • LHunter
        April 12, 2018, 8:40 pm

        Others have linked Zionism to Nazism. Attached are articles written by a non-zionists Jew that I found interesting – the first essay looks into whether Zionism is a form of fascism and the second “brief essay takes the next logical step, equating Zionism with Nazism.”

        https://sites.google.com/site/onedemocraticstatesite/Home/today-s-headlines/us-vs-them-on-the-meaning-of-fascism-by-roger-tucker

        https://sites.google.com/site/onedemocraticstatesite/Home/today-s-headlines/zionism-and-nazism-is-there-a-difference-that-makes-a-difference-by-roger-tucker

      • Maghlawatan
        April 13, 2018, 11:30 am

        https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/11/traditional-antisemitism-is-back-global-study-finds

        “The report says: “The rise of leftist antisemitism that supports radical Muslim anti-Israeli attitudes expressed in antisemitic terms such as in the BDS [boycott, divestment and sanctions] and Antifa [militant anti-fascist] movements, and certainly in the UK Labour party led by Jeremy Corbyn.” Many Jews in the UK were “losing their traditional political home” as a result of feeling betrayed by Labour, it adds.”

        Zionism is a beaten docket

      • Annie Robbins
        April 13, 2018, 12:27 pm

        rise of leftist antisemitism that supports radical Muslim anti-Israeli attitudes expressed in antisemitic terms such as in the BDS …

        this statement implies the bds movement express “radical Muslim anti-Israeli attitudes”. i wonder how those are defined. here’s the paragraph proceeding that one, regarding trump’s jerusalem statement:

        Reactions to the move included attacks on Jews, antisemitic slogans, including calls for murder, and the burning of the Israeli flag. “These incidents do not necessarily originate in Muslim and Arab circles and countries, but rather come from a variety of groups and circles, from most of the political spectrum, leftwing groups included.”

        so, bds expresses “radical Muslim anti-Israeli attitudes” but the jerusalem response “do not necessarily originate in Muslim and Arab circles and countries”, so i guess bds is “radical Muslim anti-Israeli” and the reaction to jerusalem was not?

      • Maghlawatan
        April 13, 2018, 1:53 pm

        Basically, Annie, support for Palestinian rights per mainstream UK Zionism qualifies as antisemitic.
        This is how desperate they are.
        Zionism is poisoning the lives of ordinary UKJews so they roll out antisemitism.

      • Annie Robbins
        April 13, 2018, 2:25 pm

        something tells me it’s probably not too fun defending the slaughter on gaza’s border right now (sadists aside –catalan seems to be enjoying himself, as usual). there seems to be no limit to the hysteria over anti semitism in the UK. i’d even be more concerned about it myself had it not been revealed in the AJ undercover series how accusations of anti semitism were being promoted as a political agenda.

      • Maghlawatan
        April 13, 2018, 2:22 pm

        https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/i-m-not-anti-semitic-lord-mayor-of-dublin-says-after-palestine-trip-1.3460728?mode=amp

        The Lord Mayor of Dublin has denied being anti-Semitic after he was criticised by the Irish Jewish community and Israel’s prime minister for attending a conference in Palestine this week

      • Maghlawatan
        April 13, 2018, 4:17 pm

        Pissing away the political capital embedded in the concept of antisemitism on Israeli cruelty has a very strong whiff of “the boy who cried Wolf” (Blitzer).

      • Annie Robbins
        April 13, 2018, 4:54 pm

        practically speaking, not sure how much “political capital” accusations of anti semitism have any more in the UK. what’s a society to do after years of screaming headlines accusing a certain well seasoned well loved politician of antisemitism oh so coincidentally after he becomes party leader? like the boy who cried wolf, society just becomes immune after awhile. it’s not like everybody doesn’t know there’s a wolf, but they keep screaming its name for political gain, and people are just fed up — jeremy corbin is not an anti semite and neither are 99.9999% of labour members. these pro israel people just want all the attention all the time and frankly, they are about as charismatic as a nagging schoolmarm. recent big headlines ISRAEL LABOR CUTS TIES WITH JEREMY CORBYN.. like who the f cares? the labor party in israel is a minor party. the party leader, Avi Gabbay, i have never even heard of him til i just googled. i bet not even 1 person in 5000 in the UK know who he is. and this makes headlines?

      • LHunter
        April 13, 2018, 9:12 pm

        Where can these UK Jews escape to for comfort and safety from the Jew hating hordes? Who benefits from exaggerating or fabricating a rising antisemitic tide?

      • Mooser
        April 14, 2018, 1:18 pm

        “Where can these UK Jews escape to for comfort and safety from the Jew hating hordes”

        The Tories.

  4. JWalters
    April 10, 2018, 7:17 pm

    My profound thanks to all the students working to make this happen! Students are in an important position to work for justice. They have more resources and time than most working citizens, can more readily organize, and they are not yet coerced by the job system. Thanks again!

  5. gamal
    April 11, 2018, 3:59 pm

    the fearsoem Israeli intelligence and security apparatus at work:

    “Dublin lord mayor beats Israel ban due to ‘spelling error’

    Israel has launched an investigation into how the lord mayor of Dublin got into the country despite a ban.

    The interior ministry announced on Tuesday that Mícheál Mac Donncha would not be allowed to enter on account of his ties to a pro-Palestinian group which advocates boycotting Israel.

    But Mr Mac Donncha tweeted that he was already in the occupied West Bank after flying into Tel Aviv’s airport.

    Officials are reported to have spelt the mayor’s name wrong on a watch list.

    Interior Minister Aryeh Deri said the mayor would now be given a letter upon his departure informing him that he was barred from future entry to Israel”

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-43724891

    • Tuyzentfloot
      April 11, 2018, 4:51 pm

      The Shin Bet now has declared diacritics to be a national security threat.
      Regards, ͲῧϔΖέӥŤФлООͲ

      • RoHa
        April 11, 2018, 7:05 pm

        Thank heavens we don’t use those damned dots and ticks in English. We should all coöperate in eliminating them from other languages.

      • LHunter
        April 12, 2018, 8:50 pm

        أنا أتفق

      • gamal
        April 13, 2018, 4:41 pm

        “We should all coöperate in eliminating them from other languages”

        and vowels, th r th wrk f th dvl, oh fuck off, i didn’t make it on to Rohas socialism team, yeah don’t poke plebs but stab us through the heart, do you not have gloves?

      • RoHa
        April 13, 2018, 8:31 pm

        “Do you not have gloves”

        Do you want me to poke the hoi polloi? I suppose I could get a long stick and use that.

        I’ve always thought of you as a Buddhist Muslim, so I didn’t think you’d have time for socialism. Buddhism takes up too many evenings.

      • James North
        April 13, 2018, 10:10 pm

        RoHa: An error. Hoi is the article, polloi the noun. Your sentence should read, “Do you want me to poke hoi polloi?”

      • oldgeezer
        April 13, 2018, 10:29 pm

        @james north

        omg could we get this as a pinned comment or something. Really? RoHa wrong? Tell me it ain’t so lol

      • RoHa
        April 14, 2018, 3:41 am

        Hoi polloi is used as a compound noun in English, and thus takes “the”.

        https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/hoi_polloi

        But if you want, you can replace the sentence with “Do you want me to poke the rabble?”

      • James North
        April 14, 2018, 8:34 am

        I’m surprised at you, RoHa. Instead of maintaining “tradition” — better put as “accuracy” — you caved in to the ignorant mob. “Once established in English” — those are weasel words for “accepting error instead of fighting against it.”

        Usage
        Hoi is the Greek word for the, and the phrase hoi polloi means ‘the many.’ This has led some traditionalists to insist that hoi polloi should not be used in English with the, since that would be to state the word the twice. But, once established in English, expressions such as hoi polloi are typically treated as fixed units and are subject to the rules and conventions of English. Evidence shows that use with the has now become an accepted part of standard English usage: they kept to themselves, away from the hoi polloi (rather than away from hoi polloi).

      • RoHa
        April 14, 2018, 4:17 am

        If you really want to convict me of error, you can point out that there should be quotation marks around “hoi polloi” in my previous post.

      • gamal
        April 14, 2018, 8:22 am

        “RoHa: An error”

        the same problem arises with will you pass me the alcohol and have you finished the algebra,

        hoipolloi is an English word, it is important to remember which language you are disdaining in, it’s all jokes now, you wait till Mr. Roha gets here.

        but if you know Greek you clearly U rather than non-U, no pokes for you.

      • Sibiriak
        April 14, 2018, 9:21 am

        James North : I’m surprised at you, RoHa. Instead of maintaining “tradition” — better put as “accuracy” — you caved in to the ignorant mob
        ——————————–

        Lol! But seriously, for modern English speaks, modern English usage of loanwords trumps original language usage . Better to cave in to the commonsensical mob than be a arrogant snob.

      • Sibiriak
        April 14, 2018, 10:26 am

        Correction: “modern English speakers “.

      • Mooser
        April 14, 2018, 12:46 pm

        “RoHa”, your English is too good. That clearly indicates that you are foreign. Proof? Whereas others are instructed in their native language English people aren’t.
        And although you may have studied with an expert Dilatortician and grammarian, I can tell that you were born Hungarian! And very dilatory, come to think of it.

        Not only Hungarian, but of Royal blood. He is a Prince!

      • RoHa
        April 14, 2018, 9:05 pm

        Mooser, I’m surprised it took you so long to realise that.

      • RoHa
        April 14, 2018, 9:15 pm

        James, I stick to the traditions of English, not Greek. One of those traditions is taking in loan words from other languages and giving them full English language citizenship. But a condition of rescuing those words from their deplorable foreignness is that they function as English words under English rules.

        Thus, as Gamal (or “gamal”, if he so prefers) points out, we treat the “al” (= “the”) at the beginning of many words as simply part of the word. “Agenda” is a Latin plural, but we have converted it into an English singular.

      • RoHa
        April 14, 2018, 9:22 pm

        And, rather belatedly, glad to have your agreement, LHunter.

      • Mooser
        April 15, 2018, 12:17 pm

        “And, rather belatedly, glad to have your agreement, LHunter.”

        Just remember: Ay not I, O not Ow, Don’t say “Rine, ” say “Rain”!

        Now, where’s that soggy plain?

      • RoHa
        April 15, 2018, 7:18 pm

        I’m pretty sure it isn’t in Hartford, Hereford, or Hampshire.

      • Mooser
        April 16, 2018, 12:04 pm

        “Hartford, Hereford, Hampshire”

        Please, “RoHa”, no interpolations from frivolous musicals!

        Just think what you’re trying to accomplish. Just think what you’re dealing with.
        The majesty and grandeur of the English language. It’s the greatest possession we have.

        The noblest thoughts that ever flowed through the hearts of men are contained in its extraordinary, imaginative, and musical mixtures of sounds.
        And that’s what you’ve set yourself out to correct, “RoHa”. And correct it you will.

    • amigo
      April 13, 2018, 3:41 pm

      gamal , he must have gotten his hands on one of the Irish Passports stolen by the fearsome Israeli intelligence wallers .

      As to The Irish Jewish community bitching and moaning as per usual, it sounds like Alan Shatter , (Ireland,s head Zionist honcho) our ex Justice and Defence Minister has found something to do with his time , since being defrocked for telling lies about a certain member of the Garda who blew the whistle on the goings on among the higher echelons of our law enforcement dept.

      What is amazing is that Shatter held those very senior ministerial positions in “Antisemitic and Jew hating Ireland.

  6. Ossinev
    April 13, 2018, 1:38 pm

    @Maghlawatan
    ” Many Jews in the UK were “losing their traditional political home” as a result of feeling betrayed by Labour, it adds.”

    These alleged”many Jews” would be actual or closet Tories and invariably ZioIsraeli Firsters
    Obviously this reflects the views of the”right kind of British Jew” and not the truthful and honest “wrong kind of British Jew”

    For a take on what is actually happening have a listen to this “wrong type of British Jew”

    http://normanfinkelstein.com/2018/04/11/the-truth-finally-id-like-to-give-this-woman-a-big-hug/

    • Annie Robbins
      April 13, 2018, 2:44 pm

      Many Jews in the UK were “losing their traditional political home”

      but, the vast majority aren’t. so there’s that.

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