We, the undersigned student clubs, pledge to not participate in or apply to study abroad programs hosted at NYU Tel Aviv. Our participation would render us complicit in the state of Israel’s targeted discrimination against activists and Palestinian and Muslim students. In January 2018, Israel released a list of twenty organizations whose members are denied entry into the country because of their endorsement of the Palestinian call for BDS (Boycotting, Divesting from, and Sanctioning Israel).
The University, as an adoptee of AAUP principles of academic freedom, has the duty to uphold these standards throughout the Global Network University (GNU) and be proactive in addressing any violations of these principles. NYU must upgrade its commitment to ensure equal access to GNU sites and to appeal decisions of entry within the Global Network. Until then, the members of our clubs will not study away and/or visit NYU Tel Aviv.
In the Spring of 2018, the NYU Student Government Assembly passed a resolution expressing concern over the lack of global mobility and cited NYU Tel Aviv as a case study. Citing the U.S. Department of State’s website, the resolution cites the fact that “upon arrival at any of the ports of entry, Palestinians, including Palestinian-Americans, may wish to confirm with Israeli immigration authorities from what location they will be required to depart. Some have been allowed to enter Israel or visit Jerusalem but told they cannot depart Israel via Ben Gurion Airport without special permission, which is rarely granted. Some families have been separated as a result, and other travelers have forfeited airline tickets.”
Recently, we have been seriously troubled by the case of University of Michigan Associate Professor John Cheney-Lippold, in which after refusing to write a recommendation for a student’s study in Israel application, has been arbitrarily punished through a freezing of his pay and a cancellation of all sabbaticals for the next two years. This sets a dangerous precedent, in which departments have the ability to unjustly penalize faculty simply for their support of Palestinian human rights. As a department, we stand within solidarity with Cheney-Lippold and any faculty and students that support the Israeli academic boycott for Palestinian human rights.
We, the undersigned student clubs, pledge to not participate in or apply to study abroad programs hosted at NYU Tel Aviv.
- African Students Union
- Asian American Political Activism Coalition
- Bella Quisqueya
- Black and Brown Coalition
- Black Student Union
- Brownstone Publication
- Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha, Inc
- Incarceration to Education Coalition
- International Socialist Organization
- Jewish Voice for Peace at NYU
- La HerenciaLatina
- LUCHA – Latinos Unidos Con Honor y Amistad
- Muslim Graduate Student Group
- Muslim Students Association
- NYU Against Fascism
- NYU Disorient
- NYU Dream Team
- NYU GSOC UAW Local 2110
- NYU Law Students for Justice in Palestine
- NYU MEXSA
- Pakistani Students Association
- Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
- Students for Justice in Palestine
- Student Labor Action Movement, United Students Against Sweatshops Local #44
- T Party
- The Incarceration Education Coalition
- Young Democratic Socialists of America