Demanding Inclusivity at NYU!

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On Monday, April 9, a statement was published listing 50+ NYU Student Organizations’ pledge to adopt the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement against Israel (BDS). This movement closes doors to dialogue and glosses over nuances, calling for operations far below the rigorous academic standards we ought to uphold on our campus.

Most alarmingly, the organizations signing onto this resolution publicly called for an official boycott of Realize Israel and TorchPAC, an unprecedented attack on two All-University clubs on campus, both of which promote open dialogue regarding Israel without taking stances on its politics. The boycotting of peer organizations creates a polarizing atmosphere of hatred and animosity that violates our community standards and is dangerous for both our students and the University overall.

The scale of this incident is both unnerving and alarming, extending far beyond the two clubs targeted. This is an organized and mobilized effort to target and isolate students, that we, the undersigned vehemently oppose - efforts that include boycotts of Israeli academics and projects that foster cooperation and coexistence between Israelis and Palestinians, a direct violation of academic freedom and the free exchange of ideas.

As equal members of the NYU community, we stand up for the rights of the Jewish students, and we will not tolerate these acts of aggression. We wish to create dialogue and an environment that fosters difference of opinion and are saddened that the opportunity to engage with those who disagree is being actively discouraged.

At this critical time, in the face of the virulent movement to promote anti-Israel boycotts on campus, we strongly condemn the BDS movement and marginalization of peer organizations as incompatible with the values of our University. Likewise, we reaffirm our stance on Israel as a constructive partner of NYU as well as our support for our community.

We have always been and will continue to be advocates for meaningful and productive discussion with anyone willing to engage and are committed to cooperation and communication. We urge the 50+ signatories of the BDS statement to reconsider the impact such a resolution will have on the future of our diverse, vibrant, and inclusive University and recommit themselves to a process of peace and reconciliation.