Students Unite Against BDS: Support IDC Herzliya Student Union's Declaration of Solidarity
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On behalf of the IDC Herzliya Student Union, the student body, would like to declare its unconditional support and solidarity with our fellow students in the global academic community. By showing solidarity with our fellow students on campuses around the world that are more and more confronted with local, economic, and academic boycotts from anti-Israel movements, we want to encourage students around the world to speak up for continuous free flow of ideas and the unbiased and universal spread of academic knowledge.
In light of recent attacks on the integrity of academia itself, we would like to state clearly and without ambiguity that education, particularly higher education, is essential to our mutual betterment, as nations, societies, and individuals. In this vein, it is our obligation as students of the world committed to education, to invest in building the relationships between our country’s students and academics; irrespective of social and/or political discord, the sanctity of the University must be preserved. For only through support and cooperation, will we be able to affect positive change in our societies, and help to make the global community a freer and more just place.
We unambiguously view calls to boycott, divest and sanction in the university setting as harmful and contrary to these values. In the face of calls to boycott, divest and sanction the pursuit of freedom and deeper relationships and understanding among peoples of diverse backgrounds and views, let us support, invest in and reward the pursuers of freedom and deeper relationships and understanding; for now is the time for our generation to take the reins of leadership and to say emphatically “no” to boycotts of people based on their geography, faith or ethnicity.
The IDC Student Union urges everyone to support this call and to unite with all students who speak up against the restriction of academic thought for political means!
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