Calling on Alumni: Reject BDS at Swarthmore!

Calling on Alumni: Reject BDS at Swarthmore!

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Swarthmore Alumni and Community Members started this petition to Swarthmore SGO and President Smith

Last month, Swarthmore College’s Student Government Organization (SGO) overwhelmingly rejected a Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) resolution. As concerned alumni and community members, we are alarmed and dismayed by a report in The Phoenix of a revote on the divestment resolution during tonight’s SGO meeting. 

Students for Justice in Palestine and Jewish Voice for Peace, both nationally-affiliated anti-Israel organizations, are applying outside pressure to undermine SGO’s independent decision to not endorse its calls for BDS. Moreover, this campaign has created a hostile environment on campus, marginalizing many students in the process. For example, last week, during an SGO-sponsored debate on BDS, SJP told Jewish and pro-Israel students that they “reeked of straight, white, male privilege” and spewed anti-Semitic canards. 

Many Jewish and pro-Israel voices have been silenced and subjected to intimidation tactics at our alma mater. This divisive campaign, driven and supported by radical national organizations, is reprehensible and goes against the core values of our community. We urge our community to embrace dialogue and work together to find a more productive, inclusive path forward. 

Sign this petition to demand SGO and President Smith reject divestment and uphold the value of an inclusive community of respect! 

Read more about the situation here: https://swarthmorephoenix.com/2019/02/28/sgo-hosts-discussion-on-bds-resolution-will-revote/

Sincerely, 

Concerned Swarthmore Alumni and Community Members 

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