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Tufts Hillel Statement on Tufts Community Union (TCU) Student Senate BDS Resolution

Posted: April 10, 2017

On Sunday night April 9, a group of students associated with Students for Justice in Palestine introduced a resolution in the TCU Student Senate identifying Israel as “an apartheid regime” and calling for the University to divest from four companies that they alleged were profiting from “the Israeli occupation.” This resolution came to light on Thursday, April 6. Immediately, Hillel and a coalition of all of our campus Israel groups (TAIA/AIPAC, Tufts Friends of Israel, J Street U and Tufts Students for Two States) began organizing in opposition to this resolution. Many Jewish students felt that the timing of this resolution was especially shameful and intolerant because the vote came to the TCU Senate the evening before Passover when so many students, and student leaders, are home with their families and preparing for the holiday. Even though there was a strong call to table this resolution until it could properly be discussed and debated, it was railroaded through the TCU Senate. 17 senators voted in favor and 14 either opposed or abstained. 

Tufts Hillel and the coalition of our Israel groups deeply oppose the BDS movement, which does not recognize the right of Israel to exist as a Jewish democratic state and places all the blame in this conflict on Israel. We are proud of our inspiring student leaders who with only a few days organized an impressive campaign to oppose this resolution. Tufts Hillel and all of our Israel groups have worked to support a just two state solution to the conflict between Palestinians and Israelis, as well as supporting efforts to build coexistence and peace. Tufts President Monaco issued a statement on behalf of the University where he reiterated the University’s past opposition to academic boycotts against Israel and stated that the University’s investments would not be impacted by this student resolution, as well as expressing concerns that this resolution was put forward the night before Passover.

We have an extremely active Jewish community on campus where we celebrate Jewish life, deeply engage in social justice and strongly support Israel. There is more work to be done, and we commit to redoubling our efforts to build a vibrant Jewish community at Tufts. 

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