CUNY Doctoral Students Against the Proposed Academic Boycott of Israel

We, the undersigned CUNY Graduate Center faculty and students, ask the members of the Doctoral Students’ Council (DSC) to once again reject the proposed resolution endorsing the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions. If passed, the resolution would violate long-established academic principles defending the free exchange of ideas, and will make our CUNY campuses divisive and uncomfortable for many of our Jewish and pro-Israel students and faculty.

The Doctoral Students’ Council already spoke on this issue when they voted down this same resolution less than two years ago, and matters have not changed. The Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel remains counterproductive, and falsely paints the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as a black and white issue while ignoring the deep complexities of the situation. Both sides should work towards measures that will lead to trust, not to recriminations. Sadly, the BDS effort, which assigns absolute blame to Israel, only drives both parties away from necessary compromise.

We encourage the DSC to use its voice to call for dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians and to find ways to foster an environment of mutual understanding and respect. While we may have differing political and ideological views concerning the conflict, the CUNY community should be united in rejecting BDS, and instead encourage a productive dialogue that seeks to reach a peaceful solution for all.

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CUNY Doctoral Students Against the Proposed Academic Boycott of Israel

We, the undersigned CUNY Graduate Center faculty and students, ask the members of the Doctoral Students’ Council (DSC) to once again reject the proposed resolution endorsing the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions. If passed, the resolution would violate long-established academic principles defending the free exchange of ideas, and will make our CUNY campuses divisive and uncomfortable for many of our Jewish and pro-Israel students and faculty.

The Doctoral Students’ Council already spoke on this issue when they voted down this same resolution less than two years ago, and matters have not changed. The Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel remains counterproductive, and falsely paints the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as a black and white issue while ignoring the deep complexities of the situation. Both sides should work towards measures that will lead to trust, not to recriminations. Sadly, the BDS effort, which assigns absolute blame to Israel, only drives both parties away from necessary compromise.

We encourage the DSC to use its voice to call for dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians and to find ways to foster an environment of mutual understanding and respect. While we may have differing political and ideological views concerning the conflict, the CUNY community should be united in rejecting BDS, and instead encourage a productive dialogue that seeks to reach a peaceful solution for all.

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