Letter In Support Of Swarthmore SJP Students, Their BDS Campaign, And All Students Fighting For A Just World

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Above Photo: A BDS pamphlet

We, the undersigned, affirm our unequivocal support for Swarthmore Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and their Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign at Swarthmore College.

This past month, student organizers at Swarthmore have faced targeted online harassment from right-wing social media accounts for their work in solidarity with Palestine. This harassment is not happening in isolation and is no accident. Rather, it is part of a deliberate strategy we see on campuses across the country to intimidate and silence those who organize in support of Palestinian lives and dignity.

While Islamophobia, white supremacy, anti-Semitism, and all forms of injustice are on the rise across the country and the world––and must be vigorously challenged––we deplore these tactics that target movements for justice, falsely and maliciously accusing those organizing for justice in Palestine with anti-Semitism. Indeed, we  know that this harassment happening at Swarthmore and on other college campuses across the country is not really about rallying against the rising tides of anti-Semitism; in fact, this kind of unethical behavior does a disservice to the effort to challenge anti-Semitism when it does arise. We also know that this intimidation disproportionately and deliberately targets Palestinian, Black, Indigenous, and Muslim communities.

Above all, we know that this intimidation will not stop the students at Swarthmore, on colleges across the country, or any of us from continuing to organize together as a movement for justice and dignity for all peoples.

To the students at Swarthmore and to all students on campuses across the U.S. who seek a more just world, we’ve got your back.

Signed by:

Ahmad Abuznaid, National Network for Arab American Communities

Sister Aisha al-Adawiya, Women in Islam

Professor Ujju Aggarwal, The New School

Bina Ahmad, human rights attorney

Riham Barghouti, Adalah-NY: Campaign for the Boycott of Israel

Micah Bazant, JVP Artist Council

Elly Bulkin, Jews Against Anti-Muslim Racism (JAAMR)

Professor Angela Davis, Distinguished Professor Emerita, University of California, Santa Cruz

Noura Erakat, human rights attorney

Professor Johanna Fernández, Baruch College, CUNY

Professor Michelle Fine, The Graduate Center, CUNY

Nyle Fort, PhD candidate, Religion and African American Studies, Princeton University

Rachel Gilmer, Dream Defenders

Professor Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Spelman College

Abdeen Jabara, (former) National President, Arab American Anti-Discrimination Committee

Andrew Kadi, Steering Committee, US Campaign for Palestinian Rights

Professor Robin D.G. Kelley, UCLA

Professor Rashid Khalidi, Columbia University

Maria LaHood, Center for Constitutional Rights

Professor Holly Maguigan, NYU School of Law

Professor Chandra Talpade Mohanty, Syracuse University

Marilyn Kleinberg Neimark, Facing the Nakba Project

Donna Nevel, Jews Say No!

Mark Tseng-Putterman, PhD student, Dept of American Studies, Brown University

Darakshan Raja, Justice for Muslims Collective

Professor Barbara Ransby, University of Illinois at Chicago

Rabbi Brant Rosen, JVP Rabbinical Council

Steven Salaita, writer

Linda Sarsour, NY-based Palestinian Muslim American activist

Professor Alisa Solomon, Columbia University

Rebecca Vilkomerson, Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP)

Lesley Williams, JVP Chicago Coordinating Committee

Marylin Zuniga,  Roses in Concrete Community School

  • larrysherk

    God bless all who decide it’s important, rise up, and take steps.

  • Guy

    Not up to the latest as to what is happening on University campuses across the US but this is what I read from another source this morning :

    He informed the nation’s ( He meaning Trump)

    colleges and Universities that they will loose their federal money (it is
    very large) if they fail to protect free speech civil rights on campus.
    Having spent 10 years in a Unversity environment up to the level of Phd
    exams and teaching introductory classes, I can understand the impact of
    that. Right now tens of thousands of faculty, adminstrators, and
    trustees or directors are in a state of anxiety,some in shock, about what
    to do. They are nevously discussing how to deal with the
    “disruptive” antifa bolsheviks among their students and even
    among their faculty.

    Can anyone comment on this .It sounds positive and / or is it just rhetoric ?