From: Letwin, Michael
Date: Mon, Dec 21, 2015 at 10:13 AM
Subject: FYI: Free Speech for Students for Justice in Palestine — Anti-Apartheid isn’t Anti-Semitic!
Parallel to the ongoing attack on our free speech rights at LAS. Please sign and share widely.
On campuses throughout the United States, university administrators are attempting to silence Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and other student organizations that courageously speak out against Israeli violations of Palestinian human rights.
This witch-hunt is documented in The Palestine Exception to Free Speech: A Movement Under Attack in the US (September 2015), a comprehensive report by Palestine Legal and the Center for Constitutional Rights, which also addresses violations of academic freedom in such cases as Prof. Steven Salaita at UIUC. In the months since this report was issued, attacks on student activists have escalated at CUNY, UC Santa Cruz, UCLA, UT-Austin, and elsewhere.
Unable to defend the indefensible in free and open debate, supporters of Israel have resorted to smearing SJP as “anti-Semitic.” In reality, it is an anti-apartheid movement that champions the growing campaign for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS), which demands an end to Israeli occupation and colonization of all Arab lands and dismantling the Wall; full equality for Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel; and implementation of the right of Palestinian refugees to return.
We reaffirm that anti-Apartheid is not anti-Semitic, and call for an immediate end to the attack on SJP and other Palestine rights activists.