(Los Angeles, CA -- April 10, 2014) -- StandWithUs condemns Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) for planning an anti-Israel “Day of Action” during the important Jewish holiday of Passover, on April 16th. According to SJP's advertisement of this event, their actions will include promoting anti-Israel divestment resolutions in student governments, along with other public propaganda initiatives. Holding this event during Passover is insulting and culturally insensitive at best.
“This is yet another example of how anti-Israel activists are afraid to be challenged by those who disagree with them, and prefer to silence or marginalize opposing voices instead. Many Jewish students will not have the opportunity to make their voices heard because they will be away from campus with their families, or otherwise preoccupied because of the holiday,” observed StandWithUs National Campus Director, Brett Cohen.
Based on previous behavior, we expect SJPs at numerous campuses to exploit the Passover holiday by attempting to launch secret divestment campaigns. In 2012 the UC Students Association passed a surprise anti-Israel resolution during Rosh Hashanah. Jewish and pro-Israel student organizations were not notified in advance or given any opportunity to raise concerns about the issue. At Loyola University of Chicago, UC Riverside, and Arizona State University divestment legislation was introduced using similar underhanded tactics. These were all transparent attempts by SJP to abuse the democratic process, prevent real debate, and silence the voices of pro-Israel students. We urge all students and people of conscience to stand against SJP's corrupt methods and bigoted propaganda.
|(Thanks to Avi Mayer)|