Opposition to BDS
As members of the NYU community, we support free speech and robust debate on issues affecting the student body. However, the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) resolution that was introduced on November 1 is the antithesis of these core values. BDS is fostering an intolerable climate on campus for Jewish and pro-Israel students. On December 6, SGA will be voting on an anti-Semitic resolution targeting Israel that will exacerbate this hostile climate and perpetuate hate. Join us in stopping BDS at NYU by voicing your opposition to this discriminatory resolution.
1) BDS is an anti-Semitic movement dedicated to the demonization, delegitimization, and destruction of Israel. According to a Brandeis University study , anti-Semitism increases on campus when BDS and anti-Israel activity occur. This is true for NYU, where BDS and anti-Israel activity have created a hostile environment for Jewish students, which has even turned violent. NYU students have been physically attacked for openly celebrating their Jewish and pro-Israel identities.
2) BDS marginalizes Jewish students on campus. Last year, SGA led a discriminatory initiative of 50+ student groups calling for a boycott against TorchPac and Realize Israel, two student organizations on campus. This year, those same groups signed on to the BDS resolution marginalizing the Jewish and pro-Israel community.
3) BDS divides and pits communities against one another. In a time where our campus and our country have become increasingly hostile and divided, SGA should be working to bring the NYU community together — not divide us. We need to ensure that NYU remains a safe space for people of all backgrounds, regardless of race, religion, politics, or identity.
TAKE ACTION: Sign this petition calling on SGA to reject this hateful BDS resolution and ensure NYU remains a safe and welcoming campus for all students!