Published: February 26, 2012
Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) has once again decided to bombard our campus with a barrage of false claims in order to fulfill their mission of delegitimizing Israel. Unfortunately SJP’s quest to misinform preys upon vulnerable students who are unaware of the complex nature of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; attempting to convince these students that Israel is at fault for all the problems in the middle east.
Students for Justice in Palestine uses a dangerously clever marketing campaign that lays all the blame upon Israel for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict without holding the Palestinian leadership responsible for any of its history of violence, disorder, and corruption. SJP at Boston University has joined a global campaign that they hope will have the world closely monitor any slip or imperfection by the State of Israel, but will never criticize the Palestinian government. Why is that? Because if they somehow get people to associate the word Apartheid with Israel, who in their right mind will have the audacity to say one bad thing against the Palestinian government? In reality SJP wants to stop any conversation about Israel on campus, because they realize that given a true picture with facts in context it becomes evident that Israel is willing to make painful sacrifices for peace and that the Palestinian government is in many cases at fault for not controlling the use of violence against Israel and forcing Israel to use the proper security measures necessary to protect its citizens.
This week Students For Justice In Palestine is holding three speaking events. One of the events “Native America and Palestine: Indigeneity and Settler-Colonialism” tries to compare, once again, the story of white imperialists and their territorial conquest of Hawaii & Native America to the struggle of the Jewish people to return to the Jewish homeland. If you have ever heard of destruction of the second temple in Jerusalem, if you have ever heard of Abraham or Moses, if you have ever heard of Jesus, you might realize that Jews are in fact indigenous to land of Israel. So although the lecture title makes an absurd comparison that is inherently false, it does attempt once again to rewrite history in a way that erases Jews historical connection to their land. The other two events, including “Human Rights and LGBTQ Subjectivity in Israel-Palestine,” will pick out specific examples where Israel was not as perfect as we all wished it to be. Sadly, neither is the United States perfect, nor any other democratic country in the world.
I hope for the day when Students for Justice in Palestine will stop polluting the minds of the Boston University Community with false analogies, and instead work on philanthropically events to actually improve the lives of the Palestinian people.
Alex Alpert is a student at Boston University and a member of Boston University Students for Israel. His views do not necessarily represent the views of The Quad or its writers. We accept Op-Ed submissions at buquad.com