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week, some students at University of Chicago, where I attend, proposed a
resolution to our College Council to divest from Chinese weapons
manufacturers, in protest of China’s severe human rights abuses and its long-standing occupation of Tibet.
of the council were quick to condemn the resolution, and for good
reason. The members noted it was political, and disrespectful to Chinese
students. Other members noted that Chinese students should be given
time to respond to the presenters with a counter-presentation. One
representative even suggested that the College Council issue an apology
to Chinese students for even considering the resolution. The resolution
was tabled indefinitely.
Curiously, when a few weeks earlier the
same College Council passed a nearly identical resolution condemning
Israel, no one suggested an apology. These same representatives argued
why it was their moral imperative to condemn Israel. They were
determined to push this through at all costs, and despite requests, they
didn’t even offer the other side an opportunity to present.
the past few weeks I have been told that Jews “don’t count” as a
minority. I have been accused of using anti-semitism to justify
oppression. All I want to know is why my campus doesn’t treat
anti-semitism with the same rigor with which it treats any other forms
When Jews stood before the council, and asked
that it recognize the Jewish right to self-determination, a basic right
for all people, people in the room laughed. One representative noted
that “If we were to affirm the right to Jewish self-determination … it
takes away from the intent of the resolution”.
Students in the
room that day called us racists and murderers and “apartheid
supporters”, for even thinking we, as Jews, could have a voice in the
discussion over the one small state we call our own. A Jewish student
was chided “You are racist and you are against me and my family’s
existence”. It was uncivil, and unproductive, but the council-members
did not once that day condemn the personal nature of these attacks, or
defend the rights of the opposition to make their case.
point, a student questioned the presenters, members of Students for
Justice in Palestine (SJP), about their organization allegedly holding a
moment of silence for Palestinians who were killed while trying to
murder Jewish Civilians. One of the presenters confirmed the moment,
then responded without missing a beat “Palestinians have a right to
honor their martyrs”.
If the killing of any other ethnic group had
been celebrated, the University would make grief counselors available.
It would send out mass emails of condemnation. They would suspend the
organization responsible, and possibly the students involved in it. The
organization would certainly not have any credibility to present to the
student government. Since the victims were Jews though, their
celebration of murder went unchallenged. The representatives never even
brought the issue up.
On the third slide of the presentation in
favor of the resolution, presenters claimed that voting against the
resolution would mean “maintaining a system of domination by Jews”. The
presenters were relying on one of the most common, long-standing,
overtly anti-semitic tropes to make their case, and our representatives said nothing.
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