You don’t have to think all ads should promote realism or a certain body standard. But we should all agree that participating in a world of fiction – body parts that don’t exist – should at the very least necessitate FTC oversight, the kind of oversight it neglected to take on in 2011 or 2014 when it merely proposed laws advocating more research.
This bill is not neutral. It is not genuinely about human rights. Instead, it advocates a specific political agenda—one directed squarely against Israel, the only liberal democracy in a region characterized by totalitarianism and intolerance. This bill tries to reduce an extremely complicated geopolitical issue to a one-sided, specious narrative of human rights abuse.
With this one-sided condemnation, the Senate has legitimized Hamas and its attacks on civilians while cynically rejecting any real self-defense by Israel, all in your name. The ASSU election is coming. If some of these Senators don’t represent you, vote for a better slate.
The 16th Undergraduate Senate passed the resolution supporting divestment from corporations identified as complicit in human rights abuses in Israel and Palestine. The vote comes a week after the Senate did not pass the same resolution.
During a discussion with the Stanford community at CEMEX auditorium on Feb. 8, Thomas L. Friedman said he was “not for divestment” from companies allegedly aiding Israel. A three-time Pulitzer Prize winner and columnist for the New York Times covering international affairs, Friedman has written extensively on the Middle East.
To begin bridging the wide gaps on campus and in the region, the Senators could attempt to spark a genuine dialogue about paths to peace, so that when these students return home they will know one another’s stories and concerns and bring the nucleus of proposals for coexistence with them.
The ideas perpetuated in this article make me feel unsafe on my own campus. The ideas are out there, and they are destructive.
When students decide that their mission is so blindly committed to a cause that they do not make an attempt to present Israel’s rationale, they are the creators and propagators of harmful one-sided rhetoric.