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.
We do not want the endowment of this great university to be tainted with the blood of Palestinian suffering. A vote for divestment is a vote for nonviolent resistance to oppression and suffering, to liberate not only the Palestinians, but also our Israeli brothers and sisters from the scourge of injustice.
I’m a big peace supporter and want Palestinian independence with all my heart. I will never agree, however, to political tactics such as divestment, which seeks not to engender cooperation, but instead to perpetrate a false image about my country and delegitimize it.
This is not a column about divestment. It is not a column about Israel, or about Stanford Out of Occupied Palestine. This is, instead, a column about words. Choose your words carefully, Stanford. They determine what you say and, more importantly, who will listen. Words Matter.
The importance of resisting Israel’s discriminatory and oppressive policies against its Palestinian citizens should not be understated. However, when discussing plans to address this problem at Stanford, we should carefully consider an approach that would be the most feasible in creating change.
Twenty-five years of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations mediated by the United States have only further entrenched the occupation. Professor Zipperstein and I agree that armed violence will not end the occupation. Divestment is a nonviolent strategy to end the occupation. Those who oppose the occupation and oppose divestment have an obligation to propose what they believe would be a more efficacious strategy.