70-plus faculty members thank Columbia university president for battling BDS vote
Mon Mar 23 2020
More than 70 Columbia faculty members have signed a letter thanking university president Lee Bollinger for expressing opposition ahead of an undergraduate student referendum next month calling on the university to divest from companies doing business in Israel.
The 74 faculty members, as of Monday, signed the open letter—organized by the Academic Engagement Network (AEN)—to applaud “Bollinger’s forceful and unequivocal declaration against bigotry and prejudice, which are intolerable, as he said, when directed against any group, especially within a university.”
“We applaud our president’s condemnation of anti-Semitism in all its many forms,” they continued. “We also support his principled opposition to the rhetoric and activism of the BDS movement, which singles out and applies a double standard to Israel and often manifests itself as an attack on Jewish identity.”...