Columbia SJP Calls for Boycotting Pro-Israel Groups on Campus
Mon Apr 29 2019
olumbia Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) published a statement on April 28 advocating for the boycott of all pro-Israel organizations on campus.
SJP issued the statement after Columbia’s Students Supporting Israel (SSI) invited SJP and Jewish Voice for Peace to discuss the Israel-Palestinian conflict. SSI also sent the invitation to the Columbia College Student Council.
Columbia SJP said rejected the invitation because of SSI’s “racist, belligerent, and downright bizarre anti-Palestinian activities on campus.” SJP said those events included SSI’s campus event earlier this month that it hosted with Act.IL (a joint project of the Israeli American Council (IAC), the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) and the Maccabee Task Force that combats anti-Semitism online) and The Lawfare Project, (which fights the boycott, divestment and sanctions and protects Jewish students through legal means.) They also cited SSI chapters’ nationwide partnership with pro-Israel groups including StandWithUs, the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA), and the Hasbara Fellowships....