Faculty show support for VSA vote
By Faculty of Vassar College on March 6, 2016 in OPINIONS - 6 Comments

“We the undersigned faculty of Vassar state our full support for VSA students to vote in accord with their conscience and to administer student funds. We acknowledge the reasonable, respectful and conscientious manner in which the VSA has conducted their process. We wish to express our disagreement with any course of action that would result in funds being removed from under the control of the VSA if the VSA votes to support BDS. We emphatically condemn any form of intimidation tactics from all individuals or parties who have threatened students supporting BDS or any other form of conscientious objection.”

  1. Carlos Alamo
  2. Giovanna Borradori
  3. Colette Cann
  4. Heesok Chang
  5. Mita Choudhury
  6. Alexander Dressler, Blegen Fellow
  7. Eve Dunbar
  8. Rebecca Edwards
  9. Thomas Ellman
  10. Donald Foster
  11. Maria Hantzopoulos
  12. Diane Harriford
  13. Susan Hiner
  14. Maria Hoehn
  15. Mark Hoffman
  16. Hua Hsu
  17. Julie Hughes
  18. David Kennett
  19. Timothy Koechlin
  20. Elías Krell
  21. Amitava Kumar
  22. Kiese Laymon
  23. Candice Lowe Swift
  24. Zachariah Mampilly
  25. Lawrence Mamiya
  26. Erin McCloskey
  27. Molly McGlennen
  28. Kristen Menking
  29. Annie Menzel
  30. Quincy Mills
  31. Seungsook Moon
  32. Lydia Murdoch
  33. Joseph Nevins
  34. Molly Nesbit
  35. Barbara Olsen
  36. Sam Opondo
  37. Hiram Perez
  38. Ismail Rashid
  39. Joshua Schreier
  40. Tyrone Simpson
  41. Vinay Swamy
  42. Eva Woods Peiró
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6 Comments on "Faculty show support for VSA vote"

  1. Trevor Brown March 6, 2016 at 6:15 pm · Reply

    22 out of the 31 signatories to this were among the infamous “39 professors” who, in 2014, wrote a letter supporting academic boycott of Israel, spoke of “the considerable violence and brutality that the Israeli state has inflicted and continues to inflict upon the Palestinian people and other minoritized populations,” and railed against “checkpoints, apartheid legislation, and control of movement (which) deny Palestinians self-determination, freedom, and basic human rights.”
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    Today’s response by these 31 faculty members in support of the VSA has nothing to do with their opinions regarding the VSA or its role at Vassar. It is purely another part of the signatories pro-Palestinian, anti-Israel and anti-Semitic agenda. VSA REPRESENTATIVES: Do not let these faculty members use you as pawns.

    Trevor Brown

  2. Andrew Finch-Craver March 6, 2016 at 6:56 pm · Reply

    Trevor, I think you made everyone’s point for them in mentioning the violence inflicted upon Palestinians, (Israeli Arabs, black Jews, and others). Given that the government of the state of Israel enacts apartheid policies, all people of conscious who support justice ought to seek the reform of such policies and transformation of the structures that lead to them.

  3. Paul Greenberg ('83) March 6, 2016 at 7:19 pm · Reply

    “We emphatically condemn any form of intimidation tactics from all individuals or parties who have threatened students supporting BDS or any other form of conscientious objection.”

    I wonder why these concerned faculty do not support the first half of their own manifesto: “We emphatically condemn any form of intimidation tactics from ALL individuals or parties who have threatened students.”

    At Vassar, protesting over the right brand of hummus and loudly denying free speech to those with whom you disagree has become the new Vietnam. It s a shame that, in 2016, all that energy cannot be directed at actually helping someone. Focusing on ostracizing Israelis will do nothing to build anyone else up.

    Do you even understand the difference?

    • Raj March 6, 2016 at 8:26 pm · Reply

      “At Vassar, protesting over the right brand of hummus and loudly denying free speech to those with whom you disagree has become the new Vietnam. ”
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      Well ummmm Paul, how exactly did they deny anyones free speech at Vassar. Oh wait, your’e just projecting “victim” status. The usual.

  4. donna March 7, 2016 at 8:03 pm · Reply

    If it were South Africa instead of Israel, no one would object to a boycott. The Israeli government does not represent Judaism or Jews. It does represent apartheid and genocide. Do not let Israel’s fascist system destroy American free speech and democracy.

    • Michael Weiner 91 March 8, 2016 at 8:18 pm · Reply

      Today a Palestinian terrorist stabbed a US Army veteran to death in Tel Aviv and wounded 14 others including a pregnant woman. Not in a settlement, not in beyond the Green Line, in downtown Tel Aviv. The victim was a Vanderbilt student on a school trip. The Palestinian murderer is representative of the people BDS and SJP supports. Vassar students have picked the wrong side in this conflict.

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