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JCHS Alum Responds to BDS Resolution at Tufts

In The Forward, JCHS alum Oren Abusch-Magder '15, now a sophomore at Tufts University, writes about the BDS resolution vote at Tufts and offers a heartfelt defense of Israel.
In The Forward, JCHS alum Oren Abusch-Magder '15, now a sophomore at Tufts University, writes about the BDS resolution vote at Tufts and offers a heartfelt defense of Israel.

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At 1:00 a.m. on Thursday April 6, I got a text from a friend telling me that the Tufts University student government was going to hear a resolution about divestment the coming Sunday. We would have only four days to respond to this. Many members of the Jewish community and the Tufts Students for Two States group (an alliance of student groups who advocate for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict) sprang into action. On Sunday night, the Jewish community would be preparing for Passover: finishing work before the holiday or travelling home for Seder. I knew that when the resolution was proposed, I would be on a plane, unable to communicate on the matter. We wanted to share our stories, but we were not going to have a chance to have our voices heard.
In the morning I awoke to the updates that despite many Jews’ grave concern about timing, the resolution was on the docket for Sunday, and that it would not be moved for Passover. While the timing of this vote was not done with the intention of marginalizing Jewish voices, it effectively did so. Many people on both sides advocated tabling it so as to foster real discourse on the matter and asked those who proposed it to move it, yet they were unwilling to do so. In this action, they silenced many of the most passionate voices on this issue. In the end, there was a chance for those who would not be there to fill out a Google Form read at random for a period of 30 minutes. For a matter this important, we deserved to be in the room, and we had neither the time to plan or process it. A Google Form is not a substitute for our voices.

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